Gaddafi and South Yemen's Ali Salem Al-Beidh behind the secession of South Sudan, says Sudan's Vice President

MENA , Wednesday 12 Oct 2011

Ali Osman Taha says first shipments of arms to South Sudan separatists sent by Gaddafi and Al-Beidh; warns of foreign interventions in the Arab world

Sudan’s Vice President, Ali Osman Taha, has accused Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and South Yemen’s former General Secretary, Ali Salem Al-Beidh (before the 1990 unification), of being the first milestones in the secession of South Sudan.   

During a meeting in Cairo with a group of journalists and politicians on Tuesday, Taha said the first shipment of arms to the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Sudan, under John Garang, was from Gaddafi. The second shipment was from South Yemen, during Salem Al-Beidh’s rule, from 1986 to 1990.

Taha suggested foreign aspirations are still aiming to tear apart the Arab world, under the guise of democracy and human rights, and the Arab world has been greatly affected by Egypt’s “absence” in recent years. He further warned against the continuation of foreign interventions in the region.

“When we left our land, it became easy to eat up our country, which at the same time is part of the Arab world, thus hindering Egypt’s national security,” Taha stated in reference to the secession of South Sudan.

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