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DAMAZIN - 18 Sep 2012

NCP figure proposes semi-autonomy for Blue Nile

A leading figure in Blue Nile state’s National Congress Party (NCP) has proposed semi-autonomous rule in the two states Blue Nile and South Kordofan, but the party leadership rejected the proposal.

Farah Agar proposed the idea as a way of solving the crises in the two states. He was party’s candidate for the Blue Nile governorship during the 2010 elections, and is a member of the NCP political bureau.

Dr. Rabie Abdul Ati, a senior official in the party, responded in a press statement yesterday: “There is no place for such initiatives from anyone.” He stated that what Agar said was a personal opinion and asserted that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement determined the security arrangements and the popular consultations and other issues concerning the two states and that there was no way for there to be other initiatives.

Meanwhile, Farah Agar revealed yesterday that his Civil Popular Mechanism for Permanent Peace in the two states was based on the situations in Blue Nile, reviews of the UN Security Council resolution number 2046, the CPA, and the interim national constitution of the two states and he asserted that it would put an end to the war in the two regions permanently.