Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Sudan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Sudan

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Oct. 16: Foreign Minister Mustafa 'Uthman Isma'il questioned UN estimates that up to 70,000 people have died from hunger and disease in its remote Darfur region since a rebellion began 20 months ago, contending that UN estimates were based on faulty World Heath Organization estimates. [Al-Jazeera, 10/16]

Sudan's President and four African counterparts rejected any foreign intervention in Darfur, describing the crisis as an "absolute African issue." The leaders of Chad, Egypt, Libya, Nigeria and Sudan issued a statement that implied they would not accept the imposition of sanctions on Sudan by the UN security Council or Western powers. [JT, 10/ 16]

Oct. 21: Peace talks between Sudan's government and Darfur rebels resumed, despite the fact that many participants did not arrive in time for the opening ceremony. Rebel groups participating said that travel problems prevented them from reaching the venue in Abuja, Nigeria. [BBC, 10/22]

Oct. 23: The European Union and its member states committed to contributing more than $100 million to an African Union force in Sudan's troubled Darfur region. [CNN, 10/23]

Nov. 2: Sudanese troops raided two refugee camps near Nyala in Darfur, denying aid access to the inhabitants inside. The army said that it was asked to protect refugees and remove imposters, but the UN stated that the raid was part of a pattern of deteriorating security in Darfur. [BBC, 11/3]

Nov. 9: The Sudanese government and rebel leaders from Darfur signed two accords aimed at ending the crisis after two weeks of talks. …

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