The United Nations mission in Darfur has denounced “fabricated accusations” that it is aiding rebels in the conflict-stricken Sudanese region, as reported by local media and local government officials.
“Most notably, some quarters are deliberately targeting UNAMID, accusing it of ‘aiding rebels’, an utterly false allegation because UNAMID is neutral and not party to the conflict,” the mission said in a statement on April 29. “To say that the AU-UN Mission in Darfur is on the side of rebel movements is also perplexing, given that these groups often accuse the Mission of just the opposite.”
UNAMID added that the accusations do not aid the peace process and appear to be deliberate attempts to intimidate and discredit the mission.
“They are an intolerable insult to our peacekeepers, many of whom have lost their lives or lay it on the line every day for the people of Darfur,” it said.
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