Friday 20 April 2018
(Reuters 07/25/13)
KHARTOUM, (Reuters) - Sudan's currency has fallen to a record low against the dollar on the black market since South Sudan started reducing cross-border oil flows in a row over alleged support for rebels, dealers said. There is little foreign trading in the Sudanese pound but the black market rate is an important indicator of the mood of the business elite and of ordinary people left weary by years of economic crises, ethnic conflicts and wars. The rate is also watched by foreign firms such as cellphone operators Zain and MTN and by Gulf banks who sell products in pounds and then struggle to convert profits into dollars. Gulf investors also hold pound-denominated Islamic bonds sold by the central bank...
(Sudan Tribune 07/25/13)
(KHARTOUM) - The former Sudanese presidential adviser and ex-head of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) parliamentary caucus Ghazi Salah al-Attabani released a memo on Wednesday in which he outlined his vision for "reformist drive". In the memo made public on his Facebook page, al-Attabani stressed that he is keen on reform to shield the country and people from more problems.The longtime Islamist said that change is part of life’s dynamics suggesting that resistance to reform might makes matters worst in Sudan. He diagnosed the issues facing the country as dating back to the weakening of the state since independence and abuses committed by politicians and governments that resulted in an economic, social and political crisis. "The state’s institutions are...
(Sudan Tribune 07/25/13)
(KHARTOUM) - The head of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Thabo Mbeki, will arrive in Khartoum today accompanied by the Ethiopian foreign minister Tedros Adhan to hold consultations on the implementation of the joint cooperation agreement between Sudan and South Sudan. In September of last year, both Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of cooperation agreements, which covered oil, citizenship rights, security issues, banking, border trade among others. Last March, the two countries signed an implementation matrix for these cooperation agreements. But last June, the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir ordered the closure of all pipelines carrying oil from South Sudan. He said that the move was in response to South Sudan’s funding of rebels fighting his...
(Voice of America 07/25/13)
UNITED NATIONS — As Sudan’s Darfur conflict enters its 10th year, a senior international envoy for the region warns that inter-ethnic conflict is on the rise and cause for concern. The African Union-United Nations Joint Special Representative for Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, told the U.N. Security Council Wednesday that the situation in Darfur remains volatile. He said since the beginning of the year, fighting between government forces and rebel groups and other inter- and intra-ethnic clashes have led to loss of life, prolonged displacement of civilians, economic hardships and loss of property. He said tensions over access to and control of land, water and mineral resources have led to a surge in inter-ethnic violence in Darfur’s states. “The increased militarization...
(Sudan Tribune 07/25/13)
The head of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Thabo Mbeki, will arrive in Khartoum today accompanied by the Ethiopian foreign minister Tedros Adhan to hold consultations on the implementation of the joint cooperation agreement between Sudan and South Sudan. In September of last year, both Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of cooperation agreements, which covered oil, citizenship rights, security issues, banking, border trade among others. Last March, the two countries signed an implementation matrix for these cooperation agreements. But last June, the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir ordered the closure of all pipelines carrying oil from South Sudan. He said that the move was in response to South Sudan's funding of rebels fighting his government. Khartoum...
(This Day Live 07/25/13)
African countries and their communities have been told they can effectively end ‘land grabs,’ grow significantly more food across the region, and transform their development prospects if they can modernise the complex governance procedures that govern land ownership and management over the next decade. This was revealed in a new World Bank report titled Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity released on Monday in Washington, US, which also noted that Africa has the highest poverty rate in the world with 47.5 per cent of the population living below $1.25 a day. The detailed report noted that sub-Saharan Africa is home to nearly half of the world’s usable, uncultivated land but so far the continent has not been able to develop...
(Voice of America 07/25/13)
CAPITOL HILL — Prospective U.S. diplomats to Africa say President Barack Obama’s recent trip to the continent underscored persistent challenges and vast opportunities that cry out for robust and sustained American engagement. Administration nominees for the State Department’s top Africa post, as well as numerous ambassadorships, testified Wednesday at their Senate confirmation hearing. During his three-nation trip to Africa earlier this month, Obama unveiled initiatives to boost electric service on the continent, increase trade and commercial ties, and help groom Africa’s next generation of leaders. But more must be done, according to Democratic Senator Chris Coons, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa. “President Obama’s recent trip was a positive demonstration of U.S. commitment, and the president’s initiatives...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/13)
Sudanese rebels clashed with troops in North Kordofan Wednesday, both sides said, days before a Khartoum deadline to halt South Sudan's oil exports over allegations it is backing the insurgents. The Justice and Equality Movement, a Darfur-based group which is part of a wider rebel alliance, said it attacked a military convoy and captured the garrison at Sidrah, about 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of El Rahad town. The attack ended weeks of relative calm in the area. "Fighting is still going on," JEM spokesman Gibril Adam Bilal told AFP early Wednesday. The army later confirmed an attack against Sidrah but said it forced the rebels to flee, leaving government forces in control of the area. "The aim of their...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/24/13)
KHARTOUM — Rebels from Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region launched a new assault on the country's once placid heartland on Wednesday, sending civilians running for cover, rebels and witnesses said. Residents in al-Rachad, in the central North Kordofan state, an agricultural area that produces much of Sudan's gum arabic, exported for use in soft drinks, said they could hear explosions and intense gunfire outside the nearby town of Jebel al-Dayer. “People have arrived here today fleeing fighting in the area of Jebel al-Dayer,” said a resident of Rachad, asking not to be named. Gibril Adam, spokesman for the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), one of the biggest rebel groups in Darfur, said its fighters had attacked an army position. “We handed...
(Sudan Tribune 07/24/13)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 23, 2013 – Seventy Sudan experts and human rights groups from Africa, Europe and North America sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council today urging its members to evaluate its approach to the crises in Sudan in order to “increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the UN Security Council in its ability to support peace.” (Full text of the letter below.) The letter identifies the geographical and political changes that have taken place in Sudan since the outbreak of violence in Darfur in 2003 while noting that the international community has failed to keep pace with these changes, preferring instead to preserve processes that have not succeeded but have incurred devastating losses. The...
(Sudan Tribune 07/24/13)
(KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s oil minister, Awad Ahmed al-Jaz, has reiterated that Khartoum will stick to its decision of stopping the flow of South Sudan’s oil through its territory following the end of the 60 day deadline. The Sudanese government last week emphasised that it will stop oil exportation at the announced date of 7 August. Juba responded by reducing its oil output to 160,000 barrels per day from 200,000 barrels a day. On Tuesday South Sudan’s oil minister Stephen Dhieu Dau said that his country will complete the shutdown of its oil production by next week. Dau said Juba implored upon its northern neighbor not to follow through on its threat and warned that the pipelines risk being damaged for...
(Voice of America 07/24/13)
Malaria infections, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, are responsible for the deaths of some 200,000 newborns and 10,000 new mothers each year. The parasitic illness can also cause miscarriage and premature birth, increasing the risk of death. There are low cost, lifesaving interventions to prevent infection, yet, according to a new study, there are significant barriers to implementing them. For the past 20 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that pregnant women in areas with high rates of malaria receive insecticide-treated bed nets and periodic doses of a cheap drug to prevent the disease. Yet, despite relatively high attendance at clinics for expectant mothers and their newborns throughout sub-Saharan Africa, statistics show that just a little over 21 percent...
(National Mirror Online 07/24/13)
The presence of Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir in Nigeria to attend the African Health Summit has drawn critical local and global attention. Indeed, the outrage that trailed Al-Bashir’s Abuja trip eclipsed the substantive health concerns of the summit. In March 2009 and 2010, the International Criminal Court (ICC) judges issued arrest warrants against the Sudanese leader for crimes he allegedly committed in the country’s Dafur region, where an estimated 300, 000 people have died since 2003 as a result of fighting between rebel groups and government forces and their allies, the Janjaweed militia. Following Al-BAshir’s visit to Nigeria, the ICC had requested the host country to arrest the Sudanese leader who is wanted for alleged war crimes against humanity and...
(Ghana Business News 07/24/13)
It will cost Africa $4.5 billion over the next ten years in order to bring proper reforms into managing the continent’s ‘rich’ land, says a new World Bank report published July 22, 2013. According to the report, “Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity,” African countries could effectively end ‘land grabs,’ if the complex land ownership and management is mordernized through governance procedures. The World Bank therefore suggests a number of steps and policies that can bring major changes in the continent’s land governance. “It would cost African countries and their development partners, including the private sector, $4.5 billion spread over ten years to scale up these policy reforms and investments,” said the Bank. The report suggests that Africa could finally...
(Sudan Tribune 07/23/13)
(JUBA) - South Sudan said Monday it will embarrass the Sudanese government which accuses Juba of harbouring and providing support to the alliance of rebels groups that fight to topple Khartoum regime. "This Khartoum (government) let them wait, we will embarrass them at broad light before the international community if they continue to lie without being ashamed that we support their rebels," a top level military officer with South Sudanese Army (SPLA) told Sudan Tribune on Monday. The officer, who is a member of the Joint Political and Security Committee (JPSC), said his country has a full list of evidence and testimonies showing the support the government of Sudan had provided to armed groups and political dissidents to struggling to...
(Sudan Tribune 07/23/13)
On July 13, 2013, Darfur witnessed another deadly attack on the personnel of the African Union and United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), in the outskirt of Nyala City. According to the reports, 100-150 gunmen carried out the attack and they outnumbered the UNAMID forces. The ambush resulted in the killing of seven Tanzanian soldiers and 17 were wounded, including two female soldiers. The UNAMID's officials described the attack as a sustained heavy fire from machine guns and rocket propelled grenades. No doubt, this detailed information suggests clearly that the perpetrators were well-equipped, well-armed and probably well-informed about the UNAMID's forces movements and patrols. This incident has exposed previous reports and statements by UNAMID and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations...
(Sudan Tribune 07/23/13)
2013 (KAMPALA) - Uganda has dismissed as "rubbish" claims by Sudan that it is supporting rebel groups hostile to Khartoum government. The Chinese news agency, Xinhua, reported on Saturday that Sudan had lodged a complaint with the African Union (AU) accusing Uganda of supporting rebels fighting the Khartoum government. But in a phone interview with the Sudan Tribune on Monday, Uganda’s Minister of State for International Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem dismissed the accusation. "It is the usual rubbish from Khartoum. The accusers [Sudan] normally come up with such accusations when they have internal problems. The Sudanese regime is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Let them deal with it. Uganda is not wanted by the ICC. We are promoting...
(Sudan Tribune 07/23/13)
The joint security meeting between Khartoum and Juba scheduled for Monday in Addis Ababa will likely be postponed, multiple sources told Sudan Tribune today. The sources said that the Sudanese delegation has not left for Ethiopia yet and noted the lack of clarity in the agenda of the meeting. They also disclosed that several action items for the meeting has not been completed. The meeting was to discuss accusations of rebel support by both nations as well as monitoring the borders between the two countries. Farouk Mohamed, a member of the Joint Political and Security Committee (JPSC), said that Sudan submitted its complaints and observations to the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) chaired by Thabo Mbeki. He further said...
(Sudan Tribune 07/23/13)
Sudan's opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) declared that it has embarked on a secret strategic plan to overthrow the regime while a senior official from the umbrella opposition organization, National Consensus Forces (NCF) stressed that the 100-day plan to topple the regime did not fail. Last month, the NCF unveiled its 100-day plan which is comprised of several stages including holding seminars in public arenas and attempting to get citizens to take the streets. The PCP's political secretary Kamal Omer said at a news conference on Monday that the NCF will evaluate the 100-day scheme following the holy month of Ramadan to determine the date of the popular uprising. He urged the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) to accept the...
(Sudan Vision 07/23/13)
Addis Ababa, 22 July 2013: Today saw the launching, by the Commission of the African Union and Ethiopia in its capacity of Chair of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), of the Ad Hoc Investigative Mechanism (AIM) into allegations by the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan, of continued support to and harbouring of armed groups operating against the other state. The launch was presided over by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tedros Adhanom, representing the Chair of IGAD, and the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ramtane Lamamra, representing the Commission of the African Union. The AIM is comprised of three senior military officers, namely Brigadier-General Luis InacioMuxito, Defense and Security Advisor to the Chair of the...

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