Ambassador Power on Violence in Darfur, Sudan

U.S. Mission to the United Nations - New York, N.Y.

The Government of Sudan’s proxies and other armed groups continue to attack civilians in Darfur. We condemn the most recent attacks in South Darfur by Rapid Support Forces supported by the Government of Sudan. Continued violence in the region, including recent clashes in North Darfur between the Minni Minnawi-led faction of the Sudanese Liberation Army and the Sudan Armed Forces, has displaced approximately 120,000 people since January.

The people of Sudan – like people everywhere – deserve a government that prioritizes their safety and well-being, and one that protects their basic rights. Despite the presence of one of the largest peacekeeping operations in the world, civilians in Darfur continue to be targeted, terrorized, displaced, and killed. The United States calls upon the Government of Sudan to stop obstructing the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), and we call upon UNAMID to carry out its mandate more aggressively to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian access throughout Darfur.

We note that the Government of Sudan stated in January that it was prepared to lead a political dialogue including all sides of the political spectrum, as well as armed groups that had renounced violence. We call on all armed groups, including paramilitary groups supported by the Government of Sudan, to end all violent attacks and join in political dialogue aimed at achieving a peaceful, comprehensive resolution to the conflicts in Sudan, including tackling outstanding disputes over Darfur and the Two Areas.

The United States will be watching the Government of Sudan’s actions closely, and we will continue to work in the UN Security Council to make sure UNAMID – despite persistent impediments imposed by the Government – is aggressive and steadfast in carrying out its mandate to provide meaningful protection to the people of Darfur who have suffered too much for too long.

- Cross posted from U.S. Mission to the UN

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