Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir ruled out on Wednesday the possibility of holding peace talks with the head of the Darfur rebel group that staged a daring assault close to the capital that killed more than 200 people last weekend.For a little country whose primary resource is the ingenuity of its people; how on earth did it get the reputation of being the paymaster to the world?
The UN and African Union have tried for months to open new peace talks between Sudan and Darfur rebel groups after a previous peace agreement failed to stem the violence. But most rebel chiefs, including Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) leader Khalil Ibrahim, have boycotted the initiative and security has further deteriorated.
JEM stunned the Sudanese government with Saturday's attack on the city of Omdurman, located next to the capital Khartoum. Ibrahim is still believed to be hiding there, and told AP by telephone Monday that his fighters would keep up their offensive.
They accused the Khartoum regime of stonewalling the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force that would try to establish security before peace talks. At a rally orchestrated by the government Wednesday in Khartoum, al-Bashir called Ibrahim "an agent...Who sold himself to the devil and to Zionism.”
"We are for peace and a peaceful solution, but there is no room for Khalil or agents like Khalil, who sold his cause, his people, his tribe and his region," Al-Bashir told thousands of supporters waving flags and chanting pro-government slogans. He also accused Ibrahim of receiving money from Israel to topple Sudan's government.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Apparently Israel is the paymaster
So just how far has the anti-Semitism canards of the Mid-East spread? According to this Ynet News Sudan qualifies: