FNs nye humanitære utsending, John Holmes, fikk ikke slippe inn da han ville besøke en flyktningeleir i Darfur.
Sudanese troops barred the U.N. humanitarian chief on Saturday from a Darfur refugee camp whose residents have been raped and attacked by gunmen suspected of belonging to pro-government militias.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon failed, meanwhile, to persuade Egypt to push Sudan’s leader to accept a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the region.
The convoy carrying humanitarian chief John Holmes was halted at a checkpoint about a mile outside the Kassab refugee camp, and he was told he lacked the proper papers for a visit there.
«I’m frustrated, annoyed, but it’s not atypical of what happens here,» Holmes told journalists traveling with him. He said he had obtained all the necessary clearances from the government in Khartoum.
Other U.N. officials working in Darfur said that aid workers and U.N. staff were regularly blocked from doing their work at army checkpoints, and that Sudanese authorities had recently confiscated costly satellite gear from one convoy.
The soldiers at the checkpoint briefly prevented a car carrying journalists from leaving after Holmes turned back. The journalists were only allowed to leave after the troops confiscated a videotape from a U.N. television cameraman.