June 27, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese government gave on Wednesday the green light to start a UN operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to civilians in the areas held by the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM°-N).
Refugees from Blue Nile receive food during a food aid distribution at the Yusuf Batil Refugee camp, in Upper Nile State, South Sudan on June 23, 2012. (Getty
Khartoum since last year refused to allow access to aid workers to the areas held by the Sudanese rebels in the Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan and southern parts of Blue Nile state saying rebels will also benefit from such humanitarian support.
Seeking to give Sudan some guarantees on the neutrality of its action in the rebel held areas, the UN agencies requested the support of the African Union and Arab League who agreed to send observers to monitor this humanitarian operation.
The approval was announced Wednesday in a meeting of the coordinating committee between the Sudanese Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) and UN agencies at the premises of the UNHCR in Khartoum.
The nine-point agreement provides the right to humanitarian assistance of all the Sudanese affected by the conflict in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan without discrimination and the immediate cessation