The National Consensus Forces (NCF), which include the main opposition parties in Sudan, have criticised the Khartoum government, civil society organisations and local media for their “deliberate disregard” of the humanitarian catastrophe among the displaced in Darfur.
The NCF have also warned of the “divisive effect” of Khartoum’s “selective policy” when dealing with the displaced.
As reported extensively over the past weeks by Radio Dabanga, inter-tribal fighting and clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and armed rebel movements have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and villages. They are especially flocking to Nyala city camps where, since January their number has swelled to more than 300,000, according to the latest UN report released this week.
“There is lots of attention for the displaced persons of Abu Karshola, Umm Rawaba and Al Rahad in North and South Kordofan, however, they make as if there are no other persons displaced from their homes in Sudan,” NCF spokesman Kamal Omar Abdel Salam said in an interview with Radio Dabanga on Saturday.
“The selectivity policy with which the National Congress Party disregards the plight of the displaced of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, while providing ample aid to the displaced of Abu Karshola, Umm Rawaba and Al Rahad, is prompting claims of tribalism and racism,” Salam continued. “All displaced persons in Sudan should be provided with relief equally, and in a speedy manner.”
Salam warns about “the mentality of racism and ethnicity with which the Khartoum regime handles the situation”, stressing: “This is the primary cause of the current situation facing our country. There should be no difference between Sudanese displaced”. Salam made an appeal via Radio Dabanga to all organisations including the UN to urgently intervene in assisting all the displaced in Sudan.
“The Khartoum regime depends on discrimination as an extremist approach. This requires that we speed-up the overthrow of the regime to maintain Sudan’s unity and cohesion.”
In an interview with Radio Dabanga, Dr Mariam Sadiq Al-Mahdi, a Leading figure in the National Umma Party, has termed the government’s exclusive focus on the displaced in and around Umm Rawaba and Al Rahad only, while ignoring he displaced in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile as “scandalous”.
“Khartoum is perpetuating a policy of ‘divide and rule’, stirring-up hatred between citizens of the same homeland,” he said, stressing that “the government’s accusation that SRF is behind the suffering of the displaced persons poses a threat to social cohesion and reconciliation among the community.
“In this context, the Khartoum government is directly responsible for all citizens in any region in Sudan,” Dr Al-Mahdi said. She lamented that the government was “waging war on citizens in Darfur, exercising murder and rape and causing them to become displaced. “Khartoum’s selective focus constitutes a major threat, not to the future and the unity of Sudan but also poses a threat to social cohesion and reconciliation in the community,” she said. “This opens the door to unprecedented policies in Sudan such as assassinations.”
Dr Al-Mahdi called on all Sudanese to stand united against the policies of the National Congress Party “which is working to break-up the country”.
Pictures: NCF spokesman Kamal Omar Abdel Salam (left); Dr Mariam Sadiq Al-Mahdi of the National Umma Party (right).
Related: South Darfur ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ as rainy season approaches (15 May 2013)
UN: more than 300,000 Darfur displaced in five months (16 May 2013)
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March 6, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The leader of the Umma National Party (UNP) expressed his party’s willingness to engage dialogue with the regime and the other political and military components of the opposition to achieve peace and democratic transition in Sudan.
Sudan’s President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (R) talks with opposition’s Umma Party leader and former Prime Minister Sadiq Al-Mahdi, (file/Reuters)
Sadiq Al-Mahdi, in a press conference held on Wednesday explained that his party is committed to work with all the Sudanese forces to end the ongoing conflicts and to realise “democratic transition without violence or support of foreign countries”.
The largest opposition party is criticised by the government and the opposition alike because it refuses calls for regime change in Sudan and at the same time rejects to hold direct talks with the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) without the other opposition or rebel forces.
“There is a willingness inside the National Congress Party to dialogue with us and voices calling to review (the NCP’s unilateral policy)”, said Al-Mahdi after detailing various points the UNP can discuss with the rebel Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) , the National Consensus Forces (NCF) and the civil society groups.
He went further to say that dialogue with the NCP should take into account different concerns including a strategic commitment to peace, freedoms adding no real understanding can be reached without it, and constitution prepared and adopted by national instances including all the political forces.
“We are ready to negotiate for a democratic national constitution, otherwise we say no”, he stressed.
The opposition leader is accused by other opposition parties of compromising with the regime and reject his proposal to reform the NCF structure saying he wants to take its leadership.
On 21 February the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party, a small party with little impact in the country, demanded to suspend the membership of the Umma party accusing it of breaching the charter of Democratic Alternative that the opposition forces endorsed last year.
Regarding the Democratic Alternative, Al-Mahdi stressed that dialogue with the NCF forces will continue to reach an agreement over the needed means to achieve the goals of this charter without resorting to violence, and with an efficient structure.
He asserted that the is party is keen to work with the opposition forces adding ” if this turns out not to be possible then we will cross that bridge when we come to it”.
On the relations with the SRF, he reiterated the need to clarify the circumstances and errors that accompanied the New Dawn charter, alluding to the use of force to topple the regime, which was rejected by the UNP.
The rebels groups said they give the priority to the peaceful means to achieve regime change in Sudan but cannot stop the armed struggle against Khartoum.
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March 2, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The spokesman of the National Conesus Forces (NCF) Kamal Omer disclosed that member opposition parties have agreed to strengthen unity among its ranks under the common goal of toppling the regime.
In press statements, Omer disclosed that the Popular Congress Party (PCP) suggested a code of honor to be signed by the opposition parties to preserve the coalition and prevent the members from criticizing each other over the media.
The NCF spokesperson said that members of the opposition alliance should discuss any objectionable issues they have within the domain of the coalition.
The National Umma Party (NUP) led by Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi has in recent months stepped up his public bashing of the NCF and his insistence that the latter is restructured.
His statements angered other opposition parties who accuse him of being obscure about his position regarding the government dominated by the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).
Al-Mahdi has said that he does not want to bring down the regime but rather reform it putting him at odds with other opposition groups.
The NCF has called on the NUP chief to make a written apology for his past criticism of the alliance.
In a related issue, Omer said that the NCF will review the “New Dawn” charter signed last January between rebels and opposition groups to see what changes can be made and attach the proposed interim constitution.
Some of the charter’s signatories including the NUP, PCP and the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) later distanced themselves from the deal saying they were rushed into it and expressed reservations on some of its clauses relating to role of religion and reforming the state’s institutions.
From the start the charter’s stated goal of removing the regime hit a roadblock over how to do it with rebels saying that force should be one of the means to achieve it and opposition groups saying they prefer to stick to peaceful ways.
“We are with the regime change, but through democratic and peaceful means through the street or a popular revolution” the NCF spokesman said.
He denied Khartoum’s accusations that they are plotting to bring the regime down in alliance with rebels and external players.
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