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South African Police killed 30 striking miners

South Africa is the largest producer of platinum. The platinum price drop had many side-effects. Mine workers from the Lonmin platinum mine in South Africa could not stand a low pay anymore.

  • Written by James Mahoney
  • Category: Africa

Border clash between the two Sudans. International community alarmed

In recent days, tension’s growing between Sudan & South Sudan due to the conflict taking place in the border areas. The air in South Sudan is getting heavy with bombing by the North side.

The international powers are startled and want a quick and peaceful solution.

White House has expressed deep concerns and urged both sides to reach a peaceful resolution.

Putting the blame on Sudan Hilary Clinton said that the Khartoum government is taking violent measures and heavy weaponry is in use.

The U.S also insisted on having South Sudan stop arming and aiding rebel groups. Victoria Nuland, representative of ‘U.S State Department’ is anxious, as this escalation of aggression could lead to another war. She hoped that both sides will put this agenda to an end by the shortest period possible.

The same words came out again as ‘European Union foreign policy’ official Catherine Ashton referred these attacks as an intensification of the apprehensive situation.

The ‘United Nations Security Council’ has demanded an immediate end to this cycle of violence. The council predicted a sheer possibility of recommencement of the war that came to an end last year.

On Friday, Activist and actor, George Clooney got arrested in Washington while protesting in front of the embassy of Sudan.

Clooney then, went on to testify before the ‘Senate Foreign Relations Committee’ about the continued violence occurring in south Kordofan. Later on, he met President Barack Obama to discuss his anxiety.

Recent talks over oil failed to reach out to a satisfactory decision. South Sudan is accusing Sudan of stealing its oil which carries a high price tag of almost $815 million. On the other hand, Sudan’s complain is that South Sudan took away the crude to fill up dew fees for using the pipelines other facilities in their possession.

Last year South Sudan earned its independence from Sudan and this is the first time the two sides are in conflict since then. South Sudan’s independence came as the result of a long dispute on oil territory. For years thousands of people has faced death over this issue.

‘U.N Refugee Agency’ reports say that several thousand people have fled the affected areas.

These recent developments have put a shadow of doubt on plans for next month visit by Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan to talk with Salva Kiir, President of South Sudan.

  • Written by Navid Iqbal
  • Category: Africa

South Sudan Calls off Troops from Heglig Oil Field

South Sudan is furious as they put blame on Sudan for heavy gunshots and bombings on their troops while their pullout from the Heglig oil field in Sudan.

The Juba government took over Heglig, the core of the Sudan oil production on the 10th of April, accusing the Khartoum government of turning the oil hub into a military base dedicated to hit Unity State, one of South Sudan’s major oil reserves.

The two neighbors have been in dispute about the control over Heglig for a very long time.

On Friday, the South’s president, Salva Kiir proclaimed that the troops would perform "an orderly withdrawal" form the affected area.

Later on Sunday, president Kiir stated that his army faced aerial bombing by the Khartoum air force while returning home. The bombing occurred during the night of April 20th and continued all over the next morning.

On Sunday, a spokesman from the ‘Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA)’ ensured that the Southern army had left Heglig. He also claimed that their army unshackled the area before Kiir ordered the recall.

The South government’s 10-occupation received extensive criticism from neighbor nations and western powers. It was branded illicit by Ban Ki-moon, UN chief.

Agnes Oswaha, the South’s UN ambassador told the press that the country has absolutely no intention to head back to the violent episode of war and to show that Juba has called off its force.

Contradictory explanations for the recent developments were published from both sides.

Tension is mounting up over the recent clash in the border areas and many other unresolved issues. The concern of any further warfare is raising fear among the people in general.

Continental along with foreign heavyweights have urged both sides to find the middle ground as soon as possible to avoid any future collision.

Kiir will be off to China, a long time ally of the Khartoum government on Monday. But in the recent days, Beijing is in closer ties with the South, particularly in petroleum sector.

Li Guangyi, professor of the ‘Institute of African Studies at the University of Xiangtan’ said that China isn’t taking any sides. Urging peace and stability is the only concern right now. He added that disagreement and fighting won’t bring any good to the Sudan’s and definitely not to China.

‘African Union (AU)’ has called for quick negotiation through the resumption of conversation from both regions.

 

 

 

  • Written by Navid Iqbal
  • Category: Africa

Mali: 72 hours ultimatum to restore order or on the verge of complete isolation

An alliance of West African nations has set the coup leaders an ultimatum of 3 days to reinstate democracy and order or, face isolation both diplomatically and economically.

Last week the junta military overthrew President Amadou Toumani Toure, accusing him for showing ineptitude to handle the revolt lead by the Tuareg desert rebels up in the north part of the country.

The coup army says that the government completely failed to take down the Tuareg army on the north and another Islamist group named Ansar Dine operating from the south.

They also say, due to the failure to condemn the rebels with ill equipped military, almost 200,000 people had to flee and leave their homes behind. It is also to be noted that the Tuareg warriors have taken control over the key weapons and drug traffic hubs.

A coup military man says this revolution is meant for the betterment of their homeland and they’re fighting to save it from the rebels and terrorists.

The mutiny has turned the nation’s capital Bamako in complete mayhem and disorder. The Tuareg warriors have made the most out of this commotion as they gained the power over some key territories.

A delegation group consisting 5 African nation presidents were supposed to meet the officials leading the coup to talk out a way leading to peace and democracy. But the delegation was forced to turn back home when the coup rebels closed the runway of the airport in capital Bamako.

The grouping then returned to Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

An emergency meet up of ECOWAS members reached the decision to issue a travel prohibition for coup leaders and also a ‘diplomatic and financial embargo’ on Mali, unless order is reinstated within the period the 3 days.

The landlocked was suspended and the delegation group put troops on standby.

Financial helps worth millions of dollars has been cut off due to all the turmoil and commotion. But the western nations have promised to keep the money flowing for the drought hit regions.

The ‘U.S State Department’ expressed tone of disappointment as the leaders were prevented to try solving the situation.

Meanwhile, the Mali leaders have introduced their own constitution, a step to consolidate their grasp.

On the other hand, tension is rising in Bamako as the coup army and a group of coup protestors came to blows on Thursday.

According to Bamako hospital reports, 3 were injured.

 

  • Written by Navid Iqbal
  • Category: Africa

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