UN concerned about attacks on peacekeepers in Darfur

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Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, briefs the Security Council at its meeting on the situation in Darfur.

Staff members of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) have been repeatedly attacked in the troubled region of Sudan.

That's what Hervé Ladsous, the head of UN peacekeeping operations, told the Security Council during his briefing on the Secretary-General's report of the Darfur.

Mr. Ladsous spoke about the danger UNAMID and humanitarian personnel continue to face.

"The three fatal attacks on UNAMID peacekeepers that have occurred since the beginning of the year are of serious concern. And this includes an attack on a UNAMID convoy in West Darfur on 20 April which resulted in the death of a Togolese police officer. We are also concerned about the World Food Programme staff member who was kidnapped in Nyala on 6 March and, of course, I call on the government to spare no effort to secure his safe release."

(Duration: 28")

Mr. Ladsous also urged the Sudanese government to release two staff members of the UN Mission in South Sudan who have been detained since 24 February.

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