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US gives Sudan 30 days to settle the issue of aid group expulsion: report

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April 8, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – The US government wants Sudan to accept a proposal to resolve the gap left by Khartoum’s decision to expel more than a dozen aid groups from Darfur, according to a newspaper report.

The London based Al-Hayat newspaper said that US special envoy to Sudan J. Scott Gration laid down the proposal during his talks in Khartoum which he said he expects a response to them within a month time.

The report said that the special envoy proposed allowing some of the expelled aid groups or replacing others with international NGO’s that posses the sufficient experience and can be trusted by donors.

He also called for Khartoum to lift obstacles and red tape facing humanitarian work.

If Sudan accepts and implements the offer then Washington will resume dialogue with Khartoum on normalizing relations which was suspended last June under former US administration.

Gration began a week-log visit that took him to Darfur and Southern Sudan where he met with officials in the respective regions.

Speaking at a press conference today, the US official said he found situation in the IDP camps in Darfur “better than what he expected” though he said some camps are in desperate need of water and healthcare.

He urged Sudan to work hand in hand with the international community and NGO’s to find ways to improve life of Darfuri refugees and called for “creative” ideas in this regard.

Gration said the humanitarian situation in Darfur, ceasefire and repatriation of displaced population is a priority for Washington along with the implementation of the North-South Comprehensive peace agreement.

He called on all parties to work on creating a conducive environment for the upcoming elections in February 2010 and the referendum in the South scheduled for 2011.

The Sudanese presidential adviser said after his meeting with Gration, that he is hopeful that the US envoy’s visit would be the beginning of fruitful dialogue between the two sides and vowed that his government will do everything possible to further bilateral ties.

Gration also met with Sudanese foreign minister Deng Alor and said afterwards that the talks were “constructive”.

The US said that he briefed the Sudanese foreign minister on the results of his visits to Darfur and Juba, the capital of southern Sudan, as well as Abyei, a disputed area between northern and southern Sudan.

Gration was briefed earlier by Sudanese armed forces on the security arrangements in Darfur as well as South Sudan.

The pro-government Sudanese Media Center (SMC) cited the deputy chief of staff Majzoub Rahma as saying that Gration requested the meeting to get current on the details of security protocols included in the CPA and the Darfur Peace Agreement signed in 2006.

The US envoy appeared to be taking a more conciliatory tone with Sudan since taking office and have said that he wants to work on improving the thorny relations between the two countries.

He said that he came “with my hands open” and hoped that Sudan’s government will respond “with a hand of friendship,” saying that “like all my American colleagues, Ana Ahib Sudan,” or “I love Sudan.”

The remarks signaled a shift in policy from the confrontational tone of the Bush administration particularly over the issue of Darfur.

The US and Sudan have a long history of strained relations. In 1997 former president Bill Clinton imposed comprehensive sanctions on Sudan and designated it as a state sponsor of terrorism.

The sanctions were later expanded and stiffened by subsequent US administrations. Moreover the US military launched a rocket attack against a pharmaceutical plant in the Sudanese capital suspected of manufacturing lethal nerve gas.

Relations further worsened over the Darfur conflict which Washington labeled as ‘genocide’ in 2004.

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  • 9 April 2009 09:28, by Zol Waskan

    Zol waskan,
    The decesion from the speacial envoy to sudan is extremely welcome,that is the only the way to put pressure on khartoum regime,or else they will face consequences.

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    • 9 April 2009 10:41, by Gatwech

      An alarm!

      This is how the American government starts its military interventions with slow gear as if they will not reach very tough climax. If Khartoum understands or knows US tactics of military interventions, they better respond positively to aid organizations return, Darfur peace process and full implementation of the CPA.

      Otherwise, don’t get surprised that the 30 days ultimatum may gradually lead to more confrontations that would reach the level of the Iraq crisis. You may see American and British troops patrolling the streets of Khartoum. Bashir can find himself in the shoes of Saddam Hussein. Open your eyes Khartoum and do the right thing.

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  • 9 April 2009 09:33, by Busta

    Dear Bashir,

    Do you know what 30 days mean? If you don’t know then wake up and confront US before they come here and get you by force.
    Wish you success!

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    • 9 April 2009 10:36, by Gatwech

      This is how America starts its military interventions with slow gear as if they will not reach very tough climax. If Khartoum knows US tactics of interventions, they better respond positively to aid organizations return, Darfur peace process and full implementation of the CPA.

      Otherwise, don’t get surprised that the 30 days ultimatum may lead to more confrontations that would reach the level of the Iraq crisis. You may see American and British troops patrolling the streets of Khartoum. Bashir can find himself in the shoes of Saddam Hussein. Open your eyes and do the right thing.

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      • 10 April 2009 19:03, by kuc thon

        Dear Mr.Bashir.
        can you kindly understand this 30 days American are talking about therewise get up from sleeping and see it by your eyes before American comes and tak you to the ICC again can you re-called back the Aid Agencies again to darfur region fore those who are realy suffuring so that you right thing .
        Kuc

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        • 11 April 2009 19:32, by Mareng Akol Mareng

          Thanks you United States for Pressurising Bashir to re-allow 12 agencies which were expelled by Bashir during the time when he was given an arrest warrant.I hope ICC’S vision of aresting Bashir is still prevailing.

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