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Sudan’s NCP wants an extension of the interim period beyond July 9th: SPLM

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January 24, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has asked the Sudan people Liberation Movement (SPLM) to agree to an extension of the interim period beyond the July 9th date stipulated by the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

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A Southern Sudanese flag flutters at sunset on January 15, 2011 (AFP)

The Sudanese cabinet affairs minister Luka Biong was cited by the independent Al-Sahafa daily as saying that the NCP justified the request by saying that they need time to prepare themselves and focus on building a relationship between the North and South.

Biong described the NCP’s position as "contradictory" and inconsistent with reports that the Northern party will seek to immediately dismiss Southerners in the cabinet, parliament and other federal agencies after the referendum results in favor of the South’s secession are officially announced.

First Vice President and South Sudan president Salva Kiir would also lose his position if these changes take effect.

Northern officials say this was to be consistent with Article 226 of the interim constitution which states that provides for eliminating Southern Sudan representation in national government once results are finalized.

But Biong described this interpretation as "narrow visioned".

Early results from the independence vote show that around 99% of Southerners picked the secession option as opposed to unity.

The week-long vote which ended on January 15 was promised under the CPA which ended decades of civil war. The semi-autonomous region leaning toward secession was attributed to ideological and religious differences between the North and South in addition to bitterness fueled by the war years.

Biong suggested that any unilateral decisions by the North could prompt similar action by the South particularly in relation to oil wealth.

Sudan produces some 500,000 barrels per day of oil, but only 100,000-110,000 bpd are from wells in the north. However, the refineries and pipeline infrastructure that carries the oil to export terminals are based in the north. The economy is dependent on oil for some 45 percent of its budget and most of its foreign currency revenues.

The SPLM official warned that the North could lose as much as $2.5 billion between March and July if the NCP goes ahead with decisions aiming at delinking the South from the rest of the country. He stressed that the South will benefit from any such move by getting to keep most of the oil money rather than sharing it with the North.

North and South Sudan have been splitting oil revenues under the wealth-sharing protocol of the CPA.

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  • 25 January 2011 06:07, by Abionmur!

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    What for?

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    • 25 January 2011 06:18, by Gatwech

      Dear readers,

      The CPA is very clear that the interim period shall end on July 9, 2011. That is when the new independent state would be declared in the South (as secession is the outcome) and then the national government dissolved and get rid of the SPLM (southerners) in the national government.

      Now who is responsible for these contradictory statements? Yesterday it was reported that Khartoum wants to dissolve the government immediately after results are finally announced and get rid of Salva Kiir and his ministers in Khartoum.

      Today the opposite has been reported again by Luka Biong that Khartoum wants extension of the interim period beyond July 9, 2011.

      Both statements are anti-CPA. Let us stick to CPA people!

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    • 25 January 2011 06:24, by Dengcol malual

      I think the request from the NCP is too late. If the NCP want to kick Southerners out in the north, then let them do so.

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    • 25 January 2011 08:19, by Kolnyang youth

      We have no time for extension please Arabs you should reason wisely .

      Anti-tribalism

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    • 25 January 2011 13:48, by Paul Ongee

      Folks,

      This is a journalistic mistake. The heading supposed to be reading "SPLM dismisses NCP’s request for an extension of interim period beyond July 9th, 2011." Period.

      I think the same mistake continues "The Sudanese cabinet affairs minister Luka Biong was cited by the independent Al-Sahafa daily as saying that the NCP justified the request by saying that they need time to prepare themselves and focus on building a relationship between the North and South."

      How can the request be justified after failing to implement in good faith the key protocols of the CPA including the formation of Abyei (the cabinet minister’s home) Referendum Commission (ARC), border demarcation and various post-referendum issues/arrangements?

      Was the census of April 2008 conducted on time and its results accepted and was the April elections of 2010 held on time? Why the demarcation of North-South border not finished yet? Why delay tactics have been consistently used by NCP in order to make future request of extension of the interim period? Because of oil money Khartoum is sucking? They had enough time to deny us freedom for over fifty years and should have enough time now to leave us alone after July 9, 2011. Khartoum is never interested in building strategic relationship between North and South Sudan but strategic destabilization of the independent Republic of South Sudan. It will never happen on our watch. Period.

      I leave you folks with a quote from a jurist Ghazi Suliman which appeared in todays daily newspaper The Citizen that "We have forsdaken the country by the south secession, which becomes a reality so the evil forces won. We must concede defeat in this batlle, which Israel won" and warned of going easy with them after secession to avoid forsaking the north, too."

      This stupid statement is simply intended to rally support of Arab world against Southerners because of the loss of revenue from our oil fields. Khartoum is not and will never be happy about the loss of the South Sudan and its precious resources. It does not keep in mind that the current generation of Southerners always thinks ahead of them.

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum, Sudan

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  • 25 January 2011 06:20, by Liberator

    WARNING: Luka Biong(Abyei resident) and NCP

    This time of when two party in closed doors making deals that affects Southerners is over. Now it’s people who decides not SPLM wether or not they delay their freedom beyond July.

    No More backroom deals between the two parties (SPLM & NCP)!!!!

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  • 25 January 2011 06:22, by Liberator

    Correction:
    I meant to say;

    The time when two....

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  • 25 January 2011 06:55, by Kim Deng

    Folks,

    Deng Majok’s Orphans along with their ally (NIF/NCP) want to keep South Sudan hostage just simply because of Abyei which was sold out to Baggara tribe by Deng Majok himself in 1905.

    These confused guys (Deng Majok’s orphans) have been worried about where South Sudan heading at this point of time. Unless Abyei join South Sudan, otherwise they will be kept in refugee camps after July 2011.

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  • 25 January 2011 08:23, by zol aweer

    NCP should not panic about South independence, why extension of the interim period while that was the dateline agreed upon by international as the witness of the CPA.Arab should go away with those sick scapegoat.
    Go to hell !!!!!

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  • 25 January 2011 10:11, by Makuei

    No Extention of July 9th, 2011 - for the Southern Sudanese indepndence declaration.

    Extention of July 9th, mean disobedience to Southerners.

    No! for Dishonesty!!!
    No for NCP fake request - the had six years! what have the done?

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  • 25 January 2011 13:36, by Paul Ongee

    Folks,

    This is a journalistic mistake. The heading supposed to be reading "SPLM dismisses NCP’s request for an extension of interim period beyond July 9th, 2011." Period.

    I think the same mistake continues "The Sudanese cabinet affairs minister Luka Biong was cited by the independent Al-Sahafa daily as saying that the NCP justified the request by saying that they need time to prepare themselves and focus on building a relationship between the North and South."

    How can the request be justified after failing to implement in good faith the key protocols of the CPA including the formation of Abyei (the cabinet minister’s home) Referendum Commission (ARC), border demarcation and various post-referendum issues/arrangements?

    Was the census of April 2008 conducted on time and its results accepted and was the April elections of 2010 held on time? Why the demarcation of North-South border not finished yet? Why delay tactics have been consistently used by NCP in order to make future request of extension of the interim period? Because of oil money Khartoum is sucking? They had enough time to deny us freedom for over fifty years and should have enough time now to leave us alone after July 9, 2011. Khartoum is never interested in building strategic relationship between North and South Sudan but strategic destabilization of the independent Republic of South Sudan. It will never happen on our watch. Period.

    I leave you folks with a quote from a jurist Ghazi Suliman which appeared in todays daily newspaper The Citizen that "We have forsdaken the country by the south secession, which becomes a reality so the evil forces won. We must concede defeat in this batlle, which Israel won" and warned of going easy with them after secession to avoid forsaking the north, too."

    This stupid statement is simply intended to rally support of Arab world against Southerners because of the loss of revenue from our oil fields. Khartoum is not and will never be happy about the loss of the South Sudan and its resources. It does not keep in mind that the current generation of Southerners always thinks ahead of them.

    Paul Ongee
    Khartoum, Sudan

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  • 25 January 2011 14:19, by Alorpiou

    Leave NCP alone with theirs broken thousand promises which do not materialize.
    Extension for what,let them mind of theirs bussiness as Protestors will overthrow that Dictatorship Government like Tunia. I think All NCP Benches should prepare for Self Exit otherwise you will denies Exit.

    Republic of Kush is ready to celebrate her destiny. SPLM will not downplay It keyactors..

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  • 25 January 2011 20:40, by Stephen kuach

    Whether the statement from the journalist is true or not,absolutely not"South will continues its declaration of independent on july 9 2011,thats’a trick from the Arabs,however our government should acts seriously without allowing the extention to the NCP.who care if Kiir lose his position from the Northern Parliament.He’s the president of the South afterall.
    mother fliffers should never share our Oil with us whatsoever!!

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