August 13, 2004 |
Sudan's president on Thursday accused the West of exploiting the Darfur conflict in the hope of seizing the country's gold and oil, but Washington responded that its only aim was to halt mass slayings. Sudan is under intense international pressure to rein in Arab militias accused of sacking villages and raping and killing civilians, and to provide security for more than 1 million people displaced by the turmoil.
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September 23, 1985 |
This country's transitional government has abolished the Islamic system of taxation introduced in 1984 by deposed President Jaafar Numeiri and will revert to a conventional Western-style system. Finance Minister Awad Abdel-Majeed told a weekend news conference that the transitional government would draft a new tax law along the lines of the 1971 system in the next few days.
November 19, 2010 |
In about two months, Africa may have a new country, the first since the end of the colonial era. On Jan. 9, the people of southern Sudan are expected to vote in a referendum to determine whether their region will become an independent nation. Indications are that the vote will be overwhelmingly in favor of seceding, but the practicalities of achieving a free, fair and peaceful vote are daunting. This referendum is the culmination of a long and bloody path. The civil war between north and south Sudan, the longest in African history, claimed the lives of 2 million people and finally ended in 2005 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
October 22, 2003 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell arrived here Tuesday to encourage Sudanese rebels and government officials holding peace talks in the resort town of Naivasha to bring their 20-year war to a speedy resolution. Powell's two-day visit, coming after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Thailand, is largely a symbol of U.S. support, as negotiators say that a peace deal is unlikely before December.
June 20, 2004 |
With his government facing threats of more U.S. sanctions, Sudanese President Lt. Gen. Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir has ordered "complete mobilization" to disarm all illegal groups in the western region of Darfur, including the Arab militias that have been killing African villagers.
May 25, 2011 |
Thousands of residents of Sudan's disputed oil-rich Abyei region continued to flee south Tuesday, along with humanitarian groups attempting to prepare clinics and shelters before the rainy season strands the displaced and renders mostly dirt roads impassable. Chol Anguie, a member the Abyei administrative council, said hundreds of children were separated from their parents when fighting started in the region over the weekend and are searching for their families in towns to the south.
January 3, 2010 |
After he fled Sudan's civil war as a child in the 1980s, Garang Mayuol knew in his heart that he would return. In 2001, he was among about 3,800 young Sudanese men, known as the "Lost Boys," who were settled in the United States. From refugees to American citizens, attaining education and success, the Lost Boys have become international icons of war and survival. Resettlement efforts scattered them across the country, but Mayuol, 27, stayed in touch with two friends from the Kakuma camp in Kenya.
August 24, 2002 |
Sudan's interim peace accord will lead to the secession of southern Sudan, opposition leader Hassan Turabi said in remarks published Friday. "The agreement dealt a blow to Sudan, the Arab world and Islam, and it will lead inevitably to the division of Sudan," Turabi told Egypt's weekly magazine Al Ahram al Arabi. Turabi, a hard-line Islamist under house arrest, was speaking about the framework accord signed July 20 in Machakos, Kenya, by the state and the Sudan People's Liberation Army.
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.
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.