UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Wednesday called for an immediate end to fighting that has broken out again between the Sudanese government and rebels in the southern Bahr-el-Ghazal region of Sudan.
He "urges all parties to the conflict to desist immediately from fighting, in order to save the lives of innocent civilians and to restore the humanitarian cease-fire," UN deputy spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said.
Rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) announced that they had taken the strategic city of Gogrial in the region of Bahr el-Ghazal June 25th.
The government and rebels have accused each other of having broken the humanitarian ceasefire in the southern region, which has been torn since 1983 by a civil war between Khartoum and the southern rebels led by Colonel John Garang - UNITED NATIONS (AFP)
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