Concerned over access to those needing aid UN officials press Sudan to

Extremely concerned at the situation, UN officials are holding discussions with the Sudanese Government, which said it imposed the ban for security reasons, in an effort to get the decision reversed. “This is the first time in the history of the operation that all flights into southern Sudan have been stopped,” said OLS spokesman Martin Dawes. “This is extremely serious for us.” Because of the flight ban, which covers the Eastern and Western Equatoria regions, no UN flights can get into any part of southern Sudan. OLS brings together the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and more than 35 non-governmental organizations (NGOs). read more