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Karti warns US against aid in war zones, threatens “security cards” against South Sudanese


February 3, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese foreign minister, Ali Karti, has challenged the United States to carry out unilateral delivery of aid in his country’s war-hit states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, warning that Khartoum will not allow food to reach the rebels.

FILE - Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti (REUTERS PICTURES)

Sudan has been facing down increased pressure from international quarters, particularly the United States and the United Nations, to allow international aid groups to access South Kordofan and Blue Nile, where the country’s army has been fighting rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLMN) since last year.

It was reported last month that the US is considering unilateral intervention to deliver aid in SPLMN controlled areas, where food insecurity and malnutrition have reached "alarming" levels, according to the UN’s top humanitarian official, Valery Amos.

Sudan’s foreign minister Ali Karti, speaking in an interview with Sudan state radio on Friday, warned that his country would not allow any humanitarian intervention without government consent, casting doubts on Washington’s motives and accusing it of seeking to feed the rebels.

According to Sudan’s top diplomat, the true intention behind calls for humanitarian intervention in the two states is to deliver aid to the rebels.

He further accused Washington of falling under the sway of lobby groups and said he had challenged a senior US diplomat to go ahead.

“We will not allow food to reach the rebels and those talking about forcible intervention are US lobby groups,” Karti told the radio.

He further revealed that he met the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, William Joseph Burns, in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and told him: “We will see if you can bring in food by force, and we will not allow food to be brought to the rebels.”

Karti’s remarks come a few weeks after Khartoum appeared to have diluted its stance regarding the presence of aid groups in the two states.

Sudan announced in late January that aid groups already existing in South Kordofan and Blue Nile will be allowed to work on a set of conditions including restrictions on movement of their staff, and that the distribution of their aid will be handled by local organisations.

Aid has always been highly politicised in Sudan’s conflicts.

The violence in South Kordofan and Blue Nile has already forced about 417,000 people to flee their homes, more than 80,000 of them to South Sudan, the United Nations estimates. Locals have faced air raids and sporadic ground fighting, according to human rights groups and refugees.

The Sudanese minister grew more scathing as he derided the US as a weak state whose politics is influenced by activists.

“It is laughable that [US] politicians are influenced by activists and organisations,” he said.

He went on to claim that the former US President Gorge Bush had phoned Sudan’s President Omer Al-Bashir and stated that we [Americans] “let you down when you signed the [2005 Comprehensive] Peace Agreement [with South Sudan] and we did not keep our promise to remove Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism and lift economic sanctions.”

Sudanese officials don’t hide their frustration with what they see as Washington’s failure to deliver on its promises, namely removal of Sudan’s name from the terrorism blacklist and lifting of economic sanctions which have been imposed on Khartoum since 1997.

Last year Washington exempted South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in line with the CPA in July last year, from the economic sanctions imposed on Khartoum, and later said that the new state is allowed to receive US weapons.

Karti threatens to use “security cards” against South Sudan

Turning to Sudan’s frayed relations with South Sudan, Karti warned that Khartoum could easily destabilise the new state if it wanted to.

“If we just think about it, the options before us are countless,” he said.

The already tense relations between Khartoum and Juba plummeted further last month as the recently separated countries failed to agree on a charge for transporting oil of land-locked South Sudan through Sudanese territories to export terminals on the Red Sea.

As the talks over transit fees continued to flounder, Sudan moved to confiscate southern oil, prompting Juba to accuse it of “stealing” and halt oil production all together.

“We have many cards to use against the south, and the southern government has consumed all its cards. We are yet to use any of the security cards and it is high time that the [Sudanese] government considers this option,” Karti said, adding that it is time for Khartoum to move to “plan B.”

After April the 700,000 South Sudanese estimated to be remaining in North Sudan will be treated as foreigners, Khartoum has said. South Sudan, however, has said that any North Sudanese living in the new country is able to take southern citizenship.

Sudan and South Sudan routinely trade accusations of supporting rebel groups on each others’ territories. Khartoum says Juba is supporting SPLMN rebels, who fought as part of the southern army before independence, while Juba accuses Khartoum of supporting southern rebel groups.

Karti said that Juba’s decision to halt oil production is essentially an attempt to change the regime in Khartoum by strangling it economically, saying that such plan will not work.

“They are foolish to think that. The Sudanese government will not die,” he said.


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  • 4 February 2012 08:15, by Darkangel

    South Sudan Threatened by ’Perfect Storm’ of Famine, Tribal Violence and Escalating Conflict Over Oil

    Basic services of clean water, health and education remain virtually non-existent for the majority.The position of women, bought as wives with those cattle, and treated as property.......


    • 4 February 2012 08:16, by Darkangel

      Estimated 200,000 people displaced by the tribal conflict in Jonglei.

      Sudan threatens of expelling over 500,000 southerners by April.

      Half a million people are in need of food aid, according to the World Food Programme .

      Financial reserves are a few weeks or months at best. After that, salaries will go unpaid...The suffering of the population will increase.

      • 4 February 2012 09:42, by Logic

        Estimated 417,000 people displaced by fighting in S. Kurdofan & Blue Nile. South Sudan is receiving refugees from the north in their 10’s of thousands. Half a million people are facing famine by March according to the UN’s Valerie Amos. Financial reserves are already depleted. NCP is in trouble.

        • 4 February 2012 14:19, by mohammed ali

          Logic, Helda Johnson wrote on Sudan tribune last week "Unfortunately we have confirmed dozens of civilians killed in Pibor County. No matter the numbers" NO MATTER THE NUMBERS!READ it AGAIN>>NO MATTER THE NUMBERS.Oh yeah, here what matters is the ESTIMATES! You are LOGICAL , and you can lucture us & write books about the IMPERIALISM.Yet with all your Logic & intelligence you follow them blindly!

      • 5 February 2012 00:30, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Mr. Dark,
        Okay, your comments make no senses at all. North Sudan has killed 2.5 millions southerns. Next war will be in Khartoum. North Sudan will feel the wrath war if they wish. Kartic is idiot, warning US for what?. United States has bombed Khartoum before and they will do it again. Khartoum Army is insignificant to United States Army. Talk is cheap, dude!. Bashir will hang soon or later.

    • 4 February 2012 08:17, by Darkangel

      Listen to your fat corrupt minister saying your people are the responsibility of the International community !! We provide land and security (like they even do that !)

      What a joke government. Doesnt even care its people are killing each other, hungry and suffering and shifting responsibility to others.


      • 4 February 2012 09:48, by Logic

        Darkanger / Master

        You’re simply PATHETIC! Clean up your act before advising others to do so.

        Your corrupt Jihadi (leader of a PDF group during the war) crying for not getting the U.S help promised, who’s depending on others now fool!!! Civilians are being massacred by SAF in the new South but does your NCP care....NO they don’t!

        What a waste of space..

        • 4 February 2012 10:01, by Darkangel

          Illogical scum ... these are expert quotes .. not my words you pathetic excuse for an advocate !

          The best you can do is that video !!! Thats your example !!

          I would love to show you hundreds of pictures of Sudanese girls in khartoum .. im sure you can see them online .. its not my style to do so here ! So this nullifies your 1 over exaggerated example - dog.

    • 4 February 2012 09:37, by Logic

      North Sudan threatened by sandy storm of famine, sectarian violence, and escalating conflict over basic human rights and freedom of speech, health and education is virtually a privilege of the rich. The position of women, beaten for wearing trousers and treated as objects.


    • 4 February 2012 09:44, by Makeethy

      Mr. Darkangle,
      Be informed that the population that died during war has no comparison to population that would die of hunger today. South Sudan has alot; natural fruits, fish from Nile, all kinds of plants...you name it. Talking of clean water and shit, we are acustomed for millenia to driking directly watefrom River Nile. I advice you that, you worry about Khartoum affairs!!!!

      • 4 February 2012 10:07, by Lang

        Threatening the South for anger towards the U.S shows how weak and how cowardly these northern terrorists are.
        You can’t do shit to U.S so you want to go and threaten the weaker country to feel power?? fucking cowards.

    • 4 February 2012 12:33, by Lokorong

      Mr.Karti, forget your old stategy of distablizing South Sudan through using Bari and Murle tribes against future unity of South Sudan. Now these two tribes are enjoying the Sovereignty of RoSS and therefore your negative thinking of countless ways to distablize RoSS will NEVER work at all again, periode.

    • 5 February 2012 03:22, by Matiop Panchol

      Wow! Darkangle, you are really doing your work as your name suggests. But mind you, S. Sudanese are resilient. We will outdo that storm now that we are our devices...the storm will soon calm down. With help from our strong alies and neighbours, we will bring everything under control. No negative propaganda will sway our resolve to be a strong nation in the near future.

  • 4 February 2012 08:17, by George Bol

    Why North Sudan worry about the closure of South’s oil?
    Why are you crying after somebody resources? The South do not want your partnership.Sorry for Khartoum for you being the mouthpiece. We know you will use Nuer food seekers as cards but they are nothing to us. Thks

    • 4 February 2012 08:29, by Darkangel


      Dozens dead in shootout at South Sudan peace meeting

      JUBA — Dozens of people were killed in South Sudan in a shootout at a peace meeting to resolve disputes about stolen cattle, with some reports claiming as many as 37 deaths, officials said Friday.

      • 4 February 2012 22:43, by Wen De David Kuol


        please stop repeating the same useless story, No Massacre hapens in south Sudan.

        Karti acussing South Sudan of being Foolish and wound destabilize the South.

        Even for them to enter our Territory is just a fire, I think this is justifucation of the dying Horse. No more regme in Khartuom than Gangs and robers. SPLA is well equiped with modern Weapon plus or ally to reinfore aggre

    • 4 February 2012 08:43, by Ruach

      After coming out from drinking too much alcohol,he started insulting Nuer,ur God.George Athor/bol,u are born and raised under poor families and you are orphan and lost boy who failed to complete his higher Education.You are so stupid enough and always deviate from topics!Be professional in any comments u make.I strongly condemn you fool.Mi ci muor liw ke buoth don’t blame Nuer otherwise.

  • 4 February 2012 08:29, by BM Bol

    These guys are the masters of flip-flopping when it comes to dealing with Western nations. They say one thing today and another thing the next day, especially when they are directing communicating to the locals. Karti will backtrack his comments within the next few hours if not within days.

  • 4 February 2012 08:41, by Jong Anthony

    Mr Minister your regime is stealing our oil and continuously stabilizing us.
    It will be wise enough to defeat your rebels before inviting South Sudan
    War between Sudan and South Sudan this time will be a catastrophic event for Sudan

  • 4 February 2012 08:55, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Mr. Minister,
    You are playing with a hot soup. South Sudan that you are threatening is something different now. Don’t be fool that it is South Sudanese that you use to know. It is South to destabilize north Sudan if they think it will be right, which to me will Sudanese to suffer not Ali Karti, Omar Al Bashir, Nafie Ali Nafie or any encircle of NCP bigots.
    Don’t insult nations! Insult individual

  • 4 February 2012 10:03, by Lang

    What makes this psychopath mention South Sudan when it is another country threatening him??

    • 4 February 2012 10:06, by Lang

      This just shows how weak and how cowardly these northern terrorists are. You can’t do shit to U.S so you want to go and threaten the weaker country to feel power?? lmao fucking cowards.

      • 4 February 2012 10:25, by Darkangel

        Oh lang you retarded boy .. you never give up.

        Are you admitting S Sudan is weak ?? Dont let the Dinka hear you, they think they rule the world because of the independence.

        Your coward government, with satanic america is fueling the war in Sudan via your proxy SPLM-N and darfur rebels. No one is picking on you, you deserve it. Let your gov steal, starve and rob you. Keep your euphoric delusio

  • 4 February 2012 10:29, by man to man

    dear, Darkangel

    stop sending your comments on this webe side I better advice you to go and read ALRAKOBA webe side in arabic i`m sure you will have more information about the really suffering of your people in North Sudan. WE in south sudan are really injoining our new burn country. That why you and your Bachir are threatening us but this brother, Allau akbar is in our side but yours, get nots

    • 4 February 2012 11:13, by Darkangel

      Im not sure if you are illiterate or blind. This website is called SUDAN tribune ! Sudan Sudan Sudan Sudan

      Maybe you should speak to its editors and name it South Sudan Tribune - but then it would all be news of famine, genocide and corruption.

      • 4 February 2012 12:25, by Northern Sudanese

        darkangal i was just gonna say the same. the website is called sudan tribune so it’s sudanese. south sudanese should stop commenting here and make their own website called south sudan tribune!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • 4 February 2012 22:56, by Wen De David Kuol

          So called Northern, Please be advice the Web is funded by World wishes not by Khartuom, it would have been dead some time if Khartuom take full charge of it.

          It is for Sudanese regardless of being in West, South and North. It fiited us all.

  • 4 February 2012 13:55, by man to man

    you idiots arabes will never understand the langauge of informations update yourselves time to time

    • 4 February 2012 15:10, by Abyei Soil

      Why Khartoum become so much worry and astonish about shutdown the oil production in the South Sudanese oil field? What goes around comes around, Mr. Minister you should address the issues of your govt failing to cooperate over demarcation of borders and Abyei occupation. The more you live in Abyei the more your economic turmoil and continuous collapse till your country status will look similar to

      • 4 February 2012 15:11, by Abyei Soil

        ...to that of Somalia. Copy that!

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