In a clear demonstration of distorted moral standards and lack of a sense of justice, the European Union announced yesterday the imposition of sanctions on three Sudanese national corporates that, it claims, are, along with three companies affiliated with the rebel RSF militia, responsible for supporting activities undermining stability and political transition in Sudan.
The extremely unjust decision was based on presumption, that lacks the slightest foundations of objectivity and fairness, of the equality between the Sudanese Armed Forces, the national army that defends the Sudanese people, their independence and dignity, and a terrorist militia, comprising tens of thousands of mercenaries, that commits crimes of genocide, ethnic cleansing, sexual violence and terrorism. The latest report of the United Nations Panel of Experts monitoring implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1591 confirmed the responsibility of the Militia of these heinous crimes.
The said report provides sufficient insight and information about those who actually threaten the stability of the Sudan and the entire region, and culprits and complicit of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, including partners and allies of the European Union.
The European Union was expected to bear its political and moral responsibilities towards international and regional peace by pressurizing its allies and partners to stop providing weapons, mercenaries, financing, and media support to the terrorist militia. The EU, instead, chose to hide behind the pretext of neutrality between what it calls “two warring parties” even though there has to be no neutrality towards genocide, ethnic cleansing, sexual violence, and the targeting of displaced people and those fleeing war.
The use of sanctions especially when directed against national institutions will never help Sundanese to achieve peace. This is because it rather rewards the aggressors by turning a blind eye to their violations, and ignoring the victims and their suffering. It is rather surprising and deplorable to justify the targeting of the three corporates by their affiliation to the Sudanese Armed Forces. It is SAF’s right and duty to defend the country. This requires it to strive to achieve self-sufficiency in defensive equipment. Needless to state that all laws and legislations guarantee the right to self-defense.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to point out that Zadna is a leading national company whose objectives are: to modernize the agricultural sector in Sudan, achieve food security, and encourage the private sector and entrepreneurs to invest in agriculture as the locomotive to sustainable development and social justice in the country. How does this contribute to undermining stability and political transition?
The Sudanese people and their Armed Forces will prevail in the battle of dignity that was imposed on them to protect their country, its independence, unity and resources. Then those who stood against the Sudan and its People in this battle will realize the reality of their loss.