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UN Sadness After Deadly Sudanese Plane Crash

UN officials voice sadness after deadly plane crash at Sudanese airport

11 June 2008 - United Nations officials in Sudan have expressed their sorrow at last night's plane crash at the international airport in the capital, Khartoum, that media reports say has killed at least 29 people.

The Secretary-General's Special Representative, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, issued a statement today extending his deepest condolences to the Government and the Sudanese people following the accident.

"The bereaved families are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time," said Mr. Qazi, who is also head of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).

The hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping force (UNAMID) operating in western Sudan's Darfur region also released a similar statement from El Fasher, the mission headquarters.

"Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with the families of those who have lost their loved ones and for those injured in this dreadful plane crash."

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