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SPLM Dissatisfied With African Union Darfur Recommendation

SPLM Dissatisfied With African Union Darfur Recommendation

Sudan's People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) says it is displeased with a proposal by African leaders to end the conflict in Sudan's restive Darfur region.

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The African leaders under the auspices of the African Union recommended the setting up of a special court including foreign judges to prosecute those behind the Darfur atrocities.

Sudan's Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha welcomed the recommendation and called for more scrutiny to ensure it does not contravene Sudan's constitution.

But the SPLM called the recommendation a compromise of the atrocities against the people of Darfur.

Yien Matthew Chol, the SPLM's spokesman said that the people of Darfur need justice.

"The Sudan People's Liberation Movement the SPLM does not buy the so-called AU African leaders report. Justice cannot be compromised this is to our conviction as SPLM and SPLM had a clear and plain stance on Darfur," Chol said.

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He said the SPLM supports negotiations to resolve the Darfur crisis.

"(We) call for first of all unification of Dafuri movements and crystallization of the agendum for a peaceful negotiation," he said.

Chol said the African Union didn't tackle the fundamental problem of Darfur.

"The African wise leaders did not by all means address the reality of Darfuri problemā€¦ therefore we see their attempt as compromising the issue rather than addressing the root causes of the problem and war in Darfur. As such it will be very difficult for the SPLM to buy such a strangeā€¦idea," Chol said.

He said the continental body's recommendations weren't obvious enough on Darfur.

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"What is it that they are trying to do? What is the hybrid tribunal court? Can they guarantee justice in Sudan?" he asked.

Chol wondered what the continental body would do about the indictment on embattled President Hassan Al-Bashir.

"Who in Sudan or any of these African countries will catch President Al-Bashir and take him to the court whether it is a local court or an international court? This is the question to be answered," he said.

He said the special court recommendation would undermine The Hague- based International Criminal Court.

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