UN Deplores Attack on UN African Union Peace Keepers

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned attack on a United
Nations-African Union patrol in Sudan’s Darfur region that led to the death of
one peacekeeper and the wounding of two others.

The attack on the joint UN-AU peacekeeping force (UNAMID) took place near Nyala,
the capital of South Darfur. It comes less than one month after three
peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in North Darfur.

Mr. Ban, in a statement issued
by his spokesperson, extended his heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the
families of the three soldiers and their colleagues in Darfur.

“He expects the Government of Sudan will swiftly bring those responsible for
this reprehensible act to justice,” said the statement.

Over 30 UNAMID personnel have died as a result of hostile actions since the
mission took over from an earlier AU peace force at the start of 2008, an
d many humanitarian workers have also been targeted in attacks by bandits or
armed groups.

Darfur has been wracked with conflict since 2003, pitting Government forces and
allied militiamen against rebel groups. Millions of civilians have been either
internally displaced or forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.

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