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April 20, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – North Sudan’s Defense Minister Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein has threatened to take military action against South Sudan in order to stop its alleged support to rebels from the western region of Darfur.

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Sudan’s defense minister Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussian (FILE)

In a televised interview with the Sudanese Blue Nile satellite channel on Monday, Lit-Gen Staff Hussein said that the north was still keen on peace, adding that this was evidenced by the north’s acceptance to let the south secede.

However, the veteran figure at the northern government threatened that military intervention in the south remains "a secondary option" if the region’s government does not stop what he alleged was its support to Darfur rebel groups.

"Take your hands off Darfur and expel the rebels," Hussein warned the south.

Sudan’s President Al-Bashir on Tuesday echoed claims that the south was providing support to Darfur rebels, urging the region’s government to refrain from such action, as reported by the country’s official news agency SUNA.

Al-Bashir also warned, in an interview published on Wednesday by the Guardian that south Sudan could become a failed state if issues of divisions and corruption are not quickly addressed.

Similarly, South Sudan has been accusing the northern government of supporting militias and defected army generals in its territories with the intent of destabilizing the region ahead of the declaration of its independence in July.

Last month South Sudan government produced documents showing orders being given by the northern army for the supply of arms to armed groups in the south, but the north alleged that the documents are forged.

North Sudanese officials have routinely accused the south of supporting and giving sanctuary to Darfur rebels, pointing to the presence in the region of Minni Arkoi Minnawi, the leader of a former Darfur rebel faction who defected from the government after he signed a peace deal with Khartoum in 2006.

The conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur erupted eight years ago when rebel groups belonging mostly to African ethnicities took up arms against the central government, accusing it of marginalizing the region. According to UN figures, 300,000 people died and 2.7 millions lost their homes as a result of the conflict.

Hussein iterated claims that the troubles in Darfur region were exaggerated by the West in order to give a negative impression about the situation there.

"The problem is that the Western nations are the ones who insist there is a problem," he said.

Separately, the country’s top military official said that Sudan’s shared borders with Libya, which has been fractured by an armed rebellion against the rule of its leader Muammar Qaddafi, were being closely monitored in order to prevent leakage of weapons into Sudan. “We can control the deserts to a large extent," he said.

The minister also claimed the existence of cooperation between the Libyan authorities and Darfur rebel group the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), whose leader Khalil Ibrahim fled to Libya after his erstwhile allies in Chad refused to allow him entry to the country following a thaw in previously-strained ties with Sudan.

According to Hussein, the revolutionaries in Libya found a JEM camp in Al-Kafrah.

In response to calls for his resignation against the background of an Israeli airstrike which incinerated a car in eastern Sudan earlier this month and killed two people, the minister said he was confident that he was doing his job properly.

He revealed that military reinforcements in Port Sudan and Sawakin, two towns in eastern Sudan, were being increased and that a review of military measures in the region was underway.

It was reported earlier this week that the Sudanese authorities had arrested an unknown number of people on charges of spying for Israel and providing information that facilitated the airstrike.

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  • 21 April 2011 09:26, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

    That claim is not going to keep you in the power since you are under the shame collapse.
    death to you

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    • 21 April 2011 23:43, by Waucity

      Don’t listen to him..We did not support Darfur rebel...They are true worriors who are fighting to free themselves from a very immoral man on the planet...The one that Survive on human misery of others...The one that shameless sold Sudanese people to Egyptian as slave and continue to shameless carry out slavery in the modern age...The one that, use to go to Northern Bar al gahazal kidnape people and let foreigners redeem them with their own money..Yet, he says we should all be Sudanese under one insulting flags...That man is an Arab. The man, he is a bully..not dignity!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 21 April 2011 09:27, by Hero

    Bring it on Madukuri! We’ve done it before and we’re ready to do it again."Sudan will not be the same again" Dr John Garang’s envisioned it, and it’s now true, South Sudan has gone, Darfur will follow and envitably Nuba Mountain,Khordofu, Blue Nile will too be freed.

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  • 21 April 2011 09:36, by Tiger black

    mr: Abdul Rahim, who are you to threat the south Sudanese people at this time all people are looking at you keen of the devil plan you have but you will not forget it, just attempts it is obviously known you are supporting the militia groups by supply them with weapons to destabilize the south Sudan.we have no relation with Durfur Re bell in south Sudan.calling war all the time you will smell the really smoke over Khartoum soon.

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    • 21 April 2011 11:43, by shadowmaster

      SMOKE OVER KHARTOUM!! LOL!! The SPLA cant do anything against the North. If the SPLA tries anything they will get crushed and dominated like always. Remember when the CPA was signed even Juba was under the control of the north. We’ll just send some fighter jets to bomb Silva Kirr’s tin box he calls his office, your drunken soldiers are already taking care of the rest, fighting and killing each other off.

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    • 21 April 2011 14:31, by Jay

      Darfur doesn’t need anybody’s help; they’re capable of defending themselves and their homeland.
      The notion that somehow South Sudan is helping the rebels in Darfur is just not true.

      South is not well enough to be helping others.
      If the north has its own problem, they should deal with it without any excuses.

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  • 21 April 2011 10:45, by Jalaby

    Jonobean,

    Before speaking the language of threat, intimidation and braveness you should first look at the cause of the problem!

    The fact that SPLM/A offers a safe haven and harboring the Darfourian rebel until this moment and provides them with all kind of logestic, indirect and direct support and this consider to be an act of aggression and unacceptable from a neighbor country!

    Until this moment we did not harbor any southern rebel leader and all of them exist inside the south and launch their attack against SPLA from there.

    I totally disagree with our defense minister of SAF intervention in the south, we don’t need to do that because the rebel in south are growing very fast and their numbers are increasing and it is just a matter of time till Goss and SPLM regime completely collapse!

    South should learn the lesson from our neighbors countries, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda and finally Chad, all these countries tried their best to topple Khartoum regime before and tried what ever they could but they all discovered the fact that they are hitting their heads against a big concrete wall that cannot be moved or demolished and came back empty handed and returned very good neighbors and friends at the end of the day and they continue to do so!

    My advise to you our neighbors, don’t mess with Sudan, it is big country and has many resources and unbeatable army, you can win a battle but never the war against SAF!

    I think it’s time for removing corrupted GoSS government and SPLA from power, we have many things in our hand that we can use against GoSS including cutting economy ties with the south, stop exporting the south share oil, stop the food ships from Kosti port from going south and all that will be inconjuction with powerfull attack from the rebel in south against SPLA and soon we can see new government in the south that serves south interst in the first place and has very close relation with north!

    Yes, it is doable!

    Jalaby (Abo Emma wa Shal)

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    • 21 April 2011 11:38, by Lo Isu

      Jalaby the illusionist.

      If you think you are that mighty how come JEM gives you a lot of headache here and there,even to the extent of entering Omdurman.
      Had it not been the help of JIU (SPLA inclusive)where would you have been by now?
      Secondly why rush to threaten South Sudan instead of dealing with the rebels directly?
      Since when has Darfur region become part of South Sudan?

      Your rebels are in Darfur and not in South Sudan Period!

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    • 21 April 2011 13:23, by Lamija Milaja

      Jalaby, Mohamed Ali & those fugitives beating the drum of war in Khartoum. Please control your airspace first then think of war with south. It is only Sudan that foreign airplane bombs in its territory and the government even does not know. You are touching wrong end. South Sudan planes will enter your airspace you will even not know. Darfur rebels alone entered Omdurman you even don not know and you think of threating south Sudan. This time if war breaks you will cross red sea only with "sorwal" as you entered Sudan - it will be mother of all wars which will involve Darfur, south Sudan, Nuba mountains and blue Nile, you will look for a place to hide yourselves better solve your problem with out touching south. South Sudan has demonstrated to all world how strong it is that is why it has separated and as Dr Garang has said Sudan will never be again the same. Let Khartoum better seek a good neighborhood with south. We know all militia leaders are in Khartoum what are you talking about?

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    • 21 April 2011 14:27, by Sudani Logik

      Arabized Shimaleen (Jalaby, Shadowmaster and Mo Ali)

      You guys need to get a grip on reality, Sudan is still one country until July 9th, so if Mini Minawi wants to stay in a Juba hotel, so what! If Darfuri rebells who use to fight your dirty war in the past and have woken up to your trickery want to roam the south, so what! You have no platform to argue from until July 9th.

      No need to mention the numerous individuals residing in Khartoum and declaring war against GoSS, you know who they are.

      Your threats are empty and meaningless to most southerners and other African Sudanese (real Sudanese) as they have suffered for decades under your ruthless divide and conquer rule and have survived. So stop crying like little boys and if you are real men? deal with the lethal strikes in the sovereign airspace of Sudan. But you can’t, because your bark has always been louder than your bite, shouting all day about Israel but cant do shit. FOOLS! Even Egypt continues to occupy Halaib triangle but your behind the scene drunken and boy fondling (pedophiles) leaders are busy looting while making threats to occupy the minds of the simpletons like the mentioned above shimaleen bigots.

      SAF are a bunch of pussycats, damn you guys are funny though!

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      • 21 April 2011 19:33, by mohammed ali

        Logik,

        You are repeating what Pagan the communist had said about Minni .There is no intelligence in that, you didn’t come up with something new!

        Well , now the NCP can claim the same thing about the rengade Generals; though most of them declared their rebillion from the south!

        Malija,

        Yes Isreal had pentrated our air space, and they are much more stronger than us! But what about you air space? Didn’t you complain that the SAF had bombed Darfurian Rebells in Bahar Elgazal several times? What did you do?!

        Stop the megalomania and sit down, there is huge room for settling all the problems amicably and friendly.Ordinary people are going to die! Are Pagan, Deng Alor, Luka Piong Deng and the rest of Abyei gang..are they going to die.They already fabiolous hotels in Kenya and Ethiopia was huge and regular income, they donnot want die.They are over represented in the GOS and in the SPLA, to maintain their grip on power they made the mess during the SPLA nomination for the last elections.This had lead to the present disaster and will lead to dangerous consequencies after July!They cannot hold all the southas a ransome to their cause!

        People are looking for peace , particulary in the south.They are fed up with war They need it earnestly .They bdeserve it very much

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        • 21 April 2011 23:53, by Waucity

          Mohammed, before our leaders were paid, they fight for us...and were willing to die all for us, it is just that death did not come to them..That’s why they are alive today...none..of your damn business what sort of money they have..shut up MOhammed!!!!!!!!!!!!If anybody die, it was because you Mohamed would not just leave people alone...why are you refusing Abyei to join South? Are Dinka Ngok your own people, did you come with them from Arabia or they my own people?...

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          • 22 April 2011 02:15, by mohammed ali

            Waucity,

            Who told you that I came from Arabia. You have been mislead all of your life.Go and read history and you will see that Sudan was called Nubia land.

            We are here before you come from North Tanganiga and Kenya and other Maasai tribes land from where you descended and genetically and liguistically linked.We still speak the Nubian language which is more than 7000 years old.

            Have you got such a history!

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            • 22 April 2011 05:20, by piol

              Mohammed, I think you need to read hisory yourself.Non of southern tribes came from those areas that you mention in your comment.some tribes immigrated from south sudan to Uganda and kenya.your are ackward my enemy.

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    • 22 April 2011 12:45, by Sombiri

      Mr. Minister for Defection. SAF have not fought any war . Be prepared for that war of intervention. We shall bring in your devil to flash you out.

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  • 21 April 2011 11:06, by mohammed ali

    It is not alleged support , it is a support which is confirmed b any the President of the GOSS! If you look at today’s edition of Sudan Tribune you will see the evidence of support of Abdul Wahid.

    Why concentrating on the threat of interference? The man said clearly that we are not looking for any war with the south and he does not see any reason for it except when the GOSS tries to interfer in our domestic affair.That is a red line!!

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  • 21 April 2011 11:12, by amon

    Lit-Gen Staff Hussain, what about those renegade generals from the South who are declaring their rebellion against the GOSS openly from Khartoum? You are the ones arming them and sending them to the South to terrorize the civilians, and you want to threaten us with war? or you just want to steal the oil? if want war then we will unite with the Darfurians, South Kordofan and Southern Blue Nile and f*@#@#ck up from Khartoum.

    Why do you keep on pointing an accusation fingers at others when you are feeling a pressure? STOP this threat of war that we have been fighting for over 50yrs.

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  • 21 April 2011 11:49, by monykuc, Southerner

    Defense minister,
    I think, what you are doing is absolutely negative accusation. In a simple logic, we all know that your government have been working earnestly to ensure the destablization of the South is successful. This has been negotiated for a long time and yet the destablization is increasing in the geographical boundaries of the South.

    Darfur Issue remained as a threat to Khartoum government in both militarily and legally since it has led to indictment of Omer Bashir by International Criminal Court. you must understand that the little percentage of oil money you are giving to the South can not fuel war in Darfur and cater for Southern Sudan exepenses.
    We always need to be realistic when talking about national issues.
    thanks

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  • 21 April 2011 12:05, by Ghai-nyanthy

    Abdul Rahim whatever you call your self:
    Goss is a government of south sudan working for south sudanese by south sudanese, forget about the rebell you were dealing with.

    Warning mr.lit. any military manoevre, the parliament will sign an aprovable for go ahead within aminute of your move and we will continue till the last breath of the last born.

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  • 21 April 2011 12:34, by Lorolokin

    Mr Hussein,

    You the corrupt minister in the National criminal party (NCP)of Albasher know the truth about war in sudan, am telling you this time around you will smell your fieces coz Darfurian and the Nubas are fed up of your propagander, we are not in 80’s where by you uses these our brothers to go to the southern soil for Jihad and at the end of the day they perished (may their soul rest in peace).

    Hey man don’t joke even the far North is collaborating with their marginalized people of B.Nile Darfur,S.Sudan Nubas Angasanas etc,etc
    NB.
    Dou you know the fate of Tarig Aziz ?

    Kinkak

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  • 21 April 2011 13:05, by Martin Muong

    Abdul we don’t give a damn about terrorism statement like what you have said that you want "to take military action against South Sudan".Just come cautiously otherwise you will go back shedding tears. You know SPLA well this is not the time you called SPLA "Kawariin" don’t get muddled dear readers this is a loan word from Arabic meaning bushmen. What a white lie! hahahaha...... that you want to take military action against South Sudan,haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    Mr Abdul You make me over laugh your stupid idea. SPLA is not like before it has equipped itself with weapons of mass destruction (WMD). World wide recognized warriors with the same interest of liberating Southern Sudanese. The reason you spent some years fighting with us is that,you use our stupid Southerners to fight against their fellow Southerners, if it wasn’t that,then we would have chased you from Sudan long time ago.you are counting on saying called "set a thief to catch a thief" like what you have done again, you hired Peter Gadet to fight against his own government. Shane on government base on mercenaries.

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    • 21 April 2011 14:07, by Born to Achieve

      To Abdel Rahim or whatever you call yourselfe,

      Be warnd,

      Dont start something you cannot finish,how are you going to start this war at the first place while your helpless soldiers like MOHAMMED ALI, JALABY,SMOKETIGER are hunging around in Europ & U.S.A? whom are you going to put in the front line sinc dafurian’s & southerns have taken stand not to corporate with you anymore?

      Stop talking your non-sens here or the media,who cares of your allegations.

      Go & confront Israel first then come & talk. Why fear Israel?they came upto your country & destroy your belongings & yet you are still quite!

      Please be carfull whenever you point a finger to GoSS because war is not just something light that everyone can mention it at anytime & anywhere.

      Be warnd..!!
      Think positive.

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      • 22 April 2011 02:09, by mohammed ali

        I am in Sudan!

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        • 22 April 2011 10:41, by Dut Monybor

          You are in Sudan What have you seen ?

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  • 21 April 2011 14:48, by tamar

    I think Bashir and his defense must be insane people,by saying South sudan must take his hand off darfur,and you crazy guys must take your hand away from supporting south militias, have you forgot that southerners and Darfurians are indigenous commuinties of sudan and they are as one father and mother but what is your relation with southerners? it is just amatter of destablizing south sudanand interms of corruption,you have been practicing corruption for more than 20 years and those who are in south have been in power for only six, now objectively who is more corrupt northerners or southerners? but because corruption in north sudan is heavily covered by thick blanket

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  • 21 April 2011 16:07, by Akech

    Abdel Mohamed and Beshir are playing their ball in a way that they will not survive, Calling for militry measure against South Sudan is a call for their death.
    Thief is always denying his action but no one can belive that the thief right so let them but they will be denied world. death to them.

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  • 21 April 2011 16:45, by Lokeji

    I don’t know why president Al bashir is keeping this failed man in this position? Oh! i understand, he is the uncle of our president that is why he is doing anything with impunity.this guy with heavy tongue did a lot of mess-up that deserved to be in prison by now since he was in the ministry of interior.the Ribat building colapse during his turn in the ministry of interior. the JEM rebels entered omdurman during his time.The first and the second airstruck in port sudan are all in his period.A man with this kind of record how can he lead a war with another country? he is actually known of making noise in the media, especially in sudan TV.Let us not adhere to his thread, because the north has not ability to wage another war in south, it has a lot of internal trouble that is threatening it’s unity.
    Therefore i argue the Goss to follow his own business than to be listening this first uncle of the state.

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  • 21 April 2011 17:14, by John Costa

    They are already fighting SPLA along Athor’s armies militia. They want to invade Unity State to keep the oil flowing to Khartoum, and in return funding Athor’s Militia.

    It is clear. Khartoum will lose 75% of its budgets, and yet on the media, the claim that South used to be burden on the North.

    Now, Athor has a direct line with Al-Intibaha News Paper. The ultimate goal is to stop the Independence of Southern Sudan on July, 9th.

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  • 21 April 2011 19:46, by Stephen kuach

    Mr.Abdel Rahim!you think you’re threatening the South,but you’re threatening yourself and your own citizens security,Southerners have never forgotten about the war or we never relax comfortably,but we’re still thinking for getting rid of you in a different way,the war that we had fought for twenty-one years had never left our hearts so be mindful to distancing yourself away from the south sudan’s business and leave us alone.if you were really smart enough to count the many war attempt that you have carried out against the south,including your heavily military in Abyei area,but you’re not learning,so quit what you’re blaming us for and find a right solution to solve these current issues.
    OG-Tiger!

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  • 21 April 2011 20:10, by umba peter

    The lack of knowledge by most people in the world to identify with one another has led to un-enjoyed years of life by most people especially in the Arab world. most often they are under supervision and threats follow them wherever they go and chaos has therefore become part of life in most Arab communities.

    Why then should you as a "mere human being" a Muslim or Christian, pagan, among others created in God’s not Allah’s image always like such life on earth?

    No wonder that one can still praise himself for failure to achieve a long stated objective (Arabization and Islamization)such as that which the Arabs had done up to this time.

    It is just a shame on war mongers because everywhere in the world war has been disapproved as the most rudimentary tool to attain success even by Americans and Israelis; not Iraq and the little Sudan in the hands of Muslim orphans from now where in the world are capable of any success through war.

    America and Russia had to had to stop war fronts in order for them to reach this level. It was only George W. Bush who succeeded in Iraq by hanging Sadam Hussien but with little benefits to his own country.

    This time South Sudan might be another country with different people. Never assume success over it until you finalize.

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