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Sudan rebels reject Khartoum’s demands connecting humanitarian aid to ceasefire

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June 19, 2012 (AGOK) - The leader of a coalition of the Sudanese rebel groups on Wednesday categorically rejected the demands of the Sudanese government to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to people in conflict-affected areas.

The United Nations, African Union and the Arab League proposed a tripartite plan to allow aid workers to reach the rebel held areas in South Kordofan and Blue Nile where hundreds of thousands of civilians are facing tough humanitarian situation.

Khartoum accepted the tripartite initiative because it provides guarantees that the rebels will not benefit from the humanitarian assistance but asked that the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) accept a ceasefire before to give the green light for this operation.

Sudan Revolutionary Front leader, Malik Agar, July 2011 (Reuters)

Leader of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), and SPLM-N chairman Malik Agar told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that the rebel coalition "do not accept position of the government in Khartoum which connects humanitarian assistance to security arrangements. Ceasefire should not be made a condition to delivering humanitarian aids."

Agar claimed that Khartoum is using humanitarian assistance as a “weapon to confuse international community with security arrangements." Adding that historically Khartoum can not be relied upon to honour its agreements.

The rebel leader held the ruling National Congress Party responsible for the secession of South Sudan, which came in 2011 as a result of a self-determination vote stipulated by the 2005 peace agreement between Khartoum and South the former rebel SPLM.

He said the SRF’s objective is for “total regime change” which will “accept the diversity of the Sudanese people” unlike the current government; which led to South Sudan’s secession.

Composed of the SPLM-N, Justice and Equality Movement, and two factions of the Sudan Liberation Movement, the SRF members refuse to negotiate with the Sudanese government which proposes to separate talks with the SPLM-N on the CPA’s protocol related to the two southern Sudanese states and Darfur crisis for the other groups.

Recently the UN Security Council voted a resolution demanding the SPLM-N to negotiate with the government on the basis of a framework agreement signed in June 2011. But Khartoum rejected talks on this ground, as the SPLM-N demanded a comprehensive process including its allies from Darfur rebels.

With regards to the African Union High Implementation Panel drive for a peaceful solution to the conflict, Agar said that the SRF is committed to cooperation, but not on the “selective solution” advocated by Khartoum.

The SRF is predominantly involved in conflict with the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states but also includes Darfuri rebels.

In order to expedite regime change Agar, said that diplomatic efforts to further isolate Sudan amongst the international community would be intensified.

He cited recent increases in the prices of basic commodities as evidence that the president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, is dispassionate about the “life of the people” and therefore symptomatic of increasing domestic pressure on the government.

Agar described claims coming out of Khartoum that SRF activities in South Kordofan and Blue Nile led to the displacement of thousands of people as “mere concoctions” intended to justify the failure to allow humanitarian aid to the conflict-affected areas.

He claimed the SRF would protect the civil population from attacks directed towards them by SAF, which have prevented them from planting the crops which will provide food they need to survive.

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  • 20 June 2012 07:13, by zulu

    INDEE AGAR. IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE FOR THE NCP TO ASK FOR CEASE FIRE IN A ZONE THEY DO NOT CONTROL. YOU HAVE IMPEDED THEIR MILITARY COMPAIGN WHICH THEY THOUGHT WAS GIVEN BY SOUTH SUDAN,, BRAVO FOR THAT.
    ON THE OTHER HAND, THEIR SECURITY DEAL WITH US NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN AS WE REJECT ANY INSINUATION OTHERWISE.

  • 20 June 2012 09:07, by homeboy

    Civilians should not be used as a bargining chip,humanitarian aid should be delivered without and preconditions.

    • 20 June 2012 09:38, by Pif Paf

      A ceasefire to deliver humanitarian aid. Is it not a sensable demand? Can aid and fighting go together? Isnt this wat the people of SK & BN need?

      The SRF have other plans, they want to loot this aid from the people under the cover of fighting against SAF because they are starving along with SPLA at the moment. Aid should be for the people not SRF.

  • 20 June 2012 14:26, by sudani ana

    This stupid idiot Malik Agar is showing his true colours here. He is showing a total disregard for the well-being of the people in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states by rejecting a cease fire to allow for humanitarian aid to the poor starving people. He would rather continue his sinister agenda than save lives. Shame on you traitor.

  • 21 June 2012 06:11, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Northern Sudan are Slave soldiers,still support Middleast Settlers. Islamic and Arab slave trade in Africa and Jewish to slave them.
    SPLA never stopped fight aganist Arab
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjpEkxbrWO8&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52qakhOYMwo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FX1w3GwEb8&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKyGxBCR_HE&feature=relateA



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