US condemns recent offensive action in Sudan

US has condemned the Sudanese Govt`s use of aerial bombings and local militias against Darfur rebel positions in the Jebel Moon area of West Darfur.

Last Updated: May 19, 2010, 10:43 AM IST

Washington: US has condemned the recent
offensive actions in Darfur, particularly the Sudanese
Government`s use of aerial bombings and local militias against
Darfur rebel positions in the Jebel Moon area of West Darfur.

"Such operations endanger civilians and lead to mass
displacement. Subsequent incidents of looting and attacks on
infrastructure by the Justice and Equality Movement further
endanger civilian populations and must immediately cease,"
State Department spokesman P J Crowley, said.

As such, the State Department urges both the Sudanese
Government and Darfur rebel movements to refrain from any
further actions that would undermine the Darfur peace process
or endanger civilians.

"We urge all parties to return to active negotiations in
the AU/UN-mediated peace process in Doha, Qatar, to reach a
political settlement to the conflict in Darfur," he said.

"We also call on the Government of Sudan to grant access
to the affected areas to the African Union-United Nations
Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and to humanitarian
organisations," Crowley said.

PTI