UN warns Sudan is at risk of renewed civil war

June 30, 2011 (UN Radio)

The escalating tension in the border regions between north and south Sudan is likely to push the country to the brink of civil war, the United Nations Office for Human Rights has warned. The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung-wha Kang, said on Tuesday that the fighting in Abyei and South Kordofan regions could spread to other region and must be brought to an end.

Kang said that although the people of south Sudan are eagerly waiting for independence, every effort must be put in place to end inter-communal violence which has claimed over 1,400 lives since the beginning of the year. She says the country also needs to create a disciplined military force whose role is to protect civilians as opposed to being a threat.

The Deputy High Commissioner reiterated the call by the United Nations for humanitarian agencies to be granted full access to the displaced in Dafur and in South Kordofan.


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