Expulsion of UN staff from Sudan condemned

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Internally displaced people shelter under a tree in South Darfur. UNICEF

The decision by the authorities in Sudan to expel two senior United Nations officials from the country has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

The reason for the expulsions was not immediately clear, although it follows the demand by the Sudanese government for the withdrawal of peacekeepers from UNAMID the UN's mission with the African Union in the Darfur region.

Earlier in December, the UN-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) said the brutality of crimes being committed in the region was becoming more pronounced.

Darfur has experienced more than a decade of instability after civil war broke out between rebel groups and Sudanese government forces and their allied militia.

Two million people have been forced to flee their homes.

Several individuals in Sudan, including President Omar al-Bashir have been indicted for genocide.

The Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said the sanctioning of UN personnel sent to Sudan in accordance with the United Nations Charter was "unacceptable".

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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