A weekly round-up from Peace Direct (www.peacedirect.org)
Sudan, South Sudan relations
UN News Centre: UN envoy says Sudan and South Sudan withdrawing troops from demilitarized zone
22 March: The Governments of Sudan and South Sudan have begun withdrawing their troops from a safe demilitarized border zone, a United Nations envoy said today, as he briefed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the latest agreements between the two neighbours. Read more.
Telegraph: Sudan’s president said he intends to step down in 2015
22 March: Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s president and an indicted war criminal, said the people of Sudan need “fresh blood and a new impetus to continue their march” as he announced his intention to retire. Read more.
Reuters: Sudan authorities seize paper for reporting protest – source
KHARTOUM24 March: Sudanese security authorities confiscated the Sunday edition of the independent newspaper Al Khartoum because it reported on an opposition protest, a source at the newspaper said. Read more.
Sudan Tribune: US embassy in Sudan resumes consular services
24 March: The US embassy in Khartoum will resume full consular services on Monday, following a six month closure after the compound was targeted in violent protests in the Sudanese capital. Read more.
Sudan Tribune: Sudan FM accuses some NCP figures of undermining country’s policy in Africa
23 March: The Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti criticized unspecified parties within the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and accused them of sabotaging Khartoum’s strategy to strengthen ties with Africa. Read more.
Sudan Tribune: Northern Bahr el Ghazal legislators call for dissolution of parliament
24 March: Members of the politically divided parliament in Northern Bahr el Ghazal have begun calling on South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir Mayardit to consider dissolving the state assembly to end an ongoing dispute between lawmakers. Read more.
Sudan Tribune: UN pledges more commitment to protect civilians in South Sudan
21 March: Civilian protection remains the United Nations key priority in South Sudan, despite recent internal insecurity challenges, Hilde Johnson, the head of the agency’s mission (UNAMISS), told the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday. Read more.
AFP: Darfur gunmen detain 31 displaced people: UNAMID
25 March: Gunmen detained 31 internally displaced people travelling to a government-run conference, peacekeepers of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said on Monday, underlying security and other challenges faced by Darfur’s 1.4 million displaced. Read more.
Sudan Tribune: Sudan, JEM-Bashar initial an agreement on Darfur conflict
24 March: Sudanese government and the Justice and Equality Movement led by Mohamed Basher (JEM-Bashar) on Sunday initialed an agreement on three important files, announced the joint mediation. Read more.
Blue Nile, South Kordofan, and Abyei
Reuters: Sudan ready to talk with southern rebels – Defence minister
20 March: Sudan made its first offer to hold direct talks with rebels on its southern border with South Sudan on Wednesday. Read more.
Sudan Tribune: Sudan abandons 50-50 power sharing demand for Abyei administration
22 March: The Khartoum government is reported to have abandoned its demand to hold 50% of the positions in the administration of Abyei, the main area of dispute along the international border between Sudan and South Sudan. Read more.