southern kordofan

Two-Week Ceasefire in Sudan

Press Statement Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
August 25, 2011

This week’s announcement by the Government of Sudan to establish a two-week unilateral ceasefire in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state is a positive initial step toward bringing stability and relief to those affected by violence since early June. The United States strongly urges the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North to show the same leadership and declare a two week ceasefire as well. 

While we are encouraged by this announcement of a unilateral ceasefire and renewed discussions between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, the parties must immediately return to talks to agree to a full cessation of hostilities and a resolution of the political future of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile. The Framework Agreement signed on June 28 in Addis Ababa is a strong foundation for these talks.

The Government of Sudan must allow immediate and full access to humanitarian organizations so that they can provide much needed relief to the people of Southern Kordofan. We strongly urge both sides to refrain from using a ceasefire to strengthen any military positions. 

The United States supports the call by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for a full investigation of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Southern Kordofan. Those responsible for attacks on civilians must be held accountable for their actions. 

Sudan’s Bashir Orders Cease-Fire in Southern Kordofan, State TV Reports

Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir waves to the military during his first visit to Kadogli capital of South Kordofan State August 23, 2011, since fighting broke out between Sudan’s army and armed groups in early June. Al-Bashir announced on Tuesday a two-week unilateral cease-fire in the country’s main oil-producing state of Southern Kordofan, after weeks of fighting between government troops and rebels. Southern Kordofan holds most of Sudan’s remaining known oil reserves, after the country’s south seceded last month, taking its oilfields with it. Reuters Pictures