(Radio Dabanga) The poor security situation in Central Darfur state has resulted in a failed planting season for the displaced of the camps in the vicinity of state capital Zalingei. The coordinator of the camps told Radio Dabanga that the humanitarian situation in the camps is dire. “The displaced people must break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan with water only as they have no food,” he said. “The security situation has deprived them of the opportunity of exercising their daily lives, so the autumn of this year has not been encouraging.” The coordinator expressed concern of a deepening humanitarian crisis should the agricultural season fail altogether.
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136 people killed in tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur
(Xinhua) At least 136 people were killed in tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur region, a local official told Xinhua Tuesday. “Clashes broke out on Monday between Miseria and Al-Salamat tribes in Central Darfur state,” said Ahmed Abdul-Rahman Al- Dikhairi, an administrator of Miseria tribe. “108 members of Al-Salamt tribe and 28 members of Miseria tribe were killed during the clashes,” he added. Sudan’s security situation, already troubled by rebel insurgency, is increasingly compounded by inter-tribal fighting, which causes heavy casualties.
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Medical NGO workers’ salaries stolen in Central Darfur
(Radio Dabanga) Money intended to pay the salaries of International Medical Corps (IMC) workers has been stolen in a robbery in Zalingei, capital of Central Darfur on Monday. A witness told Radio Dabanga that “pro-government militiamen attacked the IMC headquarters”. They reportedly threatened the organisation’s guard before making off on motorcycles with SDG217,000 ($50,000) from the treasury – money that was destined to pay the NGO’s workers’ salaries. The danger to NGO workers in Darfur was underlined earlier this month when two employees of World Vision International died when their compound was targeted during inter-militia violence in Nyala, capital of South Darfur. As reported, the UN has communicated to all UN agencies and international NGOs to take necessary precautions by restricting unnecessary movements.
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UN demands end to escalating violence in Darfur
(Washington Post) The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday demanded an end to escalating violence in Sudan’s Darfur region and more robust action by peacekeepers to protect civilians, ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid and deter threats against peacekeeping troops. A resolution adopted unanimously by the council extended the mandate of the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, known as UNAMID, until Aug. 31, 2014. The council also expressed serious concern at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Darfur, condemned increased human rights violations, and demanded that all armed groups immediately engage in negotiations without preconditions to reach a permanent cease-fire and a comprehensive peace settlement. The resolution also calls for Ban to conduct a review of UNAMID performance.
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Kiir Accuses Khartoum of Instigating Collapse of Juba Regime
(Sudan Tribune) South Sudan president Salva Kiir has accused neighboring Sudan of attempting to instigate a collapse in his administration through threats to block southern oil exports. They are threatening to block flow of the oil through their territory. It has become a weapon and a strategy they think would instigate collapse. They are doing it deliberately thinking we will collapse. We will not collapse,” Kiir said. Kiir made these remarks while at an occasion organized by the red army foundation. The South Sudan leader, who resolved his government a week ago, said his new cabinet will be based on the people’s will as this would be the only way his party could reward the public for their support during struggle for independence.
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AU Peace and Security Council extends Mbeki’s Sudan mandate
(Business Daily) The African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) ministers on Monday extended the mandate of a high-level panel on Sudan and South Sudan, headed by South Africa’s former president Thabo Mbeki. The AU high-level implementation panel’s mandate was extended until January. Its remit remains the same. Mr Mbeki presented what was supposed to be the panel’s “final” report, surveying its work from October 2009, when it was established, to now. But the recent deterioration in relations between the two Sudans meant the panel’s mandate had to be extended. Cameroon is PSC chairman this month. Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, Cameroon’s minister of external relations, said on Monday: “We are encouraging both heads of state to meet as soon as possible in order to find a lasting solution so as to find a way out of the impasse that seems to prevail.
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Meetings of Joint Sudan – South Sudan Security Committee to begin Tuesday Evening in Juba
(SUNA) The second meeting of the joint security and political committee of Sudan and South Sudan is due to begin today (Tuesday) in Juba, co-chaired by the Intelligence Directors of both countries. In a statement to SUNA from Juba, the rapporteur of the committee, Dr. Al-Muez Farouq, said that the Sudanese delegation arrived Tuesday morning in Juba. He expressed hope that the meeting will achieve a positive outcome that helps implementation of the Cooperation Agreements’ Matrix, especially with regard to the security arrangements.
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