Home | News    Tuesday 1 April 2014

EU MPs express concern over deteriorating situation in Darfur


March 31, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – A pair of visiting European Union parliamentarians expressed concern over the growing unrest in Sudan’s western region of Darfur, saying it could escalate further if not contained.

In a press release issued by the EU office in Khartoum, the two members of the European Parliament’s development committee "warned of the consequences of a deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in Darfur if is not contained through peaceful ways".

The EU MPs also took note of the president Omer Hassan al-Bashir’s national dialogue initiative announced earlier this year, saying that "peace, national dialogue and reconciliation are key to Sudan’s stability".

"They called on all the relevant parties and forces to step up efforts for an inclusive national dialogue in an enabling environment to achieve a peaceful and democratic transition in Sudan. In particular the voices of the civil society can add to a meaningful dialogue about the country’s future," the statement said.

"The visiting delegation noted with concern the obstacles faced by the international organisations and civil society in Sudan regarding humanitarian access, including suspension of activities, and expressed the desire that these can be overcome in the near future".

The two parliamentarians called on Sudanese authorities "to honour the promise of political freedoms and strengthen the respect for human rights and media freedoms".

During their three-day visit, the delegation met with Sudanese lawmakers and other officials, as well as human rights activists, representatives of local NGOs and international humanitarian, development and financial agencies in Sudan.

On Sunday, the EU ambassador to Sudan, Tomas Ulicny, inaugurated the new EU-funded health services program in East Sudan.

Ulicny said that the €12.8 million program was made out of the "EU belief that strengthening health services and infrastructure are key to achieve peace dividends and is a fundamental and basic human right that all the people of the world should enjoy especially our brothers and sisters in East Sudan".

He noted that the EU provided €57 million so far for ongoing projects in East Sudan since 2011, plus additional €24.5 million in the process of approval for start in 2014.

In a related issue, Sudan’s chairman of the foreign relations subcommittee in the national assembly, Mohamed Youssef Abdullah, said after a meeting with Ulicny that the latter promised that the EU will allow the entry of Sudanese goods to the EU.

Unlike the United States, the EU does not impose sanctions on Sudan.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Khartoum dialogue process aborted sustainable peace in Sudan 2016-10-26 21:56:53 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The October 10 2016 extravaganza of the Wathba Works Final Conference Ceremony brought nothing to the Sudanese people but Bashir remaining further on the Helm. He tried (...)

Funding our Universities to Deliver on their Mandate: The Case of University of Juba 2016-10-25 21:41:52 *By John A. Akec UNIVERSITIES AND NATION-BUILDING “Before going to war, Haifa must speak”, Israeli politicians are apt to telling their audience. This is specially so, when showcasing the (...)

52nd Anniversary of the glorious October 21, 1964 Sudanese revolution 2016-10-21 12:43:46 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman Friday the 21st October 2016 will mark the 52nd Anniversary of the Glorious Sudanese October 21, 1964 Revolution. On that date, my memories go far back to the unique (...)


Latest Press Releases

Amnesty urges to investigate chemical weapons Sudan’s Jebel Marra 2016-10-12 12:52:01 Sudan: International chemical weapons investigation urgently needed into horrific Jebel Marra attacksAMNESTY INTERNATIONAL NEWSFLASH 11 October 2016 Sudan: International chemical weapons (...)

UNAMID JSR’s statement read to the media on peace in Darfur 2016-10-10 20:57:56 African Union United Nations Mission in Darfur Though the region of Darfur is relatively peaceful at this time, a small portion of Jebel Marra within Darfur continues to be intermittently (...)

Sudan: No justice for protester killings 2016-09-23 08:03:30 (Nairobi, September 22, 2016) – Sudanese authorities have yet to provide justice to victims of a violent crackdown on anti-austerity protesters in Khartoum in September 2013, the African Centre (...)


Copyright © 2003-2016 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.