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Paanluel Wël, Washington DC, USA.

This is the height of naivety from The Obama Administration

So the Obama administration reason that fighting for a regime change in Khartoum by The Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) to bring about a pluralistic, non-Arab, non-Islamic democratic Sudan is an assault on the ruling Arab of the Sudan? And this statement is coming from a US official?

The United States has told an alliance of rebel groups fighting the Sudanese government on multiple fronts that they could risk provoking Arab and Muslim sentiments in the country…the US special envoy to Sudan, said that he advised the rebels to abandon the goal of forcing regime change…”We told the alliance [of rebel groups] that we would not support overthrowing the government by force…the US official said there is a chance that Arabs and Muslims in Sudan could feel they are being targeted by the rebel alliance which is comprised of mainly non-Arab groups…The rebel alliance could “polarise the Arabs [who dominate the Sudanese government] against everyone else, so they can say, ’Arabs are under attack. Islam is under attack,’ ” he said….Instead, he said, the US government has told the alliance and particularly the Darfur rebels that they should “engage” the government in negotiations based on the Doha peace agreement signed in July last year by the governmen(U.S. senior diplomat for Darfur, Dane Smith).

First and foremost, both the rebels and the government in Khartoum are Muslims and the charge of “Islam” is under attack is misplaced. When the government of President Bashir commit untold atrocities against Muslims in Darfur, and is currently doing so in Nuba Mountain and Blue Nile, was/is that an attack on Islam or is Islam only attack when the victim is an Arab and a Muslim? Does Envoy Dane Smith understand what he is saying or is he just pandering to Khartoum’s propaganda machine? How could the USA’s special envoy be the mouthpiece for Khartoum regime?

Secondly, the Obama administration has successfully facilitated the rise of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Possibly soon in Syria against regimes whose records, though not praiseworthy, were not as appalling as that of President Al-Bashir and his ruling NCP Party. The claim advance by the Obama Administration for backing the rise of Political Islam is “democracy and justice” for the people in those countries who have been under continuous authoritarian regimes. If indeed Egyptians, Tunisians, Libyans, Yemenis, and Syrians do deserve to be ruled by a government of their choice and the USA is willing to publicly and financially back these forces for change, why can’t the same logic play for the people of Sudan who have been more or less under the same kind of Authoritarian regime? Is it because they are Africans while those being supported by the Obama Administration are Arabs? If that is not racism, then what is it?

The implication of Dane Smith’s argument is that Arabs of Sudan, a minority group that has abused Islam for political goal, can do anything they want and get away with it because bringing them down to account for their atrocities is somehow an attack on Islam and Arab. That is outrageous and the fact that it is coming from the USA envoy, a nation known as the beacon of hope for the oppressed people all over the world, make it more of a tragedy than a manifestation of naivety.

One wonder if Obama was the president when South Sudan was negotiating the CPA, what would have happened given that the South is mainly Christians and Animists. Would South Sudan fighting for liberation been interpreted as an attack on “Islam and Arab”? Actually, Envoy Dane Smith would make a great mouthpiece for the Al-Qaeda group because the charges of an “attack on Islam and Arabic Countries” is a persistent theme in the messages of Al-Qaeda in their wars with the West. Why on earth would Envoy Dane Smith start parroting the Al-Qaeda tactical line of incitement?

There appear to be an earnest attempt by the Obama Administration to appease anything Islamic even when Islam is a shared factor. The Darfuris, Nubans and the Blue Nileans have their own Islamic and African sentiments to be provoked by the regime in Khartoum. Would Envoy Dane Smith elaborate why this other sentiment doesn’t matter to the USA? If the Obama Administration, beholden to Muslim Brotherhood of which the NCP is an offshoot, is not willing to support the Rebels, then the Envoy is at liberty to convey that and only that information. Why go all the way to talk nonsense about an attack on Islam? How can Muslims  (the rebels) attack Islam that they are part of?

By the end of his 8 years–he is likely to win re-election for a second term in office–history will be there to give its verdict on President Obama legacy in Africa. The oppressed people of Sudan in Darfur, Nuba Mountain and in Blue Nile will have to wait another four more years before they can look up-to the USA again as a beacon of hope and democracy for all people…not just arab and muslims.

PaanLuel Wel is the Managing Editor of PaanLuel Wel: South Sudanese bloggers. He can be reached through his email address (paanluel2011@gmail.com), Facebook page, and Twitter account 


Dear All,
Please find SPLMN statement regarding the Istanbul Economic Conference on Sudan.

Thank you
Anwar Elhaj
SPLM-N Representative to the US

The Istanbul Conference to help Sudan Economically Means to Finance the War against Civilians and the Continuation of Genocide

The convening and participation in the Istanbul Conference to discuss Sudan debt cancellation and to provide economic and financial assistance to its regime clearly contradicts the commitments of the participant countries to protect and safeguard human rights, justice and accountability.  The leaders of the regime, for which this conference is planned, are convicted of war crimes and genocide, using food as a weapon in Nuba Mountains / South Kordofan and Blue Nile, targeting innocent civilians by indiscriminate aerial and ground bombardments, and suppressing and confiscating all freedoms.
 
The countries of the European Union and Norway, who are playing a vital role in the organization of this conference, are democratic countries that need to uphold their democratic values and commitments.  The United Nations, which is also taking part in this conference, is the same organization that referred the case of Darfur to the ICC that eventually indicted the leaders of the Sudan regime for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.  The perplexing question is how these countries and organizations that want the leaders of the Sudan regime for war crimes and genocide can organize such an economic conference to help the same leaders to continue committing the same crimes.  On the other hand, such a conference raises a number of questions about the seriousness of these countries and their commitment to their own decisions and the values they promote nationally and internationally.  
 
We regret even the thought of convening the Istanbul Conference to help the genocidal regime in Khartoum, and we call on all legislators, civil society organizations and political parties in these countries to mount their objection to such a conference. We also call upon all Sudanese especially in Europe and particularly in Norway, Brussels (the headquarters of the EU), Germany, Britain and France, to campaign against this conference, which will prolong the suffering of the Sudanese people in general and especially the civilians in the war affected areas if it takes place at the end of this month.
 
We are pleased by and appreciate the position of the United States of America regarding this conference.
 
Yasir Arman
Secretary General, SPLM-N
Secretary for Foreign Relations, SRF
March 5, 2012
The Istanbul Conference to help the Sudan Economically Means to Finance the War against Civilians and the Continuation of Genoc.doc The Istanbul Conference to help the Sudan Economically Means to Finance the War against Civilians and the Continuation of Genoc.doc
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Congressman Donald Payne in our thoughts and Prayers
 
 
Congressman Donald Payne, the Democratic representative and one of the leaders of the Black Caucus and the great friend of the Sudanese people and African people in general, is currently facing a critical heath situation. Congressman Payne has been in the front line for years defending unwaveringly the right of the Sudanese people for democracy and just peace and he is a friend to a number of Sudanese, first among them was the late Dr. John Garang De Mabior.
 
We, who know Congressman Donald Payne, call upon all Sudanese who knew him to keep him in their thoughts and prayers with their different beautiful languages and religions for this highly distinctive Congressman and wish him and his family the best.
 
Yasir Arman
Secretary General of the SPLMN
4 March 2012
Sudan’s rebels say defeated army in Blue Nile State

March 4, 2012 (NAIROBI) – Rebels in Sudan’s southern state of Blue Nile said they clashed on Saturday with the country’s army and killed 24 soldiers.

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Soldiers from Sudan’s army in the Blue Nile state capital al-Damazin, September 5, 2011 (REUTERS)

The fighting took place on Saturday’s evening in Al-Ahmar Sadak area in Al-Tadamon locality, southeast of Al-Kurmuk town, the official spokesman of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), Arnu Loddi, told Sudan Tribune.

According to Loddi, SPLM-N forces managed to destroy three Land Cruiser vehicles and seize a great amount of ammunition. He added that the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) fled the area leaving 24 dead bodies behind.

Sudan Tribune could not reach SAF’s spokesman for comment.

“This is another message from the Sudanese Revolutionary Forces (SRF) and SPLM-N to the regime of the National Congress Party (NCP) that we are advancing on all fronts. Our struggle is continuing and our victory is certain” Loddi said.

The SPLM-N has been fighting government forces in South Kordofan as of June and in Blue Nile as of September last year.

The group forged the SRF alliance in November with three rebel groups from the country’s western region of Darfur, and vowed joint military operations to overthrow the government.

Sudan accuses neighboring South Sudan of supporting the rebels but Juba denies the charge.

Most recently, Khartoum said South Sudan’s army supported and participated in an attack launched by SRF forces on the border town of Jau on 26 February.

http://www.sudantribune.com/Sudan-s-rebels-say-defeated-army,41797


By Monica Lakes: monicalakes@yahoo.co.uk

The Sudan government’s policy that has been anything, but terrorism, is planning to launch surprise attack on South Sudan. Possessed by fear, jealous and sense of shame for the way the racist Islamist Arabs have mismanaged Sudan for over 100 years, they are trying every wicked plan to engage South Sudan in war and continuous plunder of the oil and other resources. In his wisdom, Bashir is making partial peace in Darfur while killing other Darfurians (the game of divide and rule or kill a slave with a slave policy). While pretending to make peace in Darfur, he declares war on the Republic of South Sudan and is already waging war on the people of Southern Kordofan and Southern Blue Nile. Is it lunatic or an act of a desperate dying buffalo!

Yesterday (6 February 2012) in Darfur, Omer Bashir, the liar, thief and murderer, who is wanted on uncountable charges of genocide and human rights violations, was dancing in one of his would be ever last wicked appearances in public. Besides him sat a subdued Idris Derby, the man of Chad who Bashir has terrorized and humiliated repeatedly to a point of submission through Sudan army repeated invasions in an attempt to overthrow him. Idris Derby accepted to do the dirty work for Bashir and is rewarded with marriage of the daughter of Bashir’s field commander terrorist Janjaweed, Musa Hilal.

As a prime driver of terrorism in Africa and worldwide, the NCP Bashir has been encouraged by the triumphant rise of Islamic forces in Libya and Egypt. Moreover, the terrorist NCP has cowed down both Chad and Eritrea into submission. These two countries had suffered terrorist activities when the NCP government used to train Islamists against them. The two presidents of Chad and Eritrea feared the NCP’s wrath and therefore submit themselves to Khartoum’s whims. Chad paid heavily when Sudan and trained Islamists almost overthrew Chad in 2009 had the French forces based in N’jemena not intervened and rescued Idris Derby from Bashir.

President Derby has at last raised up a white flag with both hands to Bashir. Last month in Khartoum, Idris Derby of Chad married the daughter of the well known terrorist, Musa Hilal, so as to cement the their unhealthy relationship as companions in crimes and genocide in Darfur. The terrorists managed to even register the support of the United Nations on their side when Gambari of the UN was among the best men of the wedding party. Omer Bashir, Ali Karti, Ali, Mustafa Ismael, Ali Nafie, indeed, all the chief terrorists were in the wedding party.

In fact, the NCP terrorism is successful in achieving their foreign policy objectives. For example, when the Kenya lawyers declared a legal principle position regarding the indictment of Omer Bashir towards the end of last year, Bashir swiftly asked the Kenyan Ambassador to leave Khartoum within 24 hours. The Kenyan government had to kneel on its knees to beg Sudan to keep diplomatic relations alive between the two countries. Kenya took lessons from both Eritrea and Chad. These NCP’s lessons of success are sharpening its terrorist appetite to do the same to Ethiopia and Uganda. DR Congo and Central Africa Republic are NCP’s quiescent and willing centres of political influence. They can positively respond to Khartoum’s hour of call should the need arise. Currently, Chad, Central Africa Republic and Sudan, have jointly deployed armies along their borders with the Republic of South Sudan in support of Khartoum’s military incursions into South Sudan.

This is the NCP’s grand terrorist strategy in dealing with South Sudan. Within Sudan, Omer Bashir has made a fresh call for more Sharia by making Islam and Arab culture as only sources of law making. His declared position is that all the Sudanese are Arabs and Muslims and so they must also be compelled terrorists.

The Republic of South Sudan is safe from this wicked Arab Islamic racist agenda because they made a wise choice during referendum to be free. The hope for the marginalized people of Sudan lies with South Sudan.

What is giving the NCP Sudan legitimacy to conduct terrorism without impunity in Africa? There are two main reasons:

One, the NCP started stealing the oil of South Sudan since before the CPA until today. The NCP government then used the oil revenues to influence political decisions of some poor African neighboring countries.

Secondly, the retreat of the counter terrorism forces from confrontation to appeasement. NCP is getting support militarily and economically from Iran, Russia and China.

After terrorizing and subduing Chad, Eritrea and Kenya, the next NCP’s divergent agenda is to capture the great Lakes region in Africa to connect to coastal regions from the horn of African and West Africa and converging on Cape Town. The Islamists assumption is that South Sudan will just be a dead apple once the faces of the ignorant African countries are covered with the oil money. For example, the last sad AU recommendation regarding the talks to reward Khartoum for having stolen oil was sad and by far falls below the level of political consciousness.

Any such suggestion that rewards Sudan government for having stolen oil of South Sudan is non starter.  The NCP thus concludes that the old Sudan will get re-united through the support of these African countries and also with help of those South Sudanese who are still working with NCP as mercenaries.


Chinese Embassy representatives sign handover papers to receive the body of a Chinese worker killed during a kidnapping, from a Sudanese Red Crescent representative (L) and a Sudanese Foreign Ministry official at the Chinese-run Hawasha hospital in Khartoum February 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

By Ulf Laessing and Sui-Lee Wee

KHARTOUM/BEIJING | Tue Feb 7, 2012 11:57am EST

(Reuters) – Sudanese rebels released 29 Chinese workers Tuesday, ten days after kidnapping them in the main oil-producing state of South Kordofan where the army has been fighting insurgents, Sudan’s foreign ministry said.

The incident had been an embarrassment for the Sudanese government, which is trying to boost investment from China, its main political and trade ally, as it seeks to overcome a severe economic crisis.

The rebel SPLM-North group said it had taken the construction workers for their own security after a battle with the Sudanese army in South Kordofan, which borders newly independent South Sudan.

But the workers had apparently become caught up in a dispute between Khartoum and rebels who are trying to attract attention to the plight of 417,000 civilians who have fled fighting in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, another Sudanese border state.

Khartoum has restricted access for aid workers and the United Nations in both states, triggering warnings by the United States that a famine could break out.

The 29 Chinese workers were flown out from Kauda in South Kordofan by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the campaign group and Sudan’s foreign ministry said.

“The Sudanese foreign ministry affirms to the government and people of China that Sudan’s government seeks to protect Chinese investments and workers involved in it,” the ministry added in a statement.

The workers later arrived in Kenyan capital Nairobi “safe and sound,” China’s official news agency, Xinhua, said, citing a statement from the Chinese foreign ministry.

SPLM-North rebel spokesman Arnu Ngutulu Lodi declined to comment.

SPLM-North leaders met Chinese officials in Ethiopia last week.

Both South Kordofan and Blue Nile are home to large communities who sided with the south during decades of civil war with Khartoum. Many say they have been marginalized by the Khartoum government since South Sudan declared independence in July under a 2005 peace deal.

The SPLM is now the ruling party in the independent south and dismisses Khartoum’s accusations that it supports SPLM-North rebels across the border.

China is an ally of both north and south and the main buyer of South Sudanese oil as well the biggest investor in Sudan.

Western diplomats say China has the best chance of defusing tensions between Khartoum and Juba, which are locked in a row over sharing oil wealth, dividing up debt and ending violence on both sides of their shared boundary.

CHINESE PRESSURE

The kidnap was the third abduction of Chinese people in Sudan since 2004 and highlighted the risks to China’s expansion in Africa in search of minerals and energy.

Beijing had faced immense pressure to secure the safe return of the abducted workers. State-owned newspapers called for more protection for China’s workers overseas as the world’s second-largest economy expands its investments around the globe.

The workers belonged to state-owned Sinohydro Corporation, a hydropower engineering and construction company.

Khartoum counts on China to boost investment as it seeks to overcome the loss of three-quarters of its oil production, that South Sudan took with it when it seceded.

Most Western firms shun Sudan due to a U.S. trade embargo imposed first in 1997 when Khartoum was hosting prominent militants such as Osama bin Laden.

SPLM-North is one of a number of rebel movements in underdeveloped border areas who say they are fighting to overthrow Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and end what they see as the dominance of the Khartoum political elite.

(Writing by Ulf Laessing and Sui-Lee Wee, Editing by Ron Popeski)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/07/us-china-sudan-workers-idUSTRE8160UU20120207

Kidnapped Chinese workers released in Sudan

From Peter Shadbolt, CNN
updated 8:14 AM EST, Tue February 7, 2012
The Sudanese military said rebels in the border region with neighboring South Sudan are responsible for the kidnapping.
The Sudanese military said rebels in the border region with neighboring South Sudan are responsible for the kidnapping.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Chinese hostages are freed in Sudan; they’re now on the way to Kenya
  • NEW: The body of one worker killed in the rebel raid on their camp is returned to Chinese officials
  • The 29 Chinese workers were abducted from a construction site January 28

(CNN) — More than two dozen Chinese construction workers abducted in Sudan have been released, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday.

The 29 workers flew out of Sudan aboard a Red Cross plane bound for Nairobi, Kenya, Xinhua reported, citing an unnamed source with the International Committee of the Red Cross. They were to be turned over to Chinese officials there, Xinhua said.

Rebels abducted the workers January 28 from a camp run by China’s Power Construction Corp. in volatile South Kordofan. Eighteen other workers in the camp escaped the raid, which the Sudanese military blamed on the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North — a rebel force in the border region with neighboring South Sudan.

One worker died in the raid, Xinhua said. Sudanese authorities handed over the worker’s body Tuesday, according to Xinhua.

The workers were released after what Xinhua described as “a stream of intensive rescue efforts carried out by the Chinese government in collaboration with the Sudanese government and other parties.”

The Al-Adhdath daily newspaper in Khartoum earlier said theInternational Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had mediated for the release.

South Sudan became the world’s newest nation last year after decades of conflict with the north.

Nevertheless, violence in South Kordofan and the nearby Blue Nile states has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. While the region is in Sudanese territory, it straddles Sudan and South Sudan’s ethnic and political lines.

China is Sudan’s largest trading partner, while Sudan is China’s third-largest trading partner in Africa. According to the Chinese foreign ministry, trade between the two countries reached $8.63 billion in 2010, an increase of 35.1% compared with the previous year.

The close bilateral cooperation is mainly driven by oil exports from Sudan, which is among the top oil suppliers for China.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/07/world/africa/sudan-hostages/index.html

Chinese workers freed in Sudan, flown to Kenya

Police close the door of an ambulance carrying the body of a Chinese worker killed during a kidnapping, after he was handed over to Chinese Embassy representatives by a Sudanese Red Crescent representative and a Sudanese Foreign Ministry official at the Chinese-run Hawasha hospital in KhartoumThe body of the man killed during the attack has been handed over to Chinese authorities in Sudan

A group of Chinese workers kidnapped by rebels in Sudan has been freed and flown to Kenya, officials from both countries say.

The construction workers were released to the International Committee of the Red Cross on Tuesday, 11 days after they were abducted.

They had been held in Sudan’s restive border state of South Kordofan.

A Red Cross plane flew them to Nairobi, where they are to be taken to the Chinese embassy, Sudan says.

Sudan’s foreign ministry spokesman al-Obeid Morawah told the BBC that as far as he was aware 29 Chinese nationals were on the flight, and all were in good health.

The Red Cross plane took off from a small airstrip in the South Kordofan town of Kauda, he said.

The road construction workers were taken captive when rebels from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) stormed their camp on 28 January.

Another 18 people fled the scene, of whom 17 were later found safely.

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One man was killed during the SPLM-N attack – his body was earlier handed over to the Chinese embassy in Khartoum.

The SPLM-N – which used to fight alongside the rulers of now independent South Sudan – has been battling government forces in South Kordofan for more than six months.

Correspondents say Beijing is a key supporter of the Khartoum government but the abduction – the third involving Chinese nationals since 2004 – has strained relations.

China buys much of the oil produced in both Sudan and South Sudan and is a major supplier of weapons to Khartoum.

China is trying to mediate a bitter dispute between South Sudan and Sudan over oil, which is produced primarily in South Sudan but runs through pipelines in the north for export.

South Sudan’s new leaders deny Khartoum’s accusations that they are backing the SPLM-N.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16924184


January 29, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A group of 700 military officers from Sudan’s Armed Forces (SAF) confronted president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and his defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein with several demands that focused on military and political reforms, Sudan Tribune is told.

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FILE – Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir (C) and Defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein (L) salutes at a military function in Khartoum (AFP)

Multiple army sources who all spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue said that the officers included those stationed in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and other parts of the country.

The message was delivered last week to Bashir and Hussein during their briefing sessions with SAF senior army officers who listened to the pair calling on them to prepare for the possibility of a full-scale war with South Sudan.

But the sources said that the SAF officers at the briefing were all but appalled at the prospects of heading to war with Sudan’s southern neighbor given the state of the military at this point.

The officers called on Bashir and Hussein to urgently address the challenges faced by the SAF emphasizing that the army has been unable to decisively overcome the rebels in the border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

The Sudanese army is battling rebels from the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in the two states since June 2011 in South Kordofan and September 2011 in Blue Nile. Khartoum persistently accuses Juba of providing aid to the rebels but South Sudan routinely denies the charge.

This week the second Vice-President of Sudan, Al-Haj Adam Youssef was quoted by local media as threatening to go after SPLM-N rebels even if they had to go all the way to Juba.

“If necessary, Juba is not far,” he told the paper during celebrations of Sudan’s independence in the central state of Al-Jezira.

SAF needs “tremendously huge efforts” in order to prepare for future dangers particularly at a time when there is talk about foreign intervention, Bashir and Hussein were told.

The officers also urged Bashir and Hussein combat “rampant” corruption within the army and gave an example of 200 battle tanks that were bought in early 2010 but most of it turned out to be defective and a large number had to be sent to neighboring countries for repairs.

They noted that several senior officers objected to the “subpar deal” involving these tanks before they were bought which led to the sacking of Hussein’s chief secretary Maj. General Al-Na’eem Khidir and other senior officers including Maj. General Ahmed Abdoon who headed the Nyala army division and Maj. General Al-Tayeb Mosbah of El-Fasher army division.

The SAF officers also implored on Bashir and Hussein to implement segregation between the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the army so that the latter does not shoulder the mistakes of the NCP and become vulnerable to volatility of the Sudanese politics.

Furthermore, they said that is imperative that the system of government be reformed because the status quo jeopardizes the country’s national security.

One of the sources underscored that the current political climate in the form of tensions between the Islamists and the NCP has spread into the army but declined to provide details.

He described Bashir and Hussein as “rattled” by the officers’ complaints.

Eric Reeves, a researcher at Smith College who writes extensively on Sudan, believes oil is a major factor in this move.

“This may well be a dismayed response to the clear possibility that Khartoum never wanted to make a deal about oil revenues with Juba. Rather, the goal was to create a casus belli, by which the army would seize the oil regions of the South and restore all oil revenues to a northern economy that continues in a politically dangerous tailspin” he said.

This month a number of memos have surfaced allegedly sent by the Islamist base calling on the NCP to implement political reforms and fight corruption.

One of them was presented in late 2011 by Bashir’s adviser Ghazi Salah al-Deen in his capacity as the leader of the NCP parliamentary bloc.

The Sudanese president responded vaguely to some of the demands contained in Ghazi’s memo while saying that it is “premature” to address the others.

Sudan is facing a growing economic crisis that was aggravated by the secession of the oil-rich south which took with it 75% of the country’s crude reserves.

Since then, Sudan’s oil revenues, which used to make up 90 percent of the country’s exports and were the main source of hard currency inflows, have largely dried up.

The government has already banned many imported items to preserve its foreign currency supply.

The Sudanese pound lost a significant amount of its value against the dollar as a result and the black market has flourished despite government warnings.

Khartoum is trying to walk the fine line between the need to cut government spending and cutting subsidies on basic goods and petroleum products which they fear might trigger social unrest.

Last year the governor of Sudan’s central bank Mohamed Khair al-Zubeir said that fuel subsidies need to be removed because they are a huge burden on the economy.

“Subsidies are a big burden for the state. The biggest subsidy is for fuel,” al-Zubeir said, adding that a barrel of fuel was sold locally at $60 compared to a market price of $100.

“So far we didn’t notice the difference, subsidies were no problem because the country had oil … [but] we cannot pay this anymore,” he added.

The landlocked South Sudan has been in talks with Khartoum on the fair fee that should be assessed for using the north’s refineries and pipelines. It has been reported that Sudan asked for $32 per barrel for the service, something which South Sudan vehemently rejected saying it is excessive compared to international norms.

Sudan retaliated to the slow pace of talks and decided to seize part of South Sudan’s oil as payment in kind for the exporting service. Juba responded by shutting down its oil production.

(ST)

http://www.sudantribune.com/EXCLUSIVE-Sudan-army-officers-warn,41444

Sudan frees South Sudan’s oil tankers; dispute continues
Reuters
JUBA/DUBAI (Reuters) – Sudan released tankers loaded with South Sudanese oil that had been held at Port Sudan in a row over export transit fees, days after Khartoum seized crude from its new neighbor and offered it at a steeply discounted price.

Sudan-South Sudan Dispute Dominates African Summit
Voice of America (blog)
South Sudan has followed through on its threat and shut down all oil production as its dispute with Sudan shows no sign of resolution. The leaders of both countries held talks in Addis Ababa late last week on the sidelines of the annual gathering of 

Report: Sudanese army free 14 kidnapped Chinese workers
CNN International
By the CNN Wire Staff The visit to Beijing by President Omar al-Bashir (L) last year was a sign of the growing ties between Sudan and China. (CNN) — The Sudanese army has freed 14 Chinese nationals who were kidnapped in the volatile South Kordofan 

Ki Moon calls for peaceful resolution to Sudan oil row
Sudan Tribune
By Julius N. Uma January 30, 2012 (JUBA) — Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General on Sunday urged leaders in both Sudan and South Sudan to reach an agreement on how to share their oil wealth after series of counter accusations forced the 

Sudan oil crisis ‘threatens peace’
News24
Addis Ababa – South Sudan and Sudan could face a “major humanitarian crisis” if they fail to solve a running oil dispute, a top US envoy said on Sunday as African heads of state converged in Ethiopia’s capital for an African Union summit…

South Sudan clamps oil shutdown, seeks border deal
Business Recorder (blog)
South Sudan has fully shut down oil output in a row with Sudan over export transit fees and will only restart after a broader deal on issues including border security and the disputed region of Abyei, its oil minister said on Sunday…

Brent drops below $111/barrel; EU, Iran eyed
Reuters
 Tan | SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Brent crude fell on Monday as investors cautiously eyed a European Union summit for a resolution to the region’s debt crisis, but prices hovered near $111 per barrel on concerns over supply from Iran and South Sudan

China says contact cut with workers held in Sudan
Reuters Africa
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s embassy in Sudan has lost contact with 29 Chinese construction workers held by rebels in the strife-troubled border state of South Kordofan, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Monday. The rebel Sudan People’s 

Supply concerns keep Brent above $US110
Sydney Morning Herald
Brent crude edged down on Monday as investors cautiously eyed a European Union summit for a resolution to the region’s debt crisis, but prices stayed above $US111 per barrel on concerns over supply from Iran and South Sudan. EU leaders are expected to 

The South Sudan dream is turning sour
The Guardian (blog)
It is now a year since the people of South Sudan voted overwhelmingly for independence from Khartoum. But the vision of a new era of peace and co-operation between north and south, endorsed at the time by President Omar al-Bashir and the southern 

South Sudan ethnic clashes claim 74 lives
Daily Nation
A May 2011 handout photo showing displaced South Sudanese waiting for relief supplies in Warrap State. Fresh fighting has claimed more than 74 lives as ethnic clashes continue to convulse the new country. PHOTO | AFP By MACHEL AMOS in Juba At least 74 

AU Commission Chair Urges Sudan, South Sudan to Reach Agreement
Sudan Vision
The birth of South Sudan state was an indication of political maturity and wisdom of the leaders of the two states, Mr. Ping said, and called on the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to arrive at solutions for the outstanding issues…


Dear All,

Please find attached a statement concerning the Chinese workers in South Kordofan State.
Thanks
Anwar Elhaj
SPLMN Representative to the US

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Statement

Sunday January 29th, 2012
The SPLM-N is a national liberation movement that seeks democracy, just peace, equal citizenship and social justice. It has been attacked by the dictator General Omar al-Bashir who is indicted by the international criminal court and who displaced more than half a million citizens of Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile, banned the SPLM-N, committed war crimes, and denies access to humanitarian assistance.
SPLM-N has nothing against China and the Chinese, and it is part of the forces that are looking for peace, stability, and co-existence worldwide. The leadership of the SPLM-N and I, the Secretary General, together with the SPLM-N Chairman are exerting the maximum effort to obtain accurate information from our forces in the field regarding the Chinese who were detained in Southern Kordofan. If it is SPLA-N forces that the Chinese citizens are with, be assured that they will be in safe hands and they will be released.
What we stand for before and after this incident are democracy and a just peace. This should be better understood by China and that the National Congress government of General Bashir is a government that will never deliver good relations between Sudan and China. They are massacring and committing war crimes against the Sudanese people and therefore they cannot sustain relations with any country in the world.
The interests of China and the international community are better served by the democratic forces in Sudan. We are right now in contact with Beijing through one of the SPLM-N’s associates in Beijing to assist in resolving this situation.
 
 Yasir Arman,
 Secretary General,
 Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North
January 29, 2012

Dear All,
Please find attached.

Thanks

Anwar Elhaj
SPLMN Representative to the US

Press Release
 
The SPLMN Representatives to the United States meet with the Office of Baroness Valerie Amos, the United Nations Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs
The SPLMN Representative to the United States Anwar Elhaj and the Deputy Representative Philip Tutu and after consultations with the Chairman Malik Agar and Secretary General Yasir Arman met on Wednesday January 18th, 2012 with the Office of Baroness Valerie Amos, the United Nations Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs in New York. The meeting discusses the following points.
1-      The office of Baroness Amos, gave a detailed briefing on Baroness Amos recent visit to Sudan and the outcome of her meeting with the Minister of social welfare.
2-      The meeting discussed the briefing given by the Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs, on Tuesday January 17th, 2012, to United Nation Security Council meeting.
3-      The SPLMN briefed the Baroness Amos Office on the grave humanitarian crisis in the South Kordofan / Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile States especially the internally displaced population in the SPLMN controlled areas.
4-      The SPLMN affirmed its position that negotiations about the humanitarian assistance to the IDPs in South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile States, need to follow a tripartite approach that includes the United Nation, the SPLMN and the regime in Khartoum, since the majority of those IDPs are in the SPLMN controlled areas.
5-      The SPLMN requested the Office of the Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and the United Nation Security Council to address the humanitarian crisis in South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile States seriously given the fact that General Elbashir Government is deliberately using food as a weapon and denying access for humanitarian assistance which constitutes a war crime. The displacement of the civil population of South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile States came as direct result of the Khartoum government policies of targeting the civilian population.
6-      The SPLMN appreciates the tremendous efforts by the US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, the United Nations Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Assistance Baroness Valarie Amos and the US special Envoy to Sudan Ambassador Princeton Lyman and look forward to see their efforts translated into action to address the sufferings of the IDPs.
Anwar Elhaj
The SPLMN Representative
United States, Washington
January 19, 2012

By Ulf Laessing and Alexander Dziadosz

KHARTOUM | Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:17am EST

(Reuters) – Sudan will continue to take a share of oil from South Sudan to compensate for what it calls unpaid transit fees and said an oil deal was unlikely without an agreement on border and security issues, its foreign minister said on Wednesday.

South Sudan became Africa’s newest nation in July under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war between north and south, but many issues remain unresolved, including oil, debt and violence on both sides of the poorly-defined border.

Tensions escalated last week when Khartoum said it had started confiscating oil from landlocked South Sudan, which exports its crude through Sudan’s pipelines to a port on the Red Sea.

Sudan’s economy has been badly hit by the loss of two-thirds of oil production to the South, and the country is under pressure to ease the hardships of people already exhausted by years of conflict, inflation and a U.S. trade embargo.

The two sides were meant to conclude an oil agreement that would see them sharing revenues, with the south paying fees to export its oil through the north.

The African Union is sponsoring talks between the two countries this week, but Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti dampened hopes of a quick deal, rejecting the south’s criticism of its move as “childish.”

“If they are not ready to sit down and conclude an agreement, we will take our right. We will take our entitlements,” he told Reuters in an interview.

“Nobody can hamper us from taking our right. This is our entitlement,” Karti said.

He said South Sudan’s support for rebels in the border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile was hindering the talks. Juba denies giving support to the insurgents, who fought as part of the southern army during the civil war.

“If you are hosting rebels, preparing them against me, supporting them by munitions, by salaries, by everything, by training, by giving them all facilities. What shall I wait for? What shall I wait for you to do? I’m waiting for war,” he said.

“So if you are preparing to instigate war against me, what kind of any other agreement will be useful?”

He said Sudan had monitored conversations that proved Juba was supporting the rebels – known as the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Army (SPLA-N) – by continuing to pay their old salaries.

“We listen to them. They know that we listen to them. What kind of stupidity? You know I’m listening to what you say every day, and you go on talking about salaries, ammunition, supporting us, and bringing more tanks near the borders, and the rest,” he said.

Any oil agreement would likely depend on a broader deal that addressed the fighting and other security issues, such as marking the border, Karti said.

“To me, it could be a holistic approach. A piecemeal way of doing things is not enough, and it proved not to be working. It’s better to begin with the top issues – the security issue to me is very important – and then the rest will be easy,” he said.

DEBT PILE

Sudan and South Sudan have been discussing a transit fee for southern oil exports since Juba’s independence, but their positions have remained wide apart. Khartoum wants $1 billion in rear payments plus $36 a barrel to use the export pipeline, roughly a third of the South’s export value.

South Sudan has offered to sell oil to Khartoum at discounted prices and give financial aid, but Karti said some southern officials had taken a “sarcastic” approach.

“Even some of them, sarcastically, they tell us that they are donors and they will give us some tens of millions, and they will be spending those millions on humanitarian issues, and trying to solve problems in the needy areas,” he said.

“They talked to us like donors, whereas we are calling for them to sit down at a table to talk seriously,” Karti said.

“(Saying we are) taking their oil, stealing their oil – this is childish,” he said. “This is our right. If this does not (suit) them, let them block the oil. It is their oil. We will not at all fight for the oil to come through our pipeline.”

He said a debt pile of almost $40 billion for which Juba refuses to share responsibility was weighing on the economy but rejected some analysts’ forecasts that Sudan’s economy is headed for a severe crisis.

“It is not bad. I will not accept this word,” he said. “We are trying our best to emerge as a country that has good resources, and as a country that should be supported.”

Most Western firms have shunned Sudan since the United States put a trade embargo in place in 1997 for the country’s role in hosting prominent militants like Osama bin Laden.

Karti said Gulf Arab states were increasing their investments but Sudan would not ask for any outside help to overcome economic difficulties.

“We are not begging from anybody, we have our resources,” he said.

(Additional reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Editing by Peter Graff)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/18/us-sudan-south-idUSTRE80H1FS20120118

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Dear All.
Please find attached a Press Release about the SPLMN visit to South Africa.

Thanks

Anwar Elhaj
SPLMN Representative to the US

Press Release
 
The Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-N) delegation led by its Chairman and the Secretary General Continues its visit to the Republic of South Africa.
 
The Secretary General, Yasir Arman, warns of the worsening humanitarian crisis in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States after Khartoum Sabotage of Lady Valarie Amos’ Mission.
A high-level SPLM-N delegation comprised of its Chairman, Malik Agar; Secretary General, Yasir Arman; Secretary of finance, Ramadan Hassan Nimir, and its Humanitarian Affairs coordinator, Neuron Philip, is currently on a visit to the Republic of South Africa. The delegation arrived in the Republic on the evening of 6th January 2012, upon the invitation of the leadership of African National Congress, extended by its Secretary General, Mr. Gwede Mantashe to attend the centenary celebrations of the founding of the ANC, oldest resistance movement in Africa, which was held on the 8th January 1912. The visit was also intended to include talks with the ANC leadership on the situation in Sudan and North Sudan.
Since their arrival the delegation made extensive contacts with the ANC leadership and its officials on the Sudan Desk. The delegation also made contacts with political parties and liberation movements from Namibia, Angola, Mozambique and Botswana. They then travelled to Pretoria and Johannesburg and continued their meetings with research centres, and with the Sudan Task Force whose members include representatives from the ANC, the President Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other officials.  The delegation also dedicated yesterday, Wednesday 11th January, to meetings with different media outlets in South Africa, giving interviews to national televisions and radio Stations. Today, the delegation will give a lecture and hold a presentation about the North Sudan question and other related isues to officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ANC leaders and members of the diplomatic corps accredited to South Africa.
The Secretary General of the SPLM-N, who is also a member of the High-Level Political Committee of the Sudan revolutionary Front (SRF), welcomed the African Union recent contacts with the SRF and considered that to be a recognition of the legitimacy of the SRF which constitutes a solid core for the unifying the forces of change. The SRF, with the coordination and the cooperation with other forces seeking change, will develop into a real alternative to the National Congress Party (NCP) Regime. The SRF has a clear political program that will gain increasing national, regional and international recognition and legitimacy. During the visit, the delegation took the opportunity to brief the ANC leadership about the significance of formation of the SRF in realising the society of equal citizenship and of stability in Sudan and in the region.
The Secretary General affirms that the regime’s deployment of elite troops from President Albashir’s own protection force and the paratroopers of the parachute regiment in combat in Altes and Alburam areas, South Kordofan, under direct orders of Omar Albashir against our forces has completely failed. The offensive in South Kordofan has been rebuffed and destroyed by our forces, and a large amount of its armour and weapons have been seized, which could only be seen as crippling military, political and psychological setback for the regime with more to follow. At the same time, four other military convoys were destroyed in the last two weeks in Blue Nile State. Ahmed Haroun, the ICC fugitive governor of South Kordofan, and Omer Albashir boasted that they will defeat what they referred to as ‘the SPLM/A rebellion’ by December 2011. His trial in the Hague is a much more closer prospect for Ahmed Haroun than defeating what he calls the ‘rebellion’. As for Field-Marshal Omer Albashir, we stand as one with the protesting people of Al-Manaseer, and with the youths now calling for change. The regime’s once rising sun is now setting and its arrogant swagger has been diminished by the determination of the of Al-Manaseer protestors occupying State House Square in Al-Damer, River Nile State, and the universities’ students protesting in the cities of Northern Sudan.
The NCP regime is digging its own grave and teetering before a fall. The regime’s headlong rush into a dry-season offensive and its recruitment of militias and paramilitaries is dictated by blind political ambition that does not even heed the requirements of a credible military objective, and is based on faulty intelligence and wishful thinking that only exist in the mind of Ahmed Haroun and his masters in Khartoum. Worse still, is the unconscionable targeting of civilians, as a result.
The field assessments carried out under the supervision of the SPLM-N Humanitarian Coordinators, Mr. Philip Neuron, Dr, Hashim Ahmend Saeed and Mr. Hashim Aurta have uncovered new evidence regarding the targeting of civilians in the conflict areas.  More than 300,000 people have been displaced inside South Kordofan and over 400,000 are displaced in Blue Nile State. The numbers of refugees in the Republic of South Sudan have now reached over 150,000, the same figure is recorded in the UN refugee agency there; and there are more than 38,000 refugees now in Ethiopia displaced from Blue Nile State. At a time when UN records confirm these facts, the NCP defies the international community and sabotages Lady Valerie Amos’ exploratory visit to Khartoum and reaffirms its refusal to open safe corridors for the supply of food in the Two Areas. This a war crime!
Moreover, Lady Amos was only offered a meeting with the junior minister of Social Affairs, Ms. Amira Al-Fadil, who confirmed the regime’s refusal to opening relief corridors to refugees and IDPs displaced by government attacks. The minister, we know, has no say in discharging war related responsibilities. It is indicted criminals and fugitives from international justice within the regime who control the war portfolio. She will be well advised to distance herself from such matters and desist from making incriminating statements that could read as endorsement of war crimes. Her involvement in such matters will make her accountable under international law for crimes that never lapse with the passage of time. She should confine her efforts to ending the misappropriation of the Zakatfunds (an islamic wealth tax); which, under this regime, is never assigned to benefit its god-decreed causes, nor does it reach its needy intended recipients.
The international community is required to protect of innocent civilians when their lives is imperilled, and in providing humanitarian relief when needed. It must break its long silence regarding Khartoum’s use of food as a weapon, starving to near extinction of hundreds of thousands of the sons and daughters of South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur. Over and above the denial of life-sustaining relief from innocent civilians being a heinous of war crime, it will also harm the future well-being of Sudan. It is enough of a warning what has happened in Southern Sudan!
The Office of Secretary General
Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement- North
12th January 2011

Monday, January 09, 2012 
“South Sudan is one of the poorest and least developed nations in the world, and the influx of refugees is placing enormous strain on already scarce resources.” Fran Equiza, Oxfam’s Regional Director in Horn, East and Central Africa
Boston, MA – infoZine – Six months since South Sudan’s independence, the world’s newest nation is struggling to cope with a major refugee crisis and massive internal displacement, international agency Oxfam said today.Tens of thousands of people have fled violence in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan across the border in Sudan, and an estimated 60,000 people have also reportedly been affected by last week’s fighting in the South Sudan state of Jonglei.

Over 55,000 refugees have arrived in Upper Nile state in South Sudan in recent months, fleeing conflict in Sudan’s Blue Nile region. More people continue to arrive and are sheltering in newly established refugee camps where food and other essential services are in short supply. Oxfam is boosting its water and sanitation work for 25,000 of the new arrivals.

The worsening conflict along the border between Sudan and South Sudan has led to growing fears of a major food crisis, as insecurity has restricted local agriculture and limited aid and market supplies. Parts of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile are expected to reach emergency levels in early 2012, with early warning systems predicting that food insecurity will reach Phase 4 of 5 – one step below famine levels. Such a crisis is likely to force more refugees into South Sudan, Oxfam said. Around 20,000 people have already fled Southern Kordofan, and thousands more are displaced within the region. Due to conflict and insecurity, many of the rural areas on both sides of the new border remain inaccessible to humanitarian organisations.

“It is six months since South Sudan’s independence and there is much we should be celebrating. But the growing crisis along the border threatens to derail any progress. South Sudan is one of the poorest and least developed nations in the world, and the influx of refugees is placing enormous strain on already scarce resources,” said Fran Equiza, Oxfam’s Regional Director.

Oxfam called on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and ensure humanitarian aid can reach all people in need.


Khartoum – Prosecutor of Supreme Tribunal of the Blue Nile State, Abdul Fatah Suleiman Abdul Fatah, issued an arrest warrant for Malik Agar, Yasir Arman and 15 former members of the Blue Nile State Government and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) on Saturday.
This is in accordance with his powers under Article (78) of the Criminal Procedures Act, 1991.
The Prosecutor said the accused undertook specific roles in the crimes perpetrated in the Blue Nile State for which measures were taken in accordance with the Criminal Act by an inquiry committee based on an order from the Minister of Justice.
He said he came to know that the accused have fleed to prevent the execution of the warrant of arrest issued against them, calling on the accused to surrender themselves to the nearest police station within a period not later than a week from the issuance of this notice.
The warrant of arrest is issued for: Ali Bandar Al-Sisi, Former Cabinet Minister; Zaed Eissa Zaed, Former Minister of Agriculture; Mamoon Hamad, Former Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Assembly; Ahmed Al-Umda John, Maj. Gen. ,commander of Division (10); Al-Jundi Suleiman, Brigadier, commander of joint forces; Mohamed Younis Babikir, Brigadier, SPLA; Joseph Teka, Maj. Gen., second commander of the Division; Al-Samani Agar Eyre, Col., SPLA; Abdullah Ibrahim Abbas, Secretary General of the SPLM; El-Tayeb Bakouri, Major, SPLA; James Tut, Commander, brigade (2); Obeid Abu Shutal, Former adviser to Khartoum State governor; Farajallah Hamid Jadool, SPLM and Samuel Jok, SPLM and Yasir Saeed Arman, SPLM.