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UN Sudan humanitarian chief urges Darfur conflict solution

A picture released by the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur shows Zam Zam camp for internally displaced people, near El Fasher in North Darfur, February 18, 2014The acting United Nations humanitarian chief in Sudan urged the government and rebels in Darfur Friday to negotiate a political solution to the conflict, as troops press an offensive in the region. Darfur has been mired in conflict since 2003 when mostly black insurgents rebelled against the Arab-dominated Khartoum government, complaining of their marginalisation. “It is now nearly 11 years that this has been going on and we still don’t see an end in sight,” said Geert Cappelaere, the head of UNICEF in Sudan and the acting UN humanitarian coordinator in the country. In November, the government launched a fresh offensive in Darfur, as well as in the southern Blue Nile and South Kordofan areas.

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