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South Sudan forum says opposed to confederation


January 20, 2008 (KHARTOUM) – A Southern Sudanese party has rejected calls for confederation as system of rule for the whole country launched by the deputy chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

Malik Agar Eyre, Deputy Chairman of the SPLM and governor of Southern Blue Nile State, proposed the adoption of confederal system for the whole Sudan during the celebrations of the third anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). A few days after the Secretary for foreign relations of the NCP, Mustafa Osman Ismail said ready to discuss the proposal.

The South Sudan Democratic Forum expressed in a press statement issued on Sunday its opposition to the adoption of Confederation before the 2011 referendum. The forum said this proposal is against the interest of southern Sudan people and the right of self determination "earned with their blood for the first time in their history."

"This proposal is meant to undermine the right to self-determination for the people of South Sudan and its implementation in an internationally supervised referendum in the year 2011." The SSDF said.

The SSDF said it would be ready to discuss with the northern parties a permanent constitutional system including confederation if the South Sudan vote for the unity of Sudan under 2011 referendum.

The opposition party warned that "No party or leader, however much they think of themselves, have the right to circumvent the exercise of the referendum on Self-Determination under the CPA."


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  • 21 January 2008 04:28, by John Amule de Lokolong

    You are right SSDF in my view we should be without oproposing any element that seem to be the key to the CPA.in my opinion any party that is participating under SPLA should not attempt to air its own views without approval from SPLA.We as southern we have to in be one hand and one leg as SPLA altgought there same internal parties.And i beleive that the better idea for a better nation is within those branches of SPLA who are in practice on the bottom of South.SPLA should adopt the idea of confederation until the referendum if they need confidential politics that will contribute during the 2011,its always better to act honest before the election,its all the main skills that are common in politics World wide.No need for baby politics we need confidential and reasonable opinion that will bring a better nation to South and equality (democracy).Thanks SSDF for being right and confident in view

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