Sudan must act on Darfur killings : Ban Ki-Moon
United Nations: UN leader Ban Ki-moon has called on the Sudanese government to act against the growing number of killings of UN peacekeepers in the Darfur region.
Ban spoke out yesterday after the killing of two soldiers from Jordan and Senegal in the peacekeeping force in an ambush in South Darfur.
At least 14 peacekeepers have been killed in a surge of violence in Darfur in the past six months. Many of the attacks have been blamed on rogue tribes in the region which has been at conflict for more than a decade. The Sudanese government has yet to detain any of the attackers.
“The secretary general condemns in the strongest terms this cowardly attack on UNAMID peacekeepers and expects the government of Sudan to swiftly bring to justice those responsible for this and previous attacks on UNAMID,” added the spokesman.
The new surge in fighting this year has been blamed on rivalry between Arab tribes in the western region. Hundreds have died in clashes between different tribes and militias.
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