(Afrique Jet) A press statement from Dr. Eicha Elbasri, the UNAMID official spokesman explained that on Tuesday the mission sent an inquiry team to its team site in the Kass locality, South Darfur, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the recent arrest of IDPs by an unidentified armed group at Arga checkpoint, in a border area between Central Darfur and SouthDarfurStates. It added that UNAMID investigation aims to ascertain all the facts surrounding the incident, including the identity of the perpetrators and their motives. On 24 March, the UNAMID-escorted convoy of three buses carrying 31 IDPs was stopped by an unidentified armed group in military uniforms on board seven gun-mounted jeeps at Arga checkpoint. ‘Immediately following the arrest of the IDPs, UNAMID commander on the ground requested a reinforcement patrol. While on its way to the site, the reinforcement patrol was stopped by the Sudanese military at Kass checkpoint, which prevented the peacekeepers from attempting to release the IDPs.’ the statement indicated.
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Sudanese Christian woman held without charge
(Sudan Tribune) Salwa Fahmi Suleiman Gireis, a Sudanese Christian woman and NGO worker, has been detained without charges for over month by the Sudanese security services (NSS) following her arrest from her home in Khartoum last month, Amnesty International (AI) said in a statement. According to Amnesty, the 64-year-old accountant was working for an Evangelical Christian organisation prior to her arrest on the morning of 12 February when four men, who identified themselves as members of the NSS, entered the house and arrested her without providing a reason. While her family has been allowed to visit her once and bring medicine for her high blood pressure, she has not been charged and has been denied access to a lawyer. Since early 2013, Sudanese authorities have stepped up measures to obstruct the activities of Christian organisations in the country.
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Juba is Ready to Receive Al-Bashir at any Time he Wants to Visit it
(SUNA) The Ambassador of the Republic of South Sudan to Khartoum, Myan Dott, has announced the readiness of his country to receive Sudan President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, at any time he want to visit Juba. Interviewed by SUNA, Ambassador Dott, said that the meetings between Presidents Omer Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir are always a source for optimism for all, especially that the meetings between them are always conducive to clarifying visions and providing practical solutions. He said that the visit of President Al-Bashir to Juba is to be determined by Khartoum and Juba is ready to receive him.
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First South Sudan Oil to Reach Sudan in Mid-April
(Reuters) South Sudan’s first oil exports will reach Sudan in mid-April after resuming production, Sudan’s state news agency SUNA said on Wednesday, citing a senior oil official. The first southern cargo would cross Sudan’s border between April 15 and 20 and then go to Port Sudan, Awad Abdel-Fattah, secretary-general in Sudan’s oil ministry, told SUNA. South Sudan’s oil minister said on March 14 oil firms in the South had been ordered to restart production, which he said would take two to three weeks. South Sudan was producing about 350,000 barrels per day before it shut down its oil output. Both countries depended heavily on crude exports for state revenues and the foreign currency they use to import food and fuel.
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