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Sudan’s Bashir affirms reservations on S. Kordofan accord

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July 4, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir on Monday reiterated his opposition to certain aspects of the agreement signed with the Northern sector of the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) to de-escalate the situation in South Kordofan.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir pictured in Khartoum after returning from China, 1 July 2011 (Reuters)

Last month, the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) headed by Bashir agreed in the Ethiopian capital to recognise SPLM-North "as a legal political party in Sudan". Officials in North Sudan have said in the past they will not allow the SPLM-North to exist after July 9, when South Sudan secedes, calling it an extension of a foreign party. The SPLM is the governing party of South Sudan.

Many hardliners within the NCP rejected the accord. In response Bashir, who chairs Sudan’s ruling party, appeared to row back on some aspects of the agreement. Last week Bashir vowed to continue military operations in South Kordofan against SPLM units there headed by former deputy governor Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu.

Sudan’s official news agency (SUNA) reported that during the closed summit of the Inter Government Agency on Development (IGAD) in Addis Ababa, Bashir said that while he concurred with the spirit of the agreement he stressed that the SPLM-North have yet to conform with laws on creating political parties.

The Sudanese leader said once the SPLM-North does that then they are welcome to operate in the North like other political parties already in existence after the South becomes an independent state.

SPLM is the dominant party in the South but people of the Nuba mountains and Blue Nile joined ranks with them in the mid to fight the central government in Khartoum during Sudan’s second North-South civil war.

Bashir also emphasised that there will be no new arrangements that are at odds with the protocols of Blue Nile and South Kordofan that were part of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

In a meeting with the former South African president Thabo Mbeki who heads the African Union High Level Panel (AUHIP), Bashir called for expediting the formation of the joint committees that will discuss the security arrangements in the two border states.

South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, also held talks with Bashir in Addis Ababa.

The IGAD summit’s final communiqué called on the international community to support the peace process in Sudan for the sake of stability. It also hailed the recent agreement on the disputed border region of Abyei and extended thanks to Mbeki who helped mediate the accord.

"(IGAD) strongly commends President Bashir and ... Salva Kiir for signing the framework agreement for continuing negotiations after July 9, 2011, for the resolution of all outstanding issues in the spirit of the CPA," IGAD said in a statement.

But it said it was concerned about the lack of progress in other areas, including post-referendum discussions over splitting debts and how the South will pay the North to transport its oil to Sudan’s only sea port, on the North’s Red Sea coast.

In a related the issue, the head of the NCP political bureau Ibrahim Ghandour criticised remarks made by governor of Blue Nile state Malik Agar in which he warned of an all-out war that extends all the way to Darfur if the Northern party reneges on the agreement signed in June under the auspices of the African Union (AU).

Agar signed the agreement on behalf the SPLM-North with a presidential assistant representing the NCP side.

The North and South, which fought a civil war for decades, have yet to agree on the position of their shared border and how they will manage oil revenues.

The North’s army and fighters with links to the South have also been clashing in Southern Kordofan, the North’s main oil state since early June displacing thousands of civilians and killing an unspecified number.

(ST)

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  • 5 July 2011 08:14, by Michael Angelo

    Bashir,

    You want it or not SPLM Northern Sector will operate in the north after July 9 as a legitimate political party. SPLM Northern Sector is only Party that will get rid of the NCP in the nearly future.

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    • 5 July 2011 10:17, by Sam.Eto

      If you’re not a northern Sudanese citizen i suggest you shut up and mind your business ! If i were you i would worry about including your own southern parties in political affair and deal with the rebellions about to take over upper Nile and unity states and soon to run juba over. Bashir statement is clear – if the SPLM North wants to be a recognised party it has to first put down all its arms - NO POLITICAL PARTY is allowed to have its own army and second to register like all other parties. If this is not simple enough for you – tough. You need to go back to school – if you did in the first place.

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  • 5 July 2011 08:25, by George Bol

    The peace has been signed that the SPLM/A will be the political and military wind in the North. The two states must maintained SPLM/A until their full peaceful means and their interest has been fulfill in the popular consultations. NCP need to be careful for his rhetoric other the the two will combine with Darfur and the others and they can swept out the Khartoum within a month. bashier make the Darfurians and some of African tribes he has been using during the war against the South. Sorry for Omar who do not know his fall. Soon Khartoum will be the curse and the North are going to cry after the South without preconditions. Thanks

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  • 5 July 2011 09:15, by zol aweer

    Bashir is a fool,why can’t you make statement like president.
    Whether you like it or not, SPLM must work in North in order for the marginalized areas to meet their aspiration of struggling.NCP should comply with that agreement, or else the will quit Khartoum in zero hours from 9th-July.
    Nuba Oyee! Blue Nile Oyee ! Darfur Oyee Beja Oyee !

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  • 5 July 2011 11:12, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Sam Eto must know that Black Africa will not rest until justice is served to the people of Darfur, Kordofan and Blue Nile Black Africans by your racist uncles.

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