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UN Authorizes Peacekeeping Troops for Abyei Region

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing the deployment of up to 4,200 peacekeeping troops to the disputed Abyei region between north and south Sudan. All 15 members of the Security Council agreed to the establishment, for six months, of an Abyei peacekeeping force made up of Ethiopian troops.  Adoption...

Civil Society Groups: Support Justice for Gravest Crimes

Civil society groups are urging African nations to show support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the AU summit in Equatorial Guinea. Some 125 organizations in more than 25 African countries issued a report Monday called Observations and Recommendations on the ICC. It calls on African member countries of the ICC to “support justice for...

Sudan's President Praises China Ahead of Delayed Visit to Beijing

China says a controversial visit to Beijing by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been delayed, forcing the postponement of a scheduled meeting Monday with President Hu Jintao.The planned four-day visit has been condemned by human rights groups because of China's refusal to arrest Mr. Bashir on warrants issued by the International Criminal...

Working to reunite Parents and Children along Tunisian/Libyan Border

At least 150 unaccompanied minors and children have been identified along the Tunisian-Libyan border since the early days of the Libyan crisis. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), along with other NGOs and local authorities, has been working aggressively to reunite these children with their parents. They are mostly boys from 15 to...

Human Resources Key to Southern Sudan's Success

After more than two decades of civil war with the North, Southern Sudan is set to become anindependent country on July 9.  The fledgling nation will be starting virtually from scratch in enacting policies, programs and institutions.  It will be a daunting task, given that few people who lived in Southern Sudan during the war were able to attend...

China Defends Engagement with Africa

Chinese officials are defending their approach to engagement with Africa, saying embargoes and sanctions against Sudan and other brutal African governments do not work. The country’s former envoy to Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region, Liu Guijin says China is offering a new type of engagement with Africa based on equality and mutual benefit....

Obama Describes Situation in Sudan's S. Kordofan State as 'Dire'

U.S. President Barack Obama has described the situation in Sudan's Southern Kordofan state as "dire" and pressed the north and south to immediately impose a cease-fire.Obama said Wednesday there are reports that attacks are taking place in Southern Kordofan state based on ethnicity.  He accused the north's Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) of bombing...

Rights Group Criticizes China Invitation to Sudanese Leader

The Chinese government is being called on to rescind its invitation to Sudanese President al-Bashir. Human Rights Watch [HRW] calls the invitation an “affront” to the victims in Darfur and other parts of Sudan where conflict has occurred recently. There are reports Mr. al-Bashir could visit China June 27th. Indicted “The key to understand is...

Agreement Reached on Sudan's Abyei Region

The two sides in the dispute over Sudan's Abyei region have signed an agreement after several days of negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.Their accord calls for the oil-rich region to be demilitarized and for Ethiopian peacekeepers to be deployed there. The north and south negotiators also agreed to establish a council to oversee...

Number of World Refugees and Displaced People Highest in 15 Years

A new report finds 43.7-million people worldwide were forcibly displaced by conflict by the end of 2010, the highest number in the past 15 years.  The U.N. refugee agency, which has just released its annual report on Global Trends 2010, assists more than 25 million of these refugees and internally displaced people.The numbers quoted are huge and...

Sudanese Parties Deadlocked Over Abyei’s Future

North-South Sudanese talks on the status of the disputed Abyei border region are deadlocked nearly a week after negotiators announced they were near agreement.  The parties have been stuck for two days over the wording of an agreement.Talks on Abyei’s future ground to a halt Sunday at an Addis Ababa hotel, reviving fears of a return to war less...

Sudanese Parties Race Clock to Settle Disputes Before South’s Independence

Sudanese parties have opened final negotiations in Addis Ababa aimed at resolving several difficult and potentially divisive issues that need to be settled by the South’s July 9 independence day. The negotiators were advised they must keep working until a deal is reached.With just over three weeks until the birth of a new nation, north and south...

Mbeki Predicts South Kordofan Ceasefire 'In Days'

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki says he hopes to have a ceasefire deal in place within days to halt more than a week of heavy fighting in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state. Hundreds of thousands of residents are said to be fleeing the combat zone, creating a fresh humanitarian crisis.Members of Mr. Mbeki’s Sudan mediation panel broke away...

US Envoy Returning to Sudan for Crisis Talks

President Obama is sending U.S. Sudan envoy Princeton Lyman back to the region amid rising violence that could complicate South Sudan’s scheduled independence July 9. U.S. officials want China to use its leverage with the Sudanese government in Khartoum to calm the situation. The announcement of Lyman’s planned return to Sudan later this month...

Sudan Blames Bombardment on Southern Aggression

As violence continues along Sudan's disputed north-south border, the government of Sudan has rejected U.S. President Barack Obama's demand for peace. On the defensive after international condemnation of an aerial bombing campaign in Sudan's Southern Kordofan State, the government in Khartoum is claiming the attacks were prompted by aggression on...