31 January 2005

Secretary-General “Deeply Disturbed” by Attack on Darfur Village, Calls on Parties to Comply Fully with Ceasefire Agreement

NEW YORK, 28 January (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is deeply disturbed by an attack near the town of Shangil Tobaya in the Darfur region of the Sudan.  According to monitors of the African Union, government aircraft bombed the area on Wednesday.  This is the latest in a series of grave ceasefire violations that have resulted in a large number of civilian casualties, the displacement of thousands of people, and severe access restrictions for relief workers.  The Secretary-General calls on the Government of the Sudan and the rebel movements in Darfur immediately to comply fully with their commitments under the ceasefire agreement and all relevant Security Council resolutions.

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