July 13, 2010 (Washington) — The United States on Tuesday said it supports international efforts to bring those who are responsible for Darfur crimes to justice, just one day after the Sudanese president was charged by the ICC. “The United States strongly supports international efforts to bring those responsible for genocide and war crimes in…
July 12, 2010 (Washington) — US special envoy to Sudan Major General (Ret) Scott Gration will travel to Qatar and Darfur this month for more consultations on peace and other important initiatives, according to a statement released to media. Gration expressed his disappointment over recent violence in Darfur; he calls upon the government of Sudan…
July 8, 2010 (Khartoum) — Sudan peace partners will begin post referendum negotiations next week. The two partners will reaffirm their commitment to the full implementation of the CPA. “The negotiations aim at the enabling the two parties to the CPA informing and assuring the people of Sudan and the international community on their intention…
July 8, 2010 (Khartoum) — Sudanese president al-Bashir shuffled his advisor on Thursday. The move has reduced his advisors from 18 to 14. After winning re-election in April, Omar al-Bashir promised the people that he will make unity attractive. It is not clear if Sudan’s ruling party consulted its peace partner on the decision. Security advisor Salah…
July 7, 2010 (Khartoum) — The head of the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur, Ibrahim Gambari, said government and rebel forces must stop blocking missions by aid workers and peacekeepers in Darfur or risk breaking international law.
Gambari told journalists that “both insurgents and government forces had prevented his mission from entering areas hit by a resurgence of violence over the past two months”.
“We are demanding the lifting of restrictions on UNAMID and on the humanitarian community … Persistent restriction of such movements is a violation of international humanitarian law”, he added.
Mr. Ibrahim admitted that some government restrictions were acceptable because there was active fighting in the area.
The head of mission acknowledged said that some government restrictions were acceptable because there was a fighting in the area.
July 7, 2010 (Nyala) — Vehicles belonging to the African Union/United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were carjacked by unknown armed men. The drivers of vehicles were released unharmed. UNAMID Officials reported that vehicles were taken by armed men in separate incidents in Nyala, South Darfur. A statement made available to the public by the…
July 6, 2010 (Khartoum) — Sudan on Tuesday suspended Al Intibaha newspaper accusing it of campaigning for Sudan separation, State media reports.
The move comes six months before January 2011 referendum.
AFP quoted the president of Sudanese Union of journalists, Mohiedinne Titawi, saying “We have been notified by the intelligence services that the newspaper Al-Intibaha has been closed and that from today press censorship has once again been imposed, adding the censorship will focus on the issue of the country’s unity or separation and the security of south Sudan”.
An Al Intibaha newspaper is known for its separatist views. The paper has been calling for North to separate from the South. The far-right newspaper is sometimes call the "true Northerner" by the people who suport its anti-Southern views.
“The decision is aimed at reducing the negative role of newspapers wanting to strengthen separatist tendencies in the North and South, in opposition to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which extolls unity," according to Sudan Media Center, which is close to the government.
At least two other newspapers have been warned by the intelligent services, telling them “not to cross red lines”.
July 5, 2010 (Beijing) — PetroChina, one of the largest oil companies in the world has been told by the U.S. government “not to process Sudanese crude at its new refinery in South China”, Reuters reports. "There is a freeze on Sudanese crude into the new plant, as it is under the U.S.-listed PetroChina, not…
July 4, 2010 (Khartoum) — The Chinese envoy to Darfur Liu Guijin on Sunday said his country favors unity of Sudan and a political solution to Darfur conflict.
The Chinese official reaffirms his country commitment to peace in Sudan. He praises progress made by the NCP and the SPLM on the CPA implementation.
"We are supporting the two major partners to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the National Congress Party and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement to work together to try to solve the difficulties and obstacles on the way and to have a credible, transparent and fair referendum," Liu told reporters in Khartoum.
Sudan’s minister for cabinet affairs in the unity government, Luka Biong Deng, a leading figure in South Sudan’s ruling party, met with the Chinese official. They discussed the upcoming January 2011 referendum, Darfur problem, and many other issues.
"China wishes to cooperate with the North and South," Liu said.
“Beijing was in favor of the unity of Africa’s largest country”, AFP quoted the Chinese envoy as saying.
Mr. Liu Guijin also met with Ghazi Salahedden, Omar al-Bashir’s adviser on Darfur.
"The only way to resolve the problem in Darfur is through peaceful negotiations, through the political process, any boycotting of the political process, any choice of remaining outside the political process is not acceptable, is not conducive to peace and to the resolution of the problem," Chinese special envoy to Darfur told reporters after meeting with Salahedden.
July 3, 2010 (Malakal) — Four employees of the UK-based aid agency, Tearfund, were detained and bleated by the semi-autonomous army of Southern Sudan – agency officials have said.
SPLA denied the accusations and said “all four employees were arrested on suspicion of helping anti-government militias”.
One employee is a Kenyan, and the other three are Sudanese, according to a statement released by the agency.
The Southern army said they stopped Tearfund employees because some people from Shilluk tribe told them that the four aid workers were transporting medicines to Dr. Lam Akol’s forces believed to be in the area.
"Our staff were transporting medical supplies to medical facilities in the area … At the roadblock the four staff were detained by SPLA forces and they were accused of having a political motive … I can confirm they were beaten in detention," said Tearfund spokesman Jonathan Spencer.
“The men were moved to Southern capital Juba later in the week and all four had since been released and told to wait in the city to face more questioning”, he continues.
Tearfund said one of its employees need medical treatment and the other three were badly hurt.
“Soldiers stopped the four men on Sunday at a roadblock near Kodok in the South’s Upper Nile state, aid officials told Reuters.