UN mission concerned over violence in southern Sudan: official

08:43, March 31, 2011      

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David Gressly, the UN regional coordinator for Southern Sudan, said that ongoing violence across a broad swath of Sudan's southern region remains a source of major concern for the UN Mission in that country (UNMIS), UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters here Wednesday.

"Fighting in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity states involve at least four militia groups, with the Southern Sudan People's Army conducting offensives against them," Haq said. "Gressly urges the government of Southern Sudan to deal with these security threats in compliance with international humanitarian law."

Meanwhile, the UN Mine Action Service and its partners have in recent months cleared over 5.6 million square meters of land in Southern Sudan. Their next big challenge would be to clear freshly laid landmines in northern Jonglei State, Gressly said.

Source: Xinhua

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