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Commissioner Georgieva regrets the decision of the Sudanese government of the Sudanese government to expel from Darfur two staff members working for the International Organisation for Migration

Commissioner Georgieva in Darfur © EU
16/07/2010  - 

Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response has regreted deeply the decision to expel from Darfur two staff members working for the International Organisation for Migration. This organisation, which is funded by ECHO -the Commission's Humanitarian department- provides vital assistance in Darfur where million of people depend on external aid for their survival. The Commissioner said: "This unfortunate decision will penalise the Sudanese people in the first place. Humanitarian aid is provided solely on the basis of people's needs, independently from any political consideration. We call upon the government to support and protect the work of humanitarian organisations in Darfur." During her recent visit to Darfur, Commissioner Georgieva praised the dedication and courage of the humanitarian workers in bringing relief in the region, which has progressively slid into a "forgotten crisis". Delivering humanitarian assistance in Darfur is still a huge challenge given the pervasive violence that affects the whole region and the difficulty to access vulnerable population.