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Sudan’s president declares emergency in Blue Nile, sacks governor

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September 2, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir has declared a state of emergency in the Blue Nile State and dismissed its governor Malik Agar amid reports of aerial bombardments and concomitant displacement in the unrest-hit region.

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Sudanese army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad speaks to reporters about the clashes between the Sudanese army and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Blue Nile in Khartoum September 2, 2011 (Reuters)

Al-Bashir further decreed the appointment of the commander of Sudan’s army (SAF) base in the Blue Nile’s capital al-Damazin, Major General Yahya Mohamed Khair, as a military ruler of the state.

The announcement follows the eruption on late Thursday of clashes in the Blue Nile between SAF and the armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) which is chaired by Agar who was elected governor of the state in the country’s elections of April 2011.

The warring sides traded accusations over who started the fight. The SPLM-N’s secretary-general Yasir Arman, speaking to Sudan Tribune on Friday, said Sudan’s army instigated the clashes by attacking the SPLM-N’s Joint Integrated Units under the command of Jondi Suliyman as well as the residence of Agar.

Speaking over the phone to Sudan Tribune from an undisclosed location on Friday, Malik Agar chided the Sudanese army for the attack it launched in his state, saying he was in a state of “self-defense.”

In the meantime, Sudan’s army said that SPLM-N forces carried out attacks in Al-Damazin and more than four areas in the vicinity.

According to the army official spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad, SPLM-N was mobilising its forces to launch coordinated attacks on a number of army units. He added that the army was able to vanquish the assailing forces.

“What happened was expected and what Agar is doing was nothing but a desperate attempt,” Sa’ad said.

The spokesman further said that SAF had asserted control over the situation and all parts of the state, calling on the state’s youth to hunt down the “rebel” forces of Agar.

In contrast, Agar told Sudan Tribune that the Sudanese army was the one who instigated the fighting by attacking the positions of SPLM-N’s troops and three vehicles carrying a number of SPLM-N military commanders who were leaving Al-Damazin en route to Al-Kurmuk town in the state.

He said that the fighting had lasted for a quarter of an hour before SPLM-N forces withdrew. Agar said that the state in the past period had been under growing tension due to the intensive military deployment of Sudan’s army.

The governor went on to accuse Sudan’s army of carrying out aerial bombardments in an area within Al-Kurmuk town.

Agar pointed out that the SPLM-N had vacated all the positions it held outside the town, adding that they were currently counting the number of lives lost in the attacks.

“If they resort to peace, then welcome, but I am currently defending myself,” he said.

Meanwhile, the clashes had caused waves of displacements in the areas of Sinnar, Wad Alneel and Abu Hajar, according to Sudan Tribune’s sources. The sources said that the eastern parts of Blue Nile were also affected as a great number of citizens fled the clashes and aerial bombardment.

Sudan’s foreign ministry announced that it intends to include the violent events in Al-Damazin to the complaint it lodged to the UN Security Council (UNSC) against the newly established state of South Sudan.

The ministry said it was arranging contact with foreign diplomats and representatives of regional bodies in Khartoum in order to brief them on the situation in Blue Nile.

The Sudanese government this week sent a letter to the UNSC accusing South Sudan of supporting SPLM-N rebels in South Kordofan State which neighbors the Blue Nile.

Both states are part of north Sudan but their population sided largely with the South during the second Sudanese civil war 1983-2005. The SPLM-N, which Khartoum refuses to recognise as a legal political party, was affiliated to the party that rules South Sudan.

Under the 2005 peace deal that ended the north-south war, the two states were supposed to hold “popular consultations” to determine the level of local satisfaction with the implementation of the agreement.

But the vote stalled in both states with South Kordofan descending into violence in early June. The genesis of the ongoing clashes in the two states can be traced back to May’s warning by SAF to SPLM-N to either disarm their forces or deploy to what is now the new country of South Sudan

The SPLA, which is the official army of South Sudan, responded by saying that the units in South Kordofan and Blue Nile are composed of northern soldiers, therefore withdrawing to the South is not an option.

The Blue Nile’s governor told the New York Times (NYT) at the time that SAF has moved “dangerously close” to the bases of SPLA fighters and that he did not think the southern-allied forces would surrender.

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  • 3 September 2011 10:26, by Bush

    War in Darfur, War in South Kordofan and War in Blue Nile states, which is stable now and enjoying some bit of peace, South Sudan or North Sudan? Are they also going to resist for another 21 years?

    The NCP is acting like a mad dog and they deserve to be thrown out of the Sudan, let all those marginalized people in the North Sudan unit and set Khartoum ablaze.

    Long live Malik Agar
    Long live Abdel Aziz Al-Hilu
    Long live Yassir Saed Arman
    Long live SPLM-N
    Fight for your rights, fight for your freedom.

    The people of the Republic of South Sudan will stand by you to the end.

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    • 3 September 2011 10:47, by Mr Point

      In the past year the NCP has seen South leave, taking 38% of the national revenue. North Sudan has huge debts it can’t pay, few international supporters, it is on the USA terrorist list still and its president is indicted by the International Criminal Court. The last thing it needs is a long war it can’t win.

      Now the NCP has created a huge area of "enemy territory" all the way from Darfur to Blue Nile. The army has carried out a surprise attack and attempted assassination of the elected governor. The 3 areas of Abyei, Nuba and Blue Nile that were supposed to get popular consultation in the CPA are now under military and unconstitutional rule.

      It will not be possible to negotiate a peace settlement with a gang that has broken the peace agreement of the past. It will be a war the NCP will lose.

      stupid. stupid. stupid.

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    • 3 September 2011 17:59, by Ayuen deng

      its time for all marginalize poeple in Kordofan,Darfur and now Blue Nile to unite against the oppersive regime of NCP.There must be peace in those three areas.

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    • 3 September 2011 18:15, by Free Zone

      North Sudan,

      Government Will be crackdown very son.Let President barking like dog. He will see.

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  • 3 September 2011 11:50, by Good Citizen

    the whole issue why there are all these wars in S.kordufan, Blue Nile, Darfur,and Eastern Sudan, is the IDENTITY ISSUE. How can these pure Africans be forced to accept being arabs? Yes,some of them are Mulsims but they are genetically and aboriginally AFRICANS.Why force someone to be what he’s not?
    these regions should be appreciated for accepting Islam as their religion of Worship but they should be respected as Africans by keeping their Native Nubian culture / African cultures and Languages.to solve this problem, the country must accept to be a secular state,religion separate from the state/politics.second, theses people of AFRICAN ORIGIN should be given RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION to decide their own fate, to live as Arab Slaves or free citizens in their own country, just the same formula used by south sudanese.this is the reallity that should be accepted. and by default, the Fugitive AL BASHIR, is NEXT on the list of NATO, after THE WORLD’S GREATESTS DICTATOR, MUAMMAR GADHAFI OF LIBYA.SO stay tuned!

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  • 3 September 2011 11:53, by harry

    MAN! fuck United Nation, NATO, and Obama! Fuck Sudanese people too, and death to SAF....It’s become rotten meat now. Every time new excuses from Khartoum while international community is looking...innocents people are dying damn it..Khartoum needs to go for God’s sake..

    Harry,

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    • 3 September 2011 13:06, by akot

      for me, United Nation, Nato, Obama and interatonal community are nothing, only our power is the solution for this, if not Arab will come back to South Sudan gradually.

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  • 3 September 2011 13:35, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This is a war against Black Africa. It is a war engineered by Jallaba to search and own Black African natural resources. It is not different from the war that occurred in South Sudan, Darfur, Kordufan or Eastern Sudan. It is a war for ethnic cleansing, plunder for resources and nothing else. Definitely South Sudan is actually the target by claiming the south is the supporter of the marginalized in Sudan. GoSS must be ready for war or prepare to support the voiceless in Sudan.

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  • 3 September 2011 14:36, by Abyei Soil

    Why? Why? Why Bashir? Why don’t you die today in order for freedom to come to people of Sudan and The Republic of South Sudan?

    I can’t believe that the elected Governor to the office is being dismissed by president in such sequent of political tensions.

    It is now clear African will looks forward to defend themselves and not only that but to claims their rights of being human who can be treated as an immediate citizen or 1st Class Sudanese National (FCSN).

    You keeps pointing your fingers to the Southern direction but I am telling you, one day, your fingers will be cut off and we will see what to do with such human like you Omer.

    I don’t hate you president Al Bashir. You’re my president something you don’t know but I like to see you dead or out of power.

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  • 3 September 2011 14:38, by Waucity

    You people who blame foreign countries, why don’t you judge if it is fair for a country to mess it self up so deliberately like that and blame other nations or leaders, blue nile was peace and until Bashir declare war in it. So, it is upto Sudanese people to stand back and watch things go wrong.

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    • 3 September 2011 16:03, by Abyei Soil

      I respect your views but remember stability in the north is our pride in the South so we can’t wait till things goes worse.

      The bad thing to you is you never reply my question of last month which I even gave you my e-mail address to inbox me. You never do so.

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  • 3 September 2011 17:12, by Jack

    How ironic it is for you to think that you can trust Omar el- Beshir and his men. He is a lion in sheep’s skin, he might smile to you and open is mouth to show his breath teeth. He just do it to make you feel good and calm, but little do you know what motives he has in his heart. It is said, you can not share a den with a lion or snake, or else you’ll turn into ferry. You people find it hard to listen or better yet see what is going. He is nothing else but snake that can scroll beside you and you’ll not notice it movement. The man just visited Blue Nile States few days ago and upon his return he orders for an assault on SPLM-N in El Damazin and on the elected governor of Blue Nile State, Malik Agar. People how dead are you in your brain? And how blind are you that you cannot see an enemy coming toward you ready to kill you. He came to calm you down but the motives of his visit is to cleanse you from your homes. He has no remorse or guilt for killing you while you’ve turn your back. They say if you want to kill your enemy face him or her eye to eye. But yet el Beshir and his men will rather kill you while you are not seeing him coming. Please, let me make myself clear here and I know that you knew Beshir visited Blue Nile State few days ago. So this tells me that he came face to face with his enemy and yet they did not see his motive for coming there at all. Why can you at least open your eyes a little bit and look inside the box of presents for what you were given. It might not be a present but just an empty box to make you feel an urge to stay and welcome your visitor. That’s what el Beshir did to the people of Blue Nile State few days ago, he brought you an empty box of present and inside it was a motive. He came to access the situation first and to find out how weak you are so that he can prepare himself and get ride of you at the end. He just prove it to you by waging a war, although he claimed that there was a break from the fighting for two weeks. He knew that you are so weak and helpless. This is an act and motive of the enemy.

    My people the black African of Sudan it is time that you should wake up and unit yourself together and build an army that can march against the evil government of Omar el-Beshir. See how the people of Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya did it to their evil leaders. Unit I say and claim your land from the intruders who came 50 or 60 years ago and now they claim your land as their. They have seduces you with their fake religion, language, and names to make you feel accepted as one of them but now they have access to all of your possessions and they can’t leave. Do you know why, because you allowed them to deceit you with the religion, language, and names. Didn’t you know that they came ready to mesh up with your minds and to make you feel and think that they are good people but little did you know their intentions for coming? You even let them marry your daughters just for them to mix up with your blood so that they can raise kids in your likeness. This way you can not reject or tell them to go away. Off course, you know very well that a child born between two enemies bring peace and laughter’s. But little did you know why your enemy is laughing. He laugh because he already achieved his goal that is by blinding you to accept and let your daughters marriage them or their sons. Just for them to be able to raise kids through you and tomorrow they’ll have access to all of their lands. They promised themselves long time ago by saying, all those will one day be yours. And this people will not open their mouth against you because you have the right to the land just as they too have the right to it. You gave them a child of your blood, you taught them your religion and language, and you accepted to welcome them to be your equal after all you gave them you’re your names, although you know that you don’t meant it in your hearts. Ah! What an irony that it is my black African, you’ve allowed yourselves to be deceit. You allowed them to makes you feel and look like an idiot. Because you took everything for granted thinking that you are like and yet little did you knows that that was meant just to possessions your lands.

    Just don’t give in yet you have a lot of chances to claim your birth right back from your enemy. Unit my black African with all your hearts and fight the enemy and they will flee and they’ll never look back again. They only threaten you with their mouth just to bring fear in your hearts. It is said, he who talks too much will not be heard, but he who speak only a few word his message will reach the hearts. And it is true you will indeed make your message be heard once you all come together from the south, east, north, center and west, and unit under one leader to face your enemy. You brother from the Beja, Fur, south, and you in the center can make a change and a lasting change for your children childrens to come. You just can’t loose your home to your enemy to sleeps on your bed, while you sleep under the tree. Send them to go back to Turky, Persian, and Arabia that’s where they belong not in Sudan or Africa. They have lied to you about their religion, language, names, and friendship, but these were all based on lie and deceit.

    Long live the Beja
    Long live the Fur
    Long live the Nuba
    Long live south Sudan
    Long live Sudan our mothers land

    Jack

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