Three Ethiopian peacekeepers withdrawn from S. Sudan

(JUBA) - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said three Ethiopian peacekeepers serving in the young nation were withdrawn and deported to their country without any explanation given Last Saturday, it emerged that three Ethiopian soldiers from the Tigray ethnic group were sent back to their country. An official at the UN Mission in South Sudan said the deportation of the peacekeepers could have violated their human rights…

Ethiopian government pledges to resettle refugees in Sudan

(KHARTOUM) - The Ethiopian government said on Thursday that efforts are being made to return the internally displaced persons and the Ethiopian refugees in Sudan who fled their areas after the eruption of fighting in Tigray region earlier this month. Deputy Ethiopian Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen has been touring European countries to explain the " law enforcement operation" against the forces loyal to the recalcitrant Tigray region government. United Nations…

Nepalese peacekeepers prevent intercommunal clashes in Lakes state

(RUMBEK) - A rapid response by UN peacekeepers from Nepal resulted in preventing a potential intercommunal clash between armed groups in Cueibet county of South Sudan’s Lakes State, the mission (UNMISS) reported on it’s website. According to the UN, within minutes of receiving warning of a potential clash between armed groups in Cueibet, Nepalese peacekeepers sprang into action, sending a team of highly trained troops to intervene and protect civilians…

Burhan voices his support to Sudanese position on GERD talks

(KHARTOUM) — The head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Thursday voiced his support to the government negotiating position in the filling of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Sudan has suspended its participation in the direct tripartite talks on the first filling of the GERD, calling for a new approach involving a mediation team made of African experts and international observers. Irrigation Minister Yasir Abbas who is also…

Sudan’s al-Mahdi dies of coronavirus

(KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s former prime minister and political leader Sadiq al-Mahdi died from the coronavirus, his family and the National Umma Party said on Thursday morning. Al-Mahdi, 84, who is the first public figure to die from the respiratory disease was hospitalised in the United Arab Emirates immediately after his infection. The NUP issued a statement saying that his body will arrive in Khartoum on Friday 27 November morning and…

Sudan transition forces reach partnership agreement

(KHARTOUM) - The leaders of the parties to the transitional government in Sudan agreed on Wednesday to form the Transition Partners Council, consisting of 21 members. The new political body is one of the disposition added to the transitional constitution after the signing of a peace agreement with the armed groups. It aims to coordinate positions and resolve differences between the parties that signed the political agreement of 17 August…

Sudan denies voting for Israel draft resolutions

(KHARTOUM) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday that Sudan did not vote for any draft resolutions presented by Israel in the United Nations General Assembly meeting. Local newspapers, however, recently reported that Sudan had voted for an Israeli draft resolution in the United Nations General Assembly. "We would like to make it clear that what has been reported in some media outlets about Sudan’s vote in favour…

Fighting in border areas prevent Ethiopian from crossing into Sudan

(HAMDAYET) - The intensification of the fighting in the neighbouring Tigray region considerably reduced the number of refugees crossing into Sudanese territory. During the past few days, the Ethiopian army retook control of Humera near the border with Sudan and Eritrea, as the government forces seek to encircle the Tigrayans fighters from several fronts. Also, there no reports about the humanitarian situation in the area. However, an AFP reporter who…