| Africatime
Jeudi 30 Mars 2017
(AL Jazeera 02/07/13)
Khartoum, Sudan - Ahmed Ehemir balances two large plates stacked with pancakes on a tea table at the headquarters of Sudan's national students' association. "This is our breakfast," he said, a good-natured grin lighting up his young face. Two weeks ago, Ehemir was fighting rebel militias in Abu Kershola town in South Kordofan - a province bordering South Sudan which, since the end of April, has been the theatre of intensive fighting between rebel forces and government troops. He spent one month fighting alongside the regular army and the Popular Defense Forces (PDF), a militia backed by the regime. Ehemir was part of the mujahidin, a volunteer paramilitary group composed mostly of students "and a few high-school pupils, all very...
(Sudan Tribune 02/07/13)
(KHARTOUM) – Sudan and South Sudan agreed Monday to refrain from supporting rebel groups and instead, to back efforts aiming to bring peaceful settlement in the two countries. South Sudanese and Sudanese five-presidents recommitted themselves to resort to the dialogue and to join hands to resolve any conflict that may arise in the course of implementing the September 27 cooperation agreements signed last year between the presidents of the two countries. Following the end of the two day talks in Khartoum, Sudan’s Ali Osman Taha and South Sudan’s Riek Machar issued a nine-point communiqué announcing that the agreed to refrain from supporting and harboring armed groups from both sides in line with the security arrangements deal. The parties also agreed...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/07/13)
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - The vice presidents of Sudan and South Sudan pledged on Monday to resolve a conflict over Juba's alleged support for rebels that is threatening cross-border oil flows, but failed to offer any concrete solutions. Last month, bilateral ties hit a new low when Sudan said it would halt South Sudanese oil exports passing through the north for shipment unless Juba ended support for rebels operating across the shared border. South Sudan denies the claims. To defuse the situation, South Sudan's vice president, Riek Machar, flew to Khartoum for the first high-level meeting since Sudan's threat to close two cross-border pipelines. After two days of talks between Machar and Sudan's vice president, Ali Osman Taha, both sides said...
(Sudan Tribune 28/06/13)
(KHARTOUM) - Presidential assistant and deputy leader of the ruling party in Sudan said that Western countries are reconsidering their support to the rebel groups and reaffirmed that Islamist group of Sa’ihoon are backing Bashir’s regime. After the independence of South Sudan, the regime of president Omer Al-Bashir faced a series of protests by youth groups and even the former mujahedin al-Sa’ihoon, or ‘God-seeking wanderers’ who fought the SPLM rebels in South Sudan, demanded to reform the regime. The SPLM- North and Darfur rebel groups also formed an alliance, Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF), aiming to topple the regime. The insurgents attempted to expand the field of their military action in Kordofan region but they were forced to pull back their...
(Sudan Tribune 24/06/13)
(JUBA) – The Political Bureau (PB) of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) – South Sudan’s ruling party – will take the party’s basic documents, which are under review, to the current National Liberation Council (NLC) for further deliberations and endorsement in the wake of internal disagreements, reveals a senior party member. JPEG - 24 kb File picture from the 6th SPLM Polituro on 14 January 2010 where SPLM chairman Salva Kiir (R) greets SG Pagan Amum (L) as his deputy Riek Machar stands besides him (photo SPLM) SPLM, a guerrilla movement turned into a political party after the signing of a peace deal between Juba and Khartoum in 2005, has been struggling to transform itself into a viable democratic...
(Sudan Tribune 21/06/13)
Sudanese government and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement –North (SPLM-N) may meet in Addis Ababa at the end of this month for discussions on humanitarian issues including a polio vaccination campaign, announced UN humanitarian official on Thursday. Valerie Amos was speaking to reporters after briefing the UN Security Council about the outcome of a three-day visit last May to Sudan where she discussed with the Sudanese officials, including president Omer Al-Bashir, the humanitarian situation in Darfur and Blue Nile. UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator told reporters that the Sudanese officials told her and also informed the African Union high level panel that the government is prepared to allow "cross line" operation into the SPLM-N held areas. She...
(Sudan Tribune 21/06/13)
They stand shoulder to shoulder in a wide circle listening to one another’s concerns and fears. The group varied in age, religion, politics, ethnicity, etc. Regardless of their differences, a common theme peers out at all of us in the room—insecurity is growing in these two countries, and it wears many hats. I recall clearly the first comment made: “I am tired of fear.” One mother laments her four boys’ serial battles with malaria and typhoid, completely preventable diseases. Another woman shares stories of women increasingly robbed at gunpoint as they shopped in the market to buy food. Some tell of a sharp spike in flogging, stoning, and detention of women in Sudan, and growing abductions of women in South...
(Sudan Tribune 19/06/13)
(KHARTOUM) - Sudan has slammed the position of some countries for refusing to condemn the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) for the killing of a former rebel leader who signed a peace agreement with the government in Doha last April . Mohamed Bashar, late leader of JEM-Sudan, a group that splinted in September 2012, was killed with his deputy Suleiman Arko Dahia near the common border between Chad and Sudan on 12 May. His group said their "peaceful convoy" was attacked inside the Chadian territory while JEM rebels on the other hand said Bashar attacked their position inside the Sudanese territory. Amin Hassan Omer, head of Darfur peace follow-up office, met on Tuesday with an investigation team formed by...
(Sudan Tribune 17/06/13)
(KHARTOUM/JUBA) – The Sudanese government has officially announced its acceptance of proposals made by the head of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), Thabo Mbeki aimed at bridging the gap with Juba. The foreign ministry spokesperson Abu-Bakr al-Sideeq Mohamed al-Amin said that Sudan has informed the AUHIP it does not object to its proposals for solving the problems facing the implementation of cooperation agreements. He affirmed that the AUHIP proposals with regard to the demilitarized zone would secure withdrawal of South Sudan’s troops from occupied Sudanese areas adding that the timelines specified in the proposal falls within the 60-day deadline to stop the flow of South Sudan’s oil through Sudanese territory. Tensions between the countries have escalated last week...
(Sudan Tribune 13/06/13)
Khartoum — Sudan's foreign minister, Ali Karti has asked the United States charge d'affaires (CDA) in Khartoum Joseph Stafford to stop offering any advices to the government on its recent decision to halt oil flow from landlocked South Sudan. Last Saturday, Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir ordered the closure of all pipelines carrying oil from South Sudan. He told a public rally in the capital Khartoum that the move was in response to South Sudan's funding of Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) rebels fighting his government in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Stafford, according to the US State department spokesperson Jen Psaki, met with Karti on Monday and expressed Washington's deep concern on Bashir's decision urged Sudan to reverse its...
(Haaretz 13/06/13)
Sudanese authorities have been interrogating citizens who spent time in Israel and have returned to their country secretly via Jordan, Sudanese news organization Alrakoba has reported. Israel and Sudan do not have diplomatic relations, meaning that Israel cannot return citizens directly to Sudan, which has vowed to punish citizens who have set foot on Israeli soil. Sudanese passports even state that the bearer is entitled to enter all countries except for Israel. Israel earlier this year admitted that it has repatriated about some 2,100 migrants to Sudan via a third country but refused to disclose the name of that country. The repatriation was done secretly, over the last few months, without the knowledge of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room is one of many tributes to the legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation that many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death. That reluctance is gradually eroding as the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma called Mandela's condition "very serious" but said he has...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in hospital Tuesday where he was being treated in intensive care for a lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday and was said to be in serious but stable condition. His latest health scare has been met with prayers and a growing acceptance among South Africans that their hero may be nearing the end of his life. "He is receiving intensive care treatment," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP on Monday. He "remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged," the presidency said after describing him as being in a "serious but stable" condition...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 10/06/13)
Sudan’s Information Minister and Government Spokesperson Ahmed Bilal Osman insisted today that Sudan would benefit from the controversial Ethiopian renaissance dam and stressed that Ethiopia has engaged Sudan in all operations associated with the dam building. This is a report by the Sudan Tribune. At a press conference in Khartoum, Osman announced that Sudan’s minister of water resources and electricity Osama Abdalla Mohamed al-Hassan will travel for Cairo early next week. He said that the ten-member committee which includes representatives from Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt as well as international experts has dispelled all concerns raised about the dam, adding that Sudan is ready to send experts and technicians to help in the construction of the dam. The report further read...
(Sudan Tribune 10/06/13)
Khartoum — Sudan's minister of industry, Abdel Wahab Mohamed Osman, declared this week that the government has no option but to privatize several sugar factories in order to obtain financial resources allowing it to expand and increase productivity. The Sudanese authorities plan to sell 70% of its shares in four sugar factories including Aljunied, Halfa Al-Gadida, Asalaya, and Sinnar to private investors while retaining the remaining 30%. The minister defended the decision to privatize sugar factories through partnership before the national assembly pointing out that the state-owned sugar companies has for two years sought €120 million to finance renovation of sugar factories but the government failed to secure even "one pound". He also acknowledged the difficulty of obtaining any external...
(24 Tanzania 05/06/13)
EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, June 5, 2013 – The members of the Implementation Follow-Up Commission (IFC) for the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) held an extraordinary meeting on June 4, 2013 in Doha, Qatar, to discuss the assassination of the leadership of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEMI Bashar) and measures to prevent the derailing of the DDPD. Members of the IFC present were: State of Qatar, Chad, China, Egypt, France, Japan, Russian Federation, Sudan, United Kingdom, United States of America, UNAMID, African Union, United Nations, European Union, League of Arab States, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Liberation and Justice Movement, and Justice and Equality Movement/Bashar. Darfur• The IFC members received the report presented by UNAMID on the May...
(Sudan Tribune 03/06/13)
Libyan guards killed a dozen Sudanese migrants who illegally crossed the borders prompting Khartoum to announce it will summon the Libyan charge d’affaires to demand an investigation into the incident. Sudan’s foreign ministry said on Sunday that seven of the victims have been identified while its consulate in Libya’s Al-Kufra town is working on identifying the remaining corpses who had no ID’s on them. Five of the illegal Sudanese migrants were transferred to a hospital in A-Kufra for treatment, the ministry added. Sudan’s embassy in Tripoli and the Consulate General in al-Kufra had already contacted the Libyan authorities and demanded clarification on the circumstances surrounding the incident. The foreign ministry said it received information based on a story told by...
(New Vision 23/05/13)
JUBA/KHARTOUM - South Sudan has almost halved its oil production as it faces new "problems" exporting crude to Sudan, it said on Tuesday, suspecting its long-time rival had closed a cross-border pipeline, a move that would be a sign of friction. A source in Sudan's oil ministry denied crucial oil exports had been halted but the Sudanese pound fell on the black market close to a record low as traders worried an economic crisis would worsen. The cut in oil production is bad news for both African countries which have been suffering since South Sudan shut down its oil output of 350,000 barrels a day in January 2012 over a row with Sudan over pipeline fees. Oil is the lifeline...
(Sudan Views 22/05/13)
The Sudanese government demanded the UN to express decisive, firm and strict stances against rebels who commit violence and murder in Blue Nile, Darfur and Kordofan rather than just showing criticism. Meeting yesterday with the UN Deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN emergency aid coordinator who is on a visit to the country; the Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Karti affirmed Sudans continuous cooperation with the UN and its agencies. He said Sudans acceptance of the tripartite initiative to deliver humanitarian aid to Blue Nile and South Kordofan originated from Sudans attention to its responsibilities but, he added, SPLM-N refused the initiative; a thing which must have been met with more pressures from the international community to...
(Sudan Tribune 21/05/13)
Different sources have expected a large ministerial reshuffle in Khartoum, saying that the first vice-president Ali Osman Taha might be relieved from his position. A presidential source told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that First Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha is one of the most prominent figure that will quit the government in the upcoming reshuffle, adding he will dedicate his time as deputy chairman to the management of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP). The source further revealed that defence minister Gen. Abdel-Rahim Hussein, will also be among those who will lose their ministerial portfolios. Abdel Rahim recently disclosed to several journalists in Khartoum that he demanded to be relieved from his position for health reasons. The minister suffers...

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