Conflict in Darfur escalates

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UNAMID conducts road trip exercise across North and West Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

The deteriorating security situation in Darfur is of "deep concern" the UN Secretary-General has said.

Ban Ki-moon's remarks follow reports of an escalation of hostilities between the Government of Sudan and armed movements in Central Darfur.

At least 36,000 civilians have been displaced in the western region of Sudan due to these hostilities.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

The Secretary-General has also condemned the reported air strikes and destruction of villages in the Golo locality of Central Darfur State on 27 January.

Access to the affected areas in the region has been difficult because of the protracted violence.

Stéphane Dujarric is his Spokesperson.

"The Secretary-General also urges the Government and the armed movements to exercise maximum restraint, without delay, and fully assume their responsibility to prevent further displacements and suffering of civilian populations, and resume dialogue to reach a political settlement to the Darfur conflict. The Secretary-General also calls on the parties to the conflict to fully cooperate with the UN African Joint Mission and the humanitarian partners in their efforts to protect and provide assistance to the civilian population of Darfur."

The UN has repeatedly called on the parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and ensure the safe and unhindered access for humanitarian organizations.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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