Press Releases

                                                                                                                            27 April 2004

    Secretary-General Encouraged by Agreement for Talks on Darfur Region of Sudan

    NEW YORK, 26 April (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General is encouraged to learn that the Government of Sudan and the armed opposition in Darfur have agreed on a framework for continuing talks to address the problems in Darfur in a comprehensive manner.  He urges the parties to continue negotiations in good faith.

    The Secretary-General further calls on the parties to adhere to the ceasefire and do everything possible to prevent attacks on civilians.  He underlines the need to assure unimpeded access for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the civilian population.

    The Secretary-General commends the African Union’s decision to send a ceasefire observer mission to Darfur and encourages its speedy deployment.

    The Secretary-General assures the parties, the Government of Chad and the African Union of the United Nations’ support and cooperation in restoring peace in Darfur.

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