UNHCR urges end to fighting in Sudan's Blue Nile

3rd September 2011, Comments 0 comments

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees urged an immediate end Saturday to fighting in Sudan's flashpoint Blue Nile state after clashes erupted there less than two months after South Sudan's secession.

"We need, at all costs, to stop yet one more refugee crisis in a region of the world that has been witnessing in recent months so much suffering," said Guterres in a statement on his return from a visit to Somalia where hundreds of thousands oif people have been displaced by conflict and famine.

Sudan on Friday declared a state of emergency in the border state of Blue Nile and appointed a military ruler amid the clashes between the army and forces loyal to the elected governor.

The clashes in Blue Nile state follow warnings that the three-month-old conflict in nearby South Kordofan is likely to spill along Sudan's new international border with the south.

© 2011 AFP

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