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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 (Translation by PIU & English Media)

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UNMIS’ briefing on humanitarian situations in southern Sudan Presidency decides to deal with Abyei as separate State Defence Minister: [We’ve] 90% silenced Darfur rebellion [Report] Darfur IDPs: Our villages await us New Information on Chadian Military Planes Violations of Sudanese Borders [Report] Murle and Nuer conflict route to new civil war Efforts in North Darfur to accommodate increasing student intake 10.000 Militants Demobilized in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Equatoria 30 people killed in southern Sudan Warrap state Gunmen kill UNAMID Sudanese worker in South Darfur DDR Commission says over 10 thousand combatants demobilized

UNMIS’ briefing on humanitarian situations in southern Sudan UNMIS organises a press briefing presented by the Deputy Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator for southern Sudan, Ms. Liz Grandi today August 12, 2009 in UMIS HQs in Sudan in Khartoum. Ms. Grandi’s briefing will focus on the challenges facing the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Southern Sudan. (Al-Akhbar) Presidency decides to deal with Abyei as separate State Minister of Presidential Affairs in Government of South Sudan Dr. Lulea Biong unveiled that recent meeting of the presidency decided that Abyei area will be financially dealt with as separate state. He added the Presidency has directed Ministry of Finance to approve the budget proposal presented by Abyei Administration and agreed on the formation of joint six-member committee to demarcate Abyei boundaries, adding the recommendations of the presidency meeting will be issued in forms of republican decrees within coming few days. He further added that resolutions of presidency will put an end to the differences between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) over Abyei area (Advocate) Defence Minister: [We’ve] 90% silenced Darfur rebellion Defence Minister Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein reaffirmed the ability of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) to enforce peace throughout Sudan. He announced SAF silenced the voice of dissension and rebellion in Darfur by (90%). The minister said in a dialogue with the Sudanese Sat. TV yesterday that the insurgency in western Darfur is confined to only two areas. Besides its presence in the Jebel Marra area, without the ability to exercise hostilities, it is also in the northern regions in the areas of Foraih, Krnoy, Tina and in the border region of Kariary. He pointed out that the hostilities in the region exist only in the minds of Westerners and in IDP camps with the assistance of some organisations. The minister confirmed the capacity of the armed forces to defeat the promoters of sedition on the Sudanese border with neighbouring countries announcing them to be boundaries of tribal interrelationships. ‫ ‏‬Report] Darfur IDPs: Our villages await us [ The Supreme Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Action in Darfur strongly denied the existence of a health or food gap in Darfur as a result of the expulsion of more than 13 international organisations last March and called for focusing on other services such as agriculture and education to the citizens of the region.

The Committee approved during its last meeting the formation of a joint mechanism to follow up the return of the IDPs in Darfur to their villages of origin and to provision of aid to them. Meanwhile the humanitarian Aid Commissioner Hassabu Mohamed Abdurrahman reaffirmed significant progress in Committee discussions, pointing out that in the past they focused only on procedures and aspects of the movement of humanitarian workers and now they are focused on the reconstruction, voluntary repatriation and reconciliation programs and services that can be provided to citizens in voluntary return villages and not the camps. Hassabu reaffirmed the stability of the situation in Darfur despite the onset of autumn, evidenced by high rate of voluntary return in Darfur, which amounted during the period between March and July 2009, to about 22,600 households that returned to 46 villages in the three Darfur states, referring to the return of over 900 thousand displaced persons to their homes in more than 800 villages in the Darfur region so far. Hassabu pointed out that the return of displaced persons to their villages confirm the stable humanitarian situations in Darfur, referring to the leadership of Dr Haroun Lual the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs of a big project for the reconstruction of villages, voluntary return and the provision of basic services to encourage the voluntary and spontaneous return of displaced persons to their homes in the various states of Darfur. The voluntary repatriation was not only limited to this but exceeded that to an agreement endorsed by the Supreme Committee for the coordination of humanitarian work last week to establish a joint mechanism to follow-up the return of displaced persons to their villages of origin and provide the necessary requirements. The Committee - which includes the Government, the United Nations and donor nations including the United States, Britain, China, Russia, the European Union, the African Union and the League of Arab States and that was formed to monitor the humanitarian work and assess the requirements in Darfur fully rejected any reference to the existence of a food gap in the region. Hassabu pointed to the Arab role in reconstruction and support to programs for voluntary return when he said: There is a growing humanitarian role of the Arab in Darfur. He pointed out that countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya, Oman, Jordan and Kuwait provide assistance in the areas of health, food, shelter and drinking water. (Al-Raed) New Information on Chadian Military Planes Violations of Sudanese Borders Informed sources revealed more information on new violations by Chadian military planes of, Sudanese borders, stating that Chad's planes had violated Sudanese space nine times during this year. Contrary to Chad's statements, Sudan Vision has learnt from its sources that some herdsmen and their animals were injured due to air-attacks launched by Chadian planes on the region of Mukjar. Sources noted that the region of Kulbus had witnessed a rocket drop on Thursday 16 July launched by a Chadian helicopter 150Km from the town of Um Duhkun causing panic among civilians. The sources added that the two rockets' left a 3-8 meters deep hole. For their part, Sudanese official sources affirmed that Sudan could have brought double-retaliation on Chad but had temporarily preferred not to repulse due its concern about the security of the region that could not bear any uncalculated actions. However, the sources affirmed that Sudan would reserve its right to respond if Chadian side continued to act irresponsibly. (The Sudan Vision) [Report] Murle and Nuer conflict route to new civil war The tribal clashes between Murle and Nuer in Jonglei state last week left more than 185 people dead in Akobo area in southern Sudan including a large number of women, children and the infirm. The clashes left a tragic situation in the region among the survivors fleeing from the conflict. A senior official at the United Nations affirmed that the survivors of the massacre are suffering from a shortage of food and housing materials.

A number of residents of the area said that the most likely cause of the clash between the two tribes is one of three reasons that are often the motives that ignite the outbreak of clashes are: livestock rustling or the controversy about the natural resources or they are frequently motivated by revenge. They noted that such clashes have become popular in recent times in the south recalling the events of Malakal, Rumbek and other events which have claimed hundreds of lives of the people of the South as well as the deaths of 250 people in April in an attack by fighters from the Murle tribe on Nuer tribe. In addition to the killing of 750 people in Al-Bebor in the far south only one month after that incident. June also saw the killing of 40 soldiers in an attack by tribal militants on a convoy of humanitarian aid in the south. The month also saw clashes between the tribes of the Lou Nuer and Aljikani Nuer that left at least 61 people dead. This made the speakers seem concerned that the south might plunge in outbreak of civil war between the tribesmen of the South particularly with the proliferation of weapons given the continuing violence that has gradually ravaged the stability of the region. (Al-Raed) Efforts in North Darfur to accommodate increasing student intake A Meeting of the Ministry of Education in El Fasher touched on the increase the proportion of pupils and student intake the various educational stages and the need to expand education outreach to the communities to be aware of the importance of education particularly education of girls. The DirectorGeneral of the Ministry of Education, Northern Darfur, said that Eight thousand new students have enrolled in secondary schools and there is need to work to meet the shortage of teachers in secondary schools to meet the increasing students and announced that the state plans to achieve the objective of “education for all” by the year 2015. (Al-Raed) 10.000 Militants Demobilized in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Equatoria The Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commissions (DDR) in north and south Sudan announced Tuesday the demobilization of 10,571 militants in South Kordofan, the Blue Nile and Equatoria. The Minister at the Presidency of the Republic and Chairman of the DDR National Council, Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, addressing a celebration held at the Friendship Hall on the occasion of launching 22 land cruisers pick-up for implementation of the DDR programmes, affirmed the government the commitment to the implementation of the disarmament programme, securing those who put down arms, describing the DDR programme as a basic part of the Security Arrangements Protocol which was included in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The minister lauded the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for their full cooperation with Sudan, expressing hope that this cooperation will continue. (SUNA) 30 people killed in southern Sudan Warrap state Some 30 people have been killed and at least 15 women and children abducted following clashes between two clans of Dinka tribe in northern area of Warrap state in southern Sudan. The latest outbreak of ethnic fighting in the Tonj north area of Warrap state, once again demonstrates the fragile security situation in the semi-autonomous and crucial need to disarm and deploy sufficient troops to dissuade fighters from carrying out raids for cattle or control of pasturage, rights groups say. "There are at least 30 people killed, and there are more than 15 women and children who have been abducted," said Paul Dhel Gum, from the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission. The clashes between two clans of the Dinka ethnic group, the Luach and the Awan, broke out over cattle and grazing rights on Saturday August 8, said Gum who added that the fighting continued until Tuesday morning. Juba dispatched a unity of southern Sudan army, SPLA, to the area to end the clashes. On August 2, some 185 people of the Lou Nuer people and SPLA troops were killed by fighters from the Murle ethnic group in Akobo area, in eastern Jonglei state near the border with Ethiopia. Further, Lou Nuer killed last Sunday seven Dinka Twic in Jonglei and wounded other five in a cattle wrestling raid.

Yesterday reacting to last week tribal fighting between Murle and Lou Nuer groups, Human Rights Watch urged the southern Sudan government to increase the numbers of police and security forces in volatile areas of Jonglei state. Also the rights group encouraged Juba to probe the violence and prosecute the responsible. "The Southern Sudanese government and the United Nations need to step up their efforts to protect civilians," further said Georgette Gagnon, HRW Africa director. The watchdog stressed the UN mission support to southern Sudan authorities had not been sufficient to prevent further violence. (SudanTribune.com) Gunmen kill UNAMID Sudanese worker in South Darfur August 10, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — Unknown gunmen killed a Sudanese contractor working with the hybrid peacekeeping mission in South Darfur state, the UNAMID said on Tuesday. "The staff member was shot by unknown armed men about 4 kilometres from UNAMID base in El Daein town in South Darfur." The victim was taken to the hospital by a UNAMID patrol where he later died yesterday. UNAMID is investigating the incidence. The mission did not disclose the identity of the Sudanese worker. (SudanTribune.com) DDR Commission says over 10 thousand combatants demobilized The 22 vehicle-aid extended by the European Union(EU) in sup-port to implementing programs of -the North and South Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Commissions was lunched yesterday. The two Commissions announced that 10, 000 combatants in south Kordofan, Blue Nile and Equatoria have been demobilized. Minister of Presidency , the Chairman of the National Coordinating Council for DDR, Bakri Hassan Salih , while he was addressing a celebration held in Friendship Hall in Khartoum yesterday, affirmed that the government is determined to thoroughly execute the programs of disarmament and demobilization, saying DDR programs are fundamental in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) Salih praised support being extended by the EU and the UNDP and their close cooperation with the country as well as the cooperation between the North Sudan DDR and South Sudan DDR. Dr Sulaf-Eddin Salih, on behalf of the North and South Sudan DDR Commissions, addressed the celebration and expressed appreciation over the EU support to the two commissions, saying it will help the commissions reach all combatants in all parts of the country. EU ambassador to Khartoum, on his part, unveiled that the European Union has extended around 12 million Euros in support of DDR programs since the signing of the CPA in 2005. (Sudan Vision)


				
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