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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 (, 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.,41797

By Monica Lakes:

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.


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)

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.

  • 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.

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.


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.

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.


Sudan frees South Sudan’s oil tankers; dispute continues
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’
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
 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.
Anwar Elhaj
SPLMN Representative to the US

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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.


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