News in Brief 29 September 2016 (PM)

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Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

UN "extremely troubled" by alleged use of chemical weapons in Darfur

Allegations regarding the use of chemical weapons against residents in Jebel Marra in the Darfur region of Sudan have been described by the UN as "extremely troubling".

An investigation carried out by the non-profit advocacy group Amnesty International reportedly found that the area had been hit by at least "30 chemical attacks" since January 2016.

Sudan is a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, a treaty which aims to eliminate the use and stockpiling of toxins like mustard gas or the lethal nerve agent sarin.

Here's the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"Well, obviously, it goes without saying that we’re extremely troubled by the information contained in the Amnesty International report. UNAMID has regularly reported on the violence in Jebel Marra since the beginning of the year and its devastating effect on the population. We’re obviously extremely and particularly concerned about the… regarding the allegations of use of chemical weapons."

Any allegations of violations of that Convention will be examined by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons or OPCW, the UN spokesperson said.

UNAMID, the hybrid peacekeeping mission has reinforced its position in Sortoni camp in North Darfur where close to 70,000 civilians have fled fighting in Jebel Marra.

 Concern over ceasefire violations on Kashmir border

India and Pakistan are being urged to exercise restraint following the ceasefire violations across the so-called "Line of Control" in the disputed region of Kashmir.

The two neighbours both administer territory in Kashmir, which has been experiencing violent clashes between security forces and protestors since the death of a separatist leader in early July.

The UN Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan, UNMOGIP, is in charge of monitoring the truce since 1949.

Here's Stéphane Dujarric, again.

"We’re obviously following this situation with great concern concerning the increase of tensions across the Line of Control. The UN Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan, UNMOGIP, is aware of the ceasefire violations and right now is liaising with the concerned authorities to obtain further information."

Tensions high in northern town of the Central African Republic

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has confirmed that it is reinforcing its positions in the northern town of Kaga Bandoro and surrounding areas to protect civilians.

Tensions were high in the town and in the Nana-Grébizi prefecture following protests on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Mission continues to monitor the situation in Koui, northwest of the country, following violence between mainly Christian anti-Balaka rebels and armed elements on Tuesday.

At least seven people died in the clashes including six civilians.

Unidentified assailants also fired at a UN checkpoint in the area, wounding one peacekeeper.

Also in Bria town, a UN Mission patrol briefly detained four ex-Séléka mainly Muslim rebels, who were in violation of the weapons-free zone in place in the area.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nation

Duration: 3’38”

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