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August 5, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Libya has agreed to restrict the activities of the leader of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement Khalil Ibrahim who resides in Tripoli since last May, said Sudanese State minister for Foreign Affairs today.

Khalil IbrahimKamal Hassan Ali was speaking to the media at Khartoum Airport after the return of the Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir from Tripoli where he discussed Darfur crisis and the southern Sudan referendum with the Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi.

"Al-Bashir’s visit to Libya has achieved good results. We have agreed with the Libyan side that Khalil Ibrahim is not to launch any hostile activity against Sudan from inside the Libyan territories," Kamal told reporters.

He further stressed that Khalil Ibrahim has to join the peace process in Doha, adding that if the rebel leader maintains his rejection to resume talks "he will isolate himself".

Libya accepted last May to host JEM leader when the Chadian authorities barred his entry to Ndjamena. His group suspended its participation in the Doha peace process accusing the Sudanese army of breaching a cessation of hostilities agreement signed in February with Khartoum.

Khalil presence in Tripoli raised tension between Khartoum and Tripoli for a time but the Libyan leader reassured Sudan when he stated on July 19 that Libya told JEM leader "to serve peace and to lay down arms, it’s forbidden for him to issue orders from Libya or make any comments".

However, JEM this week said that self-determination remains a valid option for Darfur people if there is no political horizon to end the seven year conflict in the restive region.

Suleiman Sandal, a leading member of the rebel group told Sudan Tribune today that with the rule of National Congress Party led by President Bashir the Darfurians may be left with no choice but to fight for self-determination.

He further urged Sudanese people to struggle against the NCP government saying it is the sole solution to maintain a united Sudan.

JEM move may anger the Libyan leader who recently backed the unity of Sudan and called on southern Sudanese to favor united Sudan in January 2011 referendum.

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  • 6 August 2010 09:08, by DASODIKO

    Haaaaa, I expected to have convinced your brother Gaddafi to expel the Darfur rebel. The first day Khalil arrived in Libia Sudan spy chief Mohammed atta announced that Gaddafi areed to expel Khalil. Haaa, Hee, yeah Gaddafi is your Arab brother but he shares broaders with these black Africans in Darfur since 600 years ago.He know the history of Darfur very well not the unknown history of Sudan North Jallabas haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

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  • 6 August 2010 09:17, by Paul Ongee

    Today Sudan says "Libya agreed to restrict activities of JEM leader."

    Yesterday Gaddafi said in an interview with the France 24 television station and radio stations RFI and Monte Carlo that "[JEM Leader] has stayed in Libya and all our brothers in Sudan and Chad are right to be sensitive about that."

    Gaddafi went on "There is a group fighting in Sudan and its leader is in Libya and everybody has the right to make links between the one thing and the other."

    Tomorrow what is "the one thing and the other" that Gaddafi is referring to? To move the stalling peace talks from Doha to Tripoli or resolve the conflict in Darfur in favor of Khalil or Khartoum? The position of Gaddafi is not what he says but what he does and believes in.

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    • 6 August 2010 09:52, by Paul Ongee

      Today Sudan says "Libya agreed to restrict activities of JEM leader."

      Yesterday Gaddafi said in an interview with the France 24 television station and radio stations RFI and Monte Carlo that "[JEM Leader] has stayed in Libya and all our brothers in Sudan and Chad are right to be sensitive about that."

      Gaddafi went on "There is a group fighting in Sudan and its leader is in Libya and everybody has the right to make links between the one thing and the other."

      Tomorrow what is "the one thing and the other" that Gaddafi is referring to? To move the stalling peace talks from Doha to Tripoli or resolve the conflict in Darfur in favor of Khalil or Khartoum? The position of Gaddafi is not what he says but what he does and believes in. Given the economic and political influence in the Sahel, Libya can make Sudan sleep comfortably today but not the next day.

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      • 6 August 2010 10:07, by Paul Ongee

        Sorry folks, I mean Khartoum (not Sudan) to sleep and not to sleep.

        Today Sudan says "Libya agreed to restrict activities of JEM leader."

        Yesterday Gaddafi said in an interview with the France 24 television station and radio stations RFI and Monte Carlo that "[JEM Leader] has stayed in Libya and all our brothers in Sudan and Chad are right to be sensitive about that."

        Gaddafi went on "There is a group fighting in Sudan and its leader is in Libya and everybody has the right to make links between the one thing and the other."

        Tomorrow what is "the one thing and the other" that Gaddafi is referring to? To move the stalling peace talks from Doha to Tripoli or resolve the conflict in Darfur in favor of Khalil or Khartoum? The position of Gaddafi is not what he says but what he does and believes in. Given the economic and political influence in the Sahel, Libya can make Khartoum sleep comfortably today but not the next day. And the restricted leader risk flying without considering interception in the air just for reassurance to sleep.

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        • 7 August 2010 16:01, by John M. Atem

          There will be no peace, prosperity, and sustainable development in Darfur so long as the genocide-denying , bloodythirsty and self-proclaimed president of Sudan stays in the power.

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