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SPLM-N Rift: Agar rejects army command decision to side with al-Hilu

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SPLM-N leader Malik Agar (2L) attends a graduation ceremony for SPLA-N fighters in Blue Nile State on 29 January 2017 - (ST photo)
June 17, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North Malik Agar (SPLMN-Agar) has rejected the decision of the Movement’s army command to take the side of the Nuba Mountains Liberation Council (NMLC).

Earlier this month, the NMLC, an SPLM-N regional body, decided to install the SPLM-N Deputy Chairman Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu as temporary chairman of the Movement and relieved Malik Agar from the leadership of the armed group together with the Secretary General Yasser Arman.

The command of the SPLA-N including Chief of Staff Gagod Mukwar has held a two-day meeting on June 15 and 16 in the SPLM-N controlled areas in the Nuba Mountains and declared its support to the NMLC’s decision, according to a letter extended to Sudan Tribune by the SPLMN-Agar with its statement.

In a statement released Saturday, Agar rejected the SPLA-N decision, saying such strategic decisions shouldn’t be confined to “a limited group or even an entire region”.

Agar pointed that he and Arman have received the decisions signed by the army command and officers from the First Front (Nuba Mountain) who attended the meeting, saying the outcome of the meeting wouldn’t resolve the Movement’s crisis.

He said neither the NMLC nor the SPLA-N command has the right to exclude the rest of the Movement’s organs.

“If we accept [the position of the SPLA-N command] because of their military weight or for any reasons, we should then accept the regime’s actions to exclude us due to its military strength,” he said.

Agar stressed rejection of all forms of exclusion irrespective of its source, saying they wouldn’t decide on the future of the Movement alone “because it wouldn’t help establishing a national democratic movement and has nothing to do with the New Sudan project”.

He added the army’s “siding with al-Hilu whatever its causes will neither resolve the Movement’s crisis nor will it lead to an actual confrontation with the ruling National Congress Party”.

Agar further accused al-Hilu of holding contacts with unnamed parties who seek to see the SPLM-N as a regional, not national movement, saying they wouldn’t take part in the proposed extraordinary conference to elect a new leadership in July.

Last March, the NMLC supported al-Hilu’s demand for self-determination and decided to sack Yasir Arman from his positions as secretary-general and chief negotiator of the rebel group. Recently they decided to sack Agar for his rejection of their previous decisions.

The endorsement of self-determination at the time was seen as a total shift from the historical agenda of New Sudan, but al-Hilu group says they would no longer hold the call for a secular and democratic state in Sudan and prefer to focus on their region.

Asked by the BBC Africa on Friday if he is against the right of self-determination for the Nuba Mountains, Agar said in principles he was not opposed to that demand but the dynamic and the timing are not in favour of such move.

"The people of the Nuba Mountains are 2.9 of which 1.9 are not Nuba so we are seeing the consequences of this when it comes to one man one vote," he stressed.

In his statement of Saturday, Agar pointed that the SPLA-N extraordinary conference is based upon a coup and it excludes important SPLM-N sectors in the Blue Nile, northern states and the Diaspora.

“They won’t allow for preparing the documents [of the conference] or agreeing on a consensual preparatory committee. The [conference] began by issuing decisions to prevent SPLM-N leadership from entering the liberated areas,” he said.

NO MORE NEGOTIATIONS WITH KHARTOUM

Agar added that he and Arman will contact all “SPLM-N members who rejected the NMLC decisions in order to start a new march to rebuild the Movement on the basis of the New Sudan vision for all Sudanese”.

“We wouldn’t participate in any talks or contacts with the Khartoum regime and we will focus on rebuilding the Movement on new bases and the true future of the SPLM-N lies on the removal of the current regime and establishing a democratic regime for all Sudanese,” he said.

Agar, reiterated his proposal to step down with al-Hilu and Arman and to appoint a temporary leadership tasked with the preparation for the general conference including Maj Gen Gagod Mukwar, Maj Gen Ahmed al-Umda, and to appoint Maj Gen Izat Koko as Chief of Staff while Mohamed Ahmed Omer al-Habob be appointed as secretary general.

South Kordofan and the neighbouring Blue Nile state have been the scene of violent conflict between the SPLM-N and Sudanese army since 2011.

The decision of the military command in the Nuba Mountains to side with al-Hilu is seen as the second step in the breakaway process within the largest rebel groups in the Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile.

Observers agree that it would frustrate the African Union brokered process which has from now onwards to consider dealing with two rebel groups and to review its plans accordingly.

(ST)

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  • 18 June 2017 00:43, by Theone

    This division is deadly to the suffered of people of Nuba mautain and southern kordufan

    This smell like what Lamb Akol and Riek Machar did in South Sudan.

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    • 18 June 2017 06:02, by Planetmars

      He(malik) created tribal violence in the Blue Nile recently by ordering his nephew Ahmed Umda to attack different tribes in different refugee camps which backfire on them and lead to Ahmed Umda and his tribal militia running to hide under UN to this date

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      • 18 June 2017 06:11, by Planetmars

        At least Al hilu has the support of his people in Nuba Mt Unlike malik who has his head quarter burned down by the blue nile people. They were given six years to change, but they wasted their six years in comfortable hotel in Uganda while people are dying. There is no such things as importance military in the blue nile. He is talking about his tribe men who started the violence in the region.

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        • 18 June 2017 06:17, by Planetmars

          malik let the violence happened in the hope his tribes will win so he can rule with iron fist in the blue nile.THe vision of new Sudan was that of our hero Dr. John Garang and that vision is dead with Garang that is why we ended up having two sudan now. Yasir Arman has no one dying in the bush like every rebels families and removing him shouldn’t matter to him. Leave Al hilu alone and fix your hom

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          • 18 June 2017 06:27, by Planetmars

            in the blue nile. Malik and ahmed Umda are the most wanted in the blue Nile now. They should answer why did they start killing civilians in different camps which forced fellow Blue Nile to take action against them and leave them with no military post under them.military assault is still coming punish them for executed Ali bander in a cold blood murder in a prison.

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    • 18 June 2017 06:59, by pabaak

      Theone
      In deed similar to 91 crisis and this is what make Garang to come short of New Sudan and settled In South but he was total abandon the pursue for New Sudan now self determination was eas to succeed in south Sudan because all the factors to led it are there in s Sudan unlike the and the two areas in the North

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      • 18 June 2017 07:09, by pabaak

        Correction
        Garang was not total abandon the New Sudan
        I think they should have learned from the past even there in the North Dardurian are two many factions if they were at least one movement it could achieve better results.

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  • 18 June 2017 00:46, by Newsudan

    There should be two SPLM north,one for Al Hilu in Nuba mts, and other one in Blue Nile.the enemy is one Omar El Bashir, you can learned from South Sudan plagued by infighting and tribalism,it should not happened in two areas of Funj and Nuba,the agenda of Newsudan and self determination are secured by separate and strong SPLA N.tribalism is bad, you can now,South Sudan is butchering fuel by Bashi

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  • 18 June 2017 01:28, by Theone

    The fake Arabs hands are there.

    Divide and rule

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  • 18 June 2017 02:51, by pabaak

    The idea of newsudan want to be kill by Alhilu,Alhilu become bitter now how come to highjack the leadership for self interest Alhilu should use good judgment between two ideologies self determination and New Sudan which should get More support in international and NewSudan have support especially after South Sudan got its Independent. Now SPLA-N is following the problem of Darfurians

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    • 18 June 2017 03:07, by pabaak

      And this is not good for suffering people of two area and all marginalize people of Sudan.Adalla Aziz should revises his ideas and him accept sitting together with Agar and Araman to safe SPLM-N from this division. Those offices in Diaspora should unity of Movement rather than support the coup d’etat AGR and Arman shouldn’t give up they can mobilize support from whole Sudan rather than concentrate

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      • 18 June 2017 03:22, by pabaak

        Correction
        These offices in Diaspora should support the unity of movement rather than support the coup d’etat.
        Then Agar and Araman should mobilize people from whole Sudan rather than concentrate SPLM-N in the two area. Maybe that’s why Generals support the coup because only two areas make up the power to fight the enemy while little or none existence of army from different parts of Sudan

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  • 18 June 2017 08:11, by Newsudan

    Dr Garang didn’t abandoned Newsudan, it was cut short by his sudden death,Newsudan ideology was well articulated in Sudanism: where there is no anti Africanism, no anti arabism,no anti Christian or anti Islam, no geographical location whether, South,East,west but united Sudan, he said without this,no end of crises of whole Sudan

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  • 18 June 2017 23:14, by Kush Natives

    Folks, any struggle always have it’s own obstacle, therefore those who are in the SPLM-N shouldn’t panic at this particular manmade tragedy. I wouldn’t judge any either party within the SPLM north leadership rather then blaming the NIF regime in Khartoum. This is a very crystal clear and simple mathematics. If those of two areas don’t take issue seriously, then let them all expect setbacks.

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    • 18 June 2017 23:26, by Kush Natives

      SPLM/A have gone through that terribly difficulties before in case some of us lack histories. Anya-anya 2 have done this quite similar thing before, so has Riek Machar. But the more you try to punish your vision, the more length of the suffering you’re creating. Malik Agar and Yassir Arman should immediately back off from creating more chaos within the two areas and work for the successful path of

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      • 18 June 2017 23:36, by Kush Natives

        >>con- their common core standards towards the complete liberation of two areas. Sudan government will always gain more momentum once SPLM-N is divided. In 1991 when Riek Machar created the Nassir faction, we lost all our plan A and went back to plan B. We withdrew all our forces that were deployed around Juba in order to engage with Riek Machar’s forces in Bor and western upper Nile.

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  • 19 June 2017 03:12, by sudani ana

    I don’t know why you losers should worry yourself with Sudanese affairs. You have your own miserable country now. So enjoy your own shit hole and keep your noses out of Sudan affairs. Don’t worry about us. SPLA -N rebels will be crushed and peace will come to Sudan. So STFU

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