Eritrea has "hand" in Port Sudan clashes, Sudanese governor
02 Feb 2005; BBC Monitoring Service - United
report by Sudanese newspaper Al-Sahafah
The Red Sea
State governor, Gen Hatim al-Wasila al-Sammani, has accused Eritrea and members
of the Popular National Congress [PNC] of being involved in the Port Sudan
events and ordered the Public Prosecution to speed up its investigations.
Meanwhile, the government has played down claims that the merger between the
"Beja Congress" and "the Free Lions" would be a threat.
In a statement
to Al-Sahafa, Al-Sammani said more suspects were being arrested but refused to
say how many new people have been arrested so far.
accused Eritrea of having a hand in the incident by trying to open a new front
in the east and draw the world attention to it.
He also accused
some PNC cadres of trying to internationalize the issue "but we have made
sure that such an opportunity will arise". [Passage omitted]
representative of Sinkat said that the Khartoum-port Sudan road had been made
secure, and that steps had been taken to protect oil pipelines against attacks.
For his part, the
coordinator of Beja students affairs at universities and institutes said, in a
statement, that the students in Kasala town had been prevented from submitting
a memorandum similar to the one submitted by Port Sudan students to demand the
release of prisoners and power and wealth sharing similar to the arrangements
reached with the people of the Nuba mountains, the Blue Nile and Abyei, despite
the fact that they were not part of the south, as he put it.
said Beja graduates should be given jobs in the civil service.
deputy secretary-general of the [ruling] National Congress and the head of the
government delegation to the talks with the opposition National Democratic
Alliance [NDA], Dr Nafi Ali Nafi, has ruled out any direct involvement of the
opposition Beja Congress in the recent events in Port Sudan.
Nafi told the
press yesterday that the incidents in Port Sudan were carried out by a Port
Sudan group using the name of the Beja Congress. He pointed out that there was
nothing to indicate that the member of the Beja Congress, either registered
inside the country or in exile, had a hand in the incident.
Nafi played down
the news of the merger between the Beja Congress and the Free Lions into a
single military organization against the government. He said such a merger
should not be seen as a new development as the two organizations were
originally one group and one opposition with a joint plan of action.
Al-Sahafah, Khartoum, in Arabic 2 Feb 05