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Bashir says Sudanese army militarily defeats JEM in Darfur

07-20-2010 10:57 BJT

KHARTOUM, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said that the Sudanese army has militarily defeated the Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), reported Khartoum's daily Al Ray Al A'm Monday.

"The armed forces have defeated the JEM and chased them until Malha area (on the farthest northern border of North Darfur State) and the movement has two options, either to surrender or face the desert," the paper quoted Bashir as saying.

The Sudanese president further accused external trends he did not name of arming the JEM and instigating it to launch military attacks in Darfur, saying that "when they realized that matters are going towards the better and that the situation is secured, they equipped the JEM forces and pushed them to operate inside the country," according to the report.

On Friday, the Sudanese army said it had killed at least 300 members from the JEM and captured another 86 in the recent clashes between the two sides in the western Sudanese region of Darfur.

Bashir, meanwhile, stressed that the recent moves by the International Criminal Court (ICC) would not affect Sudan, saying that "Sudan enemies' employment of the ICC will not come out with any result. Sudan has managed to break all the international decisions and pressures put on it," the report said.

The ICC on July 12 decided to add genocide charge against the Sudanese president and issue a second arrest warrant against him.

The Sudanese president, in the meantime, affirmed commitment of his ruling National Congress Party (NCP) to build confidence between north and south Sudan and to work together to make unity attractive in the coming south Sudan referendum, slated for January 2011, the report said.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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