Sudan Peace Watch – December 10, 2010

With less than a month to go, the government of South Sudan holds tightly to its referendum timeline for the South while the referendum for Abyei falls by the wayside, necessitating an alternative deal. Although the parties appear to be inflexible in their positions, a small amount of progress was made recently when the vice presidents of north and south Sudan signed an agreement on the protection of oil fields. Meanwhile, Darfur peace negotiations appear stalled as the government’s erstwhile partner, Minni Minnawi, abandons the 2006 Darfur Peace Agreement. 

South Sudan's Foregone Conclusion?

Rising Tensions in Abyei

If war breaks out between North and South Sudan, Abyei will be at the center of the conflict. The North-South border region is becoming tenser by the day ahead of next month’s referendum on southern independence.

Like South Sudan, Abyei too, was granted its own referendum under the peace deal that ended the 22-year civil war in Sudan in 2005. But as the possibility of holding a vote for Abyei on January 9, 2011 fades, communities on the ground are growing anxious.

George Clooney: 'Stop a war before it starts' - Video

WASHINGTON, DC – George Clooney is appearing in a new Enough Project video, “Endgame in Sudan,” to urge people to take action that could help prevent a war in Sudan. The two-minute spot highlights Clooney’s recent trip to southern Sudan with Enough Project Co-founder John Prendergast.

The oil-rich South is scheduled to vote next month on independence from the rest of Sudan. Many analysts fear that this could plunge the country back into civil war. The North and South fought a deadly 20-year war that ended in 2005 after 2 million people were killed.

Video: Endgame in Sudan

Debuting in a blog post by Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times, a new video co-produced by the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch captures the precariousness of the present moment in Sudan, as the country prepares for a historic vote expected to split it in two. The video, "Endgame in Sudan," gets further mileage out of actor George Clooney’s recent trip to the South, where he met with people living in communities in the volatile border region. It includes footage from the village of Maryal Bai -- hometown of Valentino Deng, the protagonist of Dave Eggers's What Is the What.

Exclusive: Southern Sudanese Return Ahead of Referendum

The following is the first in a regular series of multimedia dispatches from veteran journalist Tim Freccia reporting from southern Sudan.

Slideshow: Refugees Look Forward to Sudan's Referendum

With anticipation for the January 9 referendum on South Sudan building, Enough visited Kakuma camp in northwestern Kenya, home to 22,000 Sudanese refugees. Training of civic educators and polling station staff was in high gear, and word was spreading around the camp about the upcoming vote.

Kakuma first opened in 1992 to accommodate Sudanese fleeing civil war between North and South; some of the people we spoke to have lived there since then.

Lessons from the Past: Reflections on U.S. Efforts to Bring Peace to Sudan

Five years after facilitating the signing of a peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement, or SPLM/A, the U.S. government is once again engaging with the two Sudanese parties to prevent renewed conflict in Sudan. As part of Enough’s ongoing desire to present multiple perspectives on peace in Sudan, former State Department official Jeff Millington offers a retrospective look at the strategy pursued by the U.S. government from the late 1990s to 2005 that produced the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

That Other CPA Exercise: Popular Consultations

As South Sudan’s referendum kicks into gear and Abyei’s does not, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states’ popular consultations – another important component of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement – are slowly moving forward.

As Politicians Talk, Movements on the Ground in Abyei

As international mediators push Sudan’s presidency toward a political agreement on Abyei in the hopes of giving the region a chance at peace, a flurry of activity is also taking place on the ground.
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