UN calls for demilitarization of Darfur camps

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 24, 2010 02:11

The UN Security Council is calling for the demilitarization of camps for hundreds of thousands of displaced people in Darfur and unhindered access for aid workers who the UN says are facing increasing harassment and violence.

The council met Monday to hear briefings from UN peacekeeping and humanitarian officials, mainly on the situation in Kalma Camp, one of the largest, where demonstrations in late July by opponents of peace talks with the government turned violent and humanitarian workers were barred for two weeks.

A press statement by the council, which is concerned about weapons and armed groups in the camps, welcomed efforts by the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force to increase patrols and restore calm.


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