Major headlines coming out of Syria, Burma, Yemen, Cote d’Ivoire, Sudan and South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Here is the daily roundup and summary of the major headlines coming out of conflict areas. United to End Genocide does not necessarily support the views expressed in the articles in this post.

Sudan and South Sudan

Calls for an end to Sudanese oil dispute from China—The National

“The simmering dispute over Sudan’s most valuable resource was forced on to the international stage this week, as Khartoum announced it had blocked exports from the south until an agreement on fees was reached. The growing rift has caused China, the biggest consumer of Sudanese oil, and owner of the company operating the pipeline, to call for a resolution of the conflict…”

South Sudan threatens to suspend oil production if north imposes charges unilaterally

“The South Sudan government on Wednesday reacted negatively to reports that Sudan plans to take 23% of the new country’s oil exports, saying it will consider suspending oil production if north Sudan continues to impose high transportation and refinery costs…”

Kenyan Foreign Minister to Meet al-Bashir Over Arrest Ruling

“Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula said he will meet Sudanese President Umar al- Bashir tomorrow to defuse tensions over a Kenyan court ruling calling for al-Bashir’s arrest…”

Sudan singles out Kenya for retaliation over Bashir’s warrant

“Sudan’s decision this week to expel the Kenyan ambassador after a High Court judge ordered the government in Nairobi to arrest president Omer Hassan al-Bashir, took many observers by surprise with some describing it as an overreaction…”

Sudan expels Kenyan ambassador

“Sudan ordered the Kenyan ambassador in Khartoum to leave the country on Tuesday, after a Kenyan court issued an arrest warrant against Sudanese president Omar Al Bashir…”

SPLA deny claims of defections to rebels in Unity state

“South Sudan’s army (SPLA) has denied allegations by a rebel movement in Unity state that 55 soldiers including three majors and five captains from its fourth division have defected to the South Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SSLM/A)…”

Opposition parties form coalition in Unity state, accuse SPLM of neglect

“Four South Sudanese political parties have formed a coalition in Unity state to address the dominance of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)…”

1 killed, 6 critically injured in camp looting by Abu-Tira

“Internally displaced person Aseyid Abdullah Abdalbannat was shot dead in ZamZam camp by a group of people belonging to the Central Reserve Forces, also known as Abu-Tira, according to local witnesses…”

Returnees Arrive In Juba

“The South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) on Monday received four batches of internally displaced people (IDP’s). The 3000 IDPs who arrived in Juba came from Sudan’s Kosti town in White Nile State…”

 

Syria

Syria in state of civil war, death toll 4,000: U.N.

“Syria is in a state of civil war with more than 4,000 dead and increasing numbers of soldiers taking up arms against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the top U.N. human rights official said Thursday…”

Syria firms and VIPs sanctioned in “civil war”

“The United States, European Union and Arab League blacklisted Syrian VIPs and companies on Thursday to force an end to the military crackdown on protesters challenging the rule of President Bashar al-Assad…”

EU, Arab League Tighten Syria Sanctions

“European Union diplomats say member nations have agreed to tighten sanctions on Syria, as the U.N. raised the death toll from Syria’s crackdown on an eight-month-long uprising to at least 4,000…”

 

Democratic Republic of Congo

AU, Carter Center Urge Congolese to Accept Vote Results

“Electoral observers in the Democratic Republic of Congo are urging presidential and legislative candidates to accept the results of this week’s vote. Four presidential candidates are calling for the vote to be annulled. Some people are still voting after ballots were delivered late…”

Congo Opposition Candidate Calls for Annulment of Vote

“One of the leading presidential candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Tuesday that he wants this week’s elections annulled because of what he says is systematic fraud. The vote has been marred by violence and the late delivery of ballots, which forced officials to extend balloting…”

Tshisekedi Will Only Accept Credible Congo Vote, Says Party Official

“In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a top official of main opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) says presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi will only accept the outcome of a transparent and credible general election…”

 

Burma

Clinton offers Myanmar first rewards for reform

“The United States will support more aid for Myanmar and consider installing an ambassador after an absence of some two decades, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday, offering the first rewards for reform…”

Clinton Challenges Burma to Expand Reforms

“U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has offered Burma’s military-backed government incentives to expand recent reforms, saying economic sanctions would not be lifted until certain policies are reversed. People in Burma are welcoming Clinton and efforts to push for change in their country…”

Aung San Suu Kyi Optimistic About Clinton’s Burma Visit

“Burma’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, says she is optimistic that a landmark visit by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will advance reforms in the country…”

China Calls for Lifting of Burma Sanctions

“China is calling for the lifting of sanctions on Burma imposed by the United States and Europe.  Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei says China welcomes Burma’s apparent warming towards the United States, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes a landmark trip to the southeast Asian nation…”

 

Yemen

5 Killed as Yemeni Government Forces Shell Taiz

“Shells and mortar fire rained down on the Yemeni city of Taiz on Thursday, killing five people and wounding at least 20. Residents of several Taiz neighborhoods said government forces launched the attack early in the day. Medical officials confirmed the death toll and said some of those wounded were in critical condition…”

 

Cote d’Ivoire

Gbagbo Party Protests ICC Action, Withdraws From Reconciliation Process

“The executive committee of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo’s Ivorian Popular Front Party says the International Criminal Court’s decision to bring Gbagbo to The Hague to stand trial is illegal…”

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