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SPLM’s northern sector calls for continuation of economic sanctions on Khartoum


March 26, 2011 (KHARTOUM) - A high-ranking delegation of the Sudan People’s liberation Movement (SPLM) northern sector which is currently visit the United Sates, urged Washington not to lift economic sanctions on Khartoum until it affirms commitment to democracy and human rights.

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Deputy chairman of the SPLM’s northern sector Yasir Arman (FILE PHOTO)

The northern sector delegation, which is led by its chairman Malik Aggar and deputy chairman Yasir Arman, has extended its visit to Washington on a request by the U.S’s permanent representative to the UN Susan Rice who is scheduled to meet the delegation at a later date in New York.

In a symposium held at Woodrow Wilson center in Washington, Yasir Arman urged the U.S Administration of president obama not to lift economic sanction it imposed on Sudan since 2007 over the situation in Darfur region unless Khartoum demonstrates commitment to democratic transformation, saying that President Al-Bashir’s government should not be rewarded for separating the south but for giving “freedom and democracy to the Sudanese people.”

Arman said that President Obama must include Sudan in his policy of supporting popular uprisings against dictatorships in the Middle East. He also stressed the need for writing a new constitution in north Sudan, saying that the new constitution must be “free, democratic and reflects the diverse nature of the Sudanese nation in terms of ethnicity, religion, tribes and languages.”

Furthermore, Arman criticized President Al-Bashir’s assertion that the north would be a purely Muslim country after the secession of the south, warning that the SPLM’s “military strength of 40,000 soldiers in north Sudan” should not be underestimated.

The SPLM’s delegation is scheduled to meet on Monday with White House officials and the U.S congress, including ambassador Lyman who is the Administration chief moderator for talks between north and south Sudan on post-secession arrangements. North and South Sudan are currently engaged in floundering talks over a wide-array of issues related to the disentanglement of the two states, including citizenship, sharing of oil revenues and external debts.

Yasir Arman said that the delegation had met with Daniel Baer, the U.S Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy Human Rights, and discussed issues of arrests, tortures and violations of constitutional rights, especially against women and youth, following a string of crackdowns by the Sudanese authorities against peaceful anti-government protestors over the last two months.

“The delegation discussed with Baer issues of constitutional re-configuration in north Sudan and the need for a comprehensive change and a national dialogue that excludes no one,” Arman said. “There is no escape from new constitutional arrangements that take into account the lessons of failure which led to the secession of the south and a consensus on how the north should be governed before who governors it,” he added.

South Sudan, whose population mostly ascribes to Christianity and traditional beliefs, voted almost unanimously in a referendum earlier this year to secede from the predominantly Muslim north and form an independent state whose official existence is due to be declared in July this year. The plebiscite was the final stage of the 2005’s comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended nearly half a century of north-south’s intermittent civil wars.

Arman stressed that the SPLM in north Sudan would revitalize the “new Sudan project” in view of the existing reality of two states in order to “reunify” Sudan on voluntary basis or achieve confederation between the two states.

The SPLM’s delegation also met with the U.S’s Assistant Secretary Of State for African Affairs Johnny Carson who, according to Arman, affirmed the administration’s keenness on north Sudan issues and the realization of new constitutional arrangements, a solution to the conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur and respect for the “popular consultation process.”

The two Sudanese states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan, which lie in the faultline between north and south Sudan, are scheduled to hold “a popular consultation” vote on whether the CPA’s implementation “has met public aspiration.” However, the vote does not entail the right of self-determination to any of them since they are both considered a part of north Sudan.

Arman said that the SPLM’s delegation had also met with Vicki J. Huddleston, U.S Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Africa, and discussed new security arrangements in the Blue Nile and the Nuba Mountains area in South Kordofan.

The delegation also met with a number of American advocacy groups and civil society organizations focusing on Sudan.


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  • 27 March 2011 10:51, by sid balad

    Dear Arman,

    We know the SPLM wants the downfall of Northern Sudan badly, u deny it in public and work for it day and night. Do u think if the US does not lift the sanctions u would achieve ur goals? Or do u think the US is waiting for ur advice to make a decision?

    North Sudan will always manage as it has done in the past. If the US wants to lift these sanctions it will be good for the both of us and if not we both stand to loose. Maybe us more than them but in any case we will mange, and the north will continue to grow.

    Sudans government and constitution might not be perfect but by complaining to the US u wont get far.

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  • 27 March 2011 11:12, by Jalaby


    That’s really funny. America is not a God .. can’t you understand that? America imposed a sanction against north for more than 15 years so what happened? we are able to build north infrastructure and export the oil (which the main revenue for the south now.. you have to thank us guys every day) without Americans help or support!!!

    I urge you to ask America to capture Mr. Athor and bring him to justice! I urge you to ask America to pull Abyei from north and give it to south! I urge you to ask America to give huge money to south because south desperately needs every penny to build the south! further more .. I urge you to ask America to make the sky rain!!!

    This is a desperate request from northern SPLM agents and traitors but for sure will not find any attention from Americans because America cannot break its promise that made it public infront of the world!

    Northern SPLM agents and spies will soon find themselves without any popularity and supporters as soon as we expel out all southerners from north because they are no longer Sudanese and became foreigners by their own choice!

    Wait northern SPLM agents and traitors we know how to make pressure on SPLM and GoSS and enforce them to cut all ties with you including cutting money source that comes from south because we know the weak part in SPLM and GoSS and we will work on it till SPLM comply to our all demands and become good boy!

    Jalaby (Abo Tagia)

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    • 27 March 2011 14:58, by Sudani Logik


      Get it through your thick head, perhaps if you loosen that imma, you might understand something.

      The delegation has nothing to do with South Sudan rebels, it has to do with the bigots like you who rule Sudan and where the main reason in breaking up the country. Southerners have not (will never) stopped being Sudanese, they just chose a political divorce from your racist and misguided kind. Its you and your likes who concentrate on being more Arab than Sudanese, Southerners will continue to be Sudanese long after you leave this earth.

      I don’t agree with the continuation of sanctions because it harms average northerners more than the idiots ruling North Sudan. But you are a funny and a wishful guy, the SPLM-North headed by one of the respected generals in the SPLA could not be threatened by SAF or NCP, they posses some of the most determined fighters (40,000 of them), some ministers in North Sudan can verify their calibre (they bare the scars of war) and not to mention the stupid attempt by the NCP to remove Malik Agar by force last year after fairly winning the Blue Nile governorship. They were advised by their own generals of the consequences if they pursued their doomed plan.

      The NCP could never have drilled a single well in south Sudan if it wasn’t for the help of southerners who cleared the way and fought their own brothers, and even with the billions gained they still couldn’t fairly distribute the wealth and the development that goes with it, instead they (NCP) became multi billionaires and the average citizen became worse off, the streets of Khartoum are more riddled with beggars than any time before the NCP regime. Ya Jalaby, wake up and instead of directing all your hate towards the Sudanese of the south, try to look hard at the status quo. You probably know all this already but blinded by hate and bigotry hence your constant insults of Sudanese from the south. The US is not God, but neither is the NCP, so stop worshiping them.

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      • 27 March 2011 18:38, by Jalaby

        Ya Mr. Sudani Logik,

        So southerners just chose a political divorce from north (I repeat north because NCP is just a political party who rules the north and the war between north-south was started before NCP captured the power and way back to 1955), they chose not to belong to north and remember Pagan Amum last words just few hours before referendum when he said insolently " Bye Bye for injustice, Bye Bye for lack of respect, Bye .. Bye ... ", why you guys "SPLM northern sector" fool yourself and refuse to accept the fact that southerners hate to be with north??!! they hate everything that relate or connect them to north, they fought north for 50 years whereas many of current NCP members not yet even born, who do you think you are going to fool??!! southerners or northerners? or yourself?

        Accept the fact that southerners want to have their own country, own identity, own African culture and not arabic culture, their own history, their own tradition, they just want to be a southerners for that reason they voted with 98% for separation..do you understand that??!!

        You guys should stop using southerners to fulfill your objectives that you failed to achieve through north people because you have no supporters among them.

        Again, southerners are not sudanese anymore because they chose not to be sudanese, we did not vote to separate them and no body gives us the right to vote for separating them, why do you call us racist while we never voted on this referendum but southerners voted and did choose to separate from north and for that reason we respect their choice and will revoke our citizen from them since they chose not to be with us and go for their own citizen and flag!

        Believe me, if southerners chose unity we will respect their choice and never say they are not sudanese but that is not the case.

        You are funny Mr. no logic, you are northerner and what you are saying is really amazing and interesting!!

        Jalaby (Abo Tagia)

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    • 28 March 2011 10:47, by harry

      Dear Jalaby,

      Good points Mr. Jalaby. You wrote that Egypt and Sudan were one country since the Pharaohs time. Why now Egypt and Sudan are two separate states?

      Can you give me an actual accounts and details about "when, why, and how" the break up of these two countries?

      Do you think Egypt and Sudan will re-unite later on in history? I know one time in history, Egypt and England were ruling Sudan through condominium rule, why did Egypt joint forces with England to invade rule and Sudan? Is it because Sudanese has darker complexions than Egyptians, or is it Egyptians thought Sudanese was backward and were not ready to govern themselves?

      I just like to share history with those who understand it better, and it seems to me you know your history very well. I am just curious to know those historical facts from owners perspectives. Thanks


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      • 28 March 2011 12:47, by Jalaby

        Dear Hary,

        Yes we were one country, have you ever heard about the black Pharoahs who rules both Egypt and Sudan and unified the two countries in one country??!!

        That person was our grandfather, his name is Piye and after that came his son Taharaqa.

        For more details, please find the link below from National Geographic magazine. (See Taharaqa picture in the link below, yes we look like him because he is our grandfather :-))

        One of the greatest—and last—of the Nubians who ruled Egypt in the seventh and eighth centuries B.C., the pharaoh known as Taharqa restored the grandeur of ancient temples along the Nile while fighting off Assyrians who invaded from the north. Assyrian king Assurbanipal’s troops finally pushed him south to his Nubian homeland, where he died in 664 B.C.


        Jalaby (Abo Tagia)

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        • 29 March 2011 01:45, by harry

          Dear Jalaby,

          Thank you for the information. Certainly, the info will help me with my research about the ancient Sudan. Once again, thank you.


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  • 28 March 2011 00:07, by ahme adam

    If the US wont lift the sanctions the NCP should stop oil transportation through the north

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  • 28 March 2011 02:18, by Deng E. Manyuon

    That is very intersting discussion going on this forum! Well the lifting of economic sanctions is badly needed by the NCP, and no one can deny that. Neither Jalaby, sid-balad or Ahme Adam could deny it. For the NCP to let the referendum in the South gone smoothly as we have seen, it was because of the USA promises to ease the sanctions against them. Otherwise, it would have been a different story all together! As such, that is the reason for the SPLM leaders Norhtern Sector to appeal for the reviewal of promises made. I personally agree with Sudani Logic when he said: "I don’t agree with the continuation of sanctions because it harms average northerners more than the idiots ruling North Sudan". And the reason I agree with Sudani Logic is that the Northern oppositions should seriously seize this opportunity of Northern Africa and Middle Eastern waves and winds of popular uprisings and revolutionaries. They should consolidate their bases and urge them to join youth who are planning to go out soon in order to force Omar Hassan Al-Bashir out of rule. Economic sanctions are only affecting ordinary citizens and not rulers.

    Also, the SPLM Northern Sector leaders got it right when they said that the North Sudan is still multi cultural and ethnic society. No room for one race(Arab) to determine the destiney of the divorced country. The Consitution has to be revisited. Democratic reforms are needed badly.

    For those who say that the Southerners should not call themselves Sudanese, well name has never been an issue in the South. We are happy with what we’ve got...freedom, destiney, dignity and honour to raise our heads among other nations of the world.


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