January 30, 2007 |
Sudan lost its bid to assume the rotating leadership of the African Union to Ghana after regional leaders snubbed Khartoum for a second time because of international outrage over bloodshed in the Darfur region. Alpha Oumar Konare, the African Union's top diplomat, told reporters that Ghanaian President John Kufuor would take the chairman post.
June 17, 2010 |
They come at first light with shovels and sacks, hunched shadows praying for glimmers across a stingy land. These men with torn clothes and sandaled feet don't ask for much, just enough gold to head home feeling blessed beneath the blazing sky of northern Sudan. A stiff wind blows across the desert fringes and they camp at a desolate web of ditches crawling with scorpions. The heat keeps rising and they remember what the bus driver said when he dropped them off far, far from the glow of big city Khartoum: "Let's go home.
March 30, 2005
Re "U.N. to Send 10,700 Peacekeepers to Sudan," March 25: In an interview last week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice described how the U.S. has "worked very hard" in responding to genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Two years into this crisis, and 200 days since the Bush administration acknowledged that this was "genocide," the actions described by Rice remain absolutely insufficient. The government of Sudan continues to wage its genocidal campaign with impunity, the death toll in Darfur has reached at least 50,000 and the U.S. has failed to invest in pushing for a robust international response to this crisis.
September 10, 2009
Re "Sudan jails woman who wore pants," Sept. 8, and "Woman jailed for wearing pants freed," Sept. 9 Sudan is an Islamic country and therefore follows the rules of its religion, but jailing a woman for wearing pants in public has little to do with religion. This is purely about controlling and keeping women down, to the point where any clothing that resembles a man equals power and frightens countries like Sudan. I lived in Iran for 10 years and personally saw my female relatives suffer from such ridiculous laws.
January 19, 2004 |
Egypt staked a claim to a role in Sudanese peace talks and said its aim was to see the north and south of Sudan stay together. Sudanese President Omar Hassan Bashir met in Cairo with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, whose main concern is to protect his country's share of the flow of the Nile, the only source of water for most of Egypt. Sudan's government and southern rebels are moving closer to a deal to end more than 20 years of war.
April 10, 2007 |
China urged Sudan to accept the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers in Darfur, increasing pressure on a key economic partner that Beijing has been criticized for protecting. "Our position toward Darfur is clear. We have exercised all possible efforts, political, economic and others and advised our Sudanese brothers to accept [former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi] Annan's plan," China's assistant foreign minister, Zhai Jun, said after meeting with Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir.
October 16, 2002 |
Sudan's government signed an accord with rebels to suspend fighting during talks to end their 2-decade-old war, an official with the mediation team said. The cease-fire takes effect at noon today and will last as long as negotiations do, said the official, who did not want to be further identified. The talks are taking place in Machakos, 30 miles southeast of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Civil war broke out in 1983 when the rebels, looking for autonomy in the south, took up arms.
January 13, 2007 |
Ugandan rebels pulled out of peace talks with the government, saying they were no longer welcome by Sudan, the host of the talks. The Lord's Resistance Army rebels maintained that their security was threatened after Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir said Tuesday that the only solution to the problem of the Ugandan rebels was a military one. A rebel spokesman said the rebels would abide by an August cease-fire but wanted the peace talks moved to Kenya or South Africa.
June 12, 2004 |
The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday authorizing preparations for a U.N. peacekeeping operation in southern Sudan and calling for a halt to fighting in the western Sudanese region of Darfur. The resolution welcomed the May 26 signing of a landmark, power-sharing declaration by the Sudanese government and southern rebels, settling the administration of three disputed areas in central Sudan and committing both sides to a peace deal.
December 28, 2006 |
Sudan raised new doubts Wednesday about its commitment to a U.N. peace effort in the Darfur region when its envoy ruled out any U.N. peacekeeping troops. The surprise statement came just minutes after the Security Council announced that it welcomed the Sudanese president's acceptance of the plan to help end the escalating conflict -- a plan that includes deployment of a hybrid African Union-United Nations force.