27 February 2013

Sudan: 'Increased Insecurity' After 10 Years of War in Darfur - U.S

Washington — The United States expressed its deep concern that the people of Darfur continue suffering from increased insecurity, human rights abuses and sexual violence 10 years after the outbreak of war in the region.

In a press statement from 26 February, the White House noted that nearly 300.000 people have died in the conflict so far, being "unarmed civilians" the vast majority.

Additionally, over two million Darfuris remain internally displaced or as refugees in neighboring countries, the US as quoted as saying.

Washington attributed the deaths and displacement to the "brutal conflict among Sudanese Government forces, rebels, and militias, and continued aerial bombardments and indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas by the Sudanese Armed Forces, in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions".

In order to avoid another decade of war and address the crisis of governance that fuels Sudan's civil wars, the White House is calling for an "effective and inclusive political process".

"We call on the Sudanese Government and all rebel groups to engage without preconditions in such a process, using the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur as a basis to achieve a peaceful resolution to the conflict", a part of the statement read.

The US has also expressed its unequivocal support to UNAMID and its commitment to the people of Darfur and to those working for a more peaceful and stable future.

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