UN envoy to Sudan welcomes state of emergency status

O Tuesday UN envoy for Sudan, Volker Peretz, welcomed the decision of the Sudanese Security and Defense Council to declare a state of emergency to contain the recent events in El Geneina, West Darfur state, and urged government security forces to prevent further violence and restore order in the interest of all civilians.

In a statement issued, Peretz stressed that government security forces must be seen as working in the interest of peace and the protection of civilians, noting the need for full compliance with international human rights standards, regardless of tribal or ethnic affiliations.

The statement called on all parties to stop the fighting immediately, and called on the government to ensure the safe access of humanitarian organizations to provide services to those affected, and stressed the need to hold those responsible for the violence accountable.