Thursday, March 05, 2009

 

Sudan Gets A Stern Talking To

U.N.: Expelling Aid Groups From Darfur Could Endanger Lives

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned today that the Sudanese government's order to expel foreign aid organizations in Darfur would "cause irrevocable damage to the humanitarian operations there," according to Ban's spokeswoman, Michele Montas…Ban appealed to Sudan to "urgently reconsider" its action, noting that these agencies are "key to maintaining a lifeline to 4.7 million Sudanese people who receive aid in Darfur," she said.”

The UN Secretary-General then noted that the Sudanese should realize that their actions were distracting the UN from its primary focus of preparing to condemn Israel at the Durban II conference next month in Geneva.

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