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Sudan’s Al-Bashir warns against “unilateral solutions” to north-south disputes

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December 2, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir has warned that attempts to impose "unilateral solutions" to the pending issues in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) will be catastrophic for both north and south Sudan.

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Signed in 2005, the CPA ended decades of civil war between north and south Sudan and promised the latter a chance to gain full independence if it chooses to in a referendum vote due in January 2001. An overwhelming majority of southerners will say yes for secession, according to most observers.

The CPA’s signatories, the National Congress Party (NCP) of President Al-Bashir in north Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in the south, bickered throughout much of the CPA implementation. Luckily though, the two sides managed to avoid a return to war.

Abyei referendum, north-south border Sudan’s debit remain the main outstanding issues between the two peace partners. However, Sudanese president is supposed here to speak about the future of the disputed region of Abyei.

North Sudan wants the nomadic Arab tribe of Al-Missiryah, whose cattle-herders traverse borders into Abyei few months a year to graze their cattle, to vote in the referendum whereas the south insists that the only people eligible to vote are the area’s southern indigenous tribe of Dinka Ngok.

Al-Bashir, who was addressing the opening session of the NCP’s consultative council in the capital Khartoum on Thursday, made it clear in his Thursday’s address that north Sudan will not accept a referendum in Abyei without the participation of Al-Missiryah.

"We will not accept conduction of a referendum in Abyei area that excludes the Messeria from voting and we reject their treatment as second class citizens in their lands," he declared.

Bashir in the past repeated that the rule of Abyei arbitration tribunal should not affect the Misseriya right to vote in the referendum even where the land was awarded to Dinka Ngok.

Last week, Dinka Ngok tribe said that they would [hold their own referendum if no agreement is reached to conduct the referendum in the area.

“Any attempts to impose a unilateral solution to the deadlock over Abyei will lead to disastrous results” Al-Bashir said in response.

In Abyei referendum, which is due to take place at the same 9th of January 2011, the population of the oil-producing area has to decide whether they want to remain in the north or join the south.

The two peace partners are set to meet during the week end to decide on some options filed by the head of the African Union panel on Sudan, Thabo Mbeki on the future of the region. These proposals push observers to predict that the referendum will not take place in the disputed area

Further Bashir in his speech before the consultative body of the ruling NCP averred that his party would not attempt to destabilize the south or start war.

"We will not be the ones who initiate the war and we will not work to disturb the stability in the south," Al-Bashir declared.

The leader of north Sudan, which is campaigning to retain the country’s unity, urged members of his party to deal “realistically” with the fact of south Sudan’s possible secession.

The president sought to contain fears that the economy in north Sudan would collapse after the oil-producing south secedes; saying that north Sudan would compensate the loss with the revenues of exporting the south’s oil through pipelines in the north.

The oil produced in South Sudan accounts for nearly 80 percent of the country’s proven daily output of 490,000 barrels, but that oil is processed and exported through refineries and pipelines owned by the north. Both sides will need to cooperate on oil, at least in the short run.

President Al-Bashir also wanted to reassure and assuage tension surrounding the issue of citizenship rights in the case of south Sudan secession.

He said that even if southerners opted for secession, "the sentimental unity and social relations between north and south Sudan will remain standing.”

Al-Bashir vowed that the rights of southern citizens staying in the north after secession would be safeguarded, saying that his party would not allow anyone to infringe on the rights of southerners in the north, their properties, freedoms and residence regardless of citizenship.

Al-Bashir called on the Government of Southern Sudan to do likewise with northerners staying in the south.

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  • 3 December 2010 08:15, by Thondet Manyang

    Bashir himself is the huge obsticle trying to finish Sudanese in wars while relaxing with his prostitutes not even advising even a single day. First ladies can help but his wife kept quite long since and Sudanese and finishing fuck her. He is the wounded dog needs to kill more before he dies.

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    • 3 December 2010 09:36, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Mr Criminal President,Omer Bashir your warning against unilateral solution to north-South disputes,have no thread to any southerners,because we know very well that you are delaying times for south Sudan referendum to go in time as agree in the CPA document.But otherwise war is not a final solution as you put it,Omer think of the incident of Mayom when you are in the field of battle and how you scape it with the help of that Nuer woman.Finish the remaining implementation of the CPA,we will remain as neighbour soon.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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      • 3 December 2010 15:16, by Deng Alier

        loom president of Sudan thought that ,he will not go to the Hugh to depend him selves for war crimes in dafur
        omer think scaring Southerners by warning against the unilateral independence of South Sudan Am saying that bashir you are very late to warned the people of South Sudan not declare the independence of South Sudan

        Am surging you that ,Sudan will never be one country again since Southerners are going away by hook and ox to liberate themselves from your unless government of sharia law

        thank you a lot bye bye to north Sudan and we have remain with 29 days to kick off from the north

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    • 3 December 2010 11:04, by Land-of-Cush

      Southerners this time the reaction is beyond what to said, by GOSS leaders; the north leaders have trying to do things as joke in which the GOSS leaders will run outstandingly and declaring the war. But let us not trying to blame those (GOSS Leaders) because this is a critical times that need our ideas and strategies to encourage them; make sure that the secession of referendum will not stopped us falling into war with Arab north as it has been predicted that the war will determine in Khartoum until the blood will flows in to river like water. But be aware that you will rise up your flag separately as a nation and no need to talk about Abyei as it will come back to South without any question.

      Remember that we lives in South Sudan from 1956 with out
      getting any support from government of Sudan , no health, education, roads, building, business, etc even our second capital city Juba was very poorer then any village in north sudan.

      During the war north government has been cut off some of South Sudanese women’s breast and damaged the men’s organ part not to produces kids any more; the same things has been happened to Blue Nile, Nubian and Darfurian people too. Omer el Bashir; ‘yes ‘we know your position and make sure that you will pay the prices soon as possible.

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    • 3 December 2010 14:03, by Malish Martin

      I think Bashir is trying to come into terms with the reality of the inevitable independence of south sudan. warnings issued by an individual who himself could be the cause of the trouble he is warning against is rediculous! Bashir knows exactly where the truth lies and still goes a round it. who are the missireyas? where do they come from? how about the dinka ngok who are they and where do they come from? By firmly pushing the Messireya to participate in the affairs of the Dinka Ngok as though they hold the same stake on the Abyei soil is the ticket for the trouble Bashir is claiming to warn against! Referendum is not a joke! that is why it must be left to the indeginous of the locality to decide their fate in free and fair atmosphere. UDI is the option Bashir and his team is pushing Southerners to consider as he is working tirelessly to frustrate the honourable means for achieving the independence of the South. UDI has worked before and will work this time around as far as the history of sudan is concerned.

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  • 3 December 2010 08:19, by william

    You murderer, you had already violated terms and conditions that stipulated in CPA acord, so whatever impact that will be caused by unilateral solutions is non of your business.

    Just wait for nine January 211.

    SPLA Oyeee.

    William Wol

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  • 3 December 2010 08:21, by Omoni Atari

    Comrade Omar AlBashir,

    you are very wrong to utter a such word concerning Abyei.Please , dont put the lives of the people of Abyei in risk situation. so you now trying to change the gear in order to commit another genocide in Abyei region.
    If someone ask you a question that,in Arab world do you have a tribe called Dinka Ngok or generally Dinka?.so where else on earth Dinka can be found? just think hundred times before you open your bowel and shout like hornbill.

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    • 3 December 2010 08:32, by Mercy Madit

      Mr Al Bashir, we will not me intimidated by your vehement shout that serve nothing but chaoes.
      Whether you like it or not we will be compelled to act unilaterally should you fail to implement the CPA policies.
      You can shout all you could but that will not deter our determination to free ourselves from oppression.
      Speak with sense but never dictate.

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    • 3 December 2010 08:37, by Mercy Madit

      Omoni,

      Do you even know what hornbill is? You must be literate then!
      It is long time since I came across it in standard six.
      Cheers!!!!!!!!!!

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      • 3 December 2010 08:52, by Omoni Atari

        hahahah,

        Mercy, yes you right, am litrate and intellegent for remembering everything from class one to pensylvinia state universty. so whats up with that? you are jealous, go to school instead of wasting here,web.

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  • 3 December 2010 10:24, by Abraham Majur Lam

    Is good you acknowledge the attrocities that we could all face if any one tamper with Southerners’ rights during and after referendum. Our main focus is referendum and others will follow.

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  • 3 December 2010 17:03, by kaci-banno

    Bashir, is better for you to present yourself to ICC instead of bringing more trouble to innocent people of Sudan. I know A Satan always can not admit his mistakes until thrown to hell and that will be Bashir destination. War that you are warning will not affect south Sudan alone this time but north too. Wait, for few days Abyie solution will come by itself and that will be the end of NCP.

    By kaci-Ma-banno

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    • 3 December 2010 23:47, by Marco A. Wek

      Hey Mr. fugitive, Humar Hassan Bashir, what is the meaning of the word abyie in Arabic? And the same question applies to your stupid Bagara ( Miseriah cow herders, what is the meaning of Abyie ?

      Mr. ICC wanted criminal, why didn’t you take Halib from, the land that truly belongs to you? Do you think because Egypt took the portion of Sudan land from you by force that you are going to take Abyie, the Dinka land by force? Do you think you and your Miseriah will succeed in your fake dreams of holding Abyie hostage as brother Pagan Amum said? If that is what you and your stupid Bagara think, then you are deadly wrong. It is not the problem of Dinka Ngok with you and your Miseriah instead, it is a problem between you and Southern Sudanese if you make it that long without being arrested by the ICC.

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