Monday, May 4, 2009

Kiir warns of regional conflict

Dear all,

SPLM registered as a party at the weekend. During a visit to Kisumu, where he was given a honourable doctorate, first vice president of Sudan, presidident GOSS, chair SPLM Salwa Kiir, warned of the danger that the entire region will be effected, shall the CPA fail.
At the same time, although Chad and Sudan once again signed an agreement to normalise ties (difficult to keep track, as so many were signed over the last years and never implemented), UNSG Ban Ki Moon warns of troop building in the Sudan -Chad boarder area.
In South Sudan, the armed conflicts go on. LRA is coming closer to the cities like Yambio, and apparently they are equipped with a number of new arms The same is reported from the Murle in Jonglei, eg.
US special envoy Scott Gration is expected for his second visit to Sudan on Tuesday, after he talked to Darfur armed groups. The US also appointed a new charge d'affaires, Robert Whitehead, who, among many other appointments, served as US rep in Juba right after the signing of the CPA.
For those of you who are interested to hear what exactly was said during the recent hearings on Abyei at the court in The Hague, please follow this link: