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KHARTOUM - 8 Feb 2013

Sudan: no forced UN intervention in troubled border states

The National Congress Party’s (NCP) Minister for External Relations in Sudan, Ibrahim Gandur, has criticized the United Nations’ statement declaring the introduction of humanitarian aid for South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. 

Claiming that the Sudanese government did not give permission for the distribution of aid, they reportedly offered to try to resolve issues in the two regions instead by entering into negotiations with rebel group, SPLM-N.

Gandur described the move as interference in Sudanese affairs by the United Nations.  He told reporters on Wednesday that it appears as though the international institution has been pressured by countries that ‘think that they are the ones directing’ the United Nations.

As a result, the minister confirmed NCP leadership’s refusal to allow any external intervention in order to impose solutions or meddle within Sudan’s internal issues.

Gandur further claimed that any solution to the problems in Blue Nile and South Kordofan cannot only be found using political means and that any attempt to impose solutions from the outside will fail. “The issue of these two regions is an internal one and everyone else should keep out of it,” he cautioned.

Photo by Radio Tamazuj: People in Aldo, South Kordofan line up for a non-UN food distribution in SPLA-held territory.