SPLM Accuses SAF of Re-arming Civilians in South Kordofan

6 January 2009 (SRS)

Members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement from South Kordofan state in the National Assembly say the Sudan Armed Forces are re-arming civilians in South Kordofan state.

Addressing journalists during a press conference in Khartoum on Monday, the chairman of the Environment and Tourism committee in the National Assembly, SPLM member Ramadam Ibrahim Shimela, said SAF troops are building up their forces in Kuk, South Kordofan, claiming that the anti-government Justice and Equality Movement is present in the area.

Shimela described the presence of SAF troops in South Kordofan as a deliberate violation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that forbids SAF’s presence in the Nuba mountains after the 9th July 2007 relocation deadline.

[Ramadan Shimela]: “We think that re-arming civilians by giving them weapons is a time-bomb which will never benefit the people of the state at all. The presence of these weapons will never help promote the peace and transformation we are talking about. These weapons will help transform conflicts into wars and we think this situation is dangerous and we strongly condemn it and we think that all of us must reveal this fact to the public”.

Shimela urged the Government of National Unity to form a fact-finding committee to investigate the issue and immediately disarm all the tribes that he alleges have been re-armed recently by the SAF in South Kordofan state.

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