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Sudan rejects U.S. proposal on South Kordofan: report

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November 2, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government has rejected a proposal tabled by the U.S. aimed at resolving the armed conflict in the oil-rich state of South Kordofan between Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), a newspaper reported today.

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South Kordofan’s Governor Ahmed Haroun (Reuters)

South Kordofan has been the scene of fighting since last June which followed gubernatorial elections in which incumbent Governor Ahmed Haroun was declared winner in his race against his SPLM-N candidate Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu, who was the deputy governor.

Al-Hilu cried foul allegimg fraud by the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and refused to recognize the results.

The SPLM-N said the clashes broke out after SAF attempted to forcibly disarm its forces while Khartoum claimed it was repelling attack on its police units in the state.

The independent al-Sahafa newspaper said today that Washington proposed dividing South Kordofan which would result in creation of a new state of West Kordofan which ceased to exist following the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

Haroun would then be installed as governor of West Kordofan while al-Hilu would be made the governor of South Kordofan until elections there can be held again.

But the state minister of media Sanaa Hamad poured cold shower over the proposal saying it would lead to breaking up Sudan. She also suggested that Khartoum would not accept al-Hilu into the political life again.

Hamad however said SPLM-N can be accepted again if it lays down its arms.

The African Union panel led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki managed to broker a deal between the two sides in June that would have paved the way for a ceasefire.

However, Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir later scrapped it and faulted his aides for signing it.

Last August a report from the UN’s Higher Commission for Human Rights said that abuses allegedly committed in South Kordofan may amount to “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity,” and must be fully investigated.

Khartoum dismissed the allegations and accused the world body of bias.

In a related development South Kordofan governor called for general mobilization in the state to fight the SPLM-N saying that fighting is now mandatory, according to statements carried by Sudan state media.

“We have to mobilize in our various tribes, faces and religions to secure the state” Haroun said.

“For the sake of peace would be our fighting for the weakened, innocent children and women,” he added.

Haroun accused SPLM-N of targeting civilians during the fighting and saluted the citizens for resisting the rebels’ aggression.

His statements come a few days after heavy clashes in the city of Teludi which lies east of state capital of Kadugli in which Khartoum said it killed hundreds of SPLM-N fighters.

Eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune that battles started in the state on Sunday with SAF launching aerial attacks on SPLM-N units who controlled areas as close as 30 kilometers from Kadugli.

The SPLM-N has been issuing statements claiming major advances in the state which were swiftly denied by SAF.

Remarks by Haroun today bring a flashback of allegations against him during his service in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) charged Haroun on 51 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes in 2007 he allegedly committed in Darfur.

Up to 300,000 people may have died from the combined effects of war, famine and disease, according to a UN official. Sudan claims the death toll from the war does not exceed 10,000.

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  • 4 November 2011 15:54, by Ker.

    Khartoum don’t understand just by a mere word of mouth but rather than action so plz US act now!

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  • 4 November 2011 16:31, by Atak Akok

    People,People, it is really gone too far,why just NCP still in power while its administration is losing control to provide solutions for ineternal issues between citizens of one country,one state. one people? i know i shouldn’t be asking because NCP has used the War as a major business to remain in power.
    God Help them.

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  • 5 November 2011 12:57, by eye-of-an-eye

    who ever think SPLA North to lay down thier arms is dreaming, whe know very well once it happen we are going to be murdered like chicken, SPLA N have a very simple way to overcome this ugly situation.

    No more slavary to Nubian and other black African Sudanese at this time.

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