Sudan expels two ICRC workers from west Darfur

18:39, August 17, 2010      

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The Sudanese government on Monday decided to expel two female workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the western Sudanese region of Darfur for reportedly violating the agreement between the government and the ICRC.

"The Sudanese government on Monday demanded expulsion of two ICRC female workers from Zalinge, some 80 km from El-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur State, saying they have violated the agreement signed between the Sudanese government and the ICRC in the state," ICRC Information Officer in Sudan Adil Sharif told Xinhua Monday.

"The staff have been summoned by the consent of the authorities and we have responded to the request of the Sudanese authorities so that there would not be misunderstanding that may cripple the work of the ICRC in the area," he added.

He further affirmed that the activities of the ICRC in West Darfur are normal despite the departure of the two female staff to Khartoum. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir earlier directed the governors of the three Darfur States to expel any aid organization or peacekeeping mission that surpasses its mandate or obstructs the authorities in performing their sovereign duties.

Khartoum accuses some foreign organizations of performing activities beyond their mandates and the agreements signed between them and the government.

Since March 2009, the Sudanese government has expelled around 13 foreign organizations operating in Darfur after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against al-Bashir.



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