Sudan + S Sudan update - 24th April 2012

A weekly round-up from Peace Direct (www.peacedirect.org)

NEWS ROUND-UP

 

Sudan and South Sudan continue to engage in sporadic fighting along their common border with a recent attack from Sudanese MiG jets striking a South Sudanese civilian market in the town of Rubkona near Bentiu. Reuters reports that the South is considering this attack to be a deceleration of war.  

 

International concerns that the cross border air raids will result in a war continue to mount with UN chief Ban Ki-moon again condemning the strikes and calling on both countries to stop.

Meanwhile, Sudan has rejected returning to the negotiating table as Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir’s believes the South is supporting anti-government rebels inside Sudan’s territory. Speaking from Heglig, which was recently occupied by South Sudanese troops, the Sudanese President declared that Sudan would not enter a dialogue with South Sudan until the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) was gone. “One of us has to go” he said before adding that our “dialogue with these people will be through the gun because they only understand the language of the gun.”

Research released on Monday by Human Rights Watch from a study conducted in the Blue Nile state revealed that civilians in the area are bearing the brunt of abuses resulting from the border conflict. 

 

NEWS IN DETAIL

AFP: Sudan says South backing for rebels risks stability
24 April: Sudan, which has rejected a return to the negotiating table, accused South Sudan of undermining its stability by backing rebels inside its territory despite international appeals for it to stop. Read more

Sky News: Sudan jets bomb South Sudan town
24 April: Sudanese MiG jets have bombed a major town in South Sudan, increasing the prospects of all-out war. Read more

The Telegraph: UN chief condemns Sudan cross-border air raids

24 April: UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemned cross-border air raids by Sudan on rival South Sudan on Monday, and called on the countries’ leaders to stop their “slide” to war. Read more

Reuters: Sudan: Blue Nile civilians describe attacks, abuses
23 April: Civilians are bearing the brunt of abuses in Sudan’s simmering border conflict in Blue Nile state, Human Rights Watch said today, based on a research trip in April 2012 into Blue Nile. Read more

Sudan Tribune: Bashir orders army to avenge South Sudan’s attack on Heglig, “purge” borders of rebels
23 April: Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir has given his army a carte blanche to use “the language of the gun” against neighbouring South Sudan in retaliation of the latter’s occupation of Heglig disputed region two weeks ago. Read more

 

Reuters: UN condemns Sudan’s bombing of South, calls for peace
23 April: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned Sudan’s bombardment of a market in the capital of South Sudan’s oil-producing Unity State on Monday and urged Khartoum to stop fighting.
Read more

 

Reuters: Sudan market bombing a “declaration of war”: South
23 April: Sudanese war planes bombed a market in the capital of South Sudan’s oil-producing Unity State on Monday, residents and officials said, an attack the southern army called a declaration of war
. Read all

Sudan conflict reignites
April 23: Sudanese war planes bombed a town in South Sudan in an attack the southern army called a declaration of war.
Read more

Huffington Post: Sudan: Blue Nile Civilians Describe Indiscriminate Bombings, Killings

23 April: Civilians are bearing the brunt of abuses in Sudan’s simmering border conflict in Blue Nile state, Human Rights Watch said today, based on a research trip in April 2012 into Blue Nile.  

Reuters: CAR blames Sudan rebels for cross-border ambush
April 20: Central African Republic said on Friday that Sudanese rebels killed 11 of its soldiers in a cross-border ambush aimed at stealing weapons and ammunition.
Read more