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Sudan’s army denies violating South Kordofan truce

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August 29, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan has downplayed allegations of violating its own ceasefire in South Kordofan State, saying it had merely "dealt with" attempts by the rebels to infiltrate certain areas.

Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir inspects the guard of honour during his first visit to Kadogli capital of South Kordofan State August 23, 2011 (REUTERS PICTURES)

The Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir last week announced a unilateral two-week ceasefire in South Kordofan State, where the country’s army has been fighting rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) since mid June.

Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes and land as a result of the fighting, according to UN estimates. The SPLM-N reacted skeptically to Al-Bashir’s truce, saying it aims to conceal a military offensive in the making.

A couple of rights groups on Monday accused the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) of violating the ceasefire, saying that SAF continues to “indiscriminately” bomb civilian areas.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in a joint statement that their researchers led a week-long mission to the area in late August and were able to establish that SAF had carried out 13 air strikes in Kauda, Delami and Kurchi areas where at least 26 civilians were killed and more than 45 others injured since mid-June.

According to the two groups, their researchers witnessed government planes circling over civilian areas and dropping bombs, forcing civilians to seek shelter in mountains and caves.

“The relentless bombing campaign is killing and maiming civilian men, women and children, displacing tens of thousands, putting them in desperate need of aid, and preventing entire communities from planting crops and feeding their children,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

“The Sudanese government is literally getting away with murder and trying to keep the outside world from finding out” said Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Advisor. “The international community, and particularly the UN Security Council, must stop looking the other way and act to address the situation”.

The statement cited local organisations on the ground as saying that the government had continued to bomb civilian areas despite the ceasefire.

SAF, however denied violating the ceasefire, accusing the rebels of attempts to take advantage of the truce.

The army’s official spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad told Sudan’s official news agency (SUNA) on Tuesday that a 200-strong force of SPLM-N rebels had attempted to infiltrate Al-Fayid and other areas in South Kordofan in a bid to exploit the ceasefire.

He added that SAF was able to detect their movement and dealt with them accordingly, without giving details.

The spokesman also alleged that SPLM-N rebels staged an attack on Al-Sabi area in Al-Dilling locality but SAF repulsed the attack.

Al-Sawarmi reaffirmed SAF’s commitment to the ceasefire but later added that the army would respond strongly if the ceasefire is exploited.

UN reports accused SAF and its allied paramilitary forces of committing a wide-array of atrocities during South Kordofan’s conflict, including "extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and illegal detention, enforced disappearances and attacks against civilians.”

The UN said the allegations, if substantiated, could amount to crimes against humanity or war crimes. Sudan labeled the reports as biased.

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  • 30 August 2011 09:50, by Aleu

    Dear brothers and sisters of Southern Kordofan.

    The damages already done and lives of innocents people have been lost. There is nothing would repair it back these things while, others Nubian people wandering around being force in their homes by SAF order by same Omar al Bashir.

    Why are you guys wasting your time to tell Khartoum dominate frankly speaking that, we would not be longer part of North Sudan government any more. If you guys don’t understand just look your Map and you will see Southern Kordofan is very close inside to Southern Sudan nation. Also the South Blue Nile is too far away from Khartoum and even in the back of Upper Nile State of South Sudan nation just look the Map. You guys should not be fool this time about name of Sudan, both States are parts of Souths in Sudan and if the one South break away then, your States should follow South Sudan as well as the South Darfur need to do same thing.

    The only solution in Sudan from any region is to make Khartoum dominate isolating from the rest of Sudanese societies and that is the only answer but failure to do so, your suffering will remain unchangable for many years. I am guessing that, the Oppositions maybe will fool Darfurian rebels by saying that, if they overthrow Omar al Bashir and his NCP then, the government will be good but in reality, they are all Arabs who supports Omar al Bashir during his indictment claiming, Omar al Bashir was not guilty according to our Islamic law which mean Black African Muslim are okay for government to get rid with them. You can also learn from the history of Sudan since the Sudanese gained independence in 1956, the Khartoum government were against Southern Sudanese seriously through economically and militarally. Now there is no doubt about their plan, they turns against all Black African tribes in around Sudan whether you shares religion with them or not you are absolutely subject in the eyes of Arabs and there is nothing would change that for sure.

    My question is that, do you want your grand children to face same situation.? What make you afraid to tell the world that, you don’t want to be part of Khartoum dominate government.? Do you real understand better Arab’s policy.?

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    • 30 August 2011 17:03, by mohammed ali

      Do you want their childrens toface death due to hunger?

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      • 31 August 2011 15:46, by amokraanthiec ooyee

        Bastard Ali,do people graze in South Sudan? if not are you killing Innocent Nubian because you are feeding them? Pliz don’t talk what annoyed God.Have you seen what happened to Qaddafi because of his brutality and autocratic leadership? The same thing is going to happen to your mother’s husband.Beside that ,the days are numbered to be handover to the World criminal judge Mr Ocampo.

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  • 30 August 2011 10:18, by Dinkawarrior

    Kordofan!
    Don’t worry we are on your sides, it is just a matter of times and help is on the way!

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  • 30 August 2011 19:39, by zol aweer

    Thanks Human right watch for your research in South Kordufan state,now the international community and UNSC MUST act base on that report right a way to save the innocent lives of Nuba.
    NCP wizard will always continue denying any violation that is happening in the Nuba Mountains areas, because that is part of their character of their regime.
    The wicked will never go unpunish !

    Nuba Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeee !
    Al-hilu Oyeeeeeeeeeee !

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