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Khartoum Rejects UN Force After South’s Independence

Sudan’s U.N. ambassador told the U.N. Secretary-General and the Security Council Tuesday that his government does not want to see an extension of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in his country after the south declares independence on July 9. The north’s confirmation comes amid an escalation in fighting between the two sides in the disputed Abyei...

North, South Sudan Sign Border Security Agreement

The African Union says north and south Sudan have signed an agreement to create a demilitarized border zone and a joint diplomatic effort to maintain stable relations.The AU said in a statement Tuesday the two sides agreed to the jointly monitored and patrolled border zone after a meeting Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The north and south...

North Sudan Demands South Pull Troops From Two States

<!--IMAGE--> The government of north Sudan is demanding the south withdraw its troops from two key border states by Wednesday.The demand, reported in Sudanese media, concerns the states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.  Both sit along Sudan's north-south border, like the disputed and oil-rich Abyei region, which northern forces occupied a...

Monitors: Evidence of 'Ethnic Cleansing' in Sudan's Abyei

An international monitoring group says there are indications of state-sponsored "ethnic cleansing" in Sudan's contested Abyei region.North Sudanese forces occupied the region a little more than a week ago, prompting southern troops to withdraw and thousands of residents to flee southward.The Satellite Sentinel Project says northern troops and...

Tensions Remain High in Refugee Camp Near Tunisia-Libya Border

The U.N. refugee agency is appealing to international donors to step up aid for thousands of refugees and migrant workers caught up in deadly disturbances over the past week at a camp near the Tunisia-Libya border.  The UNHCR is also urging countries to resettle refugees who cannot safely return to their home countries.  Serious disturbances broke...

Sudanese Envoys Meet on Abyei Crisis in Addis Ababa

Envoys from north and south Sudan are set to meet at African Union headquarters Saturday to discuss the Abyei region that was seized by northern forces a week ago, sparking a humanitarian crisis.The talks in Addis Abbas, Ethiopia, come one day after a southern Sudan official said 80,000 people have fled Abyei.  United Nations officials say tens of...

Thousands Flee Violence in Sudan’s Abyei Region

The United Nations reports thousands of people are fleeing the conflict in the disputed Abyei region between north and south Sudan. Aid agencies describe the situation as volatile, with sporadic shooting and looting reported.  Before northern Sudanese troops marched into Abyei and fighting erupted last week, an estimated 110,000 people lived in...

Satellite Spots Large Build-up of Northern Sudanese Forces

Another satellite image of Sudan’s Abyei region shows an even bigger build-up of northern Sudanese forces than first thought. The new image follows the release Wednesday of images showing the effects of fighting May 20 and 21. They showed Sudan Armed Forces positioned around Abyei, including warplanes on the ground in El Obeid, some 435 kilometers...

Political Agreement Needed in Abyei Crisis, Says Sudan Ruling Party Official

An official of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party [NCP] says the national armed forces will not withdraw from the disputed, oil-rich Abyei region until a political solution is reached. Northern forces seized Abyei last weekend. Ibrahim Ghandour, head of information and media affairs of the NCP, said the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement [CPA...

Monitors: North Sudan's Occupation of Abyei Was Planned

An international monitoring group says north Sudan's occupation of the contested Abyei region was likely a "premeditated and well-planned" operation.The Satellite Sentinel Project, which uses satellite photos to observe developments in Sudan, says it documented a build-up of tanks, helicopters, and troops along roads near Abyei in the weeks before...

South Sudan Accuses Khartoum of Depopulation Campaign in Abyei

South Sudan is accusing the Khartoum government of waging a campaign to depopulate southerners from the contested Abyei region and replace them with nomads loyal to the north.  Control of the oil-producing area is at the heart of a bitter argument as Africa’s largest country prepares to divide into two in early July.  Abyei remains under siege...

Northern Sudan Official Outlines Abyei Peace Issues

As northern Sudanese troops continue to occupy Abyei - an area both north and south Sudan claim as their own - a Sudanese official has outlined what he says are major stumbling blocks to peace in the area.The Sudanese ambassador to Kenya, Kamal Ismail Saeed, told reporters in Nairobi that northern government troops would pull out of Abyei once...

US: Sudan Peace Deal in Jeopardy After Abyei Seizure

The United States says Sudan’s seizure of much of the disputed Abyei region jeopardizes the country’s north-south peace accord and complicates efforts at normalizing U.S.-Sudan relations. The U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan is making a crisis visit to the country this week. The State Department is condemning the May 19 attack on Sudanese troops by...

Doctors Without Borders Treating Wounded in Sudan Conflict

The medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders says it is continuing to follow people on the move from violence in Abyei, an area claimed by both north and South Sudan.  This follows an intense battle two days ago in which northern government troops seized the area.  The United Nations has demanded that the north remove its troops from Abyei...

Rights Groups call on US to Protect against LRA Rebel Attacks

A coalition of nearly 40 human rights and humanitarian organizations is calling on the Obama administration to step up efforts to protect civilians against LRA rebels. For many years the Lord’s Resistance Army was based in northern Uganda, but now rebels are launching brutal attacks in several countries. LRA Disarmament Act “One year ago,...