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JEM describes President Bashir’s claim of military victory as propaganda

July 21 - 2010 LONDON

The spokesman of Darfur’s rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) described President Omar Al Bashir’s claims of military victory as propaganda and a sign of desperation. The Sudanese leader on Monday was quoted by the newspaper Al Ray Al Aam as saying that the armed forces defeated the JEM and chased the rebels northwards until the Malha region, the farthest northern part of North Darfur State. Bashir said that this leaves the movement with two options: either surrender or face the desert. In reply, JEM spokesman Ahmed Hussein Adam told Radio Dabanga that Bashir was speaking pure lies, and nobody believes such remarks. He noted that the government itself has acknowledged that it took losses in recent battles with the rebel movement. Ahmed Hussein suggested that Bashir’s remarks were prompted by his feeling of defeat and frustration after being charged with genocide by the International Criminal Court earlier this month.

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