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Sudanese army and SPLM rebels clash in South Kordofan

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June 21, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese troops and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) rebels clashed last Wednesday in South Kordofan village of El-Fragil west of Dilling.

Due to the rainy season which hampers the movement of troops, the violence decreased recently in the region. Also there is no new political development to break the deadlock over possible talks between the two sides.

However, SPLM-N spokesperson Arno Nuguthulu Lodi said their troops captured El-Fragil stressing that their forces advance towards Dilling one of the big towns in the troubled state.

He said their fighters inflected heavy losses on the Sudanese soldiers captured seized a number of weapons other military equipment.

Sudan Armed Forces spokesperson Al-Swarmi Khalid, confirmed the clashes but he dismissed the rebel statement saying the army cleaned up the area of SPLM-N rebels.

"What happened is that the Sudanese Armed Forces evicted the rebels from the Mountains surrounding El-Fragil area" Al-Sawami said; adding they killed tens of rebels and captured their equipment.

The thousands of civilians fled the region following the start of hostilities between the two sides since one year ago. Un agencies and aid groups established camps in the neighbouring state of South Sudan to receive the Sudanese refugees.

Khartoum, however continues to deny humanitarian access to the SPLM-N held areas in the Nuba Mountains as the UN supported by the African Union and the Arab league formulated a tripartite plan to bring humanitarian assistance to the restive state.

Following a meeting with Ali Al-Za’tari UN Resident and ?Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Sudanese undersecretary at the foreign ministry Rahmat-Allah Mohamed Osman said his country has some reservations on this plan.

In a statement to the official SUNA on Thursday, the Sudanese diplomat said the government has shown a number of observations on the Trilateral Initiative for the humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

He added that some parties seek to amplify the (bad) image of the humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states for their own purposes.

Khartoum recently accused SPLM-N rebels of organizing recent massive arrival of refugees to put pressure on the international community to act against Sudanese government. But Malik Agar, SPLM-N leader, denied such allegations.

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  • 22 June 2012 10:51, by Thorbanat

    Khartoum will never accept any defeat. Khartoum is poised to loss to the SPLM-N because there is no military solution in any arsenal confrontation.

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  • 22 June 2012 13:12, by Marolditapei

    South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission or SSAC was purposely erected to advance the means of stealing. SSAC was erected to cover up corrupt lords and to keep them in positions of power. If the president does not name all the 73 corrupt workers within a month or less, then SSAC exists for no other reasons rather than to advance corruption. SSAC is an ENGINE of corruption itself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 22 June 2012 18:06, by Nubian King

    Defeats both from in and outside, bankrupt & corrupt state, one of the top failed states and we continue inflicting them heavy loses in Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile and Darfur. Time has come for the wrong government to go and face charges at the Hague.
    Things are really unfolding so fast and I can’t wait to see Bashir and his panel of killers go and account for their crimes.SPLM-N OYEE! ALHILU OYEE!

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  • 22 June 2012 19:48, by E. Defense Forces
    • 23 June 2012 01:23, by zulu

      When power is concentrated in the hands of so few (essentially, President Bashir and his immediate inner circle), government falls victim to their whims, appetite or – in this instance – old age, fatigue and incompetence. Despite the crackdown on demonstrators, the government’s public tone has been more conciliatory and less confrontational than the norm, the vice-president even daring to utter se

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      • 23 June 2012 01:26, by zulu

        — sntiments about voluntarily stepping down before being forcibly removed.Although there is still no mass mobilisation, this is not out of active support for the government. Widespread resignation is beginning to change into scepticism, an increasing awareness that the government might not be in full possession of its authoritarian faculties.

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