Britain condemns military attacks in Sudan

22nd May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain said Sunday that it condemned Sudanese army attacks in Abyei and urged all sides to cease hostilities, as thousands of civilians fled fighting in Sudan's contested district.

"I condemn recent military actions in and around Abyei, including the attack on Abyei town by the Sudanese armed forces on 21 May and the attack on a joint Sudanese armed forces and UN convoy on 19 May," said Foreign Secretary William Hague in a statement.

"These incidents are clear violations of the CPA (Comprehensive Peace Agreement) and cannot be justified.

"I call on all sides to cease hostilities immediately. All unauthorised forces should be withdrawn from the entire area of Abyei in accordance with past agreements by the parties. I remind the parties of their responsibility to protect civilians.

"I urge the parties to the CPA to respect their commitments under it, and to make use of the good offices of (South Africa's former) President (Thabo) Mbeki's AU High-Level Implementation Panel to negotiate a peaceful and durable resolution of all outstanding issues, including the implementation of the Abyei Protocol which forms part of the CPA."

© 2011 AFP

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