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South Sudan minister calls for massive reception of President Bashir in Juba


By Ngor Arol Garang

January 3, 2011 (ABYEI) - Barnaba Marial Benjamin Bill, minister of information and broadcasting service in the government of south Sudan on Monday called for massive reception of president Omer Hassan al-Bashir when he visits Juba on Tuesday.

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FILE - A supporter of Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir takes part in a protest with southern Sudanese people against the International Criminal Court (Reuters)

Marial, a prominent member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement which controls affairs of the regional Government of Southern Sudan said in an interview with Sudan Tribune: “The President of the republic of Sudan, Omer Hassan al-Bashir will visit Juba tomorrow. For this reason, we are calling on the general public to give him a warm welcome. We have asked our security forces to allow citizens turn out to receive president Bashir.”

The government is calling for massive reception of president Bashir to Juba because he has taken the courage to publicly announced that he would be one of the first leaders to recognize and accept choice of the people of south Sudan incase the referendum result becomes secession, says minister.

“This was the positive statement from President Bashir ahead of the referendum creates an environment which is conducive for the people to vote freely without fear. It is welcoming statement because it provides a reassurance that the referendum will be successful and guarantees better relationship in future between the two states in case the Southerners vote for independence,” said Marial emphasizing that this statement reflects the spirit of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

He described the statement as showing good intentions and the spirit of peace as was in the case during the negotiations of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005, which granted the south the right to secede.

Marial said that asserted this atmosphere should be maintained by the CPA partners to resolve the pending issues such as the future of the Abyei region, border demarcation and other post referendum arrangements that are currently under discussion.

The minister’s call for massive reception follows remarks made by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in which he pledged on December 28 to help build a secure, stable and brotherly state in the south if it votes for independence in the referendum.

"We will not deny our southern brothers their decision, and we will help them to build their state, because we want a secure and stable state if there are troubles, these troubles will come to us," Bashir said in a live speech on national television last week.

The Sudanese president who was addressing thousands of supporters of his party in Gezira state, said he would be "the first to recognize the south" if it chooses secession in a free and fair vote on January 9.

"The ball is in your court and the decision is yours. If you say unity, welcome. And if you say secession, also welcome, and welcome to a new brotherly state."

"We are going to cooperate and integrate in all areas because what is between us is more than what is between any other countries."

Reacting to President Bashir’s remarks, Pagan Amum, Secretary General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), welcomed the statement and said “this is the positive outlook we are calling for ... This is precisely what we are saying," he told reporters in Khartoum.

"We are calling on the people of northern Sudan to be in solidarity with the people of southern Sudan as they begin to build their own independent state."

"They need their solidarity, as people of south Sudan needs to give solidarity to the people of the north as they begin a new journey of building a new state in what remains after the separation of the south."

Earlier, Minister Marial also on Monday commended decision of President Bashir to visit ahead of Sunday’s vote saying the visit shows the commitment of the National Congress Party to maintain a good relationship with the south even if it becomes separate nation.

He said President Bashir’s visit is to come and see arrangement made for the conduct of the referendum in the south.

"The visit of the President Bashir is very important since referendum is the last item in the comprehensive peace agreement. He is coming to come and exchange views on how the referendum would be conducted with Government of South Sudan because it is everybody’s wish that this referendum be conducted in a violent free environment so that it is free, fair and transparent," he said.

Achier Deng Akol, one of the five members of the Juba based Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau said in a separate interview with Sudan Tribune from Juba that the commission was on the right track to conduct the exercise.

"As commission, we very much welcome visit of the president Bashir to the south so that he see himself arrangements that have made in regard to the conduct of the referendum. He may be aware of the ongoing activities but it is also important he see them himself," said Akol.

Akol, the public out reach officer of the referendum bureau said their programs of preparations to conduct credible referendum are on the right track and progressing well.

More than 3.5 million southerners are registered to participate in the referendum, which will give them the chance to vote on whether to remain united with the north or secede.


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  • 4 January 2011 07:18, by Ezekiel Dau

    You are welcome President to South Sudan for your last word to Southerns bye bye for ever to jalaba.
    South Sudan oyeeeeeeee
    Seperation oyeeeeeeee

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    • 4 January 2011 13:58, by Machine

      Anyway I cannot find a place in my entire heart to forgive this mulligan.But I will respect Dr.Marial and joint any other Southern Sudanese in welcoming the stupid Bashir.Anyway,Mr.alqaeda,welcome for the last time.

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  • 4 January 2011 08:48, by actiongatkuoth

    hi readers
    this is the last day for bashir to come to south that mark the end of our relation bashir is not longer our president againt .
    the south sudan is free nation to day .
    separation oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    south sudan oyEEEEEEEEEEEeeeee¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬

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  • 4 January 2011 09:30, by Both Diew Tap

    Dear readers,

    Let us Warmly well coming Bashir to Juba the capital city of Southern Sudan..

    I think this is Bashir last visit to Southern Sudan capital as a president of Republic of Sudan.However,South Sudan as a neighboring country with Northern Sudan after secession,Bashir will continue visiting South Sudan capital as a president of North Sudan Government..otherwise Bashir will be going back to his home Arab as Southerner will capture Khartoum if by war!!!!!

    Go Southern Sudan for secession God of Junup (black African) Almighty God is behind you...NO FEARING

    Your Brother in Christ who will be died in jungle if South return to unity with North.

    James Both Diew

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  • 4 January 2011 10:07, by Peter Mading

    Welcome Mr. President.
    I hope you will not suggest UNITY. Supporters of Mr. President; all Media open for you. We shall recognised your faces after Mr. President leaves for North Sudan. We already have faces for those Southners supporting Unity in Khartuom. Shame on you guys.

    Otherwise, Peace shall prevail in South Sudan. The Land of the Blacks, warm and green achieved through bloody sacrifices, dry throats, thirst, hunger;diseases and poison of toxicated smoke fired on the people of South Sudan and still managed to live and continue to fulfil the Mission and vision setforth on the year 1955-2005. Almighty God was the true shepherd. South Sudanese will march with joy to the promise land.

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  • 4 January 2011 10:20, by Joseph Malath Makorou

    You’re welcome to Juba, President Omer Hassan Ahmed Bashir, without NCP/SPLM comprehensive peace agreement would have not been reached, we need a peaceful referendum on date 9/1/2011.as stipulated in the [CPA]
    Southerner’s are tired of being together with Northerners for more than 50 years, let’s separate ourselves and stay neighbors.

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    • 4 January 2011 17:56, by ebonyebony

      This is a sound message if compared to all comments said above..

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  • 4 January 2011 21:38, by australian

    I don’t trust him. Why does he seem to be so complacent about south Sudan separating? He is humiliated; what does he have to offer all the Sudanese he he still has jurisdiction over? There is something going on behind the scenes. Is he going to flood the south with Islamic "refugees" after the south becomes independent, and will they eventually vote for reuinification? Does he have the ability to rig the votes? (After all, his election win was suspiciously overwhelming.) Someting is going on, and he is trying to look almost as if he is the achitect of this referendum and of the departure of the south.
    Please, have some dignity. Don’t welcome him. Let him come, but don’t welcome him. How many of your people have died because of him? The best welcome for him is silence.

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    • 5 January 2011 04:11, by Deng E. Manyuon


      As an ordinary citizen of the Southern Sudan, I have a mixed feeling over Omar Hassan Al-Bashir visit to Juba at this crucial hours. But as a matter of courtesy, my Government of Southern Sudan should officially welcome him in Juba. Sudan is still one country, and he is still the President of the Republic.

      About the spread of Islam in to the South. Well, it is of a great concern! But, I don’t have problem with Islam as a religion! However, I have problem with its interference in the state’s affairs. Country is for everyone, and religion is for individual. Even God Himself has clearly put a day for his judgement. So, who on this earth has an authority or act as a God agent to judge people mistakes? State can’t act as Allah agent. We have seen an attempt by the fundamentalists in Khartoum to create a theocratic state. The victims were innocent people, specially women and non-muslims. Until we think of something new, democracy and secularism are the best system that we can support in the South now. By the way, muslim community in the South are supporting secession. I applaud their stand. No room for reunification at this stage Mr Australian.



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      • 9 January 2011 14:10, by The Ring of Truth

        This man has much to answer for...yet he has played a role in initiating the process for referendum.

        His motives remain suspicious...it may well be that he seeks redemption in his contribution to a peaceful outcome for all of Sudan.

        Accordingly he should be treated with cautious respect and cautious welcome and to have his message heard...after that we will all see the spots of the leopard...

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  • 5 January 2011 00:35, by omoni Atari

    Please can you arrest this culprit and hand to prosecutor OCAMPO OR killed him automatically sa he landed at the Juba airport. He is just Haman being like us in which he can die any time.

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