Sunday, June 25, 2006

Sudan suspends UN relief work in Darfur

Sudan suspended the United Nations mission in Darfur after accusing the world body of transporting a rebel leader opposed to the recent peace agreement.

"The suspension applies for all of Darfur and this will continue until we get an explanation," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Jamal Ibrahim.

 Displaced Sudanese carry buckets of water at the Otash refugee Camp, on the outskirts of Nyala town, in 2004.
Displaced Sudanese carry buckets of water at the Otash refugee Camp, on the outskirts of Nyala town, in 2004. AFP/File/Jose Cendon photo via Yahoo News.

Ibrahim said that a U.N. helicopter had transported rebel leader Suleiman Adam Jamous who opposes the current peace agreement. He called the action a "flagrant violation" of the sovereignty of Sudan.

Two U.N. groups, the World Food Program and UNICEF head up one of the largest relief operations in the troubled Darfur region.


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