Press Statement: Government of Sudan’s Declaration of a Cessation of Hostilities (21.06.2016)

South Kordofan Sudan

WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, June 22, 2016 – John Kirby, Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs, Washington, DC, June 21, 2016.

The United States welcomes the Government of Sudan’s declaration of a unilateral cessation of hostilities in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile. We find this an important and welcome step towards a peaceful resolution to conflict in those states, which we would like to see extended to the Darfur region. An end to military offensives and fighting in these areas would bring much needed relief to thousands of Sudanese and create an improved environment for dialogue leading to a political solution.

We urge the Sudan Revolutionary Front to reciprocate by ceasing all military action against the Sudanese Armed Forces and recommit to the cessation of hostilities it declared nearly two months ago. We encourage bot‎h the Government of Sudan and the opposition to work under the auspices of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel to translate their cessation of hostilities declarations, which must ultimately include the region of Darfur, into a sustainable end to this conflict. A negotiated solution that addresses the key political and security drivers of conflict in all areas of Sudan will be needed in order to establish a lasting peace.

We encourage all sides to commit to allowing unfettered access for humanitarian organizations to deliver lifesaving aid to all Sudanese citizens affected by the conflict.

Press Statement: UNAMID calls for restraint over recent violence in East Darfur (25.04.2015)

Darfur UN

EL FASHER, Sudan, April 20, 2016 –  The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) is deeply concerned over the recent outbreak of violence in East Darfur which on 18 April in El Daein culminated in an attack on the residence of the Wali.

UNAMID calls on all parties involved in these unfortunate events to exercise the utmost restraint and refrain from acts that could further aggravate the situation.

In line with its mandate, UNAMID stands ready to assist civilians in need of protection and support the state authorities in their efforts to bring down tensions through good offices and mediation.