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Sudanese rebels praise Ugandan president for the release of their POWs


Abdelaziz Ashr (C) greeted by some opposition figures after his release in Khartoum on 9 March 2017 (ST)

March 9, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) praised the efforts of the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to ensure the release of the 259 prisoners of war who have been effectively freed Thursday in Khartoum.

Kober prison authorities in Khartoum-North Thursday released 259 Prisoners of War (POWs) member of Darfur armed groups in the implementation of the presidential pardon issued on Wednesday.

The director of Kober prison, Saeed Dahia, said 25 members of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) who participated in the 2008 attack on Omdurman have been released including Abdelaziz Ashr, the half-brother of JEM leader Gibril Ibrahim.

JEM Deputy Political Secretary, Mohamed Zakeria, welcomed the release of POWs and expressed hope that it would "pave the way for a true breakthrough to achieve a comprehensive peace in the country".

"We thank President Yoweri Museveni for the efforts he exerted to ensure their release. We have talked with the Ugandan leader in several meetings about this issue and explained to him that the release of prisoners is the gate to the peace process," he further said.

He added that Museveni within the framework of his efforts to facilitate the African Union-brokered peace process convinced President Omer al-Bashir to release the POWs.

Museveni held several meetings with the Sudanese armed groups in Kampala in the past year. Also, he organised informal meetings between them and the Sudanese government officials in Kampala and Addis Ababa.

The Ugandan president also attended the National Dialogue conference held in Khartoum last year and called the holdout opposition groups to join the process.

Zakeria pointed that JEM, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) and the Sudanese government have unilaterally released the POWs. He further said the warring parties in Darfur and the Two Areas have declared a unilateral cessation of hostilities since a year.

"All these measures may create a conducive environment for a comprehensive peace process," he said.

However, the rebel official regretted that several JEM POWs are not included in this presidential pardon. He further urged the government to free all the detainees from all the armed groups, along the lines of JEM and SPLM-N which released all the government forces.

He said that three out of seven POWs from Ibrahim Almaz Group detained in Jebel Moon area in 2009, are not covered by the presidential amnesty. In addition, he said the government detained some 211 POWs after Goz Dango battle of 26 April 2015 while those released Thursday are only 181 POWs.

Last August, the African Union criticised JEM and Sudan Liberation Movement - Minni Minnawi for insisting to include the issue of POWs in the agenda of the negotiations for a humanitarian cessation of hostilities agreement.


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  • 10 March 2017 02:26, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Excellent job President Museveni. That’s a great work and we appreciate your effort to let Khartoum government released POWS. Keep up fantastic job. This is the first Khartoum government released POWS. They killed all South Sudan POWS during the civil war.

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    • 10 March 2017 08:18, by Kuch

      Really, the cloned so-called arab North Sudan have released POWs? Probably they have learned how to use the rules of war from the SPLm/A. It can be called a miracle, really!

      Our so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan, sparing their captive lives? In Arab culture, they don’t keep POWs. Where are many of our SPLA prisoners of war that the so-called cloned arabs captured during during our 21 years>>>

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      • 10 March 2017 08:28, by Kuch

        with the evils? Nil/zero/zilch. Can anyone imagine, a war fought for over 20 years and no POWs?? The SPLA was the one that released their over 6,000 POWs right after the 2005, comprehensive peace agreement (CPA). The SPLA was the rebel, that were not supposed to be tied to the rules of war. But the opposite was true. These days, there are many criminals in the US, the UK, their evil juus, their>>>

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        • 10 March 2017 08:36, by Kuch

          UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creepy agencies have been spewing lies after lies that the SPLA is raping the Nuers, some lowly Equarorians. And there are some of their fools that believe the evils propaganda. Some fools do not know as to why our country and country have become the most country by the hyenas from the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus and some>>>

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          • 10 March 2017 08:42, by Kuch

            of their criminals in between? It has nothing to do with these evils love of the Nuers, Equatorians or the Shilluks. It is all about to do with our oil fields and that it is all. And good luck to the fools. They can try. We are going to bomb the evil very badly out of our country. The evils think, that they can Geo-politically chess game play>>>

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            • 10 March 2017 08:47, by Kuch

              our country and our people like Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Central Africa republic (CAR) and some of other countries. The evils even think, they can toy around with our country and our people like their 1960th Eastern Congo, Angola, Mozambique and some of their other countries>>>

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              • 10 March 2017 08:52, by Kuch

                The US, the UK, the UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus and some of their criminals in between love affair with our country and our people has gone too far. The evils think they can crawl their evil selves into our country on the guise of their shifty UN, humanitarian aid, donations and their so-called peacekeeping business scams??>>>

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                • 10 March 2017 09:02, by Kuch

                  Good luck to the evils, let the evils watch this space. The evils love affair with our country and our people has gone too far and we are going to put a full stop to it. The US, the UK, the UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus and some of their evils in between are going to surprised very badly. Who said, we want the evil corporate America, the UK, the UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus>>>

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                  • 10 March 2017 09:07, by Kuch

                    and some of their criminals in between. W3 (three) is going to start here in our country if the evils don’t get their damn UN, humanitarian aid, donations and their so-called peacekeeping business out of our country. We will never ever leave side by side with evil white Americans, the British m their evil juus and some of their criminals in between. Fellows, we are back.

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