Sudanese president warns SPLM against resorting to violence in south Kordofan State

13:01, April 28, 2011      

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Sudanese President Omar al- Bashir on Wednesday warned the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) against resorting to violence in South Kordofan State which will witness complementary elections next May.

"If the SPLM started the war in South Kordofan, it will loose twice. It will loose the war and the elections," said al-Bashir when addressing a people's gathering in Al-Muglad area in South Kordofan Wednesday.

He urged the SPLM in South Kordofan to resort to the polling boxes in the coming elections.

He further reiterated that there would be no return to War, saying that "we are not afraid of the war if the parties calling for it, but we call for dialogue and peaceful solutions."

In the meantime, the Sudanese president reiterated affiliation of the country's oil-rich area of Abyei to north Sudan.

"Abyei is part of north Sudan and shall remain part of the north," said al-Bashir, urging the SPLM to work with the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) to avoid wars.

He said the rebellion has failed to enter Abyei for 22 years because the area was guarded by its sons, warning against the sedition for which he said was being planned for by what he termed as "the fifth column and spies who are working to undermine the social fabric in Darfur and South Kordofan."

The Sudanese president further urged the native administrations and the citizens in the area to resolve the tribal issues through reconciliations and payment of dias (blood money).

The South Kordofan State witnessed bloody armed clashes between two tribes at the beginning of this month which resulted in killing of 19 people, injury of about 32 others and burning of 500 homes in addition to displacement of great numbers of civilians.

The National Elections Commission (NEC) postponed the South Kordofan State elections in April 2010, in the wake of a memorandum presented then by the state's political forces to the NEC and the Sudanese presidency, complaining that the share of the state constituencies and representation in the National Assembly ( parliament) and the national legislative council was weak according to the result of the country's fifth population census.

Thabo Mbeki, chairman of the African Union High Panel on Sudan, has provided a package of suggestions to the Sudanese government partners, including affiliating Abyei to south Sudan with a presidential decision, granting the Mesiria tribe political and pastoral rights, and enabling them to participate in the area's authority. He also proposed the Mesiria be represented by one- third of the Abyei administration and be given a province in the area together with flexible borders without tough restrictions.

Mbeki's proposals also included giving the Mesiria a double nationality after the southerners opted for separation, dividing Abyei between north and south Sudan, as well as returning to the Abyei protocol and conducting a referendum according to the protocol and a Hague court's decision.

Two-thirds of Sudan's oil is produced in Abyei and the country' s longest oil pipeline starts from the area.

Source: Xinhua
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