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SPLM US envoy concurs with Amum remarks on ‘failed state’


June 26, 2008 (WASHINGTON) —The head of the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) Mission to the US Ezekiel Gatkuoth issued a statement today in support of remarks by the Secretary General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Pagan Amum in which he described Sudan as a “failed and corrupt state”.

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Ezekiel Gatkuoth (ST)

The GoSS official said that Amum statements are “very much in place”.

“Sudan is indeed a “failed and corrupt” and worst of all a country run by National Congress Party (NCP) terrorists” he said.

The strong words by Gatkuoth signal an escalation in the war of words between the NCP and SPLM in the aftermath of Amum’s statements.

Sudan presidential adviser Nafi Ali Nafi called on the Amum to step down.

“Pagan must be in peace with himself by resigning and it will be welcomed by the SPLM even before the NCP” Nafi was quoted by the daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat as saying.

“The problem of Pagan and the triangle of secularism within the SPM is that they feel disappointed and miserable because the NCP is able to overcome their shrewdness and cunningness and even come out stronger” he added.

Mandour Al-Mahdi the secretary general of the NCP political bureau also described Amum’s statements as “irresponsible for an irresponsible minister who is trying to create a split between the SPLM and NCP”.

Gatkuoth said that the Sudanese government “cannot provide security, food, services to the people of Abyei, Darfur, Nubia and Eastern Sudan”.

“What is the definition of a failed state? The team of these boys, the NCP, believes in deceit and manipulation of issues” he added.

In his statement the GoSS diplomat attached the ‘Failed State Index’ for the years 2005-2007 issued by Foreign Policy, a bi-monthly journal, published in Washington.

This year Sudan ranked 2nd in the latest release of the index published this week.


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  • 27 June 2008 06:13, by Narima

    Hallelujah, Our Southern is of a great progress, it is good to hear that Ezekiel Gatkuoth has said that Amum’s statement is in it’s place, Ncp can not and will not uproot us from South Sudan, we born there and we will again die in the same land of our forefathers.

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    • 27 June 2008 08:21, by Lual Dennis Deng Garang

      Gatkuoth, you are truly son of Southern Sudan, I don’t believe that you may be you from nuer, but I have seen changes in you, stand firm after your strong leader and tomorrow may be your turn, the game will be reverse if you do will of your people then you hunt for leader and work against some communities. Remember that you are representing the nation not the tribe or community. Bravo and wish you the best in all you do

      The gift from God

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      • 27 June 2008 20:37, by DUT DONGRIN

        Good job mr Gatkouth for your support of fellow minister.it’s not time to see sometthing going wrong and people close their eyes or speak out.good for you young minister to chellenge that regime to the max.

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  • 27 June 2008 07:49, by Ajuong Ayany De puorgook

    Sudan is really a fail state.a nation which is dominated by one party which impose it decision on all.

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  • 27 June 2008 08:04, by Bior-Makech

    Bravo Mr Gatkouth for your strong support to the statement of Secretary General, Pagan Amum.I was about to shock when I learnt that Advisor has ordered Splm S.G to step down.One thing that Mr advisor should not forget is that, he has no authority to let people step down but advise President on genuine points he thinks to Improve Sudan not like what he released on his own which is destructive. How can you call him to step down, don’t you know that you are sharpening our knives.Truth can not be hide it is obvious known Sudan failed and corrupt state.

    Leave us alone we have right to decide not you.

    View online : Splm US envoy concurs with Amum remarks

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  • 27 June 2008 08:31, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

    Hey Folks,

    Junubins are now really under one umbralla of the SPLM. Thanks to Gatkuoth for his wise wards. I hope people like Nafi Ali Nafi are going to learn from there.

    The NCP policy of lat’s divided and rule is almost coming to an end!!!.

    Keeps that spirit up dear Southerners untill Jesus come.

    Be bless.

    Deng Akol Agut-tunduon,
    aman far away from tribalism.

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    • 27 June 2008 10:06, by Deng John Ajang

      A strong statement” Sudan is a failed and corrupt State” supported by Ezekiel Gatkuoth.Join hand in hand Mr. Pagan and Mr. Ezekiel don’t let that shallow minded advisor (Nafi) scare you. You are the hearts of SPLM and whatever you say is absolutely correct .SPLM will unit the whole Sudan because peace and unity are dwelling in SPLM.One man’s meat is another man’s poison so don’t mind.

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  • 27 June 2008 10:27, by Uncle Louish

    That shows true sign of patriotism,

    Thanks for the great heroic move made by our dear Compatriots who are with us morally, financially and spiritually. In fact, they have always contributed to the liberation of the Oppressed by the Oppressors and we owe them much thanks.

    compatriot, Amum, should stick to his words and that will teach those who call spade a big spoon to undergo an era of political change.

    Nafi whatever should just know that we are in an era of global more over bold politics where one points out the weaknesses of State.Hence, lesson to the NCP and other Nothern political parties.

    We strive in order to co-exist,Compatriots!!

    Uncle Louish,the Humble Gent.

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    • 27 June 2008 14:40, by Mr. Long John

      Nafi is messing around.He is failing to understand his duties. He should be made to understand that he is an Office Assistant and all he oughts doing is to arrangge some few coordination in the office of his president and not to threaten Minister of high integrity like Mr.Amum.He better be in peace with himself other than the one he is putting his attack on.He must serve as Omar Beshir Office messager. Shame on him to speak his fithy mind to the public.
      Hell to your words.
      hallelujah be to God!

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  • 27 June 2008 19:31, by Deng Gai

    Dear southerners, i am very happy when i learnt from this web that mr Gatkuoth has concurs with H.E minister pagun Amum on the statement of the sudan as a fail state. why i say so is becuase this is the second time in which you have defeated the NIF/NCP on the political ground, the first in the year 2005 when the CPA was sign. my advise to you as a government is that,let remain united and will achieve what to come in the year 2011.

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