August 7, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – A former governor of Sudan’s southern state of South Kordofoan has launched an initiative to stop the ongoing war there between the country’s army and rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) led by Abdul Aziz Adam Al-Hilu.
- Local residents wait to greet Sudan’s Second Vice President Ali Osman Taha as he visits the city of Kadugli in the state of South Kordofan on August 03, 2010. (Getty)
South Kordofan, which borders the Republic of South Sudan and Sudan’s troubled western region of Darfur, has descended into a state of war since 6 June between Sudan army known as the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and SPLA forces.
Over 72,000 people fled their homes as the fighting escalated into aerial bombardment by Sudan army, according to UN estimates, many others are believed to be killed.
Daniel Kodi, the former governor of South Kordofan and a senior SPLA commander, convened a press conference at Al-Sharqah Hall in Khartoum on Monday and called for an immediate ceasefire and provision of humanitarian assistance in the state.
The veteran politician from South Kordofan’s dominant Nuba population also called for addressing the situation of the Nuba fighters in the SPLA through political and security arrangements.
Kodi reiterated that his initiative was non-partisan and self-motivated whose sole purpose is to bring peace and stability to the people of South Kordofan.
The SPLA general severely faulted Abdul Azizi Al-Hilu for his decision to “ignite” war in the state, adding that the reasons he used for that decision was unjustified and lacking in logic.
Kodi further chided Al-Hilu for what he said was his failure to take the opportunities he had to resolve issues of contention between the two sides through peaceful means and opted for the option of war.
He charged that that this war serves to exploit the Nuba people in service of the agendas of quarters that has no relationship with the area, in a veiled reference to the government of South Sudan.
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) last week issued a press release in which it accused Kodi of collaboration with Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP).
The movement said it would hold a meeting in the coming days to issue a punitive decision against anyone involved in collaboration with the NCP.