African Union Peacekeeping

Darfur rebels slam Khartoum 'divide and rule' plan

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Darfur rebels on Wednesday condemned a government decision to establish two new states in Sudan's war-torn western region as a policy of divide and rule that undermines the prospects for peace.

"The government says it is going to create more states in Darfur," said Ibrahim al-Hillu, a spokesman for the Sudan Liberation Army rebel group headed by exiled leader Abdelwahid Nur.

Five African leaders head to I. Coast to mediate

NOUAKCHOTT — A panel of five African presidents will meet briefly in Mauritania before heading to Ivory Coast on Friday to mediate a political crisis which the United Nations warns may spiral into civil war.

"The five (presidents) will meet for two hours in Nouakchott before taking their flight to Abidjan," a Mauritanian diplomatic source told AFP.

Op-ed: Time for renewed effort to end conflict in Darfur

Published February 25, 2011 by The Guardian - Poverty Matters Blog
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Sudan has recently navigated one of the most challenging events since gaining independence, a referendum in which the people of the country's south determined whether they will remain a part of Sudan or secede to form the world's newest country.

Editorial: The scourge of Somalia

Published February 23, 2011 by LA Times
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Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey lived a life many would envy, until it was cut short Tuesday by a band of Somali pirates. On their yacht, Quest, they had spent most of the last decade sailing to exotic locales and were on a trip from Thailand to the Mediterranean with another couple, Phyllis Macay and Robert Riggle of Seattle, when their boat was intercepted off the coast of Oman. All four were shot to death Tuesday by their captors after negotiations with U.S. naval officials for their release apparently broke down.

Gadhafi’s dying dream for African unity

Published February 22, 2011 by The Globe and Mail
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When he pronounced himself the “king of kings” on the African continent, Moammar Gadhafi was widely seen as a buffoon and a megalomaniac.

But behind the absurd titles, behind the crown and sceptre that were awarded to him by his hand-picked collection of African tribal monarchs, Col. Gadhafi had a profound impact on Africa. And for better or worse, he will leave a vacuum behind him on the African landscape if he is toppled from power in Libya.

2 negotiators shun Ivory Coast after death threats

Published February 22, 2011 by AP via Washington Post
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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- Two African leaders who had been appointed to help negotiate a solution to the crisis in Ivory Coast have dropped out after receiving death threats.

A statement from the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, said that Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore and ECOWAS' president James Victor Gbeho decided to cancel their trips after threats from the Young Patriots.

Peacekeepers In Somalia Hit Trenches Of Rebels

Published February 20, 2011 by New York Times
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MOGADISHU, Somalia — At least 20 people were killed and dozens wounded in heavy fighting in Somalia’s capital over the weekend, as African Union forces attacked an extensive underground fortification system of trenches and tunnels used by Islamist insurgents.

The fighting was the most intense of its kind in recent months, and African Union officials said their forces had killed several foreign fighters, including men from Yemen, Pakistan and Syria.

Sudan’s President, in Power Since 1989, Won’t Run Again, Spokesman Says

Published February 22, 2011 by New York Times
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NAIROBI, Kenya — President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan, who has been in power for more than 20 years and faces international charges of genocide, will not run for office again after his current term ends in four years, a Sudanese government spokesman said Monday.

Darfur peacekeepers have new approach to protect civilians - Gambari

Published February 18, 2011 by Sudan Tribune
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February 16, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — The head of the first joint UN-African Union force and the largest peacekeeping mission announced that a new approach on movement and access has been adopted to better protect civilians in the restive region of Darfur.

Ibrahim Gambari made the announcement on Wednesday in a press conference held in Khartoum two weeks after severe remarks by U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice on 26 January over the performance of UNAMID to discharge its mandate in the war ravaged region.

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