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Salva Kiir urges traditional chiefs to cooperate in Sudan’s census

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January 15, 2008 (WAU) — Sudanese First Vice-President and President of the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) has invited traditional chiefs of Great Bahr el-Ghazal to contribute to the success of national census, which will begin in next April, indicating that the census is closely linked to development and provision of services to citizens.

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In a meeting with the Sultans of Bahr el-Ghazal states on Tuesday evening, Salva Kiir informed them that border demarcation commission would begin work next February. He further pointed out that he had called for a meeting included governors of northern Bahr el-Ghazal, Western Bahr el-Ghazal, Upper Nile, South Darfur, southern Kordufan, White Nile, Sennar, Blue Nile to assist the Commission in its task in the demarcation of the border.

He also urged the sultans to contribute to the success of the Commission’s work and pledged to rehabilitate hospitals, health centres, schools, water and electricity stations which have been destroyed in wartime.

The First Vice-President further said that there are "Enemies of Peace" who want to spoil the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and recommended them to be cautious saying they intend to destabilize the security and stability in the southern Sudan.

He renewed the commitment of southern Sudan government to allow cattle herders from Misseriarya tribe to cross Bahr al-Arab and move their cattles south for grazing and water. Nonetheless, Salva Kiir stressed the need to respect disarmament in southern Sudan. He added that GoSS disarmed citizens and it would not authorize anyone to enter its territories with weapons.

He disclosed that President Omer al-Bashir asked him to withdraw SPLA forces south to Bahr al-Arab. He underlined the need to strengthen peaceful coexistence between citizens and making the common border between the southern and northern states a meeting point between the sons of one homeland.

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  • 16 January 2008 19:19, by Lago Gatjal Riaka

    Mr.President. You’re really confusing me in your talks and comments. Now, you’
    re talking about census while there big issues that your government did not address yet in your stand against the National Congress Party.

    There are now speculations from the Unity State governor Mr. Taban Deng Gai that in fact Sudanese Army Forces who left Bentiu and Rupkona area did not actually leave for good but are still lottering within the South Sudan territory. This is something need to be solved first before you talk about census. Census would not be conducted without first solving these issues.

    Also, what happen to Abyei Mr. President? Did you give up on that because you see it as a failure talking about it?

    Please stand firm Mr. President. Don’t rush.

    repondre message

    • 18 January 2008 10:16, by Chol Aleng Maguet

      Don’t you know that politics are not one side game? people should get prepare before the time comes, that has nothing to do with existence of SAF.

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