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Darfur’s border patrol force in dispute with central government


April 4, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The commanders of the Border Patrol force (BPF) in Darfur have rejected a government call to mobilise as part of the "deterrence force" launched last month in response to the military escalation on Sudan’s borders with South Sudan.

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Fighters in a military unit called the Border Guards Forces (BGF), also believed to form part of the Janjaweed militia, walk through a weekly animal market in Mistiria in North Darfur, Sudan (AP/file photo)

Well placed sources told Sudan Tribune that tensions between Khartoum and BPF has raised fears among officials that they may defect en masse. and join the rebel ranks.

A conference of Border Patrol Force commanders that was to be convened last month was delayed by the government in order to deliberate on demands put forward by the semi-governmental force.

It is not clear what the list of conditions put forward by BPF included.

A senior Sudanese official who asked to remain anonymous declined to offer details but pointed out that the recruitment call made by president Omer Hassan al-Bashir for the establishment of a "deterrence force" does not concern BPF but was addressed to the Popular Defense Force (PDF).

He said that South Darfur state will assemble its units that will join "deterrence force" officially on 12 April.

Sudan Tribune reached out to a BPF commander who said that the government backtracked on several promises made during similar mobilisation calls in the past.

The commander who asked to be identified as A.M.A said they asked Khartoum for specific advanced weaponry along with equipment and special medical equipment before they agree to joining the "deterrence force".

He said that government officials reacted in an "unjustifiable negative" way which widened the gap between the two sides.

Many observers claim that BPF consists mainly of the notorious Janjaweed militia members that fought Darfur rebels along with Sudanese army. It was drawn mainly from the nomadic Arab tribes of the area and blamed for much of the killing in the Darfur conflict.


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  • 5 April 2012 10:45, by Robot

    Signs of Regime change.............

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    • 5 April 2012 10:49, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      The NCP is a gang’s organisation and anyone can just disagree with them,
      The hell is about to get worst
      Death to fake Arab of Sudan

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      • 5 April 2012 22:32, by Tiger

        People who didn’t have ears to listen from the beginning can start hearing now.stop being used by your own government whose minds are so dulled and blind hearted.

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  • 5 April 2012 10:47, by viper

    Now it is clear that every corner in Sudan wants to fight the central government due to their own differences and still NCP uses to point its accusing finger on us in South Sudan. What a confused gov’t is this in the Norht? Any body who want to fight for his/her right in the North is free to fight couz the NCP is a problem and you pple of Sudan need to get rid of them

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  • 5 April 2012 10:48, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    The NCP is a gang’s organisation and anyone can just disagree with them,
    The hell is about to get worst
    Death to fake Arab of Sudan

    repondre message

    • 5 April 2012 13:59, by Loko El Pollo


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  • 5 April 2012 16:23, by zulu

    Bravo boys,
    Reject to being used as a fodder against insanity. The NCP is war to obstract internal demand for regime change. The South does not wish to engage in war, but if the NCP brings it, we defend ourselves. Stay aground as your work is meant to secure the border, and not to get to fight ss.

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  • 5 April 2012 22:37, by E. Defense Forces

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