North Darfur State governor rebuffs UN delegation claim of violence increasing in Darfur

08:37, October 09, 2010      

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Sudan's North Darfur State Governor Osman Mohamed Yousif Kibir rebuffed Friday visiting UN Security Council (UNSC) delegation head's claim that statistics showed a rise in violence in Darfur in 2010.

Mark Grant, the head of the UNSC delegation, said during his meeting with Kibir that statistics indicated that violent crimes in Darfur are increasing in 2010.

Kibir rejected the claim and demanded Grant to disclose the source of the statistics, saying "if you have sources, you must unveil them before the meeting."

Meanwhile, Dafalla al-Haj, Sudan's permanent representative to the UN, said "(Mark Grant) could not prove his remarks," referring to the debate between the governor and the UNSC delegate.

The UNSC delegation's visit to the region constituted "a golden chance" for the UNSC members to get acquainted with the real situations, said al-Haj, adding Kibir has demanded the UNSC to put pressure on the armed movements in Darfur to sit on the negotiating table in Doha, Qatar, to reach a political settlement in Darfur.

The UNSC delegation paid a four-day visit to Sudan starting on Wednesday to get acquainted with the ongoing arrangements of the referendum on self-determination for south Sudan, slated for January 2011, and the conditions in the Darfur region which has been suffering a civil war since 2003.

The delegation is expected to hold talks with the Sudanese government officials in Khartoum on Saturday.

Source: Xinhua


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