KHARTOUM VIOLATES NUBA MOUNTAIN CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT
SPLM/A News Agency
January 24, 2002
Before the ink even dried on paper, the Nuba Mountains Cease-fire Agreement which was signed on January 19(superscript: th) 2002
between the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the Government of Sudan (GOS) and the subsequent Cease-fire which was announced only two days ago by both parties has already been
violated by the National Islamic Front (NIF) government of Omer El Beshir. The Cease-fire Agreement which was signed in Burgenstock,
Switzerland and brokered by the Governments
of the USA and the Swiss Federation, was meant to facilitate delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Nuba Mountains. The
Cease-fire Agreement for the Nuba area is one of the four (4) main confidence building measures proposed by the US Government for observance by the SPLM and GOS. Both the SPLM and the GOS had ordered their forces to observe the cease-fire as from January 22, 2002 at 1200 hours Sudan Local Time (72 hours) after both signed the
Yesterday, January 23, 2002 at about 1300 hours, GOS forces moved from their designated base at Rofo towards the SPLA garrison of
Tulushi and attacked our forces with the purpose of capturing it.
Rofo is between the main GOS garrison of Lagawa and Tulushi. After fierce fighting the SPLA forces at Tulushi repulsed the enemy with serious casualties leaving 6 bodies on the battlefield and very many wounded. The SPLA lost two (2) martyrs and seven (7) heroes wounded.
The SPLM views this violation of the cease-fire with great concern as this will undermine the badly needed relief operations efforts
for the Nuba Mountains. It also confirms our fears that the GOS cannot be trusted as it often dishonours agreements of all types. We are aware
that Beshir's peace advisor, Ghazi Salah el Din Atabani has made public utterances this week against the cease-fire agreement in
the Nuba Mountains. Senior Sudanese Military officers have also issued orders to their
field commanders in the Nuba Mountains to capture as more territories as possible (including attacking and overrunning
SPLA positions) before the arrival of international neutral observers to monitor the cease-fire. These actions indicate that
the government is not serious about the Agreement. The GOS signed it as a
tactic to fool the international community into believing that it is interested in peace.
The SPLM/SPLA condemns this violation and urges both the governments of the USA and the Swiss Confederation to restrain the GOS and to
speedily organize the formation of the Joint Military Commission (JMC) as well as the International Monitoring Unit (IMU) to oversee
the implementation of the cease-fire. The SPLM/SPLA also calls on the NIF regime to show signs for once that it is a government run by
mature and responsible nationalists and not a gang of liars and cheats.
Dr. Samson L. Kwaje
Commissioner for Information and
Official Spokesman SPLM/SPLA
24/01/2002 - Nairobi
SOURCE: sidahmedin the emirates
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