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Arab media

January 20 , 2008

Source: Al Ahram (government-friendly, Egyptian daily with over 1 million in circulation)
Headline: Sudan’s Suggestion to Improve Relations with United States.  Thousands Flee after Resumed Clashes in West Darfur
By: Abdul Wahid Libini

  • Presidential advisor Mustapha Othman Ismail indicated that he and foreign affairs minister provided US administration with suggestions on ways to improve relations between the two countries
  • He refused to elaborate stating the foreign minister would provide a detailed report to President Al Bashir when he returned to Khartoum
  • UN Refugee Agency reported new air raids on West Darfur killing one person and sending thousands fleeing into Chad and forcing it to withdraw its employees near the borders with Chad
  • Meanwhile, Sudanese government expressed concern over Chadian prime minister’s call to expel Darfur refugees

Source: Al Rai (Government-friendly, Jordanian daily enjoys wide circulation)
Headline: Bush to Give Darfur $100 Million and Criticizes UN Bureaucracy

  • US President Bush urged international community to end bloodshed in Darfur during wreath-laying ceremony at genocide memorial in Rwanda
  • He stressed the need to confront evil and indicated US would donate $100 million to peacekeeping efforts in Darfur
  • But at the same time he defended his decision not to send troops to Darfur while criticizing UN bureaucracy for UN’s slow response to violence in Darfur
  • The president also alluded to China when he said “human suffering comes before economic gains”
  • China responded that it was doing all it could to improve the situation in Darfur and stop bloodshed in the region

Source: Al Khaleej (UAE daily, with over 80,000 in circulation)
Headline: Ruling Partners Exchange Accusations Regarding Tensions in Abyei

  • Ruling partners exchanged accusations as tensions in oil-rich Abyei region increased threatening peace between North and South Sudan
  • National Congress Party leader Mustapha Othman Ismail defended government’s actions to protect civilian population in Abyei region and blamed the tensions on Sudan People’s Liberation Army
  • Meanwhile, Luka Piong accused National Congress Party leaders of using members of Misseria tribe to fight the Sudan People’s Liberation Army

Source: Asharq Al Awsat (Saudi-owned Pan-Arab daily with wide circulation)
Headline: UN Refugee Agency Withdraws Its Employees from Darfur because of Resumed Fighting
By: Salah Awwad and Mustapha Sirri

  • UN Secretary General spokesperson indicated that UN Refugee Agency withdrew its employees from West Darfur following recent air raids near border area between Chad and Sudan
  • The spokesperson said the team will return to the region after the raids are over
  • The secretary general voiced concern over resumed clashes in Darfur between government and rebel forces in Mount Moon in West Darfur
  • At the same time, Justice and Equality Movement reported that it downed two military planes, a claim refuted by government forces
  • The movement indicated it won the battle and that Moon Mountain was under its control
Meanwhile, Eritrean official indicated his country and Egypt were coordinating efforts to ease tensions between Chad and Sudan


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