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Sudan launches bitter attack on US over postponement of Istanbul conference

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March 11, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A long awaited economic conference in Turkey that was to discuss Sudan’s ailing finances after the South’s secession, has been postponed indefinitely, officials and diplomats in Khartoum said.

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Two landmarks, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, left, and Hagia Sophia, seen with the Bosporus, in Istanbul, Turkey September 2011 (AP)

Sudanese minister for international cooperation Ishraqa Sayed Mahmood who is also head of the technical preparatory committee for the conference, said the decision was taken upon agreement of the main organisers namely Turkey, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Mahmood was quoted by Sudan official news agency SUNA as saying that the move was made in order to provide for "constructive dialogue" on lifting sanctions imposed on Sudan despite its commitment to the implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

The CPA is the accord by which north & south Sudan ended more than two decades of civil war and allowed southerners to vote in a referendum to decide on whether they want to establish their own state or remain united with the north.

The result of the vote held in January 2011 came overwhelmingly in favour of secession and the breakup occurred officially six months later.

South Sudan took 75% of the country’s oil at independence which left Khartoum struggling to make up for the billions dollars worth loss in oil revenue and the low influx in foreign currency.

Khartoum has been seeking help from other countries particularly Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and China. So far it has met little success.

The United States (US) had offered Khartoum the chance to put relations on a better footing if it facilitated and recognised the South Sudan referendum.

But shortly after the partition. violence broke out in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei states, while US officials say they have not seen sufficient progress in western Darfur region, where mainly non-Arab rebels took up arms against Khartoum in 2003 leading to a harsh government crackdown that Washington and some activists labelled genocide.

Sudan was angered by what it described as US backtracking on its promises to normalise ties and lift economic sanctions.

The events surrounding the Istanbul conference will likely add to the mistrust between the two countries.

In her statement, the Sudanese international cooperation minister said her government was surprised with a US request that their name be taken off the list of countries invited. She went on to say that Washington said it can only participate if the agenda includes humanitarian situation in Blue Nile and South Kordofan as well as outstanding issues between Khartoum and Juba.

South Kordofan and Blue Nile, both of which border South Sudan, are home to tens of thousands of fighters who battled Khartoum as part of the southern army during a civil war that ended in 2005. Khartoum accuses Juba of continuing to back the insurgents, which South Sudan denies.

Sudan has rejected any plan for an aid corridor without involvement by its government organisations, saying that supplies could go to rebels from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N). But the United Nations (UN) as well as the US warned that famine could be forthcoming unless Khartoum allows relief groups in.

The US said it could begin a unilateral aid operation in the two states without Khartoum’s permission. The UN says more than 410,000 people have been displaced by the fighting.

Mahmood claimed that the US warned Sudan that it will seek to lobby other nations not to participate in the Istanbul conference. She described the US justifications for delaying the gathering as "unrealistic" saying that technical preparations have been completed and that the government has made significant efforts to contain the humanitarian situation in the two states.

The Sudanese minister went on to say that the US is "fully aware" of the real reasons behind the conflict and the parties that support rebel movements, She blamed Washington for not seeking to work with her government to address the situation through communication and creating common grounds while recognizing Sudan’s legitimate right to defend its citizens .

She accused the US of double standards since it hosted an investment conference to support South Sudan last December.

Diplomats speaking to Reuters said the conference was unlikely to happen any time soon with no Western economic aid or debt relief likely to be forthcoming as long as fighting in the two states continued.

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) expressed fury at the US for causing the conference’s postponement stressing that they will not be forced into allowing aid groups into Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

"We were hoping that the [US] administration would commit itself for once to its moral obligations," said the NCP’s deputy media officer Yasser Yusuf.

Yusuf said Washington wants to stall development in Sudan and is covering it with "false pretences".

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  • 12 March 2012 09:35, by wacjak

    Am sorry my dear minister, but NCP has to rethink on US-Sudan relations. Either you give in to their demands or you risk losing power to rebels or opposition parties. There is no need to grumble over spilled milk. That conference is gone and moreso, China is refusing aid for Sudan. Arab countries too, may jeopardise their promises. Shumaleen, overthrowing NCP is the solutions to all your problems.

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  • 12 March 2012 09:38, by Dinkawarrior

    You better using billions of dollars that you have been hiding since 1997 when you deceiving Dr. Traitor Riek to signed oil peace deal in of term of Self-determination but have nothing to with Southerners. Some of you said you don’t care whether South shutdown it oil or not. What make you running crazy and begging like a dog? Shame on you NCP thieves!

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    • 13 March 2012 01:22, by Tiger

      Of course you shouldn’t be surprise and agitating for the American role in your assistance because you failed to keep the promises that you have agreed on before the cpa was signed,until now your government insisting attrocities and banding aid to Southern Kordofan and Blue nile,how do you think that the west will let go your criminal act that easily?
      shame on you people.

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  • 12 March 2012 10:39, by Chok Deng

    Well done US,you isolate them(NCP) and likes from the world,they deserve nothing but hell and ICC.

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    • 12 March 2012 11:05, by SUPERMAN

      Yes u r right USA sends NCP leaders to ICC but its sending SPLM leaders to the hell directly and John Gararng who refused to obey them only for one time is a bold example in this regard

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  • 12 March 2012 11:01, by SUPERMAN

    Having good relations with USA is something not welcomed in North Sudan, it’s better to eat the desert sands and to die 100 times than having such a type of relation.USA always looking to its only benefit without any regards to others, and u southerners are going to discover such a thing but unfortunately very late because u r devoting all your resources now to fight northerners.

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    • 12 March 2012 11:40, by Chok Deng

      Superman,
      If you don’t want USA relations,then why do you cry here,you go eat sand and finish.

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    • 12 March 2012 11:42, by Ker.

      superman

      u ar a fool a big fool and an idotic human being worthless to live on this planet.hw come u condemn mighty SPLM leaders to hell while ur uncle Bashir is the right candidate to go there after mass killing of southerens and darfurian during his 2 decade rule. let me warn u better u shut ur mouth.

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      • 12 March 2012 14:50, by SUPERMAN

        To: Ker
        Really u has proven that u r the most ignorant person in the globe. In the 2 decade war between north and south huge number of northerners passed way u have to put this into ur consideration. U can’t attack others and accept them 2 deal with u politely. Believe me USA is going 2send many of ur leaders 2 hell without hesitation in this issue , as they have a role to do for their masters a

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      • 12 March 2012 15:45, by SUPERMAN

        TO: KER
        Together with ur ignorance u r blind, because ur ugly eyes are not seeing hundred of thousands o f poor southerners die every other day in Jonglei and Equatoria and all other parts of the south , the massacres in these areas were orchestrated by SPLM leaders. The west will punish u 4 these crimes in the right time in the future after exhausting u.

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  • 12 March 2012 18:05, by Thomas13

    This attack is really legitimate !
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  • 12 March 2012 18:10, by BM Bol

    This is what happens when a beggar livelihood depends on hand-out. By this time you would think Bashir and his cronies should have learned their lessons and focus more on Sudan’s self-reliance. Instead, he was busy squandering every penny to keep him in power and neglect the most important things. This public outburst is a testimony that his days in office are outnumbered.

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    • 13 March 2012 04:14, by mogokafi

      That is excellent decision by the organizers. NCP leaders never leart from their misstakes. They think the world is not watching what is going in Sudan. No way out; either you allow the humanitarian agencies to access the devastated areas or you dormant out.

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  • 12 March 2012 18:12, by BM Bol

    There’s a lesson to be learned about this especially to those who are seeking to follow this path.

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