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on 2012/7/16 10:00:00

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has appreciated the efforts being exerted by Sudan in providing shelter and asylum to people who are escaping persecution and oppression, referring to the cases of hundreds of thousands of Eritreans, Ethiopians, Congolese, Somalis and other refugees who found shelter, asylum and security in Sudan since the 1960s
This came in his address Sunday to the Workshop on International Refugee and Sudan Refugee Act which was organized by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, in collaboration with the Commission for Refugees for judges and prosecution attorneys at Al-Salam Rotana Hotel.
The High Commissioner for Refugees pointed out that Sudan is still hosting more than 150,000 Eritrean, Ethiopian, Chadian, Congolese and Somali and other refugees, adding the majority of the Eritrean refugees have escaped their country more than 30 years ago and are still receiving protection and support from the Sudanese people and government.
He said that around 2000 people, most of them are from Eritrea; attempt to enter Sudan every month to apply for refugee status, indicating that 99% of these persons would be given refugee status, assistance and protection at Shagrab refugee camp in eastern Sudan.
He indicated that the UNHCR witnessed in the past two years an alarming increase in the number of operations for repatriation of refugees and refugee applicants from Sudan in accordance with decrees issued by courts for violation of Sudan's Immigration Law and illegal entry in the Sudanese territories.

on 2012/7/15 11:28:05

Open in new windowThe President of the Republic Omer Albashir will address the 19th African Union Summit of Heads of states and governments that will kick off today Sunday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Sudan Radio correspondents in Addis Ababa said that President Albashir will focus on his statement on the peace and development process in the country, relations with the South Sudan and Sudan's stances towards regional peace and security.
The theme of the 19th summit is "Boosting Intra-Africa Trade". Key items on the agenda of the Summit will be the election of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, the Deputy Chairperson and Commissioners which was pended during the previous January Summit.
During his address to the opening session of the African Union Peace and Security Council summit Saturday in Addis Ababa, President Albashir has reaffirmed refusal of the Sudan to any attempt that aims to undermine the efforts and the credibility of the African institutions because they represent the first defense line to ensure the independence and merit of Africa. He has affirmed Sudan's confidence in endeavors that has been made by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHLP) led by Thabo Mbeki in order to find a peaceful and lasting settlement for the Controversial issues between Sudan and South Sudan, indicating that the efforts confirm the capability and legitimacy of the African continent in resolving the problems and conflicts of Africa.

on 2012/7/15 11:10:00

Open in new windowThe President of the Republic Omer Albashir received Saturday evening at his residence in Sheraton Addis Ababa on the sidelines of the 19th African Summit, the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir. The two presidents discussed in a one-hour meeting a number of issues pertinent to the relations between Sudan and South Sudan. The meeting between Presidents Albashir and Kiir was attended by the Minister at the Presidency of the Republic, Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, Minister of Defense, Gen. Abdul-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, Foreign Minister Ali Karti from the government of Sudan in addition to Bagan Amum and Deng Alor from South Sudan government side.
It is to be recalled the two Presidents held closed-door talks at the end of the meeting.
In a separate development, the President of the Republic Abashir has met Saturday in Addis Ababa his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete at his residence in Sheraton Hotel on the sidelines of the African Union 19th summit which will begin Sunday. Following the meeting the Tanzanian President said in a statement to the Sudan News Agency that he discussed with the President Albashir the bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them further to serve the interests of people of the two countries.

on 2012/7/15 10:31:03

Open in new window The First Vice-President of the Republic Ali Osman Taha will address today Sunday at the Friendship Hall, the opening session of the 3rd Conference on Social Responsibility organized by the Ministry of Social Welfare in cooperation with the private sector. The two-day conference will host foreign and local delegations, private sector companies, organizations, government senior officials, ambassadors in addition to mass media organizations .
The Minister of Social Welfare Amira Al-Fadel has earlier said that the conference comes in the context of effective partnership between the state and the private sector considered as one of the mechanisms designed by the ministry to help citizens deal with the recent economic reforms announced by the government to bridge the services gap.

on 2012/7/15 10:26:29

Open in new windowThe Foreign Minister Ali Karti said that positive atmosphere has prevailed over the meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council(AUPSC) which held Saturday in Addis Ababa, and that the meeting did not witness any confrontation during discussions of issues pertinent to relations between Sudan and South Sudan and the situations in Mali and Somalia. The Minister said in a statement to the Sudan News Agency that the participants in the meeting emphasized their support to Sudan and South Sudan to overcome problems which are facing them and to help reach settlement to their outstanding issues. He pointed out that the meeting heard a report by the AU Commission about the extent of commitment of the two countries with the AU roadmap and the UN Security Council resolution, 2046, besides a report by the Chairman of the AU High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Thabo Mbeki on progress of talks between Sudan and South Sudan, stressing that Mbeki has presented good image at levels of the negotiations and cooperation and commitment of the two sides to cessation of hostilities and withdrawal of their troops outside the disputed borders. The Minister expressed satisfaction over deliberation of AU PSC, describing it as positive and transparent.

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