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Commissioner Georgieva voices grave concern over the lack of humanitarian access to South Kordofan

Sudanese people take shelter in natural caves as Sudanese aircrafts fly over the hills surrounding Lwere in Sudan's Nuba mountains on July 1, 2011 © BELGA / AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE
25/08/2011  - 

Following the announcement by President Al Bashir of Sudan of a two-week cease-fire in South Kordofan, Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has voiced her grave concern over the impossibility of reaching and assisting the people experiencing a humanitarian emergency in the region.

"This temporary cease-fire can provide a window of opportunity to bring in much needed assistance. I am deeply concerned about the suffering of people caught up in the conflict in South Kordofan. Full, unimpeded access to these people by both international and national aid providers is needed to enable the delivery of vital assistance. With this in mind, we are urgently calling for all restrictions, administrative or otherwise, to be lifted," the Commissioner said.

She expressed strong regret that, despite their best efforts, the United Nations' multi-agency assessment team has not been able to carry out its work in South Kordofan. Commissioner Georgieva called for immediate permission to be granted for the resumption of humanitarian missions. She also reiterated the appeal made to all parties by High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission Catherine Ashton, to allow full and unfettered humanitarian access to all of those in need.

Commissioner Georgieva declared that the EU is ready to increase its humanitarian assistance to the affected populations throughout South Kordofan.