13 January 2014

Sudan: 'Border Trade Between Sudan and CAR Suspended' - Official

Khartoum — The Sudanese authorities announced that the last group of Sudanese in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) will be evacuated. The border trade between Sudan and CAR has been suspended.

Ahmed Mohamed Adam Tijani, member of the South Darfur state parliament for Um Dafug locality revealed on Sunday that a number of Sudanese have managed to flee CAR across the Chadian border. He also announced the suspension of border trade between Sudan and CAR.

The Chief Director of Consulates at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Abdelaziz Hassan stated on the same day that a rescue plan is ready for evacuation of the last 120 Sudanese from CAR.

The Sudanese authorities separately acknowledged the existence of a large Sudanese criminal network in CAR. The offenders involved in the attack on a convoy of Sudanese traders on 31 December 2013 have been arrested.

The president of CAR, Michel Djotodia, submitted his resignation on Friday under international pressure at a summit aimed at ending the ongoing violence. He sought exile in Benin. Yet, clashes between rival militias have continued since his departure. A number of shops owned by Muslims and at least two mosques have been plundered.

Djotodia came to power in March 2013, backed by rebels most of whom were Muslims known as Seleka, along with mercenaries from the Janjaweed of Darfur, Chad and Mali.

Yasir Arman, the Foreign Relations Secretary of the Sudan Revolutionary Front, pointed out in November 2013 that Khartoum "plays a role in CAR's internal affairs". "A former Sudanese Minister of State has now become CAR's de facto ruler by managing the civil war there and creating hatred between Muslims and Christians in the country."

File photo: Chadian citizens take a taxi outside the Chad embassy in CAR's capital Bangui, heading towards the airport, 7 January 2014 (Emmanuel Braun/Reuters)

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