GI-NET/SDC: SUDAN’S PRESIDENT BASHIR EXPANDS VIOLENCE TO BLUE NILE WHILE U.S. STANDS SILENT

(Washington, DC) – Tom Andrews, President of Genocide Intervention Network/Save Darfur Coalition issued this statement today following reports of attacks by Sudan government forces in Blue Nile, Sudan: “The United States and international community’s inaction is allowing Sudan’s president and wanted war criminal Omar al-Bashir to spread his campaign of violence from Darfur to Abyei, South Kordofan and now into Blue Nile.  Despite reports of ethnic targeting, indiscriminate bombing that is maiming and killing civilians, and massive displacement leaving hundreds of thousands in critical need of humanitarian aid, our government remains largely on the sidelines.  It is past time for President Obama and Secretary Clinton to demonstrate moral leadership and act swiftly to stop Bashir’s assaults and ensure lifesaving humanitarian aid for the many women, men and children who desperately need it.” Background: According to the SPLM-N, the political wing of the SPLA, the Sudanese army and allied militias carried out an attack on SPLA-N positions in Blue Nile’s capital of Damazin early on Friday targeting the residence of Malik Agar, the Governor of Blue Nile and Chairman of the SPLM-N, as well as the position of the commander of special joint units in Damazin. Blue Nile, like Abyei and South Kordofan, was a focal point during the 22 year civil war between the North and South.  According to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the war and led to South Sudan’s independence, Abyei (which has been occupied by the Sudanese Army) was to hold a referendum over whether it would join the South and both Blue Nile and South Kordofan were to remain in the North but carry out ill-defined “popular consultations”. Amid continuing attacks in South Kordofan and frustration in Blue Nile, that process has been suspended. The tense atmosphere in Blue Nile has mirrored that of South Kordofan in the weeks before violence broke out and during the past several months, both sides have significantly increased their military presence.

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