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SPLM-N’s Arman lays bare regime-change agendas in Sudan

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October 4, 2011 (PARIS) — The Secretary General of the armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), Yasir Arman, has clarified that recent political events in the country led his group to reconsider the framework agreement it negotiated with Khartoum last June and adopt regime-change agendas.

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SPLM-N’s SG Yasir Arman (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the armed opposition SPLM-N inked on 28 June a framework agreement brokered by the former South African president Thabo Mbeki to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the armed conflict which started on 5 June between the two parties in South Kordofan State.

The deal, which was signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, also established a political partnership between the two parties to address the outstanding issues in the implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, particularly the popular consultation vote and integration of SPLM-N forces into Sudan’s army (SAF).

However, President Omer Hassan al-Bashir rejected the deal some days after. He also emphasised that talks can only continue between the two parties inside the country and without an external mediator.

The SPLM-N at the time reacted vigorously to the presidential position and it reiterated no talks with the Sudanese government without Addis Ababa framework agreement.

"We in the SPLM-N are now beyond the framework agreement", Arman told Sudan Tribune in Paris where he held meetings with officials from the French government and political parties. He stressed that there are new developments since last June that led them to reassess their position.

These developments, according to Arman, are represented in the facts that the NCP government had slapped a ban on the SPLM-N’s activities, arrested thousands of its members, and removed its chairman Malik Agar from his position as governor of Blue Nile State following the eruption of clashes there between the two parties on 1 September.

Arman further pointed out the large-scale violations of human rights committed in the country, particularly in the two war-hit states.

"Now we want a solution for all the problems of Sudan, which is regime change", he said.

The SPLM-N Secretary General underlined that this "holistic approach" would also bring about an end to the eight year war in the western region of Darfur as well as normalisation of relations with the newly independent state of South Sudan. Furthermore, he stressed that the end of this regime would lead to ending the economic crisis caused by the corruption of its officials, civil wars, and the economic sanctions imposed on the country.

Asked about how the SPLM-N and its allies intend to deal with the traditional political forces which, despite their opposition to the regime, refuse to hold arms against the government, Arman said they believe that all the Sudanese forces can contribute to overthrowing Al-Bashir’s government.

He also pointed out that before the collapse of the regime, there should be a broad coalition between the political and social forces such as the trade unions. He said such an alliance could be established on the basis of a political platform for the entire country.

After the fall of the NCP, Arman said a constitutional conference should be organised with the participation of all the political forces in order to lay down the basis for a new democratic system in Sudan.

The SPLM-N and Darfur rebel movements, mainly two factions of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) led by Abdel Wahid al-Nur and Minni Minnawi, in August forged a political and military alliance in the SPLM-N’s stronghold of Kaoda in South Kordofan to coordinate efforts in order to overthrow Al-Bashir’s government and establish a secular state where religion and politics are clearly separated.

The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), which is part of the alliance, did not endorse the issue of a secular state and called for a citizenship state where the role of religion can be maintained in different areas related to the personal sphere like the personal status law.

Asked about how to reconcile such different political viewpoints in this large alliance which might also include the Popular Congress Party (PCP) of Hassan Al-Turabi, which also calls for an Islamic state, Arman said the most important is to agree on a political agenda and a constitutional framework for Sudan.

"Insisting on the secular state or the citizenship should not hinder the establishment of a democratic state in Sudan with a clear vision for a diverse and plural nation," he said.

He pointed out that the National Umma Party of former Prime Minister Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Mohamed Osman al-Mirghani – the biggest opposition parties – also indicated favouring of the citizenship state.

"And this does not mean they [NUP and DUP] support the idea of a totalitarian regime", he pointed out.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zinawi is undertaking a difficult mediation between the government and the SPLM-N; but the positions of the two parties continue to shift according to political and military factors.

Arman is undertaking an international tour to explain the positions of the SPLM-N which is fighting against the government troops in the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan.

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  • 5 October 2011 08:39

    When the government is too deforms it is hard to reform which meant you need to change its regime and then reform it.

    You can not have citizenships or Islamic state in present of current government, change the regime and decide what to do next.

    BY Isaac

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    • 5 October 2011 09:58

      Thanks Dear let them Change the regime then talk about Citizenship .
      after the take over from Bashir .
      which is very Hard if they cannt united theselves as one objectives then Bashir will defeat them by all mean .
      Darfuorian the became having many defection in Darfuor .
      my Advise to all Rebels in Darfuor let the united themselves and leave their differences .let them free their citizen which alway

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    • 5 October 2011 10:45

      The contradicting political views will not change the regime. Please consolidate your political agendas to best acceptable standards that upholds human rights.
      Thanks
      Cibaipiath.

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    • 5 October 2011 12:16

      Isaac,u re correct brother and hope Bashir regime will soon be change millitarily.

      Thanks
      John

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    • 5 October 2011 12:36, by Nasser Guy

      SPLM north!! which north? North of Republi of Sudan or Nortth RoSS? please be try to be realistic to yourselves!! by calling yourself SPLM-N, you have to explain to people of Sudan and RoSS which north you mean, simply because we are two separate countries now! So, SPLM has become a name without logical meaning whatsoever and thus you have to give it up alltogether because it doesn’t make sense.

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  • 5 October 2011 09:20

    Go ahead Mr Arman for the issue of Bad regime to be change,Bashir and his cruel group of Naifs plus Tahas must go by any means because no body is above the law,if not they people of Sudan will be in critical crisis.

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    • 5 October 2011 11:08, by Nhomachot Deng

      Bashir must go and new government must take over from Bashir because the present goverment is inhuman and should stop killing of innoncent Africa people in their own land.
      Bashir is culprit and no country in the world rule by culprit like Bashir Please Bashir hand over the power to right people at the right time to aviod disaster in N-Sudan.

      Thanks
      Nhomachot Deng.

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    • 5 October 2011 12:13, by pabaak

      Yes, thousand congratulation to Mr. Yasir Araman, SPLM-N now is beyond Addis Ababa framework agreement, why settle for as little as popular consultation while there are a lot at stake? this agreement was just a preservation of watershed from the NCP face. they couldn’t used the opportunity to absorb the SPLA-N into SAF like they did during 1972 AnyaNya1 agreement,which is one of CPA mistakes.

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  • 5 October 2011 14:00, by Wengedi

    politic is a dirty game, as some sudanese elements sticked on backing international criminal. Hassan Bashir.right comes when the president/leader compromise, change come when people are bound by one pain.

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    • 5 October 2011 16:36

      The SPLM-N seek no rest but transformation,and we all know that the position of the SPLM-N is on the right track to urge the political forces in the Sudan to change this bureaucrat regime which has cause tribal divisions,racism and marginalization of minority in the country,so when will change came,change come with hope of all people in the state,the SPLM-N will let you, in the North to read well.

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  • 5 October 2011 14:18, by Gunkills

    As long as there is NCP still in power nothing can be good in Sudan. Exactly,What you said is true Mr Arman. As you are mobilizing International to get Attention on Sudan problem. Also talk with Darfurean groups to unite and join you people with common agenda. If you do that, within a month NCP problem can be a story!

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  • 5 October 2011 15:15, by epuol

    It is easy to bring some body to the leadership but is very hard to change as it IS now very hard to remove bashir from Sudan.Just keep tryiing before taking to ICC.

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  • 5 October 2011 15:56, by wol one

    Bravo SPLM-N you are hunderd percent right to have that vioce in north sudan,yes,you are the good sheperd since so talk for the right of those people specailly south Kordofan and Blue Nile.Bashir is nothing this time, he is fusty animal eatten up by sprey bird.Bashir should also learnt from this wise saying"have many enemies&having one friend is better to have one enemy than having many enemies"

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