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Vol 40 No 17

Published 27th August 1999


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Ten years after the National Islamic Front government agreed that the United Nations could carry relief to all 'war-affected populations', the UN's Operation Lifeline Sudan has taken its first steps in opposition-controlled areas of the Nuba Mountains. A five-person assessment team under Ross Mountain of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs arrived on 21 June. This was two days after President Omer el Beshir had told the South Kordofan Advisory Council he would never allow relief to reach the Nuba - and, though a four-day ceasefire had been called for the visit, the UN team was greeted by government artillery fire. It moved on safely after contacting Khartoum.

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