Sudanese president: vows not to negotiate with Sudan rebels

September 29, 2011 02:02

KHARTOUM - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said Sudanese government forces were poised to attack a stronghold of armed rebels in Blue Nile state, and vowed not to negotiate with what he called mutineers, state news agency SUNA reported on Wednesday.

Tensions between Sudan's army and groups allied to the ruling party in the newly established South Sudan, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), in the Blue Nile area turned into armed clashes earlier this month, with each side accusing the other of starting the fighting.

"President Omar al-Bashir declares that the armed forces will pray in al-Kurmuk soon," SUNA said, meaning that his military intended to take the town near the Ethiopian border that is seen as an SPLM-North stronghold.

It said the president told a gathering in Al Qadarif state in eastern Sudan during a visit that the mutiny would be brought to an end and "those who committed crimes against citizens will be brought to account through the application of the law".

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