The United Nations humanitarian affairs chief on Monday requested Sudan for access to areas affected by the conflict in South Kordofan State on the border with South Sudan, Sudan’s official SUNA news agency reported.
“(The UN) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Valerie Amos has requested the (Sudanese) government to allow the UN agencies and foreign organizations access to the areas controlled by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), to assist the affected people whom she said are suffering from cases of malnutrition, measles and lack of food in South Kordofan State,” SUNA quoted Sudanese Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Suleiman Abdul-Rahman as saying.
“The (Sudanese) government asked the UN official to submit a written perspective on how to deliver the humanitarian assistance to the affected people at the areas of SPLM presence so that the government studies it and responds to it,” he added.
The Sudanese government has earlier notified Amos about cases of malnutrition, signs of famine and spread of epidemic diseases in the areas controlled by the SPLM in the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.
Khartoum has reiterated more than once its rejection of providing any humanitarian assistance to the conflict-hit areas by UN agencies or foreign organizations without the presence of the Sudanese humanitarian aid commission, insisting on offering aid through national organizations.