The influence of the Soviet Union in the Sudan, Africa's largest country, has been struck a serious blow following alleged Soviet contacts with the local communists who staged the recent abortive coup.
The influence of the Soviet Union in the Sudan, Africa's largest country, has been struck a serious blow following alleged Soviet contacts with the local communists who staged the recent abortive coup. President Jaafar El-Nimeiry of Sudan has recalled his Ambassador in Moscow and asked senior Soviet diplomats to leave the country. He is particularly angry at comments in the Soviet press condemning the executions of 14 Sudanese communists as a result of the attempted coup, describing them as a propaganda campaign against the Sudan. Since General Nimeiry came to power in 1969, the Soviet Union has been Sudan's chief supplier of arms.
At the same time, the effect of Soviet aid to the Sudan since 1969 is described by one of Sudan's top industrialists, textile manufacturer Dr Mahmoud, as "a bad deal". One batch of Soviet tractors and building machine has been unused for a year. Sudanese farmers are complaining that they can be used in Sudanese conditions, are too expensive and difficult to service.
Dr Mahmoud was interviewed by National Broadcasting Company reporter Don North.
SYNOPSIS: In the Sudan, one result of the recent abortive Communist coup??? been a deterioration in relations between the Sudan and the Soviet Union, Sudan's major arms supplier. A top Sudanese industrialist was asked about future relations with Russia.
Soviet tanks began going into the Sudan in 1967 after the Arab-Israeli war, and with them came about 2,000 advisors and economic planners. The Russians sent arm??? and rifles, and established their presence in the Sudan, Africa's largest country.
Moscow became Sudan's biggest single customer. Last year 300,000 bales of cotton went to Russia in exchange for 36 million dollars worth of arms and machinery. But much of the machinery that came from Russia has not been sued. Sudanese farmers are too heavy for them, that they cannot be used. They'??? been standing here for a year.
While the Sudanese government maintained close relations with the Soviet Union all this was keep quiet. Now, relations with the Soviet Union are strained. President Jaafar El-Nimeiry of ??? Sudan has accused the Russians ??? having contacts with the local communists who staged the recent abortive coup, and he has withdraw his Ambassador from Moscow.
President Nimeiry has also asked senior Soviet diplomats to leave the country. And he has complain a t comments in the Soviet press describing the execution of 14 Sudanese communist after the coup as a propaganda campaign against the Sudan. Soviet influence in the Sudan has suffered a severe setback.