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Bashir’s position on Islamic state threatens peace talks – Darfur rebels

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December 21, 2010 (LONDON) — Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) slammed statements by Sudanese President over the instauration of an Islamic state in northern Sudan saying it might hinder peaceful settlement to the seven year conflict.

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Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir (Reuters)

Sudanese government and JEM rebels started negotiations on a ceasefire agreement before to hold talks in order to reach a negotiated solution to the conflict. The rebel group delivered today its position on a draft ceasefire deal handed by the mediation.

"Bashir statements on an Islamic law state constitute a set back towards the instauration of a democratic state in the country but also send a negative signal to the process in Doha to end war in Darfur," said JEM spokesperson Ahmed Hussein Adam.

"We reject any intention to establish a religious state in the Sudan. What Bashir said is a declaration of war against the non-Muslim Sudanese in South Kordofan and other parts of the country."

"JEM’s fundamental position on this respect is opposed to the religious state and supportive to the citizenship state where the authorities are neutral towards the religion."

Commenting on a video showing a woman being flogged by police, President Omer Al-Bashir rejected the widespread outcry and criticism stirred by the incident and said that after South Sudan secession the transitional constitution will be amended and Islamic law would be fully implemented.

"But the opaque talk [about] the Sudanese people I don’t know what…is multi-racial and multi-religious, the [Islamic] Shari’a will be the main source for lawmaking….and Arabic language will the official language of the state as will be stipulated in the upcoming constitution," Bashir added.

Southern Sudanese are set to vote for secession within two weeks in a self-determination referendum. The southern Sudan ruling party, SPLM, blamed its peace partner, NCP, for refusing to establish a secular state in the whole country and put it as one of the reasons for its support of secession.

"The religious state is not compatible with Sudan’s diversity; it further represents a real challenge and threat to peaceful coexistence," stressed JEM spokesperson.

Based on the principle of one state two systems, the current constitution recognizes the "multi-ethnic," "multi-cultural" and "multi-faith" status of the Sudanese state. It is based on Islamic law, but also traditions and religious beliefs.

CEASEFIRE TALKS

JEM delegation handed on Tuesday its position on a ceasefire they are expected to reach within days with the government. The rebel group was reacting to a draft submitted by the mediation two days ago to the two parties.

Ahmed said that JEM in its paper stressed on the protection of displaced persons and civilians generally, the need to ensure full humanitarian access to the needy population, the release of political detainees and the implementation mechanism.

JEM and the Sudanese government signed in Doha two agreements: a goodwill agreement on February 17, 2009 and a framework agreement on February 23, 2010. The rebel group also unilaterally released more than once prisoners of war to show its commitment to the peace process.

However, Khartoum was very reluctant accept to release JEM members detained by the Sudanese authorities particularly those arrested after an attack against the capital Khartoum in May 2008.

The Sudanese officials in the past refused to agree on POW’s release saying a progress in peace talks and a signing of a ceasefire are necessary before.

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  • 22 December 2010 09:04, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Talabanic, Palestinian state state in Africa ruled with sheria law. haaaaaaaaahaa Darfuian, Nuba, Angesna will refuse that idea if they are still with old sudan dominated by arab.

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    • 22 December 2010 13:04, by Gatwech

      Dear readers,

      The vision of disintegrated Sudan whether into two or more independent states is the most realistic and carefully thought of strategic move for Sudan. It was not based on imaginations that Sudan will one day remain united and secular. Those words borrowed from Martin Luther of US (during civil right movement) do not apply in the chronic mentally sick and cursed Sudan.

      Our late leader, Dr. John Garang thought it was easy to just change Sudan to socialist state (from 1983-1991) or to secular state (1992-2005) and keep it united. Others could not buy his argument and took it as an imagination from a leader who did not know Arabized northerners very well because he did not go to school in Sudan or barely write and speak classical Arabic in order to have understood them well. They think he thought by just sloganeering and importing the Western style of democracy, Sudan would be okay and remain united.

      Those who went to school in Khartoum and had their first degrees in Khartoum university before they could join Western universities for doctorates knew the Arabs very well from inside out. Their strategies were not simply based on imaginations but on realistic visions.

      Yes, our late leader Dr. John Garang said Sudan would not remain the same again, thinking that it would change to secular united Sudan. Well, his prediction has come true, but in a different way he did not mean. Sudan will not be the same again now because it will break up into many states, if not into South and North as championed or predicted by separatist visionary leaders.

      Bashir is so panicking and he will definitely lose East and West after the South goes away in 18 days (God bless secession).

      Forcing North Sudan to be islamic state like that of Taliban is creation of more secessionist movements in the country. And that will happen by the way because Sudan is destined to disintegrate. Darfur was not part of Sudan anyway until 1916. Eastern Sudan also more associated with Eritrea.

      Long live the realistic vision of self-determination to form an independent country with true and recognizable identity of our people.

      Down with the so-called united Sudan at the expense of the peripheries.

      The "Creeping Revolution" shall continue to further disintegrate the North!!!

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  • 22 December 2010 10:48, by Peter Mading

    The existence of the Sharia law in the State is what led the People of South Sudan to seek Self-Determination.And this will encourage the people of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile to demand their Self-determination. Sudan will disintegret gradually just because of the Islamic laws enforced on citizens. People like Bashir will end up being heads of the small family but not a State. It is the fault of the black to accept and use by Arabs to kill their blacks Africans. Darfur did not know that one day like this will be their day. So your Seven years of Struggle are a few years and there is no serious pain you felt. The whole world is standing by your side. Please Darfurian support the referendum of South Sudan and the South will do the recipircol.

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    • 23 December 2010 03:16, by saban John

      I am a southerner but I support president Bashir. South sudan need to be rule by sharia law because we are pagans.

      we have been fighting arabs for no reason. they were trying to help us but we interpret it negatively. When are we southerners going to start thinking intelligently? We must listen to what arabs are telling us because they have experience in leadership. Arabs are more intelligent than us when we talk in reality.

      All our leaders including late John Garang was taught by arabs. we must respect arabs otherwise we will not know how to lead. They are the one who can lead us properly.

      this is my advice to you and hope that intellectual people will take it seriousless.

      Thanks

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      • 23 December 2010 05:31, by LongTweng

        Saban John, you so stupid that you even belief anyone would think you are from the South just because you say so. No two, you agree to be ruled and get whip anytime like a donkey by sharia lawmakers. Just move to Somalia or Syria. FYI, John Garang was not taught by Arabs, just go do some research before you make stupid lies for the whole world.
        LongTweng, the next lawmaker of the new born nation.

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