A curfew was imposed in Negombo following clashes between two groups, the Police said.The clash broke out over a personal dispute but later escalated, resulting in property, including vehicles being damaged. The Police and military were deployed to bring the situation under control.Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that a curfew was imposed from tonight to 7am tomorrow as tensions prevailed in the area. He also warned that tough action will be taken against anyone inciting communal clashes.
“Jan Pronk has delivered a message to both SLM factions that Abuja is the only game in town,” said a UN spokesman, referring to factions of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM).”The message has gone out to both faction leaders that the United Nations does not play sides,” he continued. “That message is: you have to come together to negotiate for the sake of your people.”According to Mr. Annan’s latest report, critical elements of a coordinated approach to peace in the strife torn region should include not only repairing the rift between the factions, which had serious engagements with Government forces in October, but also consultations between the African Union’s (AU) mediating team and the Sudanese parties over a power-sharing commission for the region.