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Arabic Media

September 19, 2023

Source: Al Ahram (government-friendly, Egyptian daily with over 1 million in circulation)
Headline: Mustapha Othman Ismail: We Go to Libya to Resolve Darfur Crisis

  • Mustapha Othman Ismail, Sudanese president advisor, declared after meeting Egyptian minister of foreign affairs that Egypt has a big role to play in Libya peace talks and at humanitarian aid meeting to be held in Sudan on October 30th
  • The humanitarian aid meeting will gather all Arab humanitarian aid groups, media outlets, in addition to Arab League secretary general and Arab countries representatives
  • Dr. Ismail was also optimistic about resolving Darfur crisis during peace talks in Libya
  • He said the Sudanese government did not set any pre-conditions to attend the meeting and expected the same from all rebel groups
  • Amru Mousa of the Arab League was encouraged by the government’s efforts to resolve all of the country’s stubborn issues, including the Darfur crisis

Source: Addustour (Government-friendly, Jordanian daily enjoys wide circulation)
Headline: Sudan Demands the Arrest of Amnesty International Leader

  • Official news reports indicated that Sudanese government demanded Amnesty International head to be arrested for making false accusations about torture of coup plotters
  • The government denied Amnesty International’s allegations made last week about the torture of 8 coup plotters
  • Sudanese ministry of justice called on Interpol to arrest the head of Amnesty International for making false allegation, and the Sudanese news sources interpreted “head of Amnesty International” to means Irene Khan
  • Amnesty International spokesperson said the organization did not receive any notice on the request and added “if true, the request would be shocking for instead of investigating our honest concern about human rights abuses, the Sudanese government is going after our organization”

Source: Al Riyadh (Government-friendly Saudi daily with wide circulation)
Headline: New York Meeting to Prepare for Hybrid Force Deployment and International Elders to Visit Darfur at the End of September
By: Baleegh Hasballah

  • African Union and United Nations leaders to meet in New York to prepare for Darfur hybrid force deployment
  • In the meantime, a group of international elders including former President Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela will visit Darfur at the end of September to raise support on the ground for the peace operation
  • Hybrid force leader Rudolph Adada told journalists after meeting with Minni Arko Minnawi that despite difficulties, the hybrid force deployment preparations were moving forward satisfactorily

Source: Al Jazeera (Leading Arabic News Channel, headquartered in Qatar)
Headline: UN Approves Rwandan General for Darfur Hybrid Force

  • United Nations approved Rwandan General Karinzi Karaki as deputy commander for hybrid force saying not enough evidence exist about his involvement in Rwandan genocide
  • African Union and United Nations did not want to sideline General Karaki’s candidacy based on some unconfirmed accusations
  • Meanwhile, UN secretary general condemned recent spike in violence warning that it might derail peace talks in Libya
  • UN report referred to African Union mission’s reports of heavy fighting, including attack helicopters, in Haskanita town in north Darfur where many civilians were feared dead
  • The report also denounced other attacks in Adila town in south Darfur and Wad Binda in Kordufan province

Source: Okaz (Saudi-owned daily with strong circulation)
Headline: Nomination of Rwandan General Accused of Massacres to Hybrid Force

  • United Nations approved Rwandan General Karinzi Karaki as deputy commander for hybrid force saying not enough evidence exist about his involvement in Rwandan genocide
  • Michele Montas said African Union approved his nomination and the United Nations was conducting an investigation but “they do not want to put on hold his nomination base on insufficient allegations”
  • Meanwhile Human Rights Watch said that “serious questions were raised about the general’s record”
  • United Democratic Forces, opposition Rwandan organization based in Brussels, accused the general of conducting extrajudicial killings before and after Rwandan National Front – Tutsi tribes - took power in Rwanda

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