UNAMID demands lifting restrictions on its personnel movement

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United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on Tuesday demanded the Darfur conflict parties to lift restrictions on the movement of its personnel to enable them to deliver humanitarian assistance to the needy.

"We demand the lifting of restrictions on the movement of UNAMID personnel, not only for UNAMID, but also for the humanitarian community," said UNAMID chief Ibrahim Gambari at a press conference here on Tuesday.

"I have been in constant touch with the government to emphasize this point. We also need to make it clear for the armed movements that they must not restrict the movements of UNAMID and the humanitarian community, because persistent, deliberate restriction on such movements to provide humanitarian assistance is also a violation of the international humanitarian law," he said.

He further said UNAMID mandate allowed them to move in all areas, but the government justified the imposition of restrictions on the mission's movement by saying it wanted to ensure the safety of the personnel.

Gambari, meanwhile, said the humanitarian situation in Darfur was not good, "the situation is not good. But it will be better because the aid agencies are determined to continue providing assistance to those who are in need."

Gambari urged the international community to remain engaged in Darfur to achieve peace and development, calling on the conflicting parties in the region to immediately cease hostilities and go to the negotiation table in Doha.

The UNAMID chief said that the mission would complete deployment of 92 percent of its military component and 84 percent of its police component by the end of this year.

UNAMID took over the peacekeeping task in Darfur from the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) on December 31, 2008.

Source: Xinhua


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