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
- On Sunday, Sudan and South Sudan agreed to open 10 border crossings to allow for the movement of people across the border. The border remains highly contested with three conflicts occurring in the border areas.
Taha calls for military expansion in Blue Nile—Radio Dabanga
- Vice-President of Sudan, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, wants the SAF to increase its presence in Blue Nile and said “There will be no return to normal citizenry for all those people who have been part of this treachery and killed innocent people and children. There will only be repentance”.
- Zenawi urges Bashir to consider peaceful solutions to the violence in Blue Nile and offered to mediate peace talks between rebels and Bashir’s government. Bashir has previously rejected the conditions for peace talks with SPLM-N. The next day Bashir declared a continued military campaign in the Blue Nile and fired the opposition governor.
- South Sudanese human rights groups demanded the new government end the inter-tribal violence that has left a reported 650 people dead. Over 330 graves have been found by a UN investigation team, so it is believed the number of those killed by the violence is well over 650.
Refugees to Gambari: Apologize or resign—Radio Dabanga
- Darfuri refugees demand Gambari resign or take back his comments that violence had decreased and refugees were returning. They worried that his comments may influence the international response to the conflict in Darfur.
- Both countries remain committed to withdrawing troops by the end of the month.
- Lahmeyer Int. is under investigation for its part in the Merowe Dam project that displaced 100,000 people from three communities in 2008. The company is alleged to have violated the right to property, right to food, and right to adequate housing.
- The Technical Consultative Forum, which brings together the petroleum industries of North and South Sudan, is looking for a way to employ more Southern Sudanese in the oil sector.
- Sanctions have previously prevented US oil companies from doing business in Sudan. The US has decided that S. Sudan is exempt from the sanctions still imposed on the North.
PROFILE: Sudan’s new Darfurian Vice-President—Sudan Tribune
- VP al-Haj Adam Youssef is a member of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) but has also criticized the way the country has been run since independence, and has stated that the northern Arab ethnic group has received preferential treatment.
Bashir more repressive after South secession—The East African
- Since South Sudan independence Bashir has been cracking down on academics, press, civil society, and political parties. The secession of the oil-rich South Sudan and economic sanctions placed on the country has caused political discontent in Sudan.
S. Sudan President to meet US President—Miraya FM
- South Sudan President Salva Kiir will meet with President Obama at the UN General Assembly in New York this Wednesday.