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SPLM-N chief orders release of all POW’s

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December 18, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The chairman of the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) Malik Agar has issued a directive today by which all Prisoners of Wars are to be released from the movement’s custody.

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Malik Agar, head of the northern branch of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) - Reuters

The rebel movement fighting Sudanese government forces said that the move was to keep “with the laws of war and international norms, as stipulated in the Geneva Protocols governing the treatment of prisoners of war”.

“The Chairman has made this move with a humane conscience and an ethical stance that is a cornerstone of the mores of the SPLM-N” the press release signed by SPLM-N spokesperson Arnu Ngtullu Lodi said.

The SPLM-N will soon be in contact with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to begin implementation of this order.

Sudan’s Armed Forces (SAF) has been battling SPLM-N rebels in South Kordofan state since early June. The conflict later extended to include Blue Nile state where SAF last month seized the SPLM-N’s stronghold of Al-Kurmuk on the borders with Ethiopia.

The two states lie on Sudan’s borders with the newly established state of South Sudan. They are home to communities that largely fought alongside southerners in the civil war that ended in 2005 with a peace deal that paved the way for the south’s independence in July this year.

Officials in Khartoum including president Omer Hassan al-Bashir have ruled out any negotiations with SPLM-N and even scrapped an accord brokered by an African Union (AU) panel in June.

Yesterday the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi called for renewed negotiations between the SPLM-N and Khartoum.

The SPLM-N rebels who formed an alliance with Darfur rebel groups last November say they want now a comprehensive process to address the root-causes of Sudan’s problem and called for a regime change.

“The movement continues to work side by side with the forces of the Sudan Revolutionary Front to change the regime in Khartoum, in order to end the rule of the brutal and dictatorial regime that unceasingly violates the human rights of Sudanese citizens and perpetrates the most egregious crimes against its people. Such actions have placed its leaders at the top of the list of those wanted by the international justice system”.

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  • 19 December 2011 08:48, by George Bol

    SPLM release Thousands of SAF in Yei, Narus, Buma, and other across the greater Bhar-el- Ghazal while they did not release a single SPLA. So, we know their game and we might do the same thong again if the when war in Abyei. Thanks

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    • 19 December 2011 08:59, by Sir. Nostalgic

      Thanks Chief Agar, you are going to be a visionary leader in Sudan leave those fucken Arabs in Khartoum to do their atrocities and world community, we sometimes called it Human right will get them and put them in Cage- in Hague. Bashir and Haroun are going to the Hague and you will be the next leader of Sudan. I know, black African will win!

      Thanks again

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      • 19 December 2011 11:49, by Logic

        Most of those POW’s are from the areas of conflict anyway, they’re usually lead by a commanding officer from the elite triangle of N. Sudan.

        One would hope that after their release some of them would decide to stay and fight against the self proclaimed supremacists Arab elite.

        SPLM/A-N will win the war even if they lose many battles along the way, because they’re fighting for a just cause.

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    • 19 December 2011 09:06, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      What a Good leadership stly by the SPLA/M/N? they are still keeping SPLA/M principal of good governing. waw i love them thank you Agar but you should murdered 1000s of them.

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      • 19 December 2011 09:23, by Sir. Nostalgic

        Dinka Dominated SPLA,
        No, let him not even slaughter a single person among them. It is good that they should go free and that will show the good leadership needed in Sudan. Actually, SPLM/A-North will win this war and politics. Iam sure. So, let thanks brothers Agar and Hilu to continue showing good leadership to the world. Those thugs in Khartoum don’t know how to release of POWs.

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        • 19 December 2011 10:12, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Sir

          Nobody like death but khartoum gangster are good to kill JEM POW as you hear from then thet they have killed POW which had attack khartoum city. so that is why i said they should murdered 1000s of them.

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        • 19 December 2011 13:40, by pabaak

          Good move from the SPLM-N, International community and UN has to judge who is between NCP and SPLM-N respect the human rights in Sudan, we heard that they don’t want regime change in Khartoum. Releasing POW is one of the successful SPLM/A war with Jalaba in Khartoum during 21 years of war and definitely no doubt it is going to do the same with SPM/A- N.

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    • 19 December 2011 17:23, by Ayuen deng

      SPLA Oyeeeeeee! SPLM Oyeeeee! Malik Agar Oyeeeeeeeee! Yasir Armaan Oyeeeeeeeeeee! Good leaders of all! may God bless SPLM-N for that move ,this is what will let the world know that SPLM cares about its citizen.

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  • 19 December 2011 18:32, by b.m bol

    I am not sure of this is a good thing or not. Garang did similar things for many years and yet Bashir never return the same gesture. One of the reasons Bashir is able to survive this long is because of his ruthless brutality against those who plot to remove him. This includes POWs. Bashir does spare anyone caught on frontline.

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