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Russia has to open consulate in South Sudan - envoy


December 9, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — Russia should open a consulate in the southern Sudan capital as over 20 countries have their offices there, said Mikhail Margelov the special envoy to Sudan in statements to Russian journalists.

Margelov is conducting currently a six-day visit to Sudan since last Thursday heading a delegation of businessmen, media and press. He visited Kadoguli, Al-Fasher, Juba and met today with the President Omer Al-Bashir in Khartoum.

The envoy disclosed in a discussion with Russian journalists who accompanied during his visit to Sudan he intends to discuss the question of opening a consulate with President Dmitriy Medvedev when he briefs him on his trip to the country.

"This is not the first year that the idea of opening a Russian consulate in Southern Sudan in Juba has been discussed, and I am deeply convinced that this should be done and not delayed," reported the Russian RIA Novosti news agency on Wednesday.

The Special envoy said that there are now 20 foreign consulates in Juba including Russia’s partners at the UN Security Council.

He further stressed that there is a need for diplomatic presence in Juba as Russian business showed interest to implement projects in southern Sudan.

He intends to discuss the question of opening a consulate with President Dmitriy Medvedev when he briefs him on his trip to the country, the report said.

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  • 10 December 2009 04:21, by oshay

    Be careful Russians, these savage dinkas will loot your offices and kill your staff.

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    • 10 December 2009 04:53, by Dengtaath

      Russia was before a good friend to the movement, but in the 1990s, Russia federation made a very worst U-turn, the federation of Rusia since then had made strong marriage relationship with al-bishier.
      There is no relation between South Sudan and Rusia currently but the world has become too dirty politically, who know when the country is divided South will own the big share of oil in the country which is the trape to Rusia and China and that may bring relations back between South and these Oil greed countries.
      Any way let them try their best!

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    • 10 December 2009 13:39, by Lukudu

      Russia has no place in South Sudan. The government of South Sudan should be careful in establishing relations with countries like Russia and China. These two countries are down to earth friends of Beshir and Arabs. They are hyenas that dressed themselves in shiny clothes pretending to be humans but they are not. The world of today is a world full of spys. What businesses is Russia going to do in South Sudan? As southern Sudanese, we have many good friends around the globe, friends who really can do business with us and exchange goods that are beneficial to our people. Keep away the people spying on us and weakening us indirectly. Apart from looting our resources who between Russia and China is a best business friend?

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  • 10 December 2009 09:43, by Time1

    Russian is a super power and its presences in south sudan is very welcome, all major countries now have consulates in Juba, so Russia will add to that number and support in south sudan rebuilding process, Mikhail Margelov is msot welcome.

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    • 10 December 2009 11:55, by John Boy

      This is quite difficult to me hearing Russia has open consulate in Juba.but my advice to Goss do not allow Russia to sit in Juba while they are suppling Khartoum with all miltary equipment for destroying Junub and western Sudan first of all they need to stop that mentality of selling weapon to Khartom regime if you accepted this peoples to be in Juba you need to do the same.

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