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Sudan rejects US conditions for debt relief, slams Washington’s policies

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February 20, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government on Monday rejected the conditions attached by the United States to cancelling all of Khartoum’s $2.4 billion debt owed to it.

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Haj Magid Siwar, the head of the political mobilization bureau at Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) - Al Ahram Al Youm newspaper

The debt relief proposal was submitted last week by US president Barack Obama to Congress as part of his 2013 budget. But for Sudan to take advantage of the offer it must follow through on all remaining items of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) particularly with regard to post-secession negotiations with South Sudan.

Khartoum must also satisfy US Congress requirements including upholding human rights and fighting terrorism.

Haj Magid Siwar, the head of the political mobilization bureau at the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in Khartoum, said his government does not accept the US calling for allowing aid groups into rebel-held areas in South Kordofan and Blue Nile in return for debt relief.

He said that Washington has been dealing with Khartoum in a lot of “fooling” which led to the Sudanese government not trusting any of the promises put forward by successive US administrations on lifting economic sanctions and removing the country from the list of states that sponsor terrorism.

Siwar downplayed visits by US officials to Khartoum including congressmen saying it is not new for US administrations “which disclaims all its political and ethical obligations”.

“If America is willing to improve relations with Sudan then we are more willing but we will not respond to lobby pressures and lobby groups” he said.

Last week, the Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti said his country’s relations with the US are not able to progress because of divide between the administration and lobby groups.

Karti stressed that Obama has adopted a policy seeking normalisation with Sudan but pointed out that US advocacy and lobby groups which harbour enmity towards Khartoum are actively working to undermine the administration’s approach.

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  • 21 February 2012 08:16, by Kuer Dau Apai

    Obama has something to deal with for now and those were the exact attitudes that letting South Sudan be better of-self-ruling than jointly with the North Sudan.

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  • 21 February 2012 08:36, by wad balad

    Im glad to see the goverment change its approach in dealing with the US. It has become a habit for the US goverment to not hold its side of the deal simply because it doesnt see the need too. If we utilize our resources and concentrate on our internal affairs we can soon payback the US debt.

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    • 21 February 2012 08:42, by wad balad

      Now the goverment is finally on the right track by focusing on agriculture, Industies and mining. And we say better late than never. With the help of friendly contries we can develop our resources and realize our potiential. But be aware of the US and the like’s. The US envoy is an envoy of deception.

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    • 22 February 2012 00:39, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Wad Balad,

      First, Khartoum should pay back 2.4 billions to United States. Second cut relationship with the US. Facts, Khartoum can not afford to terminate relationship with the United States, because it will means doom for Khartoum imbeciles. Lastly, there has been lots of noise coming out of Khartoum. It’s a diversion to it’s citizens.... confuse the population how bad the economy is.

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  • 21 February 2012 08:39, by choldit

    African countires should start think of what they want to achieve in any war they intend to fight b4 they start war. Sudan has lost 2.6billion from its deal with South Sudan over Abie. Today it reject 2.4 billion offer of debt relief from USA just to honour its signatures on num of deals it made with South Sudan, USA, and with itself. Just to get what?

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  • 21 February 2012 12:16, by morogot batal

    wad balad yatuu
    you realy shown to the world that the system of your governant is only to murder your own citizens.ameria is only calling for way of giving food to your citizens that are sufering.why do you want to be pay on that?let arrabs dogs listen this very well for you to kep on runing after the criminal while they want to finish you.to hell with you if you dont stand together to fight arabs

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  • 21 February 2012 15:42, by wad balad

    morogot,

    u r naive if u think the US goverment is concerned and busy in the white house figuring out who is hungry and how to feed them.
    And talking about systems my friend, u have ur system and i have mine. Dont complain about something u have nothin to do with.

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  • 21 February 2012 20:24, by panom lualbil

    It’s better khartoum borrow billions from S Sudan pays USA its debt $$$ it owed, for ’an agreement of $1 fees per barrel using pipeline till zero due.’ Otherwise, being retorted toward paying USA’s debt will result by paying highest prices and in risk too. Nices being financed paying greedy RIEK MACHAR causing troubles 2 his ppl but paying it is ass now.

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  • 21 February 2012 21:12, by Elijah B. Elkan

    Mr. Haj Magid Siwar,

    With all due respect to you Siwar you’re a total moron. United States had bombed you capital Khartoum, and they will do it again. Reject the United States offer, that is a joke. Inbreeding in Khartoum is taking it’s toll. There are too many idiots in the government. Sudan broke up because inbreed don’t know how to govern. Bashir must hang.

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    • 22 February 2012 02:06, by panom lualbil

      HEY JOHN, I should have responded 2 ur question on last topic-’TURABI AGAINST khartom’ but I was nervously failed to read it. Because of: 1 explain ur ROLL. 2 Killing millions IT’S citizens and must hang. Particularly ’ROLL, and IT’S’ plus much more I cant really figure out what it means. But Iam so sorry brother.

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  • 22 February 2012 01:14, by panom lualbil

    I didnt understand what this guy talking about. Is that something to freak out if somebody doesnt wants to pay his debts. Also repetition, ugly tone, misusing of words, cursing without reasons, through all his notes is what got me fuck up. Maybe he just impatently rush to something b4 thinking.

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