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China: UN should consult Sudan as groups expelled

China: UN should consult Sudan as groups expelled

China urged the United Nations on Tuesday to consult with the Sudanese government to stem a humanitarian crisis after the African nation expelled 13 aid groups that were helping millions in the conflict-wracked Darfur region.
Sudan kicked out more than half of the aid workers in Darfur after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Khartoum accused the aid groups of cooperating with the Netherlands-based ICC.
The World Food Program says some 1.1 million of the 2-3 million people it feeds in Sudan each month are dependent on deliveries from the groups that have been expelled.
The United Nations denounced the Sudanese government's move. It has said it would try to fill the life-threatening gaps, but said neither it nor the Sudanese government had the capacity to take over the work.
"China noted the decision by the Sudanese government and the concern expressed by the U.N.," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said. "We hope the U.N. can fully consult with the Sudanese government to avoid any impact on the humanitarian situation in Darfur."
China is a major diplomatic ally of Sudan, buying two-thirds of the country's petroleum exports. Beijing has been repeatedly criticized for not using its economic leverage to apply more pressure on Bashir's government to end a civil war in Darfur. At least 300,000 people have been killed.
Beijing is believed to be the provider of most of Sudan's small arms, many of which are used in Darfur.


Updated : 2021-03-08 17:07 GMT+08:00