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    Bashir Seeks to 'Liberate' South Sudan

    Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir speaks at the National Congress Party headquarters in Khartoum, April 18, 2012. Addressing a youth rally, Bashir threatened to overthrow the government of South Sudan.
    Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir speaks at the National Congress Party headquarters in Khartoum, April 18, 2012. Addressing a youth rally, Bashir threatened to overthrow the government of South Sudan.

    Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has vowed to remove South Sudan's ruling party from power, as tension between the countries continues to escalate.

    Addressing a rally in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, Wednesday, Bashir said Sudan's "main goal" is to, in his words, liberate South Sudan's people from the ruling SPLM party.

    He spoke after Sudanese and South Sudanese forces battled overnight near the town of Meiram, located in Sudan's Southern Kordofan state.

    The sides have fought a series of clashes along their border, raising fears of a full-scale war.  Sudan is demanding southern forces leave the town of Heglig, which they occupied last week.  The south has condemned Sudan for a series of airstrikes.

    The countries have been unable to resolve disputes over borders, oil, and citizenship stemming from the south's independence last July.

    Speaking in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa Wednesday, an adviser to Bashir, Mustafa Osman, said Sudan wants to settle the issues through negotiations but is facing demands for action from the public.

    He said the army is ready to recapture Heglig, which produces about half of Sudan's oil.

    After discussing the Sudan crisis on Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council said it will make "every effort" to get sides to end the conflict and return to negotiations.

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    by: Michael alier
    April 19, 2012 5:09 AM
    Bashir knows he not sudanese or nor president because his never been elected official so pls don,t call him president my message to all arabs in sudan go back where you came from and we will you leave the hell alone.

    by: Aquot Alier
    April 18, 2012 9:12 PM
    Bashir does not know that Sudanese troops do not want war. It is believed to be one of the reasons why they withdraw from Heglig. Also, president Bashir and officials were warned recently by 7 generals in the Sudan millitary not to beat the drum of war with South Sudan. These generals knew that the sudan army was badly strech by the rebel movements and another front line would give rebels a chance to get rid of the government in Khartoum.

    by: Abusitta
    April 18, 2012 12:17 PM
    No more fighting between neighbours for nothing, the blood must stop.

    by: Ali
    April 18, 2012 11:57 AM
    Arabs can talk and everyone knows that but they are very poor in action. Bashir, be watchful that you are not captured alive :) Barking of a dog can never hinder the journey of a caravan.

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