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Another Scheme by The Sudanese Government to
Stay In Power and Continue Committing Genocide

A Government That Murders 2.5 Million of Its Own Citizens Can’t Be Trusted

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(January 17, 2008) The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC)
www.www.persecution.org has learned that the National Congress Party (NCP), the ruling party of Sudan is strategizing to obstruct implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) it signed with the Sudanese People Liberation Movement (SPLM) by offering to change the country’s political structure and introducing a sysem of confederation in Sudan.

Mr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, a leading member of NCP offered the option of confederation on Sunday January 13, 2007. It is aimed at derailing the CPA and the likely upcoming secession of South Sudan (SPLM). The SPLM represents the interests of mainly Animist and Christian South Sudanese in a country where the majority of people are Muslim and the government of Sudan (GOS) is intent on maintaining an Islamic state.
Officials at the Mission of The Government of South Sudan to the United States have told ICC that they are attempting to get an official statement regarding the proposal and the official position of SPLM.

An official of South Sudan who wanted to remain anonymous told ICC: “The NCP is proposing confederation because it is cornered from many sides”(due to international pressure regarding the genocide in Darfur , and the aggression towards the Nubians and Southern Christians.

Asked by ICC if the SPLM would accept the offer of Confederation, the official said that “the SPLM had asked for confederation a long time ago, but the CPA provides the South with more rights, since the South has won the right to secede from rest of Sudan . The official further noted that “This [the proposal to introduce confederation] is contrary to CPA”. The official stated that “SPLM is not against introduction of Confederation in parts of Sudan other than South Sudan .”

ICC’s regional manager for Africa , Darara Gubo, stated that
“A government that murders 2.4 million of its own people can’t be trusted to genuinely introduce Confederation and alleviate the suffering of its marginalized peoples.” He further noted that “The regime is known for reneging on its agreements with groups representing the interest of marginalized peoples of Sudan . This time, the regime is trying to find ways by which it can evade the democratization of Sudan as provided under CPA” The “people of Darfur , Nubia , Blue Nile, South Sudan and other marginalized peoples of Sudan should continue calling for implementation of the CPA”. “It is time for the international community to step up its pressure on government of Sudan to stop the suffering and murder of Sudan ’s marginalized peoples”.