Military Council Appointed To Adminster Southern Sudan
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) _ A five-man military council was appointed Sunday by the new military government to administer the rebellious southern region, state-run Omdurman radio announced.
It said Gen. Abdul-Rahman Swareddahab, who took power in the April 6 coup that deposed President Gaafar Nimeiri, issued a decree naming Maj. Gen. James Loro Sirsio as chairman of the Transitional High Executive Council for southern Sudan.
The decree appointed Brig. Andrew Makor as deputy chairman and named military governors of the three southern provinces - Equatoria, Bahr el-Ghazal and Upper Nile. The governors also will serve as council members.
Juba, the regional capital, will serve as the council headquarters, according to the decree.
The leader of the rebels’ Sudan People’s Liberation Army, Col. John Garang, said Thursday that his forces had resumed operations against government troops after a week-long moratorium.
Garang had rejected a call by Swareddahab for talks in Khartoum to end the 2-year-old civil war, and instead issued an ultimatum that the general transfer power to civilians within seven days. He declared a resumption of hostilities after that deadline passed. Swareddahab has said a civilian government will be established within a year.
The Sudan News Agency reported that Swareddahab on Monday will announce the formation of a caretaker Cabinet, including some civilians, after trade unions and political parties agree on their representatives.
In another development, Libya’s state-run Tripoli Radio reported that two Sudanese generals arrived Sunday in Libya in a first step to improve relations between the two countries. Pro-West Nimeiri and Libya’s strongman, Col. Moammar Khadafy, were bitter enemies, with Nimeiri frequently accusing Khadafy of plotting to take over Sudan.
The Tripoli Radio broadcast, monitored in London, said the visiting generals were Fadhlallah Burmah Nasir and Faris Abdallah Husni, both members of Swareddahab’s ruling Military Council.
It quoted Nasir as saying, ″We are extremely happy to come to our second home, Libya. ...our desires are the desires of the Sudanese People, who are linked through one hope and one destiny with the fraternal Libyan people.″
Swareddahab said after the coup that he wanted to maintain strong relations with the United States, which has been the main provider of ecomomic and military aid to Sudan, but also wanted to improve relations with Libya and Marxist-ruled Ethiopia.
Khadafy had supported Garang’s rebels against Nimeiri, but on Wednesday Libya’s official JANA news agency quoted him as saying: ″From now on we will only back Sudan. We are ready to contribute to the unity of Sudan and to solving the problems of the south.″
Most of the southern rebels are Christians or animists, and they accuse the predominantly Moslem north of discriminating economically and politically against their region.