UN says aid groups returning to Darfur refugee camp

August 17, 2010 03:19

UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said some humanitarian organizations were allowed back into a camp in South Darfur on Monday where more than 80,000 displaced people have been unable to receive food and other relief supplies for two weeks.

While the U.N. chief was appreciative that aid workers were finally given access to Kalma Camp in South Darfur, he expressed concern that recent attacks on international peacekeepers and abductions and mistreatment of UN staff and humanitarian workers have contributed to a deterioration of the situation in Darfur.

The secretary-general "calls upon the government of Sudan to apprehend and bring to justice those who attack UN staff and humanitarian workers, and to take all possible measures to ensure that humanitarian access to all Sudanese remains open and humanitarian space protected," UN spokesman Farhan Haq said.

Five international aid organizations and UN humanitarian agencies had been prevented from entering Kalma Camp by local authorities since Aug. 2 following demonstrations by opponents of the peace talks that turned violent and left at least five people dead.

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