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Sudan’s senior presidential assistant condemns deadly Darfur camp attack

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By Wasil Ali

August 27, 2008 (WASHINGTON) – Sudan’s senior presidential assistant Minni Arcua Minnawi condemned Monday’s raid by Sudanese soldiers and security officers on a refugee camp that killed at least 30 people and injured many more.

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Sudan’s senior presidential assistant Minni Minawi (AFP)

“I strongly condemn this act of violence. This is a big and serious violation of international laws and peace agreements signed” Minnawi told Sudan Tribune by satellite phone from North Darfur.

The former rebel leader also warned of further escalation in violence as a result of the violent incident.

“The situation may well develop into another war. The silence of the international community is a negative signal” he said.

The Sudanese authorities justified the raid by claiming to have received reliable intel about weapons smuggled recently into Kalma camp which is at a strategic position because of its proximity to the Nyala airport and railways.

But Minnawi dismissed the government’s claims.

“I don’t think this is true. These are civilian camps. The people who were killed are civilians; innocent children, women and elders. Clearly they cannot be fighters” the senior presidential assistant said.

Asked about whether he had exact figures for the number of deaths Minnawi said that he doesn’t have any so far and accused Khartoum of trying to cover up the aftermath of the assault.

“The government blocked humanitarian access because they want to hide what they have done” he said.

Yesterday the United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) issued a strongly worded statement condemning the “excessive force” used by Sudanese authorities against residents of the camp.

UNAMID also said that the Sudanese authorities slowed down their access as well as their accompanying medical teams.

Minnawi however criticized the UNAMID forces and described their role as “absent”.

“They [UNAMID] have to protect the civilians” he said.

Minnawi left the Sudanese capital 4 months ago and informally suspended his participation in the government leading to speculations that he defected from the government of national unity.

It was reported at the time that he arrived in the Chadian capital and met with President Idriss Debi. However the former rebel leader firmly denied these reports.

Minnawi stressed to Sudan Tribune that he has no intention of returning “until there is good will from NCP [National Congress Party]”.

He further said that talks between him and Khartoum to resolve outstanding issues are far from complete.

Minnawi also downplayed the ‘People of Sudan’ initiative launched by President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir during his tour of Darfur last month.

“The principle is not bad but other political parties must take the lead on it. The NCP cannot be in charge of it” he stressed.

Asked about his membership in the “crisis committee” established by Al-Bashir to deal with the developments related to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Minnawi said that he will part of it but emphasized that this is a “legal issue”.

“Generally speaking it is a legal issue. But lack of progress on the ground and implementation of DPA makes things more complex” Minnawi said.

The ICC’s prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced in mid-July that he requested an arrest warrant against Al-Bashir.

Ocampo filed 10 charges: three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder. Judges are expected to take months to study the evidence before deciding whether to order Al-Bashir’s arrest.

Darfur rebels groups overwhelmingly hailed the ICC move but Minnawi’s faction has so far maintained silence. In the past the senior presidential assistant said he strongly backs the court.

Two years ago the Sudanese government has signed the DPA with the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) faction led by Minnawi who was appointed as the senior assistant of the Sudanese president in August of the same year.

However, Minnawi’s faction persistently accused the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of ignoring the implementation of the DPA.

UN experts estimate some 300,000 people have died and 2.5 million driven from their homes. Sudan blames the Western media for exaggerating the conflict and puts the death toll at 10,000.

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  • 28 August 2008 06:07, by Moe Montana

    The DPA needs to be implemented c’mooon now!! But it takes TWO to tango! I was on the ground the Gov. is trying and wants peace meanwhile some retarded want to be Freedom fighters are killing their own people and causing HAVOC from France and other place etc. I find it ironic that they get Arms, kill their own people as a means to get media attention. Personally, i think if the gov. attacked civilians it needs to face capital punishment and the same for any want to be freedom fighter as all this tit for tat actions preventing the DPA from occurring!

    What say you?

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  • 28 August 2008 11:14, by gatluak Reat Nhial

    ALL ALONG TEARS WILL NEVER STOP IN SUDAN.
    Darfurians were finish you the international community, what would you not solve ever since , this is not the first time of negotiating any peace talk, resolution. your intervention and consolidation of our community suffering in Sudan can help very soon if you committed to bring comphrensive peace negotiation to marginalised, vulnerable people of Darfur. however, daily killing in Darfur has upset many voices.
    consult Beshire to resolve and bring, sustain the life of such a quarter population remained in Darfur.

    View online : Sudan, s senior presidential assisstant condemn

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    • 28 August 2008 12:54, by Biar-again

      Montana!

      Would you please make your statement clear because it is incoherented, full of faulty parallelism, rambled and ununified? For that reason, it’s ambiguous to the readers. I messed in understanding your statement.

      Minawi!

      The so-called International Community will not help your people and the other marginalized people across the country.Here are the clues;

      1. Mobilize your people including those who are working with NCP for the daily persishing of your people is witnessed/known not only to Darfurian but also to the entire world.

      2.Seek an assistance from all the black people in Sudan especially the original Africans.I Hope every body by nature originated in Sudan is tired of dominant minor Arabs and their oppression.

      3.Apologize to the people of South Sudan for you have been the implementing tools of Arabs policies during the last two decades of the South civil war.

      4. Join those factions now in the bush in oreder to bring an end to the bloody game against your people.

      Lastly, SPLM, Nuba Mountain, and Southern Blue Nile must look into this in not latter than seven days. It was a problem of the South in last 25yrs. Today, it’s the problem of Darfur and eventually will extend their homocidal activities to some other areas. In this regard, it has started now by building up troops in Nuba mountain, that is also another genocide on process making and if people of Nuba mountain are reluctant about this, they will smell it stinky.

      Biar Peter.

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      • 28 August 2008 16:55, by Seer Seer ya BASHIER!

        Me and the brother Montana appear to be the minority on this sight amongst a few others and the southern Sudanese citizens are the majority. In North Sudan we do not have such a racial conscience in mind as we think all men are equal in God’s eyes, we just find it extremely mocking when Christians assume they can change our ways and change an Islamic Arabian country into a fiasco. However i agree with some southerners on how some arabs are racist but again you cannot say its just arabs, southerners do it t convert if not then we still will oo. If they want to befriend us, then please negotiate with us...


        Do You All Understand?

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        • 28 August 2008 17:13, by Samuel Lwal

          Please Mr Beshir to my analysis,the good Arabs are the dead one.Oh we the Southerners we knew since the begining that you are not good people to stay with,you don’t like a black person who has the vision,you only entertain the fools.Since Independent up to date we have no compromise with the damnshit Arabs.YOU MADE US SUFFERED FOR LONG.WHAT GOD’S IMAGE ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT.

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          • 28 August 2008 21:30, by Seer Seer ya BASHIER!

            First of all it is you southerners that assume your better than us. We suffered, you suffered is how i view it and we try to co-operate with your people but they still have that mentality that you bear, in my eyes i think you are a fine black man but you’ve been played a fool and that very thing entertains me sir.

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      • 28 August 2008 16:58, by Samuel Lwal

        Minnawi leave airing nonsense out,it’s yur time to join hands into one powerful faction to considate your struggle against Arabs militias,who are finishing your people.

        Don’t hide and leave your tail on the road side.

        UNITE,UNITE,UNITE NOW WHEN IT’S NOT TOO LATE !!! Is not the matter of condemnation.

        To Nubians,you heard from Foreseeing person, Mr BAIR that Arabs are organising their Forces against you.This is waiting GENECIDE,YOU ARE AWAKE take action now.Don’t be fool again by Arabs.

        I call upon all my brothers and sisters who are using this WEBSITE to keep on holding the Mirror so that SUDANESE people see what they don’t see,right from the TOP LEADERSHIP position to the LOWEST position.
        Thanks GOD for giving us such a time.

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  • 28 August 2008 18:33, by Gatdelha

    what a very sad situation, my heart goes to people of Darfur. I pray for the victims and their loved ones!

    Mr. Minni Arcua Minnawi!!

    what do you expect from the terrorist regime in Khartoum other the blood shed!! your people are weak because of the peole like you who are at peace with the terrorist regime in Khartoum! one hand can’t clap! joint JEM and other Darfuri fighters and become strong again! we will joint you then once we get rid of the cowed who are leading SPLA right now to coordinate the efforts of African Sudanese to liberate and strelize our country from the devil grip of Arab! Long live the unity of African Sudanese. strugle continue!

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