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Washington accuses Sudan’s NCP of reneging on CPA accord

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December 24, 2009 (WASHINGTON) – The United States is “deeply concerned” about modifications made to the South Sudan referendum bill ahead of its passage Tuesday in the national assembly and accused the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of breaching the terms of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

At stake are the detailed provisions for how to carry out the 2011 referendum for independence of South Sudan, a voting process that was guaranteed under the 2005 peace deal with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A)

On Tuesday the NCP legislators modified the bill after it was agreed on in the Council of Ministers and also in the Presidency. The approved bill cancelled an article stipulating that southerners who reside outside the region will have to register and vote only in South Sudan.

The chairman of referendum sub-committee Badriya Suleiman said this article violates the interim constitution particularly the article related to freedom of movement.

The US State Department said in an official statement today that they are concerned by “language added by the NCP that is different than that agreed to by NCP and SPLM leadership”.

“Reneging on the agreement negotiated on December 13th by the two parties undermines the peace process, jeopardizes CPA implementation, and risks sparking renewed political hostilities between the parties”.

“We call on the parties to pass the remaining bills, including the Abyei referendum bill, using the text as agreed, and to restore the Southern Sudan referendum bill to the agreed-upon language before it is signed into law”.

The US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice told reporters in New York today that the events surrounding the referendum bill “erodes confidence in the NCP’s readiness to implement the elements of the CPA. It is destabilizing and it’s most unfortunate”.

“We look to the government of Sudan not to enact that law finally without revising it so that it reflects the agreement reached with the SPLM and to ensure that all the remaining agreements, such as that related to Abyei, put before the National Assembly are unaltered as this one was unilaterally, resulting in the exclusion of the SPLM from this process” Rice said.

The bill’s passage yesterday was a successive blow to the already tense relationship between SPLM and NCP. The day before, parliament passed the National Security Act which prompted a ‘No’ vote by SPLM bloc.

“The United States is also deeply concerned about the passage of a revised National Security Act on Monday that contains no new measures of accountability for the security services. For elections to be credible, it is incumbent on the regime to demonstrate in word and in deed that this law will not be used to arrest and detain political opponents”

“The Government of Sudan must also make immediate and significant improvements to the electoral environment, including permitting peaceful demonstrations, ending press censorship, and allowing opposition voices to be heard. The high voter registration signals the clear desire of the people of Sudan to participate in the process of democratic transformation as proposed in the spirit and letter of the CPA. The United States calls on all parties to work together to ensure the upcoming elections and referenda are conducted in a credible manner," said the State Department spokesman’s office.

Salva Kiir, Sudan’s first vice president and the southern government’s leader urge president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir not to sign the Security Act into a law.

“On 20th of December, the National Assembly passed the controversial bill of National Intelligence and Security Service. In particular Sections 25, 50 and 51 of this bill have and continued to be our concern as they clearly contravene the provisions of CPA and our Interim National Constitution. We remain banking on the honest assumption of responsibility by the President of the Republic not to sign this bill into law until these constitutional issues are adequately addressed” Kiir said in a statement today.

This week the SPLM announced that Kiir would not co-sign the security bill once sent to the presidency.

On Thursday the International Crisis Group (ICG) warned that Sudan is heading towards “violent breakup” due to the lack of implementation of peace deals by Khartoum.

“The main mechanisms to end conflicts between the central government and the peripheries — the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (with the south), the Darfur Peace Agreement and the East Sudan Peace Agreement — all suffer from lack of implementation, largely due to intransigence of the National Congress Party,” the report said.

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  • 24 December 2009 05:47, by Dinka Boy

    The Khartoum govt must understand that this is not Addis Ababa of 1972 that Jeffrey Nimere dishonored in the present of South in which he introduced Sharia law in to the country that we southeners reject.

    Now NCP tried very hard to make some confussion in every bill that they discussed with SPLM,but this can not happen again in the present of Southeners.

    SPLM is not sleeping like the way the South use to be in the past. we have more educated people that can root out the hidden agenda without doubt.

    We have our SPLA that is ready to response to any aggression like we did from 1983 by our great late Dr John Garang De mabior.
    SPLM/SPLA oyeee.
    Thanks

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    • 24 December 2009 06:05, by Kim Deng

      The arabized Nubian gov’t [NIF/NCP] must not play with referendum bill, otherwise the separatists will declare the very dirty ugly D-day on them. There is a big difference between the referendum bill from the other bills and NIF must know its outcome if it try to mess up with it.

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      • 24 December 2009 09:32, by aluatdiit

        Khartoum knows that those Southerners who are inhabitting the city are their stooges.In my opinion any southerner who wants to participate in the Referrendum must come back to the South and after casting his/her ballot she/he can go back to the dust desert peacefully.

        Washington is just blindfolding the South,since when did Bashir give the chance for crucial implementation of the CPA’s accords?It is your mistake since you believe to be the Super power to allow an indicted President to Lead the Country.There is no difference btn a Ghost running Sudan to Bashir.Otherwise,Obama’s slogan included Solving Sudan’s attrocities.This is the Living Saddam Hussein.Please,act now Washington.

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  • 24 December 2009 07:39, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

    God be with USA. NCP is Bashir and Bashir is most wanted by ICC for arrest. US take chance of arrest warrant and work with ICC to arrest Bashir. if he is arrested there may be no NCP manipulation and modification neither in the upcoming election nor referendum.

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    • 24 December 2009 07:47, by paulos berhe

      WELL CAME BACKKK BRO GATWECH OR GET..
      SO NAW IS A HIGHLY TIME FOR WE SOUTH SUDAN COMMINTY. YOU SHOULD KNOW WHAT YOU SPEAK IN SIDE OUR BELOVED CITY JUBA.
      I ECCPECT TO YOU TO INCOURAGE PEOPLE TO VOTE FREEDOMM FROM NIF/ NCP , SO FOR ALL FRIENDS I SAY MERRY X-MASS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

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  • 24 December 2009 14:57, by Time1

    The NCP has been exposed and dishonest and not fit to rule the country, they always renegate on the agreements, they go and start making amendments and modifications in the CPA without even consulting with all the stakeholders, this shows that NCP is not inline with the spirit of peace in Sudan and they have to be condemned, NCP is now desperate to maintain its grip on power by other means of hook and crook, they are trying to enter the Sudanese presidency through the back door, they know they have no support throughout the country, there days are numbered as the referendum closes in, NCP will unlike rule Sudan after the referendum if the peace agreement is implemented as agreed upon before, they are afraid of democracy coming to Sudan because they will loose power.

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  • 24 December 2009 15:54, by babadit

    United State, thank you for always standing for our Rights and the Justice , NIF,NCP must have to aggree this time that, the southerners of 1972 is no more in existance but rather this is a new generation that were well educated and are well determinated for the course of their own freedom.
    North is and will never be with the south Again and again.
    I am only urging the president Salva Kiir together with the SSLA to declear a UNILATERAL independence for the south, enough is enough we will be better off without the North aferall we have been self ruled for Six years now.
    to hell with NIF not willing to implement the CPA.

    SOUTH FOR SOUTHERNERS FOREVER.LONG LIVE SPLM.

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    • 24 December 2009 16:28, by Ambago

      Dear readers

      May the whole world give me this grand opportunity to articulate this few words to one of the most frequent web commentators by the name: Mohammed Ali.

      Dear Mohammed Ali Pasha

      You seemed to have gone underground, but I strongly believe you are still being paid by the NCP to spread the disinformation propaganda on their behalf

      However now things have been driven to the edges by your Ibrahim Attahir and Bedriya Suleiman, when they decided to question the wordings of the referendum bills.

      It is you personally that I am worried about as your disillusions have driven you completely in the opposite direction when you once in the middle of your delusional episodes went to project that the US administration is impressed with the NIF/NCP and would want to invest in a NIF led northern Sudan.

      Now please take some minutes to read the above news , just once more and still if you fail to arrive at a sound conclusion, then I am bound on humanitarian grounds to tell you that , the US administration, past, present or those to come in the future will never support your clique , undemocratic , fanatically Islamic rule of the Sudan.

      All the controversial laws unilaterally passed by your mechanical majority will have to go back for re-voting, and let us see how you are going to disobey the US administration and the European Union.

      Wake up, it’s already dawning.

      Dr. Ambago

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