19 April 2017

Sudan: ♦ This Week's News in Brief ♦


A compact weekly digest of Dabanga Sudan's highlights of the news from Darfur and Sudan

♦ Sudan participates in US Africom summit for first time

April 18 - 2017 KHARTOUM / STUTTGART A senior Sudanese military delegation has arrived in Germany to attend a summit with the heads of staff of the United States Africa Command (Africom). The US Embassy in Khartoum has encouraged 'close cooperation among the Government of Sudan, United Nations, and native administrations'.

Africom is a unit of combat forces run by the US Department of Defence, responsible for military relations with 53 African nations. Brig. gen. Ahmed Khalifa Shami, spokesman for the Sudan Armed Forces, said that Sudan's participation in the meetings of Africom "is evidence on the breakthrough in the relationship with the United States". He believed that Sudan's first participation in the meetings indicates that the country is committed to combating cross-border crimes, terrorism, illegal immigration and money laundering.

Meanwhile the military attaché of the US embassy in Sudan visited Darfur last week for a briefing by the State Governors. Lt. Col. Jörn Pung went to El Fasher, Tullus, and - for the first time - Golo, to meet with local, military and political leaders. The US Embassy staff found that the establishment of rule of law in the region "will require successful disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration process for former combatants". The US "encourages close cooperation among the Government of Sudan, United Nations, and native administrations" to find a negotiated lasting peace for the region, reads the embassy's statement today.

The governors in North and South Darfur both informed Pung about their plans to collect arms from civilians in order to stabilise the states. In Kutum locality, for example, a series of renewed security measures will go into effect as of Wednesday.

♦ 'Militiamen living in and using our villages': Darfuri displaced

April 17 - 2017 BELEIL / ZALINGEI The continued announcements of the Sudanese government and the recent declaration of the US military attaché in Khartoum about the improved security situation in the region are "false propaganda", according to the displaced people in Darfur.

These statements about security in Darfur have no basis in reality," Hussein Abu Sharati, the spokesman for the Darfur Displaced and Refugees Association, commented to Radio Dabanga. "In terms of security and stability, the situation in Darfur is now more serious than three years ago. As the region is currently under the control of those who fought alongside government forces against the people, and chased them from their villages. The government rewarded them by letting them occupy our lands." He said that the displaced and refugees do not refuse to return voluntarily.

"If the camp areas are annexed to the towns and the displaced registered as town residents, they will deprived from the possibility to reclaim their land. Thus the way to legalising the new settlers' ownership of our lands will be paved," added El Shafee Abdallah, Coordinator of the Central Darfur camps and one of the members of the Darfur Camps Coordination Committee.

In an interview with Radio Dabanga, Hamid Ali Nur, head of the Darfur Civil Society Platform, said: "The government militiamen known as janjaweed, recruited from Bedouin groups in the region and over the past couple of years also from neighbouring countries, are enjoying full immunity."

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