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EU envoys visit Blue Nile, urge Sudan to make peace

October 21 - 2015 KHARTOUM
Ambassador Tomas Ulicny, Head of the EU Delegation to Sudan, and other EU Ambassadors visit El Azaza camp for displaced in Blue Nile (EU Delegation to Sudan)
Ambassador Tomas Ulicny, Head of the EU Delegation to Sudan, and other EU Ambassadors visit El Azaza camp for displaced in Blue Nile (EU Delegation to Sudan)

A EU ambassadorial delegation completed a one-day visit to Ed Damazin, capital of Blue Nile state today. The European diplomats are firmly convinced that peace talks should resume immediately, to create an environment that would allow the continuation of development assistance and the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The delegation was composed of the heads of diplomatic missions from the EU, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, the EU Delegation to Sudan reported in a press release today.

The European diplomats met with the Governor of the Blue Nile state and his cabinet to exchange views about the humanitarian and development situation. The delegation further met with all the international organisations working in the state and was briefed about the main humanitarian and development challenges, as well as work that needs to be carried out to address them.

The EU Ambassadors listened to the elders at El Azaza camp for the displaced and those benefiting from the humanitarian aid. During a stop at El Roseires Dam, the European diplomats discussed its potential for irrigation and electricity generation.

'Peace talks should resume immediately'

Upon return to Khartoum Airport, Ambassador Tomas Ulicny, Head of Delegation of the EU to Sudan told the press: “The Ambassadors of the EU completed a one-day visit to Ed Damazin. The European diplomats are firmly convinced that peace talks should resume immediately, to create an environment that would allow the continuation of development assistance and the delivery of humanitarian aid.

“Assistance should never be denied, especially when there are urgent needs. [..] The Sudanese government should welcome humanitarian organisations.”

“The role of women in peace processes was emphasised. Humanitarian access is a priority and many children are in urgent need of vaccination. Assistance should never be denied, especially when there are urgent needs.”

He further said: “The EU reminds all sides of the need to respect international humanitarian law, and calls on the Government of Sudan and the Sudanese armed opposition to restart peace talks to lift the suffering of the innocent civilians. Everything should be done to avoid civilian displacement.

Food security, development

“The visit showed that there is an urgent need for more development and humanitarian assistance to the Blue Nile,” Ambassador Ulicny stated.

“This requires facilitation by the Sudanese government for the international organisations. Their visits to assess the needs in different sectors should be welcomed.”

The Ambassadors of the EU countries are deeply concerned by the stories from the displaced and their host communities and they call on the Sudanese parties to respect the plea of the people for peace and stability. The Ambassadors also inquired about the expected impact of the delayed rainy season.”

The EU support in Blue Nile state is focused on food security, primary education, and conflict reduction. These ongoing EU initiatives exceed 11.2 million Euro.


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