Here is the daily roundup and summary of the major headlines coming out of Sudan. SDC/GI-NET does not necessarily support the views expressed in the articles in this post.
UNMISS deploys peacekeepers to Jonglei- Miraya FM
- On Friday, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) announced that it had begun deploying peacekeepers and teams of civilian experts to vulnerable areas of Jonglei State after inter-ethnic fighting killed over 600 people. The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) had also begun deploying to the affected areas.
- The African Union urged the UN Security Council to respect the initial mandate of the Darfur hybrid peacekeeping force (UNAMID) as it is defined in 2007, supporting the Government of Sudan’s opposition to extend the attribution of the AU-UN peacekeeping operation. The AU also reiterated its commitment to hold a process for political dialogue in Darfur despite the lack of interest of the UN body for this initiative under the current security and political conditions.
US calls on SPLM-N to join S. Kordofan truce– Sudan Tribune
- The United States called on the northern sector of Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM-N) to join the two-weeks truce declared by President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir in South Kordofan on Tuesday. Despite Bashir’s declaration, the Sudanese Armed Forces have continued to launch attacks in South Kordofan according to witnesses who spoke to the Enough Project.
‘No US initiative on the cards’– Radio Dabanga
- Dr Amin Hassan Omar, head of the Sudanese delegation for negotiating peace in Darfur, denied on Thursday of there being any initiative led by the U.S. with respect to the Doha agreement. The U.S. State Department clarified that there is only a meeting scheduled in Washington to discuss peace efforts between the rebel movements.
- Kristalina Georgieva, the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response stated her grave concern about the impossibility to reach and assist the people in humanitarian emergency in the region and called for full unimpeded access. She also expressed strong regrets that despite their best efforts, the United Nations multi-agency assessment team has not been able to carry out its work in South Kordofan.