Sunday, October 02, 2005

Sudanese Government Accused in Attack

African Union Accuses Sudan Government Forces of Attacking Civilians in Darfur; at Least 44 Dead
KHARTOUM, Sudan:The African Union accused Sudanese government forces on Saturday of attacking civilians in Darfur, and committing acts of "calculated and wanton destruction" that have killed at least 44 people and displaced thousands over two weeks.
Government forces have also painted their military vehicles in the white colors of the African Union cease-fire monitors "in violation of all established norms and conventions," the chief African Union envoy to Sudan, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, said Saturday at a news conference in the Sudanese capital.
In a rare accusation from the African Union, which generally refrains from apportioning blame in the Darfur fighting, Kingibe gave four instances of Sudanese army troops coordinating operations with the Janjaweed Arab militia since Sept. 18.His charge is politically embarrassing to the new government as Sudan has repeatedly denied any collusion with the Janjaweed, the ethnic Arab militia which has been blamed for the bulk of human rights violations in the two-year conflict.


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