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Dr. M.O. Ismail visit to London
The ICC Review Conference in Kampala (31 May – 11 June)The Law is an AssWhen it comes to Sudan, law is not an ass (as the British saying goes) it is a cunning and tricky fox.Sudan was referred to the International Criminal Court by a Security Council that includes several no-signatories of the Statute of Rome (The USA, Russia, China).
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Darfur – “Smart Sanctions”!
In his celebrated poem about Sudan, Muhammad Abdel Hai wrote lines about
“A mouth that prays with one tip of the tongue
And sings with another.”
Sir, The Times is usually objective and level-headed. It has acquired a well-deserved reputation of rationality. This makes our disappointment even greater at reading your editorial (Blackmail in Sudan – The Times 17 March 09).
I hope you will allow us to express a different point of view.
The Sudan never denied the existence of a tragic crisis in its remote western region of Darfur, which resulted from tribal conflicts (the like of which was also known during colonial times). The conflict was brought about by desertification. It was not centrally controlled or managed. It was not systematic.
This press release is not about the weapons of Mass Deception (Destruction). It is about another instrument of an international order which is in a financial as well as a political crisis.
The fact that the ICC pre-trial chamber has dismissed a charge of genocide against President Bashir is another proof of the Prosecutor’s already shaky credibility. The chorus shouting genocide which he headed began during the US presidential campaign in 04 and has since been steadily and systematically escalating.
The ICC is now well on the way to become Europe’s Guantanamo. Its call for help from third parties to arrest suspects is similar to the infamous rendition policy.
The ICC, which considers only situations in Africa and closes its eyes to atrocities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza has no credibility at all. The Sudan (like the USA, China and Russia and tens of other countries, including India and Indonesia, which combined together make more than half of the world’s population) is not a member of that “club”, has not ratified the Rome Statute and does not accept the legal basis of the Security Council referring Darfur investigation to the ICC.
Notwithstanding the way we choose to see it. There are several mysterious questions:-
International Organizations laud Sudan's Concern with IDPs
The international organizations operating in Sudan lauded the government concern with the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and its response to their concerns and issues. This came in a meeting held Wednesday between the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and representatives of the international organizations on the draft national policy on the IDPs, where the representatives of the organizations expressed readiness to continue providing the humanitarian aid for sustainable solutions for the issues of the IDPs in Sudan with regard to providing services and rehabilitation of infrastructures and the displaced people affected-areas. The Director of Planning, Policies and Research at the Ministry of Humanitarian Aid, Kamal Awad, pointed out that the draft put into consideration the ideas and remarks by the national and international organizations and other concerned bodies with regard to all issues pertinent to displaced persons in Sudan.
Qatari Prime Minister Calls for Concentration on Investment in Sudan
The Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim Al-Thani, has affirmed the keenness of his country to consolidate its bilateral relations with Sudan in the economic field. He made the affirmation when he received Monday in Doha the visiting Presidential Advisor, Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail. Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim Al-Thani has appreciated holding of the Sudanese Exhibition on Real Estate and Horizons of Agricultural Investment at the Qatari capital, Doha. He said that directives were given to concerned Qatari government bodies and companies to attach great concern to the Sudanese exhibition and hold meetings with the Sudanese party toward establishment of more investment projects in Sudan for the interest of the two sister nations.
President Al-Bashir calls in his address before Summit of Sana'a Forum for Cooperation for mapping out strategy that realizes security and stability in the area.
The President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer hassan ahmed Al-Bashir as called on the leaders of Sana'a Forum for Cooperation to formulate a unified strategy in view to realize security, stability and the socio-economic development of the peoples of the area and keeps them away from the interventions of the international powers. Addressing the inaugural sitting of the 6th Summit of Sanaa Forum for Cooperation at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum Tuesday, President Al-Bashir said the strategic location of the region puts the developments of its political, economic and security situations at the centre of the concern of the international powers. As for the situations in Somalia,
Leaders of Sana'a Forum for Cooperation express support to Sudan
Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh has proposed the establishment of a Free Trade Zone for the member states of Sana'a Forum for Cooperation to boost trade between them and facilitate transportation of goods to realize commercial and economic integration. The Yemeni President, addressing the opening session of the summit of the forum at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum Tuesday, reaffirmed the necessity for strengthening of spheres of trade exchange and the completion of the structures of the grouping. Saleh has reaffirmed that the membership of the Forum is open to all the states of the Horn of Africa and Southern Red Sea area and all countries that have desire in development, progress, stability and maintaining of peace and security in the region. He indicated that the convening of the summit coincides with important developments that need more coordination top of which the current situation in Gaza.
Taha: Micro Financing is an Important Project for Combating Poverty and Providing Society Needs.
Vice - President of the Republic, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, pointed out the state and its legislative organs regard the micro financing as one of the important projects for combating poverty and motivating the society toward meeting its basic needs. In his address at the inaugural sitting of the Workshop on Micro Financing, Taha said that the micro financing is an effective means to combat poverty, indicating that the proper arrangement for micro financing puts the banking system to in the track first steps to support the society. The workshop is organized by the Ministry of Social Welfare and Women and Children Affairs in collaboration with the Bank of Sudan at Martyr Al-Zubair Centre.
Economic Sector approves Budget of Fiscal 2009
The Economic Sector approved in its meeting Tuesday the General Budget of the year 2009 which was reviewed by the Minister of Finance and National Economy, Dr. Awad Ahmed Al-Jazz, in presence of the two Chairmen of the Sovereignty and Services sectors as well as their deputies. Dr. Al-Jazz explained that the preparations of the general budget was made as part of a comprehensive financial and institutional reform programme which was made according to an inclusive medium term vision as well as an executive programme to meet the priorities of the 5-year strategic plan.
President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir is to open a number of new establishments in the University of West Kordofan Tuesday. In this regard, Vice Chancellor of the University of West Kordofan Prof. Noural-Daim Osman, said in a statement that the new establishments include the Faculty of Medicine, electronic central library, 9 lecture rooms, a mosque and administration unit and 4 houses for the lecturers.
President Al-Bashir briefed on Egypt's efforts to convince Khalil Ibrahim to resort to the negotiation table
President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir was briefed Monday with the efforts of the Egyptian Government in order to convince Chairman of the Justice and Equality Movement Dr. Khalil Ibrahim to resort to the negotiations table in Doha. This came during the joint talks held at the Guest House Monday between President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir and Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak. President Al-Bashir briefed his Egyptian counterpart on the situation in Darfur as well as the progress of the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) besides the preparations for holding the coming elections.
Initiative of the People of Sudan to be Launched Thursday Amid Extensive Regional and International Participation
The Initiative of the People of Sudan for solving Darfur issue is due to be launched Thursday 16/10/2008 at the Friendship Hall amid extensive presence of international and regional personalities and representatives of the Sudanese political parties. SUNA learned that a number of leaders and representatives of international and regional organizations and countries will attend the launching of the Initiative of the People of Sudan, including the Secretary General of the Arab League, Amro Musa, Chairman of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping,
President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, will address Thursday at the Friendship Hall the opening sitting of the Forum of the People of Sudan for Solving Darfur Issue which is due to be held with extensive participation of delegations from neighbouring and other countries, regional and international organizations concerned with Darfur file, representatives of more than 33 political parties and the different sectors and the civil society organizations in Darfur and the country, besides more than 180 national personalities. In his address Monday before the National Legislature, President Al-Bashir called on the armed movements and all the society categories in Darfur and abroad to stick to peace and reconciliation. He said that the Initiative of the People of Sudan was subjected to extensive consultations and was unanimously welcomed by the political parties.
The President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, on Tuesday received separately the credentials of the Ambassadors of Sweden and Germany. Speaking at the credential ceremonies, held at the Republican Palace, the President affirmed Sudan's appreciation to the progress of its relations with Sweden and Germany and renewed determination to boost them further in all the domains. Meanwhile, the German Ambassador to Sudan affirmed in a statement to SUNA the support of his country to the efforts of peace in Sudan, saying that they would exert whatever efforts to boost the relations and cooperation between the two countries. The Swedish Ambassador, on his part, said to SUNA that he will work to push forward the bilateral relations with Sudan in order to serve the interests of the two countries.
Agreement for Establishment of AU Liaison Offices in Khartoum and Juba Signed
Sudan and the African Union signed at the Ministry On Tuesday 14th Of October 2008 of Foreign Affairs an agreement for establishment of the headquarters of two African Union's liaison offices in Khartoum and Juba. The agreement was signed by the Foreign Minister, Deng Alor, for Sudan government and the Director of the African Union Office in Khartoum. The Foreign Minister, Deng Alor, described the agreement as a landmark step in the dealing and coordination between Sudan and the African Union. He affirmed the government keenness to cooperate with the African Union for realizing peace and stability in Sudan. Alor appreciated the efforts being exerted by the member states in the African Union in boosting the peace process in Sudan. The Director of the African Union in Khartoum said that the African Union is giving great concern to realization of peace, stability and peace in Sudan.
Loser Moreno-Ocampo at the LSE
The ICC’s chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo is now a globe-trotting activist. He confuses his legal role with that of desperate advocacy in search of the success which has so far proved elusive.
His shuttle campaign has taken him to the Senegal and to New York where he was seen demonstrating with Darfur rebel groups. There, he was introduced in a talk by Mr. J. Fowler (of Save Darfur Coalition which is an arm of the formidable Israel lobby octopus in the USA.)
At the London School of Economics, the chief prosecutor was introduced on 7th October by Professor Gerry Simpson, to deliver a talk on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the ICC.
L. Arbour has joined the long rank of anti-Sudanese celebrities who have been recruited and mobilised in order to defend the flawed ICC and its chief prosecutor L. Moreno-Ocampo. Writing in the International Herald Tribune (17 September) she argued that “judicial and political processes can be allowed to advance simultaneously and independently of each other.” It is difficult to believe that – with her experience – she is serious in claiming that justice and politics can be compartmentalised and divided. They can’t.
By an uncanny coincidence, L. Arbour’s article was published on the same day in which the Voice of America’s website carried the words of Miguel d’Escoto , the Roman Catholic priest who is President of the UN General Assembly in which he said in his opening speech to session 63:
“By now, over 1.2 million people have died as a direct consequence of that aggression and occupation” referring to the US led war in Iraq.
The Court for Combating Terrorism No. (2) in Khartoum, headed by Judge Muddathir Al-Rashid, Sunday sentenced to death Abdul-Aziz Nur Ushar, and seven others of the Justice and Equality Movement after their conviction in the attack which was staged by the movement on Omdurman in last May. Abdul-Aziz Nur Ushar is half brother of the leader of the Justice and Equality Movement, Dr. Khalil Ibrahim. The eight members of the Justice and Equality Movement were convicted under articles 21, 24, 50, 51, 60, 63, 65 and 82 of the Criminal Law and articles 5 and 6 of the Act of Weapons and Ammunition. The convicts who were sentenced to death are Abdul-Aziz Nur Ushar, Al-Saddiq Mohamed Jabraldar Jaber, Taj-Eddin Mahmoud Abdul-Rahman, Mohamed Bahar Ali Hamadain, Al-Tayeb Abdul-Karim Idris, Malik Adam Ahmed, Hamid Hassan Hamado and Bashir Adam Ushar Fedail.
Khartoum East Court, chaired by Judge Sidahmed Al-Badri, began Sunday trial of five accused persons in the killing of US diplomat Jonh Granville, 33, who was an employee of USAID, and his Sudanese driver Abdel-Rahman Abbas, 39, how were killed at Al-Riyadh quarter in Khartoum on January 1, 2008. The procedural session of the court Sunday registered those who were present, including the defendants and defence lawyers. The five accused persons, who were present in the court, were Mohamed Makawi Ibrahim, 23, Abdel-Basit Al-Haj Hassan, 29, Mohanad Osman Yousif Mohamed, 29, Abdel-Raof Abu-Zaid Mohamed Hamza, 23 and Murad Abdul-Rahman Abdalla Al-Shiekh, 35. The session was attended by representatives of the American Embassy in Khartoum including a lawyer and a Sudanese translator.
The Kingdom of Norway has consented to the nomination of Elham Ibrahim Shantair as Ambassador Extra-ordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Sudan to the Kingdom of Norway. Ambassador Elham is due to assume her duties in Oslo soon. Meanwhile, the Russian Federation has consented to the nomination of Ambassador Surajaddin Hamid as Ambassador Extra-ordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Sudan to the Russia.
COMMUNIQUE OF THE 142ND MEETING OF THE PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 142nd meeting held on 21 July 2008, adopted the following decision in relation to the application made on 14 July 2008 by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for a Warrant of Arrest under Article 58 of the Rome Statute of the ICC against the President of the Republic of the Sudan:
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) has requested the UN Security Council to defer the procedures of the International Criminal Court, stressing the importance of not harming the ongoing peace efforts in Sudan. The council urged in a communiqué it issued following its emergency session held at the ministerial level at the request of Sudan in Addis Ababa Monday the Commission of the African Union to adopt all steps for establishment of an independent high-level panel during 30 days from the date of the adoption of the resolution comprising notable African personalities to consider and assess the situations in Darfur and submit recommendations to the council on the best means for resolving the situation in a comprehensive and effective way including formation of truth and reconciliation commission in which the AU shall assume prominent role with other related institutions,
Vice - President of the Republic, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, Sunday evening returned home after a short visit to Libya during which he conveyed a message from the President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, to the Libyan leader, Muammar Al-Qaddafi, concerning the allegations of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Ocampo’s “Sex Scandal” and its repercussions
We know now why L. Ocampo was so feverishly bent on escalation with Sudan, despite warnings from highly respected Sudan experts. We also know why he was obsessed with setting deadlines. The reason is his desire to stir a storm in order to “bury” the news of his professional misconduct and underhand behaviour. These are not strong words. They are justified by the “sex scandal case” which Mr. Christian Palme of Sweden has won against the International Criminal Court. The Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organisation ruled in favour of Mr. Palme and awarded him 25.000 Euros and ordered that he be paid his salary for several months.
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Ocampo’s Road to Justice
There is no covertness in the targeting of Sudan and its leaders by L. Ocampo and his International Criminal Court’s statements which culminated in the infamous 14th of July accusations.
Sudan – which is ruled by a National Unity Government, based on an interim constitution is now targeted as a direct result of the failure of the rebel attack on Omdurman (10 May 08). The rebels need a boost to their morale. Ocampo and those who pull his strings oblige. Ignorance of the significance of timing - if claimed – will mean schoolboy naivety or political illiteracy.
The Executive Council of the African Foreign Ministers concluded session in Sharm Al-Shiekh in Egypt Saturday to prepare for the African Summit, scheduled for Monday. Minister of Foreign Affairs Deng Alor said in a press statement that the meeting tackled the comprehensive peace file in Sudan and the participants underscored the executive steps that have been made so far, especially the roadmap agreement on Abyei area and the efforts exerted by the parties to the agreement to reach such solutions.
Sudanese terror suspects!
Guilty, despite being declared innocent!
Admirers of British democracy are sometime intrigued by the way the media (one of the bright features of this democracy) sometimes distort democracy.
The best example is the aftermath of the terror attacks in London in July 05. The right-wing press (and some of the not so right- wing newspapers too) had a field day. Islamophobic generalisations abounded. The cynics (and some of those interested in civil liberties) suspected that scaring the population was a necessary precondition for curbing 800 years of freedoms. They were vindicated when anti-terror laws were later used to snoop on dog walkers or citizens needing a certain school for their children!
On 24 June The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) organised a discussion panel under the title: Perspectives On the Darfur Conflict and International Intervention.
The speakers were H.E. Ambassador Omer M. Siddig and Mr. Suliman Jamous of (Sudan Liberation Movement – Unity). SLM-Unity is a splinter group from Sudan Liberation Movement which broke away when the main SLM Movement signed the Darfur Peace Agreement in 06.
** After the Abuja Agreement, which was signed by the faction of Menni Arko Menawi ( the Assistant of the President) on May 5th 2006, both Abdel Wahid Mohamed Nour and Khaleel Ibrahim remained outside the agreement as they refused to sign it.
As for the Government, it started implementing the agreement and at the same time, it resumed contacts with the non-signatories , urging them to sign.
On the 22nd of May 08, the Media Counsellor, Dr. Khalid Al Mubarak took part in a seminar about Chinese investment in Africa. A fellow panellist was an Angolan diplomat. The event was organised by “OKRA Express” Management Consultancy. It was chaired by Mr. Dan Large, research director at the Africa Asia Centre of the Royal African Society. The Seminar which was well-attended continued from morning until 2pm, at the Foreign Press Association in London.
Darfur File - Darfur cops are … Robbers!!!
Those who remember the old American films in which the sheriff turns out to be the mastermind of organised crime in his remote county, will be interested in reading what the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told Sudan Tribune (6th June 2008) about his involvement in a conspiracy to hijack a Sudanese aircraft! … “We were getting ready to divert his plane and force it to land and arrest him …” The reference is to the Sudanese Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, the former Judge Ahmed Haroun … “We organised the logistics. Everything was settled” …. L. M. Ocampo said!
The International Criminal Court: Accused!
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued yet another flawed anti-Sudan document. He who calls for Justice must come with clean hands. Let us put the ICC on a mock-trial.
At last - Sudanese Guantanamo Prisoners Free
Sudanese Television has broadcast scenes of heart-warming jubilation as prisoner 345, also known as Sami Al Haj (incarcerated without trial in Guantanamo Bay since June 02) was reunited with his family. He hugged his only son and other members of the family. Weak and bed-ridden, he managed to make a statement in which he said that his freedom would only be complete when four other Sudanese still interned in Cuba join him in Khartoum, and when the two hundred other prisoners are freed too.
The Tabloids Have Apologised to Kate and Gerry McCann: Who will apologise to Sudan!
What the papers don’t say about Sudan, is that it has a National Unity Government which is based on a Transitional Constitution that guarantees freedom of the press as well as the right to organise in Political Parties and Trade Unions. This came about as a result of the CPA (Comprehensive Peace Agreement) of 2005 which put an end to a destructive civil war. That agreement was partly brokered by the USA, the UK and other countries who deserve praise for their efforts.
Something is Rotten in the Cartoons of Denmark
Rozencranz and Guildenstern are dead! So is the noble Prince of Denmark, Hamlet; but his words resonate in our twenty-first century.
When Tom Stoppard was “recruited” by the Darfur media manipulators, he obliged; but he must have shocked them when he wrote in his Times article (16 September 07):
“A ceasefire will be no solutions without a political solution. Quite what a political solution would look like in a situation where the aggressor tribes have now started to fight each other is a murky question. And geopolitically the scenarios include, naturally, the one about the West’s real interest being control of the region and its oil. “(our Italics)
Breaking Good News!
Lord Resistance Peace
News of catastrophes and havoc get preferential treatment. News of well-being and progress is not welcome; because it does not qualify as “Breaking News”!
News about fighting or famine in Africa is feverishly sought and disseminated, but news about a peace deal to stop a conflict which has raged since 1987 is barely reported! When Sudan is positively involved, those who have a blind spot to anything good about Sudan delete any reference to it in their media reports.
Arms and Man.....ipulators!
China – Sudan
The well-oiled and well-orchestrated campaign against Sudan has now turned to blackmailing other countries; mainly China. The claim has been made that the forthcoming Olympics in Beijing should be boycotted in order to force China to put pressure on Sudan over Darfur. The campaign is not disinterested. Underneath is the resentment that China has become a leading nation (despite restrictions, sanctions and past isolation!)
Dr. Mutrif Siddig, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sudan, visited London 22-25 November 2007. He participated in a Chatham House conference on 23 November about the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
Statement on the Abducted Children from Darfur by a French Voluntary Organization
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan expresses its deep concern and strong condemnation for the sinister attempt by a French voluntary organization named " Children Rescue", established by L'Arche de Zoe Society ,which is registered in France. The organization abducted more than one hundred Sudanese children from Darfur, in an attempt to forcefully traffic them to France, and other countries, against the will of their families, the pretext being that these children were orphans, and to be adopted for material gains.
SECOND INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON DARFUR
The second international meeting on the situation in Darfur was convened by the African Union and United Nations Special Envoys in Tripoli, Libya from 15-16 July 2007. The following states and organisations attended the meeting: Canada, Chad, China, Egypt, Eritrea, France, Italy, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sudan, United Kingdom, United States, the African Union, the European Union, the League of Arab States and the United Nations.
The Letters Editor,
The Daily Telegraph
W.F. Deedes (Notebook, Friday 22 June – oil is driving the disaster in Darfur) states quite rightly that the situation (he prefers the word persecution) “in Darfur has become more complex as times goes by”. Those complexities include the often overlooked fact (which was recently highlighted by Ban Ki Moon in a seminal article) that the main root-cause of the crisis is desertification and climate change. Both precede the discovery of oil in Sudan.