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.
Al-Turabi’s party calls for overthrowing Sudan’s government– Sudan Tribune
- The Sudanese opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) led by the veteran Islamist Hassan Al-Turabi has stepped up anti-government rhetoric, accusing Khartoum of committing “ethnic cleansing” in Blue Nile and calling for overthrowing the government.
Khalil Ibrahim in Darfur– Radio Dabanga
- Dr Khalil Ibrahim, head of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), arrived in Darfur on Saturday from Libya, where he had been taking refuge since May 2010.
Floods threaten IDPs fleeing Abyei– Miraya FM
- Thousands of internally displaced persons from Abyei have been affected by extensive flooding in Agok. A report from the UN stated that the flood stricken IDPs have no food and humanitarian agencies are finding it hard to get aid to them due to the poor condition of the roads in South Sudan’s rainy season.
- Sudan and newly independent South Sudan on Thursday agreed to completely withdraw their respective armed forces from the contested oil-producing border region of Abyei before October.
Radio Dabanga Interview with Princeton Lyman- Radio Dabanga
- US Special Envoy on Sudan Princeton Lyman tells Radio Dabanga in an exclusive interview that America imposing a no-fly zone in Sudan will only lead to more conflict
SPLM: Government militia killed 50 civilians in S Kordofan– Radio Dabanga
- The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement- North in South Kordofan accused government militia of burning down a village and killing 50 civilians in Al Airep on Friday.
- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed an agreement between Sudan and South Sudan to withdraw all forces from the disputed area around Abyei, a long-running source of tensions in the region.
Sudan army speak about new victories in Blue Nile– Sudan Tribune
- The Sudanese army said it had broken the siege imposed by rebels on Giessan town near the Ethiopian border. Last Thursday the SPLM-N leader Malik Agar told reporters that his group controls 80% of the Blue Nile, except al-Damazin and al-Roseris located in the northern part of the state.
- South Sudan will pay in arrears for use of North Sudan’s oil facilities until the African Union (AU) manages to broker a deal over the issue between the ex-war foes, a southern official said on Friday.
- The rebel Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel-Wahid al-Nur (SLM-AW) said they killed 33 soldiers during clashes with the Sudanese army in Jebel Marra, South Darfur state and denied kidnapping a foreign aid worker.
SPLA says rebels being re-armed in Jonglei– Sudan Tribune
- South Sudan’s army has repeated the accusation that the Sudanese government is arming a rebel group in Jonglei state.
- On Friday, the President South Sudan Salva Kiir accused the Sudanese government of stopping cross-border trade with his country, resulting in increased prices of basic commodities.
Follow-up committee meets in Doha– Radio Dabanga
- The implementation follow-up committee of the Doha peace talks met in an inaugural meeting in Doha on Sunday.
- The Washington forum on Darfur intends to support the Doha peace process and to convince the reluctant Sudanese parties to join it, a Qatari minister said after a first meeting of the follow-up committee to implement the Doha peace agreement.
- The Joint Chief Mediator ad interim for Darfur, Ibrahim Gambari, said today that the agreement signed between the Sudanese government and one of its armed opponents gives hope that a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive and lasting peace in Darfur are realizable objectives.
- The Governor of Western Bahr el Ghazal State, Rizig Zakaria Hassan, has said that heavy rains and a scarcity of US dollars, have led to a shortage of commodities in local markets. The governor told Radio Miraya on Sunday, that the situation has been made worse by the poor condition of many roads in the state.
- More than 700 small arms have been recovered in a three day peaceful disarmament process in Lakes State.