SPLA aborts a goverment attempt to move in Touriet
Sudan, Politics, 10/27/1997
The Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) said that it defeated National Islamic Front (NIF) troops in the vicinity of Touriet, to the east of Equatoria, and captured many of weapons and ammunition.
A statement signed by commander Yasir Arman said that the SPLA troops arranged a successful ambush for NIF troops in Amloro area, about 12 miles from Touriet.
The statement said that the NIF troops received direct instructions from Lt. General Omar Bashir president of Sudan during his visit to eastern Equatoria. The troops were instructed to captured Maqwa garrison which is controlled by the SPLA. The troops didn't get more than 12 miles from Touriet and were completely destroyed, Al Khartoum daily said today.
Meanwhile, a statement signed by SPLA leader John Garang said that he will not attend the round of talks which will be held in Nairobi on the 28th of this month.
Meanwhile, Deng Alor, foreign affairs secretary of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)--the politicals wing of the SPLA--criticized the weak response from Arabs toward what is going on in the Sudan.
He said that the SPLM welcomes any Arab mediation for reconciliation in the Sudan, indicating that the SPLM had accepted the initiative of Sheikh Zayed of United Arab Emirates, and welcomes any Arab initiative that emphasizes racial and religious differences.
In a statement to "Al-Ahram-Al Araby" weekly based in Cairo, Alor said that Arabs have accepted roles as onlookers and they are not interested in knowing what is going in the Sudan. If they were interested in Sudanese affairs, he said, they would know that SPLM is a unionist movement that adopts political and cultural pluralism and the right of citizenship, Al Khartoum daily said today October 27.
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