Joint Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 31, 2011

The United States remains deeply concerned about reports of continued bombings of civilian areas in Southern Kordofan by the Sudanese Air Force, despite the Government of Sudan’s announcement of a unilateral two-week ceasefire last week. The United States urges the Government of Sudan to adhere to its commitment and to immediately cease aerial bombings, particularly of civilian areas.

We are also concerned over allegations of support from the Government of South Sudan to military forces aligned with Sudan People's Liberation Movement--North in Southern Kordofan. The United States calls on both sides to allow unfettered humanitarian access to affected populations in Southern Kordofan and urges the parties to resume formal negotiations to reach a permanent cessation of hostilities and a political settlement.

PRN: 2011/1396