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Obama calls for ceasefire in Sudan

Written by kumaran   // June 15, 2011   // Comments Off

Thousands of people have been displaced Thousands of people have been displaced: Sudan

President Barack Obama is calling on Sudan’s warring factions to end the bloody violence threatening a peace agreement as the south gears up for independence due in three weeks.

“There is no military solution,” Obama said in an audio message recorded late Tuesday for the publicly-funded VOA broadcasting network.

“The leaders of Sudan and South Sudan must live up to their responsibilities. The government of Sudan must prevent a further escalation of this crisis by ceasing its military actions immediately, including aerial bombardments, forced displacements and campaigns of intimidation.”

His appeal for a ceasefire, taped after returning to the US mainland from a visit to Puerto Rico, came amid a surge of violence that has seen more than 1,500 people killed in south Sudan since a largely peaceful independence referendum in January, according to UN and official figures.

Heavy fighting has swept across South Kordofan state on the south Sudan border since June 5 pitting the northern Sudanese Armed Forces and allied militiamen against fighters aligned with southern former rebel group the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. [Read More]

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