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September 19, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — Darfur rebel, Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel Wahid al-Nur (SLM-AW) slammed the head of the hybrid UN/African Union peacekeeping operation (UNAMID) and temporary peace mediator, Ibrahim Gambari, saying he is no longer a neutral interlocutor in the eight year conflict in Darfur.

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JSR Ibrahim Gambari (file/UNAMID)

The head of Darfur peacekeepers made recently a number of statements about the peace process in a way to reaffirm his new political role as Joint Chief Mediator (JCM) ad Interim after the departure of Djibril Bassolé who is appointed foreign minister in his country Burkina Faso.

In a press conference held in Khartoum on 14 September the JCM ad Interim said the SLM led by Abdel Wahid al-Nur is "the only one who has never been part of any peace process at all. So the international community is getting a bit frustrated".

"It is very important for the international community to consider what need to bring to this movement that has never joined any political process at all. And if that rejection is continuous, then the international community will have to decide what to do with it," he further said.

Reacting to this diplomatic offensive, Nimer Abdel-Rahman the spokesperson of the SLM-AW claimed that Gambari is "no longer a neutral valid interlocutor for the movement because of his ignorance of the reality and unjustified attacks against the Movement".

"Gambari repeated his nonsense statements today in an interview with the Khartoum based Al-Sahafa daily and we regret this dangerous and un-neutral discourse against the Movement and its leadership".

"We urge the African Union and the United Nations to reconsider his designation as joint envoy in Darfur, and we will not deal with him from now forward".

Nimer further said the SLM-AW was part in the long peace process in Abuja but "we realised that this government is not serious in its efforts to bring peace in Darfur but use such forums for public relations and to give the international community the impression they are genuine in their efforts to reach a negotiated settlement".

With regard to the Doha process, the rebel official said they were considering ways to join it but "we saw the forum was transformed to a factory where rebel groups are invented and prepared to sign job contracts with the government".

The SLM-AW after the failure of Abuja talks in 2006, said it would not negotiate with the government unless the militias are disarmed and displaced civilians return to their lands and villages.

The SLM leader left Paris in December 2010 and launched a new political programme called the "New Beginning" where he appeals for a large coalition of the Sudanese opposition and the armed movements against the government of the National Congress Party (NCP).

Recently he and Minni Minnawi - the head of the other main SLM faction - signed an alliance with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) who are fighting the government in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, which lie in the border with newly independent South Sudan. The three groups vowed to overthrow the NCP regime but no political deal is yet signed with the democratic opposition in the capital.

Nimer also accused Gambari of supporting Khartoum’s policy of repression and violation of human rights in Darfur. He said the UNAMID donated vehicles to "the so called "police” or government militias used to kill people and violate women".

Gambari stated during last week’s press conference that he had handed over 25 vehicles to the Sudanese police in the three states of Darfur to "enhance their crime prevention and crime reaction capacity".

After signing a peace agreement with the Sudanese government in Doha on 14 July, a delegation of the rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) is now touring Darfur before the arrival of its leader Tijani el-Sissi next month.

Today, the West Darfur governor Shartai Jaafar Abdel Hakam accused the SLM-AW rebels of killing a local chief (Umda) and abducting a state legislator, a Umda and two students. He said these aggressions are part of campaign implemented by the group to deter any support to the Doha peace agreement and LJM particularly.

However, Nimer rejected these accusations saying their group had never resorted to violence against the supporters of other rebel groups. "They are not our enemy. The only enemy we are fighting is the National Congress Party" he stressed.

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  • 20 September 2011 10:00, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

    Mr. Gambari, Your face is shown to tell the readers that you really " no longer a neutral and valid interlocutor" as you come from poor African Countries looking for wealth offer to by the parasitic ruling Government. That is why you are supporting the Unified police, militias and SAF to kill the Darfurians. Nimer is correct because any rebellion is Sudan does not target and kill innocent members. That habits is with the NCP and SAF because they are best known in killing any suspect before proved.

    Be Neutal please otherwise, SLM and other rebells in Sudan will not cooperate with you. How could you be making contrary statements? Be honest and fair so that Peace come to Darfur without taking side. What led you to take side when you have your own force to protect you? Shame on you man.

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    • 20 September 2011 11:59, by DASODIKO

      The statement of this man called Gambari came after the statement of his boss the US Envoy to Sudan Lyman that USA is against regime change therefore they will not support nofly-zone over Darfur to allow to allow the alliance of US Counter terrorism partiners to kill people in Darfur and save American lives.Gambari you are killing your own people. If I tell you in Sudan Bashir and his groups do not respect Nigerians I am Sudanese ask me.

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    • 20 September 2011 12:24, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

      Since the IDPS requested you in press statement on the 14th September 2011 to apologize or else resign from the post is a true indication that you are working for SAF and NCP. Do not cast statement without verification. Go back to Nigeria with your carnibolic nature.

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  • 20 September 2011 16:17, by telfajbago

    Gambari repeats his mistakes of Burma in Sudan
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    By Abdellatif Abdelrahman

    In past three weeks, I have been very closely following the dispute over Kalma IDP camp between the United Nation African Union forces in Darfur known as UNAMID and the Islamist regime in Khartoum. In this bizarre story, Khartoum asked UNAMID to handover six local leaders (five men and one woman) who have sought safe haven at the UNAMID’s Community Policing Centre when violence broke out in Kalma, July 29. The Sudanese government have accused the six camp leaders have been accused of starting the violence.

    On August 1 in a statement published on Sudan Tribune, Ibrahim Gambari who heads UNAMID told the government of Sudan that if they wished to persist in their attempts to arrest the suspects then they should communicate directly with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban-Ki Moon, through Sudan’s Foreign Ministry. He added that, the UN should make sure that the six camp leaders wanted by Khartoum would have fair treatment and trial.

    This position did not last long. Gambari later revealed that his real intentions where in fact common with Khartoum and threatened to hand the IDPs to the Sudanese authorities if the camp leaders did not agree to the IDP camp being controlled jointly by UNAMID and Khartoum police units that are partly composed of the Janjaweed.

    In my opinion piece published on Sudan Tribune last week - ‘Bashir’s last part of genocide plan’ - I said that the people who would implement the Islamist government’s new plan to dismantle the IDP camps were; presidential assistant Minni Minnawi, presidential assistant Ghazi Salah Eddin Al-Attabani and the three governors of Darfur. But it seems that Gambari has been approached by the regime to become one of its tools. I wonder who else will appear next on the disgraceful list of openly siding with genocide perpetrators?

    On UN radio, Miraya FM, Gambari said that the cause of the tension in the camps was the existence of extremist elements within the IDPs. These extremist elements receive rumors from Diaspora communities, especially spoilers of the peace process, he said. UNAMID is working closely with the Organization of the Arab League (OAL), the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and with Qatari Government to reorganize social services and provide security so that the IDPs can return to their areas, Gambari concluded.

    From the above mentioned statements it is clear that Gambari has become part of the regime’s latest push on the throats of genocide victims - the so-called ‘internal peace’ engineered by Gahazi Salah Elddin - when they recently discovered that the Doha talks was just loosing money and energy without concrete results on the ground. It must also be a worry for the victims of the genocide in Darfur to listen to Gambari mentioning Organization of Islamic Conference and Organization of Arab League who are not organs of Gambari’s organization UNAMID. These organizations have openly supported the genocidal regime in Khartoum.

    Hence, Gambari is implementing the agenda of Khartoum regime, in one way or another, by agreeing to the forcible removal of the IDPs against their consent and in total absence of conditions for safe and voluntary return. This plan is aimed to subjugate the returnees to the brutal killing of the regime and their Janjaweed militias.

    Furthermore Gambari knows that, the tension in Kalma and Hamidiyya IDP camp was caused by the Khartoum regime, after it totally failed to make the Doha peace talks a reality. The Islamist regime in Khartoum has resorted to cowardly tactics and has distributed weapons to their agents inside the Kalma. The intention being to let the IDPs fight among themselves to give the government the excuse to intervene by claiming they are protecting of one side.

    Throughout the history of Sudan, this is a method used by Sudan’s Jallabas [derogatory word for Arab] for fighting their enemies. They do not directly engage themselves in wars but use proxies to fight for them. The war that lasted 22 years in south Sudan and other areas was prolonged by such ideology. In north Sudan they say “Dug Al Abd Bil Abd”, which means hit a slave with a slave. Even the use of Janjweed who belong to Darfur to fight people of Darfur are part of that plan.

    I remember one day Bashir appeared on Sudan TV and said that the people of Darfur are the ones killing each other - despite people from Darfur accusing the government in Khartoum of killing them. In the same statement he said that in Upper Nile state in south Sudan, people were killing each other due to tribalism and for this reason it would be very difficult for them to have their own country. In fact it was his militia killing innocent people. If the people in south Sudan under such conditions chose independence then their tribal conflicts will affect northern Sudan, he said.

    Gambari’s report of the incident in Kalma IDP camp is misleading and intended to criminalize the victims and establish grounds for the regime to make their demands. The scenario becomes clear when we read in the media that Ibrahim Gambari held a series of talks in Khartoum, where he pledged to cooperate with local authorities to clear the camp of weapons and to ease the tension there. In addition the Sudanese daily Al-Sahafah reported on August 12 that Gambari had reassured Sudanese officials during a meeting with the deputy governor of South Darfur State Abdel Karim Mousa saying that he will hand over the six IDPs leaders. It was just a matter of time, Gambari said.

    When France proposed a draft resolution for the UNSC to create special impartial panel of investigators to report on the atrocities in Kalma, China and Russia, Khartoum’s main arm suppliers, rejected the proposal. Such acts prove beyond doubt that the six innocent IDPs who sought refuge at UNAMID are victims of a well orchestrated international game of vested interests.

    The question that needs answering is why Gambari who receives big salary from the UN in addition to other allowances would humiliate himself to stand against the victims? Why does Gambari, who is supposed to maintain total neutrality, wishes to expose innocent IDPs to their killers? If Gambari is acting for the UN Secretary General, where is the credibility of the UNAMID in preventing impunity against the voiceless, innocent civilians of Darfur?

    I have every reason to believe that Gambari has pocketed his price and now working with the regime to neutralize any threat to the Doha peace process within the IDP camps. He can no longer be trusted by the IDPs, especially when he explicitly told IDP representatives that he is not there to protect them but to promote efforts to achieve peace in the region.

    So it would be true to say that Gambari, who blessed the abuses and human rights violations of the military junta in Burma, today is repeating his unpardonable mistakes in Burma with the IDPs of Darfur.

    When Gambari was sent to Sudan, Burma activists declared him a failure. "He has no sort of success that he can show", said Jennifer Quigley of the U.S Campaign for Burma – adding that things went from bad to worse during his tenure.

    According to the Campaign for Burma UK, in the first two years of Gambari’s mission, the number of political prisoners in Burma almost doubled and more than 130,000 people were forced from their homes in an ethnic cleansing campaign. Gambari was never able to start talks between the Burmese regime and the National League for Democracy (NLD).

    Quigley has vehemently criticized Gambari, saying that he does not have a degree of realism or honesty. He would just keep saying that his mission, while slow-moving, was progressing. When Cyclone Nagris slammed Burma in May 2008 and Burma junta blocked international aid Gambari was nowhere to be seen.

    This is typical of his actions in Darfur today. The genocide regime of Khartoum is starving the IDPs to death, while Gambari is immersed on the trivial issue of innocent IDPs instead of taking a tougher stand against the regime in order to break the humanitarian blockade.

    Gambari, who is entrusted by AU and UN to mediate in the case of Darfur, was once quoted saying during his ignominious role in Abacha’s regime that, “Nigerians don’t need democracy because democracy is not food. It’s not their priority now”.

    The president of the Save the Darfur Coalition, Jerry Fowler, said about Gambari:

    “My main concern is that his focus would be on accommodation of the regime, and that would leave perpetuation of an unacceptable and unstable status quo”.

    Today the prophecy expressed by Fowler over Gambari has been fulfilled. He has become a collaborator and tool of Khartoum’s genocidal regime. He is not just perpetuating the status quo but going the extra mile to implement the last phase of the regime’s genocidal plans against the very people he has a responsibility to protect.

    Nigeria may have the biggest peacekeeping mission within the UN forces in Africa as well as on the ground in Darfur but they should not reward biased individuals who destroy the reputation of their country by not adhering to the ethics of their profession.

    Also I do not see a reason why the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is putting conditions to the genocide regime to hand over innocent civilians who took refuge at UNAMID offices seeking protection from their killers. Who drove those victims out of their quite villages to the miserable concentrations camps? Is it not the same regime?

    Its ridiculous that the fugitive President whose case was referred to the ICC by the UNSC is moving freely, adamantly refusing to hand himself and other two alleged war criminals to the court. The UNSC instead of providing the necessary assistance to the ICC to arrest Bashir is shamefully giving conditions to hand innocent victims to the regime.

    Yes for justice, no for impunity.

    The writer is based in Kampala, Uganda and can be reached at tibotoum@yahoo.com

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  • 22 September 2011 08:01, by silk Kottora

    The common feature of all these US under Obama adminstration graduates is the extreme and miserable lack of integrity, ethics and morals. The row could be very long---Adada, Aguai, Gambari, Mohammed Younis the Somali- Sudanese Janjaweed, The Force Commander from Rwanda, Gibril Basole, ,.... all are here to get rich at the expense of the Darfuri blood... the killing the Darfrui and their cause on daily basis.

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