SUDAN WATCH: US Aid Chief: Land, grazing rights complicate Darfur issues

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

US Aid Chief: Land, grazing rights complicate Darfur issues

UNITED NATIONS, June 28, 2005 (AP) via Sudan Tribune -- The conflict in Sudan's western Darfur region will not be settled until disputes over land ownership and animal grazing rights are resolved, the U.S. aid chief said.

"Unless we deal with the land issue, and the grazing rights issue in Darfur, there isn't going to be a resolution of the political stalemate," he warned.

See full report.
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"Loss of livestock hurts eastern Sudan tribe"" - report.
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Sudan's Darfur rebels attack UN plane

KHARTOUM, June 28, 2005 (Sudan Tribune) -- Darfur rebels have attacked an Antonov plane belonging to the UN in Labadu area in Southern Darfur State in western Sudan. The plane was on its way from Khartoum to the capital of Southern Darfur State, Nyala.

The African Union blamed the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) for the attack. An informed source said JEM had used a bomb to carry out the attack, the pro governmental newspaper Al-Anba said

The state police commissioner, Gen. Abidin al-Tahir, said 30 UN officials, including some Sudanese nationals, were on board of the aircraft. However, he added, the plane was able to land safely at Nyala Airport and no casualties had been reported. He further said an investigation into the incident was now under way.

He explained that in their preliminary statements, the passengers had said the plane had been shot at from the ground but only one of its windows had broken. He affirmed that investigations would continue: "We are now waiting for a report from the Civil Aviation technical body of investigation", he added.

For his part, the armed forces spokesman, Gen Abbas Abdelrahman, said no armed forces were present in the area where the incident took place and the people who had carried out the attack were thought to be outlaws.

Material provided by the BBC Monitoring Service.
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Sudan planes 'bomb' rebel forces in eastern Sudan?

Not sure how much truth there is to this BBC report: Sudan planes 'bomb' rebel forces.


Anonymous Dave Lucas said...

I found your blog while doing research for a post on my own blog based on a column I read by Leonard Pitts, Jr. I have linked to your blog and hope Sudanwatch will move some of my readers to action. Thank You for the time you've obviously put into doing this.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Hello Dave, nice to meet you. I have visited your blog and hope to catch up on your posts tomorrow and put your blog in the sidebar here asap. Please stay in touch. Bye for now.

Thursday, June 30, 2005  
Blogger sleepless in sudan said...

Hi Ingrid...when on earth do you sleep, honey? Very impressed with all of your sites, and particularly interested in the Darfur one of course.

Just wanted to let you know that the word on the street (well, dirt road more like it) on your 'Sudan's Darfur rebels attack UN plane' post is that it all seems to be a rather amusing web of rumours and bombs, no shootings, no rebels. Just a busted windscreen and lots of imagination. Here's my post on it:

Ah, the crazy world we live in...

Sleepless in Sudan

Tuesday, July 05, 2005  

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