Friday, August 19, 2005

Monthly Report of the UN Secretary-General on Darfur - 11 August 2005

Despite few casualties in Darfur, conditions are steadily deteriorating says United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his latest report to the UN Security Council.

While deaths from clashes between Sudanese Government forces and armed factions in Darfur have declined, Mr Annan warns in a new report that the ensuing "descent into lawlessness" - looting and rebel attacks against civilians and aid workers - has only intensified insecurity in Darfur.
"While the daily rate of casualties from fighting has declined in recent months, the damage to the social and economic fabric in Darfur and the longer-term costs of this conflict are steadily becoming clearer," says Mr. Annan in his monthly report to the Security Council, which notes that as of 1 July, 3.2 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance and 1.9 million were living in crowded camps in Sudan.

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