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Sudan’s NCP rejects calls for IGAD intervention in CPA wrangles

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December 2, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan’s dominant party has rejected call by its junior partner to bring the ongoing difference between them on the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

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Ibrahim Gandour (SUNA)

SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum told reporters on Tuesday following a meeting with Sudanese opposition parties members of Juba conference that they might lodge a complaint to the IGAD, which mediated the CPA talks, on NCP slow implementation of the remaining issues related to the democratic transition and the referendum.

"This is totally unacceptable for us to because the Agreement is very clear and has mechanisms for arbitration when there is a dispute," said Ibrahim Gandour, head of the NCP political secretariat on Wednesday.

He also downplayed Pagan’s statement about the deadlock at the joint political committee on the referendum issue describing the remarks of the SPLM official as "talk for media consumption". He further confirmed the continuity of dialogue between the two parties to the peace agreement.

Southern Sudan, according to the CPA, signed between the NCP and SPLM on January 9 2005, in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, is scheduled to vote at 2011 referendum, to either remain part of united Sudan or create an independent country in the South.

But talks on referenda bill between the two peace partners are stalled over the issue of voter turnout. Two weeks ago the First Vice President Salva Kiir Mayadrit said in Paris that negotiations with NCP are on the range of 55%-60%, he further added that SPLM would accept a 55% voter turnout in the 2011 referendum.

Also with regard to the democratic reforms, the Juba conference parties are set to take a joint position next week on their participation in April 2010 elections. The Sudanese parliament did not pass a number of laws before the end of November as they requested on the National Security Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, the Trade Unions Act, the law of immunities, the Law of Personal Status, Press and Publications Law, the Laws of Public Order.

Yesterday they announced they would hold a demonstration on Saturday to protest over this delay.

But Gandour called on the parties who are part of the national unity government – SPLM – to get back to the parliament in order to participate in the discussion related to these laws and to pass it.

The SPLM is boycotting the latest session of the Sudanese parliament since October 19 asking to schedule a parliamentary schedule for the remaining laws.

The SPLM in the past said may times it would ask the IGAD intervention in the slow implementation of a peace deal that it had formally sponsored but was in fact mediated by the US administration.

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  • 3 December 2009 07:51, by Kuer Dau Apai

    The SPLM should continue boycotting the NCP parliamentary debates

    Despite the NCP strong request to the SPLM backing to attend the parliamentary debates, the SPLM party of people should uphold the wise decision taken to boycot the political purpport that misrepresenting the Sudanese interests in the country such as killing Darfurians and southerners and then, sitting in a black-parliament of deceptive agendas. That is the right decision to take as the NCP fails to implement the keys important issues agreed in the CPA. If the NCP is not willing by this time to accept and practically implement urgent need laws such as; requested on the National Security Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, the Trade Unions Act, the law of immunities, the Law of Personal Status, Press and Publications Law, the Laws of Public Order and others before the politically adjourned 2010 Elections and the upcoming Referendum of 2011 then, the SPLM shall better take a risk-decision to announce to the international community that South-Sudan becomes a self-governing country.

    A warning alarm bell to the southerners, the Arabs of the Addis-Ababa agreement are the same Arabs of the so-called CPA of Kenya Nairobi. From the Day one, we do not trust Arabs to implement the entire agreed topics during the peace-talk. They have even done enough to offer the just name position of the First Vice President to the Southerners.

    Dinka-people say, THE BULL MAY REMAIN TIED ON THE ROPE IF IT DOESN’T WANT TO RELIEF ITSELF. Southerners shall remain complaining if they can not afford to take risk-decisions by themselves.

    Kuer Dau Apai-Australia Sydney

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  • 3 December 2009 08:11, by Time1

    NCP is now been proved as an Arab tribal party, Sudanese in general have no interests in this dictatorship regime.

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    • 3 December 2009 10:34, by telfajbago

      Why the NCP is refusing IGAD’s intervention;nevertheless,it was stipulated in the CPA? Because they want to land the sudanese people in new cicle of lawlessness,thinking they will benefit from,than to continue implementing the CPA.That is the point precisely,as I can predict from the reading of the political situation in the Country,putting in mind the process of the already rigged election.So now the big question is,why the IGAD or better said ,the Internationl Community who will pay the bills of any new crisis a long with the Sudanese people,is waiting a crisis to occur and then intervene,is it not better prevention than cure?.

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      • 4 December 2009 00:24, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        NCP/INF should stop playing political games on this solemn agreement. CPA is crystal clear and it has time frames. It can not be renegotiated. It must be implemented as agreed otherwise there is a need for a third party to come and save it from collapsing with which the result can be disastrous to the country. Implement CPA or announce your refusal for its implementation to prove your dishonesty and mistrust to international community. The people of South Sudan are patiently waiting and watching you as you continue to lie not only to them but also to entire universe.

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  • 4 December 2009 07:56, by Time1

    NCP has no respect for any regional or international bodies, they are a dishonest regime, cannot be trusted, they only need help when Omer bashir is wanted by the ICC.

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