Escalating Violence in Blue Nile State of Sudan

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 3, 2011
Explosion in South Kordofan State

On September 2, 2011, Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland addressed the escalating violence in the Blue Nile State of Sudan. In a press statement, Spokesperson Nuland said:

"The United States is deeply concerned about the fighting that broke out September 1 between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the forces of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army-North (SPLM/A-N) in Blue Nile State in Sudan, as well as the ongoing troop mobilization on both sides. We call on both parties to cease hostilities and for the SAF to end aerial bombings. We also call on both parties to protect civilians and engage in dialogue to prevent further escalation of violence.

"These clashes in Blue Nile follow fighting that has been ongoing since June 5 between the SAF and SPLM/A-North in Southern Kordofan, about which we also remain deeply concerned. The United States continues to call on both sides to allow unfettered humanitarian access and human rights monitoring of affected populations in Southern Kordofan, as well as Blue Nile.

"The spread of fighting into Blue Nile further highlights the urgent need for negotiations between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North to reach a political settlement that brings peace and stability to Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile. In this regard we are particularly disappointed that there has been no follow through after the meeting between President Bashir and SPLM/N Chairman Malik Agar in Khartoum on August 21. We also reiterate the need for a peaceful relationship between Sudan and South Sudan and for resolution of outstanding issues between the two countries."



Maryland, USA
September 5, 2011

Josh in Maryland writes:

Hopefully innocent people are not getting slaughtered which would require a greater call to action. Also hopefully humanitarian aid is getting through. If not, once civil wars break out they are usually hard to manage, and thus we should hope that the international community; hopefully, lead by the AU (really lead by South Africa) can bring about a cease fire, and then possible permanent negotiations. Someone pointed out in another blog, that the UN, U.S. Department of State should reform to cater toward preventing/lessening civil wars. This should also be the focus of other organizations such as the AU. Hopefully, the UN, State Department can eventually set an example for the AU. As long as people disagree, their will always be the potential for, and the harsh realities of civil wars. Lets hope that we have mechanism to help prevent or lessen them.

Khalid A.
United Kingdom
September 15, 2011

Khalid A. in the United Kingdom writes:

The way to peace is clear.The CP Agreement of 2005(of which the US is a main garantor)states that former civil war combatants should be demobilised demilitarised and reintegrated with civil society(or allowed to join the army). SPLA/M failed to do so . It had 6 years and a lot of money ;but did not buy in thr DDR project.No country can tolerate the existence within its territory of another army,loyal to a hostile neighbour.The US can help by persuading the SSRepublic to implement the DDR project in good faith.It is already helping in the very difficult transformation of the SPLA from bush fighting groups to a regular discplined army.


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