Foreign Secretary condemns military attacks in Sudan

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Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the attacks in Sudan and called on all sides to cease hostilities immediately.

The Foreign Secretary said:

“I condemn recent military actions in and around Abyei, including the attack on Abyei town by the Sudanese Armed Forces on 21 May and the attack on a joint Sudanese Armed Forces and UN convoy on 19 May. These incidents are clear violations of the Comprehensive Peace Affairs and cannot be justified.

I call on all sides to cease hostilities immediately. All unauthorised forces should be withdrawn from the entire area of Abyei in accordance with past agreements by the parties. I remind the parties of their responsibility to protect civilians.

I urge the parties to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to respect their commitments under it, and to make use of the good offices of President Mbeki’s AU High-Level Implementation Panel to negotiate a peaceful and durable resolution of all outstanding issues, including the implementation of the Abyei Protocol which forms part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.”