Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

14 November 2012

Sudan: Arman - 'Regime Is Facing Internal Crisis'

London — Yasir Arman, secretary-general of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, claims some Arab countries from the Gulf region are attempting to convince the National Congress Party (NCP) to change its leadership, after hearing that President Bashir's health is deteriorating , Radio Dabanga has learned on Wednesday November 14.

The Sudanese president travelled to Saudi Arabia for surgery last week after which rumours started spreading that the regime is facing an internal crisis and conflict between different wings of the party.

The secretary-general described the current attempts to change the regime's leadership as 'not in the best interest of the Sudanese people'. Additionally, he stated that the NCP should not be offered to choose an alternative for president Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court.

'Regime change required'

The secretary-general stressed that focus on changing the entire regime is required, and not to focus on changing the regime's leadership only. He stated: "we do not have animosity towards any individual, whether Bashir or other political figures; our animosity is against the repressive dictatorship which proved to be a complete failure. The dictatorship continues their genocide in Darfur, Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile and is responsible for the separation of the south."

Additionally, he described the the regime as 'useless' and responsible for dividing Sudan even more. Arman said it requires efforts from a unified opposition to topple the regime in Khartoum.

'War crimes and massacres'

On the other hand, he stated that the regime denies humanitarian aid accesss to the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile for more than 17 months now, which affects more than half a million people. He added that the people are exposed to aerial bombadments on a daily basis, describing the bombardments as 'war crimes' and the killing of unarmed civilians in Darfur as 'massacres'. Arman continued by saying "there are peacekeeping forces in Darfur, eventhough there is no peace to keep".

Lastly, Arman described the fourth follow-up meeting of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur as a 'failure' and the agreement itself as 'dead'.

He called on all the people of Darfur to support the SRF and work together to overthrow the regime in Khartoum by going out into the streets in an organized manner.

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