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SPLM-N’s Arman denies talks with Sudan ruling party


April 7, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Yasir Arman, the Secretary General of Sudanese rebels the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement–North (SPLM-N), has dismissed reports about talks with Khartoum’s government stressing they are determined to topple the Sudanese regime.

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Yasir Arman, secretary general of the rebel SPLM-N (File photo Reuters)

Arman was reacting to reports about a proposition made the Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zinawi, who chairs also the East African regional body IGAD, suggesting that direct talks were needed between Khartoum and SPLM-N to settle the ongoing conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

According to the sources, Khartoum accepted the offer but stipulated that it would only talk to the SPLM-N deputy chairman Abdel Aziz Al-Helu who leads the SPLM-N in the South Kordofan State.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune, Arman said rumours about ongoing arrangements for talks between the Sudanese government and the SPLM-N are just "a Joke", adding they reject any talks on South Kordofan alone.

Arman disclosed that they informed all the mediators of their rejection to a partial solution stressing that they want a comprehensive process to settle all the crises of the country with the participation of all the Sudanese forces including the National Congress Party (NCP).

The SPLM-N and three rebel groups operating in Darfur formed the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) earlier this year, which aims to overthrow the NCP’s regime last November. Since the alliance was formed the SPLM-N and the other Darfur rebels have refused to continence separate regional talks with Khartoum.

In July last year the SPLM-N signed a deal with a senior NCP official, Nafi Ali Nafi, but when he returned to Khartoum it was discarded by Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir.

The SRF forces say they are determined to bring down the regime by political and military means. Since February they intensified their joint attacks against the government forces mainly in South Kordofan State.

"The experience has demonstrated that it is an elusive party refusing comprehensive and equitable solutions, and all what we have is to topple it because (the NCP) did not allow any other way and reject all solutions," he added.

Arman further said they are working on ways to gather the armed groups, political parties and civil society groups under one umbrella expressing hopes to succeed in these efforts, as they did with the Darfur armed groups, in order to throw out the regime.

He said Bashir’s regime, "should join the regimes of Ben Ali, Mubarak and Gaddafi. It is even worse than these regimes because it divided Sudan into two states and if it continues it will tear up the remaining of Sudan."

South Sudan seceded from north Sudan last year after the SPLM shared power with the NCP for six years. The SPLM campaign for independence arguing that the experience of working with the regime in the Government of National Unity had not made the option of unity attractive.

Around 98% of South Sudanese voted for independence. This left SPLM supporters and soldiers in South Kordofan and Blue Nile north of the border and still governed by Khartoum. Contentious elections, failure to implement the 2005 peace deal and Khartoum’s demand that they disarm led to the conflict erupting first in South Kordofan in June and then two months later in Blue Nile.

Arman, in his interview with the Sudan Tribune on Friday, said he was confused by Khartoum’s insistence that Juba should admit its support to the Sudanese rebels before inking agreements between the two countries brokered by an African Union mediation panel.

"This is puzzling and strange that some quarters in Khartoum does not seek only to resolve issues with Juba but demanding Juba to solve the problems of the Republic of Sudan."

Sudan and South Sudan regularly trade accusations of supporting rebel groups from both sides. The African Union mediation believes that the South Kordofan conflict is impacting negatively on its efforts to settle the outstanding issues between Sudan and newly independent South Sudan.

After Al-Bashir rejected the July 2011 framework agreement the war extended to Blue Nile State where a the SPLM governor, Malik Aggar, was removed from office and his troops forced to retreat to the Sudan’s southern border with Sudan Sudan and Ethiopia.

SPLM-N secretary general urged the Sudanese officials to recognise their failure in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan as they failed in Darfur. To settle this crisis he said, the Sudanese people should be consulted and asked their opinion on this question posed since 1956 "how to govern Sudan?"


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  • 8 April 2012 11:15, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Brothers, be strong and united in one voice Enemy is coming with their good luanguage as usual, that is what they have been doing to our people in the South for the last 50 years since 1955.

    If you allow and accept him to go ahead and meet Abidalaziz that is going to be your end brothers Yasir is an Arab so make sure he tells you the real meaning of his people.

    No No No seperate talks otherwise.

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  • 8 April 2012 11:17, by Makuei

    Khartoum must stop crying for Sudan rebels’ stand.

    "This is puzzling and strange that some quarters in Khartoum does not seek only to resolve issues with Juba but demanding Juba to solve the problems of the Republic of Sudan. " Arman.

    The Khartoum gov’t has the solution for North Sudan since they created it, not South Sudan.

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  • 8 April 2012 12:09, by viper

    Look at these NCP thugs! Negotiate with CDR Abdalaziz only! You pple should not joke. How can you negotiate with the deputy CHAIRMAN? Lt Gen Malik Hagar is the head of the SRF and should be consulted in any issue involving the future of this Sudan. Abdelaziz is not a power hungry leadre, HE is a freedom fighter

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  • 8 April 2012 13:41, by zulu

    Indeed, Yasir, we are deeply supportng your cause. Do not let these goons divide you as they dd with the darfuris. stick to the plan until you bring drastic change in the sudan. south sudanese need an honest neighbor and we can even share your debt burden to ease your economy.

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  • 8 April 2012 13:58, by Hitler

    Go Arman Go. Change this regime full of criminals terrorists and dogs. I like you idea of inability to change the regime could lead to further defragmentation of the remaining Sudan. Also be cautious of other political opposition biggots in Khartoum. They may not be fully committed to your goal but rather as political sarogates to disrupt that vision: trust non of them.

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  • 8 April 2012 15:26, by mohammed ali

    It is interesting that you are advocating these traitors, assuming that they are capable of weakening Sudan. They can neither weaken Sudan nor they would ever be able to topple the government.Simply because they have no public support.They are the most disrespected & despised persons in Sudan.It still you seem you like to interfer in our local affairs,hopefully you won’t cry & deny later!

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    • 8 April 2012 17:26, by Logic

      Bla bla bla...

      John Garang was public enemy no.1, a monster who eats kids and an infidel who could never dream of ruling Sudan but in 2005 he sure did come close, had he lived he may have ruled the country. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

      The SRF have overwhelming support in the areas they represent, the rest of you are brainwashed by your racist rulers. Your problem!

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      • 8 April 2012 18:33, by John Costa

        You are very true Logic.

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      • 8 April 2012 18:40, by zulu

        what anybody eats is irrelevant. what their creed is, is also purely subjective. However, as your buddy mohmed says that spla-n are traitors and do not have support, is questionable. given the control measure and ncp’s forceful caucusing or mobilization count as public support. the innocent public is highject from public transit to support the ncp is a gimmic.

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      • 8 April 2012 19:56, by mohammed ali

        Logic , that is true and you know it very well. Al Hilue had lost the elections in South Kordifan. An election which certified by ALL observers as clean, fair and authentic.

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        • 8 April 2012 20:58, by Logic

          M. Ali

          Your education is wasted on you, intellect is useless when one chooses to remain ignorant out of loyalty to an ideology. Al Hilu won the election without a shadow of a doubt, but as its the regime’s strategic resource, they had to rule by any means necessary. TERROR!

          S. Kurdofan is a humanitarian disaster on epic proportions but your likes are worried about SPLM in S. Sudan. RACIST!!

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        • 8 April 2012 22:58, by Smith

          Mohamed Ali, there is no reason for you to waste an honorary words :free, fair and clean elections" petty you, there has never been any free and fair elections in Sudan....please your ask the observers and oppositions in Sudan. see here one reference of video where you rigged elections. http://ecadforum.com/articles/2010/04/21/sudan-election-footage-of-alleged-vote-rigging-caught-on-video/

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        • 8 April 2012 23:42, by Smith

          Watch the NCP terrorists stuffing ballot boxes in North which pissed off the opposition to declined their race in the elections....watch this video......http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8633264.stm

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        • 9 April 2012 00:08, by Dinka Aliap Chawul


          Your govt of Basir failed to implement the essential codes of CPA in SK and BN namely the Popular Consultation rather resort to a use of force to quel the demands of people,it look u have become like Russians now coz Russians the dont admit their wrongdoing in the past which is lunatic.when we come to gubernational election as u had laud its,that praise never went that far,it’s describe

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  • 8 April 2012 19:41, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    SPLA keep up your Liberation Ideology.
    time will come for regime to fall in some years.
    Yaser Arman keep it up. tied the it very much with No talk with Islamic regime in Khartuom. all sudanese south talk together south-North,East-west. No one region talk.


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    • 8 April 2012 20:00, by mohammed ali

      De, let the SPLA theifs liberate the south from poverty,hunger, disease, insecurity, tribal wars and CORRUPTION! After that they are most welcomed to liberate us.

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      • 8 April 2012 23:07, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

        God wrongly created this smart man in a wrong place at a wrong time.Sudan is not a favorable place for intellectuals and visionary leaders,like Adam El Hilu(most loved man by Garang),Cde Yasar Arman and so many able personels in Sudan.but from where? Its not any easy mission to deal will a combine tyrany and Radic Islam at time.However,with incredible experience of Splm-N over Khartoum divides and

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        • 8 April 2012 23:19, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

          Rules policies,i am comfident that Sudanese people will one day witness the fall of tyranical regime of Basir.and there Sudanese will emerge from a current debilitation cause by NIF to their lives.Sudan present dogmatism and genocidal policies is of short life and days were people power works is near so Mr Yassar and all your comrades never allow basir and his board of criminals to cheat u into co

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      • 9 April 2012 00:08, by zulu

        Wow, mohmed,
        the ncp who are stealing south sudanese oil, money and even illegally constructing a pipeline to join that of south sudan are not thiefs. what an irony?

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