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General: ‘South Kordofan security efforts slow and ineffective’

May 26 - 2020 KADUGLI / KASSALA
Recent tribal clashes in Kassala (File photo)
Recent tribal clashes in Kassala (File photo)

Sovereign Council member and spokesman Lt Gen Shamseldin Kabbashi admitted on Monday that the efforts to contain the security situation in South Kordofan are slow and ineffective. In Kassala, youth initiatives for peace and reconciliation organised mutual visits for the warring Nuba and Beni Amer tribes during the Eid El Fitir holiday.

Speaking during his field visit to South Kordofan on Monday, Gen Kabbashi explained that investigations were still ongoing regarding the recent violence near Kadugli. He said that anyone involved in the violence will be held responsible. He also acknowledged that coordination between the security forces was inadequate because of their involvement in the conflict. Kabbashi instructed the security forces to arrest anyone involved in the violence and disarm all those who have unauthorised weapons in South Kordofan.

Lt Gen Kabbashi announced that joint security forces would be formed to protect civilians and facilitate a safe return of those who fled their homes because of the violence. “The government is planning the peace agreement signed by the warring parties in February to be the basis for a reconciliation conference,” he added. He also directed the local government to take measures to address the humanitarian situation of those displaced in the recent violence and provide their basic needs, especially for those still seeking shelter in schools.

In Kassala, the joint youth initiative for peace and reconciliation organised mutual visits during the Eid El Fitir holiday to ease the tension between the two parties.

The community leaders of the two tribes expressed their regret with regard to the recent violent events. They also emphasised the importance of peace and coexistence between the communities. They further stressed the necessity to bring those responsible for the atrocities to justice. The leaders said that they would work hard to overcome the past and advocate for coexistence in the city.

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