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Africa Spy chiefs conference begins in Sudan’s capital


June 6, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The eight ordinary session of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) conference commenced on Monday in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, receiving an address by President Al-Bashir who promised to recognize the independence of South Sudan.

Photo of the opening session of the CISSA eights ordinary conference in Khartoum (Sudan Media Center website)

Forty heads of intelligence agencies in African countries attended the conference’s opening session which was also addressed by the director-general of Sudan National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Mohammed Atta.

In his address, Atta expressed hope that the outcome of the conference would unify views on the challenges facing the African continent. He further said that Sudan is proud of what it accomplished for its neighbors, saying that his country had helped Uganda in fighting the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) rebels and dismantled Chadian opposition groups.

Sudan president Omar Al-Bashir also addressed the CISSA’s conference, striking a conciliatory tone towards South Sudan as it approaches independence in July this year.

“We have realized peace in South Sudan, and we paid its dues which resulted in the creation of a new entity in Africa, and we will be the first to welcome and cooperate with the new nation” Al-Bashir said.

North and South Sudan, which voted to secede and form an independent state under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil wars with the north, are currently at loggerheads over the border region of Abyei in which tension escalated after it was seized by the northern army earlier this month.

Meanwhile, CISSA chairperson and intelligence chief of Congo Brazzaville, Philip Obara, said in his address to the conference that African countries had been in the position of bystanders towards the events in Libya, allowing the international community to make all the decisions.

He also called on African countries to use dialogue not force to protect themselves, warning that the reasons that led to uprisings in Tunis and Egypt do exist in all countries.


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  • 7 June 2011 12:08, by dengtaath

    Can some body imagine how Omar Assen Albashier talk? Is it not a ly to say that the North has realised the Peace in the South. I think Omar is liar in that sense because the same North still causing problem upon South Sudan. Recognition of Southern independent is already beyond the North blockage against it, there is no way out than recognising it.

  • 7 June 2011 12:16, by Abyei Soil

    African you are doing nothing especially AU & IGAD. Why are so long like that over the Abyei issues. NCP is turning a peaceful ground to violence here in Abyei.

    • 7 June 2011 12:34, by Abyei Soil

      African especially AU & IGAD you are quite over the Abyei issues for so long and Omer Bashir is doing is own things against black African here In Abyei. Please rescue us.

  • 7 June 2011 12:38, by Tiger black

    Look at this Africans intelligence held they were Khartoum just sitting ,eating and sleeping in the hotels, and they even don,t tell Bashir about the devils crimes he did in Abyei, southern Kordafan and else where shame on you.your weakness has appear now peacekeepers in Somali are suffering without salary payment...................... Bashir is Alie president in Sudan histories

  • 7 June 2011 14:07, by Ariambek

    Why it has been conducted in Sudan? President among others have been wanted by ICC to face charges of war criminal and criminal against humanity and genocide. Africa SPY conference is self-interested for Africa leader. Shame………………….. On you greedy Africa, peace will never prevail in the continent, unless mind-set and behaviors changes.


  • 7 June 2011 16:39, by Paul Ongee

    First of all, it should be a big shame for the participants of the so-called Conference of Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA). African intelligent agencies should just sit and watch what is happening in Libya. The event is, of course, beyond their intelligent.

    For CISSA to make a wonderful achievement, it should arrest Omer Hassan Al-Bashir for war crime committed in Darfur, Abyei, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile on their watch. It should start combing out dictatorial leaders ruling African countries with impunity. Those of Bashir and the likes just live here in Africa physically but mentally in the Middle East. Instead of working for Africans, he is killing Africans and spying on African leaders. We don’t want hyphenated Africans. If not let the western countries do their job of getting things done for Africa.

    Paul Ongee
    Khartoum Watch

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