From Volume 37, Issue 20 of EIR Online, Published May 21, 2010
Africa News Digest

Chad President Calls Break-Up of Sudan 'a Disaster for Africa'

May 13 (EIRNS)—Chad President Idriss Deby Itno said recently that the possible dismantling of Sudan would be the biggest disaster inflicted on Africa since independence. Deby warned that "the fragmentation of Sudan will open the door for fragmentation of other African countries." Many African countries fear that the division of Sudan would encourage secessionist sentiments in their own countries, which has long been the goal of the British financial empire. Deby's comments in two magazine interviews were quoted in a Xinhua release that was posted in Sudan Vision today.

He emphasized the danger for all of Africa: "The secession of southern Sudan from the motherland will make it difficult in the future to fight against any separatist movements in the African countries, most of which suffer from religious, tribal and ethnic differences, as well as wealth disparities between regions that belong to the same state.... I say it loud, I am against this referendum [separation] and against the possibility of division."

He said that he is strongly opposed to the January 2011 referendum in southern Sudan, "for the simple reason that all the sons of the south and north are the sons of the unified Sudan. The only difference is that those who live in the north are Muslims and the others in the south are Christians."

Deby emphasized that the founding fathers of the Organization of African Unity (predecessor of the African Union) insisted on treating the borders of African countries, as they were inherited from the colonial era, as sacrosanct, because once the precedent was established that these borders could be changed, manipulated operations by the British imperial financial forces would never stop, and Africa would remain weak and undeveloped.

Deby's statements carry added significance because of past tensions between Chad and Sudan for the five-year-long Darfur conflict, as the two countries exchanged accusations of support for rebels in each other's territory. The two countries concluded a peace agreement in January. They set up a 3,000-strong joint force for border security, and observation posts at Abeche in eastern Chad, and El-Geneina in Darfur.

ICC Representative Refuses To Answer EIR

May 11 (EIRNS)—At a forum today on the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Washington, D.C., Juan Mendez, an advisor to the Court, was grilled by EIR's Lawrence Freeman, who Freeman exposed the illegitimacy of the ICC as a world court, its creation by British operatives George Soros and Lord Malloch Brown, and its fraudulent claims of genocide, against Sudanese President Bashir, as part of a campaign for regime change. Freeman asked: "What right does this world court have to intervene against the sovereignty of a nation like Sudan?"

Mendez said that he would refuse to answer, because Freeman was only expressing his opinion.

After the forum, Freeman approached Mendez to correct his statement about the ICC's intervention into Kenya, Mendez angrily stuck is finger in Freeman's face, and declared, "I know who you people are, what you do. You will not follow me down the block saying these terrible things."

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