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Taha urges UN members to relieve Sudan of it’s external debts

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September 27, 2010 (NEW YORK) – Sudan’s Vice-President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha has implored members of the UN’s General Assembly to waive Sudan’s external debts and demanded that the UN withdraws the case of Darfur crimes from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Sudan’s Vice-President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha addresses the 65th General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, September 27, 2010. (Getty)

In his address before the 65th session of the UN’s General Assembly in New York yesterday, Taha said that relieving Sudan’s debts will “eliminate many doubts” surrounding a referendum vote due in January 2011 on south Sudan’s full independence. Taha also warned that the ICC’s involvement in Darfur poses “a direct threat” to the prospect of peace in the region.

Sudan faces possible breakup as it approaches a crucial referendum vote on the full independence of its already semi-autonomous region of south Sudan in January 2011. Delays in preparations for the plebiscite as well as little progress over post-referendum issues have recently catapulted Sudan to the forefront of international agendas.

"From this rostrum we call for the forgiving of the debts of Sudan according to the same standards applied to the least developed countries," Taha said.

Sudan has long complained that political discord with the West has prevented it from joining the debt relief program known as the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC).

HIPC is a program that was initiated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in 1996 to provide insolvent countries with debt relief and low-interest loans to cancel or reduce external debt repayments to sustainable levels.

The IMF puts Sudan’s external debts at about $35.7 billion, of which less than half is the original amount borrowed and the rest is divided between interest and late payment penalties. According to IMF, the figure is projected to reach $37.8 billion in 2010.

Taha further urged UN state members to support Sudan’s unity and monitor the referendum. Many analysts believe that south Sudan’s referendum is likely to split Africa’s largest country in two.

Taha did not omit to fulminate against the ICC, describing it as a tool to break the will of third world nations and “a direct threat” to peace in the region. He demanded that the UN withdraws Darfur case from the ICC and remits it to the Sudanese judiciary.

Darfur region sprang from oblivion in 2003 when rebels belonging mostly to African ethnicities in the region took up arms against the central government in Khartoum, accusing it of marginalizing the region.

An abusive counterinsurgency by the Khartoum government triggered one of the worst humanitarian situations in recent history. The UN estimates that the conflict killed 300.000 people and driven more than 2 millions away from their homes into refugee camps.

The UN Security Council referred the case of Darfur to the ICC which charged Sudan’s president Omer Al-Bashir with war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide allegedly committed during the seven-year conflict.

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  • 28 September 2010 04:17, by Wal P Muoranyar Biet

    Debt used to massacre millions can not be forgiven! Explain to the world what NCP spent $35.00 billions on, and your debt might be forgiven. I’m afraid that it may result in more charges against Bashir!

    Wal Peter Muoranyar

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    • 28 September 2010 04:40, by Aarai Baka

      There is nothing call debt relief for ncp since they use $35b to purchase the weapon, fighter jet to terrorized civilian instead of protecting them.

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    • 28 September 2010 05:57, by Dinka Boy

      You are right Mr. Muoranyar. Reliefing debts in sudan history like when Hassan Turabi said go to south and those christian even if you are killed here take this key to heaven with you the door shall be open for you. That was a indirect killing. The same way what Stupid want to say. What the debt for. And did you end up with such huge amounts of money. So there is a question. No body can trust NCP. They are must criminal ever exist in entire sudan and they are accountable for everything had happen.

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      • 28 September 2010 08:01, by Mohammed Haiba

        I do not exactly know the reasons behind the hatrid that some Southern Sudanese have for the Northern people although the later lodged and accomodated the former during the gurilla war in the South which indescriminately displaced innocent people. In fact the debit that the central government is calling for its relief was incured because of the sick and disabled South Sudan, otherwise,resourceful Northern Sudan with its civilized human resources could have avoid these debits.

        We appreciate that sensible and wise Southerners Sudanese understand the game being played by pro secession SPLM members to poison the relations between people of one nation.

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        • 28 September 2010 11:14, by Paul Ongee

          Ya Mohammed,

          Understand the article before you lay your fingers on the keyboard. Please, read this quote "Sudan has long complained that political discord with the West has prevented it from joining the debt relief program known as the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC)." Unquote. What is your point here? Did Taha say that the money was used for treating sick Southern Sudanese IDPs living in the North?

          Most Southerners moved to the North in late 1980s. Was there NO ANY debts before Southern Sudanese moved to the North? How did the debts amount so fast up to $35.7 billion? What kind of money was used to buy weapons from Russia and China for destroying infrastructure within sight in the South and Southerners as well? NCP obviously lives in denial. Saudi or Iran would have bailed Sudan out but because of the implications of geopolitical differences, Sudan would have to bear the burden until the end of the day.

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  • 28 September 2010 12:12, by Sudan virus

    No debt relieve on Sudan!

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  • 28 September 2010 16:11, by julius mowanga

    This heavy debts are accounted on the wellbeing of all the Sudanese,and North Sudan in particular.

    When Pre. Jafaar Alnemeri’s regime toppled in Apr 1985, Sudan has inherited 16 Billion US$ as core of International Debts,but the successive governments ignored to pay its premiums on time, till reached this 35.7 Bn$.

    Just a clarification point for those who thinks the funds used to fuel the civil war in South Sudan.NCP had attracted enough sponsorship for their dirty war"Jihad" from various radical Islamic States,Terrorist Organizations, even muslim individuals as the Saudi multi-billionaire Osama Ben Laden.

    This huge debts will weaken the Northern Sudan economy and may lead to further military intrusion in the South Sudan republic’s Oil-Fields to secure their survival,as USA invaded Iraq for the same purpose.

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