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EU allocates €80 million to Sudan, South Sudan

February 3 - 2013 KHARTOUM

The European Union (EU) mission to Sudan has allocated 80 million euros to Sudan and South Sudan that will be invested in humanitarian aid and food provision in both countries.

EU Ambassador in Khartoum, Tomas Ulicny, announced on Sunday that 50 million euros will be allocated projects related to emergency relief and protection of civilians and 30 million to food provision.

He added that aid will be distributed through international organizations in support of those affected by conflicts in both countries.

Freedom of movement

Dr. Suleiman Abdul Rahman Suleiman, general commissioner of the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) in Sudan, announced the country will ensure as much freedom of movement as possible to humanitarian agencies and to the UN.

He told the Sudan News Agency (SUNA) that following the policy of his country, relief workers will no longer be required to obtain travel permission to “safe areas controlled by the government”. Instead, he continued, only their identity will be enough.

The commissioner pointed out to the possibility of changes in the the security situation in some parts of Sudan, what would put the lives of relief workers in danger.

In this case, he said, HAC has vowed to inform organizations three days before their scheduled departure that their mission must be cancelled.  

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