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SLM rebels deny taking part in Heglig fighting, say regime change is the solution


April 13, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel Wahid al-Nur (SLM-AW) has called on the international community to support the efforts of a rebel coalition, Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), to overthrow Khartoum’s regime but distanced itself from the attack on Heglig by the South Sudan army.

SLM-AW Spokesperson Maj.Gen .Nimir Abdel Rahaman (ST)

The South Sudan army took the control of Heglig in South Kordofan on Tuesday 10 April accusing Sudan of carrying out aerial and ground attacks on Unity State on the other side of the border. But Khartoum denied the accusation claiming that the attack had been planned for a long time by Juba and the Sudanese rebels.

The United Nations Security Council, African Union Peace and Security Council, Arab League, European Union and many other members of the international community urged the new nation of South Sudan to deescalate tension with Sudan and withdraw its army out of Heglig.

SLM-AW calls on the international community to not summarise Sudan’s crisis by speaking only about the ongoing conflict over the border and seizure of Heglig. "They should understand that the withdrawal from Heglig will not end the conflict," said Nimir Abdel Rahman SLM-AW spokesperson.

"Regime change in Khartoum is key for peace in Sudan and regional stability," added Nimir who was speaking by telephone with the Sudan Tribune.

The SLM-AW, SLM of Minni Minnawi, and JEM have been fighting against the Sudanese government since 2003 in the western Darfur region. But since November 2011 they formed an alliance with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-N), which is based in South Kordofan and Blue Nile and decided to work together in order to topple the regime in Khartoum.

They also decided to operate militarily under one joint command and to fight simultaneously against the Sudanese army in different regions in order to disperse its troops before attacking Khartoum.

Nimir said they did not take part in the recent attack on Heglig which is a conflict between two independent states over a disputed area, according to him.

"We want to topple this regime because we believe that peace only can be achieved through this option. But South Sudan, which is an independent state, seeks its own and different interests," he pointed out.

The South Sudan says Heglig is part of its Unity State stressing it does not belong to the Sudan, despite a ruling placing the territory in South Kordofan by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on Abyei in July 2009.

The rebel official, on the other hand, reaffirmed SLM-AW participation in the SRF military operations in South Kordofan and Blue Nile besides their presence in Darfur.

Sudan’s government accuses Juba of backing the rebel groups and using them in its conflict with the Sudanese government. The official media describe them as “mercenaries”, saying they have no cause to defend but sold themselves to a foreign country.

Nimir denied that their group receive any support from the South Sudanese authorities stressing that Juba faces huge challenges as South Sudanese people have many of expectations after the independence of their state.

He also denounced statements by the head of the African Union United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Ibrahim Gambari who reiterated his request to Juba to stop its support to the rebel groups in Darfur.

"Gambari is not longer a neutral interlocutor and he cooperates with Khartoum. The international community should remove him," he said, because he is an "obstacle for peace and stability in Darfur".

Asked about political talks with the Sudanese government to end the Darfur conflict, he said that the "time of negotiation is over". He further said peace should come through the arrest of those responsible of Darfur war crimes and their hand over to the International Criminal Court.


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  • 13 April 2012 11:27, by Corrector

    Whats the point? no one will believe them and they are destined to battle the SAF whether they like it or not. Shame.

    • 13 April 2012 11:38, by Deng

      Good Job Nimir, you represent the very best of both SPLA N and SPLSA South. you are a good politician. Politics is all about cover up. continue with your politics.The SAF bombs Unity states and deny their involvement and we do the same by ground forces, that evens out. This is Politics, Period. I am glad that you are playing the same game as NCP, and SPLA. Good Job!!!

      • 13 April 2012 13:52, by Mach

        Corrector, where are you with that tough talk? It’s been 3 to 4 days now make it happened!

        Panthou (death home) as the name suggested in Dinka language will be a cross-bone territory for SAf if they try to attack it!

    • 13 April 2012 18:56, by eye-of-an-eye

      Corector, I thank God that your that elitraite dude who don’t understand b can change to d, Nimir bravo, Im wishing you victory in your, you are tomorrow’s leaders of Sudan only by overthrowing the regime, remain only an inch to be done, economy also biting in their asses. waauuh 750 sudanese pound change to 100 US$, God has right to bury down evils and this is the time for them, time for change.

  • 13 April 2012 11:39, by Jur Tier

    Mr. corrector. I don’t actually understand what your names reflects. You seems not to be getting his point but will definitely get it soon after.

    If it were not for the so called Arab league, the regime in Khartoum would have died out. You are hoping for help somewhere or else you will still face the music.

    • 13 April 2012 12:34, by Corrector

      Corrector of the wrong context. I would have thought that’s self explanatory. I have no doubt that sudan will request help. And i have no doubt sudan will get the help it asks for, whether its 2 billion dollars from qatar or military assistance from egypt and iran.

  • 13 April 2012 11:43, by Deng

    MR corrector, whether your pray to prophet mohamed or Allah more then 5 times a day, this wont changed the deep connectioin between the SPLA N and SPLA South. This is politics that seems hard for you to understand. Bashire misses target on air every time in S. Sudan and we send our ground forces to S. kordufan and Blue nile and we both deny the allegations. This is politics.Dont be surprised.

  • 13 April 2012 12:36, by Morthon Akol

    to those who calming withdrawal of the SPLA forces from Heglig, do they really know where Heglig belong to? abut some time we can’t blame them because Khartoum lunched a very series diplomatic campaign to the UN,AU and all international community while Republic of South Sudan is quit silent. we should do the same. according to our President we are not for war but if Khartoum try to use force than.

  • 13 April 2012 14:06, by Northern Sudanese

    man, no sudanese believes in that crap -.- ......no sudanese likes them anyway.......does anyone know a single candidate for presidency from their group in 2010 when they were still in peace with the government???? they know the people dont like them.......they will never topple the government even if they get to khartoum, sudanese know that they work for the SPLA and the south XD

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  • 13 April 2012 16:10, by sudinka

    at this time Bashir will go or die because the way Image since 1989 he did not learn any lesson which that make him not sleep and south Sudan army will teach him

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