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France Supports ICC and Fact-Finding Mission in Sudan

France expressed grave concern at the continuing conflict in Sudan between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the escalation of violence and the serious deterioration of the security situation in Darfur, and condemned the serious human rights violations committed by both parties.

The French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said in a statement published on Friday that France fully supports the work of the International Criminal Court and the fact-finding mission on Sudan, which was set up by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

France reiterates its call on the parties to the conflict to cease hostilities immediately and without preconditions and to allow the safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance, and calls on the conflicting parties to respect their commitments made in Jeddah to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian access.

The French Foreign Ministry stressed the need for the parties in Sudan to engage in a political process to resolve the conflict and meet the democratic aspirations of Sudanese civilians.

The French Foreign Ministry also affirmed Paris’ support for all peace initiatives aimed at promoting the resolution of the conflict and working with its partners to strengthen coordination among them, praising the efforts made by the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and neighboring countries, as well as the United States and Saudi Arabia.

So far, France has provided €55 million in aid to meet the humanitarian needs of the Sudanese people and Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries.

Source: Radio Dabanga