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SPLM-N Rift: Agar accuses al-Hilu of inciting tribal clashes in B. Nile

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June 15, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Malik Agar, leader of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement- North (SPLMN-Agar) warned against the escalation of intercommunal fighting in the Blue Nile State and accused his former deputy Abdel Aziz al-Hilu of instigating recent tribal clashes there.

Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) Malik Agar (Reuters)

As a result of the rift between Agar and al-Hilu, the Blue Nile state witnessed recently tribal clashes between the Angsana of Malik Agar and the Uduk, an ethnic group supporting self-determination.

In an open message on Wednesday to the traditional leaders and Native Administration members in the SPLM-N controlled areas in the Blue Nile, Agar warned against attempts to ignite tribal difference and to affect the unity of the Blue Nile ethnic groups.

"The political crisis we are facing within Sudan People’s Liberation Movement- North (SPLMN) should not be used to jeopardise the Movement reputation and to spur inter-communal fighting as that occurred in the SPLMN’s controlled area in Blue Nile region," he said.

Agar went further to say that al-Hilu after his resignation, had reached out to the leaders of the Uduk ethnic group, in a bid to incite them against Agar and to gain their support.

"Comrade Abdalaziz’s outreach to Uduk leaders posed the question: “Now I am demanding self-determination, why do not you join me?”Agar stressed, accusing al-Hilu of igniting the clashes that resulted in the death of many people.

The Christian-majority Uduk live along the border with South Sudan and call for self-determination in order to join South Sudan.

"I condemn the violence that took place in refugee camps and within the SPLMN’s controlled areas in the Blue Nile, and pledge all my support to the victims of this violence and their families," said the rebel leader.

He pledged to exert the needed efforts to "bring the Blue Nile region back to its condition of unity and coexistence, and to support the cohesion and strength of the SPLM-N".

Also, he said he has taken steps to prevent such things from happening in the SPLM-N held areas in the Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan state.

Agar further formed a High Committee, chaired by the Governor of the SPLM-N controlled areas in the Blue Nile state, Zayed Essa Zayed, including representatives from different ethnic groups, Native Administration and aid officials to assess the humanitarian situation and to build up an efficient humanitarian response.

In addition, the Committee is tasked with the investigation and documentation of the human rights violations committed in the recent fighting, and to determine the right mechanism to try the perpetrators of human rights crimes.

As a result of a rift that started earlier this year and its successive developments, the SPLM-N is now of split into two factions one led by Agar and the other by his rival al-Hilu.

Frustrated by the rejection of his demand for the self-determination by Agar and the Secretary General Yasir Arman, al-Hilu gained the support of the Nuba Mountains Liberation Council which decided to install him as a temporary chairman and relieved Malik Agar from the leadership of the armed group together with Arman.

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  • 16 June 2017 10:06, by Newsudan

    the agenda is one,to topple Bashir, and established Newsudan, so the solution is let Have two heads of SPLM-N.one for Hilu and one for Malik.

  • 16 June 2017 11:12, by Son of BLue Nile

    Malik Still believe that Uduk can be deceived by any one to do what they don’t know i want to assure you that if you are thinking like that you are by far behind the story we have gone extra miles than any other tribes including yours in every thing be it militarily,Education to mention just few who will deceive us again please stop that crap of yours and accept that you are not our leader.



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