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Sudan’s Bashir inaugurates North’s embassy in South, calls on US to lift sanctions

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July 9, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir today inaugurated the first embassy for the North in Southern Sudan as the latter joined the international community as the world’s newest nation.

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Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir addresses the Independence Day celebrations in South Sudan’s capital Juba, July 9, 2011 (Reuters)

In an address at the South’s independence ceremony in Juba, Bashir called for coming up with creative political thinking to resolve the outstanding issues that are part of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

The Sudanese leader noted the importance of reaching arrangements that considers the joint border strip between the North and South. He also hailed the recent accord signed in Addis Ababa between his National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) saying it enforced security for citizens on either side.

Bashir also commended the work of the African Union (AU) panel headed by former South African leader Thabo Mbeki who is mediating between the North and South.

However, the Sudanese president affirmed his government’s rejection for the extension of the mandate of United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) despite pressure from Washington on Khartoum to allow its presence in several flashpoints including Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile.

“UNMIS mission is over and we thank them for what they have done,” he said.

South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar speaking at the event described Bashir as “brave man of peace”.

But Bashir also expressed regret over failure of the North’s strategy to make the South opt for unity as part of his vision for a united Africa. He stressed however, that he respects the choice made by Southern citizens at the referendum held last January which resulted in a near unanimous vote in favor of secession.

“In the name of all the people of Sudan I tell the people of Southern Sudan that we will be your support to bypass the bitterness of the past and our hope is that with your resources that you can move ahead and we are confident that you are aware of the challenges and able to overcome them” Bashir said.

He urged the US administration and international donors to fulfill their pledges by lifting sanctions and providing money for development projects for infrastructure.

The NCP in a separate statement said that July 9 will be a date remembered by the North and South as they establish new dreams for building their states on the basis of humanitarian links.

It further emphasised that the party has been committed to the full implementation of the peace accord based on its long-standing conviction that peace is the ultimate goal that deserves any price paid for it.

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  • 10 July 2011 09:39, by Acinitos

    Thank God it over,the question remain will President Bashir honor his words? Congratulation for setting embassy in Repulic of south Sudan.

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  • 10 July 2011 09:45, by Konan

    The people of the Republic of South Sudan should thank President Bashir for making their dream true. Without Bashir you would have to fight for another 50 years. Without Bashir oil would be trapped deep as some people planned to preserve for their coming generations. Just imagine the situation in RSS without oil money. Bashir fought against SPLA, USA and the west to do this. He gave both North and South peace and stopped the longest civil war in recent history. He was brave and courageous enough to fulfill all his promises. He promised to allow referendum and he did. He promised to recognize its outcome and he did. He promised that Sudan will be the first country in World to recognize South Sudan as an independent state and he did. He promised to open the first embassy in Juba and he did. Kiir remarks about South Kordofan were absolutely irresponsible and irrelevant. South Sudan is no more part of the Sudan and therefore should not middle in other countries affairs. SPLM failed to become a political party and with such mentality will lead RSS into a new failed state

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    • 10 July 2011 09:56, by Konan

      Kiir remarks about South Kordofan and Darfur were absolutely irresponsible and irrelevant. South Sudan is no more part of the Sudan and therefore should not meddle in other countries affairs. SPLM failed to become a political party and with such mentality will lead RSS into a new failed state

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      • 10 July 2011 12:35, by DeltaBravo

        TO KONAN

        There are Rebel that are being supported by NCP to over throw the ROSS. Is that not a signed of meddling? please stop being stupid and open your eyes and see what BASHIR is doing.

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        • 10 July 2011 13:46, by Konan

          There are no concrete proofs that NCP or the Sudan Govt. is supporting Southern rebels and there are no rebels using Sudan’s territories to attack SSR . However, we have clear and concrete evidence that SPLM and South Sudan Govt. are supporting rebels in South Kordonfan, Darfur and South Blue Nile States. Did Bashir or any Sudanese official speak directly or expressly on any issue related to the South as Kiir did yesterday in front of the whole world? Your accusations are baseless, false and manipulated to justify your foil play which will back on you very soon, morons.

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    • 10 July 2011 14:18, by zandara

      To konan
      "the people of the republic of South Sudan should thank President Bashir for making thier dream come true" why should southern sudaness thank Mr Bashir? how should you know that SS would fight another 50yrs idiot? would you predict the future?. SS feel sorry for Bashir because he left alone with his stupid ministery. He is a murdera that take life of million innocent people that need protection.

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    • 10 July 2011 14:57, by Lorolokin

      KONAN,

      You are just empty coz you can not praise Humans instead you should praise God who knows everything so Basher is nothing other than ................ God knows our destiny before we could fight Basher so please stop all your nonsense.
      Don’t you know that Sudan of el basher is the world third failed state after Somalia and Chad.

      Kinkak.

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      • 10 July 2011 17:01, by Konan

        To Lorolokin

        Those who do not thank people would never thank God. Please use your mind before posting your comment. You prove it you are the most UNGRATEFUL people on earth damn u idiots. Bashir was the president of the entire Sudan and it is his responsibility to fight those who raise their arms against the state whatever were the reasons, just as South Sudan is doing now with Southern rebels like Athor and his likes.

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        • 11 July 2011 10:56, by Boyone

          Dear konan,

          It’s true that a president has a duty to fight any anyone who took arm against the country or state but what I don’t understand is why Bashir targeted his own citizen, the Government in the south now after rebels but not it own citizen like what northern Government have done against civilian for the last decade, that‘s make us different. We are happy to chosen our own destiny After Bashir repeatedly refuses to make peace attractive that’ why southerners abandoned the unity which is the dream of everyone in the country; now here you are sitting on this website trying to put blame on southerners instead of blaming your Bashir his leadership, give me break .
          It was clear in the CPA to make unity attractive and what he did is opposite to that, if you are one of us, I believe you would do the same like what we did in the south to chose secessions. Athor and many rebels in the south are following Bashir’s footstep attacking civilian and setting tribes against each but soon their fat will face the consequence, for our brothers in the north, this message is going to anyone who love peace, south and north had been in war for two decade and nothing important we again both out of it , why don’t guys move on and we will do the same instead of blaming each other. Get over it and move on with you own life , we didn’t hit Arab in general, of course till this days they are still south and they continue lives side by side after all.
          Thanks

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  • 10 July 2011 13:50, by Dau Mawut

    Let say, Congratulations to President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for his well recognition of the Republic of South Sudan as Independent State according to our wish.

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