UN alarmed by mistreatment of staff, aid workers in Darfur
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 13:32
United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed concern Tuesday about continued abductions and mistreatment of UN staff and aid workers in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region.

"The secretary-general remains concerned over a string of recent incidents that have contributed to a general deterioration of the situation in Darfur," a UN statement said.

The UN boss added that continued attacks on UNAMID (United Nations African Union mission) peacekeepers in Darfur along with "abductions and mistreatment of UN staff and humanitarian workers will only aggravate the situation."

Ban appealed to the Sudanese government "to apprehend and bring to justice those who attack UN staff and humanitarian workers and to take all possible measures to ensure that humanitarian access to all Sudanese remains open and humanitarian space protected."

Earlier today, authorities in West Darfur state expelled five humanitarian workers employed in the region by the United Nations and the Red Cross, aid officials said today.

The aid workers, among them the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation office in the state capital El-Geneina, were told to pack up and leave the region for Khartoum, the officials said.


First Published: Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 13:32

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