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Sudan Govt Bans Agencies Supplying 70 Percent of Aid

The Sudanese government has expelled 10 aid agencies, accusing them of supplying exaggerated evidence against President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) which has issued a warrant for his arrest. "Those organisations were given authority to work in Sudan but are using the opportunity to conduct investigations and pass...

Peacekeepers Will Stay in Darfur, UN Official Declares

With the International Criminal Court (ICC) expected to announce its decision on seeking an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir on charges of war crimes this week, the chief of United Nations peacekeeping operations today said that the joint UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) will continue its patrols protecting the local...

Darfur - UN Experts Are Shown Mass Graves After Recent Fighting

United Nations experts have been sent to the scene of recent fighting between Government forces and armed groups in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region, where local residents showed them mass graves in which they said they had buried 45 people, while many others were still unaccounted for. An assessment team sent by the UN-African Union Hybrid...

Sorry Tale of Darfur's Peacekeeping Force Helicopters

More than a year after the deployment of the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force in Darfur (UNAMID), the UN is still begging the international community for the helicopters the peacekeepers need to do their jobs. In an interview ahead of UNAMID's deployment, its commander, General Martin L. Agwai of Nigeria, said he needed a...

UN Chief Warns Sudanese Govt Over Indictment

United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon has warned the Sudanese government against harming UN peacekeepers if the International Criminal Court (ICC) decides to indict President Omar al-Bashir on charges of genocide and war crimes arising out of the war in Darfur. Amid speculation that the ICC's decision is imminent, Ban told a news conference in New York...

Sudanese Govt. and JEM Darfur Began Peace Talks in Doha Today

Representatives of the Sudanese Government and the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), meeting for the first time in two years, began peace talks in Doha today, under the auspices of the Joint African Union-United Nations Chief Mediator tasked with resolving the conflict in Darfur. Djibril Yipènè Bassolé welcomed the...

UN Helicopter Draws Fire in North, Displacement Continues in South

The United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said that unknown assailants fired today on one of its helicopters near its headquarters in El Fasher, which late last month experienced several days of renewed clashed between Government and rebel forces. The Mi-8 helicopter, which was fired upon while on a food supply mission...

Fight Continues in South Darfur

Weapons fire, aerial bombing and armed patrols were observed throughout the day near a major camp of the African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID), as civilians fled fighting in the southern part of the violence-torn region of Sudan. UNAMID's personnel said that in addition to ongoing fire that could be heard, Sudanese Government...

30 Deaths and Uprooted Some 30,000 People For Clashes In South Darfur, Sudan

The top United Nations human rights official today voiced her alarm at reports of the worsening conditions for civilians in the South Darfur town of Muhajeria, where fighting between Sudanese Government forces and rebels has led to at least 30 deaths and uprooted some 30,000 people. "I'm extremely concerned at the impact the fighting is having on...

UN Official Urges to End Fighting In Darfur and Begin Talks

The chief of the joint United Nations-African Union effort to bring peace to Darfur today urged all armed forces in the region to put down their weapons and engage in peace negotiations. Djibril Yipènè Bassolé, the Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, called on rival factions on the western flank of the Sudan "to consult each...

International Criminal Court Issued Warrants For War Crimes And Crimes Against Humanity In Darfur

The International Criminal Court (ICC), based in the Netherlands, issued its first warrants Wednesday for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan's conflict-wracked Darfur region. "The ICC judges ruled that there is sufficient evidence on the merits of the prosecutor's case and reasonable grounds to believe that the two individuals...

Un Mission Intends To Evacuate International And National Staff From Sudan

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today voiced disappointment that some daily newspapers in the African nation have erroneously reported that the mission intends to evacuate international and national staff ahead of possible action by the International Criminal Court (ICC). "These reports are inaccurate and misleading,...

UN, African Union to Boost Protection of People in Darfur

Hundreds more troops will arrive in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region within the next two months in an effort to boost protection of civilians, the African Union-United Nations mission there, known as UNAMID, said today. Additional troops are expected to arrive by March from Egypt, South Africa, Senegal and Bangladesh, and later this year, further...

UN Warns of Humanitarian Catastrophe If Darfur Fighting Continues

The UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan's western Darfur region has expressed "grave concern" for the lives and safety of tens of thousands of civilians in a Darfur town recently affected by "fierce fighting" between rebels and ex-rebels. "Continued fighting between the two Darfurian movements could lead to a catastrophic...

Southern Kordofan Of Sudan Clashes Blamed On Militias

Clashes this week in Southern Kordofan, reportedly killing at least 16 people, followed attacks by militias on joint armed units deployed in accordance with the North-South peace agreement, a southern Sudanese military spokesman said. "It is the militias doing all this," said Major General Daniel Peter Parnyang, a spokesman for the Sudan...