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.
Sudanese President Omer El-Bashir announced that the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) have retaken Al-Kurmuk town in Blue Nile from the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). He also said that SAF has found evidence that proves South Sudan is supporting the SPLM-N rebels and threatened to return to war with South Sudan if these provocations continue.
Sudan files complaint against South—Radio Dabanga
The government of Sudan filed a complaint against South Sudan in the UN Security Council accusing the new nation of supporting the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) rebels who have rebelled in Blue Nile and South Kordofan.
Bashir offers Eid prayers in Kurmuk—Radio Dabanga
As he earlier pledged, President Omer El-Bashir said his Eid prayers in the former rebel stronghold of Kurmuk. The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) have wrested control of Kurmuk from the SPLM-N and Bashir asked that they keep hunting the “cockroaches” that continue to “infest” the Blue Nile. Bashir also asked that displaced residents of the Blue Nile begin returning to their homes.
SPLM-N admits surrender at Kurmuk—Radio Dabanga
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) admitted on Thursday that they had been driven out of Kurmuk, Blue Nile, by government forces but vowed to retake the town saying that they had already done so five times in the past.
SPLM-N claims capture of four army tanks—Radio Dabanga
The SPLM-N claimed to have destroyed four Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) army tanks and captured a number of army vehicles outside of Kadugli, South Kordofan on Friday. SAF denied these claims saying there had not been any fighting at that time.The SPLM-N also said that SAF aerial bombardments of civilian areas are still ongoing.
SPLM-N: 22 army personnel killed—Radio Dabanga
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) claimed that they killed 22 government military personnel on Saturday in the Um Shaitan locality of Dilami Khor al-Hassal.
The United Nations Security Council denounced the failure of Sudan and South Sudan to withdraw their forces from the disputed Abyei region by the September 30th deadline they agreed to in their June ceasefire accord. Sudan has refused to withdraw its troops from Abyei until the UN peacekeeping force is fully deployed. The UN Security Council reminded the two countries that there were no conditions for withdrawal in the June agreement and they must withdraw from the area immediately.
The Ethiopian government reported that the 4,200 troops it contributed to the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) are doing all they can to fulfill their UN mandate despite the failure of Sudan and South Sudan to remove their armies from the region. In an agreement reached in Addis Ababa in June, South Sudan and Sudan agreed to withdraw their armies from Abyei by September 30th. UNISFA is working to form a police force made up of members of the Dinga and Dingaya communities.
A peacekeeper from Sierra Leone serving with the UN-AU Mission in Darfur was killed in an ambush outside of Nyala, South Darfur. Thirty-four UNAMID peacekeepers have been killed in the conflict.
‘Abu Tira forces loot refugees’—Radio Dabanga
Refugees from the Zamzam camp in North Darfur reported being stopped and robbed by the Abu Tira, or central reserve police. The refugees had been coming from market with goods purchased for the Eid al-Adha festival. A camp leader demanded that the Abu Tira be removed from the area and replaced with a Sudanese police force that would investigate the Abu Tira.
The National Bank of Egypt (NBE) has given $150 million in credit line to shore up Sudan’s central bank. Out of this money, $100 million will go to investments and improving trade. The other $50 million will establish a National Bank of Egypt bank in Sudan. Egypt is expected to increase agricultural trade with Sudan to lower food costs in Egypt. Sudan is looking to expand other industries following the loss of the oil rich South Sudan.
Peter Abdul Rahaman Sule, head of the United Democratic Front opposition party, was arrested in West Equatoria state on accusations that he was planning to revolt against the South Sudanese government. The arrest was preceded by a brief exchange of gunfire between government forces and forces loyal to Sule that killed two people.
In a meeting between Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Herve Ladsous, and South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir discussed ways in which UN Mission in South Sudan can help build democratic institutions, improve human rights, and assist in relations between South Sudan and Sudan.
Lam Akol, a leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) opposition party, publicly denounced the rebellion by George Athor in the Unity state. Akol applauded the five-point anti-corruption policy adopted by President Salva Kiir, but said more must be done to end corruption. Akol advocated for a multi-party democratic system that would create a national dialogue of unity.