Warring parties in Sudan's Kordofan state urged to stop harassing UN staff

Refugees from fighting in Kadugli, Sudan

Refugees from fighting in Kadugli, Sudan

The armed forces of south and north Sudan have been urged by the United Nations to stop harassing its staff members.

 The UN is assisting thousands of people displaced by fighting in Kordofan State.

 Many have gathered outside the base of United Nations peacekeepers in the state capital, Kadugli.

 United Nations spokesman Martin Nesirky says that the peacekeepers continue to provide military protection for the warehouse of the World Food Programme and other key locations in Kadugli.

 "We really condemn strongly the detention and abuse yesterday by the Sudanese Armed Forces in Kadugli of four peacekeepers who were on patrol to assess the situation in the town. The Sudanese Armed Forces and the Sudan People's Liberation Army and other armed groups have to immediately stop intimidating and harassing UN staff who are after all critical to provide the necessary humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations."

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