Reports on the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Sudan and South Sudan, Yemen, and 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.
“Syrian residents in the city of Homs face a deadline to stop anti-government protests, hand in weapons and surrender defecting military members by Monday night — or face attack by the government forces, an opposition leader said…”
“Syrian troops and army defectors have fought one of the biggest battles in Syria’s nine-month uprising while a protest strike shut businesses in a new gesture of civil disobedience, residents and activists said…”
“The State Department was quick Tuesday to challenge comments by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that he did not have control of his country’s security forces amid the bloody crackdown on his political opponents…”
“Prime Minister Adel Safar urged Syrians to vote in local elections on Monday to save the nation from “conspiracies against us” but activists struggling to oust President Bashar-al Assad rejected the ballot as irrelevant at a time of violent unrest…”
“France called on world powers to “save the Syrian people” on Saturday as it joined the United States and Britain in raising an alarm that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces may be about to storm the rebel stronghold of Homs…”
“Arab foreign ministers will meet on Saturday to discuss a response to Syria’s conditional acceptance of an Arab peace plan aimed at ending a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, Egypt’s MENA news agency said, citing and Arab diplomat…”
“Security forces in Syria told striking shopkeepers on Sunday to open up their stores or they would be smashed, activists said, in the first day of a mass strike called by the opposition to support a nine-month revolt against President Bashar al-Assad…”
Sudan and South Sudan
“Sudan’s impoverished east is “a volcano waiting to erupt” because anger is rising over a lack of economic development and an abundance of arms, a U.N. agency quoted an official as saying in a report. Sudan’s government is fighting armed insurgents in the Western region of Darfur and two southern border states which all complain of economic and political marginalisation in the African country…”
South Kordofan Fighting Puts 20,000 Lives at Risk in South Sudan—Voice of America
“The U.N. refugee agency warns some 20,000 refugees in South Sudan are increasingly at risk as fighting rages near the country’s northern border with Sudan. The UNHCR says the fighting also is hampering efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to the victims…”
“The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir was forced to skip the opening ceremony at a conference held in the Arab Gulf State of Qatar after several participants raised objections…”
China urges Sudan & South Sudan to break oil deadlock—Sudan Tribune
“China has encouraged Sudan and South Sudan to peacefully resolve their disputes over oil and border, warning of far-reaching consequences should the recently separated countries fail to do so…”
“George Athor Deng, leader of a South Sudanese rebel group, on Sunday threatened to capture Bor, the capital of Jonglei state if an agreement is not reached with the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) before the end of 2011…”
“Plans are underway and some already at the implementation stage to make South Sudan the ‘hub’ of sea ports shipments for East, West and North Africa…”
Democratic Republic of Congo
“Gunfire erupted in parts of Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, with reports of police firing live ammunition and crowds ransacking shops, a day after election authorities declared President Joseph Kabila re-elected…”
“Clashes erupt across the country as opposition supporters take to the streets following a disputed presidential poll won by incumbent Joseph Kabila…”
Observers Question Integrity of DRC Vote—Voice of America
“Electoral observers from the U.S.-based Carter Center say presidential results in the Democratic Republic of Congo were “mismanaged,” compromising the integrity of a vote that gave President Joseph Kabila another five years in power. The leading opposition candidate is rejecting the poll…”
“Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila on Monday conceded “mistakes” had been made in the recent election which returned him to power, but rejected criticism by monitors that the results lacked credibility…”
Congo Government Says Opposition Creates Climate of Fear—Voice of America
“In the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Joseph Kabila’s government says the main opposition candidate is creating a climate of fear by refusing to accept the president’s re-election…”
Eastern Congolese Opposition Join Forces to Protest Election—Voice of America
“The situation in The Democratic Republic of Congo remains unsettled following a refusal by the opposition to accept the re-election of the country’s president. Competing opposition parties in the region say they are joining forces to support the main opposition candidate’s claim that he, in fact, won the election…”
Congo Opposition Set to Challenge Poll Results—Voice of America
“In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a leading member of the Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC) said his party will begin mounting a legal challenge of the outcome of the presidential election Monday…”
“Fighting overshadowed the first meeting on Saturday of Yemen’s new unity government, which is trying to avert civil war after a deal brokered by the country’s Gulf neighbors for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down…”
“The U.N. envoy behind a Yemen power transfer deal to end months of protest called on Monday for southern separatists and northern Shi’ite rebels to be included as a fragile peace appeared to be holding in the capital Sanaa…”
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