Residents of two conflict-afflicted Sudanese states may soon receive assistance: The country’s government has agreed to allow U.N. agencies to deliver humanitarian aid to rebel-held areas of South Kordofan and the Blue Nile.
The approval was part of a nine-point agreement reached Wednesday (June 27) by the Sudanese Humanitarian Aid Commission and U.N. agencies, according to the Sudan Tribune. It is the most positive response so far to numerous U.N. appeals for access into the two states, which are largely controlled by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North group. Sudan had previously agreed to create a joint mechanism to coordinate aid efforts in the two states.
Aside from allowing foreign aid access, the deal recognizes the right to humanitarian assistance of all Sudanese affected by the fighting in South Kordofan and Blue Nile and calls for an immediate end to all hostilities. It also commits all signatories to adopt a joint plan of action, observe Sudanese laws and humanitarian guidelines, and craft a timetable for the implementation of aid operations.
The African Union and the League of Arab States are expected to send observers to monitor the U.N. aid operation in the two states.
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