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Pro-Israel lobby behind Obama’s support for South Sudan’s independence - official

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October 16, 2010 (DOHA) — A presidential adviser on Saturday said that recent remarks by US President in support of South Sudan independence is a result of pressures by pro-Israel lobby groups who are pushing for Sudan’s partition.

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"At the outset, the United States was saying it wants Sudan to remain united, then it moved a little to say that what it will accept whatever the southerners want, and today it raises its voice saying that secession will be inevitable," said Mustafa Osman Ismail, an adviser to President Omer Al-Bashir..

"This shows that there are US pressure lobbies linked to Israel talking and pushing things in this direction," he added.

The Sudanese official also blasted Obama over his statements on possible bloodshed if the southern Sudan referendum is postponed. Ismail said that pro-Israel lobby groups are providing him with false reports.

On Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama said that Sudan is one of his "highest priorities".

"This is a dangerous area. The last time there was a war between north and south, 2 million people were killed. And so right now what we’re trying to do is organize a referendum where the south in a peaceful, legal fashion could decide to break off and form their own nation separate from what is currently all of Sudan. We’ve only got about 90 days to get this done," he added.

"But it’s something that we all have to pay attention to, because if you have an outbreak of war between the north and south in Sudan, not only could that erupt in more violence that could lead to millions of deaths, but solving the problem in Darfur becomes that much more difficult, because Khartoum, the seat of government for northern Sudan, could end up feeling more threatened and not being willing to deal with some of the continuing violence that exists in western Sudan and Darfur,".

Ismail, who is a former foreign affairs minister, was speaking to the press from Doha where he delivered an invitation to the Qatari government to participate in a donor conference for eastern Sudan. He also met with the business community to encourage them to invest in Sudan.

Speaking about the position of southern Sudanese political forces, he said the Sudan People Liberation (SPLM) through its chairman are supporting the independence but other parties are divided.

He expressed regret that unionists are voiceless and not allowed to express their point of view in the South and asserted that the African continent, except Uganda, supports the unity of the country.

Southerners are expected to vote on January 9 on whether they want to remain part of the united Sudan or declare their independence.

Today speaking in Marrakesh, Morocco, Ban Ki-Moon called on the world to help Sudanese to find a peaceful "way through one of the most important passages in their country’s history."

"I think everyone is very much concerned about the future of Sudan, the future of Africa, and the peace and security of the international community as a whole," he stressed.

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  • 17 October 2010 08:18, by Chuanga-enoor.

    We dont care of this African who support the Unity of Sudan, they are being bribed with blood money from the South to support those who want to destroy our image in the Sudan, we will give thanks and praised Uganda for their supports though our beloved hero died in their hands, they are still our friends and will always be our friends by supporting our cause of independent is chief in importance.

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    • 17 October 2010 19:04, by Deng Ateny Lueth

      unity of sudan served sudanese not, what has been there is always war, discriminating people of other religious background, and more importantly, people have categorically been subjected to harsh treatment in their own country as if they were refugees in foreign land. those things happened to southern sudanese under one united sudan with north. now we are about to try something new, we are separating south from the north and if that separation result in war, then so be it, because already sudan has been known not through good governance or treatment of her citizens right ,but war. so let break sudan in to two come what may.

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      • 17 October 2010 22:21, by Ahmed Chol

        Mustafa,

        Even if the whole African continent and the Arab league support unity of Sudan and Southerners are not supporting it, then all of these kinds of support will not make Sudan united. What will split or unite Sudan will not come from outside the country, it will come from the country itself. So the support for unity from African countries and Arab league will not do anything since the NCP is responsible for the mess by ruling the country through outdated ethnocentric (Arab’s) ideologies. Splitting Sudan will be helpful because it will stop future civil wars between the south and the north. With unity, Anya-nya III is eminent.

        Ahmed Chol, the future commander of Anya-nya III if the south joins the north.

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  • 17 October 2010 08:35, by DASODIKO

    The sad fact is that Sudan Arabs fought all wars against the African origins in Sudan under the cover of fighting Israel interventions on the affairs of Muslims and Arabs. Its was just an excuse to kill the Africans in Sudan.Now everything is clear like a sun Mr. Mustafa the war mongerer, it won work this time.

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  • 17 October 2010 08:37, by Young Nation

    There is a saying that, Most Arabs, including our fake ones in Sudan tend to blame the State of Israel including the Jews lobbists in the West when things go wrong not only in their nations, but also when there are complications within their immediate families’relationships.

    The fundamental problem of South Sudan, however, has nothing to do with the external actors such as Israelis, Americans or Europeans. It is a problem purely generated by negative political, cultural and economic practices within the Sudanese political realm. So watch out. Don’t blame the State of Israel for your political irrationality in the Sudan.

    Young Nation is a Student of International Relations/Political Science at The University Of Queensland, Australia

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  • 17 October 2010 09:22, by telfajbago

    There is nothing called Pro-Israel group but the genocide regime of Khartoum have the habit of blaming the outsiders for their own mistakes.

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    • 17 October 2010 15:04, by Young

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      It is too late guys don’t just put all those false accusations on others states,southerners themselves are the one to determine their independent there is no any single foreigner who is going to vote at the referendum.make sure we have 83 days to go,and we are to say bye bye Arabs.greater south oyee...SPLM oyee.....

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  • 17 October 2010 17:08, by Wiyual Wech Puk D. Payol.

    the people of southern Sudan will vote for separation to have their independence separated from old Arab rules.the statement of president’s advisor by saying that all political parties in southern Sudan will vote for unity except the Sudan people liberation movement[SPLM] is completely false.no one person from southern Sudan will vote for unity.take the best example for General Tangginye who IS expected to vote for unity together with all other commanders whom they share the same idea,is now rejoining the SPLM.who then Arabs are thinking to vote for unity with them? the almighty God will help the people of southern Sudan to have their own nation like other Africa nations this year.

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  • 17 October 2010 19:00, by Justin Chicago opiny

    If the Israelis are behind Obama’s support for south Sudan how about the Arab leaque behind supporting Bashir for the Unity of Sudan. Separation for the south will be good for the North because there will be no war again. The North can contain those rebels in the North because they share the same believe Islam. If the North triggers another war against the south this time it will be a different senario put this in the back of your mind. Stop War mongering, if it just fighting a war we will fight to defend south sudan no question asked and God will be on our side because we will be fighting a just war.

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  • 18 October 2010 11:57, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    The country which still support the unity of sudan is someone who still want to encourage war between north and south.
    For sure north and south now can not be one country again,because south sudanese experience so many bad things from Arabs,no room for any unity.For the statement made by Mustafa Osman from NCP National Criminal Party, this man his appearance,he look like drug user,that is why alway in his speech there is nothing encouraging someone,only beating drum of war,Isreal are coming Mustafa whether we want it or not

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