UN / DARFUR

08-Jan-2020 00:01:24
The UN Security Council “condemned recent intercommunal violence in El Geneina, West Darfur,” in which 54 people were killed, some 60 injured and 40,000 displaced. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DARFUR
TRT: 1:24
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 8 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

8 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, Dang going to stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dinh Quy Dang, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the UN and President of the Security Council:
“The members of the Security Council condemned recent intercommunal violence in El Geneina, West Darfur, which resulted in death of several dozens of civilians and the displacement of tens of thousands. They underscored the need for continuing progress in the peace process and local mediation, peace building effort and economic development in order to ensure a sustainable peace and stability across Darfur. The members of the Security Council also condemned the looting of UNAMID’s former headquarters in south Darfur. They welcomed the opening of an investigation by the government of Sudan into the looting and urged them to take steps to ensure security and rule of law across Darfur.”
4. Cutaway, camera
5. Zoom out, Dang leaving
STORYLINE
The UN Security Council “condemned recent intercommunal violence in El Geneina, West Darfur,” in which 54 people were killed, some 60 injured and 40,000 displaced.

Following a closed-door meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday (8 Jan), the president of the Council, Vietnamese ambassador Dinh Quy Dang read a statement in which the Security Council “condemned recent intercommunal violence in El Geneina, West Darfur, which resulted in death of several dozens of civilians and the displacement of tens of thousands.”

Dang also said the Council members underscored the need for continuing progress in the peace process and local mediation, peace building effort and economic development in order to ensure a sustainable peace and stability across Darfur.”

The Council also condemned the looting of UNAMID’s former headquarters in south Darfur and “welcomed the opening of an investigation by the government of Sudan into the looting.”

According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) since 28 December, violence between communities in and around El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur State, had reportedly killed at least 54 people, injured 60 and displaced 40,000.

There have also been reports of attacks on camps for internally displaced people, and homes being burned. Humanitarian partners are closely monitoring the situation and gathering information on needs to respond as soon as the security situation allows.

During the Darfur conflict between the Government, their militiamen allies and rebel groups, which began in 2003, the UN estimated that around 300,000 were killed, and around 2.7 million forced from their homes. Former president al-Bashir was indicted for war crimes including genocide, nine years ago.
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