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SPLM-N urge UK to pressure government to end war

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November 15, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The secretary-general of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), Yasir Arman, urged UK officials on Thursday to exert pressure on the Sudanese government to stop the war with his group in the country’s border region of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

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SPLM-N secretary-general Yasir Arman (Reuters)

Arman made his call during a meeting in London with the UK’s Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan, Robin Gwynn, and his aides. The meeting discussed the humanitarian situation in the two states and the current political situation in the country.

The rebel official denied Sudan government’s accusations that his group was obstructing a deal signed in August with the UN, AU and the Arab League who make up the Tripartite Initiative to deliver aid in the two regions where the 16-month conflict has displaced and severely affected 908,000 people, according to UN figures.

“The SPLM-N is ready to open safe [humanitarian] corridors without conditions” he insisted. “Moreover, we are ready to accelerate the humanitarian operation and support the creation of a buffer demilitarized zone between Sudan and South Sudan if the international community asks us to do so. After all, we control 40 percent of the international border areas between Sudan and South Sudan” he added.

The Tripartite Initiative says neither Sudan government nor the insurgents gave consent to an action plan it proposed to deliver aid in SPLM-N controlled areas. Khartoum already announced it has reservations over the plan while the SPLM-N says it wants a ceasefire and will not accept to allow government representatives to access their areas and participate in the aid delivery process.

Since Sudan and South Sudan signed the border security deal on 27 September, the SPLM-N has increased military activities in South Kordofan and shelled the state capital Kadugli a number of times in response to what it describes as the continuation of Khartoum’s campaign of aerial bombardment and its preparations for a massive “summer military offensive” against their positions.

Arman also held two separate meetings on Thursday at The House of Lords and The House of Commons in London with a number of British parliamentarians and activists. He discussed the humanitarian issue and urged maximization of pressure on Khartoum to stop what he described as its crimes against civilians and allow humanitarian assistance to reach SPLM-N areas.

Khartoum has been blocking humanitarian assistance from SPLM-N controlled areas since the conflict in the two states started last year, citing concerns that aid might fall into the hands of the insurgents. The government also says it will not stop the war unless the SPLM-N completely disengages its connections to South Sudan army, with which the rebels fought against Khartoum in the second Sudanese civil war.

Meanwhile, the Sudanese army (SAF) announced on Thursday that its operations against the SPLM-N in South Kordofan and Blue Nile will continue throughout the nine months of dry season and not only during summer. SAF’s official spokesperson Al-Sawarmi Khalid Saad said that they are not only targeting the rebels during summer as they allege but their military operation will continue except in the rainy seasons.

Local newspapers reported last week that Sudan defense minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussian announced in a closed-door session with parliamentarians that the rebellion in the two states will be defeated during the “ongoing summer campaign.”

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  • 16 November 2012 10:32, by Peter Marko

    Breaking News:
    The preparation for oil resumption has been postponed indefinitely after Khartoum regime conditioned the withdrawal of SPLM-N into the S. Sudan. They also demanded that the leaders of SPLM-N be apprehended to them, in exchange for Dr. Lam and David Yayou….

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    • 16 November 2012 10:33, by Peter Marko

      The President Kiir has called for parliamentary meeting to discuss the new developments. It is worth mentioning that the capital of South Kurdufan is under siege by SPLM-N and it might fall in hours to come.

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      • 16 November 2012 13:25, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        The Sudan defence minister,should also put this in his mind that during summer time,it will be more difficult in defeating this SPLA-N,since they are also well prepared.
        OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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        • 16 November 2012 23:20, by Northern Sudanese

          okucu pa lotinokwan
          do you know that their last headquarters are currently under attack? why else do you think they will bark in nations that kicked them out long time ago, lol

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          • 17 November 2012 10:21, by Ruach

            Breaking NEWS;Khartoum is under fire of Israeli Rocket launches falling inside Bashir ’s compound.No body knows,some sources said Bashir might be killed on the attacks! Almost 10 rockets were released by Israeli to neutralize the Khartoum and Gaza Terrorists! Wait after few hours more news are coming

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            • 18 November 2012 02:52, by Northern Sudanese

              Ruach
              cute but not impressing, Israel is currently under attack from Sudanese rifles and Iranian missiles being used by palestinians!
              forget about this conflict, go find food for more than halve your people :)

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            • 18 November 2012 02:56, by Northern Sudanese

              Breaking NEWS; Juba is under attack by south sudans rebels, it is believed that kiir’s office is destroyed, until now its unknown wether kiir survived the attack or not and Uganda is demanding its citizens to evacuate from South Sudan immediately, lol

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    • 16 November 2012 14:04, by wun Tonj

      Mr Peter
      Are you telling the truth? We did not get that info. May you tell us more info about this breaking news.
      Wun Tonj

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  • 16 November 2012 13:58, by wun Tonj

    Bravo Mr Yarsi for taking that initiative to call for an end of war in your country.
    Wun Tonj

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  • 16 November 2012 14:38, by littlejimmy

    peter, are crazy! don’t lier on this wed.
    anyways i did’t understand it. always tell the truth man okey.

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    • 16 November 2012 16:08, by Peacocktail

      Secretary Gen.Mr.Arman is a man of Peace but his brothers in the other side of the Country calls NCP are busy planning terrorism initiative of Dry season operation which is nothing than Terrorism. SPLM N and SRF should consolidate theirs effort to led there campaign and lobby for more weapons from Western countries to counter attack the SAF Genocidal opperation. SPLM N/SRF Oyeee.

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  • 17 November 2012 06:31, by panchol

    My Dear Comrade in North.
    Let another party like SPLM/N rule Sudan this time, are not pet up with terrorists? If you want to develop you country, make change possible using uprising method.

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  • 17 November 2012 11:24, by panchol

    Ruach.
    You are really after the point brother, because Sudan is the co-supply to Amahas as Iran use to supply Sudan monthly with weapons of mess destruction.
    The world is watching all what happening in Middle East to children of Zion.

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    We must welcome this decision, hoping it will result.
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