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US Ready for Sudan Normalization Steps After Referendum

The United States said Wednesday that it is willing to begin steps to normalize relations with Sudan because of the Khartoum government’s support for the southern Sudan independence vote. Sudanese Foreign Minister Ahmen Ali Karti met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Obama administration says that after the results of the referendum are...

UN Report Cites Sudanese 'Interference' With Peacekeepers

Sudan’s government has interfered 23 times with the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission, or UNAMID, in recent months, according to a United Nations Security Council briefing Wednesday. Rebels or civilians were responsible for three other instances of interference.U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice spoke to reporters after the...

Southern Sudan Rebuilding Prisons After Years of War, Neglect

Southern Sudan expects to become Africa’s newest nation after the results of this month’s independence referendum are officially released February 7.  Building the new nation will not be easy.  Years of neglect and civil war virtually destroyed the region's infrastructure and social services, including its prison system. It is morning inspection...

NCP Proposes Extended Interim Period to Resolve Issues

A senior member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) told VOA an agreement between his party and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to extend the “interim period” will help expedite the resolution of the outstanding issues between the north and south. Rabie Abdelati Obeid said such an extension would not, in his words, hamper...

South Sudan Hopes Needs Will Be Met by New Government

Southern Sudanese are eagerly awaiting the official results from a referendum earlier this month that is expected to bring independence to the region after five decades of struggle.  The autonomous regional government that is part of a six-year-old peace agreement with the north has begun reconstruction, but south Sudan's needs are immense.  One...

President Obama Gets Mixed Reviews on Africa

Halfway into his four-year term, President Obama is placing attention on creating jobs in the United States, defeating Islamic extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and looking for ways to deal with a growing U.S. budget deficit.  But Africa analysts say he is also trying his best to help improve governance and democracy on the African continent...

AU Summit Expected to Focus on Ivory Coast, Sudan

"Shared Values" is the nominal theme of an African Union summit beginning this week in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.  But as always, the summit theme is being overshadowed by pressing issues of peace and security.  This 16th AU summit is expected to draw approximately 25 heads of state and government from among its 53 member countries.  Sudan’s...

Sudan's Blue Nile, Southern Kordofan Face Own Consultations

While much attention has been focused on the recent referendum for south Sudan's independence, the country's 2005 peace deal, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, also called for popular consultations to review the pact in two volatile northern states, Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan. The so-called popular consultation is underway in Blue Nile, but...

Southern Sudanese Returning From North Challenge Regional Government, Aid Groups

As vote tabulation nears an end in southern Sudan, preliminary results indicate voters are likely to choose overwhelmingly to separate from the rest of Sudan in order to form an independent state.  Whatever the outcome, southern Sudanese leaders face many challenges.  One is the arrival of thousands of southern Sudanese from the north.  River...

Sudanese Troops Arrest 37 in Darfur Camp

The U.N. and African Union mission in Darfur says Sudanese troops have arrested 37 people after conducting a search in a refugee camp. UNAMID said Sunday's raid violated an agreement between the mission and Sudan's government, requiring notification prior to any action in the camps.  The mission said it was informed about the action almost three...

Sudan Referendum Official Urges Parties to Accept Outcome

The chairman of South Sudan’s Referendum Commission has called on both the governing National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to accept the outcome of the landmark referendum that will determine the fate of the semi-autonomous south. Mohammed Ibrahim Khalil told VOA his commission will hold a news conference...

99% of Southern Sudanese Vote for Independence

Results from southern Sudan's landmark referendum show nearly 99 percent of voters supporting regional independence.The results, posted on the referendum commission's website Sunday, show just 45,000 voters out of 3.8 million voting for continued unity with the north.The commission said the results are provisional but noted that vote counting is...

Referendum Returns Point to Sudan Split

Preliminary results show that southern Sudan has overwhelmingly voted to secede from the north. Sudanese government officials say they will respect that decision and officials in both the north and the south are turning their attention to the practicalities of breaking up Africa's largest country, including writing new constitutions and settling...

Kenya Wins African Support to Defer ICC Prosecutions

Several African countries are backing Kenya’s bid to have the International Criminal Court suspend prosecutions of six prominent figures accused of fomenting post 2007 election violence. A resolution of support is expected to win approval at next week’s African Union summit.Kenya’s Vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka stopped in Addis Ababa Friday at...

Russian Arms Dealer's Trial Resumes Amid Calls for Global Arms Treaty

Alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout makes a second appearance in a New York court Friday, where he is accused of offering to supply arms to terrorists and rebels in Africa. Oxfam, an International non-governmental organization fighting poverty and injustice, says the Bout case shows why there is an urgent need for global rules on arms trade....