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06KHARTOUM2454
2006-10-05 10:35:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Khartoum
Cable title:  

DESPERATE ABDULWAHID THREATENS WAR IN KHARTOUM

Tags:   PGOV  PREL  SU  ER 
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P 051035Z OCT 06 ZDK ZDK 2ND TIME
FM AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4864
INFO RUCNFUR/DARFUR COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RHMFISS/CJTF HOA PRIORITY
						C O N F I D E N T I A L KHARTOUM 002454 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR AF/SPG
NSC FOR COURVILLE AND SHORTLEY

E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/04/2016
TAGS: PGOV PREL SU ER
SUBJECT: DESPERATE ABDULWAHID THREATENS WAR IN KHARTOUM

REF: A. KHARTOUM 02416


B. KHARTOUM 02434

Classified By: DCM R. Powers, Reason: Sections 1.4 (b) and (d).



1. (U) In a September 28 article in the pan-Arab daily
"Asharq Al Awsat," Abdulwahid Al Nur vowed to continue the
struggle in Darfur until the Sudanese government grants
political rights to the people of the region and recognizes
it as a single entity, disarms government-backed militias,
allows the return of internally displaced persons, and
provides compensation to victims. "We are ready to fight not
only in Darfur but to shift the war to the heart of
Khartoum," he threatened.



2. (U) Abdulwahid also underscored his support for an
Eritrean government role in organizing a conference for
Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) non-signatories and in finding a
solution to the Darfur crisis. He said that he was
"astonished" at President Bashir's rejection of a role for
Asmara. "We believe that Eritrea could be a neutral
mediator," he said. "The Eritrean government supports a
political and just resolution to the problem of Darfur, and
all the parties have deep trust in Eritrea...We will not
accept any initiative that distances our Eritrean brothers
from the mediation."



3. (C) Comment: As reported reftel, Abdulwahid's recent
overtures to the National Redemption Front (NRF) and the
Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and his efforts to stymie
a constructive conference of non-signatories are a desperate
attempt to maintain his political influence despite his loss
of public support. Abdulwahid's latest comments are further
indication of this trend. End comment.
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