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Sudan’s RSF militia accuses UNAMID of seeking to prolong Darfur conflict

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May 14, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia has accused the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) of benefiting from the ongoing war in Darfur, saying it is seeking to prolong the crisis in the restive region.

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Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) commander Abbas Abdel-Aziz (L) listens to RSF field commander Ahmed Hamdan (R) speaking in a press conference in Khartoum on Wednesday May 14, 2014 (ST)

The RSF commander, Abbas Abdel-Aziz, at a press conference on Wednesday criticized UNAMID’s negative reports accusing his forces of burning villages and raping women, questioning the impact of efforts rendered by UNAMID’s civil and military components to help the people in Darfur.

He noted that UNAMID existence is contingent upon prolonging the war in Darfur.

“The existence of UNAMID is linked to the interests of companies which supply the mission with food and soda from abroad in order to gain billions of US dollars,” RSF commander said.

Abdel-Aziz asserted that UNAMID thinks the war in Darfur won’t come to an end and criticized the joint chief mediator for Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, saying the latter would never be satisfied with their acts in order to continue receiving his monthly salary.

He stressed that RSF will not pay attention to the campaign directed at them, accusing the Darfuri rebel groups of standing behind it in order to obstruct their military efforts.

“We will proceed on until peace is achieved either by mutual consent or by force”, Abdel-Aziz said.

The RSF were accused by international organisations, internal opposition forces and rebel groups of committing heinous crimes in Darfur and South Kordofan including burning of villages and rape.

Ibn Chambas, in various occasions, directly accused the RSF of burning villages and attacking civilians who fled to UNAMID camps and other displacement camps.

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Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) commander Abbas Abdel-Aziz (L) and RSF field commander Ahmed Hamdan (R) walking following a press conference in Khartoum May 14, 2014 (ST)

The RSF commander did admit that his forces committed some violations, describing them as “limited and individual”.

He asserted that the RSF has a field trial unit for punishing those who violate the law, saying "we are not angels”.

Abdel-Aziz emphasised that RSF are regular troops which belong technically and administratively to the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), while they belong to Sudan’s Armed Forces (SAF) with regard to military planning and operations.

He said the majority of the RSF personnel hail from Darfur because they love soldiery.

The RSF field commander, Ahmed Hamdan, for his part, blasted the leader of the opposition National Umma Party (NUP) al-Sadiq al-Mahdi for criticising the RSF, accusing him of seeking to realize his personal interest.

He pointed that Al-Mahdi didn’t utter a word when rebels committed crimes at al-Tiwaisha and other villages, saying the RSF personnel mainly hail from Arab tribes in Darfur. This, he said, should not detract from its professionalism and must not be used as a pretext to accuse it of committing war crimes in Darfur and South Kordofan.

Last week, Al-Mahdi accused the RSF of committing war crimes, rape and looting in villages besides recruiting non-Sudanese nationals and operating beyond the scope of the regular troops.

Hamdan said several states’ governors had previously rejected presence of the RSF in their states, saying the same governors changed their stances following the role played by the RSF in achieving security.

He denied existence of any coordination with the states’ governors except within the framework of the security committees, accusing unnamed media outlets of aligning with the rebel groups.

“Why does the media not reflect acts of killing and burning committed by rebels?” he said.

Hamdan further affirmed the RSF would end rebellion within a brief period of time.

The RSF militia, which is widely known as the Janjaweed militias, were originally mobilised by the Sudanese government to quell the insurgency that broke out in Sudan’s western region of Darfur in 2003.

The militia was activated and restructured again in August last year under the command of NISS to fight rebel groups in Darfur region, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states following joint attacks by Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) rebels in North and South Kordofan in April 2013.

(ST)

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  • 15 May 08:15, by Jalaby

    Could be, Mohamed Ibn Chambas and his UNAMID are prolonging the conflict in Darfour to guarantee their pay check every month because they think they might be laid off and lost their jobs if the war is over in Darfour!
    But I want to assure Mohamed Ibn Chambas and his UNAMID in Darfour not to worry about losing their jobs if the war is over in Darfour because

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    • 15 May 08:22, by Jalaby

      tremendous jobs and opportunities are opened now in South Sudan after the harsh war has just started over there, I predicted it since 2007 in Sudanforum.net website and I urged the UN to prepare its budget and troops from now to go to South Sudan as soon as that country gets separated from Sudan because Junobean believe only in tribalism and don’t accept each other

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      • 15 May 08:30, by Jalaby

        absolutely don’t have the basic essential requirements to initiate a country and the concept of nation doesn’t apply on them..unfortunately!!
        So Mohamed Ibn Chambas and his UNAMID in Darfour should stop providing false reports to guarantee their jobs continuity, now they’re talking about the appearance of LRA leader Joseph Kony in Darfour, oh my Goodness those guys

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        • 15 May 08:39, by Jalaby

          will never allow the situation in Darfour to rest!!
          I can’t understand it, Mohamed Ibn Chambas and his UNAMID can move to South Sudan now, no one ever has experienced such brutal killing and death that happened in South Sudan between Dinka-Nuer in Sudan history over the last century!!
          Don’t worry Mohamed Ibn Chambas because your job is guaranteed in South Sudan and

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          • 15 May 08:51, by Jalaby

            probably that conflict will continue in South Sudan till Mohamed Ibn Chambas retire and get his end of services package!
            You know, UNAMID can also move to CAR, after CAR to Mali, to Nigeria and fight Boko Haram,etc and I can always guarantee jobs for UNAMID in Africa because this continent is full of conflicts and will never feel the rest, Africans are so crazy!!

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            • 15 May 10:48, by Kalo

              Jalaby do you think you can end war military in Darfur,Blue Nile and SK never,we will fight until country divided into countries like Russia marks my word,RSF will soon end up looting and raping somewhere like what they did in Elobied after defeating in Toroji,we are monitoring their movement in Kadugli,let them come out,struggle continue.

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              • 15 May 11:37, by Jalaby

                Just drink more Marisa and continue to dream!!!!

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                • 15 May 14:25, by Kalo

                  Jalaby let God keep you alive to see what change is going to happened,keep on washing your anus with hibrig not knowing what is going on in Sudan,pretend that you don,t drink alcohol but you eat fork/pig meant and drink marisa secretly in hiding places,hypocrisies,you are not Muslim

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            • 15 May 21:58, by Rommel

              Jalaby:
              You have lost more civilians in State sanctioned, ethnic-determined violence than any other Nation within the continent and indeed the world. You may be content with inducing yourself into some kind of amnesia in regards to the immense human suffering in your own backyard, but to the rest of us -to the rest of the world-... the persistence of this reality is unremitting!

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              • 15 May 21:59, by Rommel

                According to institutions of international significance, including the world’s quintessential political institution — the UN... your government engaged in a brutal campaign of ethnic determined violence that claimed a quarter of a million innocent lives. That’s infinitely more than we have lost in tribal violence since the condominium.

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                • 15 May 22:05, by Rommel

                  Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t wish to compare what happened in Darfur to what’s currently taking place in South Sudan. There’s quite simply no grounds for comparison. You have lost at least a quarter of a million people in Darfur, and we have purportedly lost over ten thousand people > 1/30th of what you have lost in Darfur.

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                  • 15 May 22:18, by Rommel

                    Do the people of Sudan accept each other? Do they live in peace with each other? Do you disavow any and all sectarian divisions? If so, why then have you suffered the worst case of State sponsored, ethnic determined violence in the world in recent memory!? You are not some unperturbed patel in the desert.

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                    • 15 May 22:25, by Rommel

                      Do you think calling South Sudan a failed State will mean that your country is somehow the opposite of this!? That at least a quarter of a million people didn’t die in Darfur!? That your ’government’ isn’t recognized as a State sponsor of terror? That you are also not considered a failed State b other Nations, institutions and intellectuals!? You have had higher deaths!

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                      • 15 May 22:27, by Rommel

                        You need to ask yourself why it is you’ve had a rebellion of some sort in virtually every corner of your Nation —- in all the non-Arab peripheries; and why the rebellions always bemoan the hegemony, marginalization and persecution of a dictatorial and genocidal Arab elite. If South Sudan doesn’t meet the criteria to be considered a country, then neither does Sudan.

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                        • 15 May 22:32, by Rommel

                          Say what you will about South Sudan, but we have not killed at least a quarter of a million people in state sanctioned tribal violence. The U.N. and other institutions of international significance claim that half a million people died in Darfur. Have we done that in the South!? Your country recently sentenced a pregnant young woman to death for apostasy! Oh yeah, you’re a real country.

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