Sunday, February 07, 2016

SLM-Minnawi Denies Clashes in Southern Libya
February 6, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudan Liberation Movement led by Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) denied taking part in the recent clashes in the Libyan region of Kufra near the southern border with the Sudan.

The Sudanese army and Libyan officials said over 30 Sudanese SLM fighters were killed during clashes on Thursday and Saturday in Kufra and accused the Darfurian rebel group of robberies and attacks on civilians in the region.

"The Movement reiterates that it has nothing to do with what is happening in Libya. Its troops are inside the Sudanese territory, and the (Sudanese) regime is fully aware of where are the SLM forces," said Minni Minnawi in a statement to Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

Minnawi described the reports as "lies" fabricated by the regime of President Omer al-Bashir to cover its crimes in Libya.

"Khartoum is offering support for terrorist groups in Libya, and incites the Libyan people against the Sudanese community in Libya. (The Sudanese regime) is sponsoring terrorism in the whole of Africa and any African groups fighting in Libya is a creature of Khartoum. They have been trained and equipped by the regime in Khartoum".

He further said the Sudanese government tries to draw public attention away from Jebel Marra crimes and the government controlled national dialogue process in Khartoum.

In a related development, the armed militias of Ubari town in the Fezzan region of southwestern Libya issued a statement on Saturday urged the Sudanese and Chadian opposition groups to leave immediately the Libyan territory.

The militias accused the Sudanese and Chadian rebel groups of provoking chaos and destabilize security and stability in the southern part of Libya.

International efforts have failed to set up a national unity government in Libya gathering the two governments in Tobruq and Tripoli, despite the signing of a UN backed agreement since nearly two months.

The formation of the a unified Libyan government is seen as a necessary condition for an international military intervention in the troubled North African country to restore security and fighting Jihadists militants of Daesh who represent a new danger for the neighbouring countries and the whole region.


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