SUDAN WATCH: Sudanese President Bashir directs governors in Darfur to expel foreigners who do not support the elected government

Monday, August 09, 2010

Sudanese President Bashir directs governors in Darfur to expel foreigners who do not support the elected government



Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir waves to Darfur's tribes during a rally to support the Darfur peace talk, in Khartoum Friday, 06 August 2010. (REUTERS/Mohamed Nurdldin Abdallah)

President Bashir Threatens To Expel International Aid Agencies In Darfur
Source: SRS - Sudan Radio Service
Date: Monday, 9 August 2010
(Khartoum) - President Omar al-Bashir has threatened to expel international aid agencies in Darfur.

The threat follows UNAMID’s unwillingness to hand over six IDPs accused of instigating violence in the Kalma camp in South Darfur.

Al-Bashir made the declaration during a recent ceremony held for Darfur leaders in Khartoum on Saturday.

[Al Bashir] “We would like to tell those who have come to help us in Darfur, be it the international NGOs, UNAMID, or the AU, that they should support the elected government, they should remember that there is an elected president and governors and representatives in the newly-elected government. They should know that Sudan has not collapsed. I would therefore like to direct the governors in Darfur to expel the people who are not going to mind their own business. If you came across the likes of those please just expel them the same day and then notify me later.”

Al-Bashir assured the people of Darfur that the government will end the war in the region and promised security in the area.

[Al-Bashir] “We have decided to end the war in Darfur and to secure all the three states of Darfur, and now, as most of you might have heard, we have a new strategy through which we are trying to solve the Darfur crisis not just to take Darfur back to what it was before the war but to make it an even better Darfur.”

However the head of the hybrid peacekeeping operation said on Sunday that UNAMID’s refusal to hand over six IDPs wanted by the government should not damage relations between his mission and the host country.
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