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Rebels slam UNAMID commander for remarks on war in Darfur

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August 27, 2009 (LONDON) — Rebel groups dismissed today remarks made by the outgoing chief commander of the hybrid peacekeeping force (UNAMID) who said today that Darfur is no longer in state of war.

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General Martin Luther Agwai, Force Commander of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) (AFP)

The outgoing commander of the UNAMID, Martin Luther Agwai, told reporters that the six-year armed conflict in Darfur has turned into "very low intensity" clashes and banditry.

"You see, the causes of the conflict in Darfur have changed completely. If war is a conflict whereby today you attack and then go back home and stay until three, four, five months and come back... If that is a definition of war then there is a war in Darfur"

"But if that is not the definition then there is no war as of now in Darfur," said Agwai.

The Nigerian officer, who is replaced by Rwandan Patrick Nyamvumba, has been today awarded by the Sudanese President of the Nelein Order (first class) in recognition of his efforts in Darfur peacekeeping mission.

Agwai remarks angered Darfur rebels who rejected it and agreed that the outgoing top military commander have avoided to deal with his failure to protect civilians and to quell attacks against the internally displaced persons in the troubled region.

Abdel-Wahid Al Nur the founder of the rebel SLM said Agwai statements are a remake of what President Al-Bashir had asserted in the past. He further added that this war is not over because there are people who were killed and others who are settled in their homeland.

"If he is telling the truth I need to know why there are millions of IDPs in Darfur camps" he stressed.

Ahmed Hussein Adam, the official spokesperson of Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said they reject "these misleading statements." He further regretted that a "UN official who is supposed to observe neutrality makes such biased remarks."

UN experts say the fighting in Darfur between Sudanese army, pro-government militias and Darfur rebels has killed 300,000 people and made over 2.7 million homeless. Sudan says the figures are much lower and indicate some 10,000 victims.

Appointed in 2007, during the two years Agwai organized the transition from the African Union mission to the UNAMID. He worked hard in 2008 to persuade Khartoum to accept the non-African troops in order to enhance the capabilities of the peacekeeping operation.

Adam said the general Martin tries to mask his failure to protect Darfur camps residents and to restore security. He also said the killing of dozens of civilians in Kalma camp last year and the recent killing of a local camp leader in Abu Shouk proves the failure of UNAMID in this respect.

Al-Nur said general Agwai statements prove the frustration of the peacekeeping mission adding that this UNAMID is not able to protect Darfur civilians or defend itself. However he said the "UNAMID mandate is to blame for this failure."

"I wished to hear Agwai commenting on his two-year mission and asking to change its mandate." Nur said.

JEM spokesperson Ahmed Hussein Adam said these statements provide Khartoum a political cover to continue its crimes against civilians. Further, he said it would encourage Khartoum to be reluctant to achieve peace.

He asked why these statements and at this particular moment. He urged UNAMID chief commander to withdraw his remarks. "It seems that there are attempts to liquidate Darfur issue," he concluded.

Rodolphe Adada, outgoing head of UNAMID, speaking to Agence France Presse, said today that his soldiers have ended the massacres that long plagued the Sudanese region.

"I would like to be judged, for UNAMID to be judged, on the number of deaths in Darfur," since January 2008, the date of the force’s deployment in western Sudan.

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  • 28 August 2009 09:07, by oshay

    The truth is the truth, all the so called rebels who live in the posh Paris hotels now face eviction since the war is officially over.

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    • 28 August 2009 10:39, by Kani

      I am wandaring of what mr Luther has said, becouse a lop UN personal like Luther suppose not to like, if some body like you is laying what shall the poor people do? sham of you man.
      Your Mission is to protect our marginalize people in Darfur but not contribute in killing them.

      I would like to comment on what mr.oshy has said, i would like to ask you man what true do you know? you are bline man please be silence do not warse your time, becouse you are born bline and you will never see again.

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      • 28 August 2009 11:32, by Leo Abi

        It’s no doubt that this statement comes from a mouth an African peaceskeeping Commander of UNAMID. This can just be the same case with the African States meeting in Liya where people’s mouths are tune by money to yes. In this case only patriotic people like the Botswanan gov’t can see the truth.

        Today if Mr. Luther was not seeking the evil approval of the Sudan gov’t, then it must be the aproval of their money that can make him settled for the rest of his life and that of his decendance.

        It takes a spiritual heart for a man dealing with NCP to tell the truth. Our brother Luther would have fallen a prey of this devil. He needs more prayers to open his eyes and mind to tell the truth.

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        • 28 August 2009 13:52, by DASODIKO

          What do you expect from the corrupted Nigerians to reward people of Darfur? The Darfur Peace Agreement was their out product men!
          Ask the IDPs the most corrupted among the peacekeepers in Darfur are them. Ask any one pleassssse’ Agawi you go to hell with the blood money you recieved from NCP for this statement.

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          • 28 August 2009 16:57, by Bureaucracy

            Nigerians beginning with Obasanjo,Agwi and Oshay must to be separated for their being perpetrators on violent as you know the history on Nigeria (about Muslims and Christianity)

            I insist on saying, if freedom is wanted in Sudan at large,do the following:

            Kill Bashir, arrest Dr Lam, punish Dr.Machar,suspend Gen. Kiir and Change Dr.Khalil of Darfur, And chose the following listed leaders.

            Pagan Amuom, Nhial Deng,Husen el Truabi,James Kuoth,Oyai Deng,Al-Nur of Darfur,and Wani Iga.

            There will never be further war again !

            Ask me how I could Organize them one after an other and why I chose them ,soon you will get the definite answer.

            watch at.

            AMAN OF ONE TONGUE AND ONE PARAGRAPH.

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            • 28 August 2009 19:29, by Adwok Mark

              Hi Beaurcracy,you are not far from the truth. But that will not work because you will tuch the wound. The Darfur rebels fuctions are so disorganised that it is hard to help them. They need to get united so that they talk with one voice which can be haerd by the international body. It will be very hard for government of GOSS to help them if they are still in different groups. Those who are allice with the north will be disappointed come reforandum 2011. And those corrupt men in GOSS, their riches will be investigated one by one those found guilt their properties will be taken by the GOSS government with no compromise.

              Adwok.

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