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Sudanese Janjaweed mercenaries fighting for Libyan warlord agree to withdraw, return home

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Seven Sudanese mercenaries who were members of the Janjaweed rebel forces fighting for Libyan warlord, Khalifa Haftar, have agreed to withdraw their services and leave Libya with immediate effect.

According to Libya Observer, the fighters made the decision early this month during a meeting held in Niger on June 11-12.

The meeting took place at the invitation of a French organisation which was attended by representatives from the United Nations (UN), the United States, the European Union, Norway, Turkey and Egypt.

The meeting had discussed practical ways to disarm the many rebel groups fighting in the North African country and how they might be reintegrated into the national army.

Libya Observer reports that about 30,000 mercenaries are fighting in the ranks of the Libyan eastern strong with the UN repeatedly asking foreign countries vying for influence in Libya to withdraw their mercenaries.

The meeting, which was the second of such to be held, had rebel groups and representatives from the governments of Sudan, Chad, Niger, and Libya were in attendance, and discussions were centred on modalities to withdraw all mercenaries from the countries.

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Guinean demonstrators hit UN building in Brussels, Belgium over junta’s anti-protest policy

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Guinean opposition coalition have staged a demonstration in front of European Union (EU) buildings in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday in reaction against the ruling junta’s decision to ban public protest.

An order by the ruling military junta in Guinea suspended a major collective, National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (NFDC) that has been protesting against it.

According to document signed by Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Mory Condé, “the de facto grouping known as the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution is dissolved” and “this order (…) takes effect from the date of its signature.”

“The country or death!” organizers exhorted the crowd, which was watched over by a small contingent of Belgian police.

The rally demanded the exit of junta leader Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who overthrew former president Alpha Conde in September last year.

“We are going to try and tell authorities here (in the EU) that, no, it’s not working in Guinea, no, there has been treason,” said one Guinean civil society activist, Naby Laye Camara.

“They (the CNRD) haven’t come for democracy, they have effectively come to confiscate power and even the liberty of people,” he said.

The decision to suspend the pressure group has been criticized by the opposition. Cellou Dalein Diallo, who is the main Guinean opponent under former president Alpha Conde, condemned the decision, and rated it “a blow to freedom, justice, democracy and peace” on social networks.

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Somali government receives food aid from UAE as dought worsens

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE), has donated 40 containers of food aid to Somalia as severe drought and famine continue to ravage the Horn of Africa country.

Somali state media which confirmed the receipt of the food aid on Sunday, said the items which also include medical supplies, arrived on Saturday and would be distributed to millions of people who have so far displaced by the drought.

In a handover ceremony that took place in Mogadishu’s seaport, government officials said it received much-needed humanitarian assistance from the UAE in the presence of senior Somali government officials.

UAE Ambassador to Somalia Mohamed al-Othmani, who spoke at the handover said the food supplies include more than 1,000 metric tons sent by the UAE Red Crescent, meant to help Somalia fight the drought that has devastated the country.

“We are handing over a thousand tons of aid to the Somali government. You know that earlier this year the UAE donated 35 million Dirham, $9.5 million, to the Somali government,” al-Othmani said.

Somalia’s state Minister for the office of the Prime Minister, Hirsi Jama Gani, who spoke on behalf on the government, said the country welcomed the assistance and thanked the UAE for helping Somalia’s drought relief efforts.

“We thank UAE for this and previous assistance meant to help drought-affected people. We know the situation that our people are in who are in a middle of drought and calling other parties and Somalis to join the efforts to reach people in need,” Gani said.

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