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Sudan gov’t agrees to delay peace talks with armed groups to Dec. 10

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Sudan gov’t agrees to delay peace talks with armed groups to Dec. 10

The Sudanese government has agreed to delay Thursday’s peace talks with the armed groups to Dec. 10, after a request from the host country South Sudan.


Sudan’s Higher Peace Council said this in a statement by its spokesperson Mohamed Al-Hassan Al-Taishi on Tuesday.

South Sudan’s capital Juba had been scheduled to host a new round of peace talks on Thursday between the Sudanese government and the armed groups from Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions.

“The government has agreed to delay the peace negotiations to Dec. 10 at the request of the mediation,”  Al-Taishi said.

On Oct. 14, Juba hosted a round of peace talks between the Sudanese government and the armed groups.

Sudan’s Justice and Equality Movement, the Sudan Liberation Movement /Minni Minnawi faction, and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/northern sector took part in the talks with the government. (Xinhua/NAN)

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(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)

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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan resume talks on disputed dam

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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have resumed negotiations on the filling and operation of a controversial dam being built by Addis Ababa on the Blue Nile.


The online meeting on Monday between the three Nile basin countries is the second of a new round of talks brokered by the African Union to resolve the years-long dispute about the hydroelectric Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country, fears that the dam will reduce its water supply and is seeking a legally binding deal that would guarantee appropriate flows of water and a legal mechanism for resolving disputes before the dam starts operating.

Ethiopia wants the dam to boost its power exports, whereas Egypt relies almost exclusively on the Nile for farming, industry and domestic water use.

During Monday’s meeting, Egypt’s Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Aty expressed his country’s rejection of Ethiopia’s “unilateral measure” of starting the filling of the dam without consultation and coordination with Egypt and Sudan, which both lie downstream, according a statement issued by his spokesperson.

The minister said the move “gives negative indications that Ethiopia does not want to reach a fair agreement and runs counter to a previous agreement of principles.”

The three countries agreed that the legal and technical committees will discuss the contentious issues during the next two days. The results will be presented at a ministerial meeting on Thursday.

Tens of thousands of Ethiopians celebrated the first filling of the dam on Sunday, flooding the streets of the capital Addis Ababa in support of the project.

In July, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the country had completed the first filling of the dam thanks to seasonal rainfall.

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Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

 

 

 

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13 killed, 51 injured in central Sudan traffic accident

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Khartoum, July 31, 2020 At least 13 people were killed and 51 others injured in a traffic accident in Gezira State in central Sudan on Friday.

“The accident took place when a commodity transport truck collided with a mini passenger bus at Al-danagla area of the Gezira State in central Sudan,’’ the press office of Sudanese Police said in a statement.

“The incident happened due to reckless driving and wrong crossing by the driver of the commodity truck,’’ it added.

Sudan is among the countries with the highest death rates in traffic accidents, mainly due to careless driving, poor road conditions and poor vehicle scrapping system.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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At least 13 people were killed and 51 others were injured in a traffic accident in Gezira State in central Sudan on Friday.


“The accident took place when a commodity transport truck collided with a mini passenger bus at Al-danagla area of the Gezira State in central Sudan,” said the press office of Sudanese Police in a statement.

“The incident happened due to reckless driving and wrong crossing by the driver of the commodity truck,” it added.

Sudan is among the countries with the highest death rates in traffic accidents, mainly due to careless driving, poor road conditions and poor vehicle scrapping system.

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UN chief voices concern over surge in violence in Sudan’s Darfur

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday expressed his deep concern over the increasing violence in Sudan’s Darfur region, notably the attacks in West Darfur on Saturday and in North Darfur on July 13, in which dozens of people were killed and thousands were displaced.


The secretary-general commended the efforts by the Sudanese authorities, under the leadership of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, in responding to these incidents, and called for an investigation to ensure accountability, said Farhan Haq, Guterres’ deputy spokesman, in a statement.

Deliberate attacks against civilians violate international human rights law and international humanitarian law. The secretary-general reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to support the implementation of the national protection strategy developed recently by the transitional government. The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur will continue to focus on its protection mandate, and humanitarian partners continue to provide emergency relief, said the statement.

Guterres urged all armed groups, particularly those that have not joined the ongoing peace talks in Juba, South Sudan, to resolve their grievances through a political process. As Sudan continues its process of democratic transition, there is a clear imperative to end the conflict in Darfur with a definitive and inclusive peace agreement, it said.

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