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  • Security Council urges Sudan, S. Sudan to withdraw troops from Abyei
  • Sudan rejects any peace deal allowing rebels to retain troops
  • November 2013, NRRDO conducted program review and produced its 2014 -2016 strategic document.

Sudan rejects any peace deal allowing rebels to retain troops

March 17, 2014 – Sudan’s presidential assistant and chief negotiator, Ibrahim Ghandour, has affirmed that the government is determined to achieve permanent peace in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, but warned they will not sign any agreement which allows rebels to retain their weapons.

Last month the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) suspended the stalled talks between the Sudanese government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) on the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile and referred the matter to its mandating authority, the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC), asking for further guidance.

Negotiations stalled because the government delegation insisted that the objective of talks is to settle the conflict in the two areas while the SPLM-N delegation called for a holistic approach to solve Sudan’s problems.

The AUPSC renewed its confidence in the AUHIP mediation team led by Thabo Mbeki to broker peace talks between the two parties on the Two Areas and asked him to reach an agreement by the end of April.

Ghandour said in a meeting with the stakeholders from the political and social components in South Kordofan on Monday that the recent round of talks in Addis Ababa broke down because the rebel SPLM-N insisted on retaining its troops, adding the government delegation will participate in the next round of talks with an open heart in order to achieve permanent peace in the Two Areas.

He said the delegation would seek to end the crisis in the Two Areas and achieve peace before the end of next April and in accordance with the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2046.

The stakeholders agreed that negotiations are the only means for ending war and achieving peace in the Two Areas particularly South Kordofan state which suffered from the long war, demanding participation of the traditional administration and stakeholders in the negotiations with the SPLM-N.

It further underscored importance of reaching a cessation of hostilities and fulfilling wishes of the citizens.

The Blue Nile and South Kordofan’s conflict erupted months apart from each other in 2011 when Sudan attempted to forcibly disarm SPLM-N fighters it accuses of being backed by their brother-in-arms in the South Sudanese army. (Sudan tribune  http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article50322 )

 

Sudan Government is now using parachute bombs, like Syria.  http://goo.gl/axqigk.

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NRRDO interventions

  1. Emergency Humanitarian support ;  Save lives and protect Livelihoods and improve food security. Cash transfer, food distribution, NFI distribution, Protection and disaster risk reduction, seeds and tools provision, groups income generating schemes, blacksmith support, water supply, animal health service.  Currently 300,000 people are in dire need emergency humanitarian relief. In addition to food and Non-Food Item kits, continuing a massive, regionally-innovative cash distribution programme – which saw $2.5 million given to 12,000 households last year – will contribute to saving lives. Self-reliance must be built at the same time through measures to stabilise farming and household level food production
  2. Peace Building and Governance;  The Nuba People’s Conference collectively defined key political, socio-economic and cultural resolutions. Now, we will strengthen governance institutions and train leaders to make sure aspirations are met. Civic education will seek to tackle underlying causes of conflict  with in the Arabs and the Nuban.
  3. Primary health: Improved  access to basic health services.  In the context of severe drug and health personnel shortages and the bombing of hospitals, NRRDO is distributing emergency health kits to clinics. We need to rehabilitate 177 centres and build the capacity to respond to disease-outbreaks and soaring malnutrition.
  4. Education:  Improved access to quality primary and secondary education in Nuba. Beyond relief, education is the Nuba people’s number one priority. They will not accept another lost generation after the last war left 78% of the population illiterate. NRRDO run 179 primary schools for almost 40,000 pupils. But this still leaves a further 40,000 children out of school. We need to stabilize, then scale up, and bring a sense of normality to childhoods that are anything but
  5. Gender and Women development: Inclusion and active participation of women, girls, men and youth on issues affecting their lives in Nuba Mountains. Women bear the brunt of war through marginalization, increased care demands and inability to earn income. We will provide psycho-social support and business training, promote adult literacy and gender rights
  6. Voice of Community Radio: Improved  coverage, scope  and quality of radio programs on education , health and other social issues.

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