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October 11, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan is headed towards a renewed dispute with Egypt over a border region after the electoral commission announced that it will be covered in the upcoming April 2010 presidential and parliamentary elections.

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An aerial view of Halayeb Triangle on Egypt-Sudan borders (Google Earth)

The commission made a surprising announcement that the residents of the Red Sea border area of Halayeb will be allowed to register as voters in the elections.

The head of the geographical constituencies in the commission Mukhtar Al-Asam told the government sponsored Sudanese Media Center (SMC) that the Eastern Front and legislators in the Red Sea region lodged a challenge for excluding Halayeb which was sustained.

Al-Asam stressed that all villages and areas of Halayeb triangle contain Sudanese citizens with constitutional rights under the color of law.

He added that the commission will deploy a mission to register voters in the region during the registration period saying that there are “measures undertaken by the government in this direction”.

Last year Egyptian authorities blocked Sudanese census agents from entering the region forcing them to exclude the region despite attempts to reverse Cairo’s decision.

At the time the Egyptian ambassador to Sudan told the pro-government Al-Rayaam newspaper that Halayeb is a “closed subject”.

The dispute over the region started in 1958 for similar reasons when Egypt refused to allow Sudan to conduct elections in the region which prompted military buildup after which Sudan lodged a complaint with the UN Security Council (UNSC) that has been renewed ever since.

In 1995 tensions renewed after Egyptian and Sudanese security forces in the region killing and wounding soldiers on both sides.

Egypt has moved to assert it control over Halayeb triangle by building various projects and distributing ID cards to its local people. It has also rejected proposals by Sudan to resort to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to resolve the matter with its Southern neighbor.

It is not clear what Egypt’s response might be to Sudan’s announcement. Both countries enjoy strong political and economic relations.

Cairo has backed the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir against an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for him and hosted him twice since then.

On the other hand Sudan allied with Egypt to stall demands by other Nile Basin to amend Water agreements, something which Cairo views as a “red line” as Egyptian officials described it.

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  • 12 October 2009 05:54, by thieleling

    Agreed conspiracy between Egypt & NCP for chance to win election for NCP. If no census and not registered there, how can they vote? This is another way for Egypt to turn around and allow this constituency to vote in millions and then claim win for NCP. How many are there, millions? When does Egypt leave Sudan alone?

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  • 12 October 2009 05:57, by Time1

    hahahaaay

    Now the Arabs face-off is coming, we want to see who is the real Arabs the Egyptian or this Arab-wannabe in the north.

    Egypt should keep that territory, north Sudan Arabs do not deserve it, they always bow down to Egyptians now Egypt has kicked them in their ass by taking their territory.

    Egypt should not give it back, if they Arab wannabe boys in the north really want halaib back let them take it from Egypt by force, there is nothing for free, they Egypt make them sweat for it so they will know how it feel when you take some body land and property.

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    • 12 October 2009 07:29, by EritreanKing

      The real owner of Halaib-Triangle are Beja tribes of the both sides like "Ababda and Bisharin" tribes. We should ask them before. It dont belong to Arabs from Sudan or Egypt.

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    • 12 October 2009 10:20, by mohamad adam

      bashir should understand that we in the north are not arabs and we should distance our country from this failure nations arab countrys because they are using sudan as a tool or a country to serve their own interests specialy egypt and phalastin is a good example we supported them and we harvested sanctions yet for them are in good terms with their masters israiel sudan is getting nothing from them and we should revisit our foreign policy to serv our interest and we focus on africa as real friends

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      • 12 October 2009 11:00, by Akol Liai Mager

        Be patient Mohamad Adam, compaign, vote for SPLM and SPLM will regain Sudan from her captive the so-called Arab League which is in fact Arab Leak.

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    • 13 October 2009 10:29, by kaditabiyok

      let egypt take khartoum not only small land.am happy to see both arabs who loot our south sudan resources fighting.they are both arabs of middle east who suck africa soil.who will wine?fuck arabs.you are not africans at all.

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  • 12 October 2009 05:57, by Dinka Boy

    Bashier tried to make thing complex. I believed Omar consulted Egypt to make election impossible between the South and North.
    This Criminal Bashier need to understand issues through his eyes,but not through Democracy.
    My enemy Arabs,you guys have to understand that there will be nothing that will prevent Southerners to dose you with Malaria quin this time.
    Any thing will be favarable to Southerners; gun sounds or democracy if you want it.
    I am tied of Arabs idealogies because they are greedy.

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  • 12 October 2009 06:09, by Biliu

    Egyptians should stop their insanity and hand over Halahieb to Sudanese government, the history has made it clear that Halahieb is a Sudanese region and most remain that so, if Egypt is refusing to resolve the dispute, then Sudanese have the right to resort to the International Community.

    I fully blame the NCP and Islamic polices in Sudan which made it harder for Sudanese to maintain good relations with their Neighbors, such as Chad and Egypt, yet truth most be appreciated .... Halahieb is a Sudanese region.

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    • 12 October 2009 06:15, by Time1

      There is no international community involvement in this situation, you northerners Aran wannabe have to fight for this territory, you have to sweat first to get it back, then after that when Egypt beat your dirty ass properly then international community will come to help you.

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  • 12 October 2009 06:30, by jalabi

    No matter what happens between Egypt and Sudan the two countries will never ever fight each other, president Jamal Abdel Nasir said that long time ago when prime minister Abdella Khalil deployed sudanese army in Haliab after british left Sudan, former president Abel Nasir said "my battle is not with Sudan". Egypt is our elder brother, we have the same blood, we share the same destiny and strategy, our fate is one and what happens in one side will effect the other side. We know our elder brothers (Egyptians) have over population problem (really big problem), having the fact that Egypt lack for resources and the desert occupied all the country, solving this problem exists in Sudan, in clear words exists in south Sudan, the only solution is to populate Egyptians in south Sudan since the south is so big and full of resources and its population doesn’t fit with its big size at all (population around 3 million), our long plan and strategy is to arabize the south, damn british invasion they cut off our plan, we will facilitate and encourage the marriage between southerners and Egyptians, the new generation will become north by default and all the differencies between south and north will come to an end, by doing so we will solve the two big problems, Sudan problem and Egypt problem, this solution will take hundred of years until the new generation in the south look exactly like north in everything you can imagine, this solution seems to be strange but it is doable and that’s our real goal.

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    • 12 October 2009 06:40, by Time1

      jalabi

      This is going to be like goergia versus Russia in this case north sudan is (Goergia) and Egypt of course is (Russia), Egypt will beat you Arab wannabe properly then International community will interfer later to help you after you have smelled the hot coffee.

      If you think Egypt is going to give this territory back to Sudan then you are dreaming in a million years, you people will have to fight for it this will forces Egypt to seek a non violent solution, if you do nto sweat for it you will never get it back, this is the rules of the new world order, you have to fight for it first if you want it

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      • 12 October 2009 06:55, by jalabi

        Time1,

        No we will never fight each other, you know we tried to kill president Mubarak in Addis Ababa but because we are Egypt younger brother they forgave us, normally elder brother forgive younger brother when the younger did a mistake and that what exactly happened, we promised our elder brother not to do it again and not even to think about it and our elder brother forgave us, have you ever heard in a history one country tried to kill president of other country and forgive them?? they will not hesitate to fight with them but because we are brothers Egyptians forgave us. We are going to be one country in the near future because we were one country before, absolutely south Sudan is essential part of this new union country and the arabization will continue.

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        • 12 October 2009 07:07, by Time1

          jalabi

          Shut your mouth with this nonsense that Egypt is your older brother of older sister, Egypt does not care about northerners for your information, it is only you northern Arabs who kiss their ass all the time, if they do then why did they take the territory, we all know and Egypt know very well that the territory belong to Sudan, so why they took it if you say they are yur big or older brother, is this how brotherly countries behave, Egypt know about the resources in Halaib and its excelltent sea side, so they want it for their benefit, why Mubarak said he will crash sudanese army within 2 hours if they try to challenge Egypt to take Halaib by forces, do you think Sudan would take Egypt territory by force and Egypt will be quite and say north Sudan is a brother? no i do not think so

          You northern Arabs are just cowards, you are afraid of Egypt, you fear they will beat you if you try to fight them in Halaaib.

          It is better to fight and be beaten or die for your rights to get your land back , then to be a coward and afraid and call Egypt brother while they occupy your lands.

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          • 12 October 2009 07:10, by Time1

            Also south sudan will not be and will never be part of your coward Arabs unity states between north and Egypt. Also if you thik Egypt will unite with you then continue to live in this perfect dreams that will never happen, if it happent hen Egyptians will be your masters and they will rule you Arab wannabe forever.

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            • 12 October 2009 07:27, by Dinkamoi

              I can see most of you are nothing but very stupid and naive. That Land is our Land "the Sudan" whether we are going to separate as Southerners, we should see that no any country should claim part of Southern Sudan or part of Northern Sudan.

              I would like to inform you that Southern Sudan will separate and in about 20 to 30 years to come, the people of Southern Sudan will take the north militarily and made Sudan one country again just like for West and East Germany and even North and South Korea which is now looking for reunification.

              Therefore, do not be short sighted when dealing with our borders as we know Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, DRC and Central Africa Republic are eyeing for junk of lands from Southern Sudan and it is only Khartoum national archives which has original copies of the Sudan Maps.

              Please let us think before talking because it give the analysis of how ignorance some of you are

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              • 12 October 2009 08:29, by Aduol Liet

                Dear Readers.

                I think we Southern Sudanese are not worry about Broder between Egypt and Eastern Sudan, simply because we just need our Southern Sudan Independence and if possible then, the Central Sudan Regions which is Nubia Mountains and South Darfuri will make a joiners nation with Southern Sudan. Be ready to fight with Arab in North Sudan for Southern Sudane Independence and that is what Southern Sudanese people matter at most.

                In addition to that, we should be confident when we need our Independence for Southern Sudan nation rather than putting your hoping in this negative constitution from Omar al Bashir’s general election in the coming year 2010. Any one from Southern Sudan must know that, the election always held in Khartoum government is a gimmickable and we must not hope for Sudan dictatorship Military who never think about human right.

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            • 12 October 2009 08:57, by jalabi

              Time1,

              They took Haliab because they believe it is their land the same way we believe it is Sudan land .. do you understand that? Haliab exists above 22 line and all the area above 22 line is assume to be Egyptian, Halaib above 22 line but the tribes are Sudanese and communicate with their Beja tribes in Sudan and becomes special case, Egyptian Nuba in south Egypt are Sudanese since the early history in terms of langauge, traddition, culture and race but they exist above 22 line, so what Haliab means compare to our huge agricultural land that we can give to Egyptians who desperately need them??? Haliab will never be a big issue between Egypt and Sudan but it’s the political indicator between Sudan and Egypt, when the political situation between them is bad then Haliab in the news when the situation is normal you never hear about it.

              So what about you? what about The Ilemi Triangle that Kenya took it from south Sudan and has no intention to give it back? are you going to fight Kenya to get it back?? of course you can’t because if you separate and hate Arabs north and you stop using Port Sudan to bring your need and Kenya close its port against you, you will simply die of starvation.
              But I’m not surrprise that GoSS will never ask Kenya to give back The Ilemi Triangle because it is not Dinka land and Dinka not live there, GoSS ready to fight if it is Dinka land but it is equatorian land.

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              • 12 October 2009 10:49, by rumbekcity@eastlink.ca

                Keyans are our people...Anybody who judge morally and does the right thing is part of our people..but Keyans are our blood relative..plus it is too small to be divided again...We will never be arabized too because you arabs are socially murderers, plus...Our country is called Sudan..If we become arabs..don’t you see something wrong with that...lol..plus you are ugly and small..and fat..sucidal too..who need you moron!!!!!!..yeah, if this land belong to Sudan..then why did you let it be taken moron?..big brother..what is that?..land and people are not for jok..if it is a Sudanese then I don’t care about a fucking bigh brother or not...we are Sudanese..What are you..Thirteen years old?

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              • 12 October 2009 11:01, by Ajuscommando

                This is the right time for dogs to fight on bone. When two bulls fight, the grass will suffer and many movement will take place.

                Ajus

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                • 12 October 2009 12:08, by DASODIKO

                  With regard to my respect all, I would like to say that Halaib is Sudanese %100 plus the Nasir Lake and Aswaan, if not all Egypt as a land except the people who do not belong to us.
                  But the sad of all was that Egyptians married their divorced, or whores daughters to black northern Sudanese on exchange for land and water. Not Only stopped on that but Egyptians convinced the north Sudan black men that they are Arab. The Egyptians dictionaries define Arabization as just speaking the Arabic language , and the fool of the North Sudan believed that.Though they became Arabs more the Arabs themselves. So I would say for the Egyptians if they want those whom they Arabized let them take them to Cairo but the Sudanese land belongs to the indigenous people of Sudan.So keep away from it or else, we will just drown you with the Dam water.

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                  • 12 October 2009 12:48, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

                    Egypt was one of our colonial master so why should we be worry about such tensions? because these are they very people who define the border between Egypt-Sudan & between Sudan & its other neighbours.

                    However,Sudanese authorities must notice that otherwise Sudan will be left without friends in the region therefore making its collapse more likely since its already at war with itself(people) unlike Egypt that invest on its populations.Anyway Sudan must be treated that way to make it behave like a responsible state & comeback to the road of investing on people but not displacing them as it had been since 1956 when Sudan got it so called independent from Co-colonial powers the Egypt-Britain that have never yields to the locals.

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                    • 12 October 2009 13:30, by bill

                      what the hell. give sudan more land. they’ve had such grand success with the land they have.

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  • 12 October 2009 16:04, by Time1

    Jalabi

    Why is the sudan authorities wanting election to be held in Hallaib? if this is Egyptian territory why is it now needed for election, because you cannot hold election in a disputed territory because the status of the area is still undecided.

    But northerner just be coward and surrender your lands to your big brother Egypt because you are a fraid of them.

    Kenya is our people and they never claimed thAT Illema triangle belong to them, they never invaded it like, They have left it as it is from colonial time as the map showed only a tiny disputed area, they only have their posts in their desputed part and southerners do not have a problem with that because it is a norma situation. But Egypt move its whole army and invaded Hallaib in day light while Arab wannabe SAF army just stood and watch with hand tied.

    The brave northerners who do not bow to Arabs Egyptians bollying start to mobilize yourselves to fight for your lands and liberate it from this Egyptian occyiers and invaders.

    ofcourse you will get all the support from good wishers in Sudan and from allover the world.

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    • 12 October 2009 16:10, by Time1

      Northerners always crying about jihad and figting against invaders, now this is the ideal situation where Jihad is needed to liberate Sudan land from foreigners occupation.

      Why you northerners Arabs only desclare Jihad against Sudanese themselves like in Darfur and commit genocide on your fellow country men, while you have the real invaders like Egypt occupying your Land by force but you failed to declare your Jihad and war against them

      Hypocritic coward behavior, you have been expose as useless humans, The white Arab will continue to be your masters for decades to come.

      Why not declare Jihad on Egypt while yu are fast to declare Jihad on your on fellow citizens, confused Arab wannabe.

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      • 13 October 2009 03:04, by ahme adam

        very good question , you should ask splm about the triangle kenya took from you, and splm is acting like a real puppy, because north-and south are divided the heynas like egypt-kenya and chad will try to grab some of its land

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  • 13 October 2009 02:26, by mohammed osman

    Stupid jalabi

    You arenot ones of th us northerns, we are brave brings only bowing to allah.

    We will not give a inch of our sacred lands to the Egyptians, you are just an Egyptian claimings to be with us Sudanese Arabs.We are ready to takes up our arms in the faces of this Egyptian invader, we have enough of their colonization approach toward the Sudanese peoples. Allah Akbar we will win against them.

    I is blame National Congress of Omer basher NCP for selling our lands while we are still alive but only under our dead bodies.

    I have had no electricity for the last 3 days just on and off, we are tired with this mess, we will fight Egyptians and the sellout NCP of the Omer basher.

    The peoples have risen up today in al Kameleen in al gezeera state, we will not be pressed down by the dictator, 25 of our mens is been injured in the protest today in Khameleen but we will continues to fight for our rights,they have brings this Chinese weapons company that is now polution our crops and poisoning our waters,you knows how many northerns is lost thier lifes to cancer in al Gezeera state alone from polution?

    The protest is continue untill our demands is accepted by NCP.

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    • 13 October 2009 03:07, by ahme adam

      the NCP will solve that through international court after the sepration of the south

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