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Wednesday, June 30, 1999 Published at 11:56 GMT 12:56 UK


Extracts from Bashir's speech

Exports of oil 'help independent decision-making'

Extracts from Sudan Television

Staff Lt-Gen Umar al-Bashir gave a lengthy speech to mark the 10th anniversary of the Salvation Revolution.

He began by thanking the state's guests from friendly and fraternal states attending the ceremonies.

He spoke about the goals of the revolution to bring about progress in the country, comprehensive development and peace.

The president of the republic spoke about the efforts of the government to tackle the southern problem, which has dogged the country for a long time.

He referred to the economic progress witnessed in the country in the last 10 years of the Salvation government.

Power-sharing

Lt-Gen Bashir hailed the efforts of the armed forces, the People's Defence Forces and the United Police Forces.

He also spoke about progress in governance under the country's comprehensive constitution and the Local Government Act.

He said the National Congress, whose structures had popular foundations, sought to unite the people of Sudan.

In this regard, he drew attention to the full freedoms guaranteed by the constitution in power-sharing.

Reconciliation

He announced the formation of a consultative Shura council which will include leaders of the political associations in order to unify views and expand consultation with a view to building consensus.

He stressed that the Salvation government would seek to expand power-sharing and freedom.

He announced that the government had agreed to hold a national reconciliation conference to bring about unity, peace, reform and progress.

He said peace would be the government's strategic option.

Development and technology

In the speech, he spoke about the great progress made in the field of information, particularly in TV and radio broadcasting, besides progress in the print media.

He praised the efforts made to publicise the culture of peace, and project the shining face of Sudan.

He spoke about the progress in the country's relations with neighbouring states, Asian states and European states, besides the strengthening and consolidation of Sudan's relations with Arab and Islamic states and international organisations.

He said the drawing up of the Sudanese constitution was an achievement and a source of pride in as much as the previous governments had failed to draw up a constitution for the country.

He listed the great achievements made by various sectors of the Sudanese economy.

In this regard, he referred to the significant expansion of economic sectors thanks to the policy of self-reliance.

He referred to the great progress achieved in the export sector, which had helped in independent decision-taking.

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.



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