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Blue Nile dismisses rumours about SPLM-N capture of key border town

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February 22, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Blue Nile government has dismissed rumours about the fall of Kurmuk town on the border with Ethiopia, saying it remains in the hands of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), following the recent clashes in the Sudanese state’s south-east.

The Sudanese army attacked the positions of the SPLM-N in Blue Niles’ Mafo last week but admitted that its troops had pulled out of the area, amidst rebel claims they had defeated the army before pursuing its troops to the outskirts of the city.

The spokesperson of the Blue Nile state government, Kamal Khalaf Allah, told Ashrooq TV that reports of rebels advancing towards Kurmuk are “unfounded rumours and media hype”, asserting the government’s readiness to repel any attack.

The head of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in the Blue Nile, Abdel-Rahman Bou-Midian, told the private TV channel that what happened in Mafo is “a normal hit and run operation” and vowed to retake the area from the rebels.

The SPLM-N announced that its secretary-general, Yasir Arman, will lead a negotiating delegation to Addis Ababa where African Union-led mediation team intends to organise direct talks between the two parties on 15 March to discuss a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Khartoum did not yet say whether it would participate or not in the first direct political talks with the SPLM-N as it has previously demanded that Juba should disengage with the latter before engaging in negotiations.

However, analysts in Khartoum agree that the recent surge of violence is a prelude to negotiations between Khartoum and the SPLM-N, saying every side tries to strengthen its positions on the ground before talks.

Kurmuk has changed hands several times between the SPLM-N and the Sudanese army (SAF) in the past, with Sudanese troops remaining in control of a number of important areas in Blue Nile state, where fighting flared in September 2011, shortly after the South seceded from its northern neighbour in July.

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  • 23 February 2013 09:46, by Aguot Thorou

    Am glad that every orgion or state in sudan is fighting for her rights. it doesn’t matter whether you are christain, muslim or pagan(infidel).

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  • 23 February 2013 10:04, by julia

    who will buy this cheap propaganda.kamal kafahala pls close ur dirty munching trawling ,mouth.ur gays SAF re not eqiuuelent to mighty SPLA-N!we re sure 100%SPLA-N re in kurmuk.
    SPLA-N oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
    Malik Agar killed thousand Arab!
    Abdalaziz killed ten thousand Arabunited again liberated sudd of sudan.our city is sennar.which is our future capital city after ruining fake Arab. Thumb up!

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  • 23 February 2013 11:34, by pabaak

    South Kordofan is 90 % liberated, Blue Nile 80 % and the SLA-MM is closer to the Southern Darfur Capital than ever before, and Al Nur forces wants to liberate the Eastern Darfur and in the northern darfur the JEM is waiting to enter into Omdurman for the second time, and Kush movement in far North wants to protect their identity, the only part that was deceived is Eastern front but they will

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    • 23 February 2013 11:40, by pabaak

      regret later- for what they spearheaded during Dr. John present in Eastern Sudan, if after OCT of this year and still NCP drag their on Abyei then they will expect another front in South Sudan, and the problems are near solution in this years then ever before

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      • 23 February 2013 12:11, by julia

        pabaak.
        Bro u re right but the people u mention above(Abyei) re the most coward&greedy sudd people in sudan,if they pursued their right like what Numa&Funji do now there won,t to be what is called economic crisis in s.sudan.becozs their issue have over shadow the border demarcation.along with the weakness of once respected person Gen.Kiir kuethpiny Mayayrdit.

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  • 23 February 2013 11:42, by kamal

    It was conform via telephone this morning that kurmuk is under SPLA -N

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    • 23 February 2013 18:52, by zulu

      VIVA SPLA-N. KICK THE BESHIT’S BUM. KURMUK IS NEVER GOING TO CHANGE HANDS BECAUSE EGYPT IS DERN TIRED OF NCP

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  • 23 February 2013 12:23, by aguotwany@live.com

    SPLA/N long live to connect with your home party. Very proud for the news and time now for jalabians to run toward Egypt. Kalib khartoum . We will find you here for good. Where are the Northern, Sudanese to denied the allegations both in Kurmuk and South Darfur. Your end khartoum .

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    • 23 February 2013 19:51, by Peacocktail

      SPLA-N is advancing toward Damazin Town, Forget about the BN fake Spokeman, Denying the fact is a Political survival of NCP but Citizens need the facts,accept SAF defeat in frontline by SPLA-N/SRF. they have better and well equiped army with modern weapons from freinds in the West who support the transformation of Sudan from a Genocidal.SPLA-N Oyeee, do not brush aside Unity in SRF, change is poss

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    • 23 February 2013 19:52, by Peacocktail

      SPLA-N is advancing toward Damazin Town, Forget about the BN fake Spokeman, Denying the fact is a Political survival of NCP but Citizens need the facts,accept SAF defeat in frontline by SPLA-N/SRF. they have better and well equiped army with modern weapons from freinds in the West who support the transformation of Sudan from a Genocidal.SPLA-N Oyeee, do not brush aside Unity in SRF, change is poss

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      • 23 February 2013 20:02, by Peacocktail

        What is next after President Bashir Defeat by SRF?
        ....................................................
        how will Sudan be Governed by Rebels of SRF without Politicians?
        ......................................................
        What will happens to died-hard SAF and Janjahaweed/Popular forces for Jihadism? Should they turned themselves as Islamists or Al Qaeda wing in Sudan?
        .......................

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      • 23 February 2013 20:02, by Peacocktail

        What is next after President Bashir Defeat by SRF?
        ....................................................
        how will Sudan be Governed by Rebels of SRF without Politicians?
        ......................................................
        What will happens to died-hard SAF and Janjahaweed/Popular forces for Jihadism? Should they turned themselves as Islamists or Al Qaeda wing in Sudan?
        .......................

        repondre message

      • 23 February 2013 20:02, by Peacocktail

        What is next after President Bashir Defeat by SRF?
        ....................................................
        how will Sudan be Governed by Rebels of SRF without Politicians?
        ......................................................
        What will happens to died-hard SAF and Janjahaweed/Popular forces for Jihadism? Should they turned themselves as Islamists or Al Qaeda wing in Sudan?
        .......................

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        • 24 February 2013 07:05, by Kalo

          Keep on denying and denying but eventually you will accept like Mafu when SAF spoke man accept defeat.

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