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U.S. mulling aid operation in Blue Nile and South Kordofan: report


January 19, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The United States is considering taking a unilateral move that would aim at providing aid to hundreds of thousands of people who face the daunting prospect of famine in Sudan’s border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan, according to a newspaper report.

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Former U.S. Special envoy Princeton Lyman (AFP)

Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) is battling rebels from the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in the two states since June 2011 in South Kordofan and September 2011 in Blue Nile.

The United Nations humanitarian chief Valery Amos visited Khartoum earlier this month to discuss the humanitarian situation in the two states with the Sudanese officials and called on the government to allow UN and international aid workers to reach the rebel controlled areas. But Sudanese officials refused this request.

The U.S. special envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman warned during his visit to South Africa this week of a humanitarian disaster according to statements carried by CNN.

He said that half a million people will face an emergency bordering on famine by March if international humanitarian organizations are not allowed into these areas.

"There is a looming humanitarian disaster in Sudan," Lyman warned in the South African capital Pretoria as part of his effort to rally support for African intervention in Sudan.

"Africa needs to speak with one voice," Lyman said. "Africa needs to say, ’We cannot allow this to happen.’"

Groups like the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF must be able to work in the border areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, he said.

The U.S. official urged South Africa to press Sudan on allowing aid groups particularly as it is the rotating president of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) this month.

"As chair of the United Nations Security Council this month, South Africa can play a role in preventing a colossal disaster," Lyman said.

But the U.S. appears to also be preparing contingency plan in case Khartoum continues to resist.

We are simply not going to sit back and watch while 100,000 people starve to death," a state department official, speaking on condition of anonymity told The National newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates.

"We are actively planning and Khartoum knows this." the official added.

But some Sudan experts warned about such a move.

"Such a move could potentially prompt a negative response from Khartoum, cause further deterioration of US-Sudan relations, and generate consternation from those already made wary by international intervention in Libya” said Zach Vertin, a Sudan analyst with the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG).

"Khartoum will certainly try to portray it as South Sudanese assistance to a rebel group, rather than as a humanitarian response to Khartoum’s own intransigence," said John Ashworth, an expert on the region who has spent 28 years in Sudan and South Sudan.

The Sudanese ambassador to South Africa, Ali Yusuf Alsharif, warned that the situation in his country could become worse than Somalia — but he said that outside pressure will further complicate the situation.

"The world has looked at Somalia, not knowing what to do," he said at the conference. "But if you push everyone (in Sudan), you could have a situation worse than Somalia."

In a related issue a delegation from SPLM-N in the United States met with UN Humanitarian Chief on Wednesday for discussions on the situation the ground in the two states.

“The SPLMN affirmed its position that negotiations about the humanitarian assistance to the IDPs in South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile States, need to follow a tripartite approach that includes the United Nation, the SPLMN and the regime in Khartoum, since the majority of those IDPs are in the SPLMN controlled areas” said a statement by the SPLM-N.

“The SPLMN requested the Office of the Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and the United Nation Security Council to address the humanitarian crisis in South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile States seriously given the fact that General Elbashir Government is deliberately using food as a weapon and denying access for humanitarian assistance which constitutes a war crime. The displacement of the civil population of South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile States came as direct result of the Khartoum government policies of targeting the civilian population”.

Today the Sudanese army confirmed clashes with SPLM-N in the southern part of the Blue Nile state.

"The army was clearing the areas of rebels," SAF spokesperson Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad said, denying that a helicopter had been shot down as SPLM-N claimed.

Teh rebel group said it mnaged to destroy five military vehicles.


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  • 20 January 2012 08:25, by Daniel Buolmawei

    U.S. must do it otherwise, God will not forgive you for letting this food-genocide happen in your eyes.

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    • 20 January 2012 14:53, by Lang

      Where are the Northerners to condemn the starving of their own people by khartoum? Or are they all just worried about some arrest of khartoum students but don’t give a shit about the rest of their country?

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  • 20 January 2012 08:33, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    Funtastic, this is another ways of telling the evil in the face that he or she is a evil and dose not deserve to killed people for no reason.
    Go haed and see what will the evil say.
    No fly zone will follower that soon.
    death to fake arab of Sudan.

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  • 20 January 2012 09:28, by Martin Kat

    President Bashir with your government don’t invade more problem by yourself. Please allow international NGOS to providing aid to hundreds of thoussands of people from Blue Nile and Kordofan, unless your government will be like Gaddafi government immediately.

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  • 20 January 2012 09:41, by Majak Mawien

    Food aid to IDPs in Kordofan/Nuba Mountain and Blue Nile needs to reaches civilian as humantarian law concern. UN can uses all magnetism to ensure that food aid is access to world’s volnurable population and internatinal community should put pressure on Sudan govt to stop ongoing war and make inclusive peace in Sudan. President, sound much for peace and development simply u see rebels beside u.

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  • 20 January 2012 09:57, by Madina Tonj

    Khartoum Regime have been successful by ignoring U.N. And the rest of International community since the killer Omar al Bashir was indicted. They murders Darfurian and later they started another genocide in both Southern Kordofan and South Blue Nile. The only solution is to get written off Khartoum government because this is become another Adolf Hitler of Germany and must not allow to exist on eart

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  • 20 January 2012 10:28, by Chuangah

    Bravo US for taking this move, our pples in s blue nile and nuba moutains are starving, Fake arab of sudan have been using food as weapon to kill the helpless pples of nuba and iggessena of blue nile. Thanks for creating another lifelines for the people of the border areas. Thats how we south sudanese have been suffering for decades we lost 2.5 million not becoz of war alone but famine too.

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  • 20 January 2012 10:29, by SeekingTruth


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  • 20 January 2012 10:46, by Chuangah

    Omer bashir and his islamic party the NCP or National Criminals Party are another thread in the north east african counties. Removing bashir and is party will result in permenant peace in the sudan. He will not be remove peacefully but by following the process of which he tooks power simply he will be out or else uprisings. Omer has killed many pples in sudan,Godoneday in heaven will rejudged him

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  • 20 January 2012 11:59, by powertoall

    If the UN lacks the power to exercise force, then the U.S. should take steps to stop the devil from destroying innocent people. He’s done enough. No one deserves to suffer and die because of him. I wonder why he calls on God when God turns his back on him for his crimes.

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  • 20 January 2012 15:01, by khalid

    it must be serious action albashir regime no fly zone its only way to help IPDs and refugees

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