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Al-Bashir vows to squash SPLM-N as Sudan’s army says ready to take rebels’ stronghold

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September 4, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – President Omer al-Bashir of Sudan has threatened to quell any military attacks by the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) as the country’s army declared readiness to seize the SPLM-N’s main stronghold in the Blue Nile State.

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Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir waves as he arrives to attend the annual Presidential Ramadan breakfast in Khartoum August 17, 2011.

Sudan’s southern state of Blue Nile on Thursday became the country’s latest flashpoint after Sudan’s army (SAF) clashed with forces of the SPLM-N led by the state’s governor Malik Agar who was elected to his position in April 2010.

As fighting intensified, al-Bashir declared a state of emergency in the state and sacked Agar, prompting the SPLM-N to vow resistance to the ‘coup’ against the elected governor.

Addressing a gathering of political parties’ representatives in Khartoum on Sunday, al-Bashir said that the government had run out of patience in the face of SPLM-N’s provocations.

He claimed that Agar had sought to scuttle the popular consultation vote which the government implemented in the Blue Nile pursuant to the provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

According to al-Bashir, the legislative assembly in the Blue Nile rejected demands of autonomy for the region, adding that the government tried not to replicate the scenario of South Kordofan in Blue Nile.

He told his audience that the government was exerting efforts to help those affected by the events in the Blue Nile and “purge it of outlaws.”

Addressing the same gathering, Sudan’s minister of defense Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein claimed that SAF had asserted control over several areas, including the vicinity of al- Rosieres Dam which accounts for nearly 50 percent of the production of electric power in the country.

The commander-in-chief of SAF in the Blue Nile, Yahia Mohamed Khair, who was appointed as a military ruler, said that the army assumed control of the situation in all fronts. He added that the army had managed to secure the state’s capital al-Damazin and was now ready to retake Al-Kurmuk town which is the mainstay of the SPLM-N.

Meanwhile, Khartoum announced that 4200 people fled al-Kurmuk and Gisan areas into Ethiopia. The country’s humanitarian coordinator Hasbu Abdel Rahman said that the refugees were now staying in camps along the border areas.

In a related development, the head of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Mohamed Atta visited Ethiopia and delivered a message from President al-Bashir to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

According to the Sudanese Media Center (SMC), a website run by the NISS, the letter briefed Zenawi on the situation in the Blue Nile.

It is to be noted that the Ethiopian Prime Minister had led efforts to reconcile the SPLM-N and the government. Zenawi arrived in Khartoum last month and moderated talks between Agar and president al-Bashir but the talks failed as both sides remained inflexible.

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  • 5 September 2011 11:50, by Bush

    Don’t boast around Al-Beshir, your day will come one day, even those who ruled more than you and have stronger power than you fall into the hands of the world.

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  • 5 September 2011 12:53, by Nhom wadit

    ooooooooooooooooooooooo Omar Albiskir is going soon he is just making nonsenses. us administration together with ethiopian admin. will remove him.
    Governor Malik Agar is elected leader so there is no way of removing him if he is to be removed then it is illegal.
    thanx

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  • 5 September 2011 14:16, by philipdit wol

    Hi Bashir this is not a time for threatening .The time is almost for you is near to comes please today is not like previous time and remember not everyday is Sunday.

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    • 5 September 2011 15:10, by Board1

      It has becomes the war between black African chistians and Arab muslims. buying missiles from North Korea will not solve ongoing wars in Sudan. the west and the UNSC should eccept the call by rebels to no-fly zone. why to Lybia alone and not to Suanese people being kill dayly?

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      • 6 September 2011 08:57, by Matung Neng-neng

        I think you protesters don’t understand, US Govrnment your source of reliable has problem, cannot make decision to defeat the President of Sudan at this time because US wish the Nuer man to go back home then US control Sudan. This will be the time where you protester guys will success. If you protesters want to copy the criminal action did by NATO where these international body create or moblized civilian of Libya to make revolution, you are not going to success before await time. I wish the President of Sudan too to get well prepared before awaiting time come and get ready of all potential dangers which are laying around there. Anyway, I wish you the Sudanese people think responsive not to destroy peace and your economic. If it is time for us to divide our country into many pieces, fine! we can also do it peacefully, no need to rush. Ok? (you must understand UN is not helping refugee like before and ressettlement too to North American had been ceased after USA incident on Sept 11, I wish you think responsively not to destroy your home.)

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  • 5 September 2011 22:38, by Cadaai ?o?

    Historian and Identity Advocacy View:

    These regions need mutual respect from NCP when it comes to theirs Histories and Identities of origins. Because these regions are mostly having different backgrounds from the rests f the North Sudan. In my view, it is not a good way NCP to force them against theirs wills.

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