Press Releases

    SG/SM/9432
                AFR/1002
                30 July 2004

    Secretary-General Gravely Concerned about Continued Attacks in Darfur

    NEW YORK, 29 July (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General is gravely concerned about reports of continuing intimidation, threats and attacks against internally displaced persons in Darfur.  He is particularly disturbed by reports of rape by Janjaweed militias in West Darfur and severe harassment of displaced persons by Government security personnel in several camps in North Darfur, including Zam Zam camp which the Secretary-General himself visited on 30 June.  Government security personnel have been threatening internally displaced persons who have spoken to foreign visitors and have arrested and beaten several community leaders.

    The Secretary-General appeals to the Government to abide immediately by its commitments to ensure the protection and security of all internally displaced persons in Darfur.

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