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February 1, 2023

Inner City Press: As Obama's Speech Omits Sudan, Susan Rice Says Jobs Come First, Gration on Case. UN Ambassador Susan Rice said President Obama's State of the Union Address correctly focused on jobs and the American economy, not every foreign policy issue could be mentioned. She said the Administration remains "deeply committed," and mentioned for the second time this week the work of U.S. envoy on Sudan Scott Gration. President Bashir Pledges Full Support to UNAMID. This afternoon, UNAMID JSR Ibrahim Gambari had an audience in Khartoum with President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir, who assured him of the full support of the Government of Sudan, in his new assignment.

Sudan Tribune: Two Darfur rebel commanders expected to appear before ICC next week: sources. The remaining two Darfur rebel commanders charged with masterminding an attack on African Union (AU) peacekeepers will appear voluntarily before the judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) next week, Sudan Tribune has learned.

Sudan Tribune: Sudan NCP express hope that SPLM Arman's political career comes to an end. A senior official in the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) appeared to signal a growing concern over the candidacy of Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) deputy Secretary General Yasir Arman who is running for president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir and a handful of other hopefuls.  In an interview with the London based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat the state minister for foreign affairs Ali Karti who is also the NCP's foreign affairs official said that SPLM's pick of Arman is a mere expression of gratitude by the ex-Southern rebel group towards the Northern figure.

The East African: Kiir out of running as SPLM sets sights on a split with the North. By nominating a junior official, Yasin Armani  -instead of the party leader, Salva Kiir - to contest against President Omar al-Bashir in the national election slated for April, the SPLM has shown it would rather concentrate on the 2011 referendum that decides the fate of the South.  This is in addition to complaints that its partner in the peace deal - the National Congress Party (NCP) - has already skewed the playing field by manipulating the census results through the voter registration exercise. A case in point is the oil-rich Southern Kordofan, where the SPLM plans to boycott elections over claims of irregularity.

The following Letter to the Editor was published in the New York Times by Melissa Batchelor Warnke: Deaths From Disease in Darfur. In "New Study Estimates That Disease Caused 80% of Deaths During Years of Darfur Strife" (news article, Jan. 23), you report on a new study that shows that disease rather than violence has been the main killer of hundreds of thousands in Darfur over the last six years. These findings are no surprise. It is important to understand how the genocide in Darfur has been perpetrated: deaths by indirect means - starvation, diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria and infection - are as much a product of the campaign of destruction as direct physical violence.

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