NCP: No Space for Two Armies in North Sudan after 9 July

16 June, 2011 (Sudan Vision Daily)

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has called on the US Administration to refrain from intervention in north Sudan whether through the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the south or its remnants in the North and to adopt an impartial approach with regard to peace issues in Sudan.

Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, Information Secretary General with the NCP, said Washington was partner to peace agreement in Sudan, but mounting pressure on it by the Jewish lobby made it positions sway, and as such should stop meddling with Sudan’s domestic affairs.

Ghandour told Al Jazeera Mubashir that the Sudanese government is committed to holding popular consultation in South Kordofan and demobilization of Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Nuba Mountains and South Kordofan as they are northerners provided the state enjoys peace and security and not killing and taking up arms.

According to the peace agreement, he said, items related to security arrangements apply to members of SPLA in the region.

The government will not tolerate the existence of two armies in the north after July 9, but only one army, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), Ghandour vowed.

He also argued that SPLM maneuvers over the past period have delayed the implementation of this item as well as other items of the agreement.

He said the people of Nuba Mountains will no longer be connected with the SPLM after 9 July, considering they are northerners, whose decision is in Khartoum, the north instead of Juba.

Ghandour renounced Abdul Aziz Al Hilu’s call for maintaining arms for other ten years, terming such demand as a “dream and an attempt to intimidate people handle issues through a gun barrel as happened during recent elections in South Kordofan.

Ghandour further affirmed that his government wishes the people of the country enjoy peace, security and democratic governing. “We are committed to peace. We are not warmongers,” he said.  


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