From Volume 36, Issue 50 of EIR Online, Published Dec. 25, 2009
Africa News Digest

Rice Ally Fears Sudan Election, Promotes Civil War

Dec. 21 (EIRNS)—John Prendergast, a crony of Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, is calling for the United States to stop providing funding support for the election in Sudan scheduled for April 2010.

With the hard-core anglophile Rice becoming more influential in the Obama Administration (see article in EIR InDepth), her sidekick Prendergast, who shares her hatred of the Sudan government, has stepped up his campaign to undermine it, and reignite the North-South civil war. Prendergast claimed in a Washington Post op-ed published yesterday, that Sudan's national election in April will not be free, and that the United States should therefore stand up "for a free and fair election in Sudan by suspending U.S. taxpayer support to the current process."

Today, Prendergast, via the ENOUGH project he cofounded, delivered another blast targeting the Sudan election, saying that "non-credible elections will ... provide false legitimacy" to the government. In his ENOUGH attack, he also demonstrated his determination to bring down the government, by calling for an increase of U.S. sanctions against Sudan, which will further undermine the ability of Khartoum to develop the South, and improve the living standards of the population of that region. He also urged support for the campaign by the so-called International Criminal Court against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Prendergast and his allies fear that if Sudan carries out the election that was called for by the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), it would be much more difficult for him and Rice, and their allies, to continue the British agenda for regime change in Sudan. The election was specified to take place by the U.S.-supported CPA which ended the prolonged North-South war in Sudan, as a precursor to the 2011 referendum which will determine if the South remains part of a united Sudan, or secedes. If the election can be sabotaged, the referendum cannot take place, and the groundwork for a renewal of the civil war will be in place.

Prendergast revealed his real intention when he said recently that a failure to hold the 2011 referendum, as called for in the 2005 CPA agreement to stop the North-South civil war, would be the "clearest trigger for all-out war," according to a recent CNN release.

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