4 February 2013

Sudan Objects to Uganda's Election At the OIC

Khartoum — The Sudanese government voiced its objection to Uganda's election to a senior position at Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) during its ministerial meeting in Cairo, Sudan state media reported.

Egypt was elected as President of the OIC commission's office with Palestine, Pakistan and Uganda as members and Senegal as rapporteur.

Sudan's representative at the OIC Abdel-Hafiz Ibrahim, who is also its ambassador in Saudi Arabia, said in remarks at the meeting that his country made its views known in writing on Uganda's ascension to this position calling it a violation of the organization's charter.

Ibrahim asked that Sudan's reservations be included as part of the meeting's minutes.

Khartoum and Kampala have a long history of troubled relations over alleged support to rebel groups on each side of the borders.

Kampala says that Khartoum is providing support and refuge to the notorious Ugandan rebels Lord Resistance Army (LRA) even after South Sudan's secession created a buffer zone between Sudan and Uganda.

Khartoum on the other hand says that Kampala has become a safe harbor for Sudanese rebel leaders. A recent report published on McClatchy by Alan Boswell speaks of seeing munitions crates carried the tag of the Ugandan Ministry of Defense in the hands of Sudan people Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in South Kordofan.

Last month Sudanese opposition parties and rebel groups signed a charter in Kampala putting their stated goal to topple the Khartoum government via different political and military means.

This triggered Sudan to lodge three complaints against Uganda with the African Union (AU), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).

But Uganda's foreign affairs state minister Henry Okello Oryem at the time dismissed the allegations calling it "the usual Sudanese rubbish".

Cairo will be hosting leaders from 56 countries which make up the OIC at the summit which is set to start on Wednesday.

About 26 heads of state from the member states, including Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir, have confirmed their participation in the summit.

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