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Sudan’s bid to join EAC rejected as South Sudan’s deferred

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November 30, 2011 (NAIROBI) – Sudan’s request to be admitted to the East Africa Community (EAC) has been officially rejected, in a major diplomatic blow to Khartoum’s ambitions of joining the regional bloc.

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The three heads of the East African Community partner states ( Kenya , Uganda and Tanzania ), in a group picture with the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi during the 7th summit meeting of the EAC at the Centre in December 2006 (AICC website)

Meanwhile, Sudan’s president al-Bashir has reacted by hinting at a conspiracy to turn his country into a pariah state.

Last June, Sudan requested to join the EAC which is a regional intergovernmental organization comprised of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The rejection of Sudan’s application was contained in a communiqué issued on Wednesday at the conclusion of the EAC’s head-of-states summit held in Bujumbura, Burundi.

The ill fate of Sudan’s application to join EAC came as no surprise in view of the objections raised earlier in the week during the EAC’s council of ministers by officials from two member states, Tanzania and Uganda, over Khartoum’s request.

A Ugandan official quoted by the Kampala-based Daily Monitor newspaper this week revealed that his country along with Tanzania had objected to Khartoum’s lack of democracy and treatment of women.

“We rejected their application after looking at several issues like their democracy, the way they treat women and their religious politics and we feel they don’t qualify at all,” Eriya Kategaya, Uganda’s minister for East African Affairs said.

Article 3 (3) of the EAC charter stipulates that membership is contingent upon adherence to universally acceptable principles of good governance, democracy, the rule of law, observance of human rights and social justice.

Furthermore, having shared borders is a requirement for the EAC membership which Sudan does not meet.

The fact that Uganda had objected to Sudan’s request is also of little surprise given long-strained relations between Khartoum and Kampala. Sudan accuses Kampala of providing a sanctuary to rebel group from Darfur region while Uganda appears to be distrustful of Khartoum’s claims that it has ceased support for the Lord Resistance Army (LRA).

In the meantime, Sudan’s president Omer al-Bashir on Wednesday accused unnamed “foreign quarters” of seeking isolate Sudan from its African milieu.

Addressing the 34th session of the Union of African Parliaments held in Khartoum, Bashir said that Sudan had successfully defied attempts to bring it down through economic sanctions.

“Now there are attempts by some foreign quarters to impose a state of political isolation on Sudan and keep it away from its African milieu,” he said.

South Sudan’s request to join EAC deferred

In a related context, the EAC’s head-of-states summit deferred application of the newly-independent state of South Sudan to join the regional bloc for further scrutiny.

According to the summit’s final communiqué, South Sudan’s application is to be deferred to the EAC’s council of ministers to decide whether it undergo further scrutiny to decide whether it met the benchmarks.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July this year after voting in a referendum granted under the 2005 peace deal which ended more than two decades of civil wars between the north and the south.

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  • 1 December 2011 07:41, by mohammed ali

    Come-on Sudan Tribune! " a major diplomatic blow" seem you are going to celebrate!So what if we donnot join the EAC! What are we going to loose? Big nothing, so many organsations with only loss of time and money.

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  • 1 December 2011 09:20, by Dekery

    M. Ali,

    Big diplomatic blow means alot, first your criminal have started crying of this during the African parl. session in Khartoum yesterday of both regional and international isolation, what does this means for you?

    You said EAC is an Organization that waste time and money, Haha.... How comw that your criminal wanted to be part? Poor ARABS sons of terorists

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    • 1 December 2011 09:46, by mohammed ali

      Dekery, and you are rich with the loooted money transfere to you in Australia! Even terrorist donnot kill 180 per month as you are doing in your capital. Poor, brainwashed ignorant, enjoy the the looooted money of the miserable, hungery, marginalized southerners who lack even simple security for their children and families.

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      • 1 December 2011 10:16, by Dekery

        Look son of a bitch,

        Go back to the article and read carefully so that you understand before posting your comments regarding the 180 figures

        Mind to you South Sudanese are not longer marinalize instead are free people

        The insecurity is cause by your Al Beshir through exporting arms to the rebel as well to the civilians, think about this

        Dekery

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        • 1 December 2011 17:01, by mohammed ali

          Dekery,((According to the Kwajok, at least six people are either robbed or killed on daily basis in Juba, estimating the number of those killed monthly to be about 180 or more.))This what is written or you are still drunk! Abusive language is used by illitrate, ignorant thugs only!

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  • 1 December 2011 09:48, by Kodi

    Bashir! Bashir! if your own people reject you, what do you think of diplomat surely? can you please look back at Darfur genocid you did, and look at the people you want to associate with,
    you must be really crazy president. any way good to try and fail. but its shameful for you to try that and you know who you are. do not do that again because you are going to be hang like Saddam soon.

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  • 1 December 2011 16:23, by alhaz

    Sudan.
    Now u see what has happened to u.becouse u are found of torture,seria-law,maginalization,and extending arabisation in africa,it has stoped now with south sudanese people.
    Look,u are going to be contineusly isolated in Africa continent until Al-bashir leaves power and sudan makes a seginificant change in all that currently are happening before it’s get respect from other African countries

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