The chairman of the liaison committee in charge of encouraging non-signatory parties to join the Doha peace talks declared having “successful contacts” with Darfur rebel groups recently.
All movements unanimously denied the declarations made by Siddig Wada’a, who is also a Darfur businessman, when speaking to Radio Dabanga on Friday.
During an “African and European tour”, Wada’a claims he met with Dr. Jibril Ibrahim, head of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), with Minni Minnawi of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-MM) and with Abu al-Qasim Imam Al-Haj of the SLM-Abdel Wahid (SLM-AW).
The chairman asserted the leaders of the armed movements “expressed willingness to continue meetings with the liaison committee with an action program that realizes the aspirations of the people of Darfur in a just and comprehensive peace.”
Earlier this week JEM had reiterated its refusal to join the talks in Doha on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).
Spokesman Jibril Adam Bilal described the document a “disaster for Sudan, especially for Darfur.”
He confirmed meeting with the liaison committee in London, adding he told Wada’a not to “waste his time and resources”.
Bilal suggested that there is no real proof that the government of Sudan changed its strategy and that it still seeks a partial, instead of a comprehensive solution for the conflicts in the country.
Besides, JEM is a coalition member of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and a signatory of the New Dawn Charter, which aims at overthrowing the regime in Khartoum, Bilal said.
He explained that the stance of the SRF and of New Dawn is to refuse partial solutions for Sudan.
JEM demanded from the committee led by Wada’a to concentrate its efforts in putting an end to the tribal war in Darfur and move towards reconciliation initiates between tribes of the region.
SLM-MM spokesman Abdullah Mursal reaffirmed the movement’s total rejection of the DDPD and of its platform.
He told Radio Dabanga from Kampala, Uganda, that the document does not meet the minimum requirements for the people of Darfur and its main goal is to “sell the issue of the region” and evacuate the displaced camps.
Mursal revealed that during the meeting with Wada’a the movement emphasized that the Darfur issue will be resolved through a “comprehensive and just solution”.
This will be achieved with the participation of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) and of the people of Sudan, the spokesman added.
The SLM-AW stated it did not and will not “negotiate in any way with the regime to resolve the crisis in Darfur and that it did not reach any agreement on any topic related to peace with the government”.
Al-Haj said he discussed with the chairman issues about Sudan, recent developments on the New Dawn document and about a comprehensive solution to the crisis in the country.
He stressed the movement is focused on the New Dawn document and to work with the SRF to overthrow the Khartoum government.
The SLM-AW rejects any partial solutions to Sudan and called on the liaison committee to stand by the victims of Darfur and help “stop the genocide” in the region, Al-Haj highlighted.
Photo from left ro right: Abdel Wahid, Jibril Ibrahim, Minni Minnawi and SRF head Malik Agar (Radio Dabanga file)
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Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/42096
February 22, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — The US State Department today said alarmed by threats issued last week by a rebel group to attack the airports in the restive region of Darfur saying such actions are unacceptable and put civilians and peacekeepers at risk
The Sudan Liberation Movement led by Minni Minnawi warned in a statement released on 20 February that all the airports in the region are “strategic military targets” asking the UNAMID, international and non-governmental organizations to stop using these sites.
The rebel group said the airports are used by the Sudanese warplanes to commit atrocities against civilians and to transport ammunition and weapons to Darfur.
UNAMID chief Ibrahim Gambari yesterday slammed the statement of the rebel group saying he called Minnawi and warned him of “the grave consequences of any actions that may harm civilian populations, international personnel and operations or hamper the provision of crucial humanitarian assistance in Darfur”.
Gambari went further to say he reminded Minnawi that any attack on the peacekeepers is considered a war crime under international law.
“Attacks by any party that place innocent civilians, peacekeepers, and aid workers at risk are unacceptable and inconsistent with the spirit of working collectively toward a peaceful and more prosperous future for the people of Darfur,” said State Department spokesperson Philip J. Crowley on Tuesday.
He further stressed that Washington “discourages” such attacks and urged the warring parties in Darfur to stop hostilities and join international efforts to reach a negotiated settlement.
The Sudanese army minimized Minnawi’s statements saying his threats are meaningless. The Sudan Armed Forces spokesperson Khaled Al-Sawarmi said these threats are for media consumption. He also stressed that all the airport in Darfur are protected.
The peacekeeping operation said intensified patrols in and around Shangil Tobaya to provide protection to the civilians there. Further following several days of fighting in Wadi Mura, North Darfur, a UNAMID assessment team found that civilians abandoned some villages and fled to Tawilla and Zamzam camps.
Minnawi who was the first to sign a peace agreement in May 2006 denounced formally this month his pact with the government. The government in the past objected his participation in the Doha process to settle their differences over the implementation of the deal.
Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/US-says-Minnawi-s-threats-to,38082
February 20, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — The rebel Sudan Liberation Movement led by Minni Minnawi today warned the hybrid peacekeeping operation UNAMID and other international organizations to evacuate the airports in Darfur.
Minni Minnawi (AFP)
Minnawi troops are designed as military target by the Sudanese government since last year and they clash regularly with the Sudanese army which accuses Juba of supporting him.
In a statement released on Sunday, Minni Miinawi who denounced officially earlier this month a peace agreement he signed with the Sudanese government in May 2006, said these airports are now “strategic military targets” for his forces.
“The SLM warns the UNAMID forces and other international organizations deployed in Darfur and other parts of Sudan to evacuate the airports in Darfur or elsewhere immediately because these sites are strategic military target for the forces of the SLM/A,” said a statement signed the rebel leader.
Minnawi said Sudanese warplanes use these airports to commit atrocities against innocent civilians and to transport ammunition and weapons to Darfur.
“The Air force forms 60% of the government war effort in Darfur, while the role of the government army and militia on the ground is limited to 40% of crimes of ethnic cleansing and genocide committed in Darfur,” he stressed.
The head of the joint peacekeeping mission Ibrahim Gambari said alarmed by the recent increase of fighting in the restive North Darfur between the government army and the rebels groups.
Gambari “is particularly disturbed about reports of the most recent recrudescence of violence between Government of the Sudan soldiers and a combined group of elements from several rebel movements, in the region of Shangil Tobaya, 66 kilometers south west of El Fasher” said a statement released by the UNAMID.
An official from the hybrid operation told the AFP on condition of anonymity that low-flying Antonov aircraft and helicopters were seen in the area, with loud explosions heard throughout the day, and gun battles between government soldiers and different rebel groups, thought to include the Sudan Liberation Army factions of Abdelwahid Nur and Minni Minnawi,.
The chief of the peacekeeping mission urged all belligerents to stop hostilities and refrain from further armed confrontation, and allow unfettered access by the humanitarian community and UNAMID to areas and population in need.