The ultimatum of the United Nations for a resumption of the mediation between Juba and Khartoum fell through without negotiations restarting between the sides. The last round of talks was interrupted following an attack and occupation by South Sudanese soldiers of the Heglig oil zone on May 10, to which Khartoum responded with over the border airstrikes.
In a resolution on May 2, the UN Security Council threatened generic “sanctions” if the sides failed to return to negotiations within two weeks, i.e. May 16.
Meanwhile, the flow of Sudanese fleeing the violence continues across the border. The spokesman for the UN High Commission for Refugees, Emmanuel Nyabera, confirmed a daily flow of between 150-200 Sudanese into the Kakuma refugee camp, in northern Kenya.
“The structures are at full capacity and sanitary services are inadequate for such a situation”, he warned, calling on the Kenyan government to “urgently” set up another camp and provide resources to avoid problems between the refugees and local Turkana community.
The UNHCR and other aid agencies are negotiating with Nairobi authorities the opening of a new camp in the Kalobeiyei area, around 20km from Kakuma, to host up to 100,000 people. [AdL/BO]