September 17, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government on Saturday said it is determined to crush the rebellion in the Blue Nile state, a day after Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi visited Khartoum in a fresh mediation push.
Sudan 1st Vice President Ali Osman Taha in Damazin, Blue Nile state September 17,2011 (SUNA)
Last month clashes broke out in the state which borders Ethiopia and South Sudan between Khartoum and units from Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA). Both sides traded blame over who started the fighting.
“This is the message that we came to convey to you” Taha said.
The 1st VP said that Blue Nile would remain part of Sudan and threatened those who call for otherwise.
“We will cut off every hand that wants to extract it from the entity of larger Sudan and it will remain part of Sudan’s Islamic affiliation with all its strength, vigorous discourse and history” the Sudanese official said.
Sudanese activists in US stage protest
NEW YORK (16 September) – Protesters gather outside UN headquarters to demand a no-fly zone in sensitive areas
Civil societies belonging to marginalized Sudanese groups living in the US called for regime change in their country on Friday.
Members of the Sudanese civil organizations and activists belonging to marginalized groups gathered to rally in front of the the UN headquarters in New York during the general assembly.
The protesters demanded that the UN impose a no-fly zone in Blue Nile, South Kordofan, Darfur and Abyei regions to protect the civilians. They also demanded an end to all attacks on civilians, which is a clear violation of the international law.