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Sudan’s continued designation as terror state is a source of concern: African PSC

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African Union's PSC meets in Addis Ababa to discuss situation in Sudan on 6 June 2019 (PSC Photo)
February 6, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - The African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) voiced concerns over the continued designation of Sudan as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST) by the American administration.

In a regular meeting held on 30 January, the PSC discussed the situation in Sudan. The meeting was briefed by Sudanese u and was briefed by the Sudanese Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs and U.S. special envoy for Sudan.

In a statement released on Wednesday 5 February, the Council welcomed the diplomatic rapprochement between the U.S. and Sudan, and Washington’s decision to remove Sudan from its list of governments that are engaging in or tolerating systematic and ongoing religious freedom violations.

However, the PSC noted with concern that the continued listing by the U.S. of Sudan as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, emphasizing that it “continues to negatively affect the political, economic and security transition of Sudan”.

The African Union body also recalled concern had been already expressed by the High-Level Event on Sudan convened on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York General, held on 27th September 2019, and the 884th meeting of the PSC held on 10 October 2019.

The Council welcomed the assurances presented by the United States government that intensive efforts continue to be undertaken by both sides to address Sudan’s designation on the terror blacklist.

U.S. officials say they are on the verge to remove Sudan from the list, pointing that the only remaining issue is the compensation that Sudan - based on the principle of state responsibility - has to pay for the victims of terror attacks.

The meeting “Welcomes the commitment expressed by the Government of Sudan to compensate the families of the victims of terrorist attacks for the bombing of the United States Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 and the carrier USS Cole in 2000, as part of the efforts towards the delisting of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism,” said the PSC.

On Monday 13 January, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Sudan’s appeal to avoid paying $3.8 billion in damages to family members of people killed or injured in al Qaeda’s bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

On 24 February, the Supreme Court will hear another appeal by Sudan to avoid about $ 4.3 billion in punitive damages awarded to the plaintiffs.

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  • 6 February 13:27, by Fathi

    Basically the US is holding Sudan’s democratic transition for some bullshit ransom money of over 8 billion dollars (probably the amount spent by the US smuggling weapons into Sudan to cause instability). Those attacks weren’t committed by Sudanese. They were committed in 1998 meanwhile the average person in Sudan was born after 1998. Where is Sudan’s money for Al-Shifa terror attacks by US?

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    • 6 February 13:44, by Fathi

      Hamdok should say "After careful consideration and assessing the intelligence reports, we have decided to leave the question of if we should take responsibilities for the crimes in the 1998 attacks up to the parliament during the constitutional conference."

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  • 6 February 16:09, by lino

    Any government of the day in Sudan still have to pay for killing innocent civilians in Dar Fur, Nuba Mountain, Blue Nile, and Abyei Area!!! This is another 10-20 billion dollars!!!

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    • 7 February 12:54, by Fathi

      Lino,

      The 8.1 billion dollars the US is demanding is money that could be spent to help the people Darfur (not Dar Fur), Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile. Since you that way, then Kiiriminal should pay the Nuer and the 50+ other tribes for killing innocent civilians!!!!! This is 10-20 billion dollars!!!!!!

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  • 6 February 22:51, by Mayendit

    I think the United States was right to continuing holding Sudan government on terrorism list because the changes are not done. The new government still block self determination and separation between church and State. These two things are natural rights and if the Sudan government did those things thus, the U.S.government will lift sanction for sure. Churches have been targeted example look what

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  • 6 February 23:05, by Mayendit

    You can see Churches in Blue Nile and Khartoum city have bee targeted by Islamic supporters and the new government failed to bring those terrorist to book. In Abyei region, the Misseriya Militan made attacked on innocent civilians and the new government failed to bring those responsible to book. There are varieties reasons why the Sudan government should and must be holding to terrorist list until

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    • 7 February 11:39, by Fathi

      Mayendit,

      So, you’re saying that Sudan should be on the State Sponsor of Terrorism list because "changes are not done"? Then you proceed to list those changes as: agreeing to self determination and secularism.

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      • 7 February 11:45, by Fathi

        Mayendit,

        First of all, those 2 things "secularism and self-determination" have nothing to do State Sponsoring TERRORISM. Secondly, agreeing to self-determination doesn’t mean the US "will lift sanctions for sure."The US said that they would do that if Bashir allowed South Sudan to secede. Now, they’re moving the goal post.

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        • 7 February 11:52, by Fathi

          Third of all, broad autonomy and right to self legislate was agreed to by the government with Agar in the 2 areas. This paves the road for secularism in those 2 areas. Al Hilu is demanding secularism for all of Sudan. The government said that will be discussed (& will likely be agreed to) at the constitutional convention, when we have parliament appointed.

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          • 7 February 11:56, by Fathi

            The reason is to have more of a representative input from all Sudanese in making such a significant change and provide a buffer from the backlash from islamist groups and supporters of sharia. The Armed groups/rebels/freedom fighters said parliament should not be appointed until peace negotiations are finished.

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            • 7 February 12:00, by Fathi

              Al-Hilu is asking sovereign council and PM to make that decision before we have parliament. That is difficult to do since they were appointed, not elected, and don’t have a guaranteed base of support in making that decision.

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              • 7 February 12:01, by Fathi

                That is why there is stalemate between the gov and al hilu’s faction of SPLM-N in peace negotiations. That is why parliament hasn’t been appointed yet. That is why we don’t have a secular state yet.

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                • 7 February 12:08, by Fathi

                  Fourth of all, you have no proof that the church in the Blue Nile was targeted by islamic supporters. There is nothing islamic about about burning churches. The person who committed the crimes hasn’t been caught by authorities.

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                  • 7 February 12:12, by Fathi

                    Yes, the churches were attacked but there is no proof that government supported this action. In fact, the minister of religious affairs has ordered the churches be rebuilt with modern materials instead of "local materials" which shows support for the church. There is also an open official investigation to figure out the culprit(s) and prosecute them.

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                    • 7 February 12:19, by Fathi

                      Yes, the Misseriya militants attacked innocent civilians in Abyei. You have no proof the current government ordered the attacks. Abyei is a disputed region between Sudan and South Sudan. UNISFA failed to protect our brothers in Abyei. Sudan & South Sudan have been working to find a political solution for Abyei and have formed a joint security plan in Abyei.

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                      • 7 February 12:25, by Fathi

                        Sudan has met all of the US’ demands for delisting Sudan from the State Sponsor of Terror list except for the demand of paying 8.1 billion for the 1998 bombings in Kenya. The attacks were not carried out by Sudanese, they were Pakistani. Sudan captured the terrorists when they caught them planning another attack on US embassy in Khartoum.

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                        • 7 February 12:29, by Fathi

                          Sudan then offered to give the terrorists to the US for prosecution and even offered Osama bin Laden but the US refused. So, Sudan ended up deporting them. The US ended up bombing Sudan’s biggest pharmaceutical factory, which indirectly led to tens of thousands of deaths. Who will hold the US accountable and put the US on the State Sponsor of Terrorism list?

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                          • 7 February 12:37, by Fathi

                            The Kenya & Tanzania attacks killed 224 people and the US is forcing Sudan to pay 8.1 billion. The US attack on Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory killed at least 10,000 people. Will the US pay Sudan 362 billion? No, it will not.

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                            • 7 February 12:40, by Fathi

                              Bashir came to power by military coup and rigged elections ever since. Sudanese people should not be held accountable for Bashir’s crimes. Sudanese people have suffered the most under Bashir’s crimes.

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                              • 7 February 12:44, by Fathi

                                Lastly, the current reforms happening in Sudan is due to the people of Sudan’s desire for positive change, having courage to stand up to Bashir, topple him, and demand for civilian government. The longer Sudan is under State Sponsor of Terrorism, the more likely there will be a military coup that will leave Sudan with a dictator and undo the changes in Sudan.

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                                • 7 February 12:47, by Fathi

                                  That 8.1 billion could be spent to improve the lives of the people in Darfur, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan. SST designation collectively punishes all of the people in Sudan, not just the government. Do you care about that?

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