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Sudan vows to continue war in S. Kordofan until the end

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March 4, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The first Sudanese Vice President Ali Uthman Muhammad Taha said that the ongoing military conflict in the border state of South Kordofan was imposed upon the state and was not something they pushed for.

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Sudan’s Vice President Ali Uthman Taha (Reuters)

"People must understand that this war is not the state’s will and we won’t fight it like in the old days and we will not go outside the framework of religion" Taha said in press statements.

Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) are still battling insurgencies which broke out last year in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, which lie on the borders with the newly created state of South Sudan.

Rebels from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) claim that the fighting in the two states was instigated by SAF. Khartoum declared the leaders of the rebels, ex-Blue Nile governor Malik Agar and ex-South Kordofan deputy governor Abdel Aziz al-Hilu as outlaws.

Sudan also accused its southern neighbour of providing support to the rebels who say they want to topple the government in Khartoum. Sudanese officials warned that all options are on the table to respond to the South’s "aggression" including military ones.

SPLM-N fought alongside the forces of what is now the South’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) during Sudan’s two decades of civil war which ended with a peace deal in 2005 and led to Southern secession in 2011.

It is now part of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) umbrella group which includes Darfur rebels.

In a related issue, South Kordofan’s governor Ahmed Haroun said that the SPLM-N is looking at the entire Sudan and not just his state.

Haroun stressed that the recent attack staged by what he said was SPLM-N along with South Sudan’s army, as well as this week’s International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant against defence minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein was not a coincidence but part of a sabotage plot that would ultimately lead to the removal of the regime.

He revealed that they got their hands on documents showing rebels plans to take over South Kordofan and then march all the way to Khartoum, in a Libyan style scenario.

The governor said they are open to demands of the Nuba people but that the current events have nothing to do with that. He further pointed out that the environment now is not conducive to political process.

"The conditions are not ripe for political action," Haroun said.

SAF spokesperson Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad today also said the army has the upper hand in the state.

Yesterday Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir vowed to liberate SPLM-N stronghold of Kauda in South Kordofan and ordered mobilisation of Popular Defense Forces (PDF) across the country.

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  • 5 March 2012 12:11, by Robot

    Dance and laugh and your laughter will turn to cry. beat the drums of war and you are now feeling the heat. i had realized that these guys are aging and they know their days are numbered.

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  • 5 March 2012 12:13, by john agoet

    Mr. VP Taha
    "The Sudanese 1st Vice President Ali Osman Taha said that the ongoing military conflict in the border state of South Kordofan state was imposed upon the state and was not something they pushed for"
    Mr. VP; that’s call misleading and burrowing head in the sand, your Government is the one to be hold responsibility of the war in S Kordofan and SB Nile

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    • 5 March 2012 12:25, by john agoet

      war started when your president rejected Addis Ababa framework agreement with SPLM-N without consulting the cabinet of ministers or his own party, but without warning he rejected that agreement while he gives his minister Mr. Nafie the approvable to sign it

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      • 5 March 2012 12:29, by john agoet

        but your boss came on air rejecting that peace agreement and ordered the military to invade S kordofan and S blue Nile, these were war started Mr. VP and here we go, no one will be able stop it until you people, reverse your thought and follow what being signed in CPA, otherwise your ‘re on the way to the end of the gap and death will be the only destination a head

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  • 5 March 2012 15:35, by Longa

    Sudan leadership is confused. What is Taha trying to communicate. Tahais all behind the wars in the two states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. He was silent since these wars started only to open his mouth when things are going bad. Please,seek peace! When war starts,it is not easy to stop. You were thinking thatthe people of Nuba and Blue Nile will be forced to give away their rights.

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  • 5 March 2012 16:13, by Ran Nathdial

    Taha is absolutely confused. Always barking like a dog while his photo is posted as wanted in the Hague based court for crimes against humanity

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  • 5 March 2012 18:37, by BM Bol

    Mr. Taha is correct on thing and that’s unlike in the war with the South Sudan , selling the war in South Kordufan on Islamic platform isn’t going to work this time. NCP has been dealt a different hand and they are not sure how to play it. Despite what NCP is telling the Sudanese people, the situation on the ground is very dire and it’s a matter of time before the reality emerge.

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  • 5 March 2012 21:11, by morogot batal

    MR TAHA

    YOU SHOULD HAVE CONTINUE HIDING FOR GOOD.LET ME TELL YOU MAY BE WHAT YOU WANT TO THINK THAT WE HAVE FORGOTEN..
    - YOUR JOURNEY FROM KHARTOUM TO KAMPALA MEETIN THE VICE PRESIDENT
    - DR. JOHN GARANG JOURNEY FROM KHATOUM TO KAMPALA VIA RUMBEK AND TO HIS DEATH...
    - LOOKING AND LISTENING TO YOU WILL CERTAIN BOIL US TO FORGET LIVE AND FAVOUR DEATH THAT SHALL CAUSE ?????????????

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  • 5 March 2012 22:16, by Longa

    I do not know why Sudanese leaders always run to religion when they could solve what human beings can do. When governing is being based on religion instead of citizenship,Sudan will continue suffer and national cohesion continuos to be eroded. The likes of Taha should give to young leaders who understand the contemporary needs of Sudan,not old mentality of arab nationalism which had failed since..

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