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March 23, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Washington and London have expressed support for the upcoming presidential meeting between Sudan and South Sudan and urged Juba to stop its support to the Sudanese rebels who fight the government troops in the border regions.

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New recruits for the SPLA attend a training session in a secret camp in the Nuba mountains of South Kordofan in July 2011. (AFP)

The British minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham, and the US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland released two separate statements demanding South Sudan stop its support to the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in its war against Khartoum government in Blue Nile and South Kordofan States.

"I urge the Government of Sudan to stop bombarding civilian areas immediately, and the Government of South Sudan to stop providing military support to the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (North)," said Bellingham on Friday.

"We also demand that South Sudan end any military support for the SPLM-N and work with the Government of Sudan on ways jointly to bring peace to the border region," said Nuland, on Thursday after demanding that Khartoum stops the bombing of civilian areas and to allow humanitarian access to the rebel held zones in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The Sudanese government has for a longtime accused the American administration for supporting Juba and encouraging Sudanese rebels to achieve regime change in Khartoum. Sudanese officials accused some members of Obama’s Administration particularly Susan Rice for pushing to support the rebels.

However, Obama’s envoys to Sudan and South Sudan warned that the conflict in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile might lead to a large-scale war between the two countries. He and his Senior Adviser on Darfur, Dane Smith also discreetly pressed Juba to stop its support to their old comrades in North Sudan and to their allies from among Darfur’s rebels.

More, in November 2011, the White House Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough flanked with Lyman told President Salva Kiir that his government must stop its support to the SPLM-N rebels. After what, the white House issued a statement on reiterating Washington’s position.

Western diplomats said the presence of the Sudanese rebels in Juba and South Sudan generally has been a secret since last year and they have to say something about it if they want to preserve their credibility and talk with Khartoum about peace.

Washington and London called also on the Sudanese government and the SPLM-N to sign a cessation of hostilities agreement and to return to the negotiating table.

The issue of a ceasefire was raised in Addis Ababa by the African Union mediators and US envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman during a series of meetings on 9-10 March with the SPLM-N leadership which demands an international humanitarian intervention in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The SPLM-N, which hopes to achieve some military victories mainly in the Blue Nile before re-entering political negotiations, rejected the demand of truce formulated by the Sudanese government before allowing humanitarian access in the Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan. The rebels told the mediators that they are ready for "a humanitarian secession of hostilities whenever the modalities of delivering humanitarian assistance require it."

Yasir Arman, SPLM-N Secretary General, has pointed out a different times that there no way to mix the humanitarian aid with the political process. He accused Khartoum of using food as weapon to extract concessions. He also said that a ceasefire should be part of a political negotiations.

The Sudanese and South Sudanese presidents are scheduled to meet in Juba on 3 April. The meeting will witness the signing of two agreements on the demarcation of agreed borders and a four freedoms agreement.

Also, South Sudan’s top negotiator on the outstanding issues, Pagan Amum, and his delegation agreed with his Sudanese counterpart, during a meeting held in Khartoum on Friday to resume talks on security issues including rebel groups and to reach a deal before the presidential summit.

The American and British officials expressed hope that the upcoming meeting will sustain the momentum to reach an agreement over all the pending issues including oil transit fees and Abyei.

"I call on both governments to take steps immediately to fulfill their commitment to establish a safe demilitarized border zone, to be jointly monitored by UN peacekeeping forces and the armed forces of both countries" said the British minister.

Bellingham was referring to a non aggression pact signed on 10 February by the two countries. The mediation thought that the deployment of the international force working now in Abyei can be the next step to calm tensions.

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  • 24 March 2012 09:56, by LL Reuben

    Fellows,

    Khartoum’s NIF won’t stop crying out about this baseless allegation that Juba is supporting their rebels. When in fact they are still notably suppoting their old primitive allies who are currently creating chaos in South Sudan. Does the NIF think they are smart that they can just alleged nonsense Shame of the NIF, they are thieves, that’s all.

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    • 24 March 2012 10:28, by Konan

      "WE ALSO DEMAND THAT SOUTH SUDAN END ANY MILITARY SUPPORT FOR THE SPLM-N AND WORK WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN ON WAYS JOINTLY TO BRING PEACE TO THE BORDER REGION," SAID NULAND, ON THURSDAY

      LoL wa ha ha ha ha,,,,this time it is not NCP,,,, it is your new masters, wa ha ha ha ha LoL.

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      • 24 March 2012 11:30, by emad

        This is no more than deception.If they are truly want this failed state to stop supporting the rebels, they should condemn it in the strongest way and impose sanctions against them.I know the american and the british will never ever do that as they openly and publicly support the south in any row with the north even if they are wrong.we will kick you out of our territories soon.

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        • 24 March 2012 16:32, by Sundayw

          This’s ludicrous. The GoSS is not supporting any rebels in Sudan. It is Sudan that continues to support weak rebels against the Juba government. What is happening in South Kordofan is SPLM-N trying to stop genocide against its people like that happened in Darfur while US, UK and so-called international community sat on their hands. SPLM-N is led by competent and seasoned leaders and will win alone

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          • 25 March 2012 10:09, by Darkangel

            Dont be stupid, the SPLM-N isnt fighting to protect people from genocide. Its doing it for political reasons and both it and the GOSS and using the Nuba people to call Humanitarian intervention like Libya and Syria. But they are so stupid they cant even do that right.

            Human Rights and Foreign Intervention in The Sudan
            http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29939

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        • 25 March 2012 15:51, by Ambowl Papakayo

          Emad,
          I think you’re the biggest failure to this country because you can’t even determine the smell of your armpits from others.How many years has this country been protecting the greatest criminals in the globe? I know you can’t answer that but lemme tell you, the Nubians and all the marginalized citizens are already up to kick the like of you out of this country. So find where to hide in future

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      • 24 March 2012 16:32, by zulu

        Konan,
        You fool! You have not demarkaded the border hoping to infiltrate or even bomb south sudan in the pretext of bombing rebels, without expecting a tit for tat? we will play your cards. you support the murle and Nuer skirmishes with weapons, we will give you the same doze so you taste the bitter pil you give us. Your problem is the fulfillment of the post cpa agreements which is a political

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    • 24 March 2012 21:02, by panom lualbil

      Plize this accussation against south suporting spla/n by khartom is always behind something in turn. In other word, khartoum recently caught stealing oils from south, but they lied about unpaid fees by SOUTH for using its pipe. Similarly, they always bomb through south territory killing ppl but depend it to its rebels. It’s always their habit to plan against south for fase depensive.

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  • 24 March 2012 10:10, by abraham

    South Sudan must bend listen to the pressure exerted by the Americans and British! they don’t know what they are talking about. We must not abandon our fellow Africans in the hands of Arab-Islamic terrorists. We must do everything we can in the spirit of humanity and morality. Please don’t betray them!

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    • 24 March 2012 10:26, by Ran Nathdial

      You ’re right Abraham. Those arab thugs will never know the slogan of true African Sudd. They only keep barking like dogs when things go at thier side. Let Jalaby comment.

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      • 24 March 2012 10:38, by Ran Nathdial

        Regime change in the Sudan is certain. whether we ’re supportin’ SPLM-N or not, chaos engulf the whole of ’ur country Mr. Ali.

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  • 24 March 2012 11:10, by Agor

    Washington and London must also condemn Khartoum support to South Sudan Militias because Khartoum use to give them all support including feeding and accommodation and military equipments to rebels leaders. If south support rebels that means it was seen from Khartoum and both countries should be urge to stop support of rebels.

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  • 24 March 2012 11:16, by eye-of-an-eye

    Dear Obama,
    I believe all these from your office, let me know if you are happy when Sudanese mostly in Darfur, South Kordufan and blue Nile region are murdered frequently, being double stand will invite more violent in future rather than for today, you should identify the facts and help civilian from the hands of murderers, while the world is so blind to point a finger to S. Sudan for accuses.

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    • 24 March 2012 16:55, by SUPERMAN

      You are the last people to talk about sufferings of others, stop talking about people of Darfur and Blue Nile instead you can talk about the miserable situation , massacres you are committing every other day in the broad day light against Morley and Equatorians. You are only shedding Crocodile tears by talking about peoples in some parts of north Sudan.

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  • 24 March 2012 12:05, by mohammed ali

    So many of you were denying any support to rebells in Sudan.Now you have been told clearly & loudly. Britain or USA is not doing this for the sake of Sudan, They are doing for the sake of SS.First,SS can’t supporting these rebels, 2nd, they can’t change the regime in Sudan because they lack support from the pple of Sudan, 3rd your country in chaos, turmoil & on the verge of collapse!...con

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    • 24 March 2012 12:11, by mohammed ali

      ..4th, they don’t have enough money to feed your pple & support your megalomeniac futile adventures.Salva Kiir in Europe was told clearly that the only way out is peace; if an open war erupted, his SPLA militia would not be capable to confront SAF.

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      • 24 March 2012 13:57, by rock

        Ali stop exaggerate thing.
        secondly don`t talk as if you are doing good things in North Sudan.
        south Sudan independent, we can doing what good to us and stop your nonsense against South Sudan.
        Rock

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        • 24 March 2012 14:08, by mohammed ali

          Rock, certainly it is up to you to do good things for yourself; but when you continue relentessly to say " we want to help..help you..help you" we have to remind you who is really in need for your help!

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          • 24 March 2012 15:08, by rock

            I personal don`t need any help from Khartoum OK.
            south Sudanese were there since establishing of Sudan and nothing had benefit them but denial of everything in the country include life of those who stand firm defend the interest of their society.
            Rock

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            • 24 March 2012 20:20, by mohammed ali

              Rock, neither do Khartoum need or want your help, nor you are capable of! We are here before anybody else and in Kuch & Nuba land established the first human civillisation on Earth

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              • 25 March 2012 01:37, by Tiger

                Mohammed Ali!
                what are you talking about"Kush & Nuba land established the first human civilization on earth.well first of all i can assure you that Nuba people were the first people to face the atrocities from the early arab migration whom had first arrived in the land of Africa.my friend ,you’re not a real Nuba otherwise you won’t be supporting the president Bashir who is now killing the Nubians.

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          • 24 March 2012 17:38, by zulu

            Mohamad,
            It is obnoxious to listen to you when you say go feed your people. Damn you sir, because all the inherent problems south Sudan is faced with are attributed to you. From since the British left, you have never done anything in south Sudan. In fact, the legacies you left in south Sudan are exactly these problems and you should be ashamed of yourselves.

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            • 24 March 2012 20:13, by mohammed ali

              Zulu, yes go & feed your pple, it is much better than talking about war. There is no shame on that; all the world know about it. It is shame to deny and not to face!You are looking for a cover up for your false pride; hungery pple look for a piece of bread to cover up their empty stomach. They are not need of bullets to a supposedly enemy, but for peace where they survive & prosper!

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              • 24 March 2012 22:50, by zulu

                Well, well Ali! It is targic but again thanx for the acknowledgement which justifies again my assertion that you know South Sudan is hungry and is not a new thing created as a result of seperation, which in turn will correct the cycle so you emulate to resolve your emphatically deepseated arduouse crises.

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      • 24 March 2012 14:13, by rock

        Ali which SAF are you talking about here is it old SAF or new SAF. ya ALI if it was the SAF that were supported by Arab countries during South- North war then you have nothing to tell us.
        so solve the problem in those areas first then we will talk about peace later.otherwise don`t tell us your nonsense here,
        ROCK, man who don`t sell identity

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      • 24 March 2012 17:40, by zulu

        You ruled South Sudan as a colony, and built nothing, not even an infrastructure, but looted most of its resources. Do not attempt to rewrite history. How can you be proud of the subjection that remains palpable to the current?

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      • 24 March 2012 17:41, by zulu

        The sixty-four-year period of Egyptian rule Sudan, left a deep mark on Sudan’s political and economic systems. Similarly, the period of British control (1899-1955) has had a lasting impact on Sudan. In addition to pacifying and uniting the country, Britain modernized Sudan by using technology to facilitate economic development and by establishing democratic institutions to end authoritarian rule.

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      • 24 March 2012 17:42, by zulu

        Hence, the current political and economic institutions of Sudan are owed to the British. Compare the 38 yrs of British rule to your 55 yrs rule of South Sudan. In fact, the backdrop you left in South Sudan is not amusing.

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      • 24 March 2012 17:45, by zulu

        If we are hungry now, it is justified because we hardly have a year of our own since what we now have are exactly what we earned from you. On top of that you mined the entire South Sudan with so that it is now not feasible to begin agriculture. You actively engaged us in war to loot our resources that now brought you development. You also deprived us of modern education. If I spoke and wrote Engli

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      • 24 March 2012 17:47, by zulu

        . I learnt my English in the Sudan and never learnt it anywhere. I sat on Sudan School certificate without sitting for Arabic because of the deep hatred you implanted in me. No excuse me for I have to demine acres of land to begin major agricultural programs.

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  • 24 March 2012 15:59, by Northern Sudanese

    whatever you southerners say....... supporting rebels won’t change regime in sudan. most of the sudanese support ncp so no way of regime change. long live Bashir and NCP!!!!!!!!

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    • 25 March 2012 23:10, by Anynya One

      YOU IDIOT ARAB, YOU ARE NOT A NORTHERN SUDANESE PLEASE! WHITE MEN SHOWED US THE WAY AND WENT BACK, WHAT ARE YOU STILL DOING HERE!!! YOU RATHER THINK ABOUT EXODUS/ OR WORK FOR AFRICANS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! MARK THIS. NOW, WHAT YOU NEED IS TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE TWO IDEAS IF YOU WANT IT OR NOT, BECAUSE THE NUBIANS ARE ON THEIR WAY BACK. I AM A NUBIAN! YOU NEED TO TAKE THIS MATTER SERIOUS!

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  • 24 March 2012 16:54, by Rommel

    It’s abundantly clear, despite Juba’s wholly unconvincing denials, that it has been supporting the insurrection on the border regions.

    I personally do not approve of the support Juba affords the rebels in the Nuba Mts, Blue Nile and Darfur; the people of these three areas deserve peace and should not have the *possibility* of peace denied them by a meddlesome neighbour for whatever reasons.

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    • 24 March 2012 17:03, by Rommel

      If Juba indeed has any vestige of love or regard for the people of the Nuba Mts and Blue Nile... then they will not have them subjected to misery and death for little to no gain. Let’s not be under any illusions here; assuming that these rebels can maintain the insurrection all on their own, the war on the border regions will be protracted = needless suffering.

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      • 24 March 2012 17:24, by Rommel

        South Sudan has its problems with Khartoum, however, to treat these people like sacrificial lambs in what is evidently a vicarious struggle with Khartoum, is both immoral and cowardly. The people of the Nuba mountains fought harder than virtually any tribe in South Sudan in the second civil war for over two decades with little to no gains.

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        • 24 March 2012 17:48, by Rommel

          I don’t want another twenty years of suffering for these great people. South Sudan must shoulder its own cross, plan and prepare and eventually execute its own war. There are at least eleven areas currently under the occupation of the Ingaz - and Khartoum is not to blame... ignorance, dereliction and complacency on Juba’s part have facilitated this humiliation.

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    • 24 March 2012 18:11, by LL Reuben

      Rommel,

      The Americans and the British don’t want to be seen as pro either side of the Sudans. This I think is the only reason why they lips-serviced South Sudan. It’d be truely unfair to support northern rebels flatly but roundly if you look at what the North is doing to the South, I think it’s fair game. However, political rhetorics are meant to make things appear logical.

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      • 25 March 2012 16:22, by Rommel

        LL Reuben:

        I think there is now sufficient evidence to conclude that both sides are supporting their respective insurrections. In light of Khartoum’s recalcitrance and refusal to abide by the terms of the final & binding PCA ruling on Abyei, in addition to many other factors that directly inform on South Sudan’s vicarious war on Khartoum...

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        • 25 March 2012 16:56, by Rommel

          .. I can certainly see and understand how this could be rationalized as tit for tat. That rationalization, as I see it is manifestly unpersuasive -and worst- immoral; If arming ’erstwhile’ allies merely with small arms had even a remote chance of expeditiously succeding in overthrowing the NIF/NCP with minimal collateral damage... then a moral case for such an action could indeed be maintained.

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  • 24 March 2012 17:05, by James Maker Akok

    About the oil United Nation has no way to tell South Sudan to agree for amount you brought up you North Sudan upto has to agree for what amount South Sudan brought up $0.69 per B as Internationals Amount.

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  • 24 March 2012 22:48, by Lang

    Washington and London supported libyan rebels they shouldn’t have a say whether another country supports rebels. Hypocrites.

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    • 24 March 2012 23:23, by Son of Upper Nile

      How can Juba deny supporting rebels in North Sudan while division 9 & 10 are under Juba. Likewise How can Khartoum deny when Bapiny Mintuel, James Gai & Olony are in Khartoum. James Gai house in Fitihab is a military barracks of Militias (foreigners) moving freely holding guns. We have moral obligation to help in bringing peace to SK & BN. We don’t care for Darfur they have fought us for Islam

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    • 25 March 2012 23:46, by Anynya One

      You are right! Can somebody rescue us please! we are dying in the hands of Arabs. There is bones and skulls all over this country (a complete Genocidal acts by Arabs!)why is Europe and America standing behind the Rebels in Libya, and on the other hand they kept opposing help for the Nubians. If it is a matter of mare interest, why would they let Nubians end up empty handed/die through genocide!!!

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  • 25 March 2012 03:05, by E. Defense Forces
  • 25 March 2012 05:00, by Dinkawarrior

    There will be a big awarded following the capturing of President Bashit according to unknown! Thanks to those give their efort to do this in behave of others. It will be a great news to the world and to North Sudan particlarly. Thanks once again for your commitment! God bless you!

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    • 25 March 2012 08:18, by Konan

      Dinkawarrior,

      Once again, I call upon u should President Bashir visit Juba to sign the Four Humiliations Agreements pls. don’t hesitate to arrest and handover him to ICC. Unfortunately, u r incompetent, coward and wicked by nature and I’m very sure u don’t have the guts to capture a Sudanese cow.

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    • 25 March 2012 10:01, by Darkangel

      Unlike Juba - Khartoum isnt run by 1 man. There is a government, institutions and political parties. Arresting Bashir will unleash the full furry of Sudan on South Sudan and No American, Israeli or NATO army will stop them from bombing south sudan to the pre-stone ages, where it almost is now ! No one will thank you but a few nut americans and Ocampo - you will loose the little respect you have !

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    • 25 March 2012 10:05, by Darkangel

      Your government made it clear to everyone in the world. From your president to pagan now in Khartoum (finally enjoying the comforts of a real capital). To invite someone publicly to attend a presidential summit and then arrest him, you will prove to the world you uncivilized nature, backstabbing and low class. It will also prove SPLM was behind all the assassinations and allegations killing rebels

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      • 25 March 2012 17:35, by Rommel

        It seems that you are what results when a comedian is infused with a deluded and fanatic true believer. To assert that not only could you withstand the onslaught of the largest and most powerful military bloc in the history of man and prevail... you are apparently able to assail South Sudan with devastating consequences in the backdrop of all of this unparalleled resistance to a superpower.

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  • 25 March 2012 09:58, by Ayuen deng

    The fact is that Juba does not support rebels from the north the problem is the name SPLA/M North.And if it’s change to something else,then there will be no complain.

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  • 25 March 2012 15:43, by Ambowl Papakayo

    The two of you are just saying nothing because you know NCP very well of not honoring treaties. You idiot old Briton and American, are big failure to peace in this country or if you lack something to say, then you can be talking those nonsenses because we in the Nuba Mountains are already up for comprehensive peace by toppling the bloody NCP and establishing a country being sweet to every citizen.

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  • 26 March 2012 03:44, by acuil deng

    Our people will not cowardly turn their backs to those, who once were fighting courageously on our side. We owe them, and when it’s pay - back time we will pay. Where were the American and the British? when "Sadam Hussein" send his rocket-launchers to Khartoum, which later used them in slaughtering "SPLA " troops in the town of "Kurmuk".

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