Press Bulletin of the Embassy of the Russian Federation/

 

24-01-2005

Alexander Yakovenko, the Spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Answers a Media Question Regarding Reports of an Aggravation of the Situation in the Western Sudanese Province of Darfur

Question: How can you comment on news agency reports of an aggravation of the situation in the western Sudanese province of Darfur?

Answer: In spite of the agreements existing between the parties in conflict in Sudan, armed clashes are still continuing in Darfur, attended by violence against the civilian population and human rights violations.

The international community, including Russia, is not indifferent to what is happening in that country. Through the UN, the African Union and humanitarian organizations attempts are being made to halt the further degradation of conditions in Darfur, which is having an adverse impact on the situation of the civilian population.

It is obvious that a solution to the problem needs to be sought at the negotiating table. The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the southern Sudanese opposition, SPLM/A, of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement on January 9 has shown that, given the political will, any differences can be settled. Priority should remain with political methods, which ought to be buttressed by active help from international and regional organizations.

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