Old Habits Die Hard: The National Congress Party is Back to Its Outmoded Tactics—
By: Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
It seems that, as the Sudanese folk parable goes, the ruling National Congress Party’s (NCP’s) Halima has returned to its old habits of warfare assaults on civilian population in
Over the past few weeks, it has continued using its military might of aerial bombardment of
Mig 29 fighter jets, Antanov bombers and helicopter gunships
destroying villages and hamlets, terrorizing inhabitants, killing the vulnerable and
driving thousands of people from their homes
Liberation Movement (SLM), Unity faction attacked an army base in the Kordofan region next to
, which they said was the logistical and supply centre for ongoing attacks in
The rebels said that they cannot afford to take the defensive posture whilst the GOS forces continue warfare assaults on their civilian population in
. “Victory seems to lie in the offensive posture”, one commander is reported to have said.
rebel movements understandably will not remain indifferent toward the army attacks on unarmed citizens of
The government of
wedded to the outmoded tactics by restarting to play the cat – and – mouse game with the
rebel movements. It has intensified attacks against the rebel held liberated territories as expected. This kind of behaviour is concordant with what we saw in 2006 when the regime used to launch onslaughts against rebel positions prior to each round of negotiations. This is a calculated tactic to cause delay, buy time and prolong the suffering of the people of
beyond the limit of their endurance to make them surrender under pressure.
They are mistaken; the courage and sacrifice of rebels inspired by the just cause of the people of
will continue to disrupt enemy attacks with resultant crushing defeat eventually in grueling triumphant battlefields.
It is regrettable that this pathetic tyrant regime exploits young Sudanese men as soldiers to fight their fellow compatriots in an unjust warfare with tremendous loss of life. However, in some battles, there is evidence that scores of soldiers from marginalized background changed allegiance to the regime and defected to the rebel side. Moreover, many army officers assertively said
that the priorities of the Sudanese Armed Forces should have been to restore the Sudanese territories annexed by foreign troops from neighboring countries by force rather than killing innocent citizens in
. Those officers were arrested and summarily sentenced to imprisonment.
The regime failed to learn lessons from its recent past blunders that led to the infamous Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) that was forced hastily to be signed by only one rebel movement faction in Abuja, Nigeria in May 2006.
and the movements are familiar with the negotiating style of the GOS which is characterized by preconditions and exaggerated rhetorics to show toughness, prevarication, intimidation and demonstation of military might.
We are all too familiar with how the Khartoum government attempts to exploit divisions among negotiating opponents and how it relies on uncompromising official position to draw out concessions as part of the end game of the negotiation, not to mention its continuous use of inducement and bribery so as to achieve the ends.
Observers think that given current circumstances in which the UN
is authorized by
the provisions of resolution 1769 (2007),
Operation will take place in bid to resolve
Conflict. The Council urged the Sudanese Government and all rebel groups to negotiate a permanent political settlement to the dispute in
, demanding that those parties fulfill their international obligations under relevant agreements and Council resolutions. The Council, acting under
Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, authorized
UNAMID to take the necessary action to support implementation of the
Peace Agreement, as well as to protect its personnel and civilians “without prejudice to the responsibility of the Government of
”. Government of
seems to have misinterpreted at best or misunderstood at worst the previous clause when boastfully insisted that the DPA will be the
basis of the forthcoming
The government of
got it wrong and unfortunately
gives wrong signals to bamboozle adversaries and associates likewise.
rebel movements, namely Justice and Equality Movement
(JEM) and SLM-Unity are prepared to enter into peace negotiations with NCP Government. Whilst doing so, they reiterate what they have said in their
The demands of the people of
are neither prohibitive nor unreasonable. They are the basic rights of a citizen in any civilized nation that respects and cares for its people. One would wonder what would it matter if
one region similar to the
? Would it matter if the people of
demand to have their carved out territory restored to the borders of 1956? Furthermore, one would like to understand why the Government of
is unwilling to allow the people of
have a fair share power, wealth and enjoy security like other citizens elsewhere? Isn’t it ludicrous and unjust for the Government of
to deny the innocent non-combatant
civilians’ compensation for the suffering they endured through loss of loved ones, property, livestock and personal injuries? Isn’t it a fair demand to ask the Government of
to reconstruct the war-ravaged infrastructure that was already fragile and meagre?’
The grim truth is that mere war cannot bring about peace to the people of
. The reign of terror practised by the National Congress Party regime must cease. In
neither winners nor losers.
Sadly, there are only
victims. The UN-AU Special envoys need to construct a better strategy to conduct
serious peace negotiations under the auspices of a fair and impartial Mediation team.
regime has no choice but to pursue negotiations
. It is imperative on the regime to have the issue of
peace be settled. The NCP can neither dictate the venue for the upcoming
peace negotiations nor can it hold the world in a hostage situation and play the cat – and mouse game continuously. Can the clever mouse elude the cantankerous cat for good? That is the question!
Deputy Chairman of the General for the Justice & Equality Movement (JEM)