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Darfur’s LJM calls on splinter group to join peace process


August 14, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Darfur’s former rebel group, Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) welcomed a "splint" within the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and called on the breakaway group to join the Doha Document for peace in Darfur (DDPD).

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Tadjadine Bechir Niam (File Photo)

Strong rumours are spreading about a new dissidence within Darfur’s largest rebel group since the removal of its general commander Bakheit Abdallah Abdel-Karim (Dabajo) on 9 August. JEM however denied such crack in its ranks reaffirming that he is still a member in the rebel group.

Dabajo still did not issue a statement announcing his dissent.

Speaking from Khartoum with Sudan Tribune, Tadjadine Bechir Niam, Minister of Reconstruction, Development and Infrastructure in Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) and LJM leading member said Dabajo has now formed a breakaway group called on him and his supporters to join Darfur peace process.

Niam who was LJM top negotiator during the Doha process asserted that the DDPD still keeps some positions in the national and regional structures for JEM, which was part in the Doha talks but refused to sign the deal they reached at the end of the talks in July 2011.

"There are vacant positions, three state-ministers and a minister at the federal level besides the position of a governor in Darfur, three ministers at the Darfur regional Authority and the speaker of the regional assembly."

He said they have strong intelligence confirming the dissidence of Dabajo adding he has been against the rapprochements of the group with South Sudanese government and the extension of fighting to outside Darfur region.

Niam was a former JEM member who broke away from the group with Bahar Idriss Abu Garda in October 2007 and formed JEM Collective Leadership.

Abubakar Hamid Nour, JEM Secretary for Organizational and Administrative Affairs denied two days ago a communiqué distributed to media by an email with his name.

The communiqué was signed by Dabajo and other commanders who are supposedly splinted with him explains the reasons of their defection from the group and criticise Gibril Ibrahim’s leadership of the group.

"The Statement is a work of opportunistic groups affiliated to security agents of GoS," Abubakar said.

In a meeting with Sudanese opposition leaders in Khartoum attended by Vice President Al-Haj Adam Youssef, the head of DDPD follow-up office Amin Hassan Omer said they are in contact with prominent members among JEM rebels who have promised to join the peace process.

He, however, admitted they have no official communication with the rebel group since the end of Doha talks.


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  • 15 August 2012 10:26, by zulu

    My fellow Darfurians! Please, do not listen to rumors. Strengthen your cohesion and solidarity so that your future children and generations will not ever go through the injustice going on now. Those who seek peace must mean it than use their belleys to gain a patronage despised by Taha.

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    • 15 August 2012 11:13, by solider

      how they can strengthen their solidarity while SPLM is betraying them over and over again. the export of the south oil through sudan generouse deal will finish them forever. they won’t be able to topple a rich regime .cash means power.

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    • 15 August 2012 16:13, by Northern Sudanese

      why are you saying ’’Darfurians’’ and not ’’Rebels’’???
      the only people who oppose development in darfur are rebels , not darfurians!!!
      rebels are getting weaker and weaker and that oil agreement is thanks to US and Obama :)

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      • 16 August 2012 05:25, by mohamed mahgoub

        N S which Darfurians u mean the bagara janjaweed ( and the slave holders Moritanians u brought )to fill in the gap left after the indignants fled their residents to the IDP camps or the rebel fighter groups which r increasing every day !

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        • 16 August 2012 05:50, by mohamed mahgoub

          Any way this just another divide & rule fail policy see in khartoum thee r three versions of NUP ,2 of DUP ,2 of SNP, even a little one called SPLM- peace ! This is a risky policy at end all those proxy groups u created to fight with will turn against u when u run out of the money u offered earlier u creat a group signing a peace deal with it appoint its leader a presidens adviser & spend money

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          • 16 August 2012 06:03, by mohamed mahgoub

            on them ,next thing they difected to the opposite side and becme a throne in your a.... its a repeated story,the difference is this time it came from ur Janjaweed allyies what happened they finally realised this regime is obsoled or their comander in chef (Haron) abandoned them,he is having difficulties in his other post (SK)

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  • 15 August 2012 10:57, by Nubian King

    I think the tribalism these Darfuris have should be the ignition of their divisive nature. This, in the long term has caused them bitterly. It’s high time these Darfur comrades realize their immature behaviours please not their fellow marginalized Sudanese people. Sisi’s group now faces difficult challenges both financially and politically and JEM should learn from that and stop these splittings.

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