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SPLM-N claims Khartoum mobilising 45,000 paramilitary force


March 19, 2012 (JUBA) - A senior member of the Sudanese rebels operating in South Kordofan and Blue Nile on Monday accused Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) of mobilising 45,000 fighters, mainly from their paramilitary Popular Defence Forces (PDF) to launch attacks against civilian population in areas under their control.

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A flatbed truck with a mounted machine gun used by rebels of the SPLM North, in Yida market (Source: Martin Plaut/BBC)

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) is the leading member of a coalition with Darfur’s three largest rebel groups, fighting to overthrow Khartoum’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

Khartoum accuses South Sudan’s ruling SPLM of backing their former comrades in arms and denies attacking civilian populations in the conflict, which began last year over the failure to implement a 2005 peace deal, a disputed election in South Kordofan and the SPLM-N’s refusal to disarm after South Sudan seceded in July.

Yassir Saed Arman said Khartoum is preparing to launch an offensive led by the PDF despite signing of an agreement allowing humanitarian aid to reach conflict affected areas. Khartoum has been weary to allow the creation of displaced camps within Sudan, which could become unwieldy political entities as they have in the nine year Darfur conflict.

On February 9th the African Union, League of Arab States and United Nations signed a Joint Proposal for Access to Provide and Deliver Humanitarian Assistance to War-affected Civilians in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States.

With a food crisis expected in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile the United States has suggested, much to ire of the NCP, that it may deliver humanitarian assistance unilaterally if Khartoum remains intransigent.

Many people are hiding in South Kordofan’s Nuba Mountains to avoid the government’s bombing campaigns and fighting between the SPLM-N and SAF. More than 78,000 people have fled into South Sudan and Ethiopia to seek shelter from the violence.

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Rebels of the SPLM North, in Yida market (Source: Martin Plaut/BBC)

Camps to receive the refugees have been set up in Unity and Upper Nile states in South Sudan, which Khartoum claims have become bases for the SPLM-N. Juba denies assisting the rebels but the BBC’s Africa Editor Martin Plaut said at an event in London last week that the Yida refugee was "heavily militarised" and took photos apparently showing the presence of the SPLM-N.


On Monday Arman said that on March 9 and 10 the SPLM-N met Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi with the US envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Princeton Lyman and the United Nations Special Envoy to Sudan, Haile Menkerios and expressed their readiness to cease hostilities to allow humanitarian organisations to deliver aids to rebel held areas in South Kordofan and in Blue Nile States.

“This is what we were expecting. We were actually expecting the international community to exert enough pressure on the Sudanese government to respect terms of the agreement by allowing the humanitarian organisations to deliver humanitarian assistances but it appears that National Congress [Party] government in Khartoum is buying time”, Arman said in a press release.

He accused Khartoum of having no shame in giving excuses and making empty promises full of diplomatic rhetoric coined to fool international community that they will sign the agreement and allow humanitarian access.

Humanitarian relief in Sudan has long been highly politicised, with the NCP convinced that providing assistance in rebel controlled areas will support the rebels and prolong the conflict.

Arman said that instead of implementing the humanitarian agreement Khartoum was "systematically engaging in mass starvation and scorched earth policies, denying food and mobilizing forces."

Khartoum has allowed small fact finding missions into South Kordofan but does not want to allow in major international non-governmental organisations after the experience of Darfur and wants instead to distribute aid through local groups, which it selects.

There has been a joint initiative unveiled last month by the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and the Arab League (AL) calls for the three organizations to assess the needs and humanitarian situation throughout the conflict area, and then to deliver assistance to the needy.

While SPLM-N agreed to it, Sudan has yet to make a decision.


On 14 March Martin Plaut was speaking a an event at the Overseas Development Institute in London: Juba calling: what next for South Sudan?

You can listen to his comments from his recent visit to South Sudan here: Questions and discussion - Juba calling: What next for South Sudan? (MPEG Standard Definition - MP4, 265mb)

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  • 20 March 2012 14:11, by mohammed ali

    What does traitor Arman wants from South Kordufan! He is not from South Kordufan. Why does he want pple of SK to die so that he acieves his own personal ambitions! If you have a problem , come & fight yourself. It seems he became addicted to 5 star hotel life while in the SPLA.Humanterian organisation have no money to afford you that luxury!

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  • 20 March 2012 15:21, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Mohammed & Jalabayia, South Sudanese are claiming the entire Sudan if guys are so maron to understand. Sudan means black and those of you who are claiming Arabs should go to Arabs land.
    Accept the reality, that you are Afro-Arabs. I know none of u is being accepted even in Egypt, by Arabs, but you r being called Abid - meaning slaves n in pretence, you are called the originals Sudanese with same.

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    • 20 March 2012 17:28, by Northern Sudanese

      excuse me.....

      ’Abid’ is not used against us in Egypt, it is used against your people in North Sudan and Egypt..... that word made sudan separate...... Abid means slaves which is used against south sudanese because your ancestors were slaves......in other words, south sudanese were slaves and were sold in Egypt,Europe ect..... in sudan, we still call you Abid and always will. understood mr.Abid?

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      • 20 March 2012 20:43, by Son of Upper Nile

        N.Sudanese you are funny. We South Sudanese are not descendants of slaves otherwise we would have been like you Arab slaves. Remember Arab used to call black people who are captured by them slaves, because Arabs are white, so whenever a black person like you claim to be an Arab they know he is a descendant of their former slaves. Other black they called them SUDAN in the past & Africans now.

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        • 20 March 2012 20:51, by Son of Upper Nile

          Beside you are a liar. Although North Sudanese out of identity crisis like to call other Sudanese (South, West, Nuba, Funj ..etc.) who are darker in skin color Abid out of their identity crisis. (All the world now ALL Sudanese are BLACK although some are lighter & some are darker) If you find a white claiming Sudanese, his family is immigrants or he is a descendant of English/ Egyptian/ Turks

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  • 20 March 2012 21:06, by Northern Sudanese

    so you poor southern slaves claim not to be slaves? ever heard of the british slave trade in sudan? the word abid is used against southerners in sudan, is that a lie? i know it’s hard but you southerners are slaves, not because your darker, it’s because your dumb.

    btw get me a proof that northern sudanese were arab slaves? get me a proof from everywhere.

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  • 20 March 2012 21:14, by Northern Sudanese
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  • 20 March 2012 21:23, by Northern Sudanese
  • 20 March 2012 21:25, by Northern Sudanese

    now i got you southern sudanese a number of evidences that you were slaves, now get me evidence that north sudanese were enslaved by arabs of saudi arabia....... where is the evidence? oh wait, there is no evidence because it was made up by jealous southerners hahahahahaha

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  • 20 March 2012 21:33, by Northern Sudanese

    last 1

    watch it from 7:50 till 10:00

    hahahahahhahahahaha slaves ahahahahahahah

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