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Cablegate: Darfur: Humanitarian Moratorium Extended

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SUBJECT: DARFUR: HUMANITARIAN MORATORIUM EXTENDED


1. On December 19, at a ceremony launching the UN Work Plan
for 2007, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Kosti Manibe
announced that the Government of National Unity (GNU) had
extended the humanitarian moratorium through January 31,
2008. The moratorium eases requirements for visas, travel
permits, and importation of relief commodities for
non-governmental organizations working in Darfur, which would
otherwise be subject to provisions of the Voluntary and
Humanitarian Work Act of 2006.

2. The announcement was well received by the international
community. Charge Hume made three points on behalf of the
USG: he expressed appreciation for the extension, and said
it would assist partners, including the United States, in
addressing the pressing humanitarian needs of Darfur.
Secondly, he pointed out his concerns on the deteriorating
security situation in Darfur. Finally, he urged the GNU to
continue to meet its commitments to preparations for the
election and census without delay.
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