The United States, Norway and Britain called on both sides of the conflict in Sudan to immediately stop the fighting, in the wake of reports of widespread war crimes in the country.
In a joint statement issued by the US State Department, the three countries strongly condemned the current violence in the Darfur region, calling on both sides of the conflict to respect international humanitarian law to protect civilians.
The statement stressed the need to allow full access to conflict-affected areas so that violations can be properly verified, and for life-saving humanitarian aid to reach survivors who desperately need it. It also called for accountability for those responsible for any atrocities against civilians, especially the targeting of humanitarian aid providers, medical personnel and other service providers.
Sudan has been witnessing, since mid-April, bloody armed confrontations between the army and the Rapid Support Forces, without the multiple ceasefire agreements contributing to calming the situation.