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19 Apr 2012 description

Brussels, 19 April 2012: Sudan and South Sudan are teetering on the brink of all-out war from which neither would benefit. Increasingly angry rhetoric, support for each other’s rebels, poor command and control, and brinkmanship, risk escalating limited and contained conflict into a full-scale confrontation between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army (SPLA).

19 Apr 2012 description
report Sudan Tribune

April 17, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s army (SPLA) says that some Murle cattle herders are avoiding handing over their weapons to the military as part of a statewide disarmament campaign in Jonglei following severe violence earlier this year.

The SPLA captain responsible for disarmament in the Anyidi area, Philip Bol Akuei, said that reports of Murle raiders were reaching his forces but poor roads and the distances involved means that they are not mobile enough to respond.

19 Apr 2012 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, 17 April 2012: The African Union (AU) continues to be gravely concerned by the prevailing logic of war between Sudan and South Sudan, and notes with particular concern the escalation of military operations, as well as the recent troop movements into and around Abyei.

19 Apr 2012 description

Summary
- Further cross-border air strikes by Sudan and the military takeover of the Heglig oil field by South Sudanese forces raised fears of a return to unrestrained hostilities.
- Despite three air strikes over the past week in Bentiu (Unity) international agencies are carrying out day-to-day activities and will remain in the area as long as it is safe to do so. The ETC continues to provide connectivity services in this area.

18 Apr 2012 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2012 - The Republic of South Sudan became the newest member of the World Bank Group today when South Sudan’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Kosti Manibe Ngai, signed the Articles of Agreement and Conventions of the World Bank Group in Washington DC.

18 Apr 2012 description

The Republic of South Sudan joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today when Finance and Economic Planning Minister Kosti Manibe Ngai signed the IMF’s Articles of Agreement at a ceremony in Washington D.C.

“I am happy to welcome the Republic of South Sudan, which today becomes our 188th member,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said. “South Sudan faces enormous challenges, and the IMF will do its best to assist the country in setting up the foundations for economic stability and growth in the period ahead,” Ms. Lagarde underscored.

18 Apr 2012 description
report Enough Project

Media coverage of Sudan over the past several weeks has focused to a great extent on the intensification of fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, or SPLA, which threatens to plunge the former civil war foes into an international armed conflict. Largely absent from recent coverage has been the passage of the April 8 deadline after which ethnic southerners in Sudan—numbered as many as 700,000—were required to register as foreigners in Sudan or move back to South Sudan, where they are citizens.

18 Apr 2012 description

By James Copnall

BBC News, Talodi, South Kordofan

As Sudan and South Sudan slip ever close towards all out conflict, a related Sudanese civil war is intensifying - and, indeed, fuelling the international fighting.

Read the story on the BBC

18 Apr 2012 description

17 April 2012 - Despite a spate of recent aerial bombardments on Bentiu, Unity State, the markets are open and civilians as well as international agencies are carrying out day-to-day activities.

UNMISS and UN agencies will remain in the area as long as it is safe to do so, continuing to assist the government in protecting civilians, according to UNMISS Unity State Officer-in-Charge Waldemar Vrey.

18 Apr 2012 description
report Sudan Tribune

April 17, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) has repelled an attack by South Sudan’s army today in al-Meram locality in South Kordofan state, a local official said.

The al-Meram mayor Colonel Fathi Abdullah Arabi told the government-sponsored Sudanese Media Center (SMC) website that the assault targeted an SAF brigade in Bahr al-Arab region which lies 62 kilometers south of al-Meram town.

18 Apr 2012 description

Addis Ababa, April 13, 2012 (Addis Ababa) - The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) contributed more than 4.8 million US dollars to support the establishment of a humanitarian logistics hub and cargo in Djibouti by the World Food Program (WFP), WFP said.

According to a press release it sent to ENA on Friday, the logistics hub will enable WFP and the wider humanitarian community to store and transport humanitarian assistance for the region more efficiently and cost-effectively.

17 Apr 2012 description

18 April 2012 – In a continuing effort to control crime in rural areas, UN Police and Upper Nile State City Council today began a five-day community policing course for police officers, teachers, chiefs, religious leaders, local community based organizations and women in the capital Malakal.

Facilitated by UN Police (UNPOL) and funded by Malakal City Council, the training drew 37 participants from across the capital.

17 Apr 2012 description
report UN Radio

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Continued hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan are causing growing concern at the United Nations.

In an incident Sunday at least seven people died and several others were wounded when Sudan bombed the town of Mayom in Unity State.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the leaders of the two countries to immediately end the fighting and to fulfil their responsibility to maintain peace.

17 Apr 2012 description

GENEVA (17 April 2012) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to stem the violence on both sides before it seriously undermines the hard-won peace agreement that was reached after decades of armed conflict.

Pillay underlined the obligation of both governments under international human rights and humanitarian law to ensure the protection of civilians, and condemned recent attacks by both sides which have resulted in civilian casualties.

17 Apr 2012 description

Violence once again has flared up between Sudanese and South Sudanese forces in an oil-rich region on their disputed border. Jon Temin, director of USIP's Sudan programs, discusses what's behind the renewed fighting and what is at stake for the region and international community.

Are Sudan and South Sudan teetering on the brink of war?

17 Apr 2012 description

By Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, and Khairunissa Dhala, Amnesty International’s South Sudan Researcher

Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan – 16 April, 2012

For the past 10 months, some 20,000 refugees from Sudan’s conflict-ravaged Southern Kordofan State have fled across the increasingly volatile border to Yida, an isolated refugee camp just inside newly independent South Sudan.

17 Apr 2012 description
report Sudan Tribune

April 16, 2012 (KHARTOUM) –Leaders of Sudan’s mainstream opposition parties have added their voices to calls for the immediate withdrawal of South Sudan from Heglig and cessation of hostilities between Khartoum and Juba.

17 Apr 2012 description

16 April 2012

For the first time in eastern Africa, high level officials from across the region are meeting to address the current regulatory challenges related to the delivery of food aid and humanitarian assistance.