KHARTOUM, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese government on Tuesday said interventions by some neighboring countries of Sudan aggravated the crisis in its western region of Darfur, which has been witnessing a civil war since 2003.
"The negative role of some neighboring countries which support the Darfur armed movements has negatively affected the peace process in the region," said Sudanese Presidential Advisor, Mustafa Osman Ismail, when meeting members of the African Union (AU) Committee on Cooperation, International Relations and Conflict Resolutions.
"The support provided by Chad to the Darfur armed movements has aggravated the Darfur crisis while the overlapping between the tribes in Darfur and Chad had its negative effect as to the movement of the armed movement," Ismail said.
He also criticized France for its stances towards the Darfur issue, saying that "the French stances towards Sudan are usually negative and one obvious is its hosting of the movements' leaders on its soil."
Ismail also accused Israel of being behind aggravation and continuation of the Darfur crisis, saying "a group of Darfurians have recently admitted that they have provided the International Criminal Court (ICC) with false evidences, which support our assurances that there are Zionist trends behind aggravation of the Darfur crisis and undermining of the stability in the region."
He said, "the report presented by the Joint Representative of the United Nations and African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Rudolph Adada, confirms the great security improvement in the humanitarian and security situations in the region."
Ismail briefed the members of the AU committee of the root-causes of the crisis, saying that "it was a simple clash between the farmers and herdsmen before transforming to a political conflict due to other factors."
The AU Committee on Cooperation, International Relations and Conflict Resolutions held a meeting in Khartoum Monday with the participation of representatives from 25 African countries.
The meeting discussed the Darfur crisis, including developments on the ground and the size of humanitarian assistance needed for the internally displaced persons.