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Additional Loan Agreement of 104 Million Dollars for White Nile Sugar Project Signed

 Khartoum, Oct. 19 (SUNA) - An additional loan of agreement of 104 million dollars was signed initially by the government and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development. Al-Tayeb Mustafa Abu-Ganaya signed for the government of Sudan and Dr. Saad Akasha signed for the fund, in the presence of the Ministers of Finance and Industry. The Minister of Finance, Dr. Awad Ahmed Al-Jaz, has appreciated the role of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development in support of the development in Sudan. The Minister of Industry, Dr. Jalal Yousif Al-Degair, said that the White Nile Sugar project aims to produce 500,000 tons of sugar, 100 millions tons of ethanol and 25,000 tons of cash crops.

Commenting on the withdrawal of the SPLM parliamentarian block from the parliament, Dr Ghazi: the talk of the Movement about draft review and its inhibition of the parliamentarian work is a contradiction in position

Khartoum, Oct 19 (SUNA) - The Head of the parliamentarian bloc of the National Congress Party (NCP)within the National Assembly, Dr Ghazi Salahudin Atabani, has said he considers the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) demand for speedy review of the draft bills while at the same time impeding the work of the National Assembly by staying away from parliamentary work, contradiction in positions

 

Dr Ghazi has meanwhile stressed the core of parliamentary process being debate and discussions in an attempt to reconcile different views to the benefit of the homeland, thus any violation of those traditions would only be a bad practice

 

Commenting on the withdrawal of the SPLM bloc from the parliament and their boycotting of the session for one week, on the ground of lack of ratification of some draft bills relevant to democratic transformation, Dr Ghazi said the use of the tool of preconditions by one parliamentary block against another contradicts the core principle of the idea of the parliament

 

Ghazi said there was no clause within the CPA or the Interim Constitution that is relevant to the law of the public shura (consultancy)

 

Ghazi pointed out to the repeated objections of the SPLM against the agreement reached by the Vice President of the SPLM, Dr Rick Machar, and the Vice President of the Republic, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, reflects an internal problem

 

He said the important thing is that agreement should be honored

 

He said they would be keen to contact the SPLM to convince it into reconsidering its decision and to return back to the parliament and debate with good intent

Dr Ghazi Salahuddin comments on newly decalred American Strategy on Sudan, says concerned bodies will study it carefully and announce a final position

Khartoum, Oct 19 (SUNA) - The Presidential Advisor and responsible for the Darfur dossier in the Government, Dr Ghazi Salahuddin has pointed out that concerned bodies in the Government of National Unity would study carefully the declared American strategy towards the Sudan before stating final position therein

 

Dr Ghazi told a press briefing on Monday that it was also noted that the strategy has been void of talk about some of the fundamental ideas that were propagated by some circles such as the imposition of sanction on the Sudan, sanctions that would go from military intervention up to imposition of no flight zone

 

Dr Ghazi said this was a very important development, reflecting the new trend in the policy of President Obama

 

Dr Ghazi also said it was noted that the strategy, the declaration of which was delayed, received the support of all the teams concerned with the Sudanese affairs and we hope that this would result in an end to the contention within the establishment of the American Administration towards the Sudan and would allow the American officials think with one mind and talk with one tongue

 

Dr Ghazi said it was regrettable that the administration has been insisting on the use of genocide term

 

He has however stressed that this was a matter that concerns the Americans, but it does not reflect the reality on the ground

 

He said "we would only like to pinpoint that the American administration will find itself isolated before all the countries and peoples of the world about the description of the facts in the ground in Darfur

 

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The strategy, he stressed, was void of any tangible steps that the American administration would commit itself to it

 

He said the administration has presumed that actions should come only from the part of the Sudanese government and that the role of the American administration would only be to assess these actions and to reply to them

 

Dr Ghazi said the Sudanese people believe that the Sudanese problems could be resolvedly by the Sudanese themselves and the government would be working according to these principles but that it would accept all sincere contribution that would help resolve these problems

 

Dr Ghazi underlined that the interaction of the government of the Sudan the United States of America would be accordingly, bound in this by the Sudanese lofty principles and Sudanese National interests

 

He said we realize the difference between sayings and deeds and we hope the detailed application of the American strategy would be better than the theoretical contents, saying we will follow the implementation in an interaction methodology that focus on the practical results

Obama: US shifting policy toward Sudan

Obama to offer incentives to Sudanese government

Updated: Monday, 19 Oct 2009, 12:42 PM CDT
Published : Monday, 19 Oct 2009, 9:45 AM CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Monday that the U.S. is shifting its policy toward Sudan, offering the government incentives if it takes steps to improve the human suffering there and work toward internal peace.

But sanctions and pressure from the international community will follow if Sudan does not follow that path, Obama said.

The president said he will soon renew tough sanctions against the government of President Omar al-Bashir, whom the International Criminal Court has charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes for allegedly masterminding deadly attacks throughout Sudan's Darfur region.

"If the government of Sudan acts to improve the situation on the ground and to advance peace, there will be incentives. If it does not, then there will be increased pressure imposed by the United States and the international community," Obama said. "As the United States and our international partners meet our responsibility to act, the government of Sudan must meet its responsibilities to take concrete steps in a new direction."

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced details of the new approach at the State Department, which considers Sudan a "state sponsor of terrorism." ''Sitting on the sidelines is not an option," said Clinton, who was joined by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Scott Gration, the president's special envoy to Sudan.

"It is up to us and our partners in the international community to make a concerted and sustained effort to help bring lasting peace and stability to Sudan and avoid more of the conflict that has produced a vast sea of human misery and squandered the potential and security of a vital region of the world."

The U.N. says the conflict in Darfur has claimed at least 300,000 lives as a result of violence, disease and displacement since February 2003, when ethnic African rebels took up arms against the Arab-dominated Sudanese government in Khartoum, claiming discrimination and neglect. Some 2.7 million fled their homes. At its peak in 2003-2005, the situation was called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Obama has labeled the conflict in Darfur as genocide.

Asked to justify how Obama can work more closely with someone he believes is guilty of genocide, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said: "The president still believes that. But what we're trying to do is seek a comprehensive solution to this problem that again addresses both the humanitarian crisis that has happened and is ongoing in Darfur, as well as a comprehensive peace between the North and South."

Obama said the U.S. and the international community must act "with a sense of urgency and purpose," a sentiment that was underscored when Darfur peacekeepers reported a sizable and unusual increase in military activity by Sudanese government forces and a Darfur rebel group in northern Darfur.

The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur expressed grave concern about the build up "as it may signal the impending start of a new cycle of armed confrontations in the area." Mission spokesman Kemal Saiki said peacekeepers in the area have seen a buildup of military material and personnel as well as digging of trenches by government forces and rebels from the Sudan Liberation Army-Abdul Wahid faction.

In Khartoum, Ghazi Salah Eddin Atabani, a senior adviser to al-Bashir and the government's point man on Darfur, appeared on Sudanese TV and contrasted the new U.S. policy with its more "extremist" past.

"We hope that this will end the debate among U.S. officials and we hope that now they will think with one mind and speak with one tongue," he said.

Rice and Gration have clashed over how far to engage al-Bashir. Gration publicly has argued for a less strict line toward al-Bashir, who he has told officials is the key to resolving the situations in Darfur and in southern Sudan, which in 2005 signed a provisional peace deal with the government in Khartoum, ending Africa's longest-running civil war. Rice favored taking a harder line approach.

The new policy is designed to bring Khartoum into the fold by offering incentives for improvements in the situation in Darfur and in southern Sudan, which is scheduled in 2011 to hold a referendum on succession, they said.  Click to Watch Video

Call for holding the elections and the referendum on time

Khartoum, Oct 16 (SUNA)- The Grouping of the Political parties and Organizations, has called on the two main parties to the Government of National Unity to do their best for holding the elections and the referendum on time saying the process constitutes the basis for the stability of the country

 

The Chairman of the Grouping, Abood Jabir, has agreed that the best formula is to hold the referendum by an elected government as this would be a responsibility that should be shouldered by a government elected by the Sudanese people

 

He urged the political parties to overcome their differences and sit down for discussion to achieve national accord needed for the success of the election and the referendum process

 

He said the preparations taken by some political parties for the process were weak. He urged the signatory of the Juba conference recommendations to reconsider the timetable and the objective aspects of the declarations and their relevance to the situation on the ground

Dr Ghazi Salahuddin return home ending a two day visit to Asmara

Khartoum, Oct. 16 (SUNA)- The Advisor to the President of the Republic, responsible for the Darfur Dossier, Dr Ghazi Salahuddin and the accompanying delegation, returned home Friday after a two day official visit to Eritrea where he met with President Asias Afewerki and a number of senior Eritrean political officials

 

Dr Ghazi met with presidential Advisor Yamani Ghabriab, the head of the Political affairs in the ruling Eritrean People Front for Democracy and Justice, and with Advisor Abdullah Mohamed Jabir, and the head of the Political Affairs in the Ruling Party

 

Dr Ghazi and Yameni held a lengthy round of talks that lasted for over two hours at Asmara Hotel during which they reviewed bilateral relations and means of boosting them

 

In a press statement at the end of the meeting, Dr Ghazi said the two sides reviewed in details the issues that had been discussed with President Asias Afwerki particularly boosting of bilateral relations in the economic, political, popular and humanitarian domains

 

He said the two sides agreed on invigoration of cooperation between the two countries and coordination in regional fora and in realization of peace and security in the region

 

Ghazi said he has briefed the Eritrean side on the efforts exerted for the realization of peace in Darfur. He said the two sides have reached understandings on the issues reviewed. On his part, Ghabriab has stated that the visit has come on time and that the two sides have agreed to take specific steps for the development of the bilateral relations in the various domains

 

Ghabriab has said Eritrea was of the view that the issue of Darfur should be resolved by the Sudanese people. He said his country supports the current political talks being organized in Doha between the government of the Sudan and the Darfur rebel movements

The UNHCR main donors' delegation ends its visit to the country

Khartoum, Oct 16 (SUNA) - The delegation of the main donors for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees ended its seven day visit to the Sudan during which it was briefed on the refugees programmes in the Sudan and the assistance provided by the UNHCR in Eastern Sudan and in Darfur area

 

The UNHCR commissioner Peter de Clerq has pointed out in a press statement that the delegation held talks with government officials, UN representatives and partners of the non governmental organizations NGOS and also listen to some individual refugees and internally displaced persons in the areas visited

 

He said the delegation visited refugee camps in Faw -5, Shigrab, Um Gadoor, Wad Sharifai which are camps hosting over 350 thousand refugees. It also paid a visit to southern Sudan where it inspect ed the voluntary return programmes implementation as well as the reintegration prorammes in Juba and in Abyei. It also got acquainted with the rapid intervention operations currently underway and which benefits refugees from the Republic of Congo

 

The group also visited West Darfur state where it got acquainted with the situation of the internally displaced persons in the area of Genaina and Habila The delegation includes beside Sudanese government, and UNHCR officials, the representatives of Canada, EC, Finland, France,. Germany, France, Japan, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America

Sudanese Qatari police cooperation

Khartoum, Oct 16 (SUNA) - The Minister of Interior Ibrahim Mahmood Hamid has reviewed with Qatari State Minister for Interior sheikh Abdalla Bin Nassir Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the domains of cooperation between the two brotherly countries and issues of mutual interest and ways to boost cooperation in the various domain

 

The Minister, Hamid, has expressed Sudan's appreciation for the Qatari efforts aimed to bring peace and stability in Darfur and the Qatari hosting of the Doha peace talks between the government of Sudan and the Darfur rebel movements

 

The two sides also reviewed a number of issues that are of relevance to the security of the two countries and topics related to the Sudanese community of expatriates in Qatar

 

The two sides have also agreed to cooperate in the technical domains related to police, traffic police, and the civil registrar, passports and training of cadres

 

The Qatari official has commended the professionalism and the deeply rooted experience of the Sudanese police force that dates back to over a hundred years

Vice President inaugurate the Islamic Insurance Tower in Khartoum

Khartoum, Ooct. 15 (SUNA)- The Vice President of the Republic, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha on Thursday inaugurated the Islamic Insurance Tower in Khartoum in the presence of the Minister for Finance Dr Awad Al Jazz and Prince Mohamed Al Faisal Al Saoud the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Faisal Islamic Bank, and a number of officials and economic experts.

First Vice-President Returns to Juba after a Visit to Uganda

Khartoum, Oct. 9 (SUNA)- The First Vice - President of the Republic and President of the Government of South Sudan (GoSS), Salva Kiir, Friday evening returned to Juba after a two-day visit to the Republic of Uganda during which he held talks with President Yoweri Museveni. In a statement to the press upon return to Juba, Kiir said that the enemies of peace are circulating ill-intentioned rumours via deceptive media to create sedition between the people of Sudan, especially between the northerners and southerners, and with the aim to complicate the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). He called on the citizens of south Sudan to respect their northern brothers and to protect their properties because they are people of one nation. Meanwhile, Kiir said that his visit to Uganda was a successful one and came in response to an official invitation from the Uganda President Museveni. He said that held in Kampala a series of meetings toward boosting the implementation of joint projects between Sudan and Uganda, with concentration on the economic and trade relations between Uganda and south Sudan.

State Minister at Ministry of Sciences and Technology Participates at Sixth International Conference of Science and Technology in Japan

Khartoum, Oct. 9 (SUNA) - The State Minister at the Ministry of Sciences and Technology, Dr. Eissa Bushra, Thursday evening returned from Japan after participating at the Sixth International Science and Technology Conference. In a statement to SUNA, the minister said that the conference was successful in boosting the cooperation between the European and Arab countries. Dr. Bushra indicated that more than 85 countries, international and regional organizations, and more than 800 experts have participated in the conference. He said that the conference was one of the most important forums that discussed major issues like nuclear power, sciences and technology and climate change, adding that the conferees affirmed the important role of sciences and technology for solving the international economic crisis.

Government Calls on the International Community to Pressure Security Council to Discuss Justice Goldstone Report on Gaza Crimes

Khartoum, Oct. 9 (SUNA) - The government has called on the international community urge the Security Council to hold an emergency and open sitting to discuss the report of Justice Richard Goldstone on the Israeli war crimes in Gaza. In a statement to SUNA, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Muawiya Osman Khalid, said that the Security Council should be the first circle to discuss this extremely important report in realization of the basic objectives of the Security Council for realizing international security, peace and justice and ruling in the crimes against humanity which are being committed by Israel against the Palestinian people. The ministry's spokesman said that the Libyan call for urgent reviewing of Justice Goldstone should be given quick response and be discussed at the levels at the Security Council, the UN Human Rights Council and the United Nations. He stressed that withdrawal of this report is a serious act that will allow Israel to carry on exterminating the Palestinian people. The government also called on the member states in the Non Aligned Movement, the G 77 and China. The Islamic, Arab and African groups to exercise all means of pressure toward pushing ahead Justice Goldstone report in an urgent and extensive manner.

Commission for Humanitarian Aid in West Darfur State Affirms Stability of Humanitarian Situation

Genaina, Oct. (SUNA) - The Commission for Humanitarian Aid in West Darfur State has affirmed the stability of the security situation in West Darfur State as a result of the efforts of the national unity government, the coordination of the security, humanitarian and political roles and reactivation of the tribal reconciliation and peaceful co-existence programmes. In a statement to SUNA, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid in West Darfur State, Mohamed Hassan Awad, said that the commission has mapped out integrated humanitarian programmes for the displaced and affected citizens in the state especially at the voluntary return villages He said that these programmes aim to support the stability, rehabilitation and development at the voluntary return villages. Awad referred to the programmes and plans which were agreed upon by the government of Sudan and the United Nations for moving from the stage of relief delivery to the phase of implementing rehabilitation and development projects.

Dr. Ismail Meets President of Niger

Niami, Oct 8 (SUNA) - President of Niger, Mamadu Tanga received here Thursday, the Presidential Advisor, Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail who conveyed to him a verbal message from the President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir dealing with the bilateral relations linking the two countries and means for promoting them further

 

Dr. Ismail briefed the President of Niger on the developments of the situation in Sudan and the ongoing efforts to reach a peaceful settlement to the issue of Darfur, expressing hope that the distinguished relations linking Niger with Sudan and Chad will contribute to improve relations between Sudan and Chad

 

President of Niger, on his part, affirmed the deeply-rooted and distinguished relations between Sudan and Niger and accepted an invitation to visit Sudan extended by President Al-Bashir

 

The Presidential Advisor also met with the Foreign Minister of Niger and briefed her on the situation in Sudan, appreciating Niger's support to Sudan in the regional and international arenas

 

Dr. Ismail left from Niger to Burkina Faso to participate in the Summit on the Sustainable Development and the Climatic Change, representing the President of the Republic

Third General Conference of the National Congress concludes sessions and issues its resolutions

Khartoum, Oct. 3 (SUNA)- The Third General Conference of the National Congress concluded sessions here on Saturday and issued its resolutions

 

The resolutions said after a review of he recommendations tabled by the shura council, the 3rd general congress has endorsed Field Marshal Omar Al Bashir as the Chairman of the National Congress party for a new term 2010 to 2013

 

The second decision was that the general conference has decided to nominate Field Marshal Omar Al Bashir as the party candidate for the coming presidential elections to be held in 2010

 

It also approved the nomination of the members of the shura council at the national levels who have been democratically elected

 

The congress also decided to endorse the statement delivered by the chairman of national congress as an official document

 

It also approved the recommendations that have been reached by the various political, economic, and social committees

 

It decided that the coming session of the general congress would take place in October 2011

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