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Sudan bishop urges pressure on unreliable government

The bishop of the Sudanese diocese that includes the western region of Darfur has issued a statement declaring that the international community "must seriously step up pressures on Sudan".

Bishop Antonio Menegazzo told the Rome-based MISNA news agency that the Khartoum government "continues promising without keeping its word".

He added that "the government is insisting that the refugees return to their homes, but there are not the necessary conditions".

Bishop Menegazzo is also Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of El Obeid in the region of Darfur, which is torn by a conflict that is causing a major humanitarian crisis.

"The situation is in constant deterioration," he told MISNA.

The 'Janjaweed' militias continue attacking villages, torching homes and looting the black Muslim population of the region.

"The government of Khartoum just yesterday asked for more time to disarm the Janjaweed militias", he said.

"In the meantime, the local authorities are clearly demonstrating their disapproval of the visits of various international organisations, refusing to co-operate in a verification of the conditions of the displaced in the camps".

The same difficulties were experienced also by the Papal envoy Archbishop Joseph Cordes, president of the 'Cor Unum' Pontifical Council, who a few days ago visited Sudan.

Bishop of El Obeid: "Stronger international pressures are necessary for Darfur" (Missionary Service News Agency 28/7/04)

Aid worker warns over worsening crisis in Sudan (Irish Times 28/7/04)
Darfur Conflict Could Worsen, Warns Vatican Official (Zenit 27/7/04)
Papal envoy demands action on Darfur (CathNews 27/7/04)
Darfur, Papal Envoy: Khartoum must guarantee security of displaced (Missionary Service News Agency 26/7/04)
Loreto meeting: Apostolic Nuncio "darfur is a racist conflict" (Missionary Service News Agency 26/7/04)
South Sudan, around 40 killed in LRA rebel attack against village (Missionary Service News Agency 26/7/04)
Bishop Antonio Menegazzo, M.C.C.I. (
Diocese of El Obeid
Feverish diplomatic activity to solve the crisis in Darfur (Fides 23/7/04)
Sudanese leaders must guarantee safety of their people (Vatican Information Service 26/7/04)
Darfur: Papal Envoy in s to visit refugee camp (Missionary Service News Agency 24/7/04)
In Sudan, Fears of a "Slow-Motion Rwanda" (Zenit 23/7/04)
Pope Urging Khartoum to Help Solve Darfur Conflict (Zenit 22/7/04)
Pope Urges Peace in Uganda, Sudan (Voice of America 25/7/04)
Sudan rebels accused of blocking talks (Reuters 25/7/04)
World's worst humanitarian crisis in Darfur (Wel-com)
US Congress Declares Genocide in Darfur (Catholic Information Service for Africa 23/7/04)

29 Jul 2004