Sudan: Top UN official decries poor access to areas in need

Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Senior UN humanitarian officer John Ging briefs reporters after a closed
meeting of Security Council
[PHOTO: UNifeed] 
New York: A UN humanitarian officer told the Security Council that aid attempts for Sudan and South Sudan are failing and doomed to further failure unless there is a political will to work towards gaining access to the areas in need.

John Ging, Director of the Operational Division of the UN's  Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told the council  that the UN and other agencies have enough food and essentials  to serve the 900,000 people in need in the area and all they need is access.

"We don't need more process we need more access," he told reporters after a closed meeting of the Security Council, "and again we need it urgently and desperately and that was my message to the council."

"We are engaged incredibly intensively in negotiations and discussion in an endeavour to broker an agreement. But we have to call it as it is. So far we have failed. What are the prospects? Continued failure unless there is more political will to turn that failure into success," he said.

US Ambassador Susan Rice reminded reporters that leaders of Sudan and South Sudan had reached an agreement on humanitarian access last September and had met again over the last weekend.

She said, "the parties must now finally move from rhetoric to action, by clearing implementing the agreements reached in Addis Ababa without further delay." -UNifeed
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