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Bashir threatens to expel UN
Sudanese president warns aid organisations to "support government authorities" in Darfur.
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2010 06:03 GMT
Kalma, in western Sudan, is home to more than 100,000 internally displaced persons [AFP]

Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, has warned the United Nations mission in Darfur and foreign aid organisations to "support government authorities" or face expulsion.

"Any aid group or UN or African Union agency, even Unamid, their mandate is to support government authorities," Bashir told a gathering of Darfuri leaders in Khartoum on Saturday.

Unamid, the joint African Union and United Nations mission in Darfur, has more than 15,000 peacekeepers deployed in the region.

"I tell my brothers, the governors of Darfur, that anyone who exceeds these boundaries or their mandate can be expelled the same day," Bashir said.

Bashir's remarks come amid an ongoing dispute between the Sudanese government and Unamid over six people wanted by Khartoum.

Camp clashes

The Sudanese government accuses the six members of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), one of the rebel groups most hostile to the Sudanese government, of starting a clash last month in the Kalma camp.

Ibrahim Gambari responds to Bashir in an interview with Al Jazeera

Kalma houses more than 100,000 people who fled their homes during years of bloody rampages carried out by militias in western Sudan.

"The camps are Sudanese territory under Sudanese authority and there is no authority in this world which can stop the government from ... prosecuting criminals who break the law," Bashir said.

Eleven people were killed in last month's fighting in Kalma, which involved the SLA and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM). The LJM is currently talking with the government in Khartoum.

Unamid earlier this month refused to hand over the SLA suspects, and accused the government of blocking shipments of humanitarian aid to Kalma.

Ibrahim Gambari, the head of Unamid, met with Sudanese officials last week and said he would not turn over the suspects without proof of their crimes or guarantees of a fair trial.

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
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