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Office of the Spokesman
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January 28, 2005
Question Taken at the January 28, 2005 Daily Press Briefing

Site Access to African Union Cease-Fire Monitors (Taken Question)

Question:   Do we have any information on reports that the Government of Sudan in Darfur prevented African Union monitors from inspecting the site of an alleged bombing raid? How are the monitors operating in Darfur?

Answer:   We are not aware of any effort to prevent African Union monitors from visiting such sites.

The situation throughout Darfur remains violent, fluid, and uncertain. However, the African Union continues to actively monitor and investigate cease-fire violations despite the challenges.

African Union cease-fire monitors have confirmed that there has been bombing outside the town of Shangil Tobaya, although we understand the town itself was not hit. This represents a grave violation of the cease-fire agreement.

We urge the Government of Sudan and the rebel groups to abide by the N’djamena cease-fire agreement and the security and humanitarian protocols they signed. We continue to stress to the parties that the violence and cease-fire violations must stop immediately. We again remind the parties that those perpetrating atrocities will be held accountable for their actions.

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Released on January 28, 2005

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