Bashir slates campaign for intervention in Sudan's Darfur

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omor Hassan el-Bashir has alleged that his government was targeted by a hostile campaign aimed at concealing the truth and justifying possible intervention the civil war-torn western region of Darfur, where two rebel movements launched a revolt against Khartoum in February 2003.
Addressing the 14th National Labour Day at Friendship Hall here Saturday, Bashir revealed that sedition also prevails in eastern Sudan, where the forces of evil are allied to threaten highways and terrorise innocent citizens.
He was referring to recent reports that the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), one of two main rebel groups in Darfur, had entered into alliance with the "Sudanese Free Lions Association", a rebel group formed by Beja tribesman of eastern Sudan, to start military activities in the eastern region.
"I call on the people to be on high alert in order to ward off the organised anti-Sudan campaign," Bashir said, as the audience chanted "Sudan alive.
Allah Akbar.
Death to our enemies".
Bashir's government is currently under unprecedented international political pressure to find an urgent political solution for what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis in Darfur.
Bashir explained that the conflict in Darfur is a traditional one over resources, adding that the government allocates more development resources and basic services to the western region than the other states in Africa's largest country.
He accused what he termed as "ill-intentioned circles" with a "secret agenda" of fabricating reports of marginalisation, ethnic cleansing, genocide and rape in Darfur and bringing the problem to the corridors of the UN.
Last Friday, Bashir's government signed an agreement with the UN in Khartoum to created safe areas for displaced Darfur villagers.
Khartoum also promised to disarm the marauding Arab Janjaweed militia and stop misconduct by its own troops towards civilians in the region.
The two sides also adopted a Plan of Action for Darfur under which Khartoum pledged to curb military movements by the pro- government militia and the rebels opposing them around the safe areas.
Responding to claims by humanitarian agencies that the government wanted to force the internally displaced people to return to their villages, most of which have been burnt by the Janjaweed, Bashir asked: "is the Western world concerned about Sudanese interests more than the Sudanese people themselves do? Did the Western forces provide credible justifications for the war they waged in the name of human rights, combating terrorism and dismantling weapons of mass destruction?" The President affirmed that the concern of his government about the conflict in Darfur was motivated by national, religious, moral and constitutional responsibilities rather than intimidation and promises for aid.
He affirmed that the situation inside internally displaced people camps in Darfur were improving and stressed his determination to overcome the crisis in Darfur region, although international help was needed.
Bashir urged Sudanese workers to assist in the repatriation of displaced people and rehabilitating the social fabric in Darfur.
The UN estimated that 50,000 people have been killed since the 17-month conflict erupted between government troops and Janjaweed militias on one hand, and the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement and JEM, on the other.
The conflict has also displaced some 1.
2 million people from their homes and driven over 100,000 across the border into neighbouring Chad.
On 30 July, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution that gave Khartoum up to 30 days to bring the situation in Darfur under control, including disarming Arab militias, or face international action.

08 august 2004 10:06:00

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