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South Sudan to launch diplomatic campaign on potential recognition of independence


By James Gatdet Dak

August 21, 2010 (JUBA) – The cabinet of the semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan has resolved to carry out a preparatory diplomatic campaign in Africa and around the world for recognition of independence of the region in case the people of southern Sudan vote for secession in the next five months.

GoSS Council of Ministers chaired by Salva Kiir Mayardit (ST)The decision was reached in the cabinet meeting on Friday during a presentation by the Minister of Peace and CPA Implementation, Pagan Amum Okech, on his delegation’s recent participation in the African Union summit in Uganda.

Amum led a delegation composed of a number of ministers to the Ugandan capital, Kampala where they met African leaders on the sidelines of the summit to advocate the need to recognize independence of southern Sudan if the vote favors secession.

The delegation from the Sudan’s ruling party the NCP was reported to have avoided conducting joint meetings and instead preferred to carry out individual meetings with leaders of African countries attending the summit during which they specifically advocated for the promotion of unity option in the referendum.

In a press statement following the cabinet resolutions, the official spokesperson of the government and Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said Amum briefed the cabinet on the ongoing negotiations on post-referendum arrangements between the northern dominant party, the National Congress Party (NCP) and the ruling party in the south, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

Marial explained that a number of issues have already been agreed by the two partners to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) while others remain contentious.

Amum criticized the attitude of the NCP negotiators whom he accused of resorting to delaying tactics by, on some occasions, avoiding meetings with the SPLM team in Khartoum. He said while the NCP was the one avoiding meetings, it then turned around to blame it on the SPLM, saying the SPLM team was not to be found in Khartoum.

Marial also said the NCP was until recently only interested in negotiating the secession scenario while trying to avoid discussions on unity scenario, which would include the possibility of restructuring the Sudanese state in case the referendum vote would result to confirmation of the current unity of the country.

Amum, who is Secretary General of the SPLM as well as the Peace and CPA Implementation minister, is the groups lead negotiator on post-referendum issues. The issues include the future of oil (production, transportation and marketing), assets, liabilities, international treaties and agreements, security, citizenship and currency, among others.

The people of southern Sudan, in accordance with the CPA, will conduct a referendum on 9th January 2011 to choose between confirming the current unity of Sudan and creating their own independent country.


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  • 22 August 2010 04:32, by Jamus

    Bravo!! Pagan,

    We are behind you.We quick recognition on the day we vote or we declare it ourselves.We don’t want to be unrecognised like the Somaliland.We will win.our hopes are peged on the separation of South from North.We know you will do that.


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    • 22 August 2010 04:33, by Jamus


      we need quick recognition

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      • 22 August 2010 04:48, by Jamus

        Breaking New!!

        Gatwech since Friday is said to have passed out after heavy drinking with his mentor.He is said to have been competing with his mentor that he can finish two Johny walker in one session.He tried this and he was passed out till now,it is predicted that he will regain his conciousness on Monday.His mentor is alleged to be drunk as well and all will reappear on Monday.


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      • 22 August 2010 05:14, by maumau

        Yeah go, go Amum, go SPLM. MAUMAU

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        • 22 August 2010 07:08, by Gatwech


          You are a devil with bad wishes.

          Bravo pagan!

          Let us all join the vote of separation and forget the delusions of the so-called united new Sudan.

          Jamus, we welcome all the recent converts!

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          • 22 August 2010 07:30, by Jamus

            To Gatwech’s spokeswoman,

            Please,we want Gatwech to recuperate soon,we know you are making statements on his behalf since he passed out after heavy drinking last Friday at Home and Away,and he was shouting on top of his voice SPLA OYEEEEEEE!SPLA OYEEEEE! and everything came to a standstill in the hotel.One of his shoes was missing,the tie was hanging,his beard was full of grass and dust after he had fallen down and it collects every dirt you would imahine.His oversized coat was hanging on one shoulder.He was saying something in Nuer language,like ’Gat Nyater ch wa di’.The body guards of his mentor bundled him into the car,he went vomiting all the way to the house.We hope to see him on Monday if all went well


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            • 22 August 2010 15:34, by Gatwech


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              • 22 August 2010 17:53, by mack waweru

                You know, Jamus is uneducated liar. The contrary is that, the drunkard is himself as reflected by his style of writing. He has surpassed "Mr. Famous_Logic_Boy and Dinka Boy". I wish they use their real names such that they should be known. History is made either way, but what matters is the identity and personality behind it.

                We don’t need recognition from anybody in Africa since we are Africans, but only to support our position as Arab and Islamic countries had for the fake Arabs in north Sudan.
                I’m not defending Gatwech, but sensible comments and honesty on this forum is prerequisite to our mental development and forge forward as one people.

                Mack Awer

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                • 23 August 2010 11:50, by Jamus

                  To Mack Awer,

                  You are a gay,I heard that Gatwech is your man that is why you try to defend him here.You asserted that I’m the drunkard,I don’t drink and myabe you will introduce me to alcohol because,you have mastered the art of heavy drinking with your man.Again,this site is not an educational site,there are no policies in place to guide us about the comments we make here.

                  Why I pick on Gatwech is the way,he tried to sale his mentor,Riek as the best man to lead after Referandum and he is oblivious of his 1991 massacre of inoscent.He tried to discredit our hero,Pagan and I came to defend my hero.Mack Awer is an autistic patient.You said am not educated,tell me on this site your academic credentials,because,I don’t want to post mine here as I’m not applying for a job.Here,we make comments,teasing ourselves so that,people like you get used to this.Some times people call me Jenge,which is an offensive word but we want to make it a beautiful word.Nuer called us JANG,we don’t get angry anymore,and they want to get used to us calling them NYAGAAT.Unless we get used to ourselves, we will never co-exist

                  There are African state that will not recocnise us but we don’t care .



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                  • 23 August 2010 14:50, by mack waweru

                    I’m Dinka, but I doubt you because we don’t have names such "Jamus" or whatever you call yourself. Secondly, I don’t drink, leave alone of being a gay. We don’t have the word "gay" in Dinka vocabulary. So, don’t insinuate people and associate them with issues they are not familiar with.
                    When I said "uneducated", I don’t mean your academic achievements, but your lacking common sense for constructive argument. You cannot insult people to make your point.
                    Gatwech has a right to support whoever leader he wants and you are too entitled to support anyone, but far from diatribe and diabolic language.
                    Lets history and people of south Sudan judge the achievement of our leaders.

                    There are guidelines, unless you didn’t them. I think you are leading un-guided live if you ignore the forum’s.

                    Mack Awer

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                    • 24 August 2010 14:11, by Jamus

                      Mack Aweer Dau Chuool Pageeer,

                      My friend,the psychological warefare Gatwech has been waging on this site has taken a toll in you.Gatwech has inculcate in you that Riek is the best man ever.He did not do a big political blunder in 1991.He instill in you that you are actually an inferior Dinka.Gatwech attacked people on this site inorder to put people off.He insults people when he try to make a point.Your man used to initiate arguements that deflect the real discourse,so we need to follow his arguements and answer him according to his words.

                      I had searched the site,but there are no guidelines telling us what sorts of arguement we should make here.I supported SPLM mainstream when Riek defected.I was deployed around Juba by that time.Some of our military hardware,were diverted to be used to defend the defensless people of Bor during Riek Onslaught.I took part on the two major offensive on Juba in 90s.We did not win the war simply some of our military hardwares were taken to defend the said place.Had it not beenbecause of Riek’s defection,we would have liberated you guys in the 90s.You did not know this because you might have been totally disoriented during the said time.If Gatwech’s argument are convincing and are of substance to you,then it is OK with you but not with me.I don’t hate Nuers in particular,I hate the way they do things and argue things.Infact,Nyuon,Hoth and Taban are my Heroes and they are Nuers,would you imagine?.I will tell you more if you want them


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                      • 24 August 2010 20:39, by mack waweru

                        First of all, "Dau Chuool Pageeer" aren’t sequence of my identity, and my second name does not contain two eis. See you are loose unlike Gatwech. I am not supporting him or his ideas although they are critical because his criticism is always constructive. You can counter an argument constructively without resorting to malicious language. No man can be a man of man as retort, unless from where you originate.
                        No one can repute or dispute the events of 1991 and consequence carnage which resulted in killing of 100, 000 innocent Dinka Bor civilians, and that is why I said in my previous article that let the people and history of South Sudan judge our leaders. Retribution, physically or on the internet cannot bring them back. Gatwech is an individual who so sentimental about the leader who is our vice president and his view cannot deflects what others like you hold. The fact and reality is that Dr. Riek is a second man in South Sudan whether you like it or not. He is our leader and leaders have to be respected as symbols of the nation. Criticize them, but not insulting or libeling them. So you need to be rational in this area.
                        Boasting of your participation in the liberation war is a cheap lie. You didn’t liberated anyone, but your ass. All have contributed and you cannot tell us this. Just wait and tell this to the coming generation in ten or twenty years. I joined the struggle in 1985, not to mention my father and brothers who have sacrificed their lives for a just cause that failed person like you can lecture me about. Brag to others and I too think no true, patriotic, sincere comrade and liberator can brag on the net.
                        The purpose of this forum is to build harmony and foster unity among us through comments we daily post. It’s not a battle field to vomit your poison out and categorize people devilishly.

                        You are bright, but the knowledge is a curse to you. Better grow up and change your style of writing.

                        Mack Awer Riak Deng

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                        • 25 August 2010 15:33, by Jamus

                          Mack Awer,

                          you are so jumbled up man.A lie said time and again become a truth and that is actually what happened here.Gatwech has won over you and you now proudly said that Riek is your leader.That is ok.His constructive arguement have landed on receptive soft targets like you.You seem to be denying that you have shifted your political stances,but I can read between lines.I salute your fallen kith and kin with my amputed leg.You seem to contradicts yourself though,don’t try to suppress and stifle democracy.Direct me to were I can read your said article and lets catch up ahead.


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            • 23 August 2010 06:39, by Kur William

              Jumus how well you know this monster guy called Gatwech, we are very astonishing for his disappearance since friday evening so it is very wonderful to understand him as drunkan should I waste my time again to read his filthy comments I don,t think so. Kur

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  • 22 August 2010 04:37, by DOOR

    Good move SPLM. However, this is very late the campaign should have been started just after the signing of CPA.
    Little is better than nothing try anyhow.

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    • 22 August 2010 05:28, by Akook

      The move is in the right direction. No doubt this is where one of the most important constituencies, the diaspora will indeed play a role and i believe they will quickly win faster more than anyone could ever imagine.

      African leaders, unfortunately and painfully are still not independents but mostly still puppets of the West. No worries there, you will see bunch of them moving quick to recognise the independent christian state of the South after a just one phone from some considerate and significant western nations.

      The issue is that to be recognise internationally, a role that the diaspora has already capitalised selling the cause of Southern Sudanese people. The region will just follow suit esp when they will be surprise by the miracule that the world recognises us. Let’s wrap up once again a coordinated stronger lobbying youth movement across the US, Canada, Australia, UK and Europe and the result will simply be an amazing positive repond

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      • 22 August 2010 05:54, by Samani

        How can you call yourselves an ’independent christian state’ when 75% of your population in anemist and have no idea of god or creation. There are more muslims in the South then Christians. I think all that American evangelical teaching got you people on a delusional path. This is by CIA and UN figues. Dont tell me you know better, you wouldnt have the intelligence to conduct a survey !

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        • 22 August 2010 06:23, by Jamus

          To Samani,

          This derision is what is making us go separate ways.African traditional believe is not called animism.This is totally a foreign description.Now South Sudan is 80% Christian for your information.We did not in any way rely on CIA to conduct for us researches,we depended on our findings,though a rebel movement,we were far much better than your Mujahideen.SPLM/A was a very organised rebel movement.That is why we became a force to reckone with in five years time.Samani,don’t just pop out after eating ’FOULMASR’ and think that you know anythink about Junub.The recently conducted research about eating ’FOUL’ , founded that,it makes you makes bad decisions ever,it makes Arabs burb and fart uncontrollably.


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  • 22 August 2010 06:33, by Dinka Boy

    Pagan Amum is the hero who has been training on the issues that are surrounding the SPLM/A for many years. Great job CDR Pagan Amum for being the true leader in the South. We are with you all the time.

    For James,this is a great report mr James Gatdet. This is a kind of report that i really want from you because it has no bias and covering up. Brother, i have nothing against you but your last reports has unfiltered stuffs. Thanks alot

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  • 22 August 2010 07:24, by DASODIKO

    Good steps to be applauded! even South Africa was not recognized by all, because those who had interests with the apparthied system recognized free South Africa very late. Also Bosnians independent is not yet recogized by Serbs the colonizers up to now, So do not expect the North Sudan to recognized it very soon, becuase they will be accused of being historically responsibles of dividing Sudan. I think its a very good start.

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  • 22 August 2010 12:20, by Adam

    Dear Readers,

    What is going to be very painful is that the referendum will never be free and fare. SPLM/A will never allow the regular poor Southerner who do not what really It means to cast a vote for separation. I am even very sure that short-sighted separatists like Amoum do not have a good vision or hope for the South.

    I am also being informed that the youth and students who are led like a herd in campaigns to separate Sudan are NOT aware of the dangers they are going to face. Even separatists like Pagan cannot find an answer to the 160,000 Southerner university students and more that 480,000 pupils enrolled the North.

    In short, SPLM/A hardliners are endangering the future and fate of our people. They are violating the Agreement that enabled them to rule and control, they are pushing people by iron and fire and terrorist acts to vote for Separation. However, it has been widely believed that many people will cast their votes for unity, although SPLA and its terrorist sick youth are threatening to kill people who campaign or vote for unity of Sudan. Let every Southerner given a "YELLOW Card" - No problem. Many will say "YES to Unity", while fooling SPLM/A that they will say "Nay".

    Separation means wars - real ones. Separation means more fragmentation of the South. I am sure that our people in great Equatoria will be persuaded by the greedy Ugandans to join The Great Uganda saying "to hell with Dinkas and their astray tyrant leadership". States bordering the North will find it more wise, practical and peaceful to join the North saying "to hell with those who want to control us and destroy the long-lasting relationship with our brothers in the North – to hell those who are selling the South to the Western Companies". They will not allow SPLM/A enjoy the natural resources in these states.

    No one should trust the off course separatist. They really do not have an insight – they are guided by their personal agenda. They have no option but pay back the debt to the influential international arena by hijacking the referendum. This is the only way to please their masters and Lords of the West. However, It will never be easy to achieve this. They have to fight the real wars. They will never be celebrating the day of the death of the “Southern Sudan hope”.

    Only wise people will work for unity among Southerners and maintain the unity of Sudan. Why? Simply because it has more promising results for better country for all.

    O ye Southerners UNITE against Separatists

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    • 22 August 2010 14:37, by Jima

      Here again you come in assigned sympathy with your cousins who want Unity. You should rather kep aloof man. If it is war, it is not going to be your blood spilt because you are only a spectator. If you want to be clear, dont write in opposition to what the Southerners want while clearly remaining also unclear to your cousin Arabs. You choose to keep quiet when they do wrong. Doesnt that makes you one of them? If you are one of them, then why do you want the people of the South to listen to you wrong people? What advice can bad man give to a good man? Simply you people are deranged. This is true when it concerns your Unity project. If you are a man from Nuba but I bet you are not, the people of Nuba mountains are living in miserable under development and poverty. Despite of that, only you among the rest of them, choose to be blind to that naked fact. if you are living in Khartoum, that is not enough for you to pretend that you are greedily better off, while your constituency is immersed in all ills caused by your Arab rulers in Khartoum. You could be only one person in a better off placement but your rest of kin suffer. Does that make you happy like a fly on a heap of rubbbish?
      You mention that there are many southners in Khartoum today with pupils alone amounting to 480,000 and that excludes University Students. Are you aware of the implications of your statistical data difference in relation to previous figures releaced by NCP on the number of Southeners living in the north or Khartoum was only 500,000? If you people have any good memory atall ? Logically speaking (sorry you pp dont have any logics with regard to honesty), could only 20, 000 Southern families have 480, 000 pupils and also some more 200, 000 University students? This is even if the fecundity rate among southeners was /is high without polgamism than it is among Notherners? Advice, Lie low. If you are an Arab comourflaged as a Nuba, then you should still lie low or you better be man enough to tell you are an Arab disguished as a Nuba. Stop your nonsense or go to school re learn. Also; learn to remember and learn to read and never forget. Your statements are being compartmented, reviewed againt your past writings and in the trend you are heading to, you will never find any more soft landing here. Be objective. If the south wants Separation, lie low. They are not your bussiness nor do they ever will need you. Be chained to your Ismalic republic and let those who are liberal go free. After all the people of South Sudan are Africans not Arabs like you claim to be in the North. Infact Africa should in future object to Sudan being member of the AU. This is because some Northern Moslems Sudanese claim to be arabs not Africans. What do we southerners want from you and what you you want from us? We are tired of being in Unity with the North and dont want it any more. Dont you GET IT? If yes then you are real Sstupid!!!

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    • 22 August 2010 18:11, by mack waweru

      Mr. Adam

      The problem is going to be the basis of the "Unity" you want. That has not been spelled out till now. Is the country going to remain Arab Islamic republic of Sudan and with Sharia as a supreme law and non Muslim cannot be a president? If these contentious issues are resolved, I don’t think no average Southerner would opt for separation. The separation is your making. 100%, we are going and Darfur also is on the way, but the unfortunate thing is that north Sudan would become the 29th province of the Arab republic of Egypt. Just think about that and don’t bother yourself about the gone case of south Sudan.

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      • 23 August 2010 15:48, by james nyoma



        Please don’t pretend to be Equatorian in order to instigate hatre among sons and daughters of the beloved South Sudan. The time of divide and rule is gone and so will the time come for those, like you, who love to eat the remains of arab food.
        South Sudan is going and it is a journey of no return. " We have decided to follow Jesus.........no turning back, no turning back."

        There is one thing I want to ask:

        Where are those Israelites and their descendants who refused to follow Moses? Are they still in Egypt? Those Southerners who are in the North think twice. " The road to the promise land is narrow so huury up."

        God bless

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