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Vol 52 No 7

Published 1st April 2011


Mr. Smile and the militias

After years of regime denials, Presidential Advisor Mustafa Osman Ismail effectively admitted this week that the National Congress Party (NCP) arms militias in Southern Sudan. ‘We cannot tolerate that the South started to host Darfur rebels,’ he told an on-the-record seminar at London’s Chatham House on 28 March. ‘If you continue to support the Darfur rebels from the South, you should expect the same,’ he responded to a barrage of questions from Southerners from three parties and including two diplomats. ‘We will not support a single rebel in the South unless the South support rebels in the North.’

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