Sunday, January 15, 2006

News from Sudan 1/15/2006

Chad demands Sudan disarm rebels
01/09/06 08:29 AM, EST
Chad has demanded that neighboring Sudan disarm Chadian rebels in its violent Darfur region as a condition for peace talks to end a growing dispute with Khartoum over rebel and militia raids in the border area. Full story.

Rebels in east Sudan report attack by armed forces
Analysts fear tensions in key economic region could turn into war
01/11/06 08:22 AM, EST
Sudanese armed forces attacked eastern rebel areas early on Wednesday, a week before negotiations were expected to begin to resolve the protracted conflict, rebel officials said. Full story.

AU may hand over Darfur mission to UN
01/12/06 08:47 PM, EST
The African Union (AU) said on Thursday it may hand over its mission in Darfur to the United Nations, saying it was running out of money for the peacekeeping operation in Sudan's troubled western region. Full story.

Sudan rejects U.N. offer to send troops
Official says African Union can keep the peace, but needs more cash
01/13/06 11:22 AM, EST
Sudan on Friday rejected a suggestion by U.N. head Kofi Annan that U.S. and European troops be sent to Darfur, saying the international community should give more cash to African forces already on the ground. Full story.

News from Save

This week in Sudan:

The situation in Darfur remained chaotic and dangerous this week, as another African Union peacekeeper was killed by unnamed forces. The incident quickly became another chance for Chad and Sudan to inch closer to open conflict, as each blamed the killing on the other. Chad went on to demand that Sudan disarm anti-Chadian rebels who are based in western Darfur, and also demanded that Sudan not be given the presidency of the African Union at that organization’s summit meeting in Khartoum next week. The escalating violence and rhetoric has many worried about the possibility of a regional meltdown which could engulf the entire horn of Africa.

In response to the grim prospects in Darfur, a number of different actions have been suggested, including the possibility of turning the African Union peacekeeping force into a United Nations force, which would open the door to further funding and international military help. Whether the Sudanese government would welcome further UN involvement is in doubt, however, as the government of Sudan has denied international investigators access to Sudan in order to investigate war crimes and acts of genocide in Darfur. A UN report also recommended this week that sanctions be implemented against several Sudanese involved in the genocide in Darfur.

In addition to further UN involvement, appointing a high-level Special Envoy to Sudan in the mold of former U.S. Ambassador John Danforth (who played an integral role during the negotiations over the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signe last year between Khartoum and South Sudanese rebels) has also been suggested. Meanwhile, editorials and letters to the editor continue to push for a larger U.S. role as well, even as the Million Voices for Darfur campaign was launched in order to raise the level of public support for stronger international action in Darfur to protect civilians.

Articles Referenced Above:

Peacekeeper killed in Darfur, The Science Daily 1/08/2006
AU Fears Spread of Darfur Conflict, Voice of America 1/11/06
Arms flow to Sudan's Darfur despite embargo -UN, Reuters 1/11/06
Sudan wants to try Darfur crimes, Sunday Times 1/11/06
Chad demands Sudan disarm rebels, Independent Online 1/10/06
Nations must oppose Darfur genocide , Oakland Tribune 1/10/06
Editorial: Two Africas / The progress and despair of a continent, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1/09/06
AU says may hand over Darfur mission to UN, Reuters 1/12/06
Genocide continues to rage in Darfur, Miami Herald 1/12/06
ANALYSIS-Disquiet at possible Sudan chair of African Union, Reuters 1/12/06
UN experts call for sanctions on Darfur leaders, Reuters - 1/12/2006
On Anniversary of Genocide Convention, U.S. Approaches Moment of Truth on Darfur, Africa Action 1/12/06
Call For High Level UN Envoy for Darfur, Voice of America 1/12/06
UN Refugee Chief Warns Darfur Could De-stabilize Region, Voice of America 1/12/06