Sudan Briefing: 2011-06-06
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- Officials in Abyei say 116 people have been killed and many more have fled after the North seized the region two weeks ago. A UN report has warned of the potential for ‘ethnic cleansing’ if those who have fled are not allowed to return. The UN Security Council has demanded that the North withdraw their troops, the US has sent a senior aide to Sudan and Ethiopia has offered to send peacekeepers.
- There were armed clashes in South Kordofan over the weekend. It is not clear who is involved in the fighting or why it began. The South believe the North had tried to disarm Southern-aligned soldiers based in the region. The North denies this claim and the UN has sent a team to investigate. Earlier in the week the governor of Jongeli state had accused the North of trying to provoke violence in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.
- At the start of the week, the North and South reached agreement on border security, pledging to establish a jointly-administered, demilitarised border zone between the two countries.
- President Omar al-Bashir has laid out his plans for North Sudan after the South gains independence in July. He insisted that there will be no early elections, but that a broad-based government, involving opposition parties will be established. He also called for a new constitution and outlined his plans for the economy.
- A confidential UN report has evidence of a possible massacre in a remote Nile River village by South Sudanese troops. Witnesses report Southern soldiers firing indiscriminately at civilians after a battle with rebels. 254 unarmed civilians were said to have been killed.
- The Darfurian rebel group, the Liberation and Justice Movement, is believed to be close to signing a peace agreement. Five-hundred members of civil society met in Doha and endorsed a framework for peace which could be used as the framework for a peace agreement.
News in detail
NY Times: Many civilians have been killed in disputed region of Sudan
01 June: Officials from the disputed Abyei area of Sudan said Wednesday that 116 civilians, including many children, had been killed last month when the Northern Sudanese army seized Abyei.
AFP: UN Council calls on Sudan to withdraw troops from Abyei
03 June: The UN Security Council demanded Friday that Sudan withdraw troops from Abyei and stop looting and attacks in the region disputed with rival Southern Sudan.
AP: UN report warns of ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Sudan
03 June: A confidential UN report warns that the invasion by Sudan’s military of the contested North-South region of Abyei could lead to “ethnic cleansing” if the tens of thousands of residents who fled can’t return.
Sudan Tribune: Sudan deploys troops to borders with Libya
31 May: The Sudanese government sent reinforcements to the borders with Libya amid reports of fighting between Darfur rebels and armed Libyan opposition, an official said today.
AFP: Farmers ‘clash with police’ in Sudan breadbasket
01 June: Farmers clashed with police on Wednesday in Gezira state, Sudan’s agricultural heartland, while demonstrating against an “unacceptable” government offer to buy their land, several protesters said.
Sudan Tribune: Sudanese president outlines features of post-secession North
02 June: President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday ruled out the possibility of calling for early elections stressing that the next one will be held in 2015 as planned.
Bloomberg: Sudan’s Bashir says state will cut spending as South secedes
03 June: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said his government prepared a three-year program to cut spending to cope with the secession of the oil-rich South next month.
AFP: Sudan journalists ‘tried’ for reporting rape case
03 June: Five Sudanese journalists have gone on trial in Khartoum for publishing articles relating to the alleged rape of a female opposition activist by security force personnel, one of them and a human rights group said on Friday.
Sudan Tribune: Sudan parties sign accord on border security
31 May: Sudan’s two main political parties, the National Congress Party (NCP) and the South-based Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) on Monday signed a joint position paper that governs border security between North and South.
AP: Civilians dead in South Sudan battle
02 June: Southern Sudan soldiers attacking a rival ethnic group fired indiscriminately on unarmed men, women and children at a remote Nile River village, killing or wounding hundreds of civilians, according to witness accounts in a confidential U.N. report.
Sudan Tribune: Sudan and Darfur’s LJM rebels to sign a peace agreement within weeks
01 June: The Sudanese government and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) will sign a peace agreement within three weeks, the two parties said one day after the adoption of a framework document for peace in Darfur by the Darfur stakeholder conference.
Reuters: Rebel convoy in Sudan’s Darfur ambushed – rebel
02 June: Sudanese government troops ambushed rebels in the western Darfur region on Wednesday and Thursday, killing at least two fighters, a rebel spokesman said.
Sudan Tribune: Jongeli governor accuses North of instigating conflict ahead of South Sudan’s independence
02 June: Jonglei state governor Kuol Manyang Juuk said Tuesday that the Northern military’s deployment at sites occupied by Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states is an attempt to ignite renewed conflict and to disrupt South Sudan’s independence in July.
BBC: UN probes clashes in oil-rich South Kordofan
05 June: The UN is investigating clashes that have broken out in Sudan’s oil-producing state of South Kordofan.
AFP: Fighting in volatile Sudan oil state: UN
05 June: Fighting erupted on Sunday in South Kordofan, Sudan’s volatile oil-producing border state, a UN spokeswoman said, where the North is pressuring the Sudan People’s Liberation Army to disarm.
Sudan Tribune: Clashes erupt in South Kordofan between SAF and SPLA
05 June: Fighting broke out on Sunday in the key Northern border state of South Kordofan, just weeks before oil-rich South Sudan is due to separate from the North.
Sudan Tribune: Obama dispatches adviser to Sudan for talks on Abyei
01 June: The United States appeared to step up its effort to contain the crisis in Sudan in the wake of the military escalation in the country which led to the takeover of a contested area by the Northern army.
BBC: Ethiopia offers peacekeepers for Abyei in Sudan
01 June: Ethiopia has offered to send peacekeepers to Sudan’s disputed border region of Abyei after its recent seizure by Northern troops.
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