Denmark and Ghana said alarmed by the humanitarian situation in the war-torn Darfur region. The two countries denounced attacks against civilians, aid workers and African peacekeepers.
Akwasi Osei-Adjei, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana, and Per Stig Moller, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark,
have made the following statement in connection with their meeting in Copenhagen, March 26, 2007:
“We are alarmed at the security situation and the consequences it has on the humanitarian relief operation in Darfur. The continued attacks on civilians, relief workers and peacekeepers are unacceptable. We urgently need to see a drastic improvement on the ground.
Humanitarian workers must be able to operate freely and securely.
All parties must contribute to genuine movement on the political process. All sides must respect international law, including human rights, and humanitarian law, and abide by the N’Djamena Ceasefire Agreement, the Abuja Protocols and the Cannes Declaration.
We strongly urge the Government of Sudan to work with the United Nations and the African Union with regards to the deployment of the UN’s two support packages to the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) and the transition of the current peacekeeping force into a hybrid AU-UN operation.”
Note for editors:
N’Djamena Ceasefire Agreement:
The humanitarian ceasefire agreement between the Government of Sudan, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army and the Sudan Justice and Equality Movement was signed in N’djamena, Chad, on 8 April 2004. The agreement provides for a cease-fire and guarantees humanitarian access to the civilian populations.
The Abuja Protocols concerning the humanitarian and security situation in Darfur were signed by Government of Khartoum, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army and the Sudan Justice and Equality Movement November 9, 2004. The humanitarian protocol stipulates the parties’ commitment to take all steps required to prevent violence against civilians and to guarantee unimpeded and unrestricted access for humanitarian workers in Darfur.
The Cannes declaration on Darfur was adopted on the need for enhanced regional dialogue in the search for a solution to the Darfur conflict and the declaration calls for the establishment of active consultation bodies bringing together Sudan, Chad and the Central African Republic. The declaration was signed by the president of Sudan, the president of Chad and the president of the Central African Republic in the presence of their counterparts from Ghana, France, Egypt, Gabon, and Congo February 15, 2007.