New York - Attackers killed a Rwandan peacekeeper in an
ambush on a UN convoy in conflict-stricken Darfur on Sunday, the United Nations
At least 12 UN-African Union peacekeepers have been killed
in the troubled Sudanese region in the past five months.
The ambush took place near Kabkayiya in North Darfur, said
the UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon "was deeply
disturbed to learn of another attack today by unidentified armed assailants on
a convoy of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur
(Unamid)", said Nesirky.
"The secretary general condemns in the strongest terms
this attack on Unamid and expects the government of Sudan to take swift action
to bring the perpetrators of this and previous attacks on Unamid to
justice," Nesirky added.
An uprising against the Khartoum government started in the
region a decade ago, and the UN says that at least 300 000 people have since
died in the conflict.
A new surge in fighting this year has been blamed on rivalry
between Arab tribes in the western region. Hundreds have died in clashes
between different tribes and militias.
Peacekeeping mission and aid groups
Analysts say the government has lost control of its former
Arab tribal allies, whom it once armed against the rebellion, as violent
competition for Darfur's resources has intensified.
Ban has repeatedly called on the government to act to halt
the violence as the peacekeeping mission and aid groups have become a target in
the heightened fighting.
Attackers swooped on a UN water convoy in October and killed
three Senegalese peacekeepers. A Zambian military observer was also killed last
month. In July, seven Tanzanian soldiers and a Sierra Leone police officer were
killed in attack near the Darfur city of Nyala.
Four humanitarian workers have also been killed in the
region this year.
The UN says that more than 460 000 people have fled their
homes this year because of the conflict.
The UN-African Union mission has more than 25 000 troops and
police in Darfur.