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UN relief chief to visit Sudan

English.news.cn   2013-05-18 04:59:23            

UNITED NATIONS, May 17 (Xinhua) -- The UN relief chief will visit Sudan on Monday and is expected to discuss with government officials and aid organizations there about the humanitarian crisis that has uprooted more than one million people and forced over 200,000 to leave the country, a UN spokesman said on Friday.

The four-day visit will take Valerie Amos, the UN Under- secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, to the Sudanese capital Khartoum, and also to Darfur, said Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon, at a daily briefing here.

"While in the country, Valerie Amos will meet with government officials and representatives of aid organizations to discuss how to improve humanitarian access to people affected by conflict and displacement, particularly in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur, " Nesirky noted.

The humanitarian community continues to work with the Sudanese government to address deteriorating living conditions in camps and to find lasting solutions for those who have been uprooted for many years, the spokesperson added.

Fighting between the Sudanese armed forces and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) broke out after neighboring South Sudan seceded under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended a decades-long civil war.

South Kordofan has been witnessing growing armed clashes between the Sudanese army and the SPLM-N. In Blue Nile, the fighting displaced and then isolated tens of thousands of people. Violence has subsided from its peak in 2003 and 2004, but heavy fighting has been reported since early this year between the rebel alliance and the Sudanese army supported by militias in Darfur.

Editor: yan
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