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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 23, 2007


Arrests in Darfur

The United States condemns the Government of Sudan's January 19, 2007 arrest and subsequent assault of 20 staff members from the UN, African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) and seven non-governmental organizations in Nyala, South Darfur.

There is no justification for these appalling recent attacks on humanitarian aid workers. The Sudanese government has an obligation to protect humanitarian aid workers and others providing life-saving assistance to Sudan's citizens. Attacks such as this one will not weaken the international community's resolve to assist the suffering people of Darfur. Rather, the Sudanese government's actions will only bring about additional international scrutiny. We call on all of the parties in Darfur to demonstrate their commitment to peace and to serving the needs of all the Sudanese people.

2007/045

Released on January 23, 2007

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