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US Chargé d’affaires: Washington does not seek regime change in Khartoum


August 28, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – US Chargé d’affaires, Joseph D. Stafford, said he was misquoted by a local daily when he was asked if a regime change in Khartoum might help to normalize relations with Sudan.

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U.S. embassy in Khartoum, (photo Department of State)

"My response to this question was and remains that the Sudanese people decide the form and nature of their government; we accept and respect the choice and sovereignty of the Sudanese people," Stafford said.

Last Sunday, the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) slammed statements attributed to the American diplomat published by Al-Sudani newspaper saying that regime change would make easy the normalization of bilateral relations.

Badr El-Din Ahmed Ibrahim, NCP official spokesperson, called on the American administration to observe international law and mutual respect for sovereignty in its relations with Sudan.

He went further to accuse Washington of supporting groups that working to overthrow the regime alluding to a list published recently of Sudanese civil society groups funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, a US Foundation to promote democracy in the world.

Stafford, in his statement to Sudan Tribune, reiterated that his government is not seeking to remove "current Sudanese Government". He further added "we are at its full disposal to discuss prospects for normalizing relations or any other matter that it wishes to discuss."

Sudanese officials say Washington did not honour previous pledges to remove economic sanctions since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement with the former rebel SPLM in 2005.

In 2011, Washington resumed talks over the normalisation of bilateral relations and Obama administration considered dropping Sudan from a list of terror sponsors.

However, the resumption of hostilities in South Kordofan and Blue Nile in the same year pushed the American administration to stop the whole process, as some US lobby groups called for the US to go as arming the Sudanese rebels to topple Bashir’s regime.

Hereunder is what Ambassador Stafford said in his interview with Al-Sudani. He speaks in Arabic language.


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  • 29 August 2012 06:50, by Madina Tonj

    Mr. Joseph D.Stafford
    Don’t worry man, this is already being found guilty government that was supposedly to be written off if President W.Bush was still in the WH. It is true that, Southern Sudanese have choose independence when the International community were not able to arrested the indictment otherwise, Sudan nation would have been rule by SPLM Party and that would have save unity in Sudan

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    • 29 August 2012 12:27, by mohammed ali

      Tonj, he can not do that! The free pple of Sudan will not accept to be slaves for a foreign power! Bush tried and failed. Let your SPLA thieves save SS first and then about us! The starving, poor , innocent & marginalized pple of SS seek somebody to save them from the thieves.Remember this very well , the next presdential elections will be worset than Rwanda!

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  • 29 August 2012 06:58, by Jalaby

    You see, I told you before that Mr. Stafford seems to be from the hawks group who doesn’t like to see a good relation between Washington & Khartoum under the current NCP regime, I think the reason why Mr. Stafford changed his words because he got a questionnaire from US affairs about the reality of his declaration and whether he really said that or not

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    • 29 August 2012 07:11, by Jalaby

      I think US policy now is to use the carrot with Sudan after they used the "stick" a lot but the stick didn’t achieve that much, I think the most effective weapon that US used against Sudan is "cheating" them, US cheated Khartoum government many times and US never met their promises, as soon as Khartoum meets one of US demand another demand soon appears, it’s endless of demands

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      • 29 August 2012 07:20, by Jalaby

        US administration knows very well Khartoum government serves their interest in the region directly or indirectly more than any other country and still classifying Sudan as one of the country that support the terror is baseless accusation and bullshit but US uses that accusation just for blackmailing Sudan and nothing more!

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        • 29 August 2012 07:29, by Jalaby

          I urge president Obama to lift US sanction against Sudan now because this sanction hurts Sudanese people more than hurting NCP government,NCP will go at the end of the day and Sudanese people will stay,Sudan will move to real democratic country soon because we can’t be in an isolated island under the current Arab spring ocean around us!
          Please lift US sanction right away!

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          • 29 August 2012 08:18, by zulu

            Do you or your government have the leverage or clout to offset US’ foreign policy on Sudan? Perhaps sponsoing terrorism can ire the US but it is the least of its problem. The sanctions will stay until the NCP changes its rhetorics and support of terrorism. This is a calculated issue of the United States. Syria, Iran or Sudan will fall

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            • 29 August 2012 09:04, by Atemdit

              I officially encourage US to continue applying sanction on Khartoum government. Bashir need to be taken to the international criminal court to answer the charges about the issue of human genocide which he apply on Darfur communities.

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            • 29 August 2012 09:15, by Nibs

              Pals,Mit Romney will deal with this genocidal regime cuddle by Hussain Obama.Republicans don’t entertain rubbish,take a look at Romney’s Africa relations,it is predominately rectifing beshit’s gv’t.i urge all s.sudanese american to vote for Mit.

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            • 29 August 2012 13:17, by Northern Sudanese

              please stop crying, we are only slowly becoming friends with your masters :D
              + stop speaking about terrorism it was all nonsense, and 9/11 was an inside job. we will support Hamas forever as long as Israel keeps killing palestinians , nor insects or americans can change that. we aren’t any western ass lickers like you who are and ended up being unable to feed more than halve your people.

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              • 29 August 2012 13:50, by South South

                Northern Sudanese Dumb,
                You shut up your dirty ass. Do your really think US can become a good friend to terrorists in Khartoum. You low dumb stupid, been ruled by a gay president. You look his picture with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad trying to kiss him in front of others. If you support Hamas and Palestinians why don’t you go now and kick out Israel who are occupying Arabs lands. Coward shit dumb

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          • 29 August 2012 08:56, by Madina Tonj

            Please stop singing about nonesense

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          • 29 August 2012 12:40, by eye-of-an-eye

            Regime change has been planned since last year and this is the process, Is not the West who planed it, Sudanese themselves even arab nations opposed to be the better future for Sudanese and for sure there will be the change sooner than expected. Bashir escaped his death when bullet missed him and injured his guard, he was not sleeping that whole night. who planed for the murder????

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    • 29 August 2012 12:15, by Sudani+

      To Mr Satfford,
      1- shame on you, you are another lair, why you are denying what you have said "the audio record is clear that you are saying if the people change the regime this will help in improving the US and Sudan relations"
      2- Soon the Sudan government is going to declare that you are not a welcome person in our country, since you are putting your nose in the Sudanese affairs

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  • 29 August 2012 09:39, by Samuel Malual

    That is the most difficult part of Khartoum when its come to their understanding of English language. Northern Sudanese are being led by a non-English Speaking background president, so there are many possibilities of misunderstanding of any statement published in English version. Anyway Bashir is just a criminal and a most wanted authoritarian minded individuals whose thinking capacity is too narr

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  • 29 August 2012 09:48, by Samuel Malual

    too narrow at a point of oil greed. Jalaba, how are the things going on in Khartoum buddy since we stopped the production of our oil, you seem to very much tramatise by this action of Juba? So now you have become one of these men who sing uluation for another man. Ulution in African culture is a woman sign of happiness and support only in weedings and ritual proceeding celeberatory.

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  • 29 August 2012 20:48, by ViVa Sudan

    To Madinah Tonj why r u crying to save unity in Sudan i think u missed being in "Khartoum " wat happen u 4got Bagan wen he was Drank & barking bye bye khartoum now same bagaan treating da way we use to do ? no no no now u are a hobo insect in ur own Departed Fake State with low & 7 rank of nationality serving Ugandian to get food .don’t 4get all southners were respected in Great Sudan be4.

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  • 29 August 2012 20:56, by ViVa Sudan

    Samuel Malual
    well let me remember u when great ever Sudanese learn English u were roaming in Jangle naked its us who brought education to all Africa for free Al basheer at least Expirt in his field but tell me aren’t u all ashamed that Areef Salva kirr is ur President it so funny a solidger to hold da highest post in a Fake State believe me if u put Lam Akol better at least Educated Man

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  • 29 August 2012 20:58, by ViVa Sudan

    Samuel Malual
    well let me remember u when great ever Sudanese learn English u were roaming in Jangle naked its us who brought education to all Africa for free Al basheer at least Expirt in his field but tell me aren’t u all ashamed that Areef Salva kirr is ur President it so funny a solidger to hold da highest post in a Fake State believe me if u put Lam Akol better at least Educated Man

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  • 30 August 2012 06:29, by Samuel Malual

    Viva Sudan.
    What is Sudan? A land of black race not a land of salt trading terrorist who came from Saudi Arabia. What is Khartoum? It is a Dinka word, meaning where two rivers meet and they are called Kiirs, the name of our president is a bless name in Dinka language. Well missed Khartoum for one important reason, we used to fuck muslim women lots that is why your ladies cried at the time we left

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  • 30 August 2012 06:34, by Samuel Malual

    We don’t need Lam Akol in the South because we have many highly educated english speaking background intellectuals. But for the Northern Sudanese, you should have Lam in your massive system of government run by criminals thugs wanted by the international criminal courts. I’m going back to Khartoum soon to fuck your muslims women briefly.

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