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STATEMENT OF THE SPOKESMAN OF THE AU MEDIATION FOR THE INTER-SUDANESE PEACE
The African Union Special Envoy for Darfur and Chief Mediator Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim is utterly outraged by the attack on Abu Sarouj village in West Darfur, which took place on the morning of Monday 19 December 2005. He unequivocally condemns the unwarranted brutal killings of numerous innocent civilians including women and children, and the destruction of their homes and property by armed militia.
Dr. Salim considers this attack as particularly deplorable as it has come at a time when intensive efforts are being made to negotiate a peaceful settlement to put an end to the conflict, and thus end the suffering of the people of Darfur.
The Special Envoy stressed that the perpetrators of these atrocious and murderous acts should be made to face the full force of the law. In this respect, he urged the Sudanese Authorities and others concerned to take appropriate measures to ensure that justice is done.
At the same time, Dr Salim called upon the Government of the Sudan and all the Parties to the conflict to exert all the necessary effort to ensure the protection of the civilian population in Darfur.
Abuja, 21 December 2005
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