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Government accuses 'influential' states of supporting rebels

Khartoum, Sudan - The Sudanese government has accused unnamed Western powers of backing rebel movements in Darfur and urged those powers to be fair and denounce recent extensive attacks by rebels on villages in parts of Darfur.

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry, in a statement published in Khartoum on Sunday, said acts of aggression by the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement of Minni Minnawe (SLM-MM) in the past few days had devastated a number of villages and towns, where no military garrisons were found.

They assassinated local and tribal leaders, perpetrated atrocities against unarmed civilians, destroyed private and public facilities, plundered private belongings and abducted civilians.

The rebel attacks, the statement said, were aimed at aborting the peace talks with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) on South Kordufan and Blue Nile regions, which were considered by the SLM as betrayal by the SPLM-N of an alliance of the rebel movements grouped under the umbrella of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF).

The Foreign Ministry has complained that “influential” western powers and organizations always tended to denounce the Sudanese government, rather than the rebel movements.

In a related development, the Vice-Chairman of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), Yassin Yusuf, has described the situation in Darfur as 'terrible', according to the Sudan News Agency (SUNA).

Yusuf said the rebel movements, who are non-signatory to the peace agreement, were based in South Darfur State. However, after the Rapid Intervention Forces (RIF) arrived there, those movements moved to North Darfur State where they have recently raided a number of villages.

He called for reinforcements from the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) to impose the state’s authority and find an end to acts of the outlaws.

Yusuf also called for coordination between the security committees of the states and the security committee of the region for reaching peace.

Pana 10/03/2014