Violence may derail Sudan talks, warns expert

2011-03-15 07:14

Khartoum, Sudan – Violence in a contested area of Sudan may derail the country’s peace efforts, a UN-appointed human rights expert has warned.

Mohamed Chande Othman said yesterday Abyei remains a flashpoint, adding that he is concerned about the increasing loss of life and continuing deterioration of the situation there.

He spoke at the end of a visit to north and south Sudan, as well as the disputed Abyei region, where a recent surge of attacks has killed more than 100 people.

In New York, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called on the leaders of Sudan’s governing National Congress Party and the South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement to restrain local communities and resume talks aimed at ending the violence.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said Ban also appealed to all sides to give peacekeepers from the UN mission in Sudan unhindered access to all areas.
The peacekeeping operation has beefed up patrols and will reinforce its presence more if necessary, Ban said.

Southern Sudan voted in January to secede from the north. Both sides lay claim to the Abyei region. 

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