Sudan Briefing: 2011-08-08
August 8 2011: Following the independence of South Sudan, Insight on Conflict will be producing a weekly round-up of the news. To subscribe to receive the updates via email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the independence of South Sudan, Insight on Conflict will be producing a weekly round-up of the news. To subscribe to receive the updates via email, please contact email@example.com or complete the form below.
- South Sudanese rebel group, the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), led by Peter Gadet, has declared a ceasefire. A splinter group has broken away from the SSLA. They have not accepted the ceasefire claiming Gadet was bought off.
- Four UN peacekeepers were killed by a mine in Abyei. Several more were badly injured. A helicopter sent to evacuate them was delayed for more than three hours after being threatened by North Sudanese troops.
- North Sudan said it is prepared to terminate the UN mission in Darfur (UNAMID) if the UN attempts to “impose new conditions” when its mandate is renewed.
- North Sudan held a Southern shipment of oil leaving Sudan, saying the South had refused to pay customs charges. The oil was released eventually released. Negotiations over future oil transit costs have stalled as the South believes the North is asking too high a price -$32 a barrel – to transport its oil.
News in detail
AFP: Four UN peacekeepers killed by mine in Abyei
02 Aug: A landmine on Tuesday killed four Ethiopian UN peacekeepers and badly wounded seven others on patrol in the disputed Sudanese territory of Abyei, the UN said, just days after they were deployed.
AFP: Sudan threatened chopper heading for dying troops: UN
04 Aug: Sudanese troops threatened to shoot a UN helicopter trying to evacuate Ethiopian peacekeepers fatally wounded in a landmine explosion in the disputed Abyei region, UN officials said Thursday.
AFP: Sudan threatens to terminate Darfur peacekeeping mission
03 Aug: Sudan’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that any attempt to “impose new commitments” on the UN peacekeeping force in Darfur, under its new mandate, would force the government to terminate the mission.
AP: UN peacekeeper killed in Darfur attack
06 Aug: A UN peacekeeper from Sierra Leone was killed and another seriously wounded when their vehicle was attacked by gunmen in the Darfur region of Sudan on Friday, the United Nations said.
BBC: South Sudan’s SSLA Unity State rebels ‘cease fire’
03 Aug: The biggest rebel movement in the newly independent South Sudan has declared a ceasefire, its spokesman says.
AFP: South Sudan rebels declare ceasefire: spokesman
03 Aug: A South Sudan rebel group led by renegade general Peter Gadet has agreed to an unconditional ceasefire and is committed to talks on merging its troops with the army, its spokesman said on Wednesday.
AFP: South Sudan splinter rebel faction disowns peace deal
04 Aug: A group of South Sudanese rebels formerly linked to militia leader Peter Gadet, who agreed to a ceasefire this week, accused him on Thursday of taking government bribes and rejected the peace deal.
Sudan Tribune: South Sudan parliament’s first sitting fails over internal power wrangling
04 Aug: The transformed national legislative assembly of the newly born Republic of South Sudan has failed to conduct its first sitting as senior lawmakers wrangle over who is to lead the new national house after the integration of MPs coming from Khartoum.
Reuters: North Sudan says holds southern oil shipment
05 Aug: North Sudan said on Friday it is holding an oil shipment from South Sudan because the new African state has failed to pay custom duties.
Reuters: South Sudan says Khartoum released blocked oil cargo
06 Aug: North Sudan has released a 600,000 barrel oil shipment of landlocked South Sudan held over failed customs duties, a southern official said on Saturday as both sides argue over dividing oil revenues.
AFP: South Sudan says oil cargo released but talks stalled
07 Aug: South Sudan’s oil minister said on Saturday that an oil cargo detained by northern officials in Port Sudan in a row over duty payments had now sailed, but that negotiations over transit fees were stalled.
AFP: Sudan bishop seeks US satellite to find mass graves
04 Aug: A Sudanese bishop Wednesday called on US lawmakers to deploy satellites over war-torn Southern Kordofan to help locate mass graves to ensure evidence of killings does not disappear.
AFP: US lawmaker seeks peacekeepers on Sudan ‘genocide’
07 Aug: A senior US lawmaker urged the immediate deployment of peacekeepers to Sudan’s war-torn border region of Southern Kordofan, warning of a risk of “genocide” by government forces.
Sudan Tribune: Ex-South Kordofan governor appeals for end of war
07 Aug: A former governor of Sudan’s southern state of South Kordofoan has launched an initiative to stop the ongoing war there between the country’s army and rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) led by Abdul Aziz Adam Al-Hilu.
Sudan’s Blue Nile governor scraps meeting with Bashir
03 Aug: A planned meeting between the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and Blue Nile state governor Malik Agar on Wednesday has been cancelled.
BBC: Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi visits Sudan
07 Aug: China’s foreign minister has arrived in Sudan, the first high-level visit by Khartoum’s key ally since South Sudan became independent in July.
More from the blog
Is enough being done to address 30 years of war crimes and human rights abuses in Afghanistan? Read more »
Grassroots peace initiative in the Central African Republic challenges and rejects violence Read more »