UN Security Council calls on "full access" in Darfur for international peacekeepers

14:47, December 01, 2009      

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The UN Security Council here on Monday called on "full access" for peacekeepers in Sudanese region of Darfur as current efforts are being hindered by the Sudanese government, but Sudan said that it does not deny any access.

The statements came as Austrian UN Ambassador Thomas Mayr Harting, who holds the Security Council's rotating presidency for November, told reporters here that the 15-nation Council called on" all parties to unconditionally guarantee full access, as well as the security of humanitarian workers and U.N. personnel, and also for the immediate release of hostages."

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice told reporters after a Security Council meeting on Sudan that the United States is concerned in "the secretary-general's report of some 42 instances in which UNAMID personnel and patrols have been denied freedom of movement and access."

"It is utterly unacceptable, as are the threats by the government of Sudan against UNAMID," she said.

A recent report by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had said the Sudanese government limited the actions of international peacekeepers in the U.N. African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, which is known as UNAMID.

"There is no denied of any access," Sudanese UN Ambassador Abdalmahmoud Abdalhaleem told reporters as he underscored that Sudan's "cooperation with UNAMID is on course and very good."

The UN Security Council last year dispatched a hybrid force, the UNAMID (African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur), to the volatile region in efforts to protect local residents.

Source: Xinhua
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