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April 20, 2012 (WASHINGTON) – The United States President Barack Obama made a personal appeal to the governments in Khartoum and Juba to end the worst fighting since the country split into two.

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US President Barack Obama speaks during the sixth annual Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride around the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 20, 2012 (AFP)

Last week South Sudan forces entered the oil-rich region of Heglig and only on Friday did Khartoum announce that it has managed to recapture it after expelling defeating Juba’s forces. The latter denied that it was beaten and claimed that it has ordered a withdrawal to commence immediately and to be completed within three days.

South Sudan has brushed aside all international calls to withdraw over the last ten days and also laid claim to Heglig saying it is part of Unity State. However it left the door open for pulling out on condition that Khartoum ceases aerial bombardments, withdraw from Abyei and for UN to deploy peacekeepers to the contested area.

Negotiations on post-independence issues were halted in the wake of the fighting and Khartoum now says that it will not resume unless Juba compensates it for any damages that is widely believed to have occurred in Heglig oil facilities which produces half Sudan’s crude.

Obama warned that progress made by the two countries toward peace and prosperity was now "at risk of unraveling" and urged the two nations to step back from the brink.

"You still have a chance to avoid being dragged back into war, which only leads to one place; more suffering; more refugees; more death; more lost dreams for you and your children," Obama said in a videotaped message to the people of the two countries.

He outlined steps the two sides need to take to de-escalate the situation.

"We know what needs to happen — the government of Sudan must stop its military actions, including aerial bombardments," Obama said.

"Likewise, the government of South Sudan must end its support for armed groups inside Sudan and it must cease its military actions across the border," he added.

The US also directed a warning to "all those who are fighting, including in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, must recognize that there is no military solution".

South Kordofan has been the scene of continuous battles since June 2011 between Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and rebels from the Sudan people Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N). The conflict began in the wake of elections that saw incumbent Ahmed Haroun winning against SPLM-N candidate Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu.

The SPLM-N accused the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of rigging the vote did not recognise the outcome. Later, fighting broke out after the SPLM-N alleged that SAF sought to forcibly disarm them. But Khartoum accused the SPLM-N of triggering the fighting after attacking a police stations in South Kordofan and seizing weapons.

Later fighting spread to the Blue Nile and Sudanese president ordered the sacking of its governor Malik Agar who heads the SPLM-N. Both sides traded accusations on how who fired the first shot.

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White House | President Obama’s Message to the People of Sudan and South Sudan | 20 April 2012

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  • 21 April 2012 12:14, by AAMA

    I think it’s much more difficult to achieve peace now simply because of border claims that will only be solved in two situation. A) the country unites again (then it doesn’t really matter much like bofore). B) both NCP and SPLM removed from office and replaced by responsible ppl who seek a win win solution (not eat all the cake).

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    • 21 April 2012 12:50, by omoni jr.

      AMMA.
      I do support your idea,but we African sudanese so are so blind with hatred against each other or one another because of what we do ,how you look,your hobbies,religous,acompany,brown,dark skin,and so on.....and we let the white men take the advantages over our arguments and imposed curfew to us in our own land. If we stop calling our fellow countrymen some funny names,then we will be reunit

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    • 21 April 2012 13:52, by Abraham Ayom

      Hi Obama & world leaders,we are tied of your business.
      warning or calling both two Sudan to end fighting doesn’t sound enough and cannot solve problems. You better hit the nail on the head to whoever you thinks is guilty of committing crime or doing unwanted thing.you don’t like something to get end. you are encouraging one another to fight instead because it’s a business for you people.

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    • 21 April 2012 16:22, by Kurnyel

      Arrest Kiir and Pagan would be a good start for Bashir to forgive southerners

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      • 21 April 2012 17:14, by sudan

        people are talking that spla should withdraw from heglig my question is going to bani moon would you please identify is heglig from south Sudan or north Sudan?

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      • 21 April 2012 22:01, by Born-to-Rule

        Kurnyel,

        Sorry dude, but you’re a total imbecile. Bashir is the world’s most wanted criminal. He killed 2.5 millions southerns and 1 million in Darfur. What planet have you been fool.

        South Sudan military and politically has demoralized Khartoum government. Khartoum will think twice the next time they try to evade south Sudan — and that’s fact .. Jack!.

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    • 21 April 2012 16:50, by mohammed ali

      AAMA, till what cake did the NCP tried to eat all. Let us be fair. NCP are angle, but the gave to the SPLA undreamed of concessions. They still want more. I suppose for somebody like you , it should have been more than clear it is not about NCP or Basheer any more.Concessions which were given to the Spla were not acceptable to the vast majority of Sudanese!

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      • 21 April 2012 16:56, by mohammed ali

        AAMA , take the last Addis Ababa meetings, all 4 au proposals were accepted by Sudan, SS rejected all.Small Arms survey which Sudan Tribune is fond of and publish it’s reports " selectively" said that 90% of the SPLA are belligerent and have war mrntality, 70% of the officers have the same!Megalomania, hate & belligerency is our problems with SS.

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        • 21 April 2012 17:01, by mohammed ali

          AAMA, again who will remove our rulers, whatever they are? is it Obama?! Obama was pushing for referundum before border demarcation and settling all the remaining issues. Ironically he had sent Husni Mubarak & Gadafi to warn Basheer not to postpone the referundum.He is partially responsible for what is happening! More-over it is the American who are training and arming the SPLA.

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          • 21 April 2012 17:07, by mohammed ali

            aama, just tell him to leave us alone, we can keep whom want and who we want to.Changing NCP wont solve our problems with SS.What was given to SS by NCP, is much more than what they dream of.The minister of oil in the GNU from SS asked this question:Why do you want to seperate, what do you want more, you are ruling yourself alone & taking part in ruling Sudan & could rule it all if you win electio

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            • 22 April 2012 08:21, by AAMA

              Ya Mohamed,

              Do you think there will be ever peace between in Sudan so long as those guys are playing cat and mouse. I know NCP was generous to them (way way more that they are to us) and still they dont get it, but they also sometimes react to them (because this is our nature as sudanese, in both parts (we dont like hagara)) and then the saga continue.

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              • 22 April 2012 08:30, by AAMA

                So whats the solution ya Mohamed, can you tell me because i see an endless war unless we are united again (highly unlikely)or those guys in both parts start working toghether which is close to imposible. I just dont see a way out in the near future. We wont give more of our country to them and they claim everything they have a name for or set there eye on. Just endless war unless a miracle happens

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  • 21 April 2012 12:57, by Thiang Geka

    Obama!! You can send your special envoy to help demarcate the borders between the two countries otherwise South Sudan Army shall not pull out from Phanthoa whatsoever.

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  • 21 April 2012 13:11, by Adam

    It is too late Mr. President. Why this situation was allowed to happen in the first place? I think people of both countries will suffer more, but there will be no fire. There will be other wars - more fierce. It is time for the peoples of big Sudan to take actions to remove those who are taking us no where.

    Adam Milawaki
    Kansas City

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    • 21 April 2012 20:54, by Born-to-Rule

      Adam,

      I understand your confusion —

      Many of you have never been in the arms forces, so it’s very difficult for many of you to understand the strategies of the war. South Sudan has won this war. Even-though south Sudan doesn’t have an air force.

      Politically, Khartoum is demoralized by south Sudan witch is less than a year old. South Sudan should be very proud on their achievement.

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  • 21 April 2012 13:34, by AfroArabian

    A complete failure on the people of Sudan..both north and south. What is the outcome of war? more taxes to ’help’ rebuild infrastructure..more taxes to provide ’security’..and who pays these taxes...the people...as government salaries are tax free. What a shame...a complete oil resource of 2 countries now goes to waste..and we go back to the stone-age..a big pity.

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    • 21 April 2012 14:07, by Adam

      This is what I am saying. This is why all nuts in power have to go - here and there. Long live innocent people of Sudan.

      Adam Milawaki
      Kansas City

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  • 21 April 2012 14:38, by Wiyual

    Omaha is too soft on this case of Sudan/South Sudan. This border issues does not need begging the two leaders of Sudanese. It you to apply a no-fly-zone in the border of Sudan/South Sudan so that demarcation shall take place without intimidations

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  • 21 April 2012 14:42, by 4Justice

    Oil is the Devil’s excrement —Venezuelan politician Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonzo, one of the founders of OPEC.

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    • 21 April 2012 15:08, by Dinkawarrior

      The foreign minister Nhial Deng and the bitch who is representing us in general assembly of UN must resign their positions immediately. We never heard anything from those guys, they faill us seriouly. Mr. Kiir also fail to address the nation for the current situation on the ground? Medias shouldn’t only be used as the sources providers but as a tailback through leadership’ideas!

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  • 21 April 2012 18:15, by E. Defense Forces

    Kiir and the entire government of RSS must step down.

    Obama calls for end to fighting between Khartoum and Juba
    http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/444/Obama_calls_for_end_to_fighting_between_Khartoum_and_Juba/
    Recovery of the Sudanese army to Heglig
    http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/439/Recovery_of_the_Sudanese_army_to_Heglig/
    Al-Bashir to prevent the passage http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/4

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  • 21 April 2012 18:16, by E. Defense Forces

    Kiir and the entire government of RSS must step down.

    Obama calls for end to fighting between Khartoum and Juba
    http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/444/Obama_calls_for_end_to_fighting_between_Khartoum_and_Juba/
    Recovery of the Sudanese army to Heglig
    http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/439/Recovery_of_the_Sudanese_army_to_Heglig/
    Al-Bashir to prevent the passage http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/4

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  • 21 April 2012 19:19, by Tamongali

    that is a good decision president obama. The mistake committed was that referendum was carried out without border demarcation and Abyie referendum.Any way it is an excellence forward step but needs hard words and seriousness. I ask almighty god to let these two poor countries to avoid wasting their rare resources on this senseless war. Amen

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    • 21 April 2012 22:00, by mohammed ali

      Tamongeli, we also say ameeeen with.Peace is what we need! We need peace than anything.No winner in war both are loosers! We had no choice except defending our country!

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      • 21 April 2012 22:21, by AfroArabian

        Obama can go screw himself.. when the battle is CONFIRMED over..he jumps and gives us his words of wisdom??? where is he in Syria..where is he in Iraq....or better yet in Palestine.. the asshole just cares about US interests in the region, not about Africa..not even Kenya his homeland. He is afraid if the region blows up, they will loose their stations in Djiboeti and Ethiopia etc..screw US bullsh

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  • 21 April 2012 22:25, by AfroArabian

    If our governments in Sudan look towards their people, they will stop being so hard headed and take care of their nations..not in terms of fire-arms...but with open arms. we will never be separated, we are like twins, separated by foreign interests. Give and take, peacefully, it is our only way forward for both countries. we dont need UN, AU, US or any other to help us plan our futures..its ours

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    • 21 April 2012 22:29, by AfroArabian

      S.Sudan can never beat us militarily, just population wise we are more, and have more people who know how to carry a fire-arm and trained. N. Sudan will always retaliate with excessive force...so why jeopardize ur new nation and send it back another 30 years? the west knows this, the AU knows this..isnt it time ur government understood this?

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      • 21 April 2012 22:33, by AfroArabian

        being a Muslim majority..our Holy Quran teaches us "wa ajnah lil silm" meaning go for peace (if the enemy abides to it)...we didnt force ourselves on u...what do u have that we dont? oil? how did YOU find it...wasnt it the N.Sudanese oil contracts that made it possible? and what have u achieved since ur independence with the oil revenues...besides night clubs in Juba?

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        • 21 April 2012 22:36, by AfroArabian

          After what happened in Heglig....ur going to have a rough ride with N.Sudan....prepare yourselves for the consequences of your governments actions...and as the Kenyan saying goes.." when two elephants play, it is usually the grass that pays the price"...dont u agree?

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          • 22 April 2012 01:33, by Mou

            Darkangel,
            You are right, I watched carefully and analysed keenly then I came out with unquestable answers.
            1. This is a video of 2009. 2. I have not seen Arabs in the video except Bashir and his body guard standing behind him, all army are from Darfur, Nubian and South Sudanese who are no longer there with you today. Please prove be wrong here.

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            • 22 April 2012 02:06, by Darkangel

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOykf7A5SDQ&feature=relmfu

              You are right - Sudan Army is made up of Sudanese people from Darfur, Nuba and all tribes of Sudan. Unlike Dinka dominated SPLM. Yes there were Southerners in SAF in 2009. But they are gone - they didnt take with them all these tanks, rockets and planes did they ?

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  • 22 April 2012 02:11, by E. Defense Forces
    • 22 April 2012 02:41, by Mou

      Darkangels,
      I can see you are good man who accept the truth. I also read keenly and analysed your short answer to my state and I came out with another question. You agree that yes there were Darfur, Nubian, and South Sudan and that they went and you remained with tanks, rockets and planes. if I may ask you, do your tanks, rockets and planes operate alone? who wil if ther’re operate by men? tell m

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  • 22 April 2012 04:41, by equtoria helped

    SOUTH SUDAN OYEEEE! A PROJECT HAS BEEN GOING UNDERWAY TO BUILD A 60 FLOOR BUILDING IN SOUTH SUDAN MAKING IT THE TALLEST BUILDING IN AFRICA THIS WILL BE DONE IN JUBA ! the construction will BE DONE SOME TIME THIS YEAR WE ARE DEVELOPING AND NOT LOOKING BACK SPLA OYEE!

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    • 22 April 2012 06:46, by AfroArabian

      equatoria ur such a idiot.u run from heglig,ur now under threat of bombardment to your oilfields and all u think about is a fucking building.loool.get a life.how high is it again?..now tell me..who will occupy it? of course non of your countrymen, except the ones stealing ur oil.it will be Westerners and ARABS..yes ARABS..UAE, Lebanese, Egyptians..all u get is the shade it makes over ur dumb head.

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      • 22 April 2012 06:54, by AfroArabian

        let me tell u another fact...
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Africa
        ...seems u took too much mareesa yesterday...or the running from heglig took all the air from ur head and left u dizzy..dumb ass bitch....loooool....

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        • 22 April 2012 06:57, by AfroArabian

          try not to humiliate yourself more than you have... people will start thinking ALL southern sudanese are like you... come on admit it...you are a comboni reject, even they didnt accept you...right?..loooool...

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  • 22 April 2012 05:17, by Hitler

    Leadership who do not listen to the cray of his people is of no use. You are a leader elected by us not UN, USA or fucking how ever may be. Stand by our cause; Jalaba is the greatest threat to this new nation. No one ever told you that he/she is not ready for this. We will stand by you, stand by South Sudan and will stand by what S.Sudan will represent: die and live for it. No more fucking order.

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    • 22 April 2012 07:52, by Darkangel

      No Hitler you retard - Jalaba arent your worst enemy. They let you have referendum and own country after 50 years of war. You idiots have to decide war with Sudan or support for the SPLM-N and Darfur rebels. As long as you chose to support them, Sudan will bomb you and fight you. You want peace, stop it and see how things will change.

      But Kiir and Pagan fool you to steal your oil money and tribal

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