Here is the daily roundup and summary of the major headlines coming out of Sudan. United to End Genocide does not necessarily support the views expressed in the articles in this post.
Sudan rebuffs US proposal on South Kordofan—Sudan Tribune
The Sudanese government has spurned a US proposal to end the conflict in South Kordofan between the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) and government forces. According to a Sudanese newspaper, Al-Sahafah, the US proposal would split South Kordofan, with one half becoming the state of West Kordofan. The elected SPLM-N governor, Abdel Aziz Ali-Hilu, would be reinstated in South Kordofan and the current National Congress Party governor Ahmed Haroun would govern West Kordofan. The government flatly rejected the proposal saying it is unwilling to consider any proposal that may lead to further secession of territory to South Sudan.
The Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) has agreed to attend a Washington workshop next week that aims to bring peace to Darfur. They said the focus of the workshop must be on how to bring non-signatory rebel to sign the Doha Darfur Peace Document (DDPD) peace agreement.
SLA-AW refuses to be part of US symposium—Radio Dabanga
The Sudan Liberation Army led by Abdul Wahid (SLA-AW) has refused to take part in the Washington Darfur peace workshop. The workshop will focus on the Doha Darfur Peace Document, a peace agreement that SLA-AW has refused to endorse as they were unable to renegotiate its terms and conditions.
A cargo of Nile Blend crude oil from South Sudan will sell in December at its highest premium in the past four years due to fears of a possible conflict with Sudan. Under the conditions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, Sudan and South Sudan are required to negotiate a way to share oil-revenue. These negotiations have floundered as the two countries trade accusations that the other has supported armed rebellions in their territory.
South Sudan’s oil production has declined by a quarter since the country gained independence in June. Minister William Garjang said the decline is the result of a shortage of qualified workers, the rainy season which has slowed repairs to oil infrastructure, and instability due to the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) rebellion.
South Korea’s delegation to visit South Sudan—Sudan Tribune
In November, a South Korean delegation will travel to South Sudan to discuss the deployment of South Korean peacekeepers to South Sudan. The South Korean peacekeeping force will be made up of non-combat troops that specialize in medicine and engineering.
Reporters without Borders joined other human rights organizations in demanding the release of the Sudan Tribune journalist Peter Ngor Arol Garang and his colleague Dengdit Ayok. The men were detained by South Sudanese security forces following the publication of an article by Dengdit Ayok that was critical of the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir.
Mass polio vaccination campaign kicks off in S. Sudan—Sudan Tribune
South Sudan launched a vaccination campaign on Tuesday that aims to inoculate three million children under the age of five for polio. The campaign is the joint effort of the United Children’s Fund (UCF), World Health Organization (WHO), US Agency for International Development (USAID), Japanese government, and Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Armed movements condemn UNAMID killing—Radio Dabanga
Two Darfur rebel groups have come out to publicly to denounce the recent ambush of UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) convoy that killed a peacekeeper from Sierra Leone. The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) condemned the attack and accused the Sudanese government of being responsible for the attack. The Sudan Liberation Army led by Abdul Wahid (SLA-AW) also blamed the Sudanese government for the attack, and urged the international community to strengthen UNAMID’s mandate so they could protect civilians and themselves.
Omda killed in West Darfur—Radio Dabanga
Ahmed Abdallah Yahya, the Omda, or leader, of Manjora was killed in the Sirba area of West Darfur by armed gunmen. Witnesses followed the gunmen back to the Sudnaese military base in Jebel Al Kabir.
Abu Tira personnel abuse refugee—Radio Dabanga
Abu Tira, or central reserve police, personnel have been accused of abusing a refugee in Abou Shok camp in North Darfur on Monday. Abu Tira personnel beat the man with the butt of their rifle and then took him to undisclosed location.
Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir publicly accused the government of providing tanks, anti-aircraft guns, mines, guns, ammunition and an infantry battalion to the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). The SPLM-N has been fighting against Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. South Sudan, has, in turn, accused Sudan of sponsoring the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) that attacked the town of Mayom in South Sudan’s Unity state.
Sudan warns it is ready to return to war with South Sudan—The Telegraph
President Omer El-Bashir accused South Sudan of supporting the SPLM-N in its battles against the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in Blue Nile and South Kordofan. He warned South Sudan that if they continued to provide support of the SPLM-N, Sudan would not hesitate to go to war with them. South Sudan has repeatedly denied claims that it supports SPLM-N rebels in neighboring Sudan, and has instead accused Sudan of supporting the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) rebels in South Sudan.
Gier Chuang Aluong, Minister of Roads and Bridges for South Sudan, has released a $4 billion construction plan that would build 3,000 km of tar roads to link the states of South Sudan.