South Sudanese refugees to receive “special privileges” in Sudan

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A commitment by the Government of Sudan to provide international protection and humanitarian assistance to South Sudanese who have fled the conflict in their country has been welcomed by the United Nations.

The Government of Sudan said that the refugees will be granted what were described as “special privileges”.

South Sudan is experiencing ongoing internal instability after forces loyal to the former Vice-President took up arms against the government in December last year.

The Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Martin Nesirky said the UN's senior humanitarian and refugee officials in Sudan were seeking more information about the protection offered to refugees.

"They encourage the Government of Sudan to further clarify the nature of protection it will extend and the modalities for granting such protection, in line with international instruments ratified by Sudan."

The UN has also expressed concern about reports of rapidly deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the sites where the newly-arrived South Sudanese are being accommodated and the limited access to those sites.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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