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 plays down US pledges to ease economic sanctions—Sudan Tribune
According to the Sudanese newspapers, US Special Envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman will head to Khartoum and offer to ease economic sanctions if Sudan agrees to reach a peaceful settlement with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North. The Sudanese government is downplaying reports about this offer saying that the US government will not follow through.
Sudan has failed to meet the September 30th deadline for withdrawal from Abyei, saying their forces will not leave until the UN Ethiopian peacekeepers are fully deployed in Abyei. Sudan has also twice cancelled the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee meeting.
Protests continue to hit Sudan’s capital –Sudan Tribune
Demonstrators returned to the streets of Khartoum and Omdurman to protest the increase in prices in food and other goods. In the Hai Nasir, Burri, and Al-Riyad areas of Khartoum protestors gathered and shouted slogans against the government and high prices before they were dispersed with batons and teargas. In related news, an alliance of mainstream opposition parties plans to ramp up the dissent against Omer El-Bashir and the National Congress Party.
Sudanese President Omer El-Bashir has stated that Sudan will resolve its outstanding issues and establish normal relations with South Sudan without the help of foreign mediators. Sudan and South Sudan have plenty to discuss at their first meeting since independence this week, including border demarcation, violence in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, ownership of Abyei, and fair sharing of oil revenues.
Army kills civilian in UNAMID car—Radio Dabanga
A member of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), who had just returned from the signing of the Doha peace agreement between Sudan and the LJM, was killed by Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in Fur Baranga, West Darfur. Tijani Ahmed Adam had been detained by the SAF, had managed to escape the prison, and was hiding in a UNAMID vehicle, where the SAF shot him. The alleged shooting apparently happened in the presence of UNAMID. The shooting raises questions about the sustainability of peace between the government and LJM, and whether the government was genuine in its promises.
Sudanese President Omer El-Bashir has invited the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir to talks to find a way to mutually work on the high food prices affecting both countries. While Sudan and South Sudan continue to have outstanding issues, they had agreed on ten border crossings to allow for the trade of goods across the border. Unfortunately, restrictions at the borders have prevented the flow of goods into South Sudan. High food prices food have also sparked demonstrations in Khartoum.
Khalil Ibrahim, the exiled leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), has returned to Darfur and announced his continuing campaign for regime change in Sudan. Ibrahim complained that UN reports stating that violence was subsiding in Darfur are inaccurate, an accusation backed up with considerable evidence. Ibrahim says JEM will work with other rebel groups to form an alliance against the Omer El-Bashir’s regime. He also reiterated JEM’s rejection of the Doha peace document saying it did not solve the major problems affecting the region.
SPLA attacks Sudanese army convoy—Sudan Tribune
The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has reportedly attacked a Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and allied militias convoy in the Rashad area of South Kordofan. The SPLA says the attack was in retaliation for the comment made by President Omer El-Bashir that SAF troops would be saying thanksgiving prayers in Kurmuk, the rebel stronghold. In related news, SAF planes have dropped bombs in Korgy, Tengil, and Al Buram in the Um Dureen area of South Kordofan. No one was killed or injured, although a large number of livestock were killed.
Bishop Calls for Peace in War-Torn Blue Nile—Catholic Information Service for Africa (on allAfrica)
Bishop Daniel Adwok appealed for peace in Blue Nile, in reaction to reports that some 25,000 people had fled from the Blue Nile state to Ethiopia in September alone. Bishop Adwok is helping to facilitate aid from Aid to the Church in Need to those fleeing from Damazin, the Blue Nile capital. Aid to the Church in Need is passing out food, blankets, medicine, and mosquito nets.