Home | News    Monday 5 May 2014

Sudan aborts UNSC statement condemning government militia: sources

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

May 4, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s permanent mission to the United Nations managed to abort attempts to issue a presidential statement from the UN Security Council (UNSC) condemning the paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF), said diplomatic sources in the Sudanese capital.

JPEG - 47.8 kb
The United Nations Security Council (Reuters)

The RSF militia, which is widely known as the Janjaweed militias, were originally mobilised by the Sudanese government to quell the insurgency that broke out in Sudan’s western region of Darfur in 2003.

The militia was activated and restructured again in August last year under the command of the National Intelligence and security Services (NISS) 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.

The SRF is widely accused of committing acts of killings, looting, and burning of villages in South Kordofan and Blue Nile leading to displacement of thousands of civilians.

Last week, NISS announced that it is deploying additional RSF troops to South Kordofan in order to end rebellion in the state.

According to diplomatic sources, United States and the United Kingdom and their allies in the UNSC including France sought to issue a presidential statement holding the SRF responsible for burning of villages and armed robbery in Darfur and South Kordofan.

The same sources said that Sudan’s friends including Russia, China, Nigeria, and Chad demanded the presidential statement be balanced and called for changing it with another one demanding cancelling Sudan’s foreign debts, lifting US sanctions, and supporting the national dialogue initiative.

The diplomatic sources underscored that differences among UNSC member states led to cancellation of the presidential statement, saying the Sudanese mission made intensive contacts among friendly countries emphasising that SRF is a regular force aimed for rapid intervention to respond to attacks by the alliance of rebel groups.

In a separate issue, the same diplomatic sources pointed that joint efforts made by Sudan’s foreign ministry, Sudan’s permanent diplomatic mission to the UN, and the UN Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Haile Menkerios, managed to press South Sudan’s army to back away 10 kilometres south of Abyei area in accordance with the UNSC resolution.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Will the Obama administration fix its Sudan policy? 2015-08-02 20:43:08 By Ahmed Hussain Adam President Obama concluded his three-day symbolic visit to Africa this week, but the 12-year old genocide of Darfur is still unfolding. One would welcome Obama’s achievements (...)

Land ownership and conflict of laws in South Sudan 2015-08-01 05:39:05 By Ajo Noel Julious K. Land in South Sudan is a prickly thing, complicated even further by the confusion associated with legal land ownership. The parallels and discrepancies between provisions (...)

In memoirs of Dr John Garang de Mabior 2015-07-30 06:14:54 By Mabor Maker Dhelbeny The event of commemorating this day, as a memorial day of our martyrs since 1955 to 2005 was because of the Late Dr John Garang de Mabior. He died in a helicopter plane (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudanese, human rights groups and advocates demand renewal of UNAMID 2015-06-25 06:03:32 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: New York: Ahmed H.Adam, Tel. +1 347 567 1491 or aha64@cornell.edu Kampala: Abdelrahman Gasim, Tel. +256 7 51 90 77 77 or gasim202000@gmail.com Geneva: Abdelbagi (...)

Civil society groups urge to stop hostilities in W. Bahr El Ghazal 2015-06-11 22:24:37 Urgent action for sustainable peace in Western Bahr El Ghazal State Civil Society Statement: June 10, 2015 Wau –Western Bahr El Ghazal State- The Republic of South Sudan We, civil society (...)

Two South Sudanese pastors face death penalty in Khartoum 2015-06-03 06:08:37 African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies Two South Sudanese Pastors face death penalty for voicing opposition to corruption scandal at Khartoum Bahri Church (2 June 2015) Two South Sudanese (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.