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Darfur JEM say US must rethink approach with Khartoum

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July 2, 2009 (PARIS) – Darfur rebels urged the US administration to review its approach in dealing with the Sudanese government saying the current constructive engagement with Khartoum government is harmful for a just resolution of the six year conflict in Western Sudan.

Scott Gration the special envoy of the President Barack Obama pressed the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in a meeting held last week in the Chadian capital Ndjamena to sign a ceasefire agreement despite the non-implementation of goodwill agreement since five months as held by the rebel group.

During a press briefing held in Washington last month Gration told reporters there is no genocide in Darfur but the "remnants of genocide”.

The envoy’s remarks drew widespread criticism by Darfur advocacy groups and the US State Department issue a statement the next day to reaffirm the official position of the US administration over the genocide label.

Ahmed Hussein Adam the official JEM spokesperson regretted the pledge made by the US envoy to normalize bilateral relations between Khartoum and Washington and lack of pressure to push the Sudanese government to enforce the confidence building agreement they signed on February 17, with the Sudanese government.

“There is no significant change in the strategy of the government with regard to the settlement of Darfur crisis. The military solution remains their only option. Washington should not reward Khartoum but punish it to stop the killing of civilians in Darfur” Adam said.

The rebel official stressed that the appointment of Ghazi Salah Al-Deen Attabani as government top negotiator does not mean there would be crucial change in the position of the government toward a swift political solution of the conflict.

He underlined that the top negotiator has no strong standing among the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and this would lead him to be less flexible.

Gration had requested JEM rebels to join the negotiating table two month ago to discuss the implementation of the goodwill agreement with Khartoum but he failed to persuade Khartoum to allow the return of the evicted aid groups or to release prisoners of war.

"The humanitarian situation contrary to what Gration says did not witness any improvement," he said.

The JEM spokesperson praised the solidarity of the American people and the position of US Administration on genocide in Darfur. He also underlined the important humanitarian assistance supplied by the different administration to Darfur IDP’s and refugees.

With regard to the ceasefire agreement, Adam said JEM have no objection to the cessation of hostilities but the government wants to sign it to "dedicate its time for other things."

He also regretted Gration’s support to the tribal approach for the settlement of Darfur conflict, saying the problem is between the NCP government in the centre and Darfur people.

"There is no problem between the people of Darfur," he added.

The rebel official said that Abuja agreement had been built with the same logic but failed to end the conflict.

Nonetheless, Adam said JEM is ready to cooperate with the US administration in the resolution of the conflict. He further said such cooperation should be figured on a comprehensive and clear approach.

"The solution of Darfur conflict is not incompatible with the CPA implementation, and both will lead to the democratic transition in the country," Ahmed said.

The UN says up to 300,000 people have died and more than 2.2 million have fled their homes since the Darfur conflict erupted in February 2003. Sudan says 10,000 have been killed.

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  • 3 July 2009 05:53, by oshay

    The US government is not at the service of the JEM, I think the JEM is getting way ahead of its self. They’re overestimating its significance and power. The JEM is not the SPLA, i believe if the government mobilized the same amount of men it deployed to fight in the South and bought more modern helicopters the JEM can be crushed within months, just like the Tamil Tigers.

    The current approach is the only approach to handle Darfur, the US got no where in the 90s with its hostility. Only when it changed its tune in 2003 did the longest civil war in Africa end. Khartoum however never got its reward from Washington when it signed the CPA, which was to lift sanctions and normalize ties.

    The JEM is the movement of Khalil Ibrahim not the Darfuri people, it is all about power not resources or equality. If Khalil got offered a vice presidency post, he’ll lay down his weapons immediately. I personally believe the government should not go down this road and kill the Chadian rat for the murders he committed in Omdurman

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  • 3 July 2009 06:31, by Akol Liai Mager

    Even Russian Antinope/Mig 29 Jet Fighter and Chines Gunship companies come to manufacture these killing machines you are talking about in Khartoum, still right will prevail over wrong.

    You have shown the clear tone of enemy, but remember that; NIF always talks about crushing few Bandits & Cross-road out laws in the south, Dinka Bor SPLM/A, Church support rebels in 1 month time. Since then, SPLM/A grew larger and larger in a very surprising way to Khartoum based NIF regime. This scenario will repeat itself in Darfur friend if you refused to learn the lesson from SPLM/A and decide to underestimate the power of right all times.

    Now, SPLM described by NIF militia generals as weak and should be wipped off-Southern Sudan boarders has become number 1 challenger.

    However, JEM and other Darfur Freedom Fighters will push off the wounded NIF regime. Just wait for few months and you will believe or disprove me.

    Language of killers is just the same worldwide as hyena voice.

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    • 3 July 2009 06:49, by oshay

      No I disagree, the fact that the tamil tigers who it can be argued was Sri Lanka’s SPLA was defeated shows they weren’t right after all.

      The only thing the SPLM achieved was to have 50% of the oil and a vice presidency post, they achieved next to nothing in terms of a change toward a secular Sudan which they fought to impose a Leninist/Marxist rule and now have gone the opposite of the original message of Garang which is toward a united Sudan to a tribalist ruled failed state to be.

      The only similarity between the JEM and SPLA is that they’re both headed by traitors, one was a measly soldier the other was a once respected physician and government official.

      The Sudanese military could easily crush the JEM just as it did in the outskirts of Khartoum something to their credit the SPLA could never do in 22 years.

      The JEM can never push the government away because Sudan is not Liberia, the government has 95% control over Darfur.

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      • 3 July 2009 07:32, by Lokorai

        We all know that Census exercise never covered everywhere in the South, by rejecting, what do we want to do or say to be done, estimate or get back to recount?

        Please don’t let this matter stop the march to 2011

        Lokorai

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