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Sudan expresses commitment to international humanitarian law

December 9, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s foreign ministry undersecretary Abdel-Ghani al-Naem has stressed his country’s commitment to the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the principles upon which it was based.

Sudan's foreign ministry building in Khartoum (SUNA)
Sudan’s foreign ministry building in Khartoum (SUNA)
Al-Naem, who was speaking before the 32 nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva Wednesday, said that Sudan is an original party to the IHL, pointing to three initiatives launched by President Omer al-Bashir to address internal conflicts and migration and refugees issues.

He said the first initiative pertains to food security issue, pointing to the tripartite agreement signed between Sudan, Germany and the regional bloc IGAD last week which aims to provide food and professional training opportunities for the refugees and the host communities.

The Sudanese diplomat added the second initiative pertains to the national dialogue, saying it seeks to achieve peace, stability and national reconciliation in order to end the conflicts and address the root causes of displacement.

He pointed to the government unilateral declaration of ceasefire in Darfur, South Kordofan and the Blue Nile.

According to al-Naem, the third initiative pertains to receiving large number of South Sudanese and Syrian refugees and treating them as Sudanese nationals with regard to education and health services and the work and movement rights.

He further pointed that Sudan has received thousands of refugees and migrants from the neighbouring countries, saying his country provided support and protection for those refugees and migrants despite it is limited financial resources and without receiving the appropriate external help.

The Sudanese diplomat added that Sudan continues to offer support for refugees although it suffers from the negative impact of the unilateral sanctions and heavy foreign debt.

Representatives of nearly every government in the world, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and partner organisations are gathering in Geneva between 8 to 10 December for the 32 nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

It is noteworthy that the conference, which meets every four years to reflect and take decisions on pressing humanitarian issues, is the premier global forum to enhance and inspire humanitarian debates.