SUDAN WATCH: SPLM's peace conference Tuesday 5 May 2009 in Juba, South Sudan for all Darfur rebel groups

Monday, April 27, 2009

SPLM's peace conference Tuesday 5 May 2009 in Juba, South Sudan for all Darfur rebel groups

From Sudan Radio Service 27 April 2009 (Khartoum):
The Sudan People’s Liberation movement will hold a general conference for all Darfur anti-government groups in Juba on May 5th 2009 to discuss ways of resolving the Darfur conflict.

Yassir Arman, the SPLM deputy Secretary-General for the northern sector, made the announcement at a press conference in Khartoum on Sunday.

[Yassir Arman]: “The aim of this conference is to help the achieve the speedy resolution of the Darfur conflict. There must be a just and peaceful solution to the Darfur crisis. The SPLM is ready to cooperate with the National Congress Party, with all political parties in Sudan, the anti-government groups and even with neighboring countries. Yesterday, we met the Eritrean delegation and discussed with them about the Juba conference. We are also intending to meet with Chadian, Libyan and Egyptian officials because the SPLM wants a quick and peaceful solution to the Darfur crisis.”

Arman said the Darfur conflict is a national problem which concerns everybody and should be "tackled from all angles".
From Sudan Radio Service 27 April 2009 (Khartoum):
The human rights committee in the National Assembly says that the health situation in Darfur has worsened.

The head of the parliamentary committee on human rights, Dr Priscilla Joseph, told Sudan Radio Service that the health situation in Darfur has deteriorated since the Government of National Unity expelled 13 international aid NGOs from Darfur.

[Dr. Priscilla Joseph]: “I know that the health situation is bad. Before people in Darfur used to get medication within one to two hours in the clinics but now they sit for longer hours or even the whole day without any treatment. The government knows about it and they said that the want to bring some local and Arabs NGOs to replace and cover the problem for people to have rights to medication, food and life. That was mentioned in the constitution. As a government if we can’t provide people with food and treatment then, there is a problem.”

The Government of National Unity expelled 13 international aid organizations from Darfur hours after the ICC issued an arrest warrant against President Omar al-Bashir, accusing them of spying for the ICC.

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