On Saturday Sudan’s vice president Ali Osman Taha criticised US President for warning of possible bloodshed if a referendum on independence for south Sudan does not take place as planned in January.
Doha: In a news conference Ali Osman Taha said, “Obama receives reports from entities who do not know what is happening in Sudan”.
“This is not the first time he speaks as such of Sudan, and it will not be the last. He makes those remarks based on what he hears from pressure groups.” said
Obama and UN chief Ban Ki-moon led international warnings on September 24, that the planned January nine referendum must be held on time and peacefully.
Obama told a special UN meeting,”At this moment, the fate of millions of people hangs in the balance,”
“What happens in Sudan in the days ahead may decide whether people who have endured too much war, move towards peace or slip backwards to bloodshed.”
Ali Osman Taha also criticized US stance on Sudanese unity.
He said.”The United States was initially saying it wants Sudan to remain united, then it moved a little to say that what it wants whatever the southerners accept, and today it raises its voice saying that separation will be inevitable,”
“This shows that there are US pressure lobbies linked to Israel talking and pushing things in this direction.”
Taha ruled out using force to defend Sudanese unity.
“The Sudanese army has been withdrawn completely from the south. We do not allow any thought implying that we intend to use military force,” he said.
“This matter is dangerous because it is based on a dialogue between two major tribes and societies — Misseriya and Ngok Dinka — and any agreement or concession without the consent of both sides will lead to a war,” he said.