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Sinn Féin MEP calls upon EU to step up support for Sudan

11 May, 2005


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today called upon the European Union under the direction of the United Nations, to step up efforts to help bring peace to Sudan. Ms de Brún supported the calls from the GUE/NGL group in the Parliament for the European Commission and all other donors to provide the necessary funds to aid and improve the situation on the ground in Sudan'. Speaking from Strasbourg Ms de Brún said:

"Sudan remains a human tragedy of immense proportions. Attacks on civilians and indiscriminate bombing have resulted in at least 30 000 deaths, more than one million internally displaced people (IDP) and more than 200 000 refugees in neighbouring Chad.

"Special attention must be paid to the need to enhance security, both physical and personal of internally displaced persons in camps and more specifically of women and children.

"The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed on 9 January 2005 in Naivasha, Kenya, is generally viewed by the parties involved as leaving room for optimism, and it is essential that the commitments made in Oslo by the donors are implemented as quickly as possible. The European Commission and all other donors must provide the necessary funding to aid and improve the situation on the ground in Sudan.

"I am calling upon the European Commission not only to continue its current support, but to increase that support to ensure the full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The African Union, the European Commission and Council have played a pivotal role in actively facilitating the end of the military conflict and providing humanitarian aid. "If this work is to be built upon, then there must be a renewed effort to bring peace to this troubled region." ENDS

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