The United States has expressed its concern over recent fighting in Darfur's Jebel Marra region in Sudan.
"There are credible reports that villages were targeted for attack during clashes between the Government of Sudan (GoS) forces and the Sudan Liberation Army-Abdul Wahid (SLA/AW), resulting in thousands of newly displaced civilians," a press statement issued here on Friday by Ms Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson, said.
"We call on all sides – the GoS forces, SLA/AW, and armed tribal groups -- to immediately halt their provocative actions and violent responses. In addition, the government should permit immediate and unhindered access by the United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), UN Country Team elements, and national and international humanitarian agencies to the areas where violence is taking place, as well as to displaced populations," it added.
The risk of violence in Jebel Marra highlights the importance of the GoS and the governments of the states of Darfur cooperating with UNAMID to establish its Jebel Marra Task Force. The United States implores all parties to redouble their commitment and take immediate steps towards a comprehensive peace process, according to the press statement. (UNI)