US, Britain, Norway 'deeply concerned' on Sudan

9th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

The United States, Britain and Norway said Friday they were "deeply concerned" by Sudan's curtailment of human rights since April elections along with the government's aerial bombings in Darfur.

The three powers issued a joint statement as Sudan enters the final year of a 2005 peace deal that halted a 22-year north-south civil war, saying that a "tremendous amount of work" was needed to ensure stability.

"We are deeply concerned at the actions of the Sudanese authorities since the election, which have further undermined civil and political rights, including the arrest of opposition politicians, journalists and peaceful protestors," the statement said.

The three powers urged Sudan to "ensure a conducive political environment" in the run-up to the January 2011 referendum that will let southern Sudan decide its future status -- a key element of the peace deal.

© 2010 AFP

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