Home | News    Monday 2 July 2007

Sudan’s Beshir warns against ’Iraqification’ of Darfur

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

July 1, 2007 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir on Sunday warned against an "Iraqification" of the crisis in Darfur saying he would rather export no oil at all than be forced to accept a humanitarian oil-for-food programme.

JPEG - 5 kb
Omer al-Bashir

"We will never accept an oil-for-food programme, even if we have to keep our oil deep in the bowels of the earth," he told journalists, accusing the West of hyping the Darfur crisis precisely because of its interest in Sudan’s oil.

Human Rights Watch has called on the UN Security Council to create a mechanism in Sudan similar to the Iraqi oil-for-food programme set up in 1995 that was aimed at assisting humanitarian needs without allowing Iraq to rebuild its military.

Beshir said that the US — which says genocide is taking place in Darfur — wanted to repeat the mistakes it made in Iraq in Sudan and that current US sanctions against Khartoum would not ease the suffering in the war-ravaged western region.

"The US wants to make mistakes in Sudan in exactly the same way it did in Iraq. They want to commit the same mistakes," said Beshir, who regularly accuses the West of seeking to topple his regime.

The US said in June that the threat of more sanctions against Sudan would only be lifted when Khartoum makes good on its pledge to allow United Nations peacekeepers into Darfur.

But Beshir suggested such threats were counterproductive, asking: "Will these sanctions help Darfur’s displaced leave the camps and find the means to subsist?"

While Beshir has accepted the deployment of a hybrid UN-led peacekeeping force in Darfur, although this has yet to happen, he vowed resistance to any further bid to strengthen the force.

"We will fight against any attempt to impose international or Western forces ... if the West intervenes, we will have the right to resistance," he insisted.

According to UN estimates, at least 200,000 people have died from the combined effect of war and famine since the conflict started in Darfur in February 2003.

Other sources give a much higher toll, but Khartoum disputes the figures, with Beshir insisting that "most of Darfur’s region is safe."

"The situation on the ground in Darfur is improving. Now IDPs (internally displaced persons) are voluntarily returning to their villages," he said.

An under-funded and poorly-equipped African Union force of 7,000 troops in a region roughly the size of France has found itself increasingly overwhelmed and will be beefed up by UN forces.

African countries are expected to contribute more troops to the new force, which is expected to consist of up to 20,000 troops.

The Darfur conflict began in 2003 when ethnic minority rebels rose up against the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum, which then enlisted the Janjaweed militia to help crush the rebellion.

(AFP)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 2 July 2007 14:03, by David Martin

    I think the President is right.Let the humanitarian community not probe into sensitive issues.Like the case of oil for food is like cheating the whole Sudanese community of their rights in having the previlage of the oil though now the oil money is only benefitting few.

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


ARCSS and HLRF: last or lost chance for peace in South Sudan? 2017-12-14 05:02:15 By James Okuk “Tell people in power that something they tried didn’t work as expected” – Peter Ross. “A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation” – Edmund (...)

Response to Bona Malual statements on Abyei 2017-12-11 20:24:24 By Hon Arop Madut Arop As I was reading the last proof of my new book on the Ngok Dinka history, which is currently with the printers, somebody sent me a recorded voice message purportedly given (...)

Is Jieng Council of Elders responsible for South Sudan crisis? 2017-12-10 17:59:57 By Samuel Maker Amuor Silence means acceptance! It takes less than a minute for one to come across Jieng council of elders’ meddle on national affairs as they claim. Either through social media (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


South Sudanese rights group call to release political detainees 2017-12-10 07:50:31 THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: 10 DECEMBER 2017: SSHURSA CALLS ON ALL TO ACTION FOR SOUTH SUDANESE The 10 December usually marks the international human rights day. SSHURSA notes with (...)

Reactions to government agencies’ conspiracy against Greater Bor community 2017-10-08 07:54:31 By Manyok Abraham Thuch & Kuch Kuol Deng A monkey business or a donkey business in the government of the republic of South Sudan against the citizens is unacceptable. Therefore, we as youth (...)

Amnesty calls to release Nubian activists detained over protest for cultural rights 2017-09-12 20:47:54 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 12 September 2017 Egypt: Release 24 Nubian activists detained after protest calling for respect of their cultural rights Egyptian authorities should (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.