Sudan maintains stance on international aid access to 2 states

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir remains defiant amid increasing pressure on his government to give international aid groups wider access to the two conflict-torn states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

The president said he has no intention of bowing down to pressure from the United States, the United Nations and other key donors seeking greater access for foreign groups and aid workers into the two states.

Appearing before a conference in Khartoum, al-Bashir also accused the limited number of international aid groups already in the two states of delivering biased and slanted aid, the Sudan Tribune reports.

The president’s remarks came a day after the U.N. Security Council joined calls for wider access to address the deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile. The Security Council warned the situation there could reach “emergency levels if not immediately addressed”.

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