UN warns Sudan is at risk of renewed civil war

armed uniformed men walking past burning businesses and homesteads in Abyei

armed uniformed men walking past burning businesses and homesteads in Abyei

 

The escalating tension in the border regions between north and south Sudan is likely to push the country to the brink of civil war, according to the UN Office for Human Rights. 

UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang says the fighting in Abyei and South Kordofan regions could spread to other region and must be brought to an end.  

South Sudan is expected to declare independence on the 9th of July. 

Ms Kang says although the people of southern Sudan are eagerly waiting for independence, every effort must be put in place to end inter-communal violence which has claimed over 1,400 lives since the beginning of the year. 

She says the country also needs to create a disciplined military force whose role is to protect civilians as opposed to being a threat. 

 "The comprehensive peace agreement of 2005 provides a clear road-map toward peace and the idea for the transitional area was for Abyei to have a referendum so Abyei residents could decide whether they want to be part of the north or south, there was supposed to be popular consultations in the two other states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, that has not taken place and in the meanwhile fighting has broken out and it really does not matter who started the conflict. It's really the international community which has to urge the partners who have any say in this, please stop the fighting don't let it spread to other areas."   

She said over 70,000 people have been recently displaced in North Dafur region and were in urgent need of assistance. 

The Deputy High Commissioner reiterated the call by the United Nations for humanitarian agencies to be granted full access to the displaced in Dafur and in South Kordofan. 

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