Major headlines coming out of Syria, Yemen, Cote d’Ivoire, Sudan and South Sudan, 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.
Sudan and South Sudan
Sudan Blocks South Sudanese Oil Exports Via Its Pipelines—Bloomberg Businessweek
“Sudan blocked oil exports from South Sudan via its pipelines and will only allow them to resume once a bilateral agreement has been reached on payment for the shipments, Sudanese Oil Minister Ali Ahmed Osman said…”
“A Kenyan court on Monday ordered the government to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir wanted by The Hague on genocide charges should he travel to the east African country where authorities failed to arrest him during his last visit…”
Sudan’s Bashir urges army to crush all rebellions—Sudan Tribune
“The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir has called on the armed forces to finish cleaning up all rebel pockets across the country particularly in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile…”
“Continued fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) forces in Blue Nile state will drive thousands more refugees to neighbouring countries, the UN refugee agency said on Friday…”
Increased rape cases in West Darfur—Radio Dabanga
“Six rape cases were reported in the past five days in West Darfur, sources in the region told Radio Dabanga. In all these cases, shepherd militias have been accused of committing the crimes in farmlands…”
“Washington has promised to support politically and economically the implementation of Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), said the head of Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) and leader of the former rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM)…”
More South Sudan, Sudan Delegates in Addis Ababa for talks –Radio Dabanga
“The African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Friday announced the arrival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, of more delegates from South Sudan and Sudan to continue with post separation talks…”
“A United Nations commission of inquiry on Syria said on Monday Syrian military and security forces had committed crimes against humanity including murder, torture and rape and the government of President Bashar al-Assad bore responsibility…”
“Russia is sending a flotilla of warships to its naval base in Syria in a show of force which suggests Moscow is willing to defend its interests in the strife-torn country as international pressure mounts on President Bashar al-Assad’s government…”
Arab League approves Syria sanctions—Al Jazeera
“The Arab League has approved sanctions against Syria to pressure the government to end its eight-month crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, effective immediately…”
Syrian government days ‘numbered’—BBC News
“French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has said time is running out for the Syrian leader after the Arab League agreed on sanctions against Damascus over its crackdown on pro-democracy protests…”
“Outraged at the Arab League’s unprecedented battery of sanctions on Syria, the country’s foreign minister denounced the steps Monday as “economic war” by brethren states, and he hinted at retaliation. The reaction threatened to escalate the tensions over Syria’s violent repression of a political uprising that is now nearly nine months old…”
Yemen names opposition leader as interim PM—Al Jazeera
“Yemen has named Mohammed Basindwa, an opposition leader, as the interim prime minister under a deal aimed at ending months of protests that have brought the country to the verge of civil war. The appointment on Sunday of Basindwa in a decree by Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the country’s vice president, came as fighting between Sunni and Shia groups in Yemen reportedly left at least 25 people dead…”
“Yemen scheduled early presidential elections for early next year on Saturday in line with a power-sharing deal aimed at ending a nine-month political crisis, according to the country’s official news agency…”
Democratic Republic of Congo
“Millions of voters in this vast, turbulent and pivotal country in the lush heart of Africa streamed into the polls on Monday, and many were already bracing for serious unrest…”
“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged politicians and voters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ensure that tomorrow’ s presidential and parliamentary elections take place as peacefully and smoothly as possible. In a statement Mr. Ban described the elections as “crucial for the country’s progress towards stabilization and development” and stressed the support of the United Nations for the electoral process…”
“The envoy spearheading United Nations efforts to eradicate sexual violence in conflict today urged the Government and all political leaders in Cote d’Ivoire to speak out against the scourge and ensure it is not used to intimidate people ahead of critical legislative elections slated to take place next month…”
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