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Sudan’s defence minister says Darfur rebels must join peace process or be crushed

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Sudan’s defence minister vows decisive summer for Darfur rebels

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April 11, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese defence minister, Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, has called upon the rebel groups in Darfur to seek a negotiated peaceful solution, warning the summer campaign will bring rebellion in the restive region to an end.

Sudanese Defence Minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein (File/Reuters)
Hussein, who addressed a public meeting with the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in North Darfur capital Al-Fashir on Friday, said the government welcomes rebel groups who wish to join the peace process, adding the government made the necessary arrangements to end rebellion in the region.

“Rebels have to join peace before they be militarily crushed”, he said.

He further praised the RSF militias saying they set a good humanitarian example in dealing with hostages and citizens, pointing they provided services for the needy population in the region.

The director of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), Mohamed Atta, for his part, disclosed they dispatched other RSF units to South Kordofan state to fight against the SPLM-N rebels and maintain security in the state.

The SRF militia, which operates under the command of NISS, is formed August last year to fight rebel groups in Darfur region, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile states following joint attacks by Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) rebels in North and South Kordofan in April 2013.

SRF REBELS ACCUSE

Meanwhile the Sudanese rebel alliance, SRF, announced in a statement issued by its top military commander, Abdel-Aziz Al-Hilu, they obtained “certain information” that NISS is undertaking a plan in coordination with the military intelligence, the Popular Defence Forces (PDF), aiming to mobilise tribal militias to fight against its forces in Blue Nile, Nuba Mountain, North Kordofan, and Darfur.

He added that those militias, which include forces recruited from outside Sudan, will target civilians to displace them from rebel areas. But, the government will cover these attacks, describing it as tribal clashes.

The statement added this task was assigned to a force stationed in Al-Fayed village in Rashad district in the Nuba Mountains, pointing the force is commanded by Brig. Gen. Abdel-Samad Babiker, Lieu. Col. Mohamed Al-Fatih Ahmed, and Maj. Gen. Mohamed Al-Rabie’.

The force is also supported by a battalion of Mujahideen (holy fighters) from Khartoum and a battalion of the paramilitary PDF, according to the statement.

The rebels said the militias backed by aerial bombardment, shelled Toumi and Al-Mansour areas in South Kordofan and burned several villages including Toumi, Al-Mansoura, Tarawa, Kluro, Tendimen, Taglbo, Teri and other villages in order to force villagers to move to the government controlled areas.

Al-Hilu called upon rights groups and human rights activists to condemn the scorched land policy carried out by the government and expose regime’s repressive policies against defenceless citizens.

The commander of the RSF, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, for his part, denied that his force committed war crimes or violated civilians’ rights in the region, accusing rebel groups of seeking to tarnish their image.

He said the RSF is innocent of these criminal practices, underscoring they arrested groups of outlaws who attacked civilians north of the town of Mellit while they were chasing remnants of the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement/Minni Minnawi (SLM/MM) following an attack on the town last month.

The African Union and United Nations Joint Special Representative and Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, had last March openly accused the RDF of attacking civilians.

He condemned in his address at Um Jaras peace forum the RSF attacks, saying they were the main cause of displacement of thousands of villagers.

The rebel SLM-MM carried out attacks in South and North Darfur states triggering reprisal attacks by government militias on villages suspected of support to the rebels. These attacks coincided with tribal clashes in the North Darfur state.

The violence displaced over 215,000 civilians in the state.

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Sudan – Darfur student shot by police during Khartoum protests

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Darfur student buried in Khartoum; Amnesty International demands prompt and impartial investigation

Ali Abakar Musa Idris, the student who died in the hospital after being shot by security forces during a protest march in Khartoum on Tuesday, was buried this morning in Khartoum after his body was released from the morgue.

Amnesty International (AI), in a statement released on Tuesday, condemned the use of violence against the students.

“The Sudanese security forces must immediately stop the use of excessive and unlawful force against protesters, stated after a student died of gunshot wounds sustained during a demonstration at the University of Khartoum on Tuesday. Another student has been severely injured, and a further 110 students were reportedly arrested at the protest, against the recent surge of violence in Darfur, that has left an estimated 50,000 people displaced,” the AI statement said.

“Credible accounts by eyewitnesses at the University of Khartoum protest point to police and National Security and Intelligence Services (NISS) officers using tear gas and live ammunition to disperse the protesters. The authorities must rein in the security forces and prevent them from using such excessive force in violation of international law and standards,” Netsanet Belay, AI Africa Director of Research and Advocacy stated.

“In particular, international standards are clear that firearms must not be used for dispersing protesters. They may be used only in defence against an imminent threat of death or serious injury, and only when less extreme measures are insufficient to achieve this.”

“The authorities must launch a prompt and impartial investigation into the events at the University of Khartoum and must ensure that all those responsible for this and other unlawful use of force are held accountable in criminal and disciplinary proceedings,” Belay stressed. “Any members of the security forces responsible for arbitrary or abusive use of force must be prosecuted under criminal law without resort to the death penalty.”

Photo: The body of Ali Abakar Musa Idris being released from the morgue in Khartoum (alrakoba.net) Radio Dabanga

Sudan: UN demands action after outbreak of fighting in Darfur

UN News Service

Darfur: African Union-UN mission urges end to hostilities after outbreak of violence in region’s North

UNAMID troops on patrol in North Darfur. Photo: UNAMID/Albert Gonzalez Farran (File Photo)

Deeply concerned by an outbreak of inter-communal violence in North Darfur, the African Union-United Nations Mission in the region called today for an end to the fighting, which has sent thousands fleeing for safety and left a number of people dead over the past few days.

According to a news release from the Mission, known as UNAMID, thousands of displaced civilians from the town of Saraf Omra, located some 90 kilometres east of El Geneina, are currently seeking refuge near UNAMID’s base in the vicinity.

“The Mission is providing protection and water to those affected, as well as medical treatment for more than 30 wounded individuals,” the release said, adding that UNAMID is working with the humanitarian community in taking the necessary steps to provide further much needed assistance.

UNAMID says that its patrols found the town looted and a local market destroyed.

“Reconciliation efforts among the tribes have been taking place, however the situation remains tense and those displaced are in need of critical food and proper sanitary conditions,” the Joint UN-AU operation said, calling on all parties involved to cease hostilities and to find a peaceful solution to their differences.

Just yesterday , the AU-UN Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, wrapped up talks between the top AU official and leaders of two of the region’s main rebel movements, encouraging the parties to overcome their misgivings and press ahead towards a comprehensive political accord,  for the benefit of not only strife-ridden Darfur, but also for wider Sudan.

According to an earlier news release, Mr. Chambas facilitated a meeting yesterday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, between the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and leaders of the Sudan Liberation Army – Minni Minawi (SLA-MM) and the Justice and Equality Movement – Gibril Ibrahim (JEM-GI).

The incident in Saraf Omra comes in the wake of other recent episodes of violence in Darfur, most notably in Taweisha and El Lait areas in North Darfur, and in South Darfur where thousands were displaced following the looting and destruction of villages in the areas of Um Gunya and Hajeer.

UNAMID today reiterated its call upon the authorities to allow the Mission unhindered and immediate access to these areas, so that it can carry out its core activity for the protection of civilians as mandated by the AU and the UN and as consented to by the Sudanese Government.  UN

Sudan – Khartoum accepts Mbeki plan for Two Areas

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Khartoum accepts Mbeki’s draft framework agreement for Sudan’s Two Areas

February 25, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese government has agreed to accept a draft framework agreement put forward by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), announced Khartoum’s chief negotiator after a meeting between president Omer Al-Bashir and chief mediator Thabo Mbeki on Wednesday.

Chief African Union mediator and former South African president, Thabo Mbeki speaks with media after his meeting with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in Khartoum on April 6, 2012. (Getty)
On 18 February Mbeki announced a break in the stalled peace talks between the government and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement –North (SPLM-N) and proposed a draft framework agreement aiming to cease hostilities and deliver humanitarian assistance to civilians in the rebel areas. The draft agreement further proposes to limit political talks to the conflict in Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

Following the meeting in which he took part, the Sudanese presidential assistant and head of government negotiating delegation Ibrahim Ghandour told reporters that president Bashir accepted the proposed agreement “without reserve”.

Al-Bashir further, according to Ghandour, reiterated the commitment of his government to deliver humanitarian aid to the affected populations in the Two Area, adding they do not want this issue be used as political tool to put pressure on Khartoum.

The president urged the mediator to “speed up the dialogue and not to waste time in secondary issues,” Ghandour said. He stressed that a comprehensive peace should be achieved through a comprehensive agreement not bilateral deals.

The two warring parties failed to achieve any progress in their recent round of direct talks from 13 to 18 February because the government says it can only negotiate an agreement over the two state, after what they can be part of a national process but the SPLM-N persists on its demand for a comprehensive process .

Regarding the humanitarian assistance, the two parties diverge on who can supervise the distribution of food in the rebel areas, the SPLM-N refuses any role for the government aid agency. The rebel group also propose to extend the humanitarian deal to include rebel areas in Darfur region.

Ghanour said the government negotiating delegation will hand over a formal letter to the mediation stating its unconditional acceptance of the draft framework agreement.

He added that AUHIP chief discussed relations between Sudan and South Sudan, and the presidential initiative to achieve a holistic peace in the country including the opposition parties.

Mbeki’s panel is tasked with a process to achieve democratic reforms in Sudan.

The South African mediator on Wednesday met also with the leader of the opposition National Umma Party (NUP) Sadiq Al-Mahdi to discuss a proposal prepared by the latter suggesting to not include discussions on constitutional reforms in the bilateral talks between the government and SPLM-N.

Al-Mandi proposes to limit talks between the warring parties to issues of security arrangements and humanitarian access .

Speaking to the press following the meeting, the leader of Sudan’s largest opposition party called to discuss issues related to democratic transition in a national council for peace, adding he sent his proposal to Ghandour and SPLM-N top negotiator Yasir Arman alike.

“If the proposal is accepted by the SPLM-N, the government should recognise it (as partner in the national dialogue process proposed by president Bashir) and expand dialogue to issue of peace and democratisation,” Mahdi further said, underlining it is a necessary step before to include any agreements reached via this national platform in the Constitution.

Mbeki also met with the Islamist leader Ghazi Salah al-Deen al-Attabani who split last year from the ruling National Congress Party .

Attabani said opposed to bilateral accords.

“Efforts to achieve national reconciliation should be collective and avoid bilateral agreements. The optimal arrangement is to hold a roundtable dialogue and to observe specific deadlines, so as not to miss the issue of reform,” he said.

He further demanded the government to take a number of measures in order to create conducive environment for the press and freedom of expression before next year general elections.

Mbeki is scheduled to meet with the leader of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) Hassan Al-Turbai . He also will fly to Kampala to meet the rebel groups members of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front.

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Sudan – al-Mahdi warns against trying to topple Bashir by force

Sudan Tribune

December 28, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The leader of Sudan’s opposition National Umma Party (NUP), Al-Sadig Al-Mahdi has warned against toppling the regime by military force and called for making peaceful change through national consensus.

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Opposition Umma Party leader and former Prime Minister Al-Sadiq Al Mahdi speaks during joint news conference with Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir (R) after their meeting at Mahadi’s house in Omdurman August 27, 2013 (REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

The former prime minister said in a talk show broadcasted by the state-run Radio Omdurman on Friday that “Sudan is at crossroads”, stressing that any attempt to overthrow the regime by force would lead to an endless cycle of violence.

Al-Mahdi added that Sudan looks forward to achieving full democratic transformation and comprehensive and just peace. He pointed out that “removing the current regime by force would lead to a situation similar to that is of Syria, calling for achieving change through soft power”.

The opposition leader who is known for his rejection to the use of arms to topple down the regime attempted last November to meet with Sudanese rebels in Kampala but the Ugandan government declined to give him a visa.

The groups of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front say they want a comprehensive process leading to dismantle Bashir’s regime but however they doubt that the government can accept such demand unless it is militarily defeated.

Alluding to the position of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) rejecting his initiative for a holistic process including rebel movements, Al-Mahdi demanded all parties to abandon partisanship and seek to achieve a balanced equation of democratic governance and just and comprehensive peace.

The ruling NCP and the Umma party held talks in the past months over democratic transition in the past months but all the former offered to the latter is to participate in a coalition government and to give the opposition party an important number of ministerial posts.

The leader of the NUP laid out features of what he called the new national political regime to overcome the political crisis, saying that “we have to recognise and address the crisis and offer the right diagnosis”.

“The new political regime emulates the South African experience through a consensual road map”, he further added.

Al-Mahadi on Wednesday called for establishing a new regime and organising public pressure, protests, and sit-ins to force the regime to engage in a road map for achieving comprehensive and just peace and democratic transformation similar to that which took place in South Africa in 1992 or through a peaceful popular uprising.

He said that the new regime should take into account the developments in the system of governance, political parties, trade unions, civil society organizations, and the role of woman in society.

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Sudan-S Sudan – Bashir promises Kiir unrestricted oil flow

Sudan Tribune
September 3, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir vowed to his visiting counterpart from South Sudan Salva Kiir on Tuesday that the flow of oil through his country’s territory will continue “without any impediments” across flexible but secure borders.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (L) speaks beside Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir as he arrives for talks at Khartoum Airport, September 3, 2013 (REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)
The two countries were on the brink of a major and fresh setback in relations when Bashir ordered his government last June to shut down oil pipelines carrying the economic lifeline from landlocked South Sudan.

Bashir was aggravated over what he claimed was continued support by Juba to the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) which in April has extended its military reach to North Kordofan’s second largest town of Um Rawaba which took the government and observers at the time by surprise.

South Sudan rejects accusations of rebel support leveled by its northern neighbor and in turn alleges that Khartoum is aiding David Yau Yau’s rebellion in Jonglei state.

The Sudanese government has insisted that normal relations with South Sudan and implementation of cooperation agreements signed last year can only be attained after concluding security arrangements which in its core requires the establishment of a buffer zone and ceasing support to insurgents.

A joint commission comprised of African Union (AU) and Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is tasked with probing rebel support claims by the two countries.

Bashir emphasized the importance of ending rebel support in his open meeting with Kiir.

“The commitment to stop supporting and sheltering rebel movements is the most effective means in the process of confidence building between the two countries,” he said.

The Sudanese president said that his government is committed to immediate demarcation of the still-undefined borders and cooperating with the AU mediation team working on disputed border regions, determination of the zero centerline and monitoring of rebel support claims.

Kiir again reiterated his denial of harboring anti-Khartoum rebels but said he is willing to undertake steps that would alleviate Sudan’s concerns in this regard.

“We received accusations by Khartoum but according to the reality our country does not support opposition movements and does not provide them [with] shelter and I am ready to fulfill my promise in this regard and I do not wish to defend myself here,” the South Sudanese leader said.

He also urged the Sudanese government to open the borders and facilitate cross-border trade.

“It was Sudan that closed the borders unilaterally and we did not do [reciprocate] it..the people of South Sudan are waiting patiently for Sudanese traders to take to transport goods to consumers there,” Kiir said.

“I do not want these agreements to be on the books [only]; we will work to implement them fully and we are here for that,” he added.

On Abyei, the South Sudan president affirmed that his country wants resolution of the dispute on the basis of the AU proposal and urged Khartoum to do the same.

Abyei was supposed to hold a vote in January 2011 on whether its residents want to join north or south Sudan. The plebiscite was delayed over disagreements on who is eligible to vote between the pro-south Dinka Ngok tribes and the pro-north Misseriya tribe.

AU chief mediator Thabo Mbeki made a proposal last year which was approved by the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) to hold the referendum this October but excluding the majority of the Misseriya who spend few months in Abyei for grazing.

Khartoum swiftly rejected the plan and despite earlier blessings, the AU appears to have put its implementation on hold. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has yet to give a formal opinion on it.

Bashir on his end said that Sudan is determined to find a final solution that is satisfactory to all parties in Abyei that would ensure peaceful coexistence between the components of the local communities there “so as not to be a thorn on the side of relations between the two countries in the future”.

The two sides agreed on the importance of swiftly forming civil institutions in Abyei.

They also pledged to work together with the international community on obtaining debt relief for the more than $40 billion in debt that has yet to be split following the formal secession of South Sudan in July 2011.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed to establish a joint council of businessmen from the two countries, some of who were part of Kiir’s delegation.

Sudan’s foreign minister Ali Karti told reporters that the visit will open the door to a new relationship between Khartoum and Juba to overcome the obstacles that have been affecting the relationship between the two countries .

“The atmosphere is suitable and we believe that President Salva Kiir came in good faith as we heard before the visit and during his speech during the welcoming of President [Bashir],” Karti said.

Karti, however acknowledged that a one-day visit is not sufficient to resolve all outstanding cases.

The South Sudan Undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Charles Manyang said that the two countries overcame the obstacles encountered in the implementation of the cooperation agreements.

“We as diplomats do not recognize obstacles and must move in the exchange of benefits, even if there are tensions in some cases,” Manyang told reporters.

The Sudanese Minister at the Presidency Idris Mohamed Abdul Qadir on his end said that “all the agreements signed we will proceed to implement immediately and we will work from this moment on to turn words into actions”.

During his visit, Kiir also held separate meetings with the leaders of the major political parties including Hassan Al-Turabi from the Popular Congress Party (PCP), the leader of the party Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Mohamed Osman Al-Mirghani and head of the National Umma Party (NUP) al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan Communist Party (SCP) leader Mohamed Mokhtar Al-Khatib and head of the National Consensus Forces (NCF) opposition alliance Farouk Abu Essa.

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Floods in Sudan kill, 50 displace 300,000

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More than 300,000 people across Sudan have been affected by floods that have killed nearly 50 people in August, the World Health Organization has said.

It said the region around the capital Khartoum had been particularly badly hit and was experiencing the worst floods in 25 years.

One of the major risks to health was the collapse of more than 53,000 latrines, the WHO added.

A UN official in Sudan described the situation as "a huge disaster".

In a report, the WHO said that 48 people had been killed and 70 injured in the floods. It warned of increasing trends of malaria cases in the past two weeks.

Meanwhile, Sudan Interior Minister Mahmoud Hamed put the confirmed death toll at 53, according to the AFP news agency.

The WHO also said property had been damaged in 14 of Sudan's 18 states.

Mark Cutts, the head of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan, told AFP last week the world body was ready to help those affected by the disaster.

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Sudan – Darfur rebel attacks

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Sudan Darfur rebels attack North Kordofan military

Sudanese rebels from Darfur have attacked an army position in North Kordofan, killing five soldiers in fierce fighting, the military has said.

North Kordofan has been relatively untouched by the violence in Darfur and near the border with South Sudan.

South Sudan denies charges it backs the Darfur rebels.

Details of the battle are unclear, but it comes ahead of Sudan’s deadline to halt oil exports from Sudan Sudan over the allegations of rebel support.

South Sudan seceded in 2011, under the terms of a 2005 peace deal to end Africa’s longest-running civil war.

Authorities closed the schools and asked students to go home”
Rahad town resident

Over the past two years, relations between the two neighbours have soured over oil revenues and accusations that they are backing rebel movements in each other’s territories.

Rebels who had fought for the South during the war but found themselves on the Sudanese side of the border after the separation took up arms, saying their concerns had not been addressed.

Along with three Darfuri rebel groups they formed the Sudan Revolutionary Front and have mainly been active in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, which border South Sudan.

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Both sides are claiming victory in the clashes in the Sidrah area of North Kordofan, a region that produces gum arabic, a food additive used in soft drinks.

“We handed the army a defeat,” Reuters news agency quotes Gibril Adam Bilal, rebel spokesman for Darfur’s Justice and Equality Movement (Jem), as saying.

Military spokesman Col Sawarmi Khalid Saad said the rebels had attacked with the aim of robbing properties and Sidrah was now “under full control of the armed forces which are still pursuing the rebels’ remnants”, the state-run Suna news agency reports.

A resident in the nearby town of Rahad told Reuters people had arrived fleeing the fighting.

Another Rahad resident told the AFP news agency that shooting and explosions had been heard in the town.

“Authorities closed the schools and asked students to go home.”

Last month, Sudan told the South it would stop transporting oil within 60 days following accusations Juba backed rebels operating on Sudanese soil.

The oil had only begun flowing again in April after production was shut down by South Sudan for 14 months in a dispute over transit fees.

South Sudan has a large-scale oil sector – it took nearly three-quarters of Sudan’s oil production when it declared its independence – but the country is landlocked and reliant on Sudan’s ports for export.
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UN Head condemns killing of seven peacekeepers in Sudan’s Darfur

UN News Service

13 July 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his outrage at the attack that killed seven United Nations peacekeepers and wounded 17 military and police personnel.

In a statement, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General was “outraged to learn of a deadly attack on peacekeepers […]” and said he expects the Government of Sudan will take swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice.

In a news release, the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said this morning one of its patrols was ambushed and came under heavy fire from a large unidentified group approximately 25 kilometres west of the Mission’s Khor Abeche team site.

Following an extended firefight, the patrol was extracted by UNAMID reinforcements that arrived from the Mission’s Khor Abeche and Manawashi sites.

Seven Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed and 17 military and police personnel, among them two female police advisers, were wounded.

Mr. Ban expressed his deepest sympathies to the families of the fallen peacekeepers, the Government of Tanzania and to all UNAMID personnel.

UNAMID Joint Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas also condemned “in the strongest possible terms those responsible for this heinous attack on our peacekeepers,” and added that “the perpetrators should be on notice that they will be pursued for this crime and gross violation of international humanitarian law.”

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Seven UN peacekeepers have been killed and 17 injured in an attack in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan.

A spokesman for Unamid, a joint African Union-United Nations mission, said the incident happened near the mission’s base at Manawashi, north of Nyala.

A UN statement said all the dead were Tanzanian. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack and called on Sudan to investigate it fully.

It is the worst ever single attack on the mission, launched in 2007.

More than 16,000 Unamid troops are currently based in Darfur.

Spokesman Christopher Cycmanick said the incident happened as the peacekeepers were on patrol about 25km (16 miles) west from a second Unamid base at Khar Abeche, in South Darfur.

The patrol, made up of both police and military personnel, was moving between bases at the time, a distance of about 70km.

Mr Cycmanick told the BBC a large group of armed men had attacked the peacekeepers and there had been an intense exchange of gunfire. He said it was not yet known who the attackers were.

Mr Ban was “outraged” to learn of the attack, a UN statement said, adding that he “expects that the government of Sudan will take swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice”.

The UN estimates that more than 300,000 people have died in Darfur, mostly from disease, since rebels took up arms in 2003 against the Khartoum government.
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Sudan’s V-P rejects any more self- determination for regions

Sudan Tribune
July 5, 2013, (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese vice president, Al-Haj Adam Youssef, has categorically rejected the idea of secession for any part of Sudan and said that it will take place only “over our dead bodies”, predicting that the rainy season will witness the end of the armed rebellion in Sudan.

Sudan’s Vice President Al-Haj Adam Youssef gestures as he speaks during an interview in his office in Khartoum December 5, 2012 (REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)
“The necks of those who call for cessation of South Kordofan will be chopped prior to cutting South Kordofan from Sudan territory”, said the vice president.

Adam, who was addressing a rally organized by the women of South Kordofan state in Khartoum yesterday, called upon the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) leader, Abd Al-Aziz al-Hilu, and other arms bearers to learn the lesson from their predecessors and lay down arms and join peace.

He accused the international community of turning a blind eye to human rights violations committed by the rebel groups, urging South Kordofan’s women to launch a campaign calling for the return of those who were seduced to join the rebellion.

Adam further stressed that the government did not overcome the rebellion in South Kordofan by the power of arms or rockets but the unity of the people in the state.

South Kordofan’s conflict erupted in June 2011 when Sudan attempted to forcibly disarm SPLM-N fighters it accuses of being backed by their brother-in-arms in the South Sudanese army.

Last April, SPLM and its allies in the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) extended their attacks to Um Rawaba in North Kordofan state before moving and briefly occupying Abu-Kershola in South Kordofan on the border with North Kordofan state.

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