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     26-11-2004

Alexander Yakovenko, the Spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Answers a Media Question Regarding Aggravation of the Situation in Darfur, Sudan

Question: How can you comment on the aggravation of the situation in Sudan's province of Darfur?

Answer: According to reports coming in from Sudan, the activity of antigovernment armed units in Darfur province has sharply intensified in the last few days.

The new spiral in the escalation of violence, provoked by insurgent forces' actions, has already led to numerous casualties, including among the civilian population.

Moscow is seriously concerned by such a course of events. We see the possibility of resolving the conflict solely on the path of its political settlement.

We consider it necessary to stress that Resolution 1574, adopted recently by the United Nations Security Council, envisages the equal responsibility of all the parties in conflict for the violation of the agreements reached, the unleashing of hostilities, and the undermining of stability in the region.

Resolution 1574 also envisages the possibility of the Security Council taking necessary measures, including those of a sanctions character, against any party to the conflict.

November 26, 2004

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