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September 17, 2023

Agence France-Presse: Chad, Sudan to renew diplomatic ties, create peacekeeping force. Sudan and Chad are to restore diplomatic relations, which broke off in May, mediators said Tuesday, paving the way to create a peacekeeping and security force on their common border. The contact group, which comprises Gabon, Libya, Congo, Senegal, Eritrea, Chad and Sudan, issued a statement Tuesday confirming the breakthrough, five months after Khartoum severed ties accusing Ndjamena of backing rebels in its Darfur region.

Reuters: EXCLUSIVE-Sudan arrest could spark Darfur disaster -minister. Trying to arrest Sudan's president for war crimes in Darfur could prolong and complicate the conflict, a minister accused by international prosecutors of inciting mass killings in the region said on Tuesday. Ahmed Haroun, who denies the charges against him, told Reuters the International Criminal Court's move to indict President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was part of a Western plot to launch a "new colonisation" of Africa and said it could spread instability across the whole region.

Reuters: Sudan labels U.N. rights investigator as EU agent. Sudan accused on Wednesday United Nations human rights investigator Sima Samar of being an EU agent working with Brussels to tarnish the country's image as it struggles to restore peace in Darfur. John Ukec Lueth Ukec, Sudanese ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, made his comments to the U.N. Human Rights Council after a report from Samar, former Afghan deputy premier, said the human rights situation in Sudan was worsening.

Associated Press: UN envoy fights to continue investigating Sudan. The United Nations' special investigator for Sudan said Tuesday she hoped her assignment would be extended another year, despite attempts by Khartoum and its allies to end her critical reporting to the global body's Human Rights Council. Sima Samar, an Afghan doctor and rights expert, said Arab and African countries were supporting efforts to eliminate her mandate, which has upset the Arab-dominated government of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. 

Associated Press: Mbeki: ICC case against al - Bashir bad for Darfur. South Africa's president said Tuesday the prosecution of his Sudanese counterpart for genocide in Darfur would undermine efforts to resolve the 5-year-old conflict there. The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in July sought to charge Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir for genocide in Darfur and asked the court for an arrest warrant. No decision has been issued.

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