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SLM-Nur suspends spokesperson on self determination call for Darfur

January 26, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The rebel Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel Wahid Al-Nur (SLM/AW) suspended a spokesperson who had called for self-determination for the war ravaged region of Darfur during the last month.

Abdel Wahid Al-Nur
Abdel Wahid Al-Nur
The London-based spokesperson had issued several statements since December calling for self-determination for Darfur referring to the crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the region since 2003 by the government of President Omer Al-Bashir. He also asked the mediation to put this issue on the agendas of the peace negotiations.

Al-Nur at the time issued a statement reaffirming the SLM commitment to “establish the Secular Liberal Democratic and United Sudan where all citizens would have equal rights of the citizenship without discrimination of any kind”.

“The Leadership Command Council of the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army, after a long period of consultations, has decided to freeze the work of its official spokesman, Yahya Al-Bashir (Bolad). said a statement signed by the military spokesperson of the rebel group Nimir Mohamed Abdul Rahman.

Nimer also added that it had been decided to nominate Ahmed Ibrahim, Manager of the Office of the Chairman, to take over the office of the former spokesperson.

The Sudanese Government, despite Nur’s remarks and a statement issued by his office denying the demand, continued to attribute the call for self-determination to Al-Nur saying it had been dictated by Israel to topple the peace process.

The rebel SLM/AW says it is willing to go to the Doha talks but asks Khartoum to provide guarantees on civilians’ security. The group accuses the government of continuing to bomb its positions in Jebel Marra and carrying out attacks on civilians there.

Al-Nur and the Joint Chief Mediator Djibril Bassole have conducting a series of meetings on the issue but the rebel leader is still reluctant to move to Doha where peace consultations are taking place.