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Two Sudans Dispatch: Good and Bad News from Talks in Addis Ababa

Posted by Carine Umuhumuza

On September 27, South Sudan and Sudan signed a partial peace deal in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, marking the conclusion of the final round of negotiations between the two nations. The agreement, which came five days past the September 22 deadline, includes arrangements for key economic and security issues but fails to resolve disputes on Abyei and their common border, leaving sharp points of disagreement between the two countries.

Satellite Imagery Confirms Government of Sudan Bombardment, Fortification Near South Kordofan Village Strategically Located as ‘Gateway’ to North Kordofan

WASHINGTON – New satellite imagery confirms the Government of Sudan’s campaign of indiscriminate bombardment of villages in South Kordofan state has extended to a newly contested area of the Nuba Mountains which had previously seen no battles, but now represents the northern front of the armed rebellion by the Sudanese Revolutionary Front, or SRF.

The Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, has published new DigitalGlobe imagery confirming the bombardment and destruction of 90 percent of a civilian residential area in the Abassiya district of South Kordofan, as well as 25 percent of nearby El Moreib village. The village is strategically situated at a crossroads which represents a gateway from South Kordofan into neighboring North Korodofan state.

Gateway to the North: Confirmation of Bombardment and New SAF Fortification at El Moreib Village, South Kordofan, Sudan

Map of El Moreib and El Obeid

New satellite imagery confirms the destruction of civilian infrastructure in and around El Moreib village and the recent fortification of a Sudanese army garrison at a critical crossroads on the northern front of the war between the Government of Sudan and the rebel movement centered in South Kordofan state.

Satellites Show the Battle for Control of the Northern Front of the Rebellion in Sudan

Map of Sudan with El Moreib and El Obeid

Gateway to the North,” a new report issued today by the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, documents the bombardment and destruction of a village in the Nuba Mountains region of war-torn South Kordofan, Sudan and shows the recent fortification of a new infantry garrison for the Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF.

Enough Proposes Draft U.N. Resolution: ‘Holding Sudan Accountable’

Posted by Niccole Rivero

Sudan, South Sudan Presidents Meet into the Night with Deal Still Elusive

Posted by Amanda Hsiao

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – A summit between Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has yet to secure an agreement on a number of tinderbox issues between the two countries. The top-level meeting, which officially began today in the Ethiopian capital , is taking place two days after the September 22 deadline that the African Union established for the conclusion of negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan.

SPLM-N Leaders Meet with U.S. Officials: “We Are Looking for Change”

Posted by Carine Umuhumuza

 

Last week, leaders of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, or SPLM-N, arrived in Washington to meet with U.S. State Department officials and discuss U.S. engagement in the unfolding humanitarian crisis, as well as the ongoing peace talks with the government of Sudan. This is the first time the three leaders, SPLM-N Chairman Malik Agar, SPLM-N Chief of Staff and Deputy Chairman Abdel Aziz al-Hilu, and Secretary General Yasir Arman, have travelled together to the U.S.

Under R2P, International Community Must Protect Sudanese Citizens

Posted by Niccole Rivero

In a new policy brief released today, the Enough Project’s Jennifer Christian calls for an increased international response to the humanitarian crisis in Sudan, particularly in the delivery of aid throughout the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. The report, “Shifting the Burden: The Responsibility to Protect Doctrine and the Humanitarian Crisis in Sudan,” cites the responsibility to protect doctrine, or R2P, as the guiding principle by which the international community must operate.

Bashir Calls for African Union Legislation Against 'Spy Satellites' over Sudan

Posted by Allison Punch

On September 5, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir called on the African Union to legislate protection of African space against “spy satellites.” Bashir, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court, spoke at a telecommunications conference in Khartoum, pushing for a unified continent-wide space agency.

Enough Brief: Sudan-South Sudan Final Talks Approach Agreement Deadline

Posted by Carine Umuhumuza

Sudan and South Sudan negotiations resumed Wednesday with meetings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with time closing in on a September 22 deadline by which the mediation panel should submit its final report. In this last round of negotiations, the parties hope to resolve outstanding issues from the separation to secure sustained peace between the two countries.

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