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
Gambari expresses frustration—Radio Dabanga
Gambari expressed frustration with the unwillingness of the Sudanese Liberation Movement- Abdul Wahid (SLM-AW) to join peace talks in a press conference. Gambari inferred that the UN Security Council might have to take action against these groups if they refuse to cooperate and support the comprehensive peace agreement. He said that the safety of UNAMID forces could not be guaranteed if this did not happen.
In reaction to Gambari’s statements the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-AW) led by Abdel Wahid al-Nur has criticized the UNAMID head Ibrahim Gambari saying that he is no longer neutral. The rebels say that Gambari has shown support for the government especially in his giving 25 vehicles to the police, who they say attack Darfur civilians.
The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) says they have retaken large areas in the Southern and Eastern areas of the Blue Nile state, from Gisan Town to Wad Abouk. They say they have defeated the rebels in these areas and refute claims that they have used chemical or other weapons to do so, saying “such action does not match with the morals and ethics of the Sudanese people and that Armed Forces have never resorted in its history to such method in combating rebel movements”.
Sudan believes that the instability caused by the Arab Spring in other countries and the increased stability following Southern secession will increase its attractiveness as a tourist destination. They hope tourism will replace the oil revenue lost when the South seceded. However, despite claims of ‘increased stability’ the situation in Sudan has greatly deteriorated over the past several months with the government engaged in violent campaigns in one-third of Sudan’s states.
Kiir vows to fight corruption in South Sudan government—Sudan Tribune
Salva Kiir promises to fight the corruption in the South Sudanese government. He pledged to investigate corrupt government contractors and review future land sales. He also said that laws will be passed promoting accountability and that public officials will be required to publish their financial information. Police accused of unlawfully arresting UN personnel have been punished.
VP Ali Osman Taha (same who earlier pledged continued army expansion in the Blue Nile) defended the government’s signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement against critics who say the concession made adversely affected the North. North Sudan lost 75% of its oil revenue with the secession of the South. Taha says peace was in the best interests of everyone but warns that no new rebellions will be tolerated and will be handled entirely through the military.
Justice Minister Bushara Dousa accused UN personnel of being biased in their reports on human rights in Sudan because they have their own agenda, and says the UN has lost Sudan’s trust. Specifically he said the UN pushed for southern secession, ignored abuses by the SPLM in Abyei, and falsified accounts of violence in South Kordofan.
Fresh air raids in S. Kordofan—Radio Dabanga
The raid hit the village of Cody near Kauda, causing the death of two women and a child and the flight of residents from, the area. Members of Parliament attached to the SPLM-N resigned in protest. They said the raids are targeting civilian areas populated by the ethnic Nuban people.