KHARTOUM/JUBA/BERLIN | | sudan

KHARTOUM/JUBA/BERLIN (Own report) - South Sudan, which, with German support, seceded from Sudan, is provoking a new war. A few days ago, troops from the South Sudanese regime in Juba occupied an oil field, belonging, according to a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, to Khartoum. The oil field accounting for about half of Sudan's total oil production is vital, because the country has already lost approx. three-quarters of its oil reserves to secessionist South Sudan. Khartoum is counter-attacking to retake control of the oilfield. The fighting threatens to escalate into full-scale warfare. This is significant for Germany, not only because German soldiers are stationed in South Sudan, but also because Berlin, for years, has been pushing to establish a functioning South Sudanese state. The objective is to also link South Sudan, with its enormous deposits of oil and other natural resources, to Kenya and Uganda, which, unlike Sudan, are considered fundamentally pro-western and easier to control. more…

KHARTOUM/JUBA/BERLIN | | sudan

KHARTOUM/JUBA/BERLIN (Own report) - The German government welcomes South Sudan's secession, which became official last Saturday and announces close cooperation with this new country. Germany will continue to support the government in Juba in its efforts to create its state structures, declared the German Chancellor and the Foreign Minister. Since the 1990s, Germany has been playing a major role in this natural resources rich region's preparation for separation and secession from Khartoum. Earlier, the German government in Bonn had for decades been engaged in close cooperation with the Sudanese central government, which, during the cold war, served as a partner against the influence of the socialist countries in the Arab world and in Eastern Africa. For its loyalty, Khartoum had been rewarded -since the end of the 1950s - with intensive police and military aid. West Germany furnished firearms and heavy war material, which had been used in the civil war against the South Sudanese secessionists. Not until the end of the cold war and the beginning of the conflicts with the Arab world in the 1990s, did the governments in Bonn and Washington discover a geostrategic interest in weakening their earlier ally in Khartoum. The most recent result has been the secession of South Sudan, coerced by the West. more…

KHARTOUM/JUBA/BERLIN | | sudan

KHARTOUM/JUBA/BERLIN (Own report) - Thanks to years of support, also from Berlin, southern Sudan now stands at the threshold of secession with yesterday's beginning of the secession referendum. There is no doubt that a large majority will vote for seceding from Khartoum. The Western geostrategic operation is about to reach its climax, in attaining its objective of extricating that natural resources rich area of Sudan from Arab government control, linking it to pro-western East African states. Berlin has been engaged in this project with millions in so-called development aide, with the systematic establishment of state structures and the development of infrastructure projects. Ending Sudan's civil war is the PR justification for this operation. But secession threatens, in fact, to provoke even more warfare. Serious observers are predicting that the population's high hopes for better living conditions will be greatly disappointed by the secession, because of the desolate supply situation and the repressive character of the southern Sudanese regime. They also see the danger of new power struggles between rival language groups in southern Sudan, which could lead to more casualties than, for example, in the Darfur Civil War. more…

JUBA/KHARTUM/BERLIN | | sudan

JUBA/KHARTUM/BERLIN (Own report) - South Sudanese secessionist efforts are being refurbished by newly revived German plans for an East African railroad. The local separatist regime, whose peace agreement with the Sudanese central government is being monitored by soldiers also from the German Bundeswehr, is preparing a referendum on the founding of the state of "New Sudan". To establish the necessary financial basis for independent statehood, the separatists have announced the implementation of older German plans for a railroad line to the Kenyan coast. This would facilitate the post-secession transport and sale of the voluminous South Sudanese natural resources, without having to cross the hostile territory of the rest of Sudan. The plans, advanced by German companies, are being revived at a moment when several East African nations are pressing ahead with major infrastructure projects - some with German financing. This is occurring in the context of discoveries of extensive oil deposits in Uganda, which has also awakened the appetites of German companies. According to the East African press, these measures could "redefine the cultural, geographical and political boundaries of the region for the next century." more…

BERLIN/JUBA | | sudan

BERLIN/JUBA (Own report) - The Southern Sudanese secessionist regime is arming its militia with heavy weapons in plain sight of German military observers. This was confirmed in recent reports on the supply of combat weapons to Southern Sudan, following news of tanks destined for Juba on a freight ship, hijacked off the coast of Somalia. This arms buildup is tolerated by the United Nations' military observers, even though this is in violation of the cease-fire agreement. The staff of observers includes numerous Germans. This must be seen in the context of the secession referendum scheduled for 2011, whose predicted outcome will be Southern Sudan, with its riches in resources, seceding from the rest of the nation. Berlin is already supporting the establishment of state structures in Juba, using so-called development organizations, police advisors and jurists. For years, Berlin has been aiding Southern Sudan's secession, to which the current arms procurement is a military prerequisite. Together with the USA, the German government seeks to roll back Islamic influence at the Horn of Africa and therefore crush the power of the Islamic spectrum in Somalia and the Sudanese government. more…

KHARTOUM/THE HAGUE/BERLIN | | sudan

KHARTOUM/THE HAGUE/BERLIN (Own report) - Western efforts against Khartoum have reached new heights with the arrest warrant issued for the Sudanese president. The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeks to have Omar al Bashir arrested and brought to trial in The Hague on charges of genocide. These measures correspond to Berlin and Washington's years of efforts to weaken the government in Khartoum, while exacerbating tensions in the West Sudanese civil war region and threatening to set off a new round of armed conflict. This arrest warrant is being met with loud protests from the UN General Secretary, the African Union, the Arab League and Beijing. Whereas experts raise strong accusations against both the government in Khartoum and the rebels in Darfur, the ICC, with its unilateral arrest warrant, is contributing to the implementation of the interests of the Western industrial nations. They are out to take the control over the Southern and Western Sudanese regions, rich in raw materials, out of the hands of the government in Khartoum and roll back Arab influence in Africa. Critics have been warning for years that the ICC would prove to be an instrument in the hands of Western power policy. more…

BERLIN/KHARTOUM/KIGALI | | ruandasudanfrankreich

BERLIN/KHARTOUM/KIGALI (Own report) - With new initiatives, Berlin is reinforcing its intervention in Sudan. While sending German police officers to Darfur on mission, and to Africa for preparation training, the German government is preparing new military projects with Rwanda for this west Sudanese region engulfed in civil war. This was reported by the press in Kigali. The German plans are accompanying parallel US activities. The United States is using its military partner Rwanda for the containment of Islamic forces in Africa and therefore is training and arming Rwandan troops. Ethiopia is joining the Transatlantic front by dispatching troops to Darfur. The loser is France, whose attempt to shore up its own influence in this East African zone of conflict through an EU intervention in Chad is doomed to failure. According to high-ranking French officers, there will probably be no prolongation of the mission. Testimony from those involved suggest that a French "aid organization's" kidnapping of Chadian children was part of the power struggle between Berlin and Paris for predominance in determining the Africa policy of the EU. more…

BERLIN/FLENSBURG/JUBA | | sudan

BERLIN/FLENSBURG/JUBA (Own report) - Berlin's foreign policy front organizations are supporting Darfur rebel militias and expanding their aid to the secessionist government in South Sudan. The "European Center for Minority Issues" (ECMI), which is co-financed by the German government, has announced that two weeks ago it had organized a meeting of major Darfur militia leaders at its headquarters in Flensburg (Schleswig-Holstein) to prepare a joint strategy. The rebel militias that were represented in Flensburg had thwarted an agreement with the Sudanese central government by boycotting the round of negotiations held last weekend in Libya. The activities of the state owned German Association for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) are an accompaniment to the secessionist movement in Sudan. The GTZ is helping the secessionist government in South Sudan to "build a state". A peace agreement between this secessionist government and Khartoum is doomed to failure. The Sudanese rebels are launching attacks against the West's most important competitor: A few days ago, Darfur militias attacked Chinese oil fields in Sudan. more…

KHARTUM/N'DJAMENA/PARIS/BERLIN | | tschadsudanfrankreich

KHARTUM/N'DJAMENA/PARIS/BERLIN (Own report) - Following the UN's decision to deploy troops to Sudan, war mongers in Berlin are pushing for German participation. German foreign policy specialists from the opposition, as well as, from circles close to the ruling CDU Party are calling for Germany showing a presence in the Western Sudanese province of Darfur, at least with military observers or high ranking officers. Because of a French offensive in Darfur, destined to strengthen the French standing in Eastern Africa, but in contravention to German plans, the German government is, for the moment, opposing another German military (Bundeswehr) troop deployment. Germany is rather seeking to secure its own influence via African allies. Last week Foreign Minister Steinmeier visited Ghana and Nigeria, two states having a prominent role in German plans to militarily control Africa. Ghana and Nigeria are playing decisive roles with their participation in the Sudan deployment and are receiving millions in German financial aid, for the maintenance of their troops. Further militarization of the African continent is a direct consequence. more…

KHARTOUM/BERLIN | | sudanusa

KHARTOUM/BERLIN (Own report) - Under persistent pressure from Berlin and the EU, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided on December 13 to dispatch an "expert commission" to the West Sudanese civil war area of Darfur. Though this further internationalizes the civil war in Sudan, the debate in the German capital, Berlin, continues to rage around an expansion of the German Armed Forces' (Bundeswehr) mission in Darfur. Several Ministers, as well as, foreign policy politicians of the opposition Green Party seek to reinforce the German military contingent. In so doing, they are conforming to demands made by Washington, which, since the 1990s, has been leading an anti-Khartoum front seeking to overthrow the Sudanese government and currently sees new grounds for hope in the situation in West Sudan. The anti-Khartoum front had been joined by the preceding SPD-Green (Red-Green) coalition government. In tandem with human rights organizations, Berlin provided a "left disguise" for the US political front, motivated by discoveries of raw materials and geo-strategic interests, assesses Dr. Helmut Strizek, an expert on African affairs, in a discussion with german-foreign-policy.com. In the meantime, it can be discerned that the German capital is carefully loosening its bonds to Washington, to carve out more of an East African role for Germany. This is expressed in votes against an expansion of the Bundeswehr mission and in favor of closer cooperation with the People's Republic of China. more…