Sudan Unhappy with Delayed Relief Response for Eritrean Refugees

Published June 3rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Sudanese government is unhappy about the slow international response to its appeal for aid to Eritrean refugees arriving in the eastern parts of the country, suspecting political reasons are behind it, a newspaper said Saturday. 

Al Anbaa quoted junior Interior Minister Ahmed Mohammed al-Aas as saying he would not rule out the likelihood that "political attitudes" toward Sudan by some nations and international non-governmental organizations were "behind their delay in sending assistance to the Eritrean refugees in Sudan." 

However, Aas declined to name the countries and groups he was accusing, reasoning that it usually takes time to consider deliveries of humanitarian aid, the official daily said. 

"But in this case there has now passed a sufficient period of time for a willing donor to consider sending aid to the refugees in Sudan," Aas was cited by the paper as saying. 

Eritrean refugees have been streaming into Sudan since May 19, fleeing the Ethiopian invasion of western Eritrea.  

A senior official in Kassala State government told AFP Friday that some of the representatives of donor nations and organizations who visited the refugee camps responded favorably while others have not made any aid pledges. 

Sudanese officials say there are close to 50,000 Eritrean refugees in their country -- KHARTOUM (AFP) 


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