UN agencies to be allowed into Sudan

Sudan`s UN ambassador said, six UN agencies would be involved in the trip.

Updated: Aug 20, 2011, 08:54 AM IST

United Nations: Sudan has agreed to let UN
relief agencies into its troubled South Kordofan state where
government troops are battling rebels, UN officials said.

There have been growing international demands for access
to the state after a UN report last week said there had been
extrajudicial killings and widespread disappearances in South
Kordofan.

Tens of thousands are believed to have fled their homes
since June and a US envoy said recently the Sudanese
government had threatened to shoot down UN flights that went
there.

A four-day assessment of food and relief supplies in South
Kordofan will start tomorrow in the main city of Kadugli, UN
deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told a news agency yesterday.

The mission will be led by the Sudanese government`s
humanitarian aid commissioner and "several" UN agencies," Haq
added. "The mission hopes to carry out assessments in several
locations."

Sudan`s UN ambassador, Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, said
six UN agencies would be involved in the trip.

Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said
on Tuesday there was an "increasingly dire" situation in South
Kordofan, where government forces have been fighting rebels
close to rival South Sudan.

A report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and
the UN mission in Sudan, released Monday, detailed
"extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and illegal
detention, enforced disappearances and attacks against
civilians" in South Kordofan in June.

It also described the aerial bombardment of civilian areas
in Kadugli.

The UN said the allegations could amount to crimes against
humanity or war crimes. The Sudan government labeled the
report as biased.

Russia and China have blocked US attempts to get the UN
Security Council to condemn the Sudanese bombing and other
military activities, diplomats said.

PTI