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Cablegate: Splm Resolutions and Communique

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P 161433Z OCT 07
FM AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8852
INFO RUCNFUR/DARFUR COLLECTIVE
RUCNIAD/IGAD COLLECTIVE
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 04 KHARTOUM 001620

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL SU

SUBJECT: SPLM RESOLUTIONS AND COMMUNIQUE

REF: KHARTOUM 1612

1. (SBU) This cable conveys the text of the SPLM Interim Political
Bureau (IPB) resolutions and communiqu from the IPB's October 4 to
11 Meeting.

SPLM Interim Political Bureau Resolutions:
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BEGIN TEXT OF RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTIONS

1. The IPB directs the SPLM General Secretariat to coordinate the
mapping out of political programs and to develop an agenda to be
reviewed by the Interim Political Bureau before the presentation to
the Convention to be held in the first quarter of 2008.

2. The IPB after reviewing the SPLM activities commends the ongoing
efforts of the SPLM General Secretariat and directs further
intensification of the SPLM work, particularly the current political
mobilization and organization of the SPLM as well as the
sensitization of the grassroots on SPLM political agenda.

3. The IPB and the INC members shall lead the SPLM mobilization and
reorganization campaign.

4. The IPB calls upon the Sudanese people to join the SPLM en masse
to achieve democratic transformation and enhance peace-building; in
order to realize the vision of New Sudan.

5. The IPB deplores the lack of cooperation between some SPLM State
Chairpersons and their State Secretariats and directs the General
Secretariat to resolve such matters.

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6. The IPB notes with deep concern the recurrent violations of human
rights in Juba and other towns in Southern Sudan by indisciplined
elements from the regular forces; and urges the GOSS to consider the
following measures:

(a) The Ministry of SPLA Affairs, in collaboration with the Ministry
of Internal Affairs, to take the necessary disciplinary measures,
including the transfer of the current military police from Juba;

(b) Replacing all military bodyguards stationed in the houses of
constitutional post holders with police;

(c )Prosecution of individuals that commit human rights violations
against fellow citizens and foreigners;

(d) Replacement of General Headquarters police station in IDP camps
and the border with State police; without prejudice to the
competence of national and Southern Sudan components, such public
security, civil registry, CID, immigration and aliens, anti-narcotic
and smuggling and customs units.

(e) Significant investment by GOSS into the security sector by
providing resources for training and capacity and institutional
building of police service.

7. The IPB directs the General Secretariat to carry out awareness
campaign on human rights and security.

8. The IPB directs the General Secretariat to draft an SPLM
membership "Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures" that shall
be presented to SPLM INC for approval.

9. The IPB shall establish a committee to review the Interim Basic
Rules and Regulations.

10. The IPB directs the SPLM General Secretariat to set up a CPA
Implementation Unit within the Secretariat General to monitor and
compile violations and other relevant information on the CPA.

11. To strengthen communication, coordination and information
sharing, the IPB encourages both SPLM Sector Secretariats to
organize regular consultative fora on current issues attended by
SPLM leaders at Executive, Legislature and Secretariats.

12. The IPB directs the General Secretariat to establish SPLM
Satellite TV, Radio and newspapers.

13. The IPB directs the General Secretariat and both Sectors to meet
regularly to coordinate their work.


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14. The IPB while recognizing the importance of its partnership with
the National Congress Party that is critical for the implementation
of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA); regrets the serious
deterioration in this relationship as a result of the violations of
numerous provisions of CPA by the NCP. In this regard, the IPB
resolves the following:

(a) Mobilizes the Sudanese people around the objective of achieving
peace and democracy in the Sudan;

(b) Calls upon all the Sudanese political parties to support the
immediate implementation of all outstanding provisions of the CPA;

(c) Encourages for South - South dialogue;

(d) Mobilizes the region around the objective of holding an IGAD
Summit where the SPLM and NCP shall submit their reports on the
implementation of CPA;

(e) Mobilizes the international community to organize a meeting of
IGAD Partners Forum (IPF) focusing on CPA implementation; and

(f) Requests the UN Security Council (UNSC) to call a meeting on CPA
implementation as being one of the custodians of the CPA.

15. Given the deterioration in the relationship between the SPLM and
NCP, general stagnation in the implementation of the CPA and the
process of democratic transformation and the evolving crisis as a
result; the IPB mandates the SPLM Chairman to set up a CRISIS
MANAGEMENT TEAM to manage the present situation on a day-to-day
basis.

16. The IPB condemns in the strongest terms the raids on SPLM
offices in Khartoum by police forces; and regards them as a gross
violation of the CPA and Bill of Rights enshrined in the
constitution and an attack on the political freedoms and democratic
transfom1ation of the country.

17. The IPB notes with deep concern the reluctance by the NCP
component of GONU to avail funds for the conduct of the forthcoming
population census and exclusion of ethnicity and religion from the
census form; and resolves the following:

(a) To urge the NCP component of GONU to avail funds for the Sudan
Population Census.

(b) Maintaining the questions related to "ethnicity and religion" in
the census form, as has been the case in all previous censuses.

18. The IPB reviewed the electoral bill and recommendations and
commends the role of SPLM members in the NCRC and encourages them to
continue their work guided by the recommendations which they
presented and adopted by the IPB. In this regard, the IPB:

(a) Reaffirms its commitment to the holding of national elections in
the specified time in the constitution and CPA;

(b) Calls for free and fair elections under international monitoring
and supervision, as provided for in the CPA;

(c) Directs the Secretariat to organize a meeting between the SPLM
Chairman and leaders of national political forces with a view to
reaching a national consensus on draft electoral law;

(d) Resolves to reinforce the SPLM NCRC team and urges all members
to carry on with their work; and

(e) Establishes a Standing Committee to work out SPLM strategy and
technical requirements for the elections at national, Southern Sudan
and State levels.

19. The IPB expresses deep concern about the continuation and
escalation of the war in Darfur and deplores the attack on the AU
peace-keeping force in Heskanita. In this regard, the IPB:

(a) Supports the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Darfur;

(b) Welcomes the urgent deployment of the hybrid AU/UN forces in
Darfur;

( c) Firmly stands behind the SPLM initiative to help the Darfurian
Movements reach a common negotiating position in the forthcoming
peace talks; and

(d) Condemns the recurrent attacks on Heskanita and Mahajeriya towns

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and calls for investigation of these incidents.

END TEXT OF RESOLUTIONS

SPLM Interim Political Bureau (IPB) Communique
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BEGIN TEXT OF COMMUNIQUE

Communique

The Interim Political Bureau of the SPLM met in Juba on 4 - 11
October 2007 under the Chairmanship of Comrade Salva Kiir Mayardit,
SPLM Chairman. After exhaustive discussion, the IPB resolved the
following:

1. The IPB appreciates the positive steps taken by the SPLM Chairman
to appoint three Deputies and expand both the Interim Political
Bureau and Interim National Council.

2. The IPB warmly congratulates and welcomes the appointment of
Comrades Yasir Saeed Arman and Dr. Anne Itto as Deputies of the
Secretary-General for Northern and Southern Sectors respectively.

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3. The IPB after reviewing the SPLM activities commends the ongoing
efforts of the SPLM General Secretariat and directs further
intensification of the SPLM work, particularly the current political
mobilization and organization of the SPLM as well as the
sensitization of the grassroots on SPLM political agenda.

4. The IPB notes with grave concern the violations of the CPA by
NCP, particularly critical issues such as; obstruction of democratic
transformation, lack of initiation of national reconciliation and
healing process, non-implementation of Abeyei Protocol,
non-completion of SAF redeployment, lack of transparency in oil
sector operations, inadequate funding of census process and delay of
North-South borders demarcation, inaction on the SPLM reshuffle list
in the Government of National Unity (GONU) among others; as called
by the CPA and Interim National Constitution (INC).

5. The IPB condemns the ill designs of the NCP to dilute the
institution of the Collegial Presidency by encroaching on the
constitutional powers of the First Vice President.

6. The IPB is seriously disturbed by the actions of the NCP
component of the Government of National Unity that contravene the
INC, especially the Bill of Rights; such as unlawful detention of
political opponents and partners alike (e.g. Yien Mathiew, SPLM
member of Interim National Council), censorship of the press and
harassment of journalists, high-handedness by law enforcement
agencies in carrying out their duties, partisan approach by the
Minister of Justice in undertaking the duties entrusted to him under
the constitution, expulsion of diplomats without due consultation
with the SPLM and attempts to turn the independent Assessment and
Evaluation Commission into a rubberstamp.

7. The IPB condemns the hostile media campaign, persistent attacks
and character assassination of SPLM leaders, especially by the print
media, such as Al-Intibaha, Akhir Lahza and Sudan Media Center
(SMC). The IPB notes with dismay that those heinous accusations
only appear in media controlled by the NCP figures or well-known NCP
journalists.

8. The IPB calls upon the Sudanese people to join the SPLM en masse
to achieve democracy transformation and enhance peace-building; in
order to realize the vision of New Sudan.

9. The IPB resolves to convene the Second SPLM National Convention
during the first quarter of 2008. This is an important forum in
which the SPLM shall assess and evaluate its performance as a basis
for charting the future.

10. The IPB assisted by the SPLM General Secretariat shall develop
and map out the political program of the party by sectoral
committees for presentation before the Second SPLM National
Convention.

11. The IPB notes with deep concern the recurrent violations of
human rights in Juba and other towns in Southern Sudan by some
indisciplined elements from the regular forces and other
unidentified criminals; and urges GOSS to take the necessary
measures to address this situation.

12. The IPB is committed and obliged to contribute to the
achievement of a comprehensive and durable peace in all parts of

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Sudan, particularly in Darfur. In this regard, the Interim
Political Bureau appreciates the good work being done by the SPLM
Darfur Taskforce in facilitating the unification of the Darfurian
groups and the peace process; and deplores the attack on the AU
peace-keeping force in Heskanita. To that end, the IPB:

(a) Supports the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Darfur;

(b) Welcomes the urgent deployment of the hybrid AU/UN forces in
Darfur;

(c) Firmly stands behind the SPLM initiative to help the Darfurian
Movements reach unification and common negotiating position in the
forthcoming peace talks;

(d) Condemns the recurrent attacks on Heskanita and Mahajeria towns
and call for investigation for these incidents.

13. The IPB calls for the full implementation of the Cairo Peace
Agreement, Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) and Eastern Sudan Peace
Agreement.

14. The IPB reviewed the electoral bill and recommendations and
commends the role of SPLM members in the NCRC and encourages them to
continue their work guided by the recommendations which they
presented and adopted by the IPB. In this regard, the IPB stands
for a mixed election system and for free and fair internationally
monitored elections held in the specified time, as stipulated in the
constitution and CPA.

15. The SPLM leadership shall engage other Sudanese political
parties and organizations on elections and other national issues.

END TEXT OF COMMUNIQUE

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