World Bulletin / News Desk
The UN has denied reports of the Sudanese army surrounding South African peacekeeping troops in Darfur during the Sudanese president's visit to South Africa.
South African media had quoted the South African national army spokesman as confirming the report.
Priyanka Chowdhury, head of the information office of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), however, denied the reports.
The mission said it had checked the teams where South African troops were deployed and found there were no such incidents.
"UNAMID is aware of reports that have been circulating in the media alleging that South African troops deployed by the mission in Darfur were held hostage and threatened by Sudanese forces to ensure the safe passage of President Omar al-Bashir from South Africa," the UNAMID media officer said.
"The mission has checked with its team sites in Kutum, Malha and Mellit, north Darfur, where the South African contingents are deployed, and would like to assert that no such incident took place," she added.
According to South African Network 24, about 1,400 South African soldiers in Darfur were surrounded by heavily armed Sudanese soldiers in UN military bases in Kutum, Mellit and Malha.
On Monday, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir had arrived in Khartoum from South Africa despite a court order against his departure.Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Haziran 2015, 14:50