Darfur rebel group Justice and Equality Movement refuted reports that it has resumed peace talks with the Sudanese government, AFP reports. The group is in fact “closer” to quitting the talks, spokesman Ahmad Hussein Adam said. United Nations and African Union Joint Chief Mediator Djibril Bassole said May 13 that the two sides will recommence peace negotiations, which were suspended last April due to the general elections, Sudan Tribune reports.
The U.S. condemned the Sudanese government’s use of aerial bombings and local militias against Darfur rebels in the Jebel Moon. Such operation could undermine the Darfur peace process or harm civilians, Philip J. Crowley of the U.S. State Department said. Meanwhile, Sudanese security forces arrested opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi at his home.
Aside from security concerns, the nation is dealing with a potentially severe cholera outbreak. Peth Lou, one of the local administrative units in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, is on the verge of an acute cholera epidemic, Sudan Tribune reports.