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October 19, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein became the most senior official from the National Congress Party (NCP) in control of the north, to explicitly suggest that the referendum in the South has to be moved back from its original date of January 9, 2011.

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Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak (R) speaks with Sudan’s Defense Minister Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein during their meeting at the presidential palace in Cairo October 19, 2010 (Reuters)

"According to the reality on the ground, yes. Border issues and Abyei must be resolved within the framework of one nation because doing so in the framework of two countries open the door for foreign interference," Hussein told reporters in Cairo following his meeting with Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

"The referendum is not a goal but a tool to consolidate and promote security and stability," the top military official said and warned that his government will not recognize the South should they proceed with unilateral declaration of independence (UDI).

"This [UDI] is illegal and will not be recognized by the African Union or the other [organization] because it would contradict the peace agreement and its procedures" Hussein added.

Sudan has already announced that a simultaneous referendum in the oil-rich region of Abyei cannot be held as scheduled because of disagreements over who can vote. U.S. brokered talks in Ethiopia on the issue have failed to break the deadlock.

The two referenda were part of the 2005 peace agreement that ended a bloody 21-year civil war between Sudan’s mostly Muslim north and predominantly animist and Christian south. The agreement also set up a unity government in the capital, Khartoum, and an autonomous government in the south to rule until the southern referendum.

Nearly 2 million people died in Sudan’s civil war, one of the world’s bloodiest of the second half of the 20th century.

The Sudanese defense minister said that 80% of the North-South border demarcation is complete.

"The problem relates to less than 20 percent of the border region," he noted, emphasizing "the necessity of... demarcating the borders to prepare the ground for the referendum, so there is no excuse for fighting in the future."

But a Southern official was quick to dismiss the call for a postponement describing it as a “non-starter full of wishful thinking”.

Arop Madut Arop, the Abyei area legislator told Sudan Tribune in a phone interview on Tuesday that such remarks NCP officials especially at this critical time were simply “kicks from dying horses”.

“The national government was responsible for the enactment of the Referendum Act which was passed. They formed the southern Sudan Referendum Commission which is now operational. Apart from the other technical aspects that may be required, they have nothing to do with the smooth conduct of the January referendum,” Arop said.

He added, “Why don’t these people [national government] allow the referendum bureau headed by Justice Chan Reec to do its work normally? This is just interference.”

The UN’s top official in south Sudan told reporters on Tuesday that that the vote could still be held on time.

"We remain confident that the timeframe so far discussed, that we can deliver what is required," said David Gressly, the regional controller in the south for the United Nations Mission in Sudan, responsible for monitoring the peace agreement.

"We do have the airlift capacity to do this," he added. "However the commission does have to conclude on a number of decisions."

In a related issue, the South African government said it would oppose any move to delay the referendum.

’Business Day’ newspaper based in South Africa quoted the International Relations and Cooperation director-general Ayanda Ntsaluba as outlining this position.

Uma Julius from Juba contributed to this report

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  • 20 October 2010 07:18, by Gatwech

    There will never be any delay in the conduct of the referendum, ya NCP. Your ill-intentioned political tactics have been uncovered long ago.

    The South alone will organize its referendum and invite you as observers together with the international community. Okay?

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    • 20 October 2010 07:46, by Deng Thiak Adut

      Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein:
      I will not react angrily to your absurdity and your ill-intelligent suggestions. You had from 2005 to 2010 make all these hurdles seamless. To make borders-demarcation, get the composition of Abyei commission right. You had all the time in the world to make everything possibl in your powers.
      I cannot possibly think where did you find your reasoning from? What bases are relying on? The referendum must go ahead as it is plan and there is no much you can about it.
      I suggest to you rightly that you are impeding the existing relationship between North and South.
      I suggest to you that history is against us and it is my recollection that no referendum ever been held in the world and achieved it successes.
      All the history pointed to is the latter you mentioned and indeed South Sudan is going to unilaterally declare itself very soon.
      You have witnesses the unity in Juba and that Unity is prima facie a case for you to be worry of. President Kirr and others got the alternatives arrangements in place and if you think you can intermeddle with our affairs in the past, now we made history, united than ever.
      Referendum must go ahead and that is the law;
      Abyei cannot be compromise and that is the law;
      Oil will no longer flow to the North and that is the fact;
      We will make our borders despites whatever it takes;

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      • 20 October 2010 08:24, by Magos

        Bad drunk Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein you are very stipide, polish man , the borders-demarcation and Abyei issues should not make delaying to the referendum. I think you heard message from Hon speaker of the house in Southern Sudan wani ,He indicated that if you postponed this referendum ,The South will continous do their excerise to new country declearation. and Bashire will still be arrest by criminal court of law therefore remind you as defence minsiter ,you have to think about your life tommorow.

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      • 21 October 2010 00:59, by padiit gaga

        Nothing will prevent this referendom of south eventhought, Bashire said referendom is not goal of independent. Meanwhile,those who desturbe themsevels to change this day they just give themselves premanent headach. this is time is for evil empire to fall down.

        The wick leader will be wiether very soon with his branchers together. Oh God curse to those who mistreate other, the wage of sin is death. The villain president will hang soon.

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    • 20 October 2010 16:38, by Paul Ongee

      I know you, the Defense Minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein pretty well. You’re one of the members of the technical committee formed recently to campaign for making separation difficult for Southern Sudanese although the two options —separation or unity —are stipulated in the CPA. All of you see separation option as a crime but not as freedom and inalienable right of marginalized Southern Sudanese. You cannot pretend that you haven’t read CPA carefully. Insanely, you are simply echoing what has been repeatedly declared by senior officials and members of your National Criminal Party (NCP). You are just frustrated over the effort of keeping Sudan united on old basis.

      I am not surprised by the baseless excuses and claim that SPLM and NCP would agree on postponement of holding referenda on January 9, 2011 because perhaps Messeriya (the Northern nomads) no longer want to be citizens of Kordofan but citizens of Abyei which was historically part of Bahr El-Ghazal. Tell us or the world clearly that Messeriya want to give up their nomadic life in Kordofan and need to be citizens of Abyei. Never use any excuses for holding our historic referendum hostage unless you need to lose your position and Messeriya tribe to lose their promised grazing rights after January 9, 2011. If you know pretty well that Messeriya were not citizens of Abyei before or after the historical administrative shift to Kordofan, then what do you think Messeriya would vote for in the upcoming referenda of South Sudan and Abyei? How many kinds of agreements needed to be agreed on besides the ones agreed upon in Nairobi 2005 and The Hague (PCA) last year?

      This intentional engagement of SPLM in useless renegotiation of CPA represents the old mentality of Khartoum that will soon be out of Sudan’s political arena. This abortive attempt of abrogating CPA is just a normal thing for any frustrated members, ministers or advisors from NCP camp. I expect all supporters of NCP from top to bottom or vice versa to show their true hidden colors over the next three months that South has already gone because of your failure to appreciate cultural diversity and religious differences. If Khartoum plans to recognize the referendum results through the barrel of a gun, let it go ahead but South Sudan is already in a position to achieve its independence and defend itself.

      The issue of the upcoming referendum on self-determination is for Southerners to be free and independent from Islamic dominated-North. Unity on old basis will never be imposed on Southerners as Islamic Sharia law was done in 1983 mainly to "divide and rule" and exploit the resources of Southern Sudan. Unity in diversity can be accommodated better through secularism than the Arab League-backed Islamic Sharia law that humiliates other people with different cultures and religious beliefs. If you cannot do a research to keep Sudan united on new basis, then Islamize and Arabize the North with the Islamic supreme law that Southerners do not need it.

      Remember that South Sudan has already gone with its resources. Beating the drum of war through Messeriya, Ambororo, LRA, or other tribes will never keep Sudan united on old basis. The only option left for NCP is to start creating awareness on the State-controlled media that South Sudan has already gone instead of bribing innocent black Southerners campaigning for unity on national media. The only responsibility left for NCP is to prepare Northerners or its supporters in particular how to learn about being good neighbors with Southerners comes January 9, 2011. After referndum South Sudan will be the 193rd country in the world. Check the next edition of geography text book next year.

      You cannot campaign for unity or separation outside or inside Sudan WITHOUT REFERRING to the political history of the country that brought us here today. Why this country has repeatedly been at war by itself? Why Darfur is still burning? Why Sudan is irreversibly disintegrating. Why Islamic law (Sharia law) was introduced to marginalize people of different beliefs? Why National Criminal Party (NCP) and its likes afraid of the truth or unity on new basis that is stipulated in the CPA and will fail to violate this historical unique agreement (CPA) like the one of AAA 1972? Persistent attempt of abrogating this CPA only speeds up your exit from power for ever. Believe me or not.

      Khartoum is widely known for its historical addiction to dishonoring political agreements. It ALWAYS agrees to disagree, signs peace deal NOT TO IMPLEMENT it in good faith but to frustrate the effort of implementation and later abrogate it. Non-Muslims are human beings created by God, deserve to be free and have every inalienable right even to govern Sudan. It seems that Prophet Mohamed forgot to teach his followers about accommodating citizens of the same country with diverse cultures besides tolerance and good governance.

      If tolerance or accommodation of different beliefs is in deed written in Qoran, then why Khartoum is adamantly threatening Southerners to vote for something already tried and never worked since 1956? This CPA is backed by the two historic wars of 1955 and 1983, loss of over two million lives, over 4 million IDPs, regional body and international community because of intransigence of successive Islamic regimes in Khartoum that kept Southern Sudan politically, religiously, economically, culturally and socially humiliated and separated from Sudan.

      If the case of Southern Sudanese is not for freedom and inalienable rights, then why did Khartoum separate from the Anglo-Egyptian administration? Why did Khartoum even refuse to be part of Egypt leave alone Britain? Was it not because of being free in ones own country? Why did Khartoum threaten first to unilaterally declare independence (UDI) in the National Assembly before independence of 1956? In our case, South Sudan will be a new country after January 9, 2011. Take note of that Mr. Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein. Tell the leadership of Egypt only to withdraw its army from Halayib triangle because Omer Hassan AL-Bashir needs it back now before January 9, 2011 or its occupation will not be recognized except the results of Southern Sudan referendum.

      As Anglo-Egyptian administration only demarcated the borderlines, it was the responsibility of Khartoum to make the effort of bridging the religious and cultural differences so that Sudan remains united on equal basis. Every citizen has inalienable right to be free by whatever means. It doesn’t make sense to threaten us southerners in particular. We only need cooperation on important issues that matter to us on both sides of the borderlines and to be good neighbors.

      In conclusion, your National Criminal Party (NCP) needs to realize that the Anglo-Egyptian administration didn’t threaten any citizens or use Messeriya or other nomads of the North Sudan when Khartoum rightfully demanded for historic freedom and independence through peaceful means. Yes, if we’re to engage in the culture of intimidation, I personally warn Khartoum not to play with inalienable rights and freedom of Southern Sudanese wherever they are. Believe me or not. Remember, referendum is a GOAL for marginalized Southern Sudanese not a tool as you described it yesterday in Egypt. It can never ever be delayed for a minute. Long live SPLM/A. Struggle continues.

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum, Sudan

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      • 25 October 2010 23:07, by Joseph Makuer

        To Paul Ongee

        I like most of your words.... I like your conclusion

        "National Criminal Party" NCP

        please email me: mysystem@USA.com

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  • 20 October 2010 08:24, by telfajbago

    Delaying the referendum for what?. Abdel-Rahim you had more than enough time to fix all these things, but intentionally refused to do, in order to leave a nude wire to take the Country back to square one. Southerners today are more united than ever, therefore try to sabotage the referendum and you will see.

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  • 20 October 2010 08:42, by DASODIKO

    For whose sake, CPA is clear like a sun!!! Thsi guy is bringing impossibles to legalize their war against South of Sudan.

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  • 20 October 2010 09:15, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    If Abyei referendum will not take place in the same day with the referendum in other parts of the south,NCP National Criminal Party want to bring people back for war,let us southerners be more wise in dealing with this issue.

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  • 20 October 2010 09:21, by Junior de maber

    Mr.Hussien, Don’t think you can make a coup de’tact when we are seeing you. You must put in mine that Sudanese of today are not like Yesterday Sudanese. we know what it means by waging war.

    You are either from Jahili or Shagiah Arabs’tribe, what ever you pronounce.However, how many are you? Don’t you know that all the Sudanese are tired of your regime?

    No one is not aware about your moves, and be warned that this war will either be the expulsion of Arabs out of Sudd-black Land.

    Therefore, I Called up on the Durfur’s Rebells,Eastern Sudan’s NDA,Kharthuom liberation Front-(KLF)

    which are gearing up for operations at any time from now, with in Kharthuom premises and the over all SPLA to Jion up and face the their common enemy in the center to aviod the evil character of Mr. Bashier and Hussine because their NCP/NIF is life rule or from the office to the grave-ICC.

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  • 20 October 2010 09:33, by Akuma

    Mr. Minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed;

    This Referendum is different from Addis Abbaba agreement of 1972, which was alter by Nimieri regime and you will not fool Southerners again like 1970’s.
    Southern Sudan referendum will be done on time whether your government of Bashir like it or not. Referendum never involved Islamisation or Arabisation of those of Hosni Mubarak.

    Southerners have well qualified politicians that can speak the voice of Southerners’ rights. So, hope no from uniting with Southerners again next year regarless of your statement "The referendum is not a goal but a tool to consolidate and promote security and stability’’. which securites and stability are proistify to us since Darfur and Eastern Sudan are still suffering due to your mastific government.

    if you think, it not a goal to you, it is to Southerners.

    Dr. Akuma
    USA

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  • 20 October 2010 09:37, by Odongi Ayahu

    Hahaha Arab man, your misrule is crumbling under your feet. The south will follow strict legal rules to walkway from bigotry. We shall not follow what Sudan did in 1956 through UDI.

    The border demarcations had already been done by the colonial empire (Aglo-Egyptians). Your UDI of 1956 inherited those border limits. CPA which was signed by NCP strong man Ali Osman confirmed those limits in article III. You can deny but the ink on the paper will never be rubbed out.

    Abyei issue is crystal clear, read Abyei Appendix that says understanding on Abyei Boundaries Commission. Reads; upon signature, and notwithstanding article 5.1 of the Protocol on Abyei, there shall be established by the parties Abyei boundaries commission to define and demarcate the area of the NINE Ngok Dinka Chiefdoms transferred to Kordonfan in 1905, referred to herein as Abyei area.

    Questions
    1. Were the Messeria Arabs transferred in 1905 from Bahr el Ghazel?
    2. Are the Messeria Arabs supposed to decide on referendum whether to join the South or North?
    3. Is the South Sudan to include Arabs in their backyards and is the referendum to be exercising meaningful if the Messeria Arabs to enter through manhole?

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  • 20 October 2010 09:52, by Thondet Manyang

    Dear Southerners,
    I it is good that NCP is still releasing irrelevants words so as to make unity less attractive. These words make us more aware of Arab idealogies that they are seeing us as second class citizens, but soon or later they will be smiling or discuss our issues. We are praying that God will keep this environments of peace among our intellectuals and leaders to take us to promise land. We don’t need unity by force and gossings what ever it may cost. What good things have they(Arab) done for us? but the bad things are common knowledge.
    God help us!!!!!!

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  • 20 October 2010 10:01, by Junior de maber

    Mr.Hussien, Don’t think you can make a coup de’tact when we are seeing you. You must put in mine that Sudanese of today are not like Yesterday Sudanese. we know what it means by waging war.

    You are either from Jahili or Shagiah Arabs’tribe, what ever you pronounce.However, how many are you? Don’t you know that all the Sudanese are tired of your regime?

    No one is not aware about your moves, and be warned that this war will either be the expulsion of Arabs out of Sudd-black Land.

    Therefore, I Called up on the Durfur’s Rebells,Eastern Sudan’s NDA,Kharthuom liberation Front-(KLF)

    which are gearing up for operations at any time from now, with in Kharthuom premises and the over all SPLA to Jion up and face the their common enemy in the center to aviod the evil character of Mr. Bashier and Hussine because their NCP/NIF is life rule or from the office to the grave-ICC.

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  • 20 October 2010 10:27, by Mr. Peace Maker!

    Mr. Minister Abdel Rahim! Your talk with Egyptian President is not what is published here. Since Southerners are now determined to their freedom, you have gone to President Hussein Mubarak to seek for military support which we are monitoring. Egyptians should not attempt any move of support to this inevitable cessation. The best option for you to do is to stop SAF from deploying its troops to the Border. Because, you are not defending the country but causing insecurity.
    See what your men did last week in Abiyei town.

    Better allow our rights to self determination then beg for survival from the Southerners including Egypt by bilateral relations. If you are deaf to this advise, I’m sorry you can go for your doom.

    Abyei’s referandum should take place as stipulated in CPA. No dot to be altered.
    Last general election was done accordingly. SPLM had requested for a change of the date, Bashir threatened "No referendum to be held" if the date of election is changed. We are not accepting the reguest. If a change of the 2 referenda is done, our SSLA will go for UDI and all the African Countries, and the International Community will be happy to welcome us. This is the fact for u to know please try to get shock obsorber earlier so that you are not caught an aware.

    Peace maker

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    • 20 October 2010 11:25, by mack waweru

      They run to their mentors in Cairo whenever issues become hot to tell them what to do. How come a Minister of defense declare this in a foreign country? This is an evident that Sudan is not a sovereign country, but one of Egypt’s states.
      Northerners are just subjects and traitors representing their Arab Masters in Sudan.
      The minister is implicating Egypt and I hope the leadership of Egypt would be wise and careful not to support such a position which may incur unwanted great implications in the region and the whole continent of Africa because some African nations would sit and watch this time while seeing their people being slaughtered again in Sudan. Arabs in Sudan were not mandated by God or any power to kill Africans at will. These warmongers must know that CPA was witnessed by 46 countries and 16 out of these signed as guarantors. NCP was given five years to finish all the remaining issues they are beating grass about. The final sixth year is for the conduct of the referendum and I think there is no any justification to postpone it, otherwise you are substituting the CPA with what is" unknown". Renegotiating the agreement is itself contravening it and dishonored it all together.
      I don’t think Egypt would accept this scenario in which it appears as a spoiler.

      Mack Awer

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  • 20 October 2010 11:00, by Makol Dhal

    You laugh for no good reasons,first you are not active politician to comment in such a field, second you are not member to the presidency to suggest a decision on this issue. It is known that you are increasing the troops deployment inside South tretory that is a clear violention of security arrangement and you must be responsible for it. misuse and messing in your job and go for interference to other people jobs. my dream is telling me that he will not be minister for more than one year.

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    • 20 October 2010 16:35, by Paul Ongee

      I know you, the Defense Minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein pretty well. You’re one of the members of the technical committee formed recently to campaign for making separation difficult for Southern Sudanese although the two options —separation or unity —are stipulated in the CPA. All of you see separation option as a crime but not as freedom and inalienable right of marginalized Southern Sudanese. You cannot pretend that you haven’t read CPA carefully. Insanely, you are simply echoing what has been repeatedly declared by senior officials and members of your National Criminal Party (NCP). You are just frustrated over the effort of keeping Sudan united on old basis.

      I am not surprised by the baseless excuses and claim that SPLM and NCP would agree on postponement of holding referenda on January 9, 2011 because perhaps Messeriya (the Northern nomads) no longer want to be citizens of Kordofan but citizens of Abyei which was historically part of Bahr El-Ghazal. Tell us or the world clearly that Messeriya want to give up their nomadic life in Kordofan and need to be citizens of Abyei. Never use any excuses for holding our historic referendum hostage unless you need to lose your position and Messeriya tribe to lose their promised grazing rights after January 9, 2011. If you know pretty well that Messeriya were not citizens of Abyei before or after the historical administrative shift to Kordofan, then what do you think Messeriya would vote for in the upcoming referenda of South Sudan and Abyei? How many kinds of agreements needed to be agreed on besides the ones agreed upon in Nairobi 2005 and The Hague (PCA) last year?

      This intentional engagement of SPLM in useless renegotiation of CPA represents the old mentality of Khartoum that will soon be out of Sudan’s political arena. This abortive attempt of abrogating CPA is just a normal thing for any frustrated members, ministers or advisors from NCP camp. I expect all supporters of NCP from top to bottom or vice versa to show their true hidden colors over the next three months that South has already gone because of your failure to appreciate cultural diversity and religious differences. If Khartoum plans to recognize the referendum results through the barrel of a gun, let it go ahead but South Sudan is already in a position to achieve its independence and defend itself.

      The issue of the upcoming referendum on self-determination is for Southerners to be free and independent from Islamic dominated-North. Unity on old basis will never be imposed on Southerners as Islamic Sharia law was done in 1983 mainly to "divide and rule" and exploit the resources of Southern Sudan. Unity in diversity can be accommodated better through secularism than the Arab League-backed Islamic Sharia law that humiliates other people with different cultures and religious beliefs. If you cannot do a research to keep Sudan united on new basis, then Islamize and Arabize the North with the Islamic supreme law that Southerners do not need it.

      Remember that South Sudan has already gone with its resources. Beating the drum of war through Messeriya, Ambororo, LRA, or other tribes will never keep Sudan united on old basis. The only option left for NCP is to start creating awareness on the State-controlled media that South Sudan has already gone instead of bribing innocent black Southerners campaigning for unity on national media. The only responsibility left for NCP is to prepare Northerners or its supporters in particular how to learn about being good neighbors with Southerners comes January 9, 2011. After referndum South Sudan will be the 193rd country in the world. Check the next edition of geography text book next year.

      You cannot campaign for unity or separation outside or inside Sudan WITHOUT REFERRING to the political history of the country that brought us here today. Why this country has repeatedly been at war by itself? Why Darfur is still burning? Why Sudan is irreversibly disintegrating. Why Islamic law (Sharia law) was introduced to marginalize people of different beliefs? Why National Criminal Party (NCP) and its likes afraid of the truth or unity on new basis that is stipulated in the CPA and will fail to violate this historical unique agreement (CPA) like the one of AAA 1972? Persistent attempt of abrogating this CPA only speeds up your exit from power for ever. Believe me or not.

      Khartoum is widely known for its historical addiction to dishonoring political agreements. It ALWAYS agrees to disagree, signs peace deal NOT TO IMPLEMENT it in good faith but to frustrate the effort of implementation and later abrogate it. Non-Muslims are human beings created by God, deserve to be free and have every inalienable right even to govern Sudan. It seems that Prophet Mohamed forgot to teach his followers about accommodating citizens of the same country with diverse cultures besides tolerance and good governance.

      If tolerance or accommodation of different beliefs is in deed written in Qoran, then why Khartoum is adamantly threatening Southerners to vote for something already tried and never worked since 1956? This CPA is backed by the two historic wars of 1955 and 1983, loss of over two million lives, over 4 million IDPs, regional body and international community because of intransigence of successive Islamic regimes in Khartoum that kept Southern Sudan politically, religiously, economically, culturally and socially humiliated and separated from Sudan.

      If the case of Southern Sudanese is not for freedom and inalienable rights, then why did Khartoum separate from the Anglo-Egyptian administration? Why did Khartoum even refuse to be part of Egypt leave alone Britain? Was it not because of being free in ones own country? Why did Khartoum threaten first to unilaterally declare independence (UDI) in the National Assembly before independence of 1956? In our case, South Sudan will be a new country after January 9, 2011. Take note of that Mr. Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein. Tell the leadership of Egypt only to withdraw its army from Halayib triangle because Omer Hassan AL-Bashir needs it back now before January 9, 2011 or its occupation will not be recognized except the results of Southern Sudan referendum.

      As Anglo-Egyptian administration only demarcated the borderlines, it was the responsibility of Khartoum to make the effort of bridging the religious and cultural differences so that Sudan remains united on equal basis. Every citizen has inalienable right to be free by whatever means. It doesn’t make sense to threaten us southerners in particular. We only need cooperation on important issues that matter to us on both sides of the borderlines and to be good neighbors.

      In conclusion, your National Criminal Party (NCP) needs to realize that the Anglo-Egyptian administration didn’t threaten any citizens or use Messeriya or other nomads of the North Sudan when Khartoum rightfully demanded for historic freedom and independence through peaceful means. Yes, if we’re to engage in the culture of intimidation, I personally warn Khartoum not to play with inalienable rights and freedom of Southern Sudanese wherever they are. Believe me or not. Remember, referendum is a GOAL for marginalized Southern Sudanese not a tool as you described it yesterday in Egypt. Long live SPLM/A. Struggle continues.

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum, Sudan

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  • 20 October 2010 15:48, by Kur

    I do not think anybody has a gut to delay the vote. This is not a joking matter, so that everyone would come up with nonsense any time. They gotta shut up. South Sudan will arrange her own vote. You can come and observe if you want.

    Kur

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    • 20 October 2010 21:06, by John M. Atem

      Folks, the delayment or abrogation of the hard-won 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement is not a laughing matter. The Jallaba-Arabs must know that.
      Folks, these are the same thugs who have been running around like chicken with its head cut off preaching their fatalistic and debased ideology of Somalization of Southern Sudan should we choose to become an independent political state. This fatalistic and debased ideology of Somalization of Southern Sudan is never going to happen. We, the people of Southern Sudan are more than ever before fully prepared to combat all these challenges and eventualities should they occur and are ready to fully eradicate them. So, you have no reasons to be scared. Folks, this destructive and wishful-thinking ideology of Somalization of Southern Sudan is nothing more than a political smokescreen specifically-designed to scare a broad day light out of you, the people of Southern Sudan and to make you look wickedly stupid.
      We must not allow this degenerated, of the degenerated Jallaba-Arabs to wickedly fool us once again. These are the things we should guard ourselves against them.

      Finally and last,but not certainly the least, let us stop preaching down-market, diversionary, and outdated primitive stone age period politics that have reduced us into the lowest common denominator in the scale of contemporary human beings.
      Folks, for last five years, we have given the National Congress Party ample of time to do the following things: to advance political reconciliation, improve governance, provide adequate security, disarming all armed militias and to make the peace attractive.
      None of those things I have mentioned above, has not been fully implemented by the National Congress Party. So, the National Congress Party has nobody else to blame, but themselves. Indeed, Victor Hugo once said," there is nothing more powerful in all this world than an idea whose time has come".
      Therefore, in this regard, the time has come for the people of Southern Sudan to extricate themselves from many years of cruelly dehumanizing slavery, enforced political oppression, and mismanagement for which they have been helplessly held hostages for so many years.
      May almighty God creator of Heaven and Earth bless the long-suffering, peace-loving, splendid and developmental-minded people of Southern Sudan and guided them into a glowing and brigher promised land of freedom, liberty, equality, respect for humanity dignity and social justice for all.
      The writer of this comment is John Atem. He is the son of late brave and courageous freedom fighter.He has completed Certificates in Agriculture, Peace Education, Convention on the rights of the child and Diploma in Criminal Justice.

      May the ever-lasting vision of our late leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior shines on forever and ever. Amen!!.
      let us use our pens and mines as our late father of our movement Dr. John Garang de Mabior has demonstrated. John Garang has used his mind and pen to liberate us, not to exploit us. Folks, we can learn whole lot from him. Our late leader has set powerful example for us to follow. May we all learn from him.

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