UN reinforcements head to Sudan conflict state

The UN is sending peacekeeper reinforcements to the strife-torn Sudanese state of South Kordofan.

Updated: Jun 17, 2011, 16:38 PM IST

United Nations: The United Nations is
sending peacekeeper reinforcements to the strife-torn Sudanese
state of South Kordofan and has turned its main base there
into a safe haven for refugees, UN officials said.

More than 120 Bangladeshi troops will lead
reinforcements sent to the state`s main city, Kadugli, where
Khartoum government troops are battling forces loyal to
southern Sudan which is on the verge of forming a breakaway
nation.

Heavy fighting in the state on the border between
north and south Sudan has raged since June 5. Khartoum forces
are battling militia aligned to the south`s Sudan People`s
Liberation Army (SPLA).

France`s UN ambassador Gerard Araud said a Security
Council meeting had been told how Kadugli Cathedral had been
razed and other churches burned during fighting and that the
area around the main base of the UN mission, UNMIS, has become
a "focus" of the fighting.

"It`s important that the compound of UNMIS can become
a sort of safe area where civilians are effectively protected.

We have been reassured that instructions have been sent to
UNMIS to do their job," Araud told reporters after the
meeting.

A UN peacekeeping spokesman said yesterday the company
of Bangladesh troops had been sent to Kadugli and that the
area around the UN compound had become a safe haven to protect
civilians.

UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy told the Security
Council that up to 6,000 people were camped out around the
base.

PTI