Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sudan: Sudan 'is Appalled' by "Malicious accusations of Bombing"

Embassy of Sudan Press and Information Office

Sudan is appalled by and condemns the malicious accusations leveled against it regarding an alleged bombing that occurred within the borders of Southern Sudan. It comes as little surprise that even in the virtual absence of both evidence and motive, that the usual anti-Sudan characters are already seeking to pin the incident on their traditional object of scorn.

It is important at the outset to recall that Sudan was the first to recognize the independence of Southern Sudan. The national army, therefore, in recognition of the sovereignty of the country strictly observes the borders. Even when in pursuit of the rebels within Sudan, its operations do not extend beyond those recognized geographical boundaries. If this so-called bombing isn't entirely concocted to smear Sudan yet again, there are a number of likely perpetrators within Southern Sudan itself that could've been responsible. After all, it is no secret that the new country is rife with insecurity. Chief among the reasons are the marauding rebel groups in the region who have openly declared their war against the nascent Government, and are frequently being pursued by the Southern Air force.

It is also not a secret that Southern Sudan is waging a war against Sudan, a fact that led the latter to swiftly file a complaint at the UN and for which this world body has yet to issue any form of reprimand or condemnation. The abundant evidence is there for all to see, the current perpetrators of atrocities in both Blue Nile and South Kordofan are the SPLM's divisions 9 and 10 led by General Malik Agar and Abdel Aziz al-Hilu. In fact Southern Sudan is not only hosting rebels seeking the downfall of its own government, it is also becoming a safe haven for various rebel groups including the JEM and SLM, groups that have clearly stated their intention to mete out violence against Sudanese citizens.

The international community must be serious about peace and should shed this bias against Sudan. Accusing and condemning Sudan for an incident for which no evidence exists and merely asking the Southern Sudan's Government to exercise "restraint" instead of withdrawal and cessation of its proxy war in Sudan not only exposes favoritism but also demonstrates a serious lack of interest in peace.