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UN chief clashed with Sudan president over Muhajriya attack: report

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February 6, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir refused to heed to a plea by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to stop an army assault on a major town in South Darfur, a senior Sudanese official said today.

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A file photo showing U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon left, and Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir (AP)

The Sudanese defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein said that Ban justified his request by “fears of civilian casualties and among the African Union-United Nations (UNAMID) peacekeepers in the area” the London based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported.

Khartoum has managed to retake the town of Muhajriya after days of clashes with Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), who seized the South Darfur strategic town on January 15.

However following calls from the UN, the African Union and the US JEM decided on February 3, to pull out its troops from the flashpoint town more than two weeks after driven out the former rebel fighters of Minni Minnawi.

Prior to the army attack Sudan asked UNAMID to withdraw from the town but the latter refused and insisted on maintaining a presence to protect civilians.

The Sudanese top military official said that Bashir reacted sharply to Ban’s request during their meeting on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit held this week in the Ethiopian capital.

“He [Bashir] told him [Ban] that we will eject JEM rebels and take control over it [Muhajriya] even if Ban went there himself and took refuge in UNAMID headquarters” Hussein said.

The UN humanitarian coordinator for Darfur said Thursday that at least 30,000 people have fled their homes recently in South Darfur while government forces attempted to re-take Muhajriya.

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  • 9 February 2009 09:13, by wen de kut-ajok

    Dear President Bashier,i definitly solicited your idea keep on my man,you are the only lion who is so brave to defends this country from the western powers who are always after oil and Africans resource.

    Even if the Sudanese refused to stand behind you for fearing Americans and Mr.Ocampo or ICC,you always be at the victory side.

    However, shame on Sudanese who will allowed their rulling leader to indicted.This is personal view.

    repondre message

    • 9 February 2009 10:16, by william wol

      Dear Writer,
      You are so stupid to aired out such a words on helter fasher arrest warrnt, are you realy sudanese nationally? If no please zip in, and if yes what is the difference between life in him and the rest of fellow civilians of this country whom he had conspired, tortured and masterminded to get rid of them from the country?

      The sudanese citizen were been unable to give tit for tat to fasher for his all wrong deeds then God had sent Ocampo to do that on thier behalf.Therefore, you need not to blame the western supper powers childishly before analsying their significant supports to the countries which were residing by terrorist like sudan, Iraq,somali to mention a few. Sorry, your husband fasher seemed to be useless in eyesw of sudanese currently, rgargless of your blindly appreciations.

      William Wol

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    • 9 February 2009 15:58, by Samuel Lwal

      At this big Fool.

      How dare you are to a Islamist,terrorist,dictator and criminal your man. Are you mad or what.Shut up your mouth fool.

      repondre message

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