Attack against a transit camp (January 25, 2012)

France condemns the bombing on January 23 of a transit camp in South Sudan housing refugees from Sudan. Not only did this bombing raid hit civilians in an already tragic situation, but it also endangered the lives of officials from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration, who were coordinating the transfer of these refugees to a safer area.

This act of aggression violates a boundary, constitutes a violation of international humanitarian law and endangers the lives of civilians and humanitarian workers. This situation is unacceptable.

France urges all parties to the conflict that is affecting the federal states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile in Sudan to put an immediate end to the hostilities and to guarantee the humanitarian actors safe and unrestricted access to the civilian populations.

France is extremely concerned by the most recent unilateral decisions taken by the governments of Sudan and South Sudan which go against the spirit of friendship and cooperation that they demonstrated between January and July 2011. These developments jeopardize the future of the two States. It is now essential that the political leaders of the two countries demonstrate a sense of responsibility and seize the opportunity of the next Extraordinary Summit of IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) to reach an agreement, based on the African Union High-Level Panel’s proposals.