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Arabic Media

October 1, 2023

Source: Al Ahram (government-friendly, Egyptian daily with over 1 million in circulation)
Headline: Justice and Equality Movement Supports Political Solution within United Sudan
By: Asma Al Husseini

  • Justice and Equality Movement leaders who attended conference at Ahram Studies Center stressed the need for a political solution to Darfur crisis within the frame of a united Sudan
  • The leadership called on the international community, Egypt, and the Sudanese government to prepare to clear the air, build goodwill, and ceasefire to ensure Libya peace talks scheduled for the end of this month
  • The movement spokesperson Ahmed Hussein Amin said the leadership is in Egypt to find a resolution to the crisis and not to criticize the government
  • The movement called on AU and UN intermediaries to facilitate and encourage discussions among rebel groups ahead of Libya talks in order to ensure its success

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

  • We hope Sudanese political and rebel leadership meeting in Cairo would result in common vision to resolving the crisis ahead of Libya peace talks
  • We believe resolving the crisis does not get done by boycotting the peace talks in Libya or setting unreasonable pre-conditions as Abdul Wahid Nour did
  • It is also impractical for the government to negotiate with over 14 rebel groups separately, as it would take too much time while the suffering of Darfur population would continue
  • As the South and East had shown, honest negotiations are the only way to reaching a reasonable and permanent settlement
  • In Darfur case, courageous decision that begin by participation in Libya peace talks coupled with clear vision and desire to resolve the crisis are a must on the part of the rebels as for the government, it must study the rebels’ demands and agree to all the demands that do not conflict with the unity and territorial integrity of Sudan

Source: Al Jazeera (Leading Arabic News Channel, headquartered in Qatar)
Headline: United Nations Condemns Darfur Attack and Government Accuses the Rebels

  • UN Secretary General strongly condemned the attack that killed 10 AU troops in Haskanita in South Darfur
  • Libya also strongly condemned the attack and called for bringing those responsible to justice
  • And AU spokesperson Nouredine Al Mazni indicated that efforts to know the perpetrators were underway adding that the attack would not derail the Libya peace talks
  • He said the attack killed 10, wounded 8, and 40 troops were still missing
  • Meanwhile, the Sudanese army spokesperson General Othman Mohamed Al Aghbash condemned the attack and blamed it on the rebels
  • Abdul Aziz Annour, Justice and Equality Movement leader, blamed an expelled JEM leader for the attack
  • Sudan Liberation Movement – Unity faction denied any responsibility and blamed the government and its militia instead
  • In the mean time, Archbishop Desmond Tutu arrived in Khartoum with an influential group of wise elders to urge a permanent and just solution for Darfur crisis

Source: Al Hayat (Saudi-owned Pan-Arab daily with wide circulation)
Headline: Killing of 10 AU troops in Darfur a Clear Warning for Hybrid Force
By: Annour Ahmed Annour

  • Sudanese government and Darfur rebel groups exchanged accusation for an attack that killed 10 AU troops, wounded 7, and left 50 missing
  • The attacks was seen as an early warning shot for international hybrid force whose troops will start arriving in Darfur at the end of this month
  • Rebel groups blamed the attack on a newly splintered JEM and SLM groups eager to have a seat in Libya peace talks
  • Western diplomat said the attack reinforces international community’s fears that the hybrid force, which will include international experts, would become a target for similar attacks especially after Al Qaida threats
  • He added the attack might force UN Security Council to invoke chapter 7 which will allow the use of force
  • He also said that the hybrid force’s main goal is to keep the peace, which makes it necessary for the international community to push the negotiating sides to resolve the crisis during the peace talks in Libya
  • And in Addis Ababa, Peace and Stability Commissioner Saeed Dhinnit strongly condemned the attack and threatened sanctions against the responsible party

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