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June 27, 2023

Source:Al Ahram (government-friendly, Egyptian daily with over 1 million in circulation)

Headline: African Union Peace and Security Council Finishes Hybrid Force Deployment Plan and France Proposes Security Force to Protect Eastern Chad

By: Abdul Wahid Libini

African Union Peace and Security Council Submits its plan for hybrid force deployment to United Nations Security Council for approval. Said Djinnit indicated that the council will stress the need for bigger hybrid force participation by African nations during upcoming A.U. Summit in Accra in order to create a balance between African and international participation. Meanwhile, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Kushner announced that France will recommend deployment of international troops in eastern Chad to protect civilians and to facilitate economic development there. Japan also said that it sent urgent humanitarian supplies, including covers and water purification equipment, to refugees in Darfur, Chad, and the Republic of Central Africa.

Source:Al Jazeera (Leading Arabic News Channel, headquartered in Qatar)

Headline: Sudan Calls for Implementation of Paris Conference Recommendations

Sudanese government spokesperson, Ali Al Sadig, expressed Sudan’s desire to see the recommendations of Paris conference implemented despite the fact that his country did not support it:

  • China, France, and the United States promised to increase their efforts to resolve the crisis in Darfur peacefully
  • Participants favored finding political solution and expressed support for A.U. and U.N. efforts in Darfur
  • The Conference urged strong participation by key countries and international organizations, in addition to Sudanese government and rebels to resolve the crisis

Source:Al Arabiya (Dubai-based Pan Arabic News channel with over 15 million viewers)

Headline: Lying Mirrors

By: Mishari Adhaidi

In the manner of true demagogues, President Omar Al Bashir delivered an emotional speech in which he promised to protect Sudan against international community’s “colonial wishes” and desires to destroy “the great nation of Sudan.” Al Bashir added that he “will never accept the participation of foreigners in hybrid force.” The author took Al Bashir to task and refuted all the points he made during his speech:

  • The speech was full of empty rhetoric that does more harm than good
  • The speech was full of demagoguery and short on concrete measures to resolve the crisis in Darfur and the country in general
  • While Al Bashir’s characterization of the crisis as a “problem of bandits”, the author replied “these ‘bandits’ created an international crisis and committed despicable crimes against Muslims, no less, that included the murder of over 300,000 human beings and the displacement of 2.5 million in the middle of unforgiving desert”
  • The author asked Al Bashir to show where he sees Sudan’s “greatness.” The author only sees signs of extreme poverty, despair among the country’s youth, and fighting for power between yesterday’s allies in the Islamic movement
  • The author also called for the prosecution of all war criminals

Source:Asharq Al Awsat (Saudi-owned Pan-Arab daily with over 1 million in circulation)

Headline: European Commission Says Regime Change not a Goal

By: Abdullah Mustapha

A European Parliament team to investigate the situation in Darfur up close starting next Saturday. European officials rejected Sudanese officials’ accusations that the commission wants to meddle into Sudan’s internal affairs; instead, they said it is a force of good and to wants to continue delivering humanitarian aid to the 2.5 million refugees the crisis created:

  • The commission delivered 460 million euros in humanitarian aid since 2004
  • This year alone, it delivered 93 million euros
  • An additional 31 million euros were earmarked for humanitarian aid during Paris conference
  • The commission is also the primary financial supporter of African Union’s peace mission in Darfur with 242 million euros since 2004
  • The Union supports a speedy deployment of hybrid peacekeeping force to protect civilians in Darfur
  • The Union favors a political settlement and urges all parties, including rebel groups, to cooperate to achieve peace
  • The Union is also determined to ensure that all those responsible for war crimes are brought to justice

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