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 returned to Sudan on Saturday, after his trip to a regional trade conference in Malawi. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for charges of genocide. Malawi is signatory to the Rome Statue and was obligated to arrest Bashir once he arrived in their territory. Malawi refused to arrest him.
Sudan & South Sudan to resume post-split talk in Juba—Sudan Tribune
Government ministers from Sudan are expected to meet in Juba today with their South Sudanese counterparts. They are expected to make border plans so the joint border demarcation operation can proceed. The two countries pledged to work out their remaining post-referendum issues before the end of the month. Outstanding issues to be resolved include borders, oil revenue arrangements, citizenship, external debts, and water resources.
US Senior Advisor on Darfur, Dane Smith encouraged the government of Sudan to implement humanitarian activities and support development projects sponsored by the US government. The US government is supportive of the Doha Peace Process and wants other rebel groups to sign on to it. The Sudanese government has already refused to participate in a Darfur peace workshop to be held in Washington later this year.
SPLM: Bashir ‘in a state of turmoil and defeat’—Radio Dabanga
The Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) reacted to President Omer El-Bashir’s public refusal to negotiate with SPLM with surprise. A SPLM spokesman said, “the SPLM never mentioned a desire for negotiations in the first place, since we are progressing with our plans to bring down the regime”.
US envoy for Sudan, Princeton Lyman, left on a trip for Sudan and South Sudan on Friday. Lyman will be working with the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to resolve post-Comprehensive Peace Agreement issues including border demarcation, oil revenue, security and the conflict in Abyei.
Sudan reiterated pledges to withdraw their troops only after the UN Interim Security Forces for Abyei (UNISFA) are full deployed and joint military observer committee (JMOC) has been established. Sudan is violating the Temporary Arrangements for the Administration and Security of the Abyei Area agreement that called for unconditional withdrawal by September 30th. South Sudan has also failed to withdraw its forces.
Last week representatives of the state-owned Russian company Rosoboronexport met with President of South Sudan Salva Kiir to discuss weapons sales. Rosoboronexport is the only Russian company authorized to export weapons to other countries and the meeting signals a growing military cooperation between the two countries.
The South Sudan Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (SSDDRC) has begun disarming child soldiers that fought with Peter Gadet’s forces in the town of Mapel. The children will be reunited with their families in Unity State.
Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon hosted a screening of film The Whistleblower at its New York headquarters. The Whistleblower tells the story of a UN peacekeeper Kathryn Bolkovac who exposed the participation of UN soldiers in the sexual trafficking of women and was later fired for reporting it. Ki-Moon pledged continued support for investigations into UN personnel suspected of such crimes and progress on preventing such actions in the future.
The Enough Project says it has evidence of the Abu Tira (central reserve police) committing extrajudicial killings outside the UN compound in Kadugli. Jonathan Hutson of the Enough Project said the inability of the UN peacekeepers to stop killings just outside their compound constitutes a failure.
SK village burned down by Government—Radio Dabanga
Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Popular Defense Forces allegedly burned down the village and farms of Fargal in Delenj County in South Kordofan. In related news, SAF dropped bombs on the Silara, Clara, Karko, Manazil and Eltenel areas of South Kordofan.
A rebel leader has demanded that the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) stop bombing civilian population centers in the Blue Nile.
The Sudanese Embassy in Washington DC released a statement praising Malawi for allowing President Omer El-Bashir to travel to the country for a regional trade conference. The statement came in reaction to US Representative Frank Wolf’s public demand for sanctions against Malawi and removal from the Millennium Challenge Corporation so it may no longer benefit from grants. These actions would punish Malawi for failing to fulfill its International Criminal Court (ICC) and arresting Omer El-Bashir, who is wanted for genocide.