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Khartoum refuses to re-consider deadline for South Sudanese

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April 6, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan does not wish to extend the deadline for when citizens of neighbouring South Sudan will be treated as foreigners, an official announced on Friday, saying that Juba gave Khartoum no reason to do otherwise.

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A South Sudanese woman waits to return home by a train organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Khartoum (AFP)

The Sudanese state minister for media, Sana Hamad Al-Awad, released a statement reaffirming Khartoum’s commitment to the 8 April as a deadline for South Sudanese to regularise their status as foreigners in what once their country.

There is an estimated half a million South Sudanese citizens who are still living in Sudan and who have been stripped of their citizenship after their region voted to secede and declared independence in July last year.

Last month, Sudan and South Sudan initialed an agreement granting citizens of each state in the other the “four freedoms” - freedom of residence, freedom of movement, freedom to undertake economic activity and freedom to acquire and dispose property.

But plans to seal the deal at a summit in Juba between Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit were cancelled by Khartoum following the eruption of clashes on the north-south border between the two countries’ armies.

The Sudanese minister revealed that Khartoum is going ahead with its plans despite the fact that South Sudan’s government, she said, had previously requested that the deadline be extended for six months.

According to her statement, the government of South Sudan gave Khartoum no reason to cooperate.

She sought, however, to allay concerns of human rights groups about possible mistreatment and deportation of South Sudanese after the deadline is over, saying that her government is going to deal with them “respectfully, responsibly and according to international laws”.

In Juba, meanwhile, Salva Kiir revealed in a speech during the Easter holiday on Friday that there were efforts to extend the stay deadline of South Sudanese in Sudan in order to enable the two governments to regularise their status.

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  • 7 April 2012 08:44, by hellonearth

    there is going to be war if your Sudanese mistreat South Sudanese

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    • 7 April 2012 09:37, by Michael Angelo

      War with north is a possibility if we want peace & finished the rest of CPA that are still pending.

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    • 7 April 2012 09:58, by Northern Sudanese

      man, we have been mistreating your people for a looooooong time.......and your spla pussies havent done shit........there is already but its not declared yet.....

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      • 7 April 2012 09:59, by Northern Sudanese

        there is already war*

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      • 7 April 2012 10:38, by peace seeker

        This is very bad of you Mr.Northern.
        We have never mistreated our Southerner brothers and we will never do that.Despite the gloomy political picture,we will continue looking for better relations for the benefit of the two sides.Down down the lords of war on both sides.

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    • 7 April 2012 18:05, by Deng Ateny Lueth

      Khartoum has track record of human rights violation, given the fact that Khartoum killed SPLA sodiers it captured as POWs while SPLA/M spared Khartoum soldiers captured (POWs)in war alive and handed them over to United Nations humman rights group. if Sudanese Government mistreat S. Sudan nationalist tommorrow,this would be second major grave mistreatment to be committed against humanity.

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    • 7 April 2012 21:57, by emad

      We will never retreat from deporting these foreigners from our country.They are, unlike other foreigners, useless and it is better to get rid of them as soon as the deadline comes.
      to that who is threatening us with war if we deport the southerners from our country,i say be a man when the war erupts do not hide away like your masters in Juba.

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  • 7 April 2012 12:53, by mohammed ali

    There should not be mistreatment of any South Sudanese under any circumstances. They are innocent people and we had been sharing life for a very long time & we hope to do the same in the future. They are not our enemy and should not be our enemy. We don’t hate them. It is the SPLA theifs who are spoiling the relationship, not the pple of SS.We have no problem with them .I wonder why the SPLA ...co

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    • 7 April 2012 13:00, by mohammed ali

      ..requesting to extend their stay, while their main reason for secession was that they were treated as 2nd class citizents!Do they want their pple to remain as 2nd class citizents, while they are keeping their families away from SS paradise very close to their looooted billions. How do you ask help from a country against whom you are waging war,accomodating rebells and supporting them...con

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      • 7 April 2012 13:07, by mohammed ali

        ...It is just rediculous! SPLA theifs & thugs want only to loot money and give nothing to the poor,innocent SS.If only one of these theifs repatriated just a fraction of this stolen money, it would have solved the problems of these pple; just a fraction as I am speaking of billions!They don’t care.At least it would have saved some dignity for the government of the country who they claim 2 care for

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