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December 9, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese army clashed today with troops loyal to the former Darfur rebel leader Minni Minnawi heading to southern Sudan, Sudan’s military spokesperson said today.

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SLA Minawi fighters ride at the back of a pick-up truck in El-Fasher, the administrative capital of north Darfur on Sept 19, 2008. (AFP)

Al-Sawarmi Khaled, Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) spokesperson accused Minnawi of moving his troops to southern Sudan in order to prepare for war. He also said that are now a target for the Sudanese army.

"We are searching for them and will engage them," he said.

Speaking to Reuters on Thursday 9 January six days after, SAF spokesperson, said without elaboration that the Sudanese army clashed with Minnawi forces.

"There were clashes and we defeated them yesterday," Sudan’s army spokesman al-Sawarmi Khaled said. "They were heading south and we attacked them. They have many wounded."

Sawarmi did not give further details about where the attack occurred.

Sudanese government accuses the ruling party in Juba, SPLM, of harboring Darfur rebel groups saying the separatist movement projects to use them in the future to destabilize northern Sudan in the future.

Sudanese presidential assistant and leading figure in the ruling National Congress Party Nafei Ali Nafei in an interview with the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera TV disclosed that they had delivered documents proving their accusations to South Sudan leader Salva Kiir.

But he added that Kiir dismissed these evidences which include the names of SPLA officers dealing with the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), lists of Darfurian leading rebels and their whereabouts.
Sudanese government and Minni Minnawi signed the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) on May 5, 2006 after one year of talks in Nigeria but the other rebel groups refused it.

The two parties failed to implement the deal as attacks and violence continues in the region since 2006.

Minnawi stated on Thursday that he has to intention to declare war against Khartoum. He further said his movement is ready for war if Khartoum seeks it.

"The door to dialogue will remain open if the government wanted it, but we will not seek it and we are not those who need it."

A government semi official media organ (SMC) said last week that Minnawi was advised to attend the conduct of southern Sudan referendum before to engage war with Khartoum.

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  • 10 December 2010 09:41, by Ajok Garang

    We don’t need more shouting about the Darfur rebel in southern region of sudan.....the only probem is that we don’t need anybody to blame SPLA now ,SAF failed to crush the rebels rights away from 2003 up to now and trying to cry after the southern sudan and i need to asure the Northen Sudan that " you will try to make use of force but now thing will help you guys "the rebels are not in southern Sudan to let them know .

    Ajok Garang Ajok Nhial .

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  • 10 December 2010 16:39, by mediing mut

    NCP Leadership and SAF

    Finghting is not an option inorder to gain your fake unity to ward southern sudan.We people of southern sudan are tired of your lies and endless talk, just leave us alone!.

    Don’t come again and kill our people in our land, as what you have been doing since 1956.

    Again, please watch out . Durfar is against you , Nuba is away to support your ass, .If you think , facing souther sudan armies is an easy task, please wait and see what will happen if the war broke out.

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  • 10 December 2010 19:21, by Udukcana.J

    I don’t think the khartoum regime will survive the next round of civil war if it happens to break out.In my opinion, khartoum doesn’t want to go back to war with the south for long,but wants to disrupt the referendum process and imediatly call for cease fire if the south reacted.Instead of fighting darfur rebels in the west, they have to link darfur rebels to the south to try to prolong the referendum becuase they know no sourtheners are willing to help them to bring the referendum to a halt.enemies of khartoum are in every corner of sudan these days.

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    • 11 December 2010 07:07, by Peter Elia Kuzee

      SPLA/SPLM.
      This bashir of khartoum is runing mad, reason is separation of the nation, Darfur war, ICC and overthrough of his govermant by his own people in khartoum.
      He will not survive all this probles,All corners is enemies of NCP. The only thing is all rebels in sudan should united and get rid of him within 29 days. Not by military neans, but political,he is not president of sudan now.Let his people hang him, just soon.

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  • 11 December 2010 10:59, by Victory

    To NCP:-
    War is not the best option for to deal with your rebles so call dafurins,south sudan is going to break away from you on 9/jan by all means,this is a warning for you: please deal with your dafurian rebles far away from south sudan not every time bombing south sudan claiming that you are hunting the rebles,we are tird of you& for your information we are all awar of your plan ’B’ ,it aim to interupt the referndum conduct due to take place soon,may God bless south sudan.

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