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January 5, 2023

Reuters: Darfur peacekeepers short of men, gear a year on. Darfur peacekeepers remain critically short of manpower and have less than half the equipment they need a year into their mission, a U.N. official said on Sunday. The joint U.N./African Union UNAMID force only managed to get 58 per cent of its forces on to the ground in its first 12 months, narrowly missing lowered deployment targets, according to the latest figures. And even those peacekeepers are short of vital equipment, including helicopters, armoured personnel carriers and medical gear, said a UNAMID spokesman.

Associated Press: Darfur Peace Push Slowed by Splits Among Rebels. International mediators pushing for new negotiations on Darfur are being hampered by divisions among Darfur's rebels and by some rebels' hopes that genocide charges will bring down Sudan's president. Some faction leaders are not communicating with their commanders, and the U.N., African and Arab mediators have complained they sometimes don't know whom to talk to. Now there are fears the conflict could spread beyond Darfur. Sudan's government has sent forces into neighboring South Kordofan province, claiming Darfur rebels are operating there, and the Justice and Equality Movement, the strongest Darfur rebel faction, has announced a military alliance with armed groups in Kordofan.

Voice of America: Bush, Sudan VP Seek to Reverse Growing Threats of Violence, Genocide. Sudan's First Vice President Salva Kiir Mayardit will meet with US President George W. Bush at the White House today. Mr. Kiir, who also serves as president of semi-autonomous southern Sudan, is expected to address concerns about the US - brokered 2005 comprehensive peace agreement (CPA), which ended 22 years of civil war between Sudan's northern and southern regions. The meeting takes place as the International Criminal Court (ICC) considers whether to issue an impending indictment against Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. 

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