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Sudan accuses US Rice of wanting to feed South Kordofan rebels

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January 17, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan’s envoy to the United Nations rejected calls by the US Ambassador Susan Rice to put more pressures on Khartoum to authorize humanitarian assistance to the affected population in the war-torn South Kordofan region and accused her of wanting to feed rebels.

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Ambassador Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman (ST)

Ambassador Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman was reacting to press statements by Rice on Tuesday after a briefing to the UN Security Council from Under Secretary General Valery Amos and High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres about the humanitarian situation in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

Rice told the press that the "conflict has affected more than 500,000 people, and if there is not a substantial new inflow of aid by March of this year, the situation in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile will reach Stage 4 of an emergency, which is one step short of full scale famine."

The US official blamed Khartoum for denying access to international NGOs, the UN agencies to the most affected populations in the two states. She further termed the humanitarian situation there as "unconscionable and unacceptable".

Commenting on Rice’s statements the Sudanese ambassador stressed that the humanitarian situation is normal except "the few pockets" held by the rebels in South Kordofan. He also reaffirmed the full cooperation of Sudanese authorities with the UN agencies present in the region.

"Those who used to shed crocodile tears will not serve the cause of peace and security whether in Sudan or anywhere", said Osman who was alluding to the US envoy to the UN Susan Rice without mentioning her name.

The Sudanese diplomat further accused Rice of attempting to "conceal the real situation" in the region where Juba government supports the rebels who sided the South Sudanese rebels in the past. He also said those who speak about deterioration of humanitarian situation want the humanitarian "agencies to provide rebels with food".

UN humanitarian chief Valery Amos visited earlier this month Khartoum to discuss the humanitarian situation in the troubled states with the Sudanese officials and demanded to authorize the UN and international aid workers to reach the rebel controlled areas. But Sudanese officials refused this request.

Amos however said she agreed with the government to share the information and data pertaining to the humanitarian situation in the two states to better assess the need there.

Also Khartoum agreed on "the need to ensure that the UN’s capacity is made up of a mix of national and international staff to ensure the appropriate skill sets to provide necessary support," Amos further said at the end of her visit to Sudan.

Un agencies estimate that some 417,000 civilian were forced to flee the war zones in the two states. It is also estimated that over 80,000 refugees are now in the neighbouring South Sudan.

Clashes broke out in South Kordofan between the two former partners of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in June 2011 over allegation of fraud of regional elections and fears of forces disarmament of the SPLM-N fighters.

(ST)

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  • 18 January 2012 12:33, by NUER ONE

    That is yours,
    in south sudan we have our problems in jonglei.

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    • 18 January 2012 20:05, by Equatoria dominated SPLM

      Nuer one not even in jonglei but the whole of South Sudan as you know but those are our own issues we shall solve them any time

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  • 18 January 2012 12:45, by Martin Kat

    Mr Daffa - Alla you and your government has refused to allow international NGOs to delivered humanitarian assistance to Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile regions affected by famine, but you can take one of two whether to allow NGOs or your Bashir will be like COL Gaddafi.

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  • 18 January 2012 13:55, by Kuulu Semme

    .Why is it Khartoum government is always complains and blames, no good news have ever read from Khartoum in this website.

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    • 18 January 2012 17:06, by pabaak

      Kuulu, it’s because this government in Khartoum did not deserved to rule people in Sudan, the like Taliban mentality will not bring peaceful Coexistence between people remaining part of Sudan, and as the old says every kingdom built on the wrong strategy will go to distinction like dinosaurs, and this what their kingdom will faced in next few months

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  • 18 January 2012 18:52, by Anynya One

    Self determination is the only solution for the people of Darfur; there is no other way round. Bashir will never stop causing more Genocide which is already happening in the three regions of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile. We need peace people! please! if you can listen, peace through Self Determination to all these regions is an excellent decision in the long-run.

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    • 18 January 2012 21:22, by Wen De David Kuol

      This is just a waste of time and resources for this NEW BABY, Pagan and other Skillful individuals in GOSS must Stand up Tall in Jonglei Massacres, why Leave Civilians to slaughter themselves like this. It must Stop and Murle Youth leaders and Chiefs must be brought to book for provoking the National Security. if they have another Country the opted to move in then that must be a reason of destabi

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  • 19 January 2012 08:12, by Ambowl Papakayo

    Accusations! Accusations! all the time. Today US, tomorrow Juba, after tomorrow you’ll accuse yourselves and the next moment all of you (NCPs) will only dream of of your current sneaked-in government positions.Your continued refusal of access of aids in the two states is not a solution because we know how to survive without them. SPLA OYEE!

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  • 19 January 2012 10:58, by Kuulu Semme

    Talk about if Brother Ambowl Papakayo!
    Khartoum seems to be a confused state in Africa…,Really
    I have never read any good news here in Sudan tribune from Khartoum since, only accusations, blaming, complaining, and teasing around and think of war, has if they’re great fighters in Africa, no good news here at all.

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  • 19 January 2012 10:59, by Kuulu Semme

    Talk about it Brother Ambowl Papakayo!
    Khartoum seems to be a confused state in Africa…, really
    I have never read any good news here in Sudan tribune from Khartoum since only accusations, blaming, complaining, and teasing around and think of war, has if they’re great fighters in Africa, no good news at all here.

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