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EU, UNIDO sign agreement to foster employment
opportunities, economic growth in Sudan

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- The delegation of the European Union (EU) and representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have signed an agreement to implement a project to foster employment opportunities and economic growth in Sudan, said EU delegation in Sudan in a statement Thursday.

“The project is funded by the European Union through the EU Trust Fund for Africa, and its Regional Development and Protection Programme (RDPP) in the Horn of Africa, in which Sudan participates,” the statement said.

It added that the fund “reiterates the EU’s strong commitment in addressing the root causes of displacement and irregular migration from Africa to Europe. The EU will provide 3 million euros (about 3.2 million U.S. dollars) to the newly signed project.”

According to the agreement, UNIDO will implement the project over a period of three years.

It noted that the intervention is intended to provide alternatives to primary and secondary movements of migrants and refugees and enhance self-reliance opportunities. Special attention will be given to youth and women IDPs and migrants from Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan and other neighbouring countries.

“This project will train youth, adult migrants and refugees with competitive technical and soft skills to enable them to find future jobs,” Jean-Michel Dumond, the head of delegation, said in the statement.

He went on saying “the trainees will benefit from new opportunities to engage in decent work, entrepreneurship and lifelong learning. It will open new windows for them and will help in the eradication of poverty and with decreasing the unemployment levels.”

Sudan government on Wednesday said the EU has not fulfilled its commitments to supporting Sudan’s efforts to combat illegal immigration and human trafficking.

In October 2014, Sudan hosted an international conference on combating human trafficking and illegal immigration which included the participation of African and European countries. 

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Britain urges Sudan rebels to grant humanitarian access under U.S. proposal

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Britain on Friday urged the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector to accept a U.S. proposal on humanitarian access to affected population in South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas, Sudanese Media Center reported.

"We urge the SPLM/northern sector to accept U.S. proposal on humanitarian access to the two areas," British ambassador to Sudan Michael Aron was quoted as saying.

The British diplomat said that the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, and the African Union roadmap signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia constitute the best means to achieve peace in Sudan.

"Britain encourages and supports efforts of the African mediation, led by Thabo Mbeki, to achieve security and stability at the two areas and Darfur," he said.

He further noted that the government and the international community want peace for the people of Sudan, urging the Sudanese parties to make further progress in negotiation.

In November, the U.S. administration under former President Barack Obama offered an initiative, under which the United States Agency for International Development would transport medical and humanitarian assistance by air to the affected areas in South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas after inspection by the government of Sudan.

Earlier, the Sudanese government declared its agreement on the U.S. initiative, but the SPLM/northern sector rejected it.

During the peace talks between the two sides in Addis Ababa in August 2016, the SPLM/northern sector demanded transportation of 20 percent of the humanitarian assistance through Ethiopia’s Asosa port, a demand rejected by Khartoum.
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Rebel movement criticizes selection of Sudan official as OPCW deputy chief

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector on Friday criticized selection of Sudanese official as Deputy Chairman of Executive Council of Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

"Claims by Amnesty International said Sudan government has used chemical weapons in Darfur, and clear indication of using chemical weapons at the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile," said Yasir Arman, Secretary-General of the SPLM/northern sector, in a statement Friday.

"This matter constitutes evidence of the contradicting standards by some international organizations and lack of responsibility towards the victims of genocide, war crimes and chemical weapons used by Sudan government," he noted.

He regarded the matter as a reward and encouragement for Sudan government to continue war crimes and violation of human rights.

Last week, Sudan’s Ambassador to the Netherlands and its Permanent Envoy to the OPCW, Rahma Salih Al-Ebaid, won the position of OPCW deputy chief.

In September last year, Amnesty International accused Sudanese government forces of killing dozens of civilians, including children, in attacks in which chemical weapons were allegedly used at Jebel Marra area.

However, the Sudanese army and foreign ministry strongly denied the accusation.
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4.8-magnitude earthquake hits western Sudan

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- A 4.8-magnitude earthquake hit western Sudan on Thursday, with no reports of casualty or damage to properties.

“The quake hit an area south of El Obied in North Kordofan State, some 520 km west of the Sudanese capital Khartoum,” said Mohamed Abu Fatma Abdalla, director of Sudan’s General Authority for Geological Research in a statement.

He added that the quake was at depth of 10.1 km at 12:39 p.m. local time (0939 GMT).

Sudan’s General Authority for Geological Research has seven quake monitoring stations operating around the clock to follow up quake activities, with other 15 stations under construction to cover all areas of Sudan.

 

             

 

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