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Machar admits South Sudan’s poor diplomacy over Heglig occupation

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April 22, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar says his nine-month-old country performed poorly on the diplomatic front during its occupation of the contested Heglig oil region on the north-south border, which South Sudan’s army (SPLA) held for over a week before moving out of the area in disputed circumstances over the weekend.

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South Sudan’s vice president, Riek Machar (BBC)

Machar confirmed Saturday that the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) had entered Heglig town on Friday night, explaining that the withdrawal of the South Sudan army (SPLA) came as a result of a resolution made by the cabinet in Juba on Friday.

UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon described Juba’s actions as "illegal" with the African Union, European Union and many individual nations who usually support South Sudan strongly calling for them to withdraw, which initially South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir refused to continence.

Machar praised the SPLA and dismissed claims by Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir and his Defence Minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein that SAF entered the town by force on Friday after three decisive battles on Thursday and Friday that inflicted heavy losses on the SPLA.

South Sudan said it was provoked into occupying Heglig as an act of defence after SAF repeatedly used the area as a base to attack oil-rich Unity State. The SPLA says it repulsed and pursued SAF into the disputed Heglig area resulting in the occupation of the town and its oil fields by the SPLA from 10-20 April.

The two sides have failed to demarcate the border because of disputes over the ownership of a number of areas. Post-independence negotiations on borders and a variety of other issues were called off by Khartoum after the fighting erupted.

Both sides have criticised the process, which is being chaired by Thabo Mbeki’s African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The SPLA shut down oil production in Heglig last week resulting in the loss of 60% of Sudan’s 115,000 barrels per day of oil production according to a Sudanese official on Saturday.

Footage from Sudan state TV showed major destruction to Heglig town and oil facilities that were still burning.

The safety officer in Heglig oil field Osama Al-Sayed alleged that the SPLA had damaged the pumping station at the main field after destroying the central control room and the oil processing centre.

Any damage will cause a delay in resuming production having a severe knock on effect on Sudan’s already flagging economy. Khartoum is still adjusting to loosing 350,000 barrels per day of oil production when South Sudan became independent last year.

Sudan’s president Al-Bashir has said that he will not let landlocked South Sudan resume exporting its oil through the north. Juba had already stopped production in January in protest against Sudan’s confiscation of southern crude after Juba refused to pay Khartoum’s high transit fees.

Juba has indicated it is willing to return to the negotiating table but Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha suggested that negotiations with South Sudan are pointless and attached certain conditions for that to happen.

Speaking on Sunday to thousands of members of the Presbyterian Church’s congregation in Juba, Machar said the SPLA was always victorious during the two-week confrontation.

The Vice President who was close to the war zone in Unity State’s capital, Bentiu, during the two-week military showdown claimed that SAF lost all the battles on the ground and was continuing to retreat northward despite its intensive aerial bombardments on civilians and SPLA positions, until Juba ordered the withdrawal on Friday.

He however admitted that South Sudan’s diplomatic maneuvers to explain its position on Heglig had been poor. Machar said his country had failed to convince the world that the area belonged to the Dinka ethnic group in South Sudan.

The Vice President said the area is called Panthou in the Dinka language but was renamed Heglig in Arabic by North Sudan after they “illegally” annexed the area in the 1970’s after oil was discovered.

In 2009 Heglig was placed outside Abyei, another disputed oil area, by an international tribunal. However, South Sudan’s information minister Banarba Marial Benjamin has argued that this did not necessarily place Heglig north of the border in Sudan’s South Kordofan State.

Since South Sudan’s independence in July last year Heglig has been administered by Sudan and the revenue from its oil fields gone to Khartoum.

Machar said that it was because South Sudan’s ownership of Heglig was not understood well by the international community, the young country had to out of the area to escape the sanctions threatened by the international community.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) last week threatened to sanction both Sudan and South Sudan, urging the former to stop bombarding South Sudan and the latter to unconditionally pull out its forces from what it said was Sudan’s territory. The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) equally urged South Sudan to withdraw its forces from the area and stop army Sudanese rebel groups.

Juba, Machar said, did not want to give Khartoum the satisfaction of seeing sanctions being placed on South Sudan less than year after achieving independence from Sudan, which has been under sanctions from the US since 1997 for being a state sponsor of terrorism.

He said the decision to withdraw the SPLA forces from Heglig, which was taken by the cabinet in Juba on Friday in his absence, was a wise one in response to the mounting pressure from the international community.

Machar said his country would now step up its diplomatic offensive over Heglig and seven other disputed areas which he said Sudan had illegally annexed along the 1,800 kilometer border.

South Sudan’s foreign minister, Nhial Deng Nhial, is preparing to post senior diplomats to the UN, EU, AU and to key countries around the world in order to represent and present the interests of the new nation abroad.

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  • 23 April 2012 04:32, by Akol Liai Mager

    Thanks Machar, admitting mistake is always a road to recovery and part of responsibility. But I would be very happy to see those who have contributed to this failure held accountable and send home and on top of them the foreign minister Mr Nhial Deng Nhial. God bless South Sudan with Machar as an exceptional leader.

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    • 23 April 2012 05:27, by Kurnyel

      There is no need for God to bless South Sudan instead of God damn South Sudan, yes Dr Machar is a Nuer who wanted to free Nuer from Dinka slavery. take for example his defaction from SPLA Garang to Khartoum 1991-2002 so please ya junbiin becareful with him he is a deadly snake inside your house. Amen

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      • 23 April 2012 05:40, by Mi diit

        Machar, let the government correct the issue of diplomacy and then reoccupy panthou and defend all our 1956 borders.

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        • 23 April 2012 06:50, by Ahmed Chol

          Where was Nhial Deng Nhial as a foreign Minister who all that diplomacy battle took place at home and in abroad?

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          • 23 April 2012 07:42, by viper

            Ahmed Chol, The so called Nhial Deng Nhial was attending the elections of manchester united football club on the very day our SPLA occupied Hijlij because he is a member in the club. What I want to tell you is this, you need not to continue blaming Cde Nhial for the last mistakes, but you should call for his dismissal as the head of our diplomats couz he is among the failure south sudanese

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          • 23 April 2012 10:52, by bior angeth

            Do not start blaming each other; the problem is for all of you South Sudanese. I do not think the foreign minister can make any immediate solution relating to that problem. You know the problem is not only Heglig. The problem is why demarcation is delayed?

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          • 23 April 2012 19:38, by Deng Ateny Lueth

            No, I’M here calling for immediate removable of foreign minister, Nhial Deng Nhial because he failed his responisiblity. He suppose to take quick trip to both LUSSY AU and UN in NY to explain the reason why we entered Panthou and let them know it was our territory. this is the second time Nhial failed his duties, first as Defense minister and now as foreign affairs. he failed his obligations all

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        • 23 April 2012 07:12, by CHUOLJBOL

          Vice president machar tell the truth at the last minute and why they come up with unchewing decision?

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        • 23 April 2012 07:38, by Mach

          This proved how inexperience all the politicians in Juba are, how could they give in to someone who had no idea of how the borders between Sudan and South Sudan are drawn?

          How could Juba make an argument from now forward that Panthou/Heglig is their territory? The Politicians in Juba should have told the UN to calm down because they had no idea of where the borders are!

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          • 23 April 2012 08:24, by viper

            Mach, who do you think is to be the right person to give explaination about panthou? Is it not Nhial Deng Nhial who was in Europe attending the election of the manchester united football club when our forces occupied Hijlij? You pple should call for Nhial’s dismissal due to his incompetence in our diplomacy. How can you expect a football fan to be a foreign secretary? This failure was brought by N

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            • 23 April 2012 08:42, by mohammed ali

              The decision to go to war was a poor decision! It was taken by a single man. That was Machar! Salva didn’t know about it, untill he was given a memmo while he was addressing the so called " liberation council" of the SPLA.He suddenly diverted his talk to Heglig.Why did Machar do so? Let us ago to Addis.Talks were progressing very well for the first time! 4freedoms, Basheer visit to Juba, ...com

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              • 23 April 2012 08:50, by mohammed ali

                ...at last lasting peace for the two countries.Pagan will win and Salva presidency is consolidated! How to spoil this , at this critical moment. War was the name of the game! Salva or Pagan would not take such a decision , just only 2 days after Pagan visit to Khartoum and all of the world was happy for that.No sane person will go to war at that moment. It was very stupid timing!...con

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                • 23 April 2012 08:57, by mohammed ali

                  ..They will defeat their own goals!They will appear as agressors, as it happened now.Who has got the interest to spoil Addis talks? It is the man who is fixing his eyes on the one million dollars chair.The cunning Doctor!He didn’t utter a single word during the first few days.He left naive Salva to play in the circus, alone! All the blame internationally fell upon him.He discredited him ...

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                  • 23 April 2012 09:08, by mohammed ali

                    ..infront of the US president, who had just few days personally talked to him over the phone! Also the UN, AU, EU and all of the world!The cunning Doctor is playing his cards very well! He now he is shifting the blame " internally " to another Dinka figure.Nihal Deng! Heglig was not discussed in Addis as a disputed area.How could the man be prepared & defend the undefedable.In fact...con

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                    • 23 April 2012 09:15, by mohammed ali

                      ..It was Machar who signed in the Hague the accptance of the ruling that Heglig is part of Sudan.It would appear unpatriotic if Nihal Deng say that, and stupid if stand infront of the world to discard an international court decision! The man is very cunning! Now he admits the weakness of the GOSS, but it is not his mistake, somebody else mistake. Who is guilty now?

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                      • 23 April 2012 09:21, by mohammed ali

                        ..Salva, for not listining to US president, UN-SG and fighting unwinable war; Pagan, who will appear who talks double and Nihal Deng! With one stroke he discredited all of them. Machar remained unscathed! They way to presidency is open very well again.Addis talks or Pagan wont be able to spoil it! The internal war wont stop there.Machar ambitions wont stop there!He has got the army behind him!

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                        • 23 April 2012 11:06, by mohammed ali

                          Actually did not admit anything. Machar accused Nihal Deng of performing badly , paving the way to replace him with one from his tribe! The man is cunning. He is playing politica!

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            • 23 April 2012 09:55, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

              How lunatic you are? You are very foolish human being I ever read your crap, where do you came from with your childish clam about foreign minister being in Europe for football election, don’t think that working on diplomatic is not like comment on Sudan tribune put that in your sick skull, you are the must useless cheap self-clime for knowing anything but you are nothing than underwear under LT

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              • 23 April 2012 09:58, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                Gen Nhial Deng, stop coming up with your stupid.

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                • 23 April 2012 11:27, by viper

                  The worst thing of all is that, we the pple of S. Sudan do not accept our mistakes and this is a great challenge. What is the relationship b/n our diplomatic moves with the election of MAN. U club that our minister was attending that day? Pple like Dinka dominated SPLM/A do not understand things and claim to know everything. Lt Gen Nhial has failed and that should be accepted by wise pple

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            • 23 April 2012 10:08, by Nuer

              Viper, Yes him, but he failed badly, than Marial should replace him , he is the right person who can explain the Panthou case to the world very well, they UN, US EU and Useless AU Could end up joining us in the dance in JUBA oh,

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          • 24 April 2012 04:46, by Jimmy A. Makur

            Yes there is poor diplomacy in case of Heglig or Panthou. Nhial Deng Nhial has fail so President Mayardit must replace him with someone esle.

            Either with Luka Biong Deng or Ezikel Gatkuoth or Dr Akec Koch

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        • 23 April 2012 08:14, by Diu J.Kuek

          Thanks to Dr Riek for admitted the mistake over Heglig because for poor diplomacy as well as International levels now the decision left for the President Kiir to see who can be capable to run Foreign policy Nhial Deng Nhial has completely failed is become total failure.
          Yes minister of foreign Affairs some time is working according to the President orders but at least he should have some roles.

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          • 23 April 2012 08:35, by Diu J.Kuek

            If President Kiir want to correct this mistake over Heglig (Panthou) as entire South Sudan community united behind him now its time to activate his Government policy.
            yesterday I was suggest for the two persons Pagan Amum or Dr Luka Biong another fellow told me that Barnaba Marial will be capable to run our Foreign policy please Mr Persident revive your Diplomatic policy its so weak.

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      • 23 April 2012 07:31, by Monydit K

        Kurnyel, southern Sudan is a country that for all of us, neither for Dinka or Nuer and of which every citizen has right to rule. And therefore people like you maybe the future leaders of southern Sudan by the end of the day. The conflict between us and north Sudan need unity among us as a nation under one umbrella.

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        • 23 April 2012 08:32, by viper

          Monydit k, who told you that Kurnyiel is a South Sudanese? Do you think that he is among the future leaders of S. Sudan if he was a S. Sudanese? Kurnyiel is an Arab hiding under our names. How can a true S. Sudanese reject the blessing of God to us? Kurnyiel is a true confused Arab boy. By now if you want to respond to him, talk to him/her as an Arab, not as S. Sudanese

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          • 23 April 2012 09:28, by Monydit K

            Yeah bro I realise lastly he is bloody Arab because of his divisive and for sure he can’t be a future leader even in north Sudan.

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          • 23 April 2012 09:32, by Monydit K

            Yeah bro I realize lastly that he is bloody Arab because of his divisive words and for sure he can’t be a future leader even in north Sudan.

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      • 23 April 2012 09:26, by Chok Deng

        Thanks Dr.Riek Machar,you admitted the poor diplomacy of South Sudan.Ali Karti the foreign minister of Sudan was busy when SPLA entered Panthou,while our foreign minister disappeared completely.Nhial Deng Nhial should explain to South Sudanese why he disappeared at the time we are really in need of him,even the South’s deafs,blinds,disables,children,olds are looking for him.

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        • 23 April 2012 09:39, by Chok Deng

          To President Kiir
          Dear president,we are really very sorry and disappointed by your foreign policy.Choose somebody who can run the foreign policy in the way every Southerner like it,your foreign policy failure will be the failure of Southerners.Take that piece of advice and think over it.

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      • 23 April 2012 18:19, by Ruach

        Kurliel.My friend celebrate today and laugh loud!Your loud laugh willl produce some tears after few days.Mark my word.We must reoccupy Panthou permanently.

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      • 23 April 2012 21:09, by Ruach

        South Sudan is the blessed land that is why you want to take it by force

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    • 23 April 2012 07:05, by Young Patriot

      Akol,
      I totally agree with
      you and VP Riek’s admission
      of South Sudan poor diplomacy over Heglig. Nhial D Nhial should be sacked if he doesn’t resign. The guy has become a political liability in South Sudan politics. Whe he was defence Minister, we lost Abyei to NIF crooks. We want Telar Ring, the caretaker gov of Lakes state to replace him.

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      • 23 April 2012 07:07, by Young Patriot

        I mean Telar Ring, the former
        caretaker governor of Lake State

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      • 23 April 2012 10:18, by Nuer

        Young P, you said it all, our blame is on him Nhial, but the right person is not Telar who never been in Foreign mission before, Marial, the current Information minister is the right person, he has got hug experiences , he have been working as SPLM foreign foreign missions for 24 years, I think he is the right person who can represent Panthou case to world better,

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    • 23 April 2012 07:28, by zulu

      Thanks who? the truth must be said because Machar never said that ST. It is understandable though and the wounds are noted with SAF and the National criminal party.

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    • 23 April 2012 09:00, by Sir King

      Yes, admit like that your leadership is poor with this cowboy, Wen Kuethpiny. How comes for him to maintain Nhial Deng Nhial in foreign ministry, to let down the Nation like that when he sees Karti negotiating with international community every time. Shame on Nhial and his leader. Nhial Deng has been a dull man since struggle and he purport to stand for Presidency which he will not get completely.

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    • 23 April 2012 14:31, by Loko El Pollo

      THIS IS THE WRONG TIME TO CAST BLAMES.LET THE ARMY PREPARE TO WARD-OFF ANY INCURSION IN TO OUR TERRITORIES.THIS MIGHT BE A FULL SCALE WAR,NOBODY KNOWS WHAT KHARTOUM PLAN IS NOW?

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  • 23 April 2012 05:26, by George Bol

    This is not a time for talking,it’s a time for responding to SAF in high level. I don;t what the international will say now while the Khartoum is still attacking the South? the International need to warn bashier if not then SPLA will occupy Panthou and other areas.

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    • 23 April 2012 05:38, by Kurnyel

      So yor are complaining that the Church in Khartoum being burn down? There is nothing wrong with insect Church to be burn down. So what are you still doing here? we don’t want you any more because it is you who chose to become Southerners not us. Amen

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      • 23 April 2012 05:54, by Bona

        what a confused animal, the article is not talking about terrorist being burn down the church, it is talking about heglig occupation please reread the article once again.
        your hatred generated you out of topic idiots

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      • 23 April 2012 09:56, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

        Thanks for VP Riek Machar.
        We need the preferable diplomatic official like Dr. Marial Benjamin and Madam Ann Itto, Nhial Deng Nhial has let our Country down during Panthow occupation by South Sudan strongest army.
        It was clear that SPLA completely defeated the SAF forces in Panthow but poor international awareness let our Country down at last minute.

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        • 23 April 2012 10:22, by Nuer

          Simon, you got it right Dr. Marial is best and top well experiences more than anyone in South Sudan,he deserve it without competition, from Ann or Telar Ring as some suggest,

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        • 23 April 2012 11:10, by Ruach

          Simon Puok Nyang.Marial Benjamin/Bil-Lual is the best substitute for failed Nhial Deng Nhial.Leave alone a woman to take this post.She can be given money and may even sell her body to Jallaba and keep silent.Marial Benjamin is the best subtitute.

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    • 23 April 2012 06:16, by Land-of-Cush

      The good thing is this, conflict between south and north will bring us together under one umbrella and leave away differences among us. South Sudanese people should be very proud because you are very strong people. Whole nation voices out and call for withdrawal of new born nation. This time we will take diplomatic as choice to make world aware of the inch of our nation.

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      • 23 April 2012 06:17, by Land-of-Cush

        If north Sudan will not agree with this then we will take action to liberate Khartoum instead of Heglig.

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  • 23 April 2012 05:50, by acuil deng

    This is where Sudan was caught in a lie, infact, this what actually happened.
    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/237363.html

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    • 23 April 2012 06:04, by Deng II

      Machar, need to explain why he signed the documents in Hague in 2009. He the one who went to Permanent Court of Arbitation in 2009. Now every news said Heglig had recognised by international communities in 2009,but not talking about the border of 1956.

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      • 23 April 2012 06:12, by Deng II

        Machar cannot be allow to be President because he is too prostitute to be a leader. he can accepting every things like Lago. He can ease to be deceit, bride, and etc, because you should not make yourself to be a good person where it should not requires.

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        • 23 April 2012 06:27, by Mi diit

          Jalaba (Deng II),

          You Khartoumers are liars. Read the Hague court’s rulling. It didn’t give you Heglig. It just said heglig of was not part of Abyei. Wait until the north-south border is demarcated and you will see that Panthou (heglig) falls within South Sudan. So Machar did not give it to you looters. Just be educated to understand the ruling.

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          • 23 April 2012 06:37, by Deng II

            Mi Diit
            Stop your stupidity like Rick Machar Please, who told you Im Jalaba Devil? Don’t you read every news and found out saying that Heglig is recoginised by the international communities according Permanent Court of Arbitration. Its Rick who lead the delegation then.

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        • 23 April 2012 06:34, by Land-of-Cush

          Deng II
          The court was not about Higlig instead of Abyei. But the court rule out that the Heglig fall out from Abyei region. In thich the north interperate it as a part of south Kordofan but south Sudan said is a part of Unity state. Machar did’t even ink the paper because of Heglig as it was not the case.

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          • 23 April 2012 06:43, by Deng II

            Land

            But the Court did awarded Heglig to North right? Do you know why the Court awarded Heglig to North while the case was about Abyei? Can you accepted to signed the paper or why can Rick objecting the court ruling?

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          • 23 April 2012 09:32, by mohammed ali

            Land, Machar did INK the paper and he knowes that!The game is about the presidency , not Heglig!The SPLA included on 4 areas in the negotiation in Addis. Heglig was not one of them! Aresponsible government can’t change it’s mind overnight!

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        • 23 April 2012 09:26, by mohammed ali

          Deng, you understood the name of the game very well. It is not Heglig! It is the presidency!

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  • 23 April 2012 05:58, by equtoria helped

    spla oyee! we will get abiyei and heglig back spla oyee!

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    • 23 April 2012 06:10, by Kurnyel

      Equatorian instead of organising your own rebelltion against misteatment of Nuer/Dinka you are saying SPLa oyee have your father or your uncle ever fight in the history of Sudan? the ansewer must be no because you just return from Uganda or Congo so please beaway from Sudanese problems.

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    • 23 April 2012 07:18, by AfroArabian

      The new oil-rich nation is one of the least developed countries in the world, where one in seven children dies before the age of five. ...equatoria....i guess u are number 8...looooool....oyeeee

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  • 23 April 2012 06:02, by acuil deng

    This is the only time Sudan told the truth about what happened in Panthou(Heglig) on Friday.
    www.presstv.ir/detail/237363.

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    • 23 April 2012 06:30, by Mi diit

      acuil deng,

      Thanks man. The liars in Khartoum are caught red-handed.

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  • 23 April 2012 07:41, by E. Defense Forces
  • 23 April 2012 07:56, by viper

    Dear S. Sudanese, my advice to you is this, "don,t waste your times responding to those confused fake Arabs when the title does not concern them and us. The title now require only S. Sudanese to stand up together to condemn Nhial Deng and call for his dismissal as the head of our diplomats since he has failed. This discussion does not involve the crimnals of sudan but south sudanese only. Thanks

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    • 23 April 2012 08:17, by morogot batal

      i agree with you viper

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  • 23 April 2012 08:15, by Konan

    Abyei steering committee and Dinka Nagock have confirmed supporting SAF war for liberation of every inch across the country. At time they noted that SPLA had invaded Higlig for bargaining it with Abyei. Steering committee deputy chairman Mjed Yak told (smc) that they cheered SAF to having liberated Higlig. He affirms that SPLA invaded Higlig in order to give up Abyei.

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    • 23 April 2012 08:17, by Konan

      Mjed Yak affirms that SPLA invaded Higlig in order to give up Abyei. The second stage after Higlig battle will be liberation Anabt area assuring that they rejected offering any position for SPLM in Abyei administration.

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      • 23 April 2012 08:19, by Konan

        Upper Nile state in southern Sudan suffers sharp shortage and rising prices in food and petroleum commodities. Citizens live in Malakal capital of the state told (smc) that 10 Kilos of sugar are sold for SDG100, sack of sorghum, worth SDG400 a sack of onion SDG 350, while benzene and gasoline are sold for SDG5000, SDG 3000 respectively for each barrel.

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        • 23 April 2012 08:20, by Konan

          Sources say that citizens are feeling frustrated for SPLM unwise polices which resulted in high living conditions and scarcity of commodities.

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          • 23 April 2012 08:28, by Konan

            Sudan summoned international Red Cross committee IRCC representative in Khartoum to exchange ideas on procedures for burring SPLA killed element in Higlig liberation battle. Govt. of Sudan has undertaken the step in observation and commitment to humanity law stipulated in Geneva four agreements related to international conflicts.

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  • 23 April 2012 08:36, by wad balad

    Poor diplomacy ?? stupid insects !!
    U invaded a foriegn country, hegieg is legally part of sudan. The international community doesnt understand dinka land and all that nonsense u talking about. Heglieg lies north of the 1956 border by 70km, how did u think u wre goin to convince any one its part of south sudan?
    This was an attempt to sabotage sudans economy and we will respond in kind.

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  • 23 April 2012 09:01, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Congratulation Dr. Machar for accepting the trueth, if we had been doing things intransparency like your statement South Sudan would have gone a head and bless rather then curse.
    Was Khartoum resposible to make your diplomacy?????????
    why was it not disputed during the rulling??if so why did you not tell your friends from day one.

    God is great that the South is accepting the trueth,
    Machar/Kiir g

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    • 23 April 2012 09:19, by Darkangel
      • 23 April 2012 09:20, by Darkangel

        The South Sudan government has been adamant that it pulled back unilaterally and was not pushed out militarily. Machar said there was no fighting on Friday when the announcement came to withdraw.

        That is not true, according to the testimony from the front lines, which paints a picture of a steady strategic retreat southward by South Sudan since Thursday.

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        • 23 April 2012 09:20, by Darkangel

          A bandage around his right hand, Samuel Bol sat in an inner courtyard in the military hospital in Bentiu. For three days, he was stationed at a defensive position north of Heglig. The South Sudanese forces were under heavy aerial bombardment, and on Thursday, a heavy ground attack started.

          "Their forces just kept growing and growing," he said. "We had to withdraw to protect the tanks."

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  • 23 April 2012 09:23, by Julia Anok

    Nhial Deng Nhial has failed our country miserably he must to go. Where is Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth to fill that position? God bless our gallant force who has fought tirelessly and has been fail by block head Nhial Deng.

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  • 23 April 2012 09:46, by wang

    Our politicians were got that one wrong; it wasn’t mistake for SPLA to invade the Heglig in the first place. Those terrorist from Khartoum were first started the war by stealing our oil, building an illegal pipeline in our territory and frequently Bombings and attack our territory as (George Bol already said). Riek shouldn’t have come up with that word (poor decisions)

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  • 23 April 2012 09:48, by Nuer

    Thanks Dr. Machar for admitting the fact,Its very true that our diplomacy was so weak during our occupation,Nhial himself failed the young Nation diplomacy, so H.E the president and you need to immediately replace him by Marial who is capable in diplomatic mission and who is also only hope of the people of South Sudan,we wish you leaders see like we can see Nhial bad performance in FM,

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    • 23 April 2012 09:56, by Nuer

      Hence, posting those old and drunkards ambassadors to UN, EU, US and other key Countries would not help , if we want to badly defeat Khartoum on both table & field as our brave SPLA did last two weeks, than replacing Nhial with Marial will be positive move, our Foreign missions even in Juba are satisfy by our FM Nhial, that is why sometime they go Marial in Information to at least have

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      • 23 April 2012 10:04, by Nuer

        something they can report back to their nations about South Sudan, Marial shown his competency during the interim period, he knows how to explain such thing to outside world,if he was him who was the Minister of Foreign Affairs by then the internationals communities could join us celebrating our liberation to Pathou instead of impose on us sanction.

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  • 23 April 2012 10:04, by Sara

    Offfff for you Janobeen,, why you start this dame ware from the beginning!! pleas try to consider developing your country first.. you do have more and bigger than heglig what you did to them?? you stop them and come after heglig!! ahhhhhh5 menkom.. build schools, roads hospitals left up your ppl you do have resources but you are wasting them to gain NOTHING this is insane ya jnobeen.

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    • 23 April 2012 11:17, by Ruach

      Sara!Keep silent my gurl friend.You just enjoy my dick injects some sperms to you.My dick will allow a freedom of speeeches in the North.Or u need some one ’s dick in RSS the beautiful,but confused Arab!You know nothing about RSS.You just enjoy my dick

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      • 24 April 2012 09:52, by Sara

        poor Ruach
        disgusting.. and irrelevant to the subject

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  • 23 April 2012 11:36, by 4Justice

    When Sudanese Foreign minister Ali Karti was travelling all over the world Moscow, Washington, London, South Africa, Doha, Delhi, Paris, Latin America what was your autistic foreign minister doing in Juba? you have all seen how hectic Ali Karti was since he became Foreign minister. Now you can see why the international community is rallying behind Khartoum.

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    • 23 April 2012 11:54, by 4Justice

      I suffer from autism and i can be a Foreign minister too, look at me I am a Minister! people call me BANYDIT

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  • 23 April 2012 17:39, by Northern Sudanese

    Poor diplomacy? why dont just admit that your poor asses got kicked out :D

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  • 23 April 2012 17:39, by Northern Sudanese

    the number of your dead brothers in Heglig are 1,200 .............

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    • 23 April 2012 18:19, by Young Patriot

      Tha is nothing Mr NS
      compared to 4000 bloody
      SAF soldiers who were
      confirmed dead in and around Heglig.
      You were bashed up
      well by our Mighty SPLA commandos

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      • 23 April 2012 20:01, by Northern Sudanese

        Young Patriot

        You need physical treatment bro........SAF forces killed in heglig are 240 compared to 1,200 spla forces.......that means 1 SAF soldier=more than 4 SPLA soldiers.......learn maths!

        OMG salva, you have humiliated your people so much that they are now making up lies innorder to raise their poor heads up........what a shame salva.........

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  • 23 April 2012 18:27, by Kim Deng

    Folks,

    Blaming ourselves (South Sudanese) is not the solution, but confronting these rats (arabized Nubians) in the field of death the only way out. They (rats) are now advancing towards Bentiu town and other towns as well. We must face them rats by all necessary means.

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  • 23 April 2012 23:12, by Northern Sudanese

    Our celebrations after the heglig was retaken by our forces. these were good times........celebrations took place in cities all over sudan but this is the one in Khartoum in front of our military Headquarters
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cck...

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