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Obama will deliver ’substantial remarks’ at the UN meeting on Sudan: White House


September 20, 2010 (WASHINGTON) – The United States President Barack Obama intends to deliver "substantial remarks" at the meeting hosted by the United Nations on Friday to discuss issues in Sudan particularly the upcoming referendum in the South of the country which is scheduled to take place in early January.

The Sudanese First Vice President and South Sudan president Salva Kiir as well as 2nd Vice President Ali Osman Taha will be present at the meeting called for by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

"The President decided to participate in this event, which was actually at one point originally intended as a ministerial, because this could not be a more critical time in the life of Sudan and also in the life of international efforts to ensure that these referenda go off on time and peacefully," said senior director of multilateral affairs at the White House Samantha Power at a conference call on Monday.

"[T]he number one message [by Obama] is that these referenda must go off on time, that they must be peaceful, and they must reflect the will of the people of South Sudan," Power said.

Under a 2005 peace agreement, South Sudan is due in January to vote in a referendum on independence and most observers expect southerners to overwhelmingly back full independence.
But the North and South have been well behind schedule in preparing for the key vote casting doubt over whether it can be held on time.

Furthermore, many post-referendum arrangements have yet to be ironed out particularly border demarcation, oil sharing, citizenship, national debts and water.

Another referendum will take place simultaneously in the contested oil-rich region of Abyei, where residents will have to decide whether they want to be part of north or south Sudan. The composition of Abyei’s referendum commission has not yet been revealed.

Furthermore, the North has appeared to be reluctant to implement the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) that redefined Abyei’s borders.

The international community is worried that both sides may resort to war should there be a delay in referendum which some observers described as a strong possibility given the tight timeframe. The registration of Southern voters is due to start in October.

Powers described the summit as an opportunity for the international community "to stand together again and send a very forceful message at a critical make-or-break time,".

The U.S. national security adviser further said that Obama will speak on the need for enhanced security and dignity for the people of Darfur and the need for accountability as well as emphasize the crucial nature of "humanitarian access and the importance of peacekeepers and aid workers being allowed the mobility, the security, and the access they need to do their jobs and to improve the welfare of the people both in Darfur and in South Sudan and beyond".

The United States has intensified its diplomatic engagement with South Sudan and the northern government in Khartoum and offered both sides last week a new package of incentives to reach a deal, balanced by the threat of new punitive measures including sanctions if progress stalls.


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  • 21 September 2010 09:00, by Anyang

    It’s not too late for the United State and the entire world to put enormous presure on the Sudan’s regime to honour the peace agreement.

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    • 21 September 2010 09:15, by thieleling

      The U.S. is doing its best diplomatically. I know this lady(Samantha power) in person. She is a strategic thinker like that of our vice president and current Acting President of GOSS, Dr. Riek Machar.

      She means business and does what she says! But the U.S. has a real strategic national security interests in Sudan as a whole. Also the mid-term elections in U.S. is no joke for Obama Administration. People are hurting economically in the U.S. and the President’s focus is set toward that end to fix it, NOW!!

      There is no room for war with Sudan. Only diplomacy and may be the threat of "punitive measures" like additional sanctions!! But "border demarcation, oil sharing, citizenship, national debts and water" are the true killer of a peaceful referendum for sure. These are outstanding hot-spots and surefire for the Nile flames after January 2011. Let’s all hope for peaceful referendum as Samantha Power and Obama Adm. wish!!

      The PCA ruling on Abyei borders were brought about an intense and great personal diplomacy from Dr. Riek Machar in particular, and SPLM Team in general. But the NCP stonewalled its implementations. Now, the NCP is hoping for the Referendum to take place on time and fails to achieve its peaceful results may be because of the voters turn-out.

      Furthermore, Salva Kiir is now roaming the U.S. searching for his family and lost touch with Obama Adminsitration. No public administration official wants to risk their dignity or reputation to meet an already well known corrupted president of South sudan. It is really humiliating for Kiir simply roams the country(only going to known place for sympathy like where John Garang graduated, IOWA like a refugee before the UN meeting.

      Why not meet the Obama officials in Washington? What’s the problem? Hahahahaaaaaa!!! Shame!! Maybe, this is his last leg of U.S. before Referendum. He should have taken this opportunity to explain in private what he and SPLM think should help when the Referendum outcome is not peaceful!!

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      • 21 September 2010 14:38, by Paul Ongee


        You seem to be commenting out of context. You have no idea of who is who. The current SPLM/A leadership under FVP and GOSS President Salva Kiir Mayardit is the ONLY ONE WHO IS CAPABLE OF LEADING SOUTHERNERS TO THE PROMISED LAND. Understand? Hope you will be proud of that. Can you imagine if we were all to run to and fro to Khartoum to beg for leadership where would the SPLM/A have been now? Wake up and start thinking right. Everybody in the GOSS leadership deserves recognition for what he/she has been or is doing but Southerners know who is who, why and where we’re here today. It’s not a surprise if some of us got off the liberation train and returned aboard.

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    • 21 September 2010 09:40, by Samabo Tuolkuei

      This is the right of every concerned individual who love peace and human dignity. That the case of people of Southern Sudan is not to be seen as southerners advertised it but let me assure our brothers in the north that our decision is not from outside but within us.

      Last week, northerners rejected the American packages, I have to advise them that Obama’s word is as the president of the Super power state and is not because he is imposing separation.
      Separation is for Southerners and will remain a decision already initiated by southerners.

      The problem is with our African leaders who fear arabs, the African Union is the right and foremost authority that should first voice out their support for the referendum to be done peacefully and on time.

      Our message remain firm that there should be no alteration on the referendum time schedule, it must take place on time as CPA stipulate.

      Thanks Mr. President Obama for your wise leadership that you say the truth as your analysis is concern.

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  • 21 September 2010 09:58, by Lorolokin

    Dear President Obama,

    Thanks you as a president of the USA and thanks you the entire American people for standing firm behind our struggle,As such we are not suppose to divide any piece of land in the sudan with Arabs as every body knows this fact including USA that Sudan as a Country belongs to Afrcan Sudanese but because of the agreement we will do so otherwise they (Arabs)have the rights to leave Sudan and go to Arabian peninsula.


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  • 21 September 2010 13:49, by Akot Deng

    Unite state is playing second piddle on Sudan issues they have low opinion since the CPA was signed therefore i wounder if this administration of Obama can really reflect the reality.

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  • 21 September 2010 13:55, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    USA,president Barack Obama,on the 24 Sept 2010 is the day we southerners Sudanese hoping that the referendum issue for south Sudanese will be discuss upon, in UNSC Headquarter you by yourself will prove to know whether it will be peaceful or not,because NCP are kind of people who do agree on issues but will not implement it.
    We southerners have no intention of going back for war again.
    But if this referendun was not conducted as agree upon in the CPA,will make things worst in Sudan in general,but we trust that you the America are people who care for every life of Livingthings world wide.We hope for America Air Forces care during this Referendum time particular the Air space Bordering North and South Sudan.
    We wish your Administration to Equilzer like the one of George W Bush in bring CPA in existance in 2005,and 2011 you will be the final President to implement it,God Bless America People.


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  • 21 September 2010 14:43, by Sudan virus

    But your administration/ US Sudan policy seems too week on the Khartoum under your enboy to Sudan Scot Grations.

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  • 21 September 2010 15:52, by Chol Mading

    This is crucial time in Sudan. President Obama administration must take a bold stand on referendum process including timing, security during the exercise, and must also accept the outcome of the referendum. The White House must start treating President of South Sudan with dignity; Mr. Kiir never been invited to WH and this might send a wrong signal to those wild animals in Khartoum. Although I highly recommend the citizens of US for the CPA, I think WH must start good relationships with the GOSS.

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    • 21 September 2010 21:50, by Yaadasaa Dafaa

      Let us respect and empower the Southern Sudanese people. This is a time when the people of Southern Sudan needs Unity, respect for each other, friends as opposed to enemies, and above all trust their own people’s decisive power.

      There is a time for every thing. There is a time to pursue a simple life and be happy, and dwell in that mode of life. There is a time boast, and be arrogant. There is a time to be critical of every body including your own self, and create unneeded animosity with every body. But there is a time to be mature and do what serves in the best interest of the people of Southern Sudan. That time is now, and may the almighty god give the people of Southern Sudan the wisdom, and the courage to know the differences, and make ways for a strong internal reconciliations so as to push the will of all the people of the Southern Sudanese a head!!!!!

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