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Arab League Ministerial Council Condemns Terrorist Acts of Justice and Equality Movement

Cairo, May 11 (SUNA)- The Ministerial Council of the Arab League condemned in its emergency sitting Sunday the aggression staged by the rebel Justice and Equality Movement which targeted the stability in Sudan. The council described the aggression as a terrorist one and called on the rebel movement to abandon all forms of violence. The Arab Foreign Ministers affirmed their support to the efforts of the national unity government for realization of security, stability and peace all over Sudan. They asserted the stand of the Arab League alongside Sudan and its security and the integrity of its lands. The Arab Ministerial Council called on the Arab League's Secretary General to hold immediate contacts with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission toward launching a joint Arab - African action that will help the commitment to the principle of good neighbourliness and expansion of stability at the region, and also called on the parties that did not sign Darfur peace agreement to discard the option of military escalation and to commit themselves to dialogue as the sole means to reach peace in Darfur. It is to be recalled that the Arab League's Ministerial Council reviewed a report of head of Sudan delegation and State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ali Ahmed Karti, on the sabotage attempt which was perpetrated by the staged from the Chadian territories on Omdurman city. MO/MO

African Union Commission Strongly Condemns Sabotage Attempt

Addis Ababa, May 11 (SUNA) - The African Union Commission has strongly denounced the sabotage attempt perpetrated by the Justice and Equality Movement which targeted Khartoum State, and described this attack as unjustifiable and not useful for realization of peace and stability in Darfur. In a statement it issued Sunday, the African Union Commission rejected the attempts to threaten security and the targeting of citizens, calling on all parties to stick to self restraint and to commit themselves to dialogue as the only means for ending the conflict in Darfur. "This attack can only further complicate the efforts aimed at finding a political solution to the crisis in Darfur and at promoting regional peace, security and stability", the statement stated. The African Union indicated that it will continue to monitor the situation and to contribute to reaching a speedy resolution of Darfur issue. Meanwhile, the statement said that the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Jean Ping, and the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Parmatane Lamamra, would visit Sudan in the coming few days. MO/MO

Cabinet Declares the End of Terrorist Campaign

Khartoum, May 11 (SUNA) - The government officially announced the end of the terrorist and sabotage plot which was targeted Omdurman and organized by Chad and led by the leader of the Justice and Equality Movement, Khalil Ibrahim. After the emergency sitting of the Council of Ministers Sunday evening, the State Minister at the Ministry of Information and Communication, Dr. Kamal Obeid, said that the Cabinet reviewed two reports of the Ministers of Defence and Interior, explaining that fifth columnists from inside were involved in the sabotage attempt. Dr. Obeid said that the Council of Ministers lauded the great role performed the Armed Forces and the security and police forces in defeating the attacking forces. MO/MO

President Al-Bashir Receives Calls from Sister Countries

Khartoum, May 11 (SUNA) - President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, Sunday evening received telephone calls with the Egyptian President, Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, the President of Yemen, Ali Abdalla Salih, the President of Congo, and Chairman of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Khalid Mishaal, through which they congratulated on abortion of the sabotage attempt in Omdurman, and affirmed their support to the peace and stability process in Sudan. Meanwhile, President Al-Bashir made calls with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahad bin Abdul-Aziz, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and the Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, and informed them on the situation in Sudan and dimension of the heinous sabotage attempt against Omdurman. MO/MO

Sudan Envoy to UN Conducts Contacts with Senior UN and Security Council on Incidents in Omdurman

New York, May 11 (SUNA) - The envoy of Sudan to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdul-Mahmoud Abdul-Halim, has conducted contacts with leading figures and advisors of the United Nations and the Ambassador of Britain and current chairman of the Security Council and informed them on the latest development and events in Sudan, involvement of Chad in the sabotage attempt in Omdurman city and the efforts of Sudan government to protect its citizens and homeland. He said in a press statement to SUNA, Ambassador Abdul-Halim said that his contacts began since arrival of reports on the events on the aggression, indicating that the Sudanese mission's contacts with the Security Council's members will continue and the concerned parties at the United Nation to convey information on the involvement of Chad in the aggression and its repeated violation of the several agreements that it has signed with Sudan. Ambassador Abdul-Halim said that Sudan will deliver an official complaint to the Security Council against Chad and its hostile practices that would lead to negative consequences on the situation and the peace process in Sudan. He said that the support of the Chadian government to the Justice and Equality Movement is not something new, referring to the existence of documented information in this regard at the hand of the UN Secretary General. Meanwhile, Sudan diplomatic mission to New York said that it received various contacts from members of the Sudanese community in the United States and other communities through which they condemned the sabotage attempt and declared their support to Sudan and its people and leaders. MO/MO

Dr. Kamal Obeid lauds the citizens' response to curfew

Khartoum, May 10 (SUNA) - State Minister at the Ministry of Information and Communications Dr. Kamal Obeid has lauded the citizens' response to the call by the Ministry of Interior for curfew as of 05:00 p.m. today to enable the security organs to perform their tasks to pursue the remnants of the mercenaries who infiltrated into the state, where they were repulsed. On his part, Chairman of the Agricultural Committee at the National Assembly Prof. Al-Amin Dafallah affirmed the capability of the people of Sudan to repulse any aggression. BT/BT

Remnants of infiltrators repulsed

Khartoum, May 10 (SUNA) - Police Spokesman Maj. Gen. Mohamed Abdel-Mageed Al-Tayeb has declared repulsing remnants of the forces of rebel Khalil Ibrahim that attempted to infiltrate to the capital and that among the killed were the commander of the infiltrated force Mohamed Salih Garbo and intelligence commander of the force Mohamed Anwar Nur-Eddin and a number of the infiltrators were captured. The Police Spokesman said the infiltrators abandoned their vehicles and entered the residential quarters, calling on the citizens to provide information about any suspected person. He affirmed that the authorities will be able during the rest of this day to reach the remaining pockets of the infiltrators, where a number of vehicles and defendants were arrested, who would face the legal measures. BT/BT

Armed Forces repulse infiltrators

Khartoum, May 10 (SUNA) - The Minister of Interior, Engineer Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid, announced that the Armed Forces, Police and other regular forces repulsed the infiltrated mercenaries, killing a number of them, including their commander known as Mohamed Salih Garbo at Goldair area at the entrance of Shiryan Al-Shamal Road. The Minister of Interior pointed out that the casualties of the infiltrators are currently being counted and would be announced later on. He urged the citizens to be cautious and immediately inform about any outlaw group. BT/BT

The Armed Forces issues statement

Khartoum, May 10 (SUNA) - The Armed Forces issued a statement on infiltration of some remnants of Justice and Equality Movement towards northern Omdurman after they were repulsed in Northern Kordofan. The statement said in continuation of the previous statement concerning movements by rebel Khalil Ibrahim and after confronting the rebel force in Northern Kordofan, some remnants of the rebel force infiltrated towards northern Omdurman, where they are confronted by the Armed Forces. The statement called on the citizens to be cautious and extend information that help in repulsing this rebel group.

Curfew declared from 05:00 p.m. today till 11:00 a.m. tomorrow

Khartoum, May 10 (SUNA) - The Ministry of Interior declared curfew in Khartoum State as of 05:00 p.m. today till 11:00 a.m. tomorrow and called on citizens to be cautious and to remain in their homes. A statement issued by the Ministry of Interior said that the Minister of Interior, Engineer Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid, calls on the citizens to be cautious and to remain at home as the forces are still dealing with the group of infiltrators and to provide any information that assist in the arrest of the rebel group. BT/BT

Sudanese rebels 'reach Khartoum'

JEM rebels in 2007
The JEM rebels are thought to have crossed into Sudan from bases in Chad

Sudanese troops have clashed with rebels from Darfur outside the capital, Khartoum, reports say, prompting an overnight curfew in the city.

The rebels announced that their forces had taken nearby Omdurman and were now fighting in the city, but the government said they had been defeated.

Sudan's army had been preparing for a possible attack on the capital after detecting a heavily-armed rebel column.

Correspondents say this is the closest the rebels have ever been to Khartoum.

A curfew has been imposed from 1700 local time (1400 GMT) until 0600 on Sunday, and roads and bridges over the Nile are reported to be closed.

The BBC's Amber Henshaw, in Khartoum, says the atmosphere in the city is tense.

Chad bases

Army vehicles and an attack helicopter were seen rushing towards the area of the fighting. It was not clear if there were any casualties.

Sudan map

The rebels, from the Justice and Equality Movement (Jem) also claimed to have taken the Wadi Saidna air force base about 10 miles north of Khartoum, although this was unconfirmed.

"We are now trying to control Khartoum," a Jem spokesman told Reuters news agency. "God willing we will take power, it's just a matter of time.

"We have support from inside Khartoum even from within the armed forces."

But a presidential spokesman later told the BBC the rebels had been defeated and the situation was under control.

The Jem is one of several rebel groups fighting the government and pro-government Janjaweed militia in the western Darfur region since 2003 over alleged discrimination by the authorities in favour of Arabs.

The rebels have been involved in raids on government forces in the area before.

An army spokesman said that the rebels had crossed into Sudan from bases in Chad, and had moved through Darfur towards Khartoum.

Released Sami Al-Haj and other Two Sudanese Detainees in Guantanamo Arrive in Khartoum

Khartoum, April 2 (SUNA)- Three Sudanese detainees in Guantanamo arrived in Khartoum in the early hours of Friday top of them was Aljazeera TV channel cameraman Sami Mohi-Eddin Mohamed Al-Haj, Amir Yagoub Mohamed Al-Amir, from Omdurman and Walid Mohamed Al-Haj Mohamed Ali from Haj Yousif area. The three released Sudanese detainees arrived on board of an American military plane. By the release of Sami Al-Haj, AmirYagoub and Walid Mohamed Al-Haj the number of the released Sudanese increased the number of the Sudanese detainees from Guantanamo to eight citizens, while four remained in detention including Ibrahim Osman, and Mohamed Nur Osman, both of them from the Red Sea, Mustafa Ibrahim Mustafa from Al-Managil area and Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud Al-Ghosi from Atbara and the later was presented before a military court. Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum Friday issued a statement indicating that the release of the Sudanese detainees took place in the context of the cooperation between US embassy and the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Intelligence and Security Service. The Embassy said that it wishes to express its sincere appreciation for the support and leadership of Foreign Minister Deng Alor and NISS Director Salah Abdullah Ghosh in successfully concluding this matter of great mutual concern MO/MO

Sami Al-Haj and two others detained in Guantanamou arrive in Khartoum Friday
Khartoum, May 1 (SUNA)- Three Sudanese detainees in Guantanamou arrive in Khartoum Friday top of them Aljazeera TV channel cameraman Sami Mohi-Eddin Mohamed Al-Haj, Amir Yagoub Mohamed Al-Amir, from Omdurman and Walid Mohamed Al-Haj Mohamed Ali from Haj Yousif area. SUNA notes that by release of the three, who will arrive on board of an American military plane, the number of the released Sudanese would increase to eight, while four remained including Ibrahim Osman, and Mohamed Nur Osman, both of them from the Red Sea, Mustafa Ibrahim Mustafa from Al-Managil area and Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud Al-Ghosi from Atbara and the later was presented before a military court. SUNA notes that the Sudanese-American dialogue started to bear fruits, including the release of the said detainees. The Executive Director of the International Civil Aid Organization, Hassan Saeed Al-Majamar, said the release of the three is a good step towards the release of the remaining four detainees. He reviewed the great efforts exerted by the organization a matter that led to the release of the three, expressing hope that the release would be start for the closure of Guantanamou detention. BT/BT
Rodolphe Adada lauds cooperation of Government of Sudan

Khartoum, April 30 (SUNA) - The United Nations-African Union Joint Special Representative for Darfur, Rodolphe Adada, has said that one should regard positively that the government of Sudan has accepted deployment of African troops as part of the agreements concluded with the United Nations and the African Union and that it prefers deployment should start from this point. He said the sole obstacle now was the delay in the deployment of these troops as the contributing countries are required to bring their troops with all their equipment, a matter that means that some African countries could not fulfill this directly. Adada said in reply to a question by SUNA on reports of setting up of UNAMID Friends Group and fears that this body would be another addition to the existing bodies that deal with Darfur issue that the UNAMID Friends which comprise US, Britain, France, Canada, Sweden and others would work to extend this support to the concerned African countries, affirming that this matter would be within the existing arrangements and that the UNAMID would submit this cost against its budget which was approved by the UN General Assembly. Mr. Adada lauded the ongoing efforts of the Government of Sudan in its talks with US and the United Kingdom and others, saying that he had met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Deng Alor, who affirmed to him that the government of Sudan is working now to improve its relations with these countries, a matter that would reflect positively on the peace efforts in Darfur. BT/BT

UNAMID Budget Rises to $1.7 bln in Next Year

Khartoum, April 30 (SUNA) - The budget of the United Nations and African Union Mission in Sudan (UNAMID) for June 2008- June 2009 is expected to be $1.7 billion instead of $1.27 billion of the previous year. The organization said that since this mission is considered the biggest UN mission for peace realization its budget should cope with the mission's size. The African Union-United Nations Joint Special Representative for Darfur, Rodolphe Adada said that UNAMID does not face any financial constraints according to the budget that the UN General Assembly ratified. BH/BT

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