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Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir asks UNAMID forces to withdraw from his country

By Tajuddin
Nov 30th, 2014
Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir

Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir

Khartoum (Xinhua + DIPLOMAT.SO) – Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir on Sunday lashed out at the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), saying it has become a security burden.

“UNAMID has become a security burden on the country and it is apparent from its behavior that it has become protecting the rebellion and not the citizens,” Al-Bashir said at a press conference.

Earlier, Sudan announced that it asked UNAMID to prepare a strategy to exit Darfur region which has been suffering from a civil war since 2003.

The Sudanese request came after the mission sparked the issue of a mass rape in northern Darfur.

Reports emerged this month that over 200 women and girls, including 80 minors, were mass raped by a Sudanese army garrison at the Tabit village, but the Sudanese government vehemently denied it.

Sudan allowed a UNAMID team to conduct an investigation on the alleged incident, but the mission announced that it did not find any evidence on mass rape in the village.

At Sunday’s press conference, al-Bashir reiterated Sudan’s rejection of a second UNAMID probe into the case.

UNAMID, formally established in 2007, has been mandated to protect civilians, support humanitarian assistance, monitor and verify implementation of agreements, contribute to the promotion of human rights and the rule of law. It also assists in the political reconciliation following the 2003 civil war between the government of Sudan and militias and other armed rebel groups in Darfur.

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