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Khartoum to seal off borders with South Sudan, VP says

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March 6, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s second Vice-President, Al-Haj Adam Youssef, has revealed that his country will close shared borders with South Sudan and block the flow of food commodities to the new nation over its alleged support of rebel groups.

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Sudanese Vice President, Al-Haj Adam Youssef (Centre) walks with South Kordofan’s governor Ahmad Haroun (L) (Sudan Vision)

The already tense relations between Sudan and South Sudan have recently reached its nadir over an oil dispute and mutual accusations of supporting rebel groups.

Addressing a rally at the headquarters of the paramilitary Popular Defense Forces (PDF) in Khartoum’s sister city of Omdurman on Tuesday, Youssef said that the Sudanese government had issued directives to close the borders with South Sudan and contain flow of food so “it does not reach those who are fighting us”.

“We have no good relations with them to supply them with food” Youssef said, adding that their problem is not with Southern people themselves but with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) who are governing the country.

South Sudan accused Khartoum last year of imposing a blockade of trade routes which, according to southern officials, resulted in increases of food prices.

Youssef said that the move comes against the background of the SPLM’s support for rebels fighting the Sudanese government in the border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The Sudanese VP said that although the government in Khartoum harbours no hostility towards South Sudanese people, they will not be allowed to enter Sudan without following the procedures applied to all other foreigners, as of 9 April.

Sudan decided to revoke the nationality of its former southern citizens after they voted in January last year for their region’s independence, which was then declared on 9 July of the same year. Khartoum took it a step further and set 8 April this year as a deadline for all Southerners to leave Sudan or regularise their stay as foreigners.

More than 350,000 Southerners left Sudan and returned home after independence but United Nations agencies estimate that there are 700,000 still living there.

Youssef called on the remaining Southerners in the north to return home or else, he warned, Khartoum would not hesitate to ’swoop them away’. However, he added that they will only “expel the southerners whose presence is unwelcome”.

He also accused South Sudan of attempting to sabotage the Sudanese economy through suspension of oil production. Youssef added that Juba was expecting the Sudanese economy to crumble due to the suspension of oil production.

South Sudan suspended its oil production in response to Khartoum’s confiscation of the commodity as it passed through northern pipelines. Khartoum justified the move by saying that Juba has not paid any transit fees since the South seceded.

According to Youssef, some Southern officials are now beginning to realise that the decision to halt oil production was wrong.

Separately, Youssef announced that the government is aware of plans by South Kordofan’s rebels, whom he described as “drunks”, to advance on Khartoum through three fronts. He also launched an attack on Sudanese opposition forces, saying they lack the weight to mobilise the street against the government.

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  • 7 March 2012 07:43, by Mi diit

    South Sudan shares five international borders with other neighbors. Closing one border with a rogue state such as Sudan will not be big problem. We will open up to others. But Khartoum will have headache with its own business people who benefit greatly from trade with South Sudan.

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    • 7 March 2012 08:03, by Bush man

      This newly appointed VP of Sudan seem to be over drunk and over excited of the new position. He should know that South Sudan will not be a looser if they seal the borders. Instead it is the north Sudan who will suffer as a result of the blockade.Let them tell miseriya not to come to unity state in search of grass and water. Nothern traders will get a big lost as their goods will not acess our mkt.

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    • 7 March 2012 08:58, by Lorolokin

      Mr Al Haj Adam , you are just a bunch of crap to Nation Crime Party (NCP) of Al Basher. Believe me or not , Khartoum believe in color not in what ever shit you talking about, Don’t you remember the old days when the fight was against Infidels South Sudanese? , If so what is going on in Nuba Mts, Blue Nile and Darfur ? wake up and say the truth. It is race isn’t it mr Al Haj Adam ? Shit

      Kinkak.

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      • 7 March 2012 09:52, by mathem jech amer

        South Sudan is not getting food items on relief basis from Sudan but food items from Sudan are for Business. Who will be the looser, the seller or the buyer?

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      • 7 March 2012 13:23, by Robot

        Lorolokin,
        Well said,
        He is leaving the big log in his own eyes, this man must be suffering mentally, how did the Darfurians died?, you are politically premature Mr. vice president (sound funny), how many vice presidents do you have you power greedy idiot?, funny enough you are trying to teach an old dog new tricks. pathetic old man, Darfurians should eliminate this rascal.

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    • 7 March 2012 13:10, by Murle

      Yes Mi Diit!
      They are the pple who will come back to applogize, as you say closing one border will not let South to fail or run its activities.
      Let them go ,we don’t like them again
      down down Sudanese Vice President

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    • 7 March 2012 14:50, by Anti Dinka’s

      Guys now you can see the real colour of Jalabeen Full time racist

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  • 7 March 2012 07:54, by Madina Tonj

    You have already close since the independence was announced and it didn’t work but remember, there are nearly 2 million Northern Sudanese living in Southern Sudan and a lot of them are business men/women who are always having movement with goods. We do understand that, your desperation reach to cerain degree this is why NCP committed crime to stolen oil without permission from RSS shameful

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  • 7 March 2012 08:00, by Brother Billy

    To Stupid Arabs
    Shame on you for undigested decision of saying you will close all the borders with S. Sudan, the goods that come from the north are not given for free but we use to buy them with our own money, Have u forgotten that we are bordering five more countries? closing the way will affect only arab traders and the economy of sudan in general. Your Arab traders will protest for regime chang

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  • 7 March 2012 08:10, by Don P

    Closing the border is not a problem to us, our problem will be how you handle the South Sudanese whom you threaten to swoop away by force.

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  • 7 March 2012 10:07, by wad balad

    Dear VP,

    This should have been done long time ago. Your lenient approach to SPLA is the reason for all these troubles. SPLM might be a political movement today but they were rebels only yesterday so plz deal according:
    1.Close the border
    2.Take control of disputed areas
    3.Support thier rebels including LRA
    4.Bomb SFA in the south
    5.Deport all janoben by 9th of April.

    Thanks n Regards

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  • 7 March 2012 13:12, by Murle

    Your Food Commodities are now in South because the Southerner bought them not freely, stop saying those nonsense words

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  • 7 March 2012 23:31, by panom lualbil

    This goddamn called YUSSEF was talking of opposite. He has nothing to talk but stollen our ideals instead.By him lied that we suspended oil to sabotage their enconomy and expecting them of financing crisis which are bulshits.The confiscated our oil and believe us to $36 instead of $ 1 international fees.How are we gonna waste such a gazillion fees when there is leeway?

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    • 8 March 2012 05:05, by SUPERMAN

      Yes Mr. Yousif those are very good words we can’t continue deal with SPLM in a peacfull way. SPLM is NOT working for the benefit of poor southerners itis working only to cozy up its masters in the west and Israel.We don’t have any problem with the southerners our problem is only with SPLM.

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      • 8 March 2012 06:00, by Kurnyel

        We Equatorians are food loving community, we don’t like to fight like Dinka and so called Dinkanuer. We gave our land to you and our daughters. Now love Dinka and Dinkanuer than we the equatorians.

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