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Darfur rebel leader says regime change is the only option for peace in Sudan


May 17, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — A Darfur rebel leader said regime change in Khartoum is a radical option but remains the only viable solution to take Sudan out of an endemic political instability and repeated violations of human rights.

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Video footage showing SLM-AW leader Abdel-Wahid al-Nur, dressed in military uniform speaks to his troops in an undisclosed location in May 2012 (File/ST)

Abdel Wahid al-Nur, founder of the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) who left France in December 2010, spoke to Sudan Tribune from the "liberated areas" inside the country where he said his groups is preparing to confront the regime militarily.

"When I left France, I was fully convinced that the problem of Sudan cannot be resolved through negotiations but I have to go on the ground to work with the Liberation Army to change this regime and to establish a secular, democratic, liberal and federal state," he said.

Al-Nur said that the struggle for change in Sudan has achieved tangible progress in the areas of secularism and citizenship of the state despite the failure to bring down Bashir’s regime.

"Speaking about the secular state was a taboo even in many opposition forces but now we are witnessing the collapse of the religious ideology as many political forces embrace this concept openly."

"This is a good step in the right way," he further stressed.

The SLM–AW is a member of Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) which includes the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), a SLM faction led by Minni Minnawi and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).

The four groups say they aim to topple the regime of the National Congress Party in Khartoum which is accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of committing genocide and war crimes in Darfur.

The rebels also call for comprehensive peace process and refuse talks on their respective regional issues. Al-Nur said, his group always rejected partial discussions on Darfur and demanded to tackle the western Sudan issue within a national framework.

However, the international community has rejected the SRF’s military option and has called the SPLM-N to take part in separate talks with Khartoum to settle their disputes on the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 2005. A resolution from the UN Security Council on 2 May asked the SPLM-N and Khartoum to immediately resume negotiations and for the government to allow humanitarian access to rebel-held areas.

The African Union and the United Nations have called on Darfur’s rebel groups to reach a peace deal with Khartoum on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD). This framework text has only endorsed by the former rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), which signed the deal in July 2011 and his since joined the government.

The rebellions in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile are seen as a destabilising factor for a fragile peace that led to the independence of South Sudan. Khartoum and Juba accuse each other of supporting rebels.

The rebel leader has refused to negotiate with Khartoum since the Abuja peace talks in 2006, when only Minni Minawi signed the Darfur Peace Agreement becoming a Presidential adviser, only to subsequently leave the government in December 2010. Al-Nur said the international community should cease seeking to impose choices that do not fit with the hopes of Sudanese for freedom and democracy.

"We cannot waiste our time and efforts to conclude a partial peace agreement the regime will never honour. Instead, I call upon the international community to support us to establish a democratic and secular state in Sudan."

The rebel leader last year hailed the international support to the Arab spring in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and called for a similar support to the few protests in the Sudanese street.


Different reports underline the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Darfur where around 1.9 million displaced civilians are still in the camps since they were forced there in 2003/2004. Residents of the camps complain of the lack of food, water and heath care.

In July 2009 Sudan expelled 13 main international groups and some important local organisations working in Darfur, after the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for senior Sudanese official, including the president. Also, since the signing of the DDPD the government urged international organisations to focus on recovery, development projects together with the repatriation of IDPs.

Al-Nur accused the World Food Programme of implementing a discriminatory policy saying they did not deliver food to some camps since seven months. He also said some others receive one quarter of the ration they used to get in the past.

The rebel leader regretted that the humanitarian crisis is now downplayed by the international community. He stressed the security conditions in Darfur do not allow farmers to grow food.

The leaders of SLM-AW, SLM-MM and JEM, in statements to Radio Dabanga Wednesday called urgently for international humanitarian assistance to help IDPs in Darfur’s camps.

"Without an urgent response to the disastrous situation the world will be an accomplice with Khartoum in a second genocide," Al-Nur cautioned .

The Sudanese government said recently rebel groups moved from South Sudan to inside Darfur to prepare new attacks in order to hinder the implementation of the Doha peace text.

The rebels are also accused of being a proxy for South Sudan in their conflict with Sudan.

"We are only the agents of the Sudanese people," he said when asked about this accusation.

Al-Nur further said they used to hear such accusation from Khartoum in the past. In 2002 and 2003 they described us as "bandits and Communists," he commented.

The Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir chaired on Tuesday a meeting of the Follow-Up committee for the DDPD implementation. The meeting discussed the security situation and the recent return of rebel groups besides the ongoing efforts to enforce the peace deal.


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  • 18 May 2012 10:23, by Eastern

    The problem with you Darfuri is you make a lot of publicity but little action. You will continue to suffer if you don’t cast fear out of your shells. Get down to action; together with forces from Blue Nile, Southern Kordufan and others, the regime in Khartoum will be put to flight. Bashir’s days on earth are numbered!!!!

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    • 18 May 2012 12:55, by SEE ME


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  • 18 May 2012 10:29, by Akol Liai Mager

    The stengths of Malik Agar and Abdelwahid Mohamed Nur reminds me of the strengths of Tockmac Deng (Abdellatif) and Abdul Fadhil Al-Maaz the commanders of White Army Revolution which then stolen by the sectarian and oppressive regimes in Khartoum. This time Agar & Nur will revive the Sudan that has been ruined by Muhammad Ali, his sons and the sectarian militias.

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    • 18 May 2012 12:57, by SEE ME


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  • 18 May 2012 10:33, by solider

    many sudaness may want a regime change but sure rebel leaders r out of the list .sudan needs a sophisticated political leader, not a rebel leader who is only after power just to loot and leave his ppl in famine hunger and a mess .we don’t want to be another SOUTH SUDAN

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    • 18 May 2012 10:42, by Daniel Buolmawei

      Well, you don’t want it but the bullets will enforce it on you. Remember, the rebellion in Nuba Maintains and Blue Nile energized Darfur rebels because, previously, these leaders were hiding somewhere in the world and had little accesses to their soldiers on the ground. Now, they have maximum accesses as you have seen Minawi this week touring his troops and now SLM-AW leader. They are now mobiliz-

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      • 18 May 2012 10:46, by Daniel Buolmawei

        They are now mobilizing and massing up much resources militarily and diplomatically. And the moral of their soldiers is very high more than ever. Be ready for a real war. This war will not be ignored like you kept ignoring the war in Darfur for the past years.

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      • 18 May 2012 12:58, by SEE ME


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        • 18 May 2012 23:26, by zulu

          See or not see,
          You are one foolish stupid anarchist janjaweed killing black darfurians all for what, nothing but your tummys. should you inclusive, no war in darfur. should you be righteous and fairminded, war with south sudan, blue nile and nuba mountains could have been averted.
          give up supporting ncp with its nazist philososphy

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          • 19 May 2012 06:22, by SEE ME

            Some people are professional in using bad language in their discussion.

            That will never be the positive message but great support to whom he is sending the inobjective message.

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      • 18 May 2012 12:59, by SEE ME


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  • 18 May 2012 11:31, by weltahir

    These rebels will not bring the regime change even after 100 years, people in Sudan would rather have NCP regime stay than to let another gang of rebels puppeteered by SPLM rule Sudan, Sudan is a great country with great and honorable people, we will never allow these traitors rule US.

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    • 18 May 2012 13:26, by sudani ana


      Thank you my brother you took the words right out of my mouth. These rebel leaders can dream about ruling Sudan but it will never happen. I don’t know any respectable Sudanese citizen who would agree to be ruled by Aggar, Arman, Nour or Minnawi. They are nothing but traitors looking to further their own personal interests. Heglig has proved it when they sided with the enemy.

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      • 18 May 2012 14:21, by Akol Liai Mager

        You must now prepare for your next destiny where you can stay for the rest of your life because Malik Agar will soon be President, Abdelwahid Nur will be a Prime minister and Arman will be a foreign minister of New Sudan right in the place of current Old Sudan. I expect this before the end of August 2012, so be ready to leave my friend if you do’nt want to live in peace and free from NIF criminals

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  • 18 May 2012 13:01, by SEE ME

    Let’s Seek Redress of “Master-Slave System” that was pin-pointed by the White man

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  • 18 May 2012 13:23, by SEE ME


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  • 18 May 2012 13:48, by sudani ana


    Thank you my brother you took the words right out of my mouth. These rebel leaders can dream about ruling Sudan but it will never happen. I don’t know any respectable Sudanese citizen who would agree to be ruled by Aggar, Arman, Nour or Minnawi. They are nothing but traitors looking to further their own personal interests. Heglig has proved it when they sided with the enemy.

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    • 19 May 2012 10:19, by homeboy

      Neither do I know any respectable Sudanese citizen who would agree to be ruled by a wanted criminal .Same coin different sides.

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  • 18 May 2012 14:19, by SEE ME



    FIRST: Abdel Wahid al-Nur must unite with Ahmed AbdulShafi, Dr. Ahamed Mohamadin, Mini, Dr Noureldeen Abubaker... and not Malik Aggar.

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  • 18 May 2012 14:46, by SEE ME

    Respectfully I ask Malik Aggar and Elhilu to concentrate in their regions and stop the refuling among Darfurians.

    Iam sure IRMAN will not try the land of Darfur.

    Darfurian rebels are our brothers and we will find fair solutions if outsiders stop their wicked interventions.

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  • 18 May 2012 15:15, by SEE ME

    Slavery during the 16 th to 18th centuries:

    African slaves were transported to Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central & South America, starting very early in the 16th century.

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    • 18 May 2012 15:42, by Akol Liai Mager

      You must now prepare for your next destiny where you can stay for the rest of your life because Malik Agar will soon be President, Abdelwahid Nur will be a Prime minister and Arman will be a foreign minister of New Sudan right in the place of current Old Sudan. I expect this before the end of August 2012, so be ready to leave my friend if you do’nt want to live in peace and free from NIF criminals

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      • 18 May 2012 16:26, by SEE ME

        When we say ’be objective’ we typically mean a number of things:

        •Be unemotional, not getting agitated or distressed in any way.
        •See things as they really are, not from a personally biased viewpoint.
        •Be neutral, understanding both points of view.

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      • 18 May 2012 16:34, by SEE ME

        What Do You Believe Your Imagination Can Do For You?

        What Do You Believe Your Imagination Can Do For You?

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        • 19 May 2012 03:50, by Akol Liai Mager

          My immigration has saved my life.
          My immigration has prevented me from committing crimes against humanity by taking other people’s lives and that is why I am not wanted by international Court for crimes against humanity. Since an Artchitecture of lives is God, it is sinful in my cultural values for me to take lives that I am not the creator.

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          • 19 May 2012 03:57, by Akol Liai Mager

            You and your wanted President for war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocides and crimes for ethnic cleansing have a lot of questions to answer. Because you are pre-proven guilty, your movements are confined and you have started to hit and run. Can you tell the readers why you are hiding your Identity? Identifying yourself as See Me is a sign for being criminal and running away from justice.

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            • 19 May 2012 06:33, by SEE ME

              The guy is in "CONFINED SPACE" based in workpermit procedure of USA. He is repeating their words.

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          • 19 May 2012 06:28, by SEE ME

            He said: "Let me foget about the poor Africans and be with whites who sold blacks."

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            • 19 May 2012 06:33, by Akol Liai Mager

              The legacy of Arab and Muslim rule in Old Sudan has been, and will always be Genocides, Ethnic Cleansing, War Crimes and Crimes against humanity, racism, local terrorism against innocent civilians, associate with international terrorist groups and denial of women’s rights to live and the list of darkness goes on and on.

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              • 19 May 2012 06:48, by SEE ME

                "May 17, 2012 (BOR) - One person is reported dead and another injured in Twic East county of Jonglei state in an attack by an unidentified gunman on Wednesday."

                START WITH YOUR HOME first if you really ...
                All creatures start from home...What about you ??

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      • 19 May 2012 06:38, by SEE ME

        You made me to remember my imaginations and dreams when i was 4 years old.

        I wonder why some men are in imaginations and dreams like kids!!!

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        • 19 May 2012 06:47, by Akol Liai Mager

          I do thanks God for his care for me. I am happy that, at least I am not wanted by anyone for war crimes, genocide, ethnic cleansing, discrimination nor do I have my country’s president who is wanted internationally for the mentioned crimes. Please read Arakoba and Sudanile Arabic News for your awarenes.

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          • 19 May 2012 06:53, by SEE ME

            Copy and paste will not help.

            WHEN you copy things refer to UN, ICJ, AU, OIC,ALS... and then modify and paste it.

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          • 19 May 2012 06:55, by SEE ME

            Believer in GOD must be away from FALSICATIONS and FABRICATIONS.

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        • 19 May 2012 06:53, by Akol Liai Mager

          Please tell the readers more about your 4years old dreams and importantly, identify yourself if you are not another NIF fugitive running away from justice. I expect that those dreams are about your cultural beliefs that, Southerners, Nuba, Fur, Women, Americans, Churches, Israelis and telling truth are the enemies of Allah.

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          • 19 May 2012 06:57, by SEE ME

            You already pasted some of them and they have to see more that you will paste very soon.

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          • 19 May 2012 07:01, by SEE ME

            Pls don’t paste here all the plans of "KKK"; as you said you believe in GOD.

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          • 19 May 2012 07:14, by SEE ME

            The well paid REFUELERS of war every where... must leave DARFUR for DARFURIANS.

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            • 19 May 2012 08:30, by Akol Liai Mager

              Only fugitives are the ones who are afraid to reveal their identities fearing that it would lead to their arrest. If not, then you have to clearly identify yourself for the sake of authenticity of your claims.

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  • 19 May 2012 06:47, by Monydit K

    Where is traitor Mohammad Ali??????????????

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