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Sudanese president forms new committee on Darfur


July 26, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — President Bashir has issued a decree re-appointing his advisor Ghazi Salah Al-Deen Al-Attabani as the man in charge of Darfur dossier.

FILE - Ghazi Salah Al-Deen Al-Attabani (L), adviser to Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, shakes hands with and UN negotiator on Darfur Djibril Bassole (R) next to Al-Tijani Al-Sissi of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) in Doha on March 18, 2010 (AFP)

The decree, which was announced by state media yesterday, also formed a follow-up committee on Darfur.

The committee comprises as members the ministers of defence, interior, foreign affairs, finance and media as well as the governors of Darfur’s three states and a representative of the Transitional Regional Authority (TRA) of Darfur which is controlled by the SLM’s ex-rebel faction of Minni Arcua Minnawi.

The decree instructed the new committee to prepare for the negotiations and craft its strategy as well as monitor and assess international media reports on Darfur in order to counteract hostile media reports and reflect the real facts.

Furthermore, the new committee will determine the policies to be taken with regards to the United Nations and its affiliate bodies, African Union (AU) working group, African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), joint UN-AU mediator and regional countries with influence in Darfur.

The announcement appears to reflect a desire by Khartoum to undertake a more aggressive approach towards resolving the seven-years old conflict which has isolated the country on the international arena and portrayed the government as one with a poor human rights record.

A 2006 peace agreement signed in Abuja, Nigeria between the government and one rebel group has failed to stop the violence in Darfur, where the United Nations says around 200,000 have died and 2.5 million displaced since the conflict began in 2003.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) launched investigations into war crimes allegedly committed in Darfur and has so far charged president Bashir, a former minister and a militia leader. Three rebel figures were also charged though one has been acquitted.

Peace talks currently underway in the Arab Gulf state of Qatar are missing two major rebel groups including the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) headed by Abdel-Wahid Al-Nur and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) led by Khalil Ibrahim.

JEM had agreed to a ceasefire with Khartoum in February that soon disintegrated amid new fighting forcing the militarily powerful group to suspend its participation in the talks. SLM-Nur was never part of the talks and has insisted he would not do so unless security is achieved and militias are disarmed.

The Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), an umbrella coalition of several rebel factions from different tribes, is the only party currently in talks with Khartoum. LJM has no military presence and it enjoys little backing on the ground.


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  • 27 July 2010 08:07, by DASODIKO

    Darfur does’t need such big emerging committees; its just loosing of resourses. The money consumed on bribing would have build the entire state of Darfur. But the hate red the Northern elites have on Darfur,they prefered to squander money for wild pigion instead of domestic; applying the Northern Sudan proverb what you don’t eat throw it.

    The problem in Darfur is very clear, people are killed and still killed on daily basis, they are removed from their home displaced in IDPs and refugees camps and their land occupied by new settllers. Logically if governemnt of Sudan is serious; what do these people need for the problem to be over? Its very clear that the NCP governmnt in Khartoum is buying time to make sure that the International Community fed up of this problem and give it a chance to accomplish its programm of depopulation of Africans in Darfur.

    Chasing the shadow of the elephant will not resolve the problem but aggrevate and complicate it more than ever.

  • 27 July 2010 09:13, by telfajbago

    Forming committees will not help in solving Darfur problem as the National Congress Party adamant to continue the scorched -earth policy on Darfur. Today; the regime in Khartoum is beating around the bush than addressing the root causes of the problem. The Islamists of Khartoum are counting on their stooge Tigani Sessei to liquidate the just cause of the Darfurian people, but Iam sure soon they will realize that it’s not working.

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