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South Sudan army heads for 1956 border


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

April 11, 2012 (BENTIU) – Unity state’s information minister, Gideon Gatpan Thoar, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that South Sudan’s forces now are not only in control of Heglig but have advanced 23km north of it.

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Gideon Gatpan Thoar (ST)

Thoar said that the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) intend to reach the border between the two countries as it was demarcated in 1956 – the year British-Egyptian colonial rule ended.

Thoar said that Juba been patient during negotiations with Khartoum hosted by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, awaiting a settlement on border demarcation. He said the South Sudanese people had “paid enough for this land” and that “ we will wait for what is coming from Khartoum”.

He claimed that Kersana would be part of Unity state marking the South Sudanese border with its northern neighbour, as it was the case in 1956.

Last month, President Salva Kiir claimed that Heglig belongs to South Sudan. The two countries failed to agree on the demarcation of border particularly in the areas rich of oil and other ressources.

Unity state minister said that hearing SAF’s Anatov planes was reminiscent of the years of the Sudanese civil war which ended in 2005 and saw South Sudan succeed in 2011. He encouraged the people of frontline Unity state to support the SPLA in their defence of South Sudan’s borders.

Also on Wednessday Khartoum’s ministry of information annnouced "this aggression of South Sudan was considered offensive against the whole homeland, a matter that necessitates a strong stand of the Sudanese people to defend their homeland and its people, resources and economy."

It also stated that SAF and "regular forces" are capable of repelling the South Sudanese agression and are willing to "sacrifice lives for this sake." It accused SPLA of recieving support from the Sudan Revolutionary Front in its conflict with the SPLA.


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  • 12 April 2012 06:08, by Sundayw

    We have been patient for a long time and there is so much cheek you can turn before your face is sore. SAF has been using our lands are their own pond and pissing in it whenever they wanted. We cannot take this anymore and we reserve the right to liberate our own lands and keep negotiations open. The international community should have heed our calls to stop the bombardment of our territory.

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    • 12 April 2012 08:34, by Robot

      More to come... stay alert, SPLA has decided and time is also racing with us. to be continued......

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      • 12 April 2012 09:18, by Chok Deng

        Our border is going to be demarcated by guns,no more talk with Self-proclaimed Arabs.

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        • 12 April 2012 11:52, by Loko El Pollo


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        • 12 April 2012 12:16, by Morthon Akol

          brother, one of African leader says that border can’t be negotiated if you are sure that its your right. immediately you should take your gun and force them out. so we been peaceful with north Sudan all this time but they take it as we are not able to use what ever forces.

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          • 13 April 2012 05:03, by Jimmy A. Makur

            To Morthon Akol,

            Yes Khartoum will do anything to take over all these areas belong to South Sudan because of the oil. But they should know that this will not happen under out watch.

            Northerners are wasting their time fighting for the war they will never win. You better claims your border with Egyptians.

            1956 border is the ans.....

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    • 12 April 2012 12:51, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      There is something missing,where are the two friends Jalaby & Mohammed Ali,or they are still mourning for the fall of Heglig oil field to its owner,please guys come back on boat,stop mourning for a place which are not yours.


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      • 13 April 2012 03:11, by Loko El Pollo


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  • 12 April 2012 06:10, by Sundayw

    South Sudan does not intend to invade North. We know what is ours and what belongs to them. We are not greedy and not selfish. We offered them $2.4 billion annually in return for Abyei and they spat it back in our face. So we kept our cool and hoped that the NCP would negotiate in good faith. It did not happen. So we are now responding in kind to provocations from the SAF. We did not start it.

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    • 12 April 2012 12:12, by Runrach

      South Sudan govt should note that whatever the mistakes they made in the past has to bounce back to them. I means the mistake they did during Abyei arbitration. They Splm in their political administration position thought given the Oil rich area of heglig in Uninty State in order to make Abyei case more stronger was a political mistake as the entire citizens has witness its consequences.

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  • 12 April 2012 06:47, by zulu

    That makes 2 of us. This is a very nice statement because we went through every legal channels but the NCP rejected the courts when things are in our favor. We agreed to swipe Heglig with Abyei and warned that all things are still contested, but the arogance of a stupid man comes back to haunt him. Indeed, let us liberate Abyei because they thought we have been defeated there.

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  • 12 April 2012 07:05, by Thiang Geka

    Congratulations to the SSAF for having retake our land from the invaders

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  • 12 April 2012 07:51, by E. Defense Forces

    International calls to Juba to withdraw from the Heglig.


    African Union called on the State of South Sudan to withdraw "immediately and unconditionally" from the Heglig oil of the Sudan.

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    • 12 April 2012 07:59, by zulu

      E force,
      You are really getting very much stupid everywhere including in the diaspora discussion group. Shut the^^^ up with the AU. Do you back the leadership in the South or not?

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    • 12 April 2012 09:08, by Ruach

      Equatoeria Defense force
      What is your Concern for South Sudan Army to withdraw there.

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  • 12 April 2012 08:05, by Monye Jur

    SPLA are implementing the austirity measures on South Sudan Boarder.

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    • 12 April 2012 12:28, by Runrach

      Splm & Spla spokesmen should also learn to pronounce the names of their towns well. However, I heard Col. Aguer Panyang mispronunced the Heglig and Jaw in many occasion as if he is non Nailotic. Please Mr. Panyang Heglig is known as Aliiny/Panthou not Wunthou. Respect the local people.

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  • 12 April 2012 08:40, by Madina Tonj

    That is right, Panthou or Heglig is a Dinka area within Unity State and border areas of 1956 are even more far away from that location but Khartoum government are trying to conquest South Sudan areas and is not going to happen.

    There is no any single location of South Sudan will be taking even though they are threatening South Sudan with bombardment. Southern Sudanese people are not fear outcome

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  • 12 April 2012 08:43, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

    Bravo SPLA.
    Its stated in the Bible Isiai chapter 18 verse 1 That, this land belong to tall with smouth black skin and many people in the world will fears them.
    Kharoum government will regret, this land will finished their energy and they should know that the finishment was from God and is over.
    We raised our flag on the Mountain in Juba as Isiai state it too.

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    • 12 April 2012 08:56, by Land-of-Cush

      No question this time. Ngundeng predict that the war will harm Khartoum Bar so much but will not affect south Sudan at all.

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      • 12 April 2012 09:21, by Ruach

        Ngundeng(Deng-Taath) said,It will be very painful for the boys who stay in Bary/khartoum.Those who will be there during that day when the quake shakes the City,Jallaba will hide with Africans and tell to each other don’t expose me.It will be the blow of Arabs from Sudan.

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  • 12 April 2012 09:25, by Corrector

    looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool.. 1956 borders.. hilaaaaaaarious.. there was no south sudan in 1956.. go all the way to egypt then.. fucking idiots.

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    • 12 April 2012 14:10, by Lango2010

      so sorry to you luntic, where do you learn that history of yours, saying there was no South Sudan in 1956,the mistake our ancestors made of accommodating you into Sudan will never repeat it self again. if we don’t fear God we could have force you out of Sudan as a whole leave alone 1956 borders of Aglo-Egyptain rule. SPLA OYEE

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    • 12 April 2012 23:27, by Born-to-Rule


      It so painful to read your idiotic comment(s). Regardless how feels about the division of Sudan, look in ward, your most wanted criminal in the world Bashir is to blame for the break up the country. Using profanity will reduce you to nobody and stupid person. North Sudan will break up into 3 countries and that’s a fact dude!.

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  • 12 April 2012 09:29, by Northern Sudanese

    loooooool you south sudanese are expecting us to cry???? looooooool, you made my whole day hahahahahhaahha..........moving northwards without any response?????? so that means all your cars going forward without any battle........our army is underway dont worry we are just getting ready :D

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    • 12 April 2012 11:00, by Deng

      Mr. North Sudanese,

      Your are just getting ready and SPLA is just getting set up in Heglig and beyond..I cant wait to hear SAf and its paramilitary prostitute screaming alah wakbar in the battle field.

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  • 12 April 2012 11:19, by Mapuor

    Good, our forces must reach 1956 border.Thiefs will keep crying.Who are they going to use against us this time when Dar fur,Nuba & Funj are not their allies.Eastern Sudan is exploding its a matter of time.Let awalad El baled test war this time.let their bodies rot in bushes of Unity state.

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  • 12 April 2012 11:20, by Land-of-Cush

    South Sudan forces must go upto Kadugli Since Arab Saf began to dropped five bombed in to strategic town of Bentiu.

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  • 12 April 2012 11:30, by Luke

    SAF Antono fear the frontline where SPLA is chasing them and started bombading the civilians in Bentiu town. UN must act quickly otherwise it will target the UNMIS camp in Benitu’s Rubkona because it just bomb and place.

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  • 12 April 2012 11:31, by alhaz

    congratulation SPLA ARMY Moburukalekum.
    contionus with such a spirit dont allow those idiot saf to invade our teritory. dont wory, we are supporting u with full of moral, and you still have a big force in diaspra here to back u up.
    we shall fight we shall fight we shall fight till the end
    SPLA Oyee,SPLA oyee...........

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  • 12 April 2012 11:51, by Mapuor

    South Sudan must capture its territories that were occupied by Jalaba.CPA has expired,referrendum of Abiei was destroyed by Khartoum,much of South Sudan under Jalaba.UN & AU not concern about people of Abiei who are now homeless.SPLA must regain our loss territories

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    • 13 April 2012 09:22, by j.terry

      I support spla army to control hegleg and go forward untill you reach to the north
      and thank kennedayke

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  • 12 April 2012 14:09, by sudinka

    Congratulation our belove son of Sout sudan SpLA Advace till we Reach the correct border not even 1956 border since Arab came to Africa Soil of Sudan there no rest is war there nothing like withdrawed of south sudan National Army .we the youth of south sudan we do not like war erupt again but if Khartoum bomb our civilian with in our torritry and even Refugee camp than who will protect the citiz

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