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UN chief’s anti-secession remark triggers South Sudan protest

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By Philip Thon Aleu

February 1, 2010 (BOR) – A group of Southern Sudanese marched to the base of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) here Monday protesting an anti-secessionist statement attributed to the UN Secretary General. This remark also generated criticism among South Sudanese academics in Khartoum.

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Protesters at the UNMIS base in Bor on February 1, 2010.

Ban Ki-moon had said Saturday that UN and the AU would work to avoid southern Sudan secession in a referendum scheduled for January 2011. The UN chief in a joint interview with AFP and RFI radio said "The UN has a big responsibility with the AU to maintain peace in Sudan and make unity attractive… We’ll work hard to avoid a possible secession." His statement came one day after similar statements by the chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission Jean Ping who said secession would lead to another war in Sudan and push Darfur rebels to seek self-determination.

The protesters hold banners saying “our future lies in our independence.” In a written speech delivered at UNMIS compound, the angered group claims that Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the 14th African Union (AU) summit on Saturday in Addis Ababa never “examined the negative part of [Sudan’s] unity.”

Bor protesters say Ban’s statement indicates that the UN admires Sudan’s wars, slavery and illiteracy under Khartoum administration. "Sudan has never been in peace not because the people Sudanese communities are against peace but…the government had been misruling….rich cultures," the protest speech reads in part.

The demonstrators, mainly youth, call on the UN chief to apologize saying “Ban Ki-moon, repent before judgment.”

An officer at the UN camp, flanked by his colleagues at the UNMIS says at the time the letter was issued that the peacekeepers’ mandate does not include deciding on the future of Southern Sudan. The officer apologized for the local understanding of the UN chief’s statement and pledged to hand the letter to higher authorities.

SOUTH SUDANESE INTELLECTUALS OPPOSE UNITY

In an interview today with Professor Deng Awuor who teaches social studies at Juba university campus at Kodoro, east of Khartoum, he outlined historical reasons for the split expected next year in the 2011 referendum for secession of the South.

He said that British and Egyptians jointly ruled Sudan for over 40 years but failed to make unity attractive between Sudanese Africans in the south and Arabs in the north. Instead they initiated and introduced detrimental policies of divide and rule which were later on adopted by successive Khartoum-based ruling elites, he said.

He said they never succeeded in anything including making unity of the country attractive nor did they lay down strong foundation for unity but deployed divisive policies which recognize provincial leaderships.

The independence of the country on 1st January 1956 came when issue of identity became the central issue to those who regards themselves as the real Sudanese through oppressive initiatives in managing affairs of the African tribes.

In forum discussions at the university, one of the contributors said that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was to build and repair the long strained south-north relationship, giving a last chance – a period of six years – to the repressive and extremist leaders in Khartoum to make unity attractive, but they failed to make it.

"If Sudanese people and government could not make it possible to make unity attractive, can the AU and the UN Secretary General make unity attractive within one year?" he posed.

According to the participant, Africans, whether they are Sudanese, Muslims or Christians want the best initiative against discriminatory tradition and culture, and work to liberate the corrupted African minds, hearts and souls by tradition and culture that do not respect human rights.

"If UN and AU can do this within one year, before the deadline for referendum, the enslaved and oppressed African people of the southern Sudan may accept to stay as one in a United States of Sudan," he said.

However, he was quick to add UN, the AU and the free developed world know the history of the struggle of the African people in Sudan, especially the people of the southern Sudan and Darfur to transform the colonial thinking and minds of those who have clung to power using religion. He said individuals in the center, since entrance of Mohamed Ali in 1820, have continued to behave like a colonial power and treat the indigenous African tribes as slaves.

"African tribes in Sudan today are enslaved and their mind being corrupted by Arab Islamic ideology, and imprisoned by imposed Arab religion, tradition and culture which only serve the interest of the Arab Islamic leaders, and care less about the unity of Sudan," he explained.

The African people of the southern Sudan have given them enough time to change their discriminatory behaviors and culture and to live as equal citizens in Sudan but refused and continued to kill, discriminate, corrupt the mind, heart and soul of our people to make them go to hell, he said.

Another participant too furiously said the Secretary General has acted out of his capacity hence making it impossible for him to understand – "he comes from the culture equal our own as South Korea was once part of North Korea," he said.

"How come he is so quick to forget such history?" he posed.

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Ngor Arol Garang contributed to this report from Khartoum.

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  • 2 February 2010 19:30, by Gatwech

    Thank you the people of Bor for openly and publicly denouncing the unity of Sudan’s vision of late John garang.

    Ban Ki-Moon is simply a lost and lonely voice.

    Our future is in the independence of the South as you are rightly quoted, my Bor compatriots. I am proud of your recent stance.

    May God bless the champions of self-determination leading to independence.

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    • 3 February 2010 16:15, by Hardlinner

      the bor youth as acted in away i have proposed yesterday in my pose.

      my appreciation goes to those bor youth. and i wish the same to be done by all states of south sudan.
      long independent south. to hell with Ban Ki Moon and his unity.

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  • 2 February 2010 20:19, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

    " Ban Ki-moon is not God to determine our fate!"

    Thank you brothers from Jonglei, I am proud of you. Jonglei is truely a home for heroes.

    Ban Ki Moon must know that he is too green in that post he is in, and must not mass up with our rights. Unless Ki-moon is not sure of his job description, he is not supposed to have talked nonesense about Sudan politics and South Sudan seperation.

    Let’s joins hand and challenge this malitious message from the UN chief. He has forgotten that his own home land did the same thing we are to do and nobody from the UN talked rubbish about it in those days, why him now?

    Be warn Ki Moon that the God of the marginalised people of the Sudan is a serious God that is ever serious on those who do talks nonsense about the rights of others.

    Be blessed,

    Deng Akol Agut-tungduon, a man far away from tribalism.

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    • 2 February 2010 20:55, by Gatbentiu

      Ban Ki-Moon should know that its not the UN mandate in Sudan to decide for Southern Sudanese,the peace was signed five years ago and Mr.Ki Moon never said anything for the last five years about Unity.The North and South unity can not be made attractive for just only ten months,if they failed (NCP and its allied) for the last five years to make unity attractive will they do something good for only ten month? I don’t know but Southern Sudanese know it better.

      dholbentiu@gmail.com

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      • 2 February 2010 21:17, by Lokorai

        Thanks youngsters for that patriotic move; the future is yours and you should stand together like that in the face of internal and external threats.

        Ban Ki Moon, the worst Secretary General ever to come to that important seat must apologize to our people now, and if not, we will hold him responsible incase our people takes their anger against his socalled ineffective peace keepers.

        Southern Sudan is wounded by Moon and Mr. Ping calculated remarks.

        Lokorai

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  • 2 February 2010 22:24, by braveheart

    Dear Readers,

    Why is Yassir Arman running for President while supporters of his party is chanting for secession? Lol

    Braveheart

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    • 2 February 2010 23:24, by Chance Baniko

      Ban Ki Moon should also re-unify the two Koreas,if he wants a unified Sudan.

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    • 2 February 2010 23:39, by Saaid Nafe

      We don’t want your impost unity ,we want secession with good understanding with our neighbours.

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  • 3 February 2010 01:02, by Sudan virus

    This is the culture of the middle east-en slavery of black man.

    It’s so embarrassing to hear such a ridicule speech from a world diplomat-UN secretary general-Ban kin Moon. Ban the kin moon( kin means"peaces" and moon is "Yapa" in my language ) not secession of south Sudan.

    You might endanger your peace keeper’s peace in south Sudan.

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    • 3 February 2010 01:49, by sheeple

      The objective of the UN is to merge the EUropean Union, The African Union, the North American Union, and the Asian Union, to form a one world luciferian government.

      "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever". Daniel 2:44 KJV

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      • 3 February 2010 01:59, by sheeple

        A New World According to God’s Promise

        THE Bible, the written Word of God, fills us with hope when it says: “There are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell.”—2 Peter 3:13.

        What is the “new heavens”? The Bible associates heaven with rulership. (Acts 7:49) The “new heavens” is a new government that will rule over the earth. It is new because it will replace the present system of rulership; it is also a new development in the outworking of God’s purpose. It is the Kingdom for which Jesus taught us to pray. (Matthew 6:10) Since God is its Source and he dwells in heaven, it is called “the kingdom of the heavens.”—Matthew 7:21.

        What is the “new earth”? It is not a new globe, since the Bible clearly states that the earth will be inhabited forever. The “new earth” is a new human society. It will be new because the wicked will have been cut off. (Proverbs 2:21, 22) All who then live will honor and obey the Creator and will live in harmony with his requirements. (Psalm 22:27) People of all nations are being invited to learn those requirements and to bring their lives into harmony with them now. Are you doing that?

        In God’s new world, everyone will respect His rulership. Does love for God move you to obey him? (1 John 5:3) Is that evident in your home? at work or at school? in the way that you are using your life?

        In that new world, human society will be united in worship of the true God. Do you worship the Creator of heaven and earth? Does your worship truly unite you with fellow worshipers of all nations, all races, all languages?—Psalm 86:9, 10; Isaiah 2:2-4; Zephaniah 3:9.

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        • 3 February 2010 02:31, by sheeple

          For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 (KJV)

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  • 3 February 2010 07:23, by Time1

    The best thing for UN is to always stay neutral, UN has to understand sensitivity in every issue and in every area and have the professional character of how to deal with issues, the reasons people have UN in their countries is because UN is considered a neutral international watchdog, so it is absurd and silly for a UN official to take sides or makes comments which is partisan. However Ban Ki Mooon did not mean his comment in the way that have been over blown, i remember he alway mentioned that the referendum results sould be respected wether it is seperation or unity, So Ban ki moon was neutral but the media only piciked on the making unity attractive, i think the media have not been fair to Ban ki moon. As a UN secretary general, chief of the highest international body, Ban Ki Moon should treat all people at the same level andm ake sure whatever he says has to be heard on all sides of the fences.

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  • 4 February 2010 04:52, by Daniel Juol Nhomngek Geech

    ONLY THE COMMON MAN CAN DECIDE THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE SOUTH.
    It is now time for the common man to have a say in the issue of the south Sudan. The time has come and the garden is ready for the gardener to plant seeds of injustices. The fog is growing dark in Sudan as the marathon is becoming tough. The runners are tightening their belts. Southern Sudanese are condemned to eternal sufferings by the indifferent world, which does act out of reason, driven by wrong and bad ideology.
    The world must know and learn the lesson of the fig tree, the southern Sudanese are ready for their own nation no matter, which version the world leaders may take. They will never accept popular opinion expressed by good and experienced diplomats, they are ready to kill one another and to save one another if need be.
    Hypocrisy and conspiracy, why if South and North Korea separated into two nations more than fifty years ago nobody expressed skepticism but today if Southern Sudanese express the same nationalistic feeling, everybody seem to have a say how the history of Sudan should be shaped. Who is going to dwell in that unity which people seem to favour? Is it the UNO Secretary General or John Ping or French foreign Secretary? It is malice and nonsense. Who does not need freedom? Southern Sudanese need freedom as other people do; they need liberty, freedom, fraternity and equality.
    We are tired of being involved in the war that they have nothing to do with. We do not need to carry a wrong passport which reads: YOU CAN GO ALL COUNTRIES EXCEPT ISRAEL. What involves us in those wars we do not even comprehend their root causes? We do not accept to be called terrorists yet we have nothing to do it. We, southern Sudan never want to be come terrorists by all means, we loath that tactic of terrorism.
    We are black Africans, indigenous people in Africa, not black Americans, but if even if we were black Americans; I would have repeated “I HAVE A DREAM SPEECH” by Martin Luther King in North America more than forty years ago. We are not descendants of slaves, although, we were ones, the British Government would have come in to stop slavery and slave trade. And we would be free people. The commodities have been sold and they are over. The remaining breeds need to know who is going to buy them and why. They are not going to be pushed about or given out without their concern. The fooling is over.
    What I know is; UNO is neither the Vienna Settlement nor the Congress System; it is the body founded on noble principles of PEACE, SECURITY, SOVEREIGNTY, LIBERTY, and FREEDOM AND FRATERNITY. It is the body, which is supposed to take appropriate measures when faces with world problem not to lean towards the direction with more resources and power. The issues of nationalism are very delicate and as such, they need proper approach without committing political suicide i.e. to hurry to conclusion. It is on this strong ground where I seem to admire extremists for their determination in spite of the fact that I disapprove of their approach to achieve self-determination. I will never give the evil dividend in taking its direction through blowing up innocent people but rather I can die a noble death and I would have made my point.
    The world should be sensible and understanding when it comes to the issues of southern Sudan. The solution to the problems between the South and the North of Sudan is separation. The world should not act like the rich fool. Southern Sudanese are no longer to be deceived with kisses; we know the damage that was already done in that illusive unity. The world must know that southern Sudan is neither Biafra in Nigeria nor Katanga region in Congo, her people will never accept the same kind of mob justice that the above two regions were subjected to, when they expressed their nationalistic sentiments forty years ago. They will be in standby to face any opposing groups in case the world miscarriages the upcoming referendum.
    The time has come, the cloud is coming up in the south and the south wind is blowing, why does the world not detect this? The issue of the south is not going to be decided by ‘speeches and resolutions of majorities, but by blood and iron’ if the other options failed. There is no point of pretending here, I want to tell the UNO Secretary General, Mr. Ban Kimoon, that the extravagant comment he made some days ago about the viability of the unity of Sudan had hurt us and we will never forgive him! It is perfidious and treason. The issue of Southern Sudan cannot be decided by anybody, but only by the common man. Hands off Southern Sudan, leave it alone.
    Daniel Juol Nhomngek Geech.

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