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The Downing of an Iranian Made Drone in The Nuba Mountains

Posted: March 13, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Press Release
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Dear All,

Please find attached statement about the downing of an Iranian drone.
Thanks
Anwar Elhaj
SPLMN Representative to the US
The Downing of an Iranian Made Drone in The Nuba Mountains
The Air Defense Units of the SPLMN and JEM forces of the SRF were able to shoot down an Iranian made drone with tail number 3-1-R031 Zagil today March 13th, 2012 at 11:00 AM in Buhirat Abyad (White Lake) area in the South Kordofan / Nuba Mountain State.
The use of Iranian made Shehab rocket missiles, personnel landmines, drones and heavy military equipments prove beyond doubt that the NCP government plan and strategy is to continue its policies of genocide, ethnic cleansing against the Nuba people and the State population in general and deny them humanitarian aid.
Arnu N. Loddi
Spokesperson of the SPLM North
March 13th, 2012
Rebel groups shot down Sudanese unmanned plane 

March 14, 2012 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) – Sudanese rebels claim that on Tuesday they shot down a Sudanese military unmanned plane in the disputed area of Jau, on the border between Sudan and South Sudan.

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A picture released by the SRF rebel group of the unmanned plane shot down in South Kordofan on 13 March 2012

In Khartoum, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) admitted the lost of the self-piloted plane but explained that there had been a technical failure.

The rebel groups Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) issued two separate statements announcing that a plane had been shot down on 13 March at 11:30am over Jau.

The rebels said the Sudan Revolution Front (SRF) were able to shoot down an Iranianmade drone with tail number 3-1-R031 Zagil on 13 March 2012 at 11:00am in Buhirat Abyad (White Lake) area in the South Kordofan / Nuba Mountain State.

Alswarmi Khaled, SAF spokesperson said the unmanned plane took off from Kadugli, South Kordofan capital and they lost its control during a military training exercise in the war torn region.

Arnu N. Loddi, SPLM-N spokesperson, called on the international community to hold the Iranian government responsible for violating international law which he said prohibits other countries from “meddling” in the “domestic affairs” of other countries.

“It is the high time the international community rise up to hold Iranian government responsible for violating international law by constantly meddling in the domestic affairs of the Sudanese people”, Loddi told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

The rebel figure claimed that Iranian government has always played “a devastating role” in the Sudanese domestic affairs by standing with Sudanese government in providing all type of military support.

“The use of Iranian made Shehab rocket missiles, personnel land mines, drones and heavy military equipments prove beyond doubt that the National Congress Party’s (NCP) government plan and strategy aim to continue its policies of genocide, ethnic cleansing against the Nubapeople and the State population in general and deny them humanitarian aid,” Loddi explained.

SPLA ACCUSE

In Juba, South Sudan’s army also said it shot down a military drone over the disputed area of Jau.

Philip Aguer, the spokesman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) told journalists that the forces of Division 4 in Unity State under the command of Major General James Gatduel Gatluak has brought down unmanned military plane that was bombarding SPLA forces on Monday in Jau area.

Aguer further accused Khartoum of invading South Sudan, saying SAF’s ground forces have now crossed Kiir River and moved deep into Warrap State by 70 kilometers.

He also said SAF is also moving into South Sudan’s territory in Western Bahr el Ghazal State as well as through Maban in Upper Nile State.

Aguer said his army has intercepted the movement of the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from Central Africa and DRC Congo into Western Equatoria State.

(ST)

http://www.sudantribune.com/Rebel-groups-shot-down-Sudanese,41905


BEIJING — China’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday summoned a leading Sudanese diplomat to express “deep shock” over the abduction of 29 Chinese workers after an attack in a volatile region of the country.The summons is a sign of growing Chinese concern over the fate of the workers, three days after they were taken by militants in the South Kordofan region.
Sudanese state media reported Monday that 14 of them had been freed, but the official Xinhua News Agency and China Daily newspaper said all 29 were still being held.“The Chinese government attaches great importance to protecting overseas Chinese nationals. We felt deep shock over this abduction incident and are deeply concerned over the safety of the 29 Chinese,” Vice Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng was quoted as saying in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.China hopes Sudan will “keep in mind the overall situation of bilateral friendship” and ensure their swift release, Xie told Sudanese Charge d’Affaires Omer Eisa Ahmed, according to the statement.It quoted Eisa as pledging Sudan’s full support.The summons was a rare public sign of tension in China’s close political and economic relations with Sudan, which center on exchanging Chinese infrastructure projects for access to Sudanese oil.

That followed the dispatch earlier Tuesday of a group of Chinese security experts to assist in the rescue work.

A statement from the workers’ company, Sinohydro Corp., said that it and the Chinese Embassy would “spare no effort in ensuring the personal safety of those abducted and rescuing them.”

Xinhua said 47 Chinese workers were caught in the attack in the South Kordofan region of Sudan. It said 29 were captured and the other 18 fled, and that one of those who fled remains missing.

Sudan’s state-run SUNA news agency said the attack took place near Abbasiya town, 390 miles (630 kilometers) south of Khartoum.

Sudanese officials have blamed the attack on the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, a branch of a guerrilla movement that has fought various regimes in Khartoum for decades. Its members hail from a minority ethnic group now in control of much of South Sudan, which became the world’s newest country only six months ago in a breakaway from Sudan.

Sudan has accused South Sudan of arming pro-South Sudan groups in South Kordofan. The government of South Sudan says the accusations are a smoke screen intended to justify a future invasion of the South.

China has sent large numbers of workers to potentially unstable regions such as Sudan. Last year it was forced to send ships and planes to help with the emergency evacuation of 30,000 of its citizens from the fighting in Libya.

China has used its diplomatic clout to defend Sudan and its longtime leader, Omar al-Bashir. Recently, it has also sought to build good relations with leaders from the south.

South Sudan and Sudan are in bitter dispute over oil, which is produced primarily in South Sudan but runs through Sudanese pipelines for export.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/china-denies-that-any-of-its-29-workers-abducted-in-sudan-have-been-freed/2012/01/30/gIQAA8cedQ_story.html

China denies that any of its 29 workers abducted in Sudan have been freed
Washington Post
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Israel to deport South Sudanese
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UN urges Sudan, South Sudan to pull out of Abyei border region
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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 Statement about a major SPLA victory in South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains State.
Thanks
Anwar Elhaj
SPLMN Representative to the US

SUDAN PEOPLE’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT

Office of Spokesperson
January 15, 2012
In the dawn of January 15, 2012, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains State ably inflicted another major defeat against the joined Special Forces and Republic’s Guard of the National Congress Party (NCP). These were the same forces that fled Al Buram and Al Tess on January 10, 2012. They sustained heavy losses in lives and military equipments and are fully repelled from the strategic villageof Al Lehimir which is about 15 km South of Kadugli City. The SPLA captured large amounts of equipments and ammunitions which are being assessed. 
After the liberation of the Al lehimir village, we [the SPLM] ascertain that the SPLA will continue its advances toward emancipation of Kadugli City and bring the war criminal, Ahmed Harun, to International Court in Hague. 
A Salutation to Officers and Soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army on their successive victories and devotion to the removal of NCP mobs to establish a nation of freedom, justice and equality.
Arnu Ngtullu Lodi
The Spokesperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army
(Translation by Organization for Advancement of Young Nuba)