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December 15, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – The US special envoy to Sudan General Scott Gration met with a number of officials here who urged his government to ease the decade long unilateral sanctions imposed stressing that they are no longer justified.

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The Sudanese finance and national economy minister Awad Al-Jaz told Gration that debt relief is one of the peace deliverables and part of the Oslo donors’ conference obligations adding that Sudan has made substantial efforts in improving economic growth as shown in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reports.

Al-Jaz stressed that Sudan is working on sustainable and balanced development as well putting efforts to bring peace to the war ravaged region of Darfur.

The Sudanese official said that the current stability in Darfur is an opportunity for resolving the country’s problem and inaugurating more development projects. His deputy Lual Deng said that debt relief allows for the allocation of more resources to be spent elsewhere.

The most recent IMF report estimates Sudan’s debt to have grown to about $34 billion due to a “further buildup of arrears to Paris Club and non-Paris Club creditors….and new drawings from Arab multilateral and bilateral creditors, as well as from China and India”.

Sudan informed the IMF that it in light of Sudan’s difficult foreign exchange position their debt repayments to the fund will be at $10 million for 2009 compared to a total of $50 million in 2007 & 2008.

The general manager of Sudan’s national airways company (Sudan Air), Al-Obeid Fadl Al-Moula, has disclosed that there are ongoing talks with some US companies, whom he declined to name, in order to hold a meeting next January to discuss lifting US economic sanctions on the aviation sector in Sudan.

Al-Moula further said that recent talks with Gration had touched on the issue of lifting US sanctions on the aviation sector, pointing out that a committee had been formed to discuss the issue with US companies operating in the field of spare parts for aircrafts.

Khartoum has frequently complained that its poor record in air safety is largely due to lack of spare parts for its aircrafts.

However, the US state department refuted this allegation, pointing out that the sanctions include an exemption on spare parts for civilian airliners.

Separately Gration today has welcomed a deal between former civil war enemies in north and south Sudan over national elections and a southern referendum on independence, but warned that more work still needs to be done.

"We are very impressed with the political will, demonstrating the leadership that we wanted to see", he told Agence France Presse (AFP) in an interview in the capital of the semi-autonomous south.

“Implementation is of course key, and we will be working with both parties to ensure that” he added.

The relations between the two partners in the government of national unity reached a low point following protests held this month that included a coalition of Northern opposition parties along with the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM).

The Sudanese authorities banned the protest the day before and deployed police to the streets to curb the demonstrations arresting a handful of SPLM senior figures.

The US condemned the crackdown and called on Sudan to allow peaceful freedom of expression without intimidation to allow for a conducive environment to hold the elections.

The tension appeared to have been defused over the weekend after both parties reached a partial agreement on a package of democratic reforms bills ahead of next April’s elections and on a procedural law for the south’s referendum scheduled for January 2011.

Gration said preparations must be made ahead of the independence referendum for the south, slated for January 2011.

“There is a lot more work that needs to be done; post referendum issues also have to be decided,” he said.

“There are issues in terms of sharing of resources, of oil revenues, grazing and of water rights: these are issues we will be involved with in the next couple of months to ensure that the CPA is implemented fully”.

Gration also commended the "excellent" results of the registration period for elections in November, noting that more than 15 million people signed up to vote in the April 2010 ballot, the first in 24 years.

Some political powers also pointed fingers at the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) alleging widespread fraud in the registration process.

“There are things that have to be corrected, there are lessons that we learned, but this experience of registration for elections exceeded our expectations”, said Gration.

(ST)

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  • 16 December 2009 05:37, by telfajbago

    Gration condemning the NCP’s crackdown of the peaceful protesting;nevertheless,Gration asked by the regime to lift sanctions.It sounds really strange to me and I was asking myself am I dreaming.Putting the fact that,it’s President Obama’s special envoy who had the magical power to put stop to the demonstrations that might topple the regime,for sure,if it were to continue.I attacked Gration a lot assuming that he was acting on his personal capacity and today I admit my shortsightedness.Because, the undeniable truth is that,President Obama is working to be good with both God and the devils.Role up your sleeves the marginalized groups of Sudan,to resist being kept under the rule of Khartoum’s Islamists this time with the blessing and stamps of superpowers.

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    • 16 December 2009 06:34, by william wol

      I t was already said in proverb that one person can not serve two masters at ago, so Gration is a wolf in sheep skin especially at the eyes of southerners, for him being envoy to Bashir will instead of whole country interest. Let American resend special envoy to the whole Sudan if they meant that in sending Gration.

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      • 16 December 2009 07:15, by John chol Garang

        Gration Strategy does not reflects the views and interstests of American people,nor does it accommodate our national interest. we want you to pressure the trannical foes.

        Whose interest are you pusuing you bloody capitalist?

        Lifting Economic sanction will not lead you to sign a contract with Corrupt NCP.

        We know You have an interest in controlling our natural resources through NCP.Is that the reason your administration specks of soft approach. Shame on you!!!

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    • 17 December 2009 00:32, by Piny Amec Abethool-Jesus

      To all the US senators and SPLA/M leaders and members

      The problem of Sudan is Islam. The source of NCP /NIF‘s evil laws and constitution is Islam. Islam is a Socio-Political Virus which is similar to HIV. Mr Donkey Horse Al beskir is driven by Islamic ideology. Dr.Hasan Al turabi is the first devil in Sudan, followed by Omaar Beskir and Nafie ALi Al manafie, Sadig AL mahadi(jana haram) and the list of all the devils in Sudan goes on. If these people are still living in Sudan as they are now, Sudan will never find peace of mind and political stability let alone economic prosperity. The policies of killing other strong leaders in Sudan such as Dr.John Garang, tribalism, militias, and divide and rule the marginalized people will never end in Sudan.

      Islam is against women, foods, music, political parties, and freedom of speech and more importantly it is against other faiths in particularly Christianity. The US government need to work hard to remove this NCP government by all means.
      1- The US should support the SPLA/M and the Darfur movement to fight this self-serving government of NCP/NIF.
      2- The US should stop playing with NCP/NIF and impose more tougher sanctions against all leaders of this party.

      Let me explain why Islam is the major problem of Sudan and the world, too. Islamists and their supporters have a shallow and uncivilized “ideology” which cannot stand up to any rational thinking. It does not offer any alternative to any social, political, or economic order which mankind has thus far has known.

      It exclusively incites to hatred, violence, and discrimination against women and followers of other faiths. “Islamism, including numerous passages in Shari’a and the Koran, is a destructive mindset.

      However, without oil and suicide bombing Islamists would be roaming the Arabian Peninsula, the birth place of Islamism, and perish from hunger. Petrodollars and Wahabism, a wild irrational version of Islam, are nurturing Islamism and Muslim terror.

      Koran schools across the globe stuff young brains with hatred against the rest of the world. Students at these schools are taught that they are the “real Muslims”. Ridding the world of the “infidels” is their primary religious obligation. In return for blowing up themselves in crowded places they are promised paradise and an eternal prosperous life among 72 young virgin pretty women of their choice.

      Now, when you scrutinize Islamism on the ground, you find out that its backers, in particular in the Arab world, focus on the following: For Islamists, women are the source of all evil. They (men) primarily associate women with sex and only sex. Therefore, women must cover every part of their body when they are outside their homes. Women are seductive, Islamists allege. If they expose any part of their body, men would be distracted and their lust is stirred, which is eventually “sinful”.

      According to Islam, women must be ready for intercourse at any time the husband wishes so.
      “Your wives are a tilth for you, so go into your tilth when you like, and do good beforehand for yourselves, and be careful (of your duty) to Allah, and know that you will meet Him, and give good news to the believers.” (Sura 2, verse 223).
      During menstruation, however, men should keep away from women; they are filthy. The Koran says: “It (menstruation) is a discomfort; therefore keep aloof from the women during the menstrual discharge and do not go near them until they have become clean; then when they have cleansed themselves, go in to them as Allah has commanded you; surely Allah loves those who turn much (to Him), and He loves those who purify themselves.” (Sura 2, verse 222).

      Women, according to Islamists and the Koran, are, in general, unclean creature. After a Muslim has washed and prepared himself for prayer, he should not touch a woman. She tarnishes his cleanliness. Therefore, “pious” Muslims never shake hands with women.

      “O you who believe! do not go near prayer until you have washed yourselves; and if you have touched women, and you cannot find water, betake yourselves to pure earth, then wipe your faces and your hands; surely Allah is Pardoning, Forgiving.” (Sura 4, verse 43).

      For Islamists, even the woman’s voice is “’aura” (a sexual organ). A woman on Saudi radio and TV, for instance, is not allowed to be interviewed by a man. Also a woman should never tell her name in public. Therefore, she is, for example, “um Muhammad”, (the mother of Muhammad), or “um Ali”.

      Islamists demand that a woman’s face should never be photographed. Women of Islamists in Kuwait are allowed to have their photos on the driver’s license with a dark black face cover. The majority of them are usually reckless drivers and no police dare stop them to take them to task.

      Islamists in several Arab and Muslim countries have succeeded in forcing sex-segregation at schools and universities. That is the case in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Malaysia, Iran, and Pakistan. Bosnia and Kosovo are also introducing this system. In Sudan case it worse than the rest. for example, in Sudan we have Afhat university and many other girls schools in Omdurman, Bahri, Arkaweet,Khartoum Al gadeima, Kalakala and the list goes on. I do not want to talk about the northern Sudan states. It is a hell on earth.

      Women as witnesses, according to Islamists, are unreliable. Therefore, the testimonies of two female witnesses are required to equal that of one male witness in Shari’a courts (Sura 2, verse 282). Further, Women are entitled to inherit only half a portion of that of a man (Sura 4, verse 176).

      For many men at the Arab Gulf, the brain of a woman is “too small”; it is half the size of that of a man.
      Also, Islamists encourage forcing minor girls to marry. The youngest was 8 years old whose father forced her to marry a 57-year-man in Sana’a, the Yemen Times reports (October 10, 2008).

      As some human rights organizations protested, a local judge defended the case by analogy; the Prophet Muhammad married Aisha, one of his wives, as she was 9 years old.

      A real Muslim, for Islamists, is the one who practices Islam to the letter. Muslims are not allowed to use their left hand when they eat or drink. It is the one which one uses to wash their ass.

      According to Islamists, a Muslim should never donate an organ, heart or kidneys for example, to a non-Muslim. Ali Gumaa, the grand mufti of Egypt and the Islamist fanatic, Yousef Al Qaradhawi, approved of that on Al Jazeera TV (February 16, 2008).

      Freedom of speech is also forbidden, according to Islamists. You are not allowed to question anything in the Koran, Hadiith, or Shari’a. These scripts are sacred.

      Music, for Islamists, is also haram (forbidden). It is a Western fad. It is noise. A good Muslim listens only to recorded recitations of the Koran.

      Political “parties” is “hizb” (fragmentation) and as such are forbidden in the Arab Gulf countries. In Kuwait there is a parliament, but parties are forbidden. Saudi Arabia rejects democracy all together. It is un-Islamic. Shura (consultation) is the Islamic alternative. This is one of the reasons why the Al Saud is vehemently sticking to Shari’a. It justifies their absolute despotic rule.

      Besides, Islamists reject all secular constitutions and secular laws. They advocate that the Shari’a is the best constitution on earth. It is the law of Allah. Abdul Hadi Palazzi, an Italian Islam expert said several times, “The Americans should have invaded Saudi Arabia, instead of Iraq. It is the source of all evil.” I would add Egypt, Qatar, Sudan, and the UAE. The Islamist establishments in these countries and their media are fostering Islamism.

      All these regimes proclaim that they are friends of the West, but at the same time they fund and support Islamism.

      It is, however, clear that America and the West at large would not want to antagonize these regimes for well-known geopolitical and economic considerations.

      My message to all the US senators and SPLA/M leaders and members is this, if we play with NCP/NIF now, we will pay later; it is good for all of us to pay now and play later after we have defeated this ideology of Islam in Sudan, America and around the world.

      Piny Amec Abethool –Jesus

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    • 17 December 2009 00:33, by Piny Amec Abethool-Jesus

      To all the US senators and SPLA/M leaders and members

      The problem of Sudan is Islam. The source of NCP /NIF‘s evil laws and constitution is Islam. Islam is a Socio-Political Virus which is similar to HIV. Mr Donkey Horse Al beskir is driven by Islamic ideology. Dr.Hasan Al turabi is the first devil in Sudan, followed by Omaar Beskir and Nafie ALi Al manafie, Sadig AL mahadi(jana haram) and the list of all the devils in Sudan goes on. If these people are not gone in Sudan, Sudan will never find peace of mind and political stability let alone economic prosperity.

      Islam is against women, foods, music, political parties, and freedom of speech and more importantly it is against other faiths in particularly Christianity. The US government need to work hard to remove this NCP government by all means.
      1- The US should support the SPLA/M and the Darfur movement to fight this self-serving government of NCP/NIF.
      2- The US should stop playing with NCP/NIF and impose more tougher sanctions against all leaders of this party.

      Let me explain why Islam is the major problem of Sudan and the world, too. Islamists and their supporters have a shallow and uncivilized “ideology” which cannot stand up to any rational thinking. It does not offer any alternative to any social, political, or economic order which mankind has thus far has known.

      It exclusively incites to hatred, violence, and discrimination against women and followers of other faiths. “Islamism, including numerous passages in Shari’a and the Koran, is a destructive mindset.

      However, without oil and suicide bombing Islamists would be roaming the Arabian Peninsula, the birth place of Islamism, and perish from hunger. Petrodollars and Wahabism, a wild irrational version of Islam, are nurturing Islamism and Muslim terror.

      Koran schools across the globe stuff young brains with hatred against the rest of the world. Students at these schools are taught that they are the “real Muslims”. Ridding the world of the “infidels” is their primary religious obligation. In return for blowing up themselves in crowded places they are promised paradise and an eternal prosperous life among 72 young virgin pretty women of their choice.

      Now, when you scrutinize Islamism on the ground, you find out that its backers, in particular in the Arab world, focus on the following: For Islamists, women are the source of all evil. They (men) primarily associate women with sex and only sex. Therefore, women must cover every part of their body when they are outside their homes. Women are seductive, Islamists allege. If they expose any part of their body, men would be distracted and their lust is stirred, which is eventually “sinful”.

      According to Islam, women must be ready for intercourse at any time the husband wishes so.
      “Your wives are a tilth for you, so go into your tilth when you like, and do good beforehand for yourselves, and be careful (of your duty) to Allah, and know that you will meet Him, and give good news to the believers.” (Sura 2, verse 223).
      During menstruation, however, men should keep away from women; they are filthy. The Koran says: “It (menstruation) is a discomfort; therefore keep aloof from the women during the menstrual discharge and do not go near them until they have become clean; then when they have cleansed themselves, go in to them as Allah has commanded you; surely Allah loves those who turn much (to Him), and He loves those who purify themselves.” (Sura 2, verse 222).

      Women, according to Islamists and the Koran, are, in general, unclean creature. After a Muslim has washed and prepared himself for prayer, he should not touch a woman. She tarnishes his cleanliness. Therefore, “pious” Muslims never shake hands with women.

      “O you who believe! do not go near prayer until you have washed yourselves; and if you have touched women, and you cannot find water, betake yourselves to pure earth, then wipe your faces and your hands; surely Allah is Pardoning, Forgiving.” (Sura 4, verse 43).

      For Islamists, even the woman’s voice is “’aura” (a sexual organ). A woman on Saudi radio and TV, for instance, is not allowed to be interviewed by a man. Also a woman should never tell her name in public. Therefore, she is, for example, “um Muhammad”, (the mother of Muhammad), or “um Ali”.

      Islamists demand that a woman’s face should never be photographed. Women of Islamists in Kuwait are allowed to have their photos on the driver’s license with a dark black face cover. The majority of them are usually reckless drivers and no police dare stop them to take them to task.

      Islamists in several Arab and Muslim countries have succeeded in forcing sex-segregation at schools and universities. That is the case in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Malaysia, Iran, and Pakistan. Bosnia and Kosovo are also introducing this system. In Sudan case it worse than the rest. for example, in Sudan we have Afhat university and many other girls schools in Omdurman, Bahri, Arkaweet,Khartoum Al gadeima, Kalakala and the list goes on. I do not want to talk about the northern Sudan states. It is a hell on earth.

      Women as witnesses, according to Islamists, are unreliable. Therefore, the testimonies of two female witnesses are required to equal that of one male witness in Shari’a courts (Sura 2, verse 282). Further, Women are entitled to inherit only half a portion of that of a man (Sura 4, verse 176).

      For many men at the Arab Gulf, the brain of a woman is “too small”; it is half the size of that of a man.
      Also, Islamists encourage forcing minor girls to marry. The youngest was 8 years old whose father forced her to marry a 57-year-man in Sana’a, the Yemen Times reports (October 10, 2008).

      As some human rights organizations protested, a local judge defended the case by analogy; the Prophet Muhammad married Aisha, one of his wives, as she was 9 years old.

      A real Muslim, for Islamists, is the one who practices Islam to the letter. Muslims are not allowed to use their left hand when they eat or drink. It is the one which one uses to wash their ass.

      According to Islamists, a Muslim should never donate an organ, heart or kidneys for example, to a non-Muslim. Ali Gumaa, the grand mufti of Egypt and the Islamist fanatic, Yousef Al Qaradhawi, approved of that on Al Jazeera TV (February 16, 2008).

      Freedom of speech is also forbidden, according to Islamists. You are not allowed to question anything in the Koran, Hadiith, or Shari’a. These scripts are sacred.

      Music, for Islamists, is also haram (forbidden). It is a Western fad. It is noise. A good Muslim listens only to recorded recitations of the Koran.

      Political “parties” is “hizb” (fragmentation) and as such are forbidden in the Arab Gulf countries. In Kuwait there is a parliament, but parties are forbidden. Saudi Arabia rejects democracy all together. It is un-Islamic. Shura (consultation) is the Islamic alternative. This is one of the reasons why the Al Saud is vehemently sticking to Shari’a. It justifies their absolute despotic rule.

      Besides, Islamists reject all secular constitutions and secular laws. They advocate that the Shari’a is the best constitution on earth. It is the law of Allah. Abdul Hadi Palazzi, an Italian Islam expert said several times, “The Americans should have invaded Saudi Arabia, instead of Iraq. It is the source of all evil.” I would add Egypt, Qatar, Sudan, and the UAE. The Islamist establishments in these countries and their media are fostering Islamism.

      All these regimes proclaim that they are friends of the West, but at the same time they fund and support Islamism.

      It is, however, clear that America and the West at large would not want to antagonize these regimes for well-known geopolitical and economic considerations.

      My message to all the US senators and SPLA/M leaders and members is this, if we play with NCP/NIF now, we will pay later; it is good for all of us to pay now and play later after we have defeated this ideology of Islam in Sudan, America and around the world.

      Piny Amec Abethool –Jesus

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  • 16 December 2009 12:37, by De-Lam Lam

    Any Keliff or Dog who are coming from western Countries in the name of being ’’Special Envoy ’’ is coming to search for the market of their weapons with the aim of taking Natural Resources from our land Sudan. The so called Gration in NOT a special envoy to settle problem in Sudan , but his major aim is to sign business treaty with the NCP or Government of Dictator Bashir.

    Sanctions Must remains in place till when there is peace in Sudan and Darfur at large.

    By Wet Junnup

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  • 16 December 2009 12:38, by De-Lam Lam

    Any Kelib or Dog who are coming from western Countries in the name of being ’’Special Envoy ’’ is coming to search for the market of their weapons with the aim of taking Natural Resources from our land Sudan. The so called Gration in NOT a special envoy to settle problem in Sudan , but his major aim is to sign business treaty with the NCP or Government of Dictator Bashir.

    Sanctions Must remains in place till when there is peace in Sudan and Darfur at large.

    By Wed Junnup

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    • 16 December 2009 14:47, by mohammed ali

      You like it or not they will lift.The best thing that they lift after 2011 ,when we are alone!

      Now you have 51% out of 60% which make it less than 30% of registered voters, we hope that you become independant as soon as possible!or actually you are independant right now!

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      • 17 December 2009 13:59, by David Deng Makuei Nhial

        You know it very well man we not longer one with you after 2011 due to your undermining our interset as same citizen as you.

        No matter what, we in South don’t care with lifting of santion aftre our seperation, but bear in mind that if you don’t change from Islamic ideology war will not cease in your Sudan.

        True Man of Land. is not an Arabs North Sudan will be for Nuba, Darfur, Funj and many black Africans in the North, if you don’t enjoy now days are short.

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