UN international staff return to South Kordofan, Sudan

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WFP food assistance being offloaded from a truck at a distribution site in the South Kordofan capital Kadugli.

United Nations international staff on Friday returned to the South Kordofan State in Sudan where thousands of people have been displaced by fighting between government forces and rebels.

This followed the presentation of the results of an assessment of the humanitarian situation in South Kordofan led by the government's Humanitarian Aid Commission.

The Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mark Cutts, welcomed the move following a decision by the Government of Sudan to authorize their return.

UN Deputy Spokesman Eduardo del Buey says the first two international staff arrived in the state capital, Kadugli on Friday.

"Mr. Cutts acknowledged efforts that are being made by the Government, together with national and international humanitarian organizations, to address humanitarian needs in the state and called for assessments to be extended to all conflict affected areas. He said that the United Nations and other independent and impartial humanitarian organizations had a vital role to play in helping to meet the needs of all Sudanese civilians affected by the fighting."

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