UN to cease operations in Southern Kordofan on 9 July

Thousands of people displaced by conflict in Kadugli

Thousands of people displaced by conflict in Kadugli

The government of Sudan has been urged to facilitate humanitarian operations in Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile States after the UN mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has ended in these two regions on 9 July.

The call has come from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who has welcomed an agreement signed by the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) on Wednesday.

The accord on border security and the joint political and security mechanism comes after fighting broke out between Sudanese government forces and SPLM fighters in Southern Kordofan.

UN Deputy Spokesman, Farhan Haq, says the Secretary-General is mindful that unless the two parties decide otherwise, the 10,000-strong UNMIS will have to cease operations on 9 July when South Sudan becomes independent.

"The Secretary-General stresses the importance of protecting and guaranteeing humanitarian access to vulnerable communities. He remains extremely concerned over the humanitarian situation and the plight of vulnerable civilians in Southern Kordofan. He calls on the Government of Sudan to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches those in need and that it takes steps to create a conducive environment for humanitarian operations in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States with the cessation of the United Nations Mission in Sudan mandate on 9 July 2011."

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