By Dipo Olowookere
The United States of America (USA) says it has welcomed recent efforts by Sudan to improve humanitarian access.
Last week, Sudan amended the ‘Directives and Procedures for Humanitarian Action.’ These revised directives represent a significant step toward improving humanitarian access in Sudan.
The US, in a statement, noted that it believes when implemented, “these revised regulations will facilitate humanitarian actors’ efforts to get aid to those in need. We recognize this as a positive step and we expect to see sustained gains in humanitarian access.”
It said it also welcome the recent access given to a UN interagency team to travel and conduct a multi-sector assessment in Golo, Central Darfur, which included the first civilian aircraft to land in Golo in five years.
“Access to this conflict-affected area has allowed the UN to conduct a full assessment; and — if sustained — regular air access would enable the international humanitarian community to support relief efforts to Golo and surrounding areas,” the US opined.
The United States promised that “as part of its longstanding commitment to the people of Sudan, will continue to support humanitarian efforts there, and will work with all parties to remove remaining impediments to full humanitarian access.”
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