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EU condemns air attacks on South Kordofan civilians

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May 11, 2014 (KHARTOUM° - The European Union on Sunday joined international concerns over the bombing of civilians near a hospital located in South Kordofan rebel controlled areas .

“The Delegation of the European Union to Sudan noted with concern the reports of aerial bombardments on 1 and 2 May 2014 of the Mother of Mercy medical facility in the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan," said a press release issued on Sunday.

In a joint statement on 8 May, the American and Canadian embassies in Khartoum said "appealed by this attack on those providing essential medical care or humanitarian assistance to people in need”.

The air attacks on Gidel village were filmed in video posted by Nuba Reports, an independent news site, however the Sudanese army denied it.

European Union delegation and embassy of Norway which associated itself with the statement, underscored that “failing to make the distinction between military objectives and the civilian population and objects represents an indiscriminate attack and is a war crime”.

They further called on the government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement –North (SPLM-N) to allow humanitarian access to the affected civilians, and to swiftly reach a peace deal to end the nearly three –year conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

The two warring parties are expected to resume talks soon but the date is not yet known. During their last round of talks in April, the government accepted a draft framework agreement proposed by the mediation aiming to limit the process on the two areas.

On Saturday, Sudanese presidential adviser and head of the government negotiating delegation, Ibrahim Ghandour, reiterated Khartoum rejection to include Darfur rebel groups in the stalled process, stressing that the African mediation is only mandated with the conflict of the Two Areas.

Ghandour further said they are keen to reach a permanent ceasefire and rejected a rebel proposal for a humanitarian cessation of hostilities.

The SPLM-N which proposes the cessation of hostilities as conducive measure, says a permanent ceasefire in the Two Areas and Darfur can be negotiated with the unified delegation of the rebel groups in southern and western Sudan.

The governor of South Kordofan state, Adam Al-Faki said on Sunday that the army will keep fighting the SPLM-N during the negotiations to free civilians “held” by the rebels, adding that the government has “the constitutional responsibility" to protect citizens.

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  • 12 May 2014 09:54, by Jalaby

    EU are well know of being hypocrites all the time, why they didn’t condemn SPLA-N when they randomly shell Kadugly city and kill civilians?! when they invaded Abo Karshola and other cities and brutally killed civilians and abducted kids and forced them to fight with them the government?! EU have only one eye and can’t see other than Khartoum government!

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    • 12 May 2014 10:08, by Jalaby

      I am very proud of Russian president Vladimir Putin because he broke the arrogance of EU and wiped their nose with the sand in Crimea, EU promised Ukraine if rebel against Russia and break their influences then EU will have them as new member and when revolted against Russia the Russian bear said to them "I will give a great lesson that you will never forget!"

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      • 12 May 2014 10:14, by Jalaby

        Putin added Crimea to Russia by force, eastern Ukraine will soon follow and Putin is ready to expand his kingdom, Ukraine is now under great mess and at the edge of collapse and EU who promised them to support are now doing nothing other than condemn and decry! they left Ukrainians facing the fierce Russian bear without providing any kind of real help!!!

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        • 13 May 2014 20:49, by Kalo

          Coward jalaby you talk of Ukraine why not Egypt in Haliep eat Sudan,rubbish,SAF shouldn’t dennied ,there was evident show Sokoy moving and bombing,any way we will not regret but what SAF was doing will be paid on you in Khartoum later,struggle continues.

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