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Sudan’s former PM treated southerners ‘like slaves’, Djibouti’s president says


December 15, 2011 (PARIS) – The president of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh defended his Sudanese counterpart Omer Hassan al-Bashir saying that he had the “courage” to accept the secession of the south.

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Sadiq al-Mahdi, head of the National Umma Party, the country’s largest opposition party, speaks to Reuters during an interview in Omdurman December 12, 2011 (Reuters)

South Sudan officially became an independent state last July after a referendum held in January showed overwhelming desire by Southerners in to break away from the north.

The plebiscite on self-determination of the southern population was a key part of Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended over two-decades of a bloody civil war between Christian dominated south and the north, which is governed by Islamic Shari’a Law.

In an interview with Paris-based Jeune Afrique this month, Guelleh said that he took the decision to receive Bashir for his inauguration ceremony last May despite being a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) which issued two arrest warrants for the Sudanese leader in 2009 and 2010.

“I received him in all conscience because I believe he does not deserve to be dragged before the ICC. I’m sorry, but Bashir is not what is said of him” Guelleh said.

“He is the only Sudanese leader to have had the courage to negotiate with the South, and accepted the amputation of his country in the name of peace” he added.

The Djiboutian president slammed Sudanese opposition leaders and singled out former prime minister and leader of the opposition National Umma Party (NUP) al-Sadiq al-Mahdi.

“Remember how his [Bashir’s] opponents today starting with Sadiq el-Mahdi, treated the southern Sudanese like slaves” he said.

Guelleh dismissed the Darfur conflict’s labels of genocide as a plot by “lobbies and pro-Israel evangelicals”.

“Yes, Djibouti is a signatory of the Statute of the ICC. But that does not stop me to say that the practice of this court, which is only interested in African politicians is wrong” he stressed.

The ICC judges reported Djibouti’s non-compliance with the warrant to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) but the latter took no action.

The African Union (AU) in several resolutions since July 2009 ordered its members not to cooperate with the court in arresting Bashir even if they are ICC members.


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  • 16 December 2011 11:09, by sober

    Please keep your mouth shut Sadiq al-Mahdi , you and your sister wife hassan Turabi are main reasons of recent grate bit fall in sudan .Albashir is a humble man with zero level of politics. He duped.

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    • 16 December 2011 11:30, by Logic

      lol.lol, Bashir, Almahdi, Nemeri etc etc... are all cut from the same cloth. Bashir brutally extended the war after he seized power, he was forced to negotiate for peace and not because he wanted to.

      Bashir routinely referred to African Sudanese as "abeed" many in his circle would confirm this. Just like the bigoted northern commentators on here, all harbor a complex of superiority.

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      • 16 December 2011 13:10, by Chanson

        Bravo! Big Logic. Thump up bro! you got it right Nimeri,shadiq Al mahdi ,Abbud,Bashir and list go on long .They are all the same killers of the Non-Arabs tribes.Bashir excepted the breaking away of the South due to the drawing process .We all knows very well that if two team meet on the football pitch and they all fail not to score any goal, they may immediately go for penalties....

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        • 16 December 2011 13:15, by Chanson

          ..And that is exactly what happened between us and they north Sudan.We don wishes them back luck but if the bring it,I sure we will walk through it.Coz we don give a damn about anything come on our way.Thank one more time for pointing the truth out.


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          • 16 December 2011 13:18, by Chanson

            I meant we don wish them bad luck..


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      • 16 December 2011 19:49, by mohammed ali

        Logic, all Sudanese are bad in your eyes, whom do you want? If you are a southerner as you claim, just leave us alone, we are quite capable of dealing with our problems.You have your problems, deal with them instead of defending the undefendable; like your defence of corruption in SS!

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  • 16 December 2011 17:46, by BM Bol

    There’re few things that need correction here. First off, all Sudanese dictators have treated South Sudanese like slaves. Many people may not be familiar with this, but it was Sadiq al-Mahdi who formed Marahaleen known nowadays as Popular Defend Forces or Janjaweed.

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  • 16 December 2011 17:47, by BM Bol

    As far as Bashir concerns, he was forced to sign the peace to safe himself from being attack & remove by Bush. Please read more how the CPS came about. There’re big difference between having the courage to do something & being forced to do something. Please get these facts right & stop making hero out of Bashir.

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    • 16 December 2011 19:07, by Northern Sudanese

      Forced???? forced for what?why didn’t they force him 21 years earlier then.we are not scared of your owners the whites.we fight for our country and we die for it we have something called Jihad.we are not scared of bush who killed 1 milion iraqi people and called it a mistake!!!!!we are not scared of the west who traded you as slaves and then speak about Human rights. they started slavery. a fact

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      • 16 December 2011 20:08, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Mr. Northern Sudanese,

        Be careful what you wish for it might just happen. United States had (President Bill Clinton) bombed Khartoum once and they can do it again, so be careful. president Bush warn Bashir, sign CPA or else. Bashir is a coward and a world most wanted criminal and he should hang.

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        • 16 December 2011 23:07, by Northern Sudanese

          when the US bombed us doesn’t mean they invaded us.we were all victims because it was the only medicine factory so southerners were also victims and we were in civil war anyway.but now you haven’t spoken about the fact of slavery.The people who started slavery and traded you as slaves are your friends? we don’t listen to the icc they started slavery.because of them you are called slaves everywhere

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      • 16 December 2011 21:37, by Joseph Canada

        First you dont know nothing. The reason why Beshir divide the country is to save himself from being removed out of power. Common man, you know very well that we would’ve taken the whole Sudan jointly with Darfurians, Eastern sudan, Nuba mountain, Cordofan and Northern Blue Nile.Sometimes i pittyyou people because you just say what you are told and not questioning it. Jihad!! do you even know or

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        • 16 December 2011 21:48, by Joseph Canada

          try to ask what it means? I really pity with you Sudanese because even in the Middle east you are not even classified to be Muslim enough. You don’t even step those filthy and nasty pride into the Mohamed magnetic statue in Mecca. Poor you who don’t know their roots and talk to much. You don’t belong to Africa or Middle east either. I pity on you brother.You dont even know what coulr is your skin.

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          • 16 December 2011 23:24, by Northern Sudanese

            my colour is black and where i belong is North Africa you*****.what you said is wrong in the middle east they think were not Arab because don’t look like them but the other countries like Egypt,Libya and the rest of North Africa understand it.but we are 100% muslim.who said that we are not considered muslim enough where the hell did you get dat from?stop lying most of what you said is a lie!

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        • 16 December 2011 23:14, by Northern Sudanese

          Darfurians won’t stand against there Muslim brothers that is called haram in Islam as well as the east,south kordofan and many in the nuba and blue nile.have u watched junud alwatan when the people were cheering with the army in blue nile when they kicked out Agar?Bashir wasn’t scared to be removed he wanted to give you freedom. now we don’t like him because he divided the nation dont u have brain

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    • 16 December 2011 21:30, by Joseph Canada

      To Mr. Northern supporter, I dont know if you really know who started slavery but i encourage you to read more. I believe even the way your looks is, you are not a ware that your great great Grand mother was African sold slave and your great grand father bought her from her master, who was an a rab.Check again the roots of slavery and follow carefully. You said something that you are not scared,

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      • 17 December 2011 19:48, by Northern Sudanese

        the first people who started slavery were the whites even during the days of jesus christ the first slaves were whites. in the North of sudan no one was a slave that never ever happened in north sudan and you don’t know anything when they the whites traded africans they did not trade every single african.a fact so stop lying

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  • 16 December 2011 21:33, by BM Bol

    Northern Sudanese,
    I mentioned in my comments that anyone who doubts Bashir wasn’t forced into signing peace agreement must read the history of CPA and how it came about. It’s simple as that.

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    • 16 December 2011 22:00, by Joseph Canada

      Dear BM Bol, My brother you are wasting time telling that guy to read the CPA do you think he will, No because they are not allowed to reason or to do more research. He have to do what he’s told. for example they have to be told at exactly two pm, you have to wash your feet,touch your ears and turn upside down. and he will say yes. why because he is always granpa has done that as well as great et

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    • 17 December 2011 05:38, by Master

      Only people with small minds think if someone signs a peace deal they are being defeated.

      FACTS: The time Bashir signed the peace deal -
      1. Oil prodcurting & output was increasing.
      2. Sudans economy was strong - Top 10
      3. Sudan recieved advance Military capabilities from China and Russia.
      4. SPLM was being defeated miserably and SAF was in control of 90% of South Sudan

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      • 17 December 2011 05:41, by Master

        5. Sudan wanted to improve relations with the West - esp US. US stated this can only be done of you sign a peace deal. They also offered economic insentives. But ofcourse they lied. (This is the MAIN reason Sudan signed the deal)

        You brainwashed nuts can tell yourselves whatever, but these are facts. Your dehydrated, alcohol infested dead brain cells, dont have the capacity to understand.

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      • 17 December 2011 05:45, by Master


        Since independence - no Sudanese leader, including the ones you ironically call friends - like AlMahadi, NEVER would have given you freedom. Bashir did it ! Be honest at least and admit that. Weather he like it or not - he did it. Have a drop of sincerity in your blood and admit that. Hate all muslims and arabs if you want - But you OWE Bashir your independence and Freedom. Backstabbers

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        • 17 December 2011 05:48, by Master

          Everyone around the world know this about bashir - Most africans, chinese, arabs, asians and south americans. The only people that chose to ignore this are the west and Djibouti’s president is right - lobbiest and crazy evangelicals are the ones that want him - WE ALL KNOW WHY. But they are the ones who slaved you and now want to help you and be your friends. IDIOTS you are !

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  • 17 December 2011 06:52, by BM Bol

    It’s funny how truth inadvertently come sometimes. You said “Only people with small minds think if someone signs a peace deal they are being defeated.” Don’t you think what you wrote here contradict the rest of your argument? Please refer back to the point that I made early. I want you tell the netters how the CPA came about? Don’t tell me Bashir just woke up one day and decided to sign peace.

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    • 17 December 2011 08:30, by Sam.Eto

      Master didnt say Bashir just woke up one day and decided to sign peace - he stated 5 very clear point. instead of ignoring them why dont you comment on them. They are facts - If YOU have ANY evidence to the contrary and not just your dreams or delusions ideas - please enlighten us !!

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    • 17 December 2011 08:47, by Sam.Eto

      With the SPLA/M weakened by the 1991 fall of the Mengitsu regime in Ethiopia & internal disputes, inter-ethnic fighting broke out in the South. Khartoum’s harbouring of Osama bin Laden and other Islamic fundamentalist groups in the early 1990s led to international isolation. In 1998, the US responded with a cruise-missile attack to terrorist bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam.

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      • 17 December 2011 08:49, by Sam.Eto

        So you can clearly see that Master was correct.

        SPLM was weak
        Sudan wanted to improve strained ties with the US.


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        • 17 December 2011 09:41, by Sam.Eto

          Israeli weapons ’bound for rebels’ in southern Sudan
          Saturday 19 March 1994

          Both wings of the SPLA are being rapidly rearmed but the source of its new weapons has remained secret. The SPLA, deeply riven by internal divisions, has almost no resources of its own and faces defeat. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel, American allies opposed to the Islamic fundamentalist going to drain Khartoum’s resource

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          • 17 December 2011 09:42, by Sam.Eto

            Six weeks ago when the offensive against the SPLA began, morale among the SPLA fighters was low and ammunition in short supply. The Khartoum troops pushing southwards towards the Uganda and Kenya borders with Sudan seemed unstoppable.

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