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Egypt’s Mubarak appears resigned to South Sudan independence


February 7, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Egypt’s top official for the first time appeared to acknowledge that South Sudanese will likely choose to secede in the self determination referendum scheduled for early next year.

The Kuwait based Al-Jarida newspaper said that Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak made rare remarks speaking of “peaceful” separation between North and South Sudan during his visit to the city of Sohag last week.

Mubarak has reportedly criticized Khartoum for lacking the will to preserve the unity and warning that there are regional powers wanting to fuel conflict in the area which he described as “vital to Egypt”.

The Egyptian media which is mostly controlled by the government, have omitted any reference to this portion of Mubarak’s speech.

The issue of South Sudan secession is sensitive one to Cairo largely due to its impact on the Nile water agreement and the possible reallocation of share with the new state even though legal experts say that the water agreements are still binding to the new state.

The Nile basin countries which have been fiercely pushing for amending the water agreements will hold a meeting in Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm Al-Sheik next week. Egypt and Sudan have veto right over any modification of the 1929 and 1959 agreements.

With almost 80 million people, Egypt’s water demand is projected to exceed its supply by 2017, according to a government reported published last month making the regional power more concerned than ever on maintaining the unity of Sudan.

Last year, sources at the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) told Sudan Tribune that Kiir cut short his visit to Egypt “after feeling uncomfortable with the level of pressure exerted by Egyptian officials on the issue of preserving Sudan’s unity”.

Al-Jarida newspaper quoted Egyptian sources as saying that Cairo also fears massacres in Khartoum against Southern Sudanese and Northerners in the South which they believe will witness armed conflicts.

The matter of South Sudan was to be discussed with visiting Sudanese 2nd Vice President Ali Osman Taha who held meetings today with Prime Minister Ahmed Nazeef. Taha’s visit received little coverage by Egyptian newspapers for unknown reasons.

Nazeef expressed his country’s support to Sudan in order to achieve unity and stability citing its attempt to rally the international community behind conserving the country’s unity being an advantageous option to Sudanese people.

He noted the Darfur reconstruction conference to be hosted by Cairo next March that will focus on building development projects and repatriating displaced Darfuris.

The Egyptian official also revealed that the High Education ministry is establishing a branch of Alexandria University in South Sudan city of Wau.

Taha is scheduled to meet with Mubarak before he ends his three day visit on Tuesday.


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  • 8 February 2010 05:54, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    What a joke? Build your university in Nimule! Not Wau! Are the university staff members going to be Egyptian troops? Egypt must learn that the people of South Sudan have a right to choose their destiny here in South Sudan. It is a matter of death or life. Your cosmetic handouts will not change the situation on the ground.

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    • 8 February 2010 06:10, by Wende Yongaptheeth

      We do not wants that man. Nobody wants war. But in the events that it is brought, we will take it.

      What the arabs world wants after Africa, is it a race war?

      Is it arabs going to war with Africans?

      We hope and prays that it does not happen and if it happens we will response.

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    • 8 February 2010 06:26, by Dengtaath

      It is exactly wise move from Kiir if he shortened his visits to Egypt for due to fear of pressure Egypt is doing to influence him of accepting unity.
      Secession is vital for future of South Sudan, any ideology that emphasis on unity, the leaders of South Sudan need to give it a good look.

      Egypt is fearing its water share in the Nile, and trying to push harder the unity of blood because of the own benefit. Egypt forgot that the massacres of Southerners were not only carried out by Khartoum, Egypt was a master minded behind all death in Sudan and also was a big supplier of armies, military expertist and military aircrafts just for sudan government to finish off the Southerners.

      Today is cliaming to facilitate the development in South Sudan soil by planning to build the branch of Alexanderia University in Wau, it is all together meaningless. The secession must keep going.

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    • 8 February 2010 16:21, by Wed Deng

      Hi dear readers!

      am extremely excited about the branch University which will be established in Wau region of Baher El Ghazal and that is non other than Alexandria University of Egypt.

      Therefore am also full of beans that the elections will be done free and fair as other states does like USA.

      Thank also goes to Dr. Kiir for the usefulness of law and order in Southern Sudan because when the comes I hope every body will estates of laws.

      Writer is Ngor Deng


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      • 8 February 2010 19:17, by MJriaksdca

        NGOR DENG?

        The "Jec amer" use to praise Dr. John as a leader resembling the sun and the stars of heaven. I did not know what the "Jec amer" meant then but as I heard Dr. John rejected being compare with austrological phenomena instead he wanted to be seen as a charismatic, simple human being who just wanted to claim the rights of his people.
        Now you guys are trying to shame Kiir again by calling him Dr. Kiir. I hope Kiir comes out to say he should be addressed as Mr. Salva Kiir or H.E. As I know and every other Sudanese knows, Kiir has never gone to a two year community college leave alone a higher learning university where masters and phDs are awarded.
        I like Salva as a man of some distinct qualities but I don’t want to mock him by calling him Dr.

        You need to look up what a honorary degree mean.

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    • 8 February 2010 18:58, by Mr man

      Haa Haa That so funy of Mr Mubarak, he does mean it people, he is just saying that for his own interest can you see that???
      Egypt will never agree on the independent of southern sudan, Hell No, that is right to mr Mubarak, man, what he want is out water from the Nile.

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  • 8 February 2010 06:10, by murlescrewed

    It is a shame that Egypt remain suspicious of South’s intention even after years of conflict. South will never initiate anything to hurt Egypt’s economy. We will not limit the flow of the Nile in any way. In fact, South is gearing up to remain economically intertwined with its neighbors to the North because that is in our best interest.

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    • 8 February 2010 07:14, by CHOLTHEGREAT

      The World and/ or particular individuals must accept and prepare their minds-that South Sudan is gone. They can opt to oppose South Secession, but the reality is that, Southern Sudanese have the ultimate say in this case.

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  • 8 February 2010 07:16, by David_N

    Thanks for the true color of decision made by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
    I agree that to save North Sudan will separate East African South, which considering 22million to 28 million Nilotic Bantu slaves captured and sold to the West via Ft.jesus Kenya within 1400-late 1900th.
    About 28 million Nilotic Bantu tribes captured by European slave markets, surrounding areas of Lake Victoria, Southern Somalia, and surrounding areas of similar states of Kenya.
    It’s much better for not to drink polluted shit dung water from South, that might get caused HIV!
    Let’s them deal with European with next round, and they shouldn’t speak Arabic anyways.
    Thanks Mubarak for true colour of favor.

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  • 8 February 2010 07:34, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

    Hey Mubarak,

    Keep on telling those monkeys in the Arabs gulf that the South of Sudan is soon making her own nation and will be recognised by the name "Democratic Republic of Sudan or (DRS)" The Nouthern part of Sudan is to be called the " Undemocratic Banana republic of North Sudan (UBRNS)."

    The truth must be said, don’t hide anything, simply because we here in the South has decided to go and nothing in this earth shall stop us from seceding,be it ballot or bullet, we shall make it to where our souls shall rest in peace!

    Be blessed,

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

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    • 8 February 2010 08:24, by Hardlinner

      what are those southerners in north still waiting for ?.
      haven’t they learn yet about evilness of arabs wannabes in the north? . or have they just intended to sacrifies their lives for the sake of working in arabs wannabes houses.
      shame on southerners living in khartoum. come to south or else you might end up getting kill after south separation as mubarak has put it.

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  • 8 February 2010 08:25, by Mr Hyea

    It has to be a very big NO! NO !to the Egyptians with their intentions of benefiting on us.

    Am glad that all Southerners’ views are rejecting what I may call an idiotic idea of fake jellabas. Egypt has never done anything worthwhile to us in S Sudan of which we may forget to allow our enemy to suck our butter.

    Kiir is right and that’s why we shall support him in any circumstances all day and night.
    (UNITY IS STRENGTH, my MSG to all Southerners)

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  • 8 February 2010 14:58, by Ajak Yak Giet...

    Tell Mubarak that S.Sudan is not going to allow any arabs country come for investment in the soil of South...Egypt is a traitor...We don’t want them....

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  • 8 February 2010 16:06, by kitir

    I think Mr. Mubarak is righteous when he criticized Khartoum for lacking the will to preserve the unity... in opposite to the southern Sudan people, Khartoum regime NIF/NCP is pushing the southern Sudan people for secession and opt their own country, it very regretful for the other Sudanese from other region to see their beloved country fall apart due to egoist policies by minor separatist of Jalapa in north Sudan. But these separatist in north should know the secession of south is not the end of the game, it will open the doors to other oppressed region and marginalized entities to opt the same way for their secession, leading to Somalization of Sudan, at that time the Jallaba will realize that Khartoum is not a safe place for them .. the marginalized people are more aware now than before , not going to be manipulated by genocidaires to fight the south…

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    • 8 February 2010 16:48, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      I as well do believe the way most Southerners do that Southern Sudan is tooo much & immense to be "bargain for anything external" such as Egptians indirect demand for water in our country,we are not that easy people! we are fully determine to secede from the rest of Sudan.This is a time to move forward,this is a time to believe in ourselves as independent people for the country called SOUTHERN SUDAN.

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      • 9 February 2010 01:18, by Majang

        I can BELIEVE this Races Egyptian are trying to talk about unity.no way the Egyptian Goverment were the one who IRRIGATED our southern Sudanese Refugees with Hot water 3yrs ago.they are not after our Freedeom rather than they want Southern Sudanese to remains as slaves to their Fellow arab SLAMIC BROTHERS.Over our dead body no UNITY FOR EVER AND EVER.THIS fUCKEN SO CALLED MUBARAK IS FAVING THE WAY FOR WATER.HE has no concern about African Future if we make a mistake on becoming free than the Arabs will codinate to eliminate African Tribe out of Sudan for good.therefore 2011 is the only Hope we have left with.

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  • 9 February 2010 02:27, by Samson

    Mubarack, Please stay aways from our counry and we do not need any support for you stupidity and can even manage his own country. Your own country were ran by unknow politician. If you think about our water, wait when we have our indepedent you will not a shit out of it. We will fight for it until last blood drop... Remember that.

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