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President Barack Obama's special envoy to Sudan On The Road Again

President Barack Obama's special envoy to Sudan, Major-General Scott Gration, headed Wednesday for South Sudan, Darfur and Khartoum, where he will discuss issues ranging from gender-based violence with displaced people to peace efforts with former African heads of state. The trip, announced by the United States Department of State in Washington on...

Fresh Round of United Nations-backed between the Sudanese Peace Talks to Start Next Month

United Nations-backed mediation talks aimed at resolving the long-running conflict in Darfur between the Sudanese Government and the region's armed movements will resume late next month, it was announced today. The talks will not start until the last week of October, given the time needed for the many armed movements to complete discussions on...

Women and Children Increasingly Targeted in Southern Sudanese Clashes

Women and children are being increasingly targeted in the escalating attacks against communities in Southern Sudanese states, exacerbating the dire humanitarian situation, say officials. "We have seen a drastic escalation in violence across Southern Sudan this year - from the Equatorial States besieged by LRA [rebel Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army...

Sudan Claims Part of Moyo District

Sudanese People's Liberation Army soldiers, yesterday afternoon attacked Ugandan farmers in Lefori Sub-county, Moyo District, claiming the land belongs to Sudan. Seven heavily-armed SPLA soldiers ordered the farmers in Gwere Parish in Lefori to uproot their crops and leave the area which they said belonged to them, witnesses said. Lefori Sub-...

Joint African Union-UN Envoy Speaks Out Amid Renewed Sudanese-Chadian Tensions

The head of the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur today called on Sudan and Chad to end any hostile activities along their border amid fresh accusations of air strikes in the troubled region. Rodolphe Adada, the Joint AU-UN Special Representative, warned that the continuing tensions between the neighbouring...

President Barack Obama Envoy Heads to China to Pursue Darfur Peace

President Barack Obama's special envoy for Sudan, Major General J. Scott Gration, will hold a series of talks in the next week with a range of countries including China in an attempt to forge a common approach to the crisis in Darfur. A State Department spokesman Ian Kelly, announced in Washington, DC, on Friday that Gration would in the next week...

Darfur Rebel Leader Submits to War Crimes Trial in Sudan

A Darfur rebel leader charged with war crimes for attacking African Union peacekeepers in the region has voluntarily surrendered himself to appear before the International Criminal Court on Monday. The court announced on Sunday that it had issued a sealed summons for Bahr Idriss Abu Garda , the commander of a splinter group of the Justice and...

UN Relief Chief Meets With Victims of Recent Violence in Southern Sudan

The top United Nations relief official travelled to Southern Sudan today, where he met with some of the thousands of men, women and children who have been displaced by recent violence. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), up to 1,000 people have been killed and over 100,000 uprooted from their homes since...

Civil Society Urges Obama to Adopt New Peace Strategy in Sudan

Three prominent American civil society advocacy groups have marked President Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office by issuing an open letter calling on him to build a coalition with China, the Arab League, the African Union and Europe with the objective of developing a set of “carrots and sticks” to bring peace to Sudan. “A global consensus...

Members of U.S. Congress Arrested in Darfur Protest

Five members of the United States Congress were among a group of people arrested Monday in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, DC during a protest against the violence in Darfur. The representatives – Donna Edwards (Democrat-Maryland), Keith Ellison (Democrat-Minnesota), John Lewis (Democrat-Georgia), Jim McGovern (Democrat-Massachusetts...

Sudan's 2010 Elections Crucial Benchmark in Peace Process - Ban

General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announcement that national elections will be held in Sudan in February 2010, noting the polls will be an important step in consolidating the hard-won peace achieved by the country following its long-running north-south civil war. "The holding of nationwide elections is an important benchmark in the...

Remarks By the U.S. President After Meeting With Special Envoy to Sudan Advocate, and Members of Congress

United States President Barack Obama met with Scott Gration, his special envoy to Sudan, Sudan experts and advocates, and members of Congress to discuss Darfur policy on March 30, 2009 at the White House. His remarks after the meeting follow: THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Obviously on a busy news day, I wanted us to make sure that we weren't...

Obama is Expected to Announce the Appointment of a Special Envoy to Sudan

United States President Barack Obama is expected to announce the appointment of a special envoy to Sudan Wednesday, a move that will be welcomed by campaigners concerned that his new adminstration has been moving too slowly to address African issues. The New York Times reports that he will name Major Gen. J. Scott Gration to the post. Gration is a...

The Expulsion or Closure of 16 Relief Agencies in Darfur Could Trigger an Exodus into Southern Sudan.

The expulsion or closure of 16 relief agencies in Darfur could trigger an exodus into Southern Sudan, aid officials warned. In preparation, the UN and the Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) are preparing for potential inflows of Darfuris, said Lise Grande, the UN's Deputy Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator...

Obama Condemns Expulsion of Aid Agencies from Darfur

In his most important intervention on Africa policy since his inauguration, President Barack Obama of the United States has condemned Sudan's expulsion of international aid agencies from Darfur. Speaking Tuesday night after an Oval Office meeting with Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Obama characterized the Sudanese...