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Sudan’s economic problems tied to Bashir indictment, US envoy says


June 22, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The United State (US) special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Princeton Lyman, has opined that the indictment of President Omer Al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court (ICC) is contributing to Khartoum’s economic problems.

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FILE PHOTO – US Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Princeton Lyman (BBC website)

Sudan’s economy has been struggling with soaring inflation and a depreciating currency since the country lost three quarters of its oil production which was taken by neighboring South Sudan when it seceded in July last year.

The London-based newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported on Friday that Lyman, speaking at the annual conference of the US-Sudanese studies association held in the University of Arizona, said that Sudan had been under US economic sanctions for almost twenty years but Khartoum nevertheless did not change its internal policies and refused to take steps to be integrated into the global economy.

Lyman drew a link between Sudan’s economic problems and the arrest warrants issued by the ICC for President Al-Bashir on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide he allegedly masterminded in the country’s western region of Darfur.

“It [the arrest warrant] hinders the possibility of full cooperation with Western countries and therefore makes Western countries less motivated to provide assistance to Sudan” he said as quoted by Al-Sharq al-Awsat.

Turning to the issue of relations between Sudan and South Sudan, the US diplomat expressed lack of optimism about the future of bilateral relations.

Lyman said that there is a crisis of mistrust between leaders of the two countries, which in his opinion obstructs any efforts to resolve political and economic issues.

The US official suggested that the problems that the two sides are deeply suspicious of each other and each side is thinking of how to destabilize the other if not destroy it.

Sudan and South Sudan today resumed second round of negotiations over post-secession issues under AU mediation in Addis Ababa following a two month hiatus in which the two sides fought a brief war around the oil-producing region of Heglig.

The first round held earlier this month ended without an agreement on security due to disagreements over maps and disputed border regions.


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  • 23 June 2012 11:02, by Dinkawarrior

    The Criminal is on run because everything is getting closer more than before. The Lives of the Sudanese people are no longer in the hand President Leech Bashit.

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  • 23 June 2012 11:14, by Northern Sudanese

    Sudans economic problems are tied to those who stole the land of the red Indians and killed milions of people around the globe vietnam,korea,japan,afghanistan,iraq,palestine ect and are being controlled by zionists.

    Don’t worry USA, your days as Superpower are numbered. China and Russia are currently a big threat.

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    • 23 June 2012 11:58, by Nibs

      Lol!you always blame zionists,let me bring you closer and away from world super powers like USA, Russia and Chania.south sudan,are we not threat to you?we already have anticraft missiles and other sophisticated weapons of mass destrution,bro what do you think about that?scary news isn’t it? When we are mightier you are in big trouble.

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      • 23 June 2012 18:12, by Gule

        Threats to North Sudan does not solve the problem of South, there are many black Sudanese, African people in North, find a workable plan before weapons become your first priority, we saw what violent changes in Libya have done to black African population, they were the first victims. Khartoum can still reform, change policy peaceful. Don’t give the West a chance to interfere in all parts of Sudan.

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      • 24 June 2012 08:10, by Northern Sudanese


        Its hard to speak to an uneducated southerner who doesn’t understand english language. i am sorry

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    • 23 June 2012 13:46, by P.K.M

      North Sudanese, your struggle here now seem to be the last kick of a dying horse, you and your regime seems to be at your last stand to die. This is a sad truth coming to you.

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      • 23 June 2012 18:38, by Gule

        Sudanese youth, all inclusive can resolve the problem. I don’t think language used in here is appropriate, the regime has made many self inflicted wounds, Khartoum is too much Arabized, South is also too dependant on eurocentric ideology which often leads to it being a victim, whichever brotherly Sudanese comes in the North need be partners of all Sudanese in peace. It’s option forward, co-exist.

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      • 24 June 2012 08:12, by Northern Sudanese


        to let you know, these demonstrations don’t represent 30 milion people. In addition, these demonstrations are being led by certain opposition parties of Almahdie and Turabie. if Bashir falls, Almahdi and Turabi aren’t be any better for south sudan.

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      • 24 June 2012 08:15, by Northern Sudanese


        i don’t care about your bible. Terrorists whites of America who stole the land of red indians and being controlled by zionists are coming to an end. there debt crisis are gonna bring your masters down,down,down........

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    • 23 June 2012 14:12, by Guandong

      Northern sudanese.
      Don’t worry USA, your days as Superpower are numbered. China and Russia are currently a big threat.
      ah, ah, ah!!!!
      if this is what you are waiting for, Just you wait, but I know this is the 4th or final power w/c will never be changed by any power until the 2nd coming of God. Dont u read the bible?
      God has blessed SSudan for accepting christianity.

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      • 23 June 2012 17:14, by zulu

        In your dreams. Militarily and diplomatically china and russia will do nothing. It is only US’s expediency that makes those two states to be valued. Otherwise, if US were to act with impunity and disregard just like Bush had been, we will certainly witness another of steps taken to undermine those two.

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        • 23 June 2012 18:20, by Gule

          @ Zulu, I don’t understand where you coming from?, US makes lots of noise, does too much destruction, did bush put food on your plate when he robed Iraq out of it’s oil, killed their leader?. Are you happy with number of Iraqis dieng daily?. Many people in US have no jobs, I am not sure about which US economy you are talking about!. Many people on hand outs in US of Amnesia. Another US militarism?

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        • 24 June 2012 08:20, by Northern Sudanese


          what world are you living in? China’s economy is about to surpass US economy. The US spends much money on war while china spend much money on development. The US has no army which can invade China. The US couldn’t even invade Iraq on its own.

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    • 23 June 2012 18:05, by Gule

      Great points, US is hardly a solution to Sudan’s problems. It is the problem, US has too many vultures that feast on flow of blood in foreign nations, China and Russia move too slow, Arabs, Europeans, be it USA, foreign entities with bad intentions need live Sudan alone, get out of it, Sudanese youth can resolve this crisis, they understand it better. Al Bashir in Hague is another imperialist idea

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  • 23 June 2012 14:03, by Guandong

    If sudan has not to abide with the international laws, its what will lead El-Bashir to the ICC w/c finall result is death. I am hereby calling all the Northern sudanese to hand over criminal bashir to the ICC, n the Oil will be re-opened Bashir is destabilized the truth b/n two countries. thank u

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    • 23 June 2012 18:28, by Gule

      @ Guandong, do you know how much oil is available in world?. Quit saber rattling, South Sudan has many problems that need be fixed, you are poking finger on Khartoum, when Washington is planning to economically enslave South Sudan, Khartoum can retire Al Bashir, many of it’s outdated leaders, problem of S-Sudan is a multi dimensional street, focus on stability. War is when every thing fails.

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