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SPLM-N distrusts Al-Bashir’s truce in South Kordofan

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August 23, 2011 (NAIROBI) – The armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) has voiced skepticism in reaction to a truce declared by Sudan’s president Omer Al-Bashir in South Kordofan State, saying the move aims to deflect attention from abuses and an imminent military offensive.

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Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) north’s secretary general Yasir Arman speaks during a joint news conference with Malik Agar, head of the northern branch of SPLM, in Khartoum, July 3, 2011, about the situation in Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile state (REUTERS PICTURES)

President Bashir on Tuesday unexpectedly announced a two-week unilateral ceasefire in the country’s southern frontier of South Kordodon, where his army has been battling SPLM-N fighters since early June.

South Korodofan, which straddles Sudan’s ill-defined borders with the newly independent state of South Sudan, had at least 200,000 of its citizens killed, injured or forced to flee their homes and land as a result of the fighting, according to UN estimates.

In late June, as the fighting intensified and the two sides appeared to be deadlocked in a military stalemate, the SPLM-N and ruling National Congress Party (NCP) signed a framework agreement mediated by the AU High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

The agreement provided for the initiation of ceasefire talks, integration of SPLM-N fighters into the Sudanese army and recognition of the SPLM-N as a legal political party in Sudan.

However, Al-Bashir later withdrew commitment to the agreement and ordered his army to sustain its operations in South Kordofan.

Bashir’s announcement came less than two days since he held a meeting on Sunday with the SPLM-N’s chairman, Malik Aggar, and in the presence of Zenawi in order to discuss revival of peace efforts. The meeting dissolved in disagreement as both sides failed to offer concessions.

Yasir Arman, SPLM-N’s secretary-general, believes Al-Bashir is "not serious" about his truce because he failed to mention this when he met Aggar 24 hours ago.

According to Arman, the meeting failed to yield results because the Sudanese president insisted on rejecting the framework agreement as well as the mediation of the AUHIP chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki.

"This announcement is an attempt to cover up human rights violation, genocide and ethnic cleansing committed by Al-Bashir’s forces in South Kordofan," Arman told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Arman went on to point out that Al-Bashir announced his truce at the same time his warplanes were bombing civilian population in South Kordofan.

Wide-ranging atrocities committed by Sudan’s army and its allied paramilitary forces were documented in a UN report released last month. The report detailed "extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and illegal detention, enforced disappearances and attacks against civilians" in South Kordofan.

The UN said the allegations, if substantiated, could amount to crimes against humanity or war crimes. The Sudan government labeled the report as biased.

The SPLM figure accused Al-Bashir’s government of blocking the flow of aid to the affected population in South Kordofan.

"Al-Bashir is using food as a weapon,” he charged, saying the ceasefire is essentially "a public relations stunt" intended to hoodwink the international community.

The Sudanese president also announced on Tuesday that no foreign aid organization would be allowed to access South Kordofan, dousing earlier agreement by his government to let six UN agencies into the troubled state to assess humanitarian needs.

Arman said that the genuine pursuit of peace in South Kordofan requires that the two parties return to the negotiation table but, according to him, Al-Bashir has ill intentions.

"On the contrary, Al-Bahsir is preparing for a major military offensive in south kordofan and he should not try to deceive anybody," the SPLM Secretary General said. He further stressed that the SPLM was just defending itself and the civilian population in South Kordofan.

He reiterated his movement’s commitment to a negotiated roadmap that accords priority to the conflicts in South Kordofan and Darfur and includes all political parties nationwide in order to create a national consensus.

"We met Al-Bashir and demonstrated our good intentions by supporting the mediation initiative of the AUHIP and Meles Zenawi," Arman said.

"The ball is now in Al-Bashir’s court," he said.

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  • 24 August 2011 10:56, by Mony e Door

    Yes...Never Trust a snake Yasir and Aggar...
    Maintain the momentum and know very well that you have support from other regions.

    South Kordofan,Blue Nile and Darfur are the only avenues we will use to topple the regime in Khartoum.

    Aluta Continua!!

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    • 24 August 2011 11:38, by mohammed ali

      I said before, we will not waste time toppling your shakey quasi-government. We will just watch you dying from hunger, diseas and killing each other untill you finish yourself out of hatred!

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      • 24 August 2011 11:56, by Achiek Alier Jr

        Mohamed Ali,

        Did the war between the Northern led governments against South Sudan finishes us in the last half of a century?. We have already created another Southern Sudan against you and you know exactly what I mean. Peace will not prevail in the Sudan untill South Kordofan and Blue Nile become part of RSS.

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        • 24 August 2011 13:56, by o.a.a

          You have not to be a proud of that war, as both parties are guilty,

          MOre over for blue nile and SK, they have their own decision to be what they want, no need to put yourself in new war.

          War is disaster for all, why you didn’t learn from your fool falts..

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        • 24 August 2011 16:30, by mohammed ali

          People of the BN and south Kordufan donnot want to be part of the South. Southerners living in the north donnot want to go to the south. Those who were intimidated by the Spla to go to the south are dying of HUNGER in hundreds. YOU will never come to the south. You will enjoy your Asylum and die with your hatred alone!

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          • 25 August 2011 01:09, by Yale

            Who told you that? the people of Bn and South Kordufan will not go to the south sudan.The people of Blue nile and south Kurdufan they need to follow their roots.what will make them to go to the north?. The north sudan is for arabs.We are true african.The people of two regions want to follow their people the great south sudan.
            What hunger you said will kill us?.Hunger is not new for us.We survive hunger for 20yrs.What we need in two regions is that, we want to rule by the government of south sudan because we are true african.

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        • 25 August 2011 05:31, by bior angeth

          Nobody eslse rather than Khatoum created the situation in South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Darfur. Those places are facing the samething hapened in the South, nobody eslse came to tell Southerners to fight. They saw injustice being played against them that’s why they rose against it. So no one in the South should say he created the situation in Darfur, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan. Thanks.

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  • 24 August 2011 21:05, by pabaak

    some people like Mohamed Ali still don’t admit the reality on the ground right now, you wake up Ali, the balance of power has shifted already to the marginalize people, even some high politician figures in the north such as Thadic Al mhahdei know that. just live in your wilderness but remember where you came from 15th century ago. because if you don’t accept others people then why marginalize accept others either.

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