INTRODUCTION: Sudanese Defence Minister, Abdel-Majid un Khalil, has accused the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi, of attempting to overthrow the Khartoum government.
KHARTOUM, SUDAN (VISNEWS - GADALLA GUBARA)
SV Khalil speaking in Arabic as media look on. (2 SHOTS)
SV Khalil speaking in English as media look on (2 SHOTS)
SV Khalil continues speaking in English as media look on. (3 SHOTS)
Background: INTRODUCTION: Sudanese Defence Minister, Abdel-Majid un Khalil, has accused the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi, of attempting to overthrow the Khartoum government. General Khalil claimed the invasion of his country by Libyan forces was imminent and criticised the massing of Libyan forces along his country's border with Chad.
SYNOPSIS: Speaking at a news conference in Khartoum, General Khalil described the Libyan leader as "unbalanced" and attacked him for exporting a deliberate policy of sabotage and terrorism to Uganda, Northern Ireland, the Philippines and many Arab states. "As long as Gaddafi is in this world", the General said, "I think that peace is in danger". According to Sudanese intelligence sources, the Libyan forces in Chad include Russian made tanks, armoured personnel carriers, rocket artillary, mortars, helicopters, anti-tank weapons and an entire machanised battalion.
Since early last month (10 September), the Libyans have been launching daily air attacks on four Sudanese villages and the town of El Geneina. This is the region where, in the past, the Chad rebel forces led by former Chad Defence Minister Hissene Habre, have been observed resting before mounting fresh attacks back across the border. what surprised reporters at the new conference, was General Khalil's denial that Sudan itself was supporting these rebel forces. "That is a big lie", the General told the meeting. He went on to accuse Libya of engineering a campaign of sabotage and economic disruption in the capital, Khartoum, as well as other major cities. He said this disruption, was assisting the infiltration of dissident Sudanese groups, committed to the overthrow of the country's President, Jaafar Nimeiri.
But the atmosphere within Khartoum remains tense. During the past three weeks, 12,000 people have been rounded up and questioned about their possible involvement in the Libyan subversion programme.
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