1. UN Security Council passes resolution on Sudan sanctions
The UN Security Council has passed a resolution imposing sanctions against four Sudanese nationals accused of war crimes in Darfur. Russia and China chose to abstain rather than veto the resolution as African nations had supported the sanctions.For more information, please see - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4942026.stm
2. Jan Egeland states that the humanitarian situation in Darfur is as bad as ever
Jan Egeland, UN
Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, stated last week
that the humanitarian situation in Darfur is as bad as ever. Aids
groups are in retreat due to attacks by armed groups, shortfalls in
funding and government obstacles.
3. AU to present draft peace agreement at Abuja
The AU was due to present a
draft peace agreement to delegates at the Abuja peace talks. The
comprehensive peace agreement for Darfur comprised protocols on
power-sharing, wealth-sharing and security arrangements.
Suliman Baldo, Director of the International Crisis Group’s Africa Program, stated ‘If they take power in Chad, they are likely to cooperate with Khartoum militarily to attack the refugees in Darfur... Khartoum is backing them precisely for this purpose. There is a real threat of ethnic cleansing.’
Instability in Chad has grown in the last week. Up to 50,000 people are currently squatting on the outskirts of villages, after leaving their own homes in the border region. They have border area in response to attacks by rebels and bandits. The Sudanese Janjaweed have launched cross border raids into Chad, attacking civilians in order to loot.http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4925978.stm