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Kiir urges southern Sudanese political parties to prioritize referendum

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By Ngor Arol Garang

October 13, 2010 (JUBA) — Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the semi autonomous government on Wednesday called on Southern Sudanese political parties leaders to prioritize conduct of the referendum on self-determination scheduled for January next year.

Salva Kiir speaks at a South South Dialogue conference in Juba on October 13, 2010 (Getty) Kiir was speaking at a three-day South-South Dialogue conference aiming to set common principles between southern Sudan parties to support the referendum process on the independence of the region. One of the purposes of the meeting also is to create all the necessary condition to make credible the outcome of referendum which is expected to be in favour of independence.

Officials from northern Sudan peace partner and dominant party in the federal government, National Congress Party (NCP) warned at different occasions that they would reject the outcome of 9 January vote is run under intimidation and luck of freedom of expression.

The leader of the Southern Sudan ruling party (SPLM) declared last week that his personal preference for secession.

"The conduct of the referendum must be given equal attention by all political leaders. It should not be left to two parties (NCP & SPLM); it is a responsibility of all leaders and people," Kiir said seeking to mobilize all the efforts for on this historical vote.

The SPLM remains committed to principle of cooperation and partnership with all stakeholders, he told political leaders declaring all political parties to freely campaign and sell importance of the two options without using influence.

The opening session was attended by Vice-President Ali Osman Taha who said that this conference is followed by all the Sudanese in northern and southern Sudan and wished that it would pave the road for a broader national gathering.

Kiir, in his speech, stressed that his government "allows people to freely campaign about the two options". ."If there are people wanting to campaign for unity, they are allowed because it is also their right," he further said.

He also said the pardon issued for the renegade SPLA officers who rebelled against his government last April aims to gather all the southerners and involve them in the referendum which will decide the future of the south and to create a suitable atmosphere for it.

The conference was attended by international organizations, the UN, Sudanese and African politicians including Sudan’s 2nd Vice President, Ali Osman Taha, Former Kenyan President, Daniel Arap Moi, and Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa.

Joseph Ukel, a leader of Union of Sudan African Party, appealed on all the political leaders in southern Sudan to support implementation of the remaining issues in the CPA.

"The conduct of the referendum must be given extreme attention by all leaders because this is what all political leaders in the south have been advocating. Many leaders have died because of this self determination. Now that it is contained in the agreement, it remains responsibility of all leaders to give all necessary support for the successful conduct, said Ukel," who is a minister of higher education in the regional government of southern Sudan

Bona Malwal Madut Riing, an adviser at the Sudanese presidency and one of the leaders from South Sudan Democratic Forum, said the conference must not only address issues connected to referendum but how to address political differences among political leaders in the region.

"There are many pressing issues which must be discussed and resolved transparently in order to create conducive atmosphere for successful conduct of the referendum," said Malwal.

Leader of United Democratic Front, Peter Abdel Rahman Sule, in statements to Sudan Tribune said the future of Southern Sudan is a shared responsibility and urged the SPLM to bring together all different voices before the conduct of the referendum.

Under the 2005 peace deal, dubbed Comprehensive Peace Agreement, signed between the Sudanese government and the former rebel SPLM/A, southerners have to decide at the end of the interim period on whether they want to remain part of the Sudan or establish their separate state.

The agreement also recommends conduct of similar referendum in Abyei for the Nine Dinka Ngok chiefdom administratively transferred to Kordofan in 1905 to decide on whether to remain of part the region or return to Bahr el Ghazal region in South Sudan.

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  • 14 October 2010 06:02, by Malou Manyiel

    My appeal to all Southern political parties is that to come together and have one thing in common, in time of referendum and after independent as well. By gone is by gone. We as new generations does not want the past that carries terrible memories amongst ourselves.

    May God make you understand why you fought for 22 years.

    John Malou Manyiel
    in Khartoum

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    • 14 October 2010 06:40, by Magos

      Well done president Kiir this the execalty feets of Dr John Garang ,you have to push ahead with couraged and will of Southern Sudanese people . Indeed all Southern political parties must have to come together as Jesus christ brothers in one umberala of South Sudan rulling Party and move forward to the independent of South Sudan in sucessfull manners.We don’t want others issues Bona Malual argued about them ,It is seen like delay tacties from Bashire because Bona Malual is Bashire prostituted since the war broke out in Sudan , His excellence Kiir don’t listen from others Khartuom allaies,somebody like Bona ,Abell ,Raik Gai, they are all so calls the cats on the wall because they are still with Bashire.

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      • 14 October 2010 08:56, by James Deng Dimo

        Congratulation President Kiir for your outstanding firm through your over look to direct your South Sudan political allied parties to take South Sudan problem as for the South and be solve by the unity of Southern to think once for their right.
        At this time no what so call unity with the North only separation is only option for the South.

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      • 15 October 2010 02:33, by padiit gaga

        The leader should be a leader by his/her works, open your eyes as you tried now. I know you will do more stepts than the late leader thank you because you received your vision. fight forward our independent let no one amony Arab migrate refused the promissed day. Let us follow step of CPA if any one rebuke them with his vallain acts he/she must face international court this because this peace was signed infront of the world.

        Every body knows that northern use other way to pasphone it,let Arab not decieve you leaders.
        Thank you mr. Kirr

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  • 14 October 2010 12:07, by Thondet Manyang

    Dear Southerners,
    We better agree and work togather now. No more time left. Pesident Kiir thanks for bringing Southerners on one track.

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  • 14 October 2010 13:53, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Dear Southerners,
    The statement make by Malual is buying time for National Criminal Party NCP,i do believe that what our president Gen Maryadit brought out is the right way to peace within the southern Political parties.Malual should be advice that his own people were the victim during these 22yrs of war in the south,although he is been hiding himself in Khartoum pro NCP.
    Malual should know very well by now what is in the mind of any southerners is Referendum only, nothing far from that,Malual should compare his current age he is now in, and the current youths in the south suffering under the level of poverty.

    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 14 October 2010 15:45, by unity state boy

    MR .president Kir It is very greatfull for your call the all parties to unite them for the coming referendum ,that is the leadership .

    Thank by
    AMEN
    in
    UK

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  • 14 October 2010 20:19, by mass

    That is a good move Mr.President for reaching out to southern political parties and I hope they will accept your invitation and its intention which is to come together and unite under one banner and one spirit in order to successfully accomplish our mission for self-determination. For it is extremely important for people under one domain but with rivalry on how to manage a country to disregard their political differences and assemble in
    harmony with each other to tackle down, in this case succeeding in accomplishing the issue that is matter to the peaceful ad democratical existence of south Sudanese.

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