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Turabi’s opposition party proposes initiative to end tension between Sudan, South Sudan


April 29, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) led by veteran Islamist Hassan Al-Turabi revealed plans on Sunday to introduce an initiative to contain growing tension between Sudan and neighbouring South Sudan.

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FILE PHOTO - Sudan’s Islamist opposition leader Hassan Al-Turabi (REUTERS)

In a press conference held in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the PCP’s secretary of external affairs, Bashir Adam Rahma, said the initiative is aimed at ending the war and bringing the two sides back to resolving disputes through negotiations.

Long-running negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan over a mix of oil, borders and security disputes floundered dangerously earlier this month, leading to the outbreak of the worst fighting between the two neighbours since the South split to form an independent state last July.

South Sudan says it is willing to return to talks but Khartoum, incensed by the South’s brief occupation of Heglig’s oilfields and its alleged support for Sudanese rebels, insists that talks on any issues other than security will be futile.

Rahma revealed that the initiative would require both parties to make concessions “including possible withdrawal of troops from Heglig and Abyei disputed regions and deployment of UN troops there.”

The PCP’s suggestion of Sudanese withdrawal from Heglig, which provides half of the country’s daily oil output of 115,000 barrels, is likely to anger its rival, the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), which has been actively using the area’s takeover by the Sudanese army (SAF) to whip up popular sympathy.

In an interview aired by Sudan’s TV on Sunday, NCP’s vice-chairman and presidential adviser, Nafie Ali Nafie, strongly criticised calls by some political parties for withdrawal from Heglig.

He previously accused the PCP and Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) of being “soft” in condemning South Sudan’s occupation of the area.

NCP officials also accuse the PCP leader of coordinating with the Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) to topple the regime in Khartoum.

Commenting on Heglig, the PCP official said that battles there marked a decisive point in fighting between the two countries.

He attributed the eruption of street celebrations in Khartoum following Heglig “victory” to popular anger over “provocations” by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) of South Sudan.

South Sudan says it withdrew voluntarily from Heglig in response to international pressure and suffered no casualties in the process, while Khartoum maintains it killed over 1,000 SPLA soldiers when retaking the area by force.


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  • 30 April 2012 06:37, by Hardball

    No any South Sudanese official who will be willing to negotiate unless Khartoum withdraws its troops from Abyei and Panthou/Heglig. Besides, no tapping of resources from those two regions while under occupation.

    The options are limited withdraw peacefully or an all-out war!

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  • 30 April 2012 06:40, by Madina Tonj

    Dr. Hassan al Turabi
    Your Idea could save two nations on going war however, these NCP don’t listen to the fact but soon or later Omar al Bashir will left Northern Sudanese in every terrible position. Panthou and five others locations are belong to South Sudan and we will never give any single area to you guys whether SAF bombardment or not we will not give up.But at the end of day, NCP will loss

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  • 30 April 2012 06:43, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Good calls. Though NCP will not hear these advices, PCP is 100% right. This is the only way forward for the two nations to negotiate peacefully and determine the fate of these disputed areas. South Sudan will never give up these areas because of diehard NCP terrorists. If these criminals continue not hearing any advices, we will take these areas by forces and they will have nothing to do about it.

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  • 30 April 2012 09:25, by Tahrir Brown

    Turabi should address his own grievances first in his own courtyard. After that S SDn ’ll welcome him even if he is a chameleon.

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  • 30 April 2012 09:34, by Konan

    Hasan Turabi, is an Alzheimer’s disease patient. If your idiot masters continue their evil plans against our country, we shall restore to plan (c) & (d) – Plan (c) we shall grant military bases in strategic locations to the Chinese and the Russians – Plan (d) we shall unify our country with Egypt and form the biggest and strongest country in the region. Our patience is not infinite.

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  • 30 April 2012 11:55, by Chris B

    Konan & Jalaby,
    Your naivity and desperation know no bounds! They are now becoming so visible to all!
    Please go ahead and join your country with Egypt! Firstly, they do not respect your people nor do they or the rest of the Arab world see or respect you as true Arabs - prepare to be second-class citizens in your own country! Secondly, please go ahead and join their "stable country"! Lol! Morons!

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  • 30 April 2012 11:58, by Chris B

    Tell me, just why would the Russians or Chinese now want to have anything to do with your country? Do you have any knowledge whatsoever about international politics? Idiot!

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  • 30 April 2012 13:34, by Konan

    Chris B or whatsover,

    Unlike u we don’t suffer from inferiority complex. Sudanese & Egyptian lived together in a unified country for longtime. They welcome us in their country and do the same. Although, it is none of your business it seems to me that the question of our being Arab or non-Arab is annoying u more than us so keep your naive and pathetic comment for yourself.

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  • 30 April 2012 14:36, by Chris B

    I can only wish I was as erudite and informed as you are! I guess I can only but dream! NOT!!!
    What moronic and simpleton views you hold! Lol!!!
    Goodluck with whatever future you aspire to attaining; you sure as hell need all of the luck you can get! :-D

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  • 30 April 2012 18:40, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    NCP won’t listen to PCP, and who can save Sudanese communities when he gets to convince SPLM and South Sudanese.
    Bashir needs to die like Gadhafi who stubbornly refused to heed international community advise and calls.
    Bashir and his cronies knows that they are being hunt for war crimes and crimes against humanity, thus want other innocent children to die with them at frontline.

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  • 2 May 2012 07:57, by peace seeker

    (Rahma revealed that the initiative would require both parties to make concessions “including possible withdrawal of troops from Heglig and Abyei disputed regions and deployment of UN troops there).


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