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South Sudan’s Kiir addresses UN, urges Khartoum to address conflicts


September 23, 2011 (NEW YORK) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Friday delivered his maiden speech before the United Nations (UN), appealing for international assistance and resolutions to contentious issues with north Sudan.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit during his speech at the UN General Assembly on Friday, 23 September (photo Lomyat)

South Sudan received official recognition as the UN’s 193rd nation on July 14, few days after it seceded from Sudan and declared independence in line with the outcome of a vote held at the start of this year. The plebiscite was part of a 2005 peace agreement that ended nearly half a century of intermittent civil wars between north Sudan and the south.

Addressing for the first time representatives of the UN’s General Assembly in New York, Kiir conveyed his nation’s gratitude to the international parties which welcomed the new nation and helped to broker peace in Sudan.

"I would like to seize this rare opportunity, once again to salute many of you, who stood with us during our long struggle. We are indebted to many friends in this great hall without whose efforts, it would not have been easy for us to arrive where we are today. We owe a debt of gratitude to the IGAD countries, the Troika states, the friends and partners of IGAD, who waged peace for Sudan that culminated in the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005."

The South Sudanese leader went to underscore his country’s “dire need” for international assistance in order remedy the ramifications of war and lack of infrastructure.

Acknowledging his country’s “near total dependence” on oil resources, Kiir vowed to diversify his country’s economy and called on the international community to offer South Sudan with assistance on terms that will respect his nation’s “political and economic choices.”

"Oil is a non-renewable resource that will inevitably be depleted at some point in the future but we know that the land, water and human resources at our disposal will continue to be our country’s true inexhaustible fountain of wealth,” Kiir said.

Kiir also admitted no development can be achieved in the absence of peace and stability. Therefore he vowed to promote peace and stability with all South Sudan’s neighbours particularly the Sudan.


Earlier this month, the Sudanese government lodged a complaint to the UN Security Council accusing Juba government of supporting rebel groups in Sudan’s states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile and Darfur.

Alluding to this complaint, Kiir reaffirmed South Sudan’s commitment to refrain from interference in the domestic affairs of Sudan where his former comrades in arms waging war in the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan against the central government in Khartoum.

“I wish to affirm that the Republic of South Sudan fully adheres to the principle of absolute respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states including the Republic of Sudan. Therefore the Republic of South Sudan hereby categorically restates that it has not and will not interfere in any domestic conflict situation in the Republic of Sudan,” he said.

However he defended the position of the SPLM-N when he called for a negotiated settlement to the conflict based of the Addis Ababa framework agreement signed on 28 June but later on rejected by president Bashir on 3 July.

Kiir further called on the Sudanese government to reinstate its commitment to the Addis Ababa agreement and negotiate with rebels Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) warning that the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, which border the south, could spread to affect South Sudan.

“We would like to emphasise in particular that the reinstatement by the government of Sudan of the recent Addis Ababa Framework Accord on the situation in Southern Kordofan State and political relations between the Government and the opposition, could go a long way in promoting the restoration of peace in the areas bordering South Sudan,” he said.

Kiir’s call on the Sudanese government to adhere to Addis Ababa deal is likely to draw the ire of Khartoum which maintains that the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile is a strictly domestic affair.


Turning to the front of post-independence issues between Sudan and South Sudan, Kiir called on Khartoum to expedite the border demarcation process and agree to the submission of the dispute over the ownership of borders areas to “international arbitration.”

He expressed hope that the governments of Sudan and South Sudan would soon reach a settlement to the dispute over the north-south border area of Abyei “in line with the relevant provisions of the CPA,” in reference to the Abyei Protocol of the CPA which stipulates a referendum on whether Abyei people want to join north or south Sudan.

Abyei referendum was supposed to be held simultaneously with that of South Sudan but the vote stalled due to disagreements between the north and the south over who can vote.

Kiir moved on to address economic disputes between Khartoum and Juba, vowing the latter’s willingness to continue serious negotiations with the Sudanese government in order to reach “mutually acceptable arrangements” for the use of Sudan’s oil export infrastructure.

Sudan and South Sudan were evenly splitting proceeds of the 500,000 barrels of oil produced daily from oilfields mainly belonging to the South since the signing of the CPA. After the south’s independence, the two sides have been negotiating arrangements to allow the south, which lacks pipelines and refineries, to use those of Khartoum to export its oil.

Turning to the domestic front, Kiir reiterated the south’s commitment to combat corruption and promote good governance.

“In terms of governance, we have moved to rectify some of the defects in our system by strengthening the pillars of good governance. A number of key Bills, notable among which is the ‘Public Financial Management Bill’, are now making their way steadily through the legislative process. The passage of such laws will help promote accountability and transparency and ultimately curb corruption and the unwarranted loss of public revenue,” he said.


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  • 24 September 2011 09:55, by Abugua

    Good speech HE President Kiir. we are behind you.Indeed we are in state of construction and not reconstruction

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    • 24 September 2011 10:28, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Dear My comrade President Kiir Mayardit
      You are doing great just like the ways Dr John Garang said it that you are the only one who never check to fall like other brother who lost their sene and run to khartoum for food. we called them with unforegetable names [Nyagateen] or food lover now. we don’t respect them simply because choose to spoil their ruptation for simpl issue.[food]

      Dear beny aka Wen de beny because i know your father my uncle Mayardit is a beny who alway said that do not leave Dr Garang in the war alone. there is no doubt that you will represent our country and the SPLA/M as i know it Mr president. My personal influence in the SPLA/M Revolutionary Governing Council is such that the dictatorship of the proletariat is firmly established, since the masses are backing us.

      There is nothings possible without Dinka either in north or South and that is why our CPA is worked as a goal to bring peace. because we know how naive are those who run to khartoum and sign food agreement with bashir than they got nothing in it but surrendered themselves back to us in the SPLA/M. SPLA/M oyee none nyagateen oyee

      death to nyagat everwhere

      God bless the Dinkas for their frimly stand with no weakness.

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      • 24 September 2011 15:09, by Gaador Juat

        Dinka Dominated Refugee Camps
        What are you talking about? PLease for your info your Bany Salva Kiir rebelled against Dictatorship and devil John Garang in 2004 at Yei but his rebellion was contained and cool down by Dr Riek Machar who mediated and reconcilled Garang and Kiir moron,oafist and coward slave Bor orphan.

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        • 24 September 2011 16:30, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Gaador juat or Gordon buay
          your wish is going to fail as you alway wish wicked and doom to our God"s Given leadership style.

          We were brone as a leaders but not because we inforce ourselves to be leaders.

          We are God’s given leaders and only God is the one who can take it away from us. kiir can go and another from us will come if you think so. but what i know is that nothings will happen to beny Kiir as you hope but he is going to lead untill we found another Dinka to rule because this country need Dinkas more than Dinkas need it.

          Dinkas are not nyagateen that is why they negotiate the CPA in kenya not in khartoum otherwish they khartoum would have not negotiate with us just like [KFA]khartoum food agreement.

          death to nassir gangsters.

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          • 24 September 2011 18:20, by Brainy

            Dinka Dominated Bitch,

            You are really very irrelevant in this forum. Why don’t you form a Dinka Tribune and unleash your bullshit there? At your age and in this era, I must say that you have really lost it.

            Hope you die soon than later "brother"! You need some peace with God.

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          • 24 September 2011 22:55, by Silver Ganni

            There are some wrong elements never seen in my life posting unuseful comments negatively on thi site.

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      • 24 September 2011 15:11, by Alier42

        @Dinka Dominated Spla/m

        Never and never again compare this man of few words and little education, with our all time hero Dr Garang.

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        • 24 September 2011 16:35, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          You Alier42
          What are you talking about?
          People are different and that does’t mean that their difference is that one is stupid and the other is clever. that is why you are not the same with Dr John garang.

          just shut the hell up and don’t bring your stupid attitude towards Dinkas. shame on you and next time i will called death against you brother.

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          • 24 September 2011 21:55, by Alier42

            @ Dinka Dominated Spla/m

            this site was not meant for abuses,this is a site where intellectuals share developmental ideas "right.if you keep on abusing commentators ,i can term you as a person who had low IQ and lack self-discipline at the same time.

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      • 24 September 2011 15:14, by gatmai

        @dinka dominated spla/m my friend you are a pig,stupid,son of bitch,do you think you are a human, when will you wake up from that dream,calling nuer nyagat will not make them leave ross for dinkas, ross’s independence came because of nuer,cpa was sign because 1997 peace signed by Dr Riek and central gov;t in khartoum.and let me tell you son of bitch soon kiir will die and you dinkas will beg nuer and other tribes of south sudan for your survival,you better stop those bias, self determination was Dr Riek’s vision not Dr john’s vision you better read more some where for your own good and to my understanding tribal thinkers like you die like goat you better stop and fine a way that can make us develop our country be national rather than typical,dinkas alone can do nothing without the presence of other ethnic groups in the south you son of dog.

        death to you demon.

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        • 24 September 2011 16:01, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Pathetic indeed how could you son of nyagat bitch called gatami magot lied like your nyagat father Dr nyagat Riek. just say your nonsen but what i know is that once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come[Nyagateen of Nuer] on the scene only in uncivilized conditions shame on you boys.

          Just like every nyagat nuer lied to themselves that they where fought for south sudan whereas they where fought for just food to survive.

          Do you nuer people know the meaning of fight anyway? how could fight for your right if you are in the house of that person you clame you fighting him/her?

          pathetic indeed nuer don’t have reasoning @all. every nyagat just come in by uncivilied way and clame that they were fighting for south, fighting or who? or you mean you where fight SPLA/M for basir interest? shame on you nuer.

          Look how you really a mass in the country. even you don’t know the differences between KPA and the Great CPA of the really brave people.

          Why did they called CPA and not KPA if you believe that your khartoum food agreement was used in CPA.

          It will take me years to teach doing how to speak human languages.

          Donnot get offensive about nuer being called nyagateen because this is how you will be no matter what you will do good to correct your post mistake.

          Death to nyagat nuer. savages people on earth.

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        • 24 September 2011 18:53, by whatsayyou

          Gat Mai
          all of us are people of the republic of south sudan,so triblsm will not let us to peace and prosperity if we start to have this trible thinking then we shall not achieve anything in our new republic.Coming to rebelion against leadership of SPLM me i cannot say all nuer rebel but some truh must not be denied but we can apreciate this rebel because they were convince and came back from bushes.We have to be very specific E.G if you are talking to Mr Dika Dominated SPLM please end with him but don’t bring a mess to touch the name Dinka in general, it is very complex for some people like me to understand.Mention the name dinka include even those who are in the deep villages.

          it will be very thankfull if you consider me right.

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      • 25 September 2011 15:34, by goyuom

        who is this stupid, to be call dinka woman rather. let me tell you, your drukard uncle is in that presidency seat because of Dr Riek and it is Riek Machar manifesto we are enjoying, that South will Be South and now it is where Dinkas are corrupting and defeacting any howly. please for your advise donot break Dr Riek and stupid drunkard calling himself General Salva Kiir relationship. if you do Riek could decide to fail Kiir in his activities because his bein there is directed by Dr Riek

        stupid no thank

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      • 27 September 2011 00:13, by padiit

        Dinka Dominate SPLA

        Your blind president will lead us to pit,this uneducated president is not good to lead the nation while his mind is empty.

        Death to Dinka Bore. I was very glade when John garang was lost in SKY. Do you know the word Jieng in Nuer(Naath)it mean SLAVES because our grandfather used to slave Jieng. When Bore were Killed by Lou Nuer Bore did not fight back to Lou Nue

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  • 24 September 2011 10:00, by belle loboi

    that is good

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  • 24 September 2011 11:30, by mohammed ali

    First talking about South Kordufan BN, while you have more than 400 violent incidence in your country, is interference in our business.

    2nd why calling for international arbiterisation if we are ready to demarcate the borders, We will not go to any arbiterisation court and if you have any claim of land , you are most welcome and take it, if you can. We accepted secession to bring peace , but if you think playing tactics to delay the demarcation will bring you some gain from our land then you are dreaming.Not a single centimeter will be taken from our land.And if you donnot understand world politics , let somebody teach you. The era of depending upon international and wester interference has gone!

    The road to peace should be very clear to you, you have to choose!

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    • 24 September 2011 12:53, by whatsayyou

      Muhammed this is not interferent to your bussiness by president if you don’t know, CPA is not completed so if south separated , it does not mean that they will not comment on anything wrong like war in South Kordufan and Blue nile state.This is not true ,is a terror to threaten these people in discrimination of black african by arabs like in darfur.Another correction, you talk of 400 violent incident here, i can tell you no match at all with yours, yours is a discrimination of black african by arabs and ours is just a trible clashes and some small rebel groups who miss there own interest.

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    • 24 September 2011 23:37, by Koang

      muhumed Al.
      You have that arab rigid greedy mind, that thinks every thing should be theirs....shame on you, you came as poor traders with salt in hand and now you want to own land?
      We give you that portion of land because you could not figure out where you grand, grandfathers came from.

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  • 24 September 2011 12:20, by whatsayyou

    That is a good move Mr. presdent you seek for international assistent in bussiness, development education, health and train of army forces .Get good partner to bring commodities even on lone to fight this high food and fuel prices in the country.You also remember there is a saying in dialoge that says "wash your front fist before you ask any assistent" You must get solution to this high food prices.poeple talk about agriculture any way it can help but on raw if there are still no factories

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    • 24 September 2011 13:20, by mohammed ali

      What say,

      Are you telling me that the 3000 who were putchered , the half million who were displaced and the children who were enslaved in the south during the last 9 months were white or they were black Africans like me?

      Tell you what should do now as urgent as possible, they should stop the huge influx of southerners who are escaping the famine and keep them on the borders and we will feed them , at last we will not let die of hunger like what happened in Yrol!

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      • 24 September 2011 15:00, by pabaak

        You guys leave Mohamed Ali alone, he is jealous when he has seen our President gave speech in front of UN while his president, AL Bashier kept at bay from attending the International forums, he will be indefinitely out for ever from international eye or get apprehended and throw into Hague prison.

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        • 24 September 2011 16:53, by Mi diit

          Somebody wrote a very good speech for Salva kiir. keep it up buddy.

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      • 24 September 2011 18:25, by whatsayyou

        Mr.muhammed Ali

        Can you tell me details about the death you are talking in yirol.When,why and what.Talk like a man i think you are mature my self has been in the place you mention for almost my live time but i have never heard of any think like that.Pleese iam a christain i have to tell the truth.

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        • 24 September 2011 21:35, by Abyei Soil

          That’s a mature speech my dear President Kiir Mayardit. Remind Bashir (the most negligence person in mind) mostly Abyei issues. I appreciate the volume you underscore our problems with Khartoum govt. There is no need to spend much time on war issues, the world is moving forward and therefore, we also need to move with the world as well and who will do that? Is you the leaders. South Sudan’s speech has got a new name as "maiden speech" that is wonderful and that automatically signifyies our full membership to the outsiders which prompt and warrant us to respect and be respected in international level. Keep it up HE Salva Kiir. The South is behind you and I do hope you’ll do the best to let Abyei be in the map of new country. Thanks.

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  • 24 September 2011 22:24, by acuil deng

    Some of our sick brothers are determined to put out their dirty laundry on this forum for the whole world to read. If you’re ignorant and you know it, keep it to yourself; because, nobody wants to know about it.
    Whether you’re "Dinka or Nuer", should know by now that this country is for all of us, no matter what ethnicity or tribe you are from. Yes, I mentioned those two groups, and I am one of them. Are we the undisputed trouble makers and the bad guys of the ROSS?. If not so, then why is it that every time an incident takes place it has to be one or the other?.
    Further more, this president, though he is a "Dinka" did not go the UN to represent any clan or tribe; infact, he was there as one of us representing all of us. And indeed, he did a good job by telling the whole world about our concerns and our hopes for the futureure of our country.

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  • 24 September 2011 22:51, by Elijah B. Elkan

    President Salva Kiir Mayardit, was brilliant in his speech at the United Nations. God bless you, and god bless South Sudan.


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    • 24 September 2011 23:47, by acuil deng

      You are a genuine nationalist, and a true brother who always makes sense when he writes.
      I agree with you that Mr. President did his homework and that he made most of us if not all, really satisfied with his speech at the UN infront of the world leaders, when his next door neighbor was absent worrying about his own "Arab spring". And yes, God bless the president, and God bless our country.

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      • 25 September 2011 00:00, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Dear Mr. Deng,

        Thank you for the compliment, however, let stay on the path of being positive and to bring all south Sudan people together regardless of what part of the country they are from.

        Best regards,


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  • 25 September 2011 06:31, by Cadaai ?o?

    Historian and Identity Advocacy View:

    Excellent job Mr. President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Nhialicda be with you.

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  • 25 September 2011 06:50, by Mathet Muonyayang Mayen Igai

    Congratulations president Silva Kiir Mayardit! for very good speech you gave, your speech touched the most important points, for instance, saluting the international IGAD countries for standing with us during our long struggle, commitment to combat corruption and promote good governance. Blue Nile and south kordofan and border dispute. Am very overwhelmed happy with this speech, is the best.

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  • 26 September 2011 10:12, by anti4

    kiir’s speech in UN house show his functionalism ,accuracy,integrity,availability and continuity

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