UN wants access to Sudan hot spot areas

2011-09-23 15:20

Geneva - The World Food Programme on Friday urged Sudanese authorities to allow the UN agency full access in the troubled states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

"We do not have access to those two places ... and are very preoccupied of the situation there," a WFP spokesperson told reporters, explaining that at least 235 000 people were in need of assistance in both areas.

"We need to get the food in, check the situation, and verify the distribution," she added.

The WFP had been ordered to leave the two areas bordering South Sudan in June after fighting erupted there between government forces and ex-rebels with strong ties to the South Sudan, noted the spokeswoman.

Since then, "we have managed to distribute some food," she said, "but our warehouses in some areas are completely empty."

Clashes between troops and rebels in South Kordofan on Thursday killed dozens of people, UN and rebel sources said.