Home | News    Monday 25 May 2009

Activists protest at White House ahead of Senators’ arrival in Khartoum

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

May 24, 2009 (WASHINGTON) – Dozens of US activists and members of the Sudanese diaspora marched in front of the White House on Friday just days before two members of the US Senate arrived in Khartoum to meet with top aides of President Omer Al-Bashir.

Protestors held signs saying “Save Lives Now”, “El Bashir & NCP to ICC”, “Restore Aid Now,” and “End the Genocide.”

The activists believe that the Government of Sudan is responsible for attempting to eliminate three ethnic groups in western Sudan, where violence has caused roughly three million people to flee their homes, according to UN agencies operating in Sudan and Chad.

William Deng, of the Southern Sudan Project, said he voted for Barack Obama because of his position on Darfur but is disappointed that the President has done nothing for Darfur.

Coincidentally, a simultaneous protest was being held by members of the Tamil ethnic minority of Sri Lanka, where a humanitarian crisis has been unfolding as government forces sought to crush the last fighters of the so-called Tamil Tigers.

Participants were invited to join a discussion afterwards at a nearby policy institution. Speakers included William Deng, Niemat Ahmadi of Save Darfur Coalition and Omer Ismail of Enough Project.

SENATE DELEGATION ARRIVES

Two members of the US Senate, Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia, and Senator Robert Corker of Tennessee, arrived in Khartoum on Sunday at noon for two day visit.

The official SUNA reported ahead of the visit that the Republican Senators will meet with the senior figures of the Sudanese government, including 2nd Vice President Ali Osman Taha, Senior Presidential Assistant Nafi Ali Nafi, and Presidential Assistant Ghazi Salaheddin.

Corker is deputy chairman of the US Senate Subcommittee on African Affairs, and his visit follows that of the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator John Kerry.

According to the government agency, they will also call on the National Security and Intelligence Director, Gen. Salah Abdalla Gosh, who visited the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Virginia in 2005.

Corker in a statement at the airport referred to the close cooperation between his country and Sudan with regard to the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and holding of the coming elections.

"Senator Isakson also said that he is visiting Sudan for the first time, hoping that Sudan and the United States would be able to surpass the differences facing normalization of the bilateral relations,” stated SUNA.

The visit comes as the US State Department seeks to energize a peace process for Darfur and pressure rebel groups into talks with the government.

(ST)

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.
  • 25 May 2009 09:05, by Toposa Boy southerner

    People of Sudan will never let you normalise your sick relation with evil regime in Khartoum

    Obama Osama useless evil Muslim want to destroy Sudanese’s

    Democrat are the worse party in USA they just like Dinkas who are after money and food

    solution to the problem of Sudan will not be resolve by Obama Osama government

    repondre message

    • 25 May 2009 12:53, by Dengtaath

      Obama is a world’s leader, politics that includes sudan, he need to be very careful about it. The move between USA and sudan which is now describe as bilateral relation, is more damaging to the sudanese who have already suffered from Khartoum regime.

      I wish him to think more than is doing now.

      repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

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


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


UNAMID’s failure forces and the issue of security in Darfur 2014-08-01 05:51:58 By Eric Reeves July 31, 2014 - The failure of the UN/African Union ("hybrid") Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has become overwhelmingly conspicuous. The evidence of incompetence, ineffectiveness, (...)

Peace is only ultimate choice to end violence in South Sudan 2014-07-31 08:18:49 By Peter Gai Manyuon June 30, 2014 - In South Sudan, when once talk about peace and harmony, some people who are enemy of peace and reconciliation will begin analyzing in different ways. Before (...)

How pursuit of good life dominates ethical conscience in Africa 2014-07-27 05:03:47 By Francis Ayul Yuar July 26, 2014 - Looking at the African Continent, my country in particular within this critical time of post independence political and ethnic’s violence, one’s mind wondered (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


Memory, healing and transformation in South Sudan 2014-07-23 05:55:08 Memory, Healing and Transformation in South Sudan A Working Paper by David K. Deng July 2014 Contents Introduction 1 What is memorialization? 2 Timing 2 Risks 3 Principles 3 Integrity 3 (...)

South Sudan: Independence Day marred by ongoing war crimes and looming famine 2014-07-09 01:39:56 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 8 July 2014 South Sudan: Independence Day marred by ongoing war crimes and looming famine · Both sides to the conflict committing war crimes and crimes (...)

UN urged to probe alleged cover-ups and manipulations by its mission in Darfur 2014-06-26 05:40:52 Strengthen Peacekeeping Mission’s Rights Reporting, Civilian Protection (New York, June 25, 2014) – The United Nations secretary-general should investigate alleged cover-ups and manipulation of (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.