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Sudan says US involved in Juba’s support to rebels


March 2, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan has accused the United States (US) of being involved in the support allegedly provided by neighbouring South Sudan to rebels fighting the Khartoum-based government.

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South Kordofan’s governor Ahmad Haroun

According to Ahmad Haroun, the governor of Sudan’s war-battered state of South Kordofan, Washington is involved in the support given by Juba to the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of rebel groups seeking to overthrow the government in Khartoum.

Haroun’s accusation, which he made during an interview with Sudan state radio on Friday, come after the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Khartoum and Sudan’s President Omer Al-Bashir on Wednesday of exerting a “steady effort” to undermine the independence of South Sudan.

Clinton also warned that her country is prepared to increase pressure on Khartoum and Bashir personally if their alleged effort continues.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan and formed an independent state in July last year as a result of the US brokered Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which was signed in 2005 to end more than two decades of north-south civil war in Sudan.

However, relations between the two neighbours remain tense over a number of post-secession issues including oil, borders, citizenship, national debt, Abyei, water and international agreements.

Most recently, landlocked South Sudan decided to suspend its oil production in retaliation to Khartoum’s confiscation of the crude pumped into pipelines that run through the north’s territory to Port Sudan. Sudan defended its move by saying that this is a form of payment for what it claims are outstanding invoices.

Sudan also accuses South Sudan of supporting rebel fighters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N) which fought as part of its army during the war and later joined three rebel groups from Sudan’s western region of Darfur to form the SRF in November last year.

South Kordofan’s governor also criticised Clinton’s allegation that Khartoum was seeking undermine Juba’s government, echoing scepticism towards Washington’s integrity.

“The US is not an impartial or credible interlocutor. There is no hope of anything good coming out of it,” he said.

Sudanese officials allege that Washington is conspiring with Juba to overthrow the Khartoum government in the view that it is not willing to reach an agreement with South Sudan on post-secession issues, especially the hotly contested region of Abyei.

Washington has been spearheading a diplomatic campaign to persuade Khartoum to allow international aid groups to operate in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. But the Sudanese government continues to oppose the move, citing security concerns and accusing the US of seeking to feed the rebels.

Haroun admitted that the war in South Kordofan had created a humanitarian crisis, in contrast with the announced findings of a recent government survey which said that the humanitarian situation in the state was “normal".

“No war produces prosperity or development but rather humanitarian consequences that we don’t deny they exist, especially in SPLM-N controlled areas,” he said.

However, he later charged that the true goal of the rebellion in his state is to create a humanitarian situation allowing international aid groups to feed the rebels and thus prolong the war. He went on to stress that no international aid organisation would be allowed to operate in South Kordofan.

“No Khawaja [Westerners] will come to work from Save the Children or Care [in South Kordofan] as long as we are alive,” the governor declared, adding that the agendas of international aid groups are not humanitarian at all.

The United Nations (UN) estimates that 417,000 people have been displaced since the South Kordofan conflict erupted in June last year and later spread to Blue Nile. UN officials say that food insecurity and malnutrition have reached “alarming levels” in rebel-controlled areas.

Turning to the security situation in his state, Haroun reiterated accusations that South Sudan had participated in the attack launched by SRF forces on Jau area last week. He claimed that South Sudan’s army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), had invested a great deal of military hardware in the assault.

South Sudan denied participation in the SRF attack on Jau which lies on the disputed border areas between the two countries. However, Haroun claimed that Sudan’s army (SAF) had obtained ID cards belonging to the SPLA officers who participated in the attack.

“They are not so smart to cover their hallmarks” he said.

Haroun said that SAF was still conducting military operations in the area and are continuing to contain the impact of Jau attack.

The governor also said that SRF forces had set up a base in a farm land owned by the governor South Sudan’s neighbouring state of Unity, Taban Deng, who, according to Haroun, is now working full time as a supply officer to the rebels.

Haroun said that Khartoum was now in a state of self defence and is considering all the options. “Our options are open. We are not happy with war but we are now fighting a defensive war,” he stated.

South Kordofan’s governor is one of four individuals, including president Al-Bashir, who are wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of masterminding atrocities committed during the zenith of the conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.


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  • 3 March 2012 08:41, by hellonearth

    Message to Haruon. the war that you are talking about is not defensive. its just that you are not happy with how South Sudan is becoming a power house. but all that you do is all in vain and that your time is almost up.

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    • 3 March 2012 09:13, by Ruach

      Where will u go if your gov’t in Khartoum is over thrown?All Arabs shall go back to Saudi Arabia or Yemen,but u will not be accepted there.Time is near for u!!

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      • 3 March 2012 10:01, by Joseph Canada

        Ruach, he will have to report himself to Hugos where he will be handed over to Malik and will be hanged my the women and the childrend in Kaduguli.

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    • 3 March 2012 15:15, by john agoet

      I am really sick of watching this guy call Ahmad Haroun , he reminded me they days where he killed 300.000 poor people of Darfur in a cool blood and look at him still have guts to talk. Haroun the history will not forgive you and your family for what you have done in Darfur

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      • 3 March 2012 15:26, by john agoet

        only you have two way out; first to go publicly with robe in your hand and ask people of Darfur to hang you publicly in fasher freedom squire then wait for public reaction either they say you ‘re forgiven or not. second; report yourself to ICC as a witness to testify against your government if not you will be hunt down on street like a dog

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    • 3 March 2012 18:42, by LL Reuben

      NIF (Terrorists)

      I am not a fan of the United States, but if they are supporting the Northern rebels so be it. Iran, iraq, labenon, Syria plus many more Islamic countries have contributed Mugjhadiin (terrorists) to help you NIF in the Sudan civil war. Stop whining and try to be smart, flash Bashit to the toilet with his co. Everything will be ok morons.

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  • 3 March 2012 09:08, by Majoknok

    Shame on you mr Haroun, I quite don’t understand why on earth one would deny the suffering of his own people just to please his master.You are black African whether you like it or not.Please! ask and you will be advise about the fact that that you are slave in eye of Bashir as long you remain dark.The arab will not lend you his hors even though you give him your mother.Its never too late to repent

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  • 3 March 2012 09:47, by SUPERMAN

    Haroun is a decent and brave man, he is a good example for Sudanese people and he will remain fighting all the devil forces in South Kordofan. Haroun is not waiting reward from anyone But Allah. Go on man in your sacred war, definitely you are going to win your just war because you are sitting on solid ground not like others who are working only as agents for others and fighting only for their own

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    • 3 March 2012 10:05, by Joseph Canada

      Superman, you really believe that Mohamed was a sent prophet of God? why dont you read the reall books rather than being told by someone else? Please!!

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      • 3 March 2012 10:44, by SUPERMAN

        Yes I strongly believe that Mohamed (PBH) is the last messenger of Allah, and here is not the right place to wage such a war because u r poor man who lacks true information about such things so it’s better to distance yourself from these issues.

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        • 3 March 2012 22:47, by morogot batal

          weak man

          - mohamed is a womenizer.he fuck the wife of ramadan....shahr ramadan huuuu
          - he also threw the husband of khadija in the bore hold...jada jomraye ye ye ye
          - he is also a house boy ya ya ya ya

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    • 3 March 2012 10:57, by eye-of-an-eye

      Haroun (??? ?????) of Murahileen militias 1990s and janjaweed 2003 the man is really evil, Islam can be dirty religion if any real muslim suport what Bashir, Haroun and others of their evil group are doing to the people of Sudan, War is the only way they can keep them alive, SUPPERMAN I thank God that ur the foolish and idiot animal who dont know what will happen to Sudan in four months time. D#1>

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      • 3 March 2012 15:04, by SUPERMAN

        to eye-of-an-eye

        Really your words prove that you r second to none in stupidity and ignorance , do you think that when u brand others with ugly words like your ugly face and ugly spirit is enough to convince them that u r right.it’s better to use your mind in such discussions but i doubt u have such a thing.

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    • 3 March 2012 15:46, by john agoet

      “ Haroun is not waiting reward from anyone But Allah. Go on man in your sacred war, definitely you are going to win your just war because you are sitting on solid ground”

      I have heard these wards back then in 1989 to 2005 during Jihads days but what happen now we won the war and become a separate state, so save your song of al- jihad for another country not in Sudan brother superman

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      • 3 March 2012 17:13, by SUPERMAN

        TO :john agoet

        You have never won a single war agianst Sudan’s army and that will never happen at all. Belive me you will be longing to your past days with the north. Now you are only agents to he west and Israel and if any one in the SOUTH REFUSED TO OPEY THEM STARTING FROM SALVA KIIR HE IS GOING TO FACE THE SAME DESITNY OF JOHN GARANG.

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        • 3 March 2012 22:58, by morogot batal

          - we send many mujahidin to heaven as they said.for us we dont know that proverb either they are goin to heaven or not..ask turabi
          - we capture many saf .we handed some 600 to you and some rejected to go back to you because they know your weaknesses
          - you saf are our biscuits. if you need another fuck just try and we will fuck you to many as you like

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          • 4 March 2012 06:16, by SUPERMAN

            Responding to people from your like is an insult to the humanbeings but its our badluck to have yourlike on our way.It seems to be as if you have drunk a bad kind of "Marrisa" before writing your above words.Do u really beleive such words or u r throwing your basless words in the air without measuring them. Please be careful beofre writing any thing online.

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        • 4 March 2012 03:39, by john agoet

          To SUPERMAN
          I am a winner if I got what I want Mr. Superman! To reply your above statement, we all knows from very beginning you people behind his death but his blood never west in van,he is a martyr a hero to the nation of south sudan

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          • 4 March 2012 03:46, by john agoet

            and time is much closer than ever to hunt down who ever count a party to his death

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          • 4 March 2012 08:24, by Majoknok

            Yes,man his education,wisdom and blood let our people into freedom.Dr.John did not die in vain at all.We owe him great respect and may his sol rest in peace!Amen.

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    • 3 March 2012 17:33, by guer(r)illa’s graduate

      Dear Superman,
      You’re just another confused norther who doesn’t understand issues surrounding Bashir’s rule. Real arabs/muslims in North Sudan are thinking of how to get rid of this beast and befriend The South again to steal from it; however, gone are the days! Sorry brother!

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  • 3 March 2012 10:21, by kumkan

    Having such a seed like Haroun is the reason why Jalaba still hoping that South Sudan will one day become part of Sudan. Peace will only prevail when we eleminate Amhad Haroun’s type.......

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    • 3 March 2012 10:50, by SUPERMAN

      Elimination is your habit and culture similar to what you are doing now against the Morley community. Every other day you are proving that you are barbaric person who knows nothing but the language of elimination and massacres

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  • 4 March 2012 05:07, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "The governor also said that SRF forces had set up a base in a farm land owned by the governor South Sudan’s neighbouring state of Unity, Taban Deng, who, according to Haroun, is now working full time as a supply officer to the rebels."

    Idiot! You Khartoumers accuse Taban Deng Gai always because you are digging of some way to invade Unity State because of oil you lost to it, isn’t that?

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  • 4 March 2012 07:10, by kumkan

    Superlady AKA Superman want to be,

    It’s better to prevent the disease then finding the cure. Bashir has always been our biggest abstacle than any other leader in Sudan. But due to your hatred toward Nuer you was not able to see the big picture. NCP have used us against each to prolong our independent and by doing so he hired someone like Ahmed Haroun to played their deed. So, Superlady short up

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    • 4 March 2012 09:26, by SUPERMAN

      to Kumkan AKA DIRTY DOG
      Bashir is the one who granted u your independence u must at leat respect him in this regard. But we like Dinka more that Nuer as they are your masters.

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