Emergency Relief Coordinator’s key messages on South Kordofan and Blue Nile, Sudan
6 December 2011 · Issue Number 2
I. Key Messages
My planned visit to Sudan to discuss the need for free and unfettered access for humanitarian assessment and assistance in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States was, at the last minute, postponed by the Government of Sudan. I hope to be able to re-schedule this visit as a matter of urgency.
Given the continued denial of access to South Kordofan and Blue Nile States we must now plan for a major deterioration in the condition of people there, including rising malnutrition, food insecurity and the dangers of unexploded ordnance and landmines.
The fighting in South Kordofan and Blue Nile must stop. We have had disturbing reports that aerial and artillery bombardments in the past few days have endangered thousands of people on the border between Sudan and South Sudan. Until the fighting ceases, everything must be done to ensure the protection of civilians caught in the middle of the conflict. Thousands have already fled across Sudan’s borders into other countries.
The United Nations remains ready, willing and able to help the Government of Sudan by conducting independent assessments and delivering assistance in areas under the control of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North. We have presented a concrete proposal on how we can help in twelve of the main conflict areas in South Kordofan. I hope this will be favourably considered.
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