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Libyan envoy says Sudan never requested expulsion of Darfur rebel chief


July 1, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The Libyan ambassador to Khartoum disclosed that the Sudanese government never made a request to expel the leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Khalil Ibrahim who has been residing in Libya since last May.

Ibrahim has been forced to stay in Tripoli after Chad denied him entry and destroyed his passports bringing a long standing relations between JEM and Ndjamena to a low point. The militarily powerful group used Chad as a transit point to enter Darfur and a logistical base.

The Sudan government at the most senior levels has been publicly and privately urging Libya to expel the JEM leader and also citing an arrest warrant circulated by the Interpol for extraditing him over his role in the 2008 attack on the Sudanese twin capital city of Omdurman.

Last week, the director of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Mohamed Atta Al-Moula Abbas announced that Libya is in the process of ejecting Ibrahim at the directive of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

But the Libyan envoy Saeed Al-Mahdi in Sudan suggested that Abbas’s assertions are not true saying he has not heard such a message addressed to Tripoli.

"This is not true [that Sudan asked to expel Ibrahim], we have not heard of this position and brother President Omer al-Bashir did not demand the expulsion of Khalil nor did the Sudanese Foreign Ministry" Al-Mahdi told the independent Khartoum based Al-Akhbar newspaper in an interview.

"All we have heard that Khartoum requested that there not be any hostile acts emanating from Libya and that was promised by the Libyan leadership..under any circumstances," he said.

The Libyan ambassador stressed that decision to host the JEM leader is a result of his country’s role and commitment as a founder of the African Union (AU) and a sponsor of peace in the continent.

"Khalil is a political party in a barbed internal issue in Sudan and a signatory to a framework agreement with the Sudanese government and we hope that things are moving towards a negotiated peace and resorting to peace from all parties," he said.

Darfur’s most militarily powerful rebel force, JEM suspended its participation in the peace talks since May 2, saying it wants the reform of the peace process in a way to widen the mandate of the joint mediator and requested guarantees of the neutrality of the host country, Qatar, accused of favoring the Sudanese government.


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  • 2 July 2010 07:39, by DASODIKO

    Ahaaaaaaaa, the same deaming scenarios repeats itself. When they failed to convince Abdul Wahid Nur to be their tail as Arkou Minawi did; they started spreading rumors that the French agreed to expell Abdul Wahid Nur because he refused to listen to the calls of Islamists in Sudan to join peace talks. Funny as if the Islamist are also ruling France. When Khalil was forced to go to Libya next day the Sudanese media own by the NISS wrote that Libiyan governemnt agreed to expell Khalil because he did not listen to Khartoum Islamists.

    The History repeats itself, one day I was listening to Radio Umdurman in Sudan where the in the news they mentioned that President Mugabbe of Zimbabwee and Ethiopian former President Mangisto Helle Miryam who reside in Harare agreed to expel Dr. Garang and his movement from their countries.

    When problem of Darfur broke out; they went to Al Faki live in Halfaya and asked: What did you see? rebellion or arm rubberry? The Faki said Arm rubberry. The Presidnet Bashir immediatly appeard on Sudan TV and said: There are beginings of arm rubbery in Jebbal Marra and in a week time I will finish them. Look at the lunatic type of governemnt Sudanese are inflicted with.

    What a nice dreams! Islamist in Sudan before they do anything they go to (Faki) The muslim fortune tellers to ask him what did he see in the night? If he said yes this will happen then they immediatly broadcast it on Radio and TV. Because they are sure this will happen since its from GOD teaching for the Faki. Very Naives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 2 July 2010 12:50, by Paul Ongee


      It’s very interesting comment. Khartoum holds PhD in fabrications and falsification of information. It usually believes in sentimentalization of the info it publicizes. In 2003, Sadam Hussein went on TV saying "victory is ours because God is on our side" then later before George Bush said wait a minute man, he was found in a fox hole with grey beard shaved in front of international media. Sudan is already heading to that destination.

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum, Sudan

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      • 2 July 2010 19:55, by Kon Paul Awenchol

        NIF NCP in concocted foreign relations.
        Dear Sudanese, it is better to watch and see how the falsifying government work toward the its people,this was what i said that,the Director of NISS was just explaining himself in his house beside his wife,please stopped being exploring wrong policies that will spoil the name of the Country.now you can witness that,the Libyan envoy has disqualify your statement that, the Libyan government will deported Khalil Ibrahim.please stopped wrong information around the country.
        Khalil will see his way to destroy the wrong regime in Khartoum.

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        • 3 July 2010 06:35, by Jamus

          Guys,all this false PR and especially from chief spy in the land is unbecaming.This demonstrates that the Intelligence Agency of Sudan is a weak institution.Its head should have analysed quietly,the intelligence about the expulsion of Ibrahim from Tripopli and then came to media.We need to replace this man with Edward Lino,an experienced rebel intellient officer who was responsible for counter-intelligent of Islamist government.

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