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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 1, 2001

Report of Attack On UN Relief Base in Southern Sudan

There have been a number of attacks against international relief operations in southern Sudan. Most recently, on February 22, forces allied with the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) attacked and burned the town of Nyal in Southern Sudan. The UNICEF compound in Nyal was looted and heavily damaged. This operation had served as the base for relief to war affected populations in Upper Nile state. Previously, on January 12, militia raiders supported by the Sudanese Government attacked the southern Sudanese village of Chelkou, and targeted and destroyed the International Committee of the Red Cross operations base there.

The United States condemns these deliberate attacks against the personnel and installations of the international relief agencies at work in southern Sudan. These attacks put at risk thousands of innocent civilians already in jeopardy because of increased fighting and continued drought-related food shortages.

Attacks that target international relief operations and put innocent civilians at risk must stop. We call upon the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Army to honor their humanitarian commitments.

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Released on March 1, 2001

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