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Vol 39 No 13

Published 26th June 1998


Access denied

Amid massive publicity for Sudan’s famine, the Khartoum government agreed in May to full access for the United Nations’ Operation Lifeline Sudan. Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail assured UN Secretary General Kofi Annan that the UN could assess the needs of 450,000 people in areas of the Nuba MountainsheldbytheSudanPeople’ s Liberation Army. Then the SPLA organised a first-ever press trip to the Mountains for its 16 May SPLA Day celebrations. The government withdrew its permission to OLS, first till mid- June, then indefinitely.

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