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Bashir vents frustration with Western approach towards Sudan

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January 6, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir has discounted promises by the West to support his country in the wake of South Sudan’s secession, saying Khartoum has already moved on to devise plans for economic sustainability.

Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir looks on during an interview with state television in Khartoum February 3, 2012 (RETUTERS PICTURES)

Sudan lost three quarters of its oil production to South Sudan which seceded in July 2011, in line with a vote granted under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended more than two decades of civil wars between the two sides.

As a result, the country lost its greater generator of hard currency, giving rise to worsening economic conditions and concomitant public discontent. US economic sanctions imposed on the country since 1997 made matters worse.

Addressing a gathering of civil service officials in the capital Khartoum on Monday, Al-Bashir has not concealed his disillusion with what he described as Western promises to help his country despite the fact that Sudan had fulfilled all of its obligations towards the international community.

Al-Bashir told the gathering that the West rushed to lift economic sanctions on South Sudan despite the fact that the latter continues to fuel instability and give sanctuary to rebels in his country’s border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Sudanese officials often voice frustration at the West’s failure to help the country write off its external debts and lift US economic sanctions despite what they see as concessions Sudan offered by implementing the CPA and allowing the south to secede peacefully.

The future of Sudan’s economic situation is looking bleaker than ever after South Sudan suspended oil production in a bitter row with Khartoum over the fees required to transport southern oil through Sudan to the Red Sea Port of Port Sudan.

But Bashir sees a bright side to the situation. He told the gathering that the loss of oil revenues had motivated his country to look for new resources through new economic schemes designed to overhaul minerals and agriculture production.

An international conference to discuss Sudan’s economic situation following the secession of the south was due to take place in Istanbul last year but it was postponed to March this year in order to allow greater participation.

Sudan hopes the conference will generate support for Khartoum to have its external debts waived.

(ST)

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  • 7 February 2012 09:18, by mosa mel

    Bashier you did nothing that you promise to lift up sanction instead, you messed up everything including stealing oil of South since 2005, killing civilian in Nuba Mt, Blue Nile, invaded Abeyei, refuse to solve, border with South, kill S Sudanese at border since 2005 up to now. You did nothing good rather than worse.Go to hell

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    • 7 February 2012 09:52, by Joseph Canada

      Hahaha, he’s about to hang himself before the ICC. President kiir have spoken. Prisons in Netherlands are luxurious with cold breezy. You chose, its all yours now. There’s already room waiting. The dust have settled and the reality kicks in.
      Remember the powerful man called Noriaga? he’s Gone! how about Gadhafi or your Brother in Cairo? Gone!! you will die oh!! you are next!

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    • 7 February 2012 09:54, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      It is still very early Bashir,after one yr, you will start to known what is to done, and what suspose not be done.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 7 February 2012 11:32, by eye-of-an-eye

    Bashir

    u have no other directions to go, I hope there is luxuriouse room waiting in Holland
    heeeeeeeeeeeeeee hiiiiiiiiiiooooooooooooooouuuuuuuu

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  • 7 February 2012 16:23, by Paul Ongee

    Khartoum should not lie to the west/world that it offered concessions by implementing CPA. CPA is not implemented in good faith because N-S border is not demarcated, Abyei Referendum not held and Nuba Mts and Blue Nile not consulted on their political future,South Sudan militia groups are financed, and South Sudan oil stolen/confiscated in broad daylight.Do all these mean implementation of CPA?

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  • 7 February 2012 17:31, by Elijah B. Elkan

    Mr. Bashir, first of all you’re a liar. Khartoum is in panic mode. Western world kept their promise in many of the negotiations about your economy. Mr. Bashir your government will not survive for too long if you do not let go Abyei!. Your people will suffer greatly under you leadership. Well, middle east is always there to bail you and your goons out.

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  • 7 February 2012 23:16, by Elijah B. Elkan

    In that interview picture, Mr. Bahsir look pathetic. I almost felted sorry for him, but I know he killed million of his citizens. Bashir seems disconnected from reality, its time to hang it up old man and go home. Bashir is blaming the world but himself for his idiotic decisions. North Sudan will suffer if someone does not take over and safe the population. North Sudan will be a poor/failed state.

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