December 15, 2007 (PARIS) — Darfur rebel leader Abdelwahid Mohamed al-Nur has denounced Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) efforts to reunite rebel movements saying “Any work to falsify the will of our people is doomed to fail”.
The founder of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) was reacting to the creation in Juba of a new rebel group with the name of Sudan Liberation Movement headed by Ahmed Abdelshafi on Friday.
Speaking to Sudan Tribune, al-Nur said there is nothing new in such move. “We used to see since the failure of Darfur peace talks in Abuja two or three people with a vehicle and some satellite telephone publishing statements in the name of Darfur people.”
He further added “What is new here is to see the SPLM associating it self to National Congress Party (NCP) efforts to fabricate rebel groups in order to falsify the will of Darfurians.”
The former ally of the southern Sudan ruling party said the “SPLM betrayed the confidence of Darfur people and Stabbed our cause in the back.”
However al-Nur added “The SPLM said succeeded togather all the rebel groups in Juba since last September and now we see that the mountain gave birth to a mouse.”
“Whatever the SPLM or others do they should know that our people are able to defeat this conspiracy,” he asserted.
Since last September after a series of meeting in Paris with the influential rebel leader, Riek Marchar, GoSS Vice-President and Edward Lino, the prominent SPLM member criticised openly the rejection of Abdelwahid al-Nur to join the AU-UN sponsored peace talks with the Sudanese government to end the four year conflict in Darfur.
Al-Nur demands before political talks with Khartoum to implement a series of actions aiming to provide security to Darfur civilians; like the deployment of a robust peacekeeping force on the ground, and the disarmament of the Khartoum backed militias.
He explains his position by saying that Khartoum’s lack of credibility pushes him to demand reparation of the conflict effects before to engage political talks on the root causes of the conflict.
Al-Nur was supported in the past by the late John Garang the former leader of the SPLM and former First Vice-President. Since Garang’s death his relations with the SPLM are deteriorating.