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INTERVIEW: Darfur JEM chief determined on regime change; rejects ceasfire

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By Wasil Ali

May 17, 2008 (WASHINGTON) — The leader of a Darfur rebel group that launched a daring attack on the Sudanese capital last weekend ruled out any ceasefire with Khartoum.

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Khalil Ibrahim, the leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) speaks during a meeting with United Nations-African Union Special Envoys for Darfur (Reuters)

"We are not going to stop fighting with the regime. They did not abide by the signed ceasefire agreement and we are not keen to have it now” Khalil Ibrahim head of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) told Sudan Tribune by phone from an undisclosed location in Darfur.

“We will not sign a new ceasefire unless a political accord is signed" he added.

JEM fighters mounted an assault on the Sudanese capital that took the government and international community by surprise. However the Sudanese government repulsed the attack and accused Chad of backing JEM in its attempt.

The JEM chief also lashed out at the international community accusing it of impotence on the Darfur crisis.

“We were waiting on the international community for two long years to put pressure on Khartoum to end the killing and oppression of Darfuris" he said.

“Unfortunately the international community is not serious in pressurizing Khartoum. Some of the world major players have security interests in Sudan while others have oil interests. All of them actually prioritize their interests to the interest and the rights of the marginalized people in Darfur and elsewhere in the Sudan" the JEM leader added.

Ibrahim was likely referring to the US and China as the countries with special interests in Sudan. China is Sudan’s biggest trading partner with huge investments in the east African country particularly in the oil industry.

The veto wielding country has blocked tougher international action against Sudan in the UN Security Council.

The US administration has been the most vocal country on the Darfur crisis and the only country to label it as genocide. However Washington has also maintained strong counterterrorism relations with Khartoum.

Many observers have said that the US counterterrorism cooperation with Sudan is holding back any meaningful action against Khartoum.

Salah Gosh, the head of Sudan’s National Security and Intelligence Service, told the Al-Ahdath daily last October that the cooperation with the US “helped avert devastating measures [by US administration] against Sudan”.

"We are not going to be like the Polisario Front which signed a ceasefire with the Morocco a while back and waited for the international community to achieve some of their political demands" JEM leader said.

Ibrahim also reiterated his determination to bring about a regime change in Sudan despite the casualties inflicted on his forces and vowed to attack the capital again.

"We have just attacked with the third of our troops. It was just a rehearsal for the attacks to come, and we continue to attack till we change this regime. They are not serious for peace. They killed 600,000 during five years and burnt more than 4,000 villages while continuing their violence on the ground after all the human and material losses they caused" he said.

"We have the full capacity to change this regime" he added.

Political Alliance in Sudan

The leader of JEM also called for a large front that incorporates Sudanese progressive forces sharing the same values of social justice with his movement.

"We are struggling for the legitimate political, economic and social rights of the marginalized Sudanese. This is not only about Darfur and we are not fighting to divide the country on religious basis" he said.

Ibrahim also hailed the position of the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) saying they did not condemn his attack on Khartoum.

"We call on the progressive forces, on the top of it the SCP, to reunite their efforts with us to achieve the state of justice and social equality".

The SCP issued a statement after JEM assault calling for a broad national agreement on resolving the Darfur crisis and criticized labeling by Khartoum of the rebel fighters “as Chadians”.

The SCP was the first Sudanese party to sign a political understanding deal with JEM in Asmara by the end of 2004, on the necessary redistribution of wealth and the legitimate demands of Darfur people for the development and political representation.

International experts also say more than 300,000 were killed and 2 million have been driven from their homes by the conflict in Darfur, a region that is roughly the size of France.

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  • 18 May 2008 09:11, by Mabior Ayuen Dengajok

    Now it is easy for Khartoum government to invite Jem leaders for peace talk after a threats carry out by jemism.
    In addition, before Jem conducted their aggressive the Khartoumers do not even bother to engage their minds about Darfur issue.

    Just because the war is getting into their families and children,
    However, peace becomes an option for northern Sudan.
    Northern Sudan government need to be more justice its citizens. In order their innocents Arabs to roam freely in near future, the need a soft policy that will determined their families’ future.
    I would really appreciate what Jemists that told the Sudan tribune.
    “If South and Darfur give up fighting Arabs north I will be only one to fight for my own right and justice”

    By Mabior Ayuen Dengajok/Jangdit

    View online : If there war, there is Peace and If there is peace there is no war

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    • 18 May 2008 11:58, by Charles

      Thank you Khalil,
      You have reasons for fighting. It’s not just a business for other countries to joke with. Continue to fight for the rights of your people. Even if all the Darfuris people die in the war, do not worry, all is blamed on Omer Bashir; he will go to hell in heaven. I wonder for how many times the UN and the international community will just continue to say “we have condemned the action taken by Bashir or the Bashir’s regime

      Khalil needs peaceful means of attaining for peace, but Omer, the terrorist, does not want. Instead he goes and attack the innocent Darfuris, and you (UN and the international community) are just relaxing. Do you think a terrorist can listen to only words such as "condemn"? For what will this word do to him?

      Omer wants to play with you so that you label Khalil as a terrorist yet Khalil is freedom fighter instead Omar is the real terrorist.
      Please if you are really interested in saving peoples’ lives better do now. Get hold of this terrorist and the whole of his regime, then the indigenous and the marginalized people of Sudan will have peace in their own land. Otherwise the issue of Darfur is now boring our ears. We shall be happy not to hear these words "we condemn Bashir’s regime in strong terms" but we shall be more than happy to hear that Bashir is taken for trials and imprisoned for the millions of lives he has killed both in Southern Sudan and in Darfur.

      The author is a Southern Sudanese student in Italy.Reach him at clumago@gmail.com

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  • 18 May 2008 21:09, by Sihs

    KHALIL YOU ARE JUST A DAMN CRIMINAL LIER WHO IS LOOKING FOR POWER , DID YOU FORGET YOUR JIHAD AGAINST THE SOUTH WHEN THE GOVERMENT KIKED YOU OUT , NOW YOU WANT TO REVENGE AND GET UP TO POWER ............YOU A SICK MERCENARY , I WISH IF YOU TRY TO BRING YOU MERCENARIES TO KHARTOUM AGAIN , IT IS SHAME ON YOU ,YOU WANT TO KILL PEOPLE FOR YOUR DREAM OF POWER .
    IF YOU GET TO POWER ,DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO HOLD IT UP???????? THE SAME SENARIO WOULD HAPPEN TO YOU , BECAUSE YOU TAKE IT BY FORCE ...............WHAT STUPID MAN ????????? ALL YOUR GROUP OF MEN ARE EITHER YOUR RELATIVE OR FROM YOUR TRIBE ........ZAGAWA >>>>>> DO YOU WANT SUDAN TO BE PART OF (GREAT STATE OF ZAGAWA) ..... YOU MUST BE DELUSIONAL TO THINK OF THAT .......EVEN IF THE GOVERMENT DOES NOT FIGHT ,WE WONT LET YOU MAKE THIS COUNTRY AS A CHADIAN TERRITORY ......WE WILL FIGHT YOU TO THE END AS LONG AS YOU YOU TAKE YOUR DARFUR MESS TO THE CENTER EVEN IF THOUGH WE DON`T LIKE THE GOVERMENT .....BUT STILL BETTER THEN YOUR TRIBAL MOVEMENT .......WE WILL NEVER BE KINGDOM OF ZAGAWA ..NEVER SILLY KHALIL.

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    • 19 May 2008 04:14, by Moe Montana

      Charles u seem to lack facts and knowledge on Sudan & the north.

      saying: "Thank you Khalil" and "Khalil needs peaceful means of attaining for peace, but Omer, the terrorist, does not want."

      O.k. who attacked who? JEM are also supported by the communists, whom lack religion and faith thus the communists they have not "condemned" them...

      You said: "Do you think a terrorist can listen to only words such as "condemn"? For what will this word do to him?"

      Most African and Arab countries have "CONDEMNED" khalil that COWARD, but like you said do u think khalil the terrorist will listen to words like CONDEMN?

      OMAR AL BASHIER DID A MILITARY COUPE IN 1989, ALSO NOT ONE SINGLE BULLET WAS FIRED, NO ONE WAS KILLED (READ ABOUT IT)!

      KHALIL IS PLANNING TO RULE SUDAN, BUT I ASK HOW IF HE’S KILLED ALL ITS PEOPLE? IS JEM JUST GOING TO RULE ITSELF?!

      JEM IS A BUNCH OF WOMEN IN MENS UNIFORMS, AND WHAT THEY ARE EXPERIENCING IS "THAT TIME OF THE MONTH" i.e. their menstrual cycle (explaining all the mood swings and Emotions)...

      al rasoul sala allahu 3aleyhi wa salam said: "al nisa nagashun 3aglan wa deanan"... i.e. JEM

      JEM ain’t even Sudanese.. Fighting for Chad’s INTERESTS! WEAK LEECHES MAKE ME SICK!!

      SILVAA DO YOUR THING, OMAR BASHIER DO YOUR THING!!

      and any one against SUDAN UNITING, please - GET A ONE WAY TICKET OUT THE COUNTRY... (on Sudan airways, so we can make more money off your anti- PATRIOTIC selves!)

      GOD is love & GOD BLESS...1.

      Mohammed Ahmed!

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      • 19 May 2008 11:27, by Charles

        Do you think Islam is the only religion in the world.Islam which is condemned world wide as terrorist religion.We are not interested in Islam,we have our religion Christianity,the religion for peace well known every where in the world,that is why we fought you for several years until know.And we thought you have changed in your aim of Islamisation yet you are still going ahead,considering those people who are not Moslems unreligious. Let me tell you from now,forget,rub totally in your mind.We are religious.

        There was peace talk schedled recently where each of the two parties,the JEM and the SAF are to suppose to mainatin cearsfire. But unfortunately two weeks ago before JEM attacked Khartoum,Omer attacked civilians in Darfur,killing students and innocent civillians,instead of fighting JEM.And to worsen amtters,he attacked at a time when he was supposed not to fight.Jem was retaliating to that.It was Bashir who started fighting , not JEM.And again,why is Bashir neglecting the Darfuris and other Sudanese? in all aspects,wheather being in politics or developments.Jem is fighting for equality and for his human rights.He has rights to fight for his freedom if the Omer is a dictator who does not listen and does not want freedom.

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