Thursday, October 26, 2006

UN Representative ordered to leave Sudan

A convoy of Sudanese refugees arriving at a safer camp deeper inside Chad, from camps near the border. ©UNHCR/H.Caux

On Sunday, the government of Sudan ordered the UN Special Representative Jan Pronk to leave Sudan by today. They accused him of "psychological warfare" after Pronk commented that the army's morale had suffered after two major defeats in the Darfur region since September. This decision by Sudan has been met with negative reactions by the UN, the African Union, the United States, and others. Mr. Pronk has returned to New York for consultations with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. UN officials say Mr. Pronk's status is unchanged.With the peace treaty in "disarray," experts in the region fear that the Sudanese government will resort to air raids on villages along the border. While the attacks target suspected rebel hideouts, it is often innocent civilians and refugees who are the victims.


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