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UN representatives to meet with Sudanese over Kalma camp violence

08-12-2010 10:07 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- High-ranking UN officials met with senior officials of the Sudanese government at the embattled Kalma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) on Wednesday to discuss the troubling security situation in the Darfur region, Martin Nesirky, the UN spokesperson, said here Wednesday.

Nesirky told a daily news briefing that Ibrahim Gambari, head of the joint UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), along with Georg Charpentier, UN humanitarian and resident coordinator in Sudan, met with authorities about the violent clashes at Kalma between the rebel Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA) and supporters of the Doha peace process.

"They discussed the need to find amicable and practical solutions to resolve the situation and ensure protection for all displaced people and civilians," Nesirky said.

Echoes of recent violence in Kalma, located in the South Darfur capital of Nyala, still resonated Tuesday night, as more gunfire was reported in the camp.

Nesirky cited reports by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) that the situation there "remains tense and insecure."

The situation has been further complicated as UNAMID reportedly refuses to hand over to the South Darfur State authorities six IDPs from Kalma who allegedly came to the mission for shelter.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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