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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 16:44

The situation in one of the largest camps for people uprooted by the conflict in Darfur topped talks between top United Nations and African Union (AU) officials. Deadly violence broke out in recent weeks in Kalma camp between those supporting and those against.the Darfur peace process under way in Doha, Qatar, UN news agency reported. In a press statement UNAMID said although tension in the camp de-escalated, there remains long-standing insecurity in the camp. Mohammed Yonis, UNAMID Deputy Representative called on the collaboration between the Khartoum Government and UNAMID in ensuring the safety and security of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kalma. He noted the mission's commitment to upholding calm and order in the South Darfur camp. Jean Ping Chairperson of the AU Commission reiterated the AU's support for all efforts to resolve problems in Kalma and urged UNAMID to continue working closely with the Government in using peaceful means to resolve the situation. The mission reported that gunshots were heard last night in one sector of the restive camp, which was home to an estimated 82,000 IDPs before the outbreak of fighting.

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