Posted by: africanpressorganization | 7 March 2009

Sudan / Foreign humanitarian organizations expelled / French ministry of Foreign Affairs statement

 


 

 

Sudan / Foreign humanitarian organizations expelled / French ministry of Foreign Affairs statement

 

PARIS, France, March 7, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — French ministry of Foreign Affairs Daily Press Briefing

Taken questions

 

Q – The Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced yesterday that his government had expelled 10 foreign humanitarian organizations intervening in Darfur, several of which were French. What is your reaction?

 

We support the demand expressed yesterday by the UN Secretary-General, which asked the Sudanese government to repeal these measures addressed toward certain principal humanitarian players in Sudan.

 

The continuation of humanitarian operations in Darfur is vital to the more than 4 million people that depend on them – in particular, the

2.5 million displaced persons.

 

The curtailment of principal humanitarian activities in Darfur would immediately place these populations in danger.

 

The protection of the people of Darfur is at stake, and this calls for all players – beginning with the Sudanese authorities – to demonstrate responsibility. We ask them to comply with international humanitarian law, in order to avoid the worsening of this humanitarian tragedy./.

 

 

SOURCE : France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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