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Text of Interview with Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, leader of the Sudanese Al-Ummah Party, by Ahmad al-Tahiri; date and place not given: "Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi to Al-Sharq al-Awsat: 'Sudan Living on Time Bombs;' Al-Mahdi Demands Peace Agreement that Specifies Nature of 'Popular Consultation,"Fate of Armed Forces Affiliated to Popular Army" by Saudi-owned leading pan-Arab daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat website on 9 November
[OSC Translated Text]Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, leader of the Sudanese [opposition] Ummah Party, confirmed that the peace agreement that was signed in January 2005 is the reason behind the current fighting and armed conflicts in the South Kurdufan Region, the Blue Nile and Abyei. He pointed out that there are some gaps in the agreement that have not been eliminated and these, in particular, are responsible for these conflicts. He pointed out that the solution in these areas is a political solution in the first place and if this solution does not happen then the problems will remain like time bombs, and that the situation warns of many dangers that will form a basic dispute between the Sudanese government in the north and the government of South Sudan. Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi warned in his interview with Al-Sharq al-Awsat of the situation getting out of control in Darfur. He pointed out that now there are many weapons in Darfur and there is a lot of money that came through Libya...[ellipsis as received] He stressed that "it is true that during the Al-Qadhafi era there was support for some Darfur movements, but now there is a kind of chaos. Therefore we expect that a great amount of weapons from Libya entered Darfur."
The interview touched on the current confusions in the Arab scene and the surfacing of Islamic currents. He also spoke about his initiative for the "Arab Spring" countries and which was handed over to the Arab League's Secretariat following a protest in front of the [Arab] League headquarters. The interview also touched on a number of other issues.
Following is the text of the interview:
[Al-Tahiri] First of all, how do you view the conflict taking place in South Kurdufan and what are the effects of the political situation in north Sudan?
[Al-Mahdi] The peace agreement that was signed in January 2005 is a flawed agreement. Among its flaws is that it left out three regions and did not include them in the solution. These regions are the Abyei Region, the South Kurdufan Region, and the Blue Nile Region. As for the southern Blue Nile …