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South Sudan’s final moment of destiny is unstoppable, Machar tells envoy

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November 3, 2010 (JUBA) - The people of Southern Sudan will determine their political destiny on 9 January in a referendum and nothing is going to stop it, said the Vice President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Riek Machar Teny on Wednesday.

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In 66 days time Southern Sudanese are due to conduct a referendum on independence of the already semi-autonomous region, in accordance with a 2005 peace deal. An overwhelming vote for independence is expected by most observers.

The northern ruling party and the south’s partner in the peace deal, the National Congress Party (NCP), is however sending mixed signals, suggesting that the referendum would not take place if the more than 2,000 kms North-South border is not demarcated.

The South argues that there is no direct connection between referendum and border demarcation saying that the latter can be completed even after the referendum. The peace agreement does not say that the border must be demarcated before the referendum.

In a meeting on Wednesday with Frances Consul General to Juba, Christian Bader, Machar told the French envoy that the plebiscite will be conducted with or without the North-South border being demarcated in the next two months.

He said the eventuality of the country splitting into two independent states is a
reality that the two regions of the country should positively prepare for. The Vice President stressed that it was important for both Southern and Northern Sudan to wake up to the reality of the situation and begin to work on creating future good relations and cooperation as secession is the most likely scenario.

The two regions, he said, should begin to create economic zones and promote trade and movement of people between North and South and allow for peaceful referendum and its outcome. They would prosper together as peaceful neighbors and join the other regional and international economic blocs, he further explained.

Some analysts predict that the referendum could trigger renewed North-South conflict.

The Vice President and the French envoy also discussed bilateral relations between
Paris and Juba, stressing the importance of reciprocally establishing a Southern Sudan Mission in Paris for promotion of diplomatic and economic relations.

He said Southern Sudan has raw resources and therefore wants to open up to all its neighboring countries and beyond in order to market its economic potentials.

(ST)

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  • 4 November 2010 05:26, by Luke Chuol

    That is what make you, Both Diu and Smauel Gai Tut to be my hero

    Go brother and achieve the dream of our brothers who rest in peace

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    • 4 November 2010 09:02, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Bravo Mr. Dr. Riak Machar!

      We now feel like being secured and guarded by true leaders. Your statements are very very accurate to the point. It is true that plebiscite can happen though border demarcation is not done.

      It’s exactly right that there is no connection between Referendum and Border Demarcation as far as CPA is concerned. We better prioritize the objectives of burning issues than saying this and that.

      Bashir and his companions are talking nonsenses which they think are true phenomenon. The problem of demarcating boundary between two states is not a new matter but it was drawn even before CPA. It’s just a matter of following the existing lines as a sort of renewal.

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  • 4 November 2010 05:26, by sudanman

    Job welldone mr.vice president. that’s what we want we the southerners.We want to be free from the North dominations. we need the southsudan to be the country by itself.thank you for your outstanding job Mr.vice president.

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    • 4 November 2010 10:38, by mayor

      Mr Reik Machueee,

      The SPLM/A and people of South Sudan knows their road since you make them ashamed through international media in 1991; when you were on your way to Khartoum to signe your newly painting posetion call the president of the South Sudan coordination council (SSCC) instead of the High executive council of South Sudan (HECSS) of the 1972 before I was born.

      The SPLA/M and people of South Sudan know exactly what they doing before you say your nonsense blaa-blaa seting in SPLA/M.

      the fact why many people abominate you in theis webside is because of your thickheaded people who try to clean you in their views despite you know the truth and the whole South Sudan people that make you to comeback to SPLA/M in 2002

      good thing is that you have never say anything about your1997 and 1991 split which most people do respect you for that closure.

      and to you that stpuid idiot in U. S. A no one is bothering about your nonsense you told in this webside we are here in South Sudan as an SPLA/M that brought the aspiration of South Sudan people and that why I said all the time

      SPLM/A Forward Ever Backward Never

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      • 5 November 2010 03:28, by Marco A. Wek

        When will some of our brothers like Mayor learn to write responsibly and try to show respect to our leaders? The time where people talk rubbish is over. Some people who defected from SPLA/SPLM had their reasons of defection and they should be respected for their heroic struggle. SPLA soldiers who Reik Machar is a good leader and was a good commander whether you like it or not. It is time reconciliation and let us write things that bring us together as Southerners. We are in 2010 going to 2011. Let us think forward and not backward.

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      • 5 November 2010 17:24, by Thokidine

        Dear Mr. Idiot or whatever you call you self,

        Whatever Riek Said here is right, there is nothing bad mentioned by him in his statement and this is what we want as Southerners. When will you learn when you have not realized this fact being told by Machar.

        Let me advice, If Machar had not jointed what is so called SPLA/M, there could have been no peace you and I are enjoying. Machar with his Nuer guys (Fathers of Dinka and friend of the other tribes) would be a block and there could be no passage.

        What happened in 1991 when Machar splited from SPLA/M, was there any achievement made by SPLA/M untill 1997??? what we need now is to forget the past and unite for one goal that is "SOUTH SUDAN".

        Please remember what is written in the bible that, do not remove the log in your brother’s eye while you have not removed yours.

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  • 4 November 2010 05:28, by Anyang

    " Southern Sudan destiny is unstopppable" poised by Riek. Mr Vp I like it and you must go that path instead of proxy tactic for one ego of which has no successes at all.

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  • 4 November 2010 05:41, by mayom maboung marek

    This is the clearest word from vice president, referendum would mark the end of a long and painful journey of Southeners.

    We will remain steadfast and prevail by the will of God until we the day of 9 January, 2011.

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  • 4 November 2010 06:48, by Oduck Bol

    That words are enough to hear.Southern must not give sharia law a chance in their lieves again.But not to forget hundreds of doctors, engieers and thounds of southerns who work at civil servce in the north.What about if north kik them out at their jobs? No doubt in my mind that it is going to happen to them after voting. Is GOSS ready to wilcome them and help them to start their new life in south or they are traitors as some primitives used to say? GOSS,may need to do something for them to help them.

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  • 4 November 2010 06:56, by Deng Thiak Adut

    You are first among equal..... South is big enough for hyenas and lion to hunt without a fight....and the riches of it are unlimited. But South cannnot be share with vultures like Arabs and it is clear warning to them through your words and with your faith, we can discharge this last bullet.... so Beny dit..... well done.....If you were this wise before, you should have known better that your position is of great importance, equally to the President.... You have shown courage and determination to Southerners in this scary hour......

    Keep up good work.

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    • 4 November 2010 09:15, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Machar is really a patriotic son of South Sudan. He speaks on behalf of many whose thoughts and deeds are enticed by a freedom fighting spirit to rid social injustice, political inequality, and dependence in exchange for genuine freedom. Keep up brother !

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  • 4 November 2010 10:03, by Padiet Deng Alony

    I can see things are coming to the bottle neck no more laughing from Dr. Riak before he used to laugh but now time not to laugh.

    Keep up with that spirit.

    suggestion: all oil fields like Bentiu and Maluth county UNS need a good number of battalions to grass-root the oil addicted ncp for good.

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  • 4 November 2010 10:28, by Wiyual Wech Puk D. Payol.

    Bravo..Dr Machar.
    Referendum will be made even if border demarcation is not made.the two regions of the country knew their boundaries since the British colonial period.there is no clear connection between referendum and border demarcation.that is a delay that Arab want to make.southern Sudan will stand as a nation by its own next year no matter how Arabs try to make any delay God is now hearing the cry of the south Sudan children.

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  • 4 November 2010 10:32, by Haak

    bravo !!!! bravo!!!!! bravo!!!!! with thumb pointing upstates Machar, if we can’t appreciate you now than our hero s and heroism will definitely blame us. please "SHURAN kaaleeth" your the waiting president, good to hear it open that the referendum is "unstoppable, unbreakable and untouchable" as well. H.E Machar keep zeal we are behind you whatever the cost it will take we shall always stand firm with you.
    thanks
    Haakamadology- Kampala,Uganda

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  • 4 November 2010 17:35, by Odongi Ayahu

    Go on Machar

    The freedom flight is in mid air. Examining the mood of the passengers, there is no terrorist on board to detonate a bomb. Notice to tie belts for safe and sound landing has already been sounded. the landing to the promised land of milk and honey will never be obstructed by desperate attempt.

    Odongi

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    • 5 November 2010 02:39, by Ito

      It is true that no one at this particular moment has the capacity to stop us from choosing our destiny. We are going no matter what. Besides, I would like to render my heartfelt thanks to our leadership for their courageous work in making sure that our referendum is conducted on time as stipulated in the CPA.

      Thanks to President Salva Kiir, Dr. Riek Machar, James Wani and the entire leadership for your excellent work.
      Separation is the only option for south sudan, unity has not been attractive since the coming of the arab into power in the Sudan. Many agreements were signed but not implemented. I also give my thanks to the fallen heroes and heroines who have first identified the southern problem and call for an independence south sudan. These leaders were not separatists at first but were fighting to keep the unity of the country, but what they demanded for were not considered by the successive regimes in Khartoum. After many attempts to try to keep the country together but were discourage by the Gellaba, southern leaders were candid enough to say enough is enough and therefore call for right to self-determination in 1955.

      May God bless those who have perished for our sake. Tribute goes to Buth Diu, Fr. Saturlino Ohure, Akot Atem, Tafeng, Samuel Gai Tut, Josehp Oduho, Martin majer, Dr. John Garang and many others. May God bless them all.

      My brothers and sisters, I urge all of you to love each other. let us leave about what happen in the past, each an everyone of us had some shortcomings in one way or the other. We will never build our country by preaching tribal or personal hatred. A country is built through unity in diversity and peace. We are one people of different characters and behaviours. We should not get upset if one is trying to correct us because that is how we learn.
      I always sleep well when I see south sudanese in one progressive language. That is the way to go brothers and sisters.
      May God bless you all. South sudan oyee, New Sudan Oyee, and eyeing for Independent oyee.

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  • 5 November 2010 15:25, by unity state boy

    Thank to you our leader Dr Riak Machar Teny for your being strungle for refereendum in SUDAN ,But let us remeber Both Dui and Gai Tut after this referendum we can remeber by building university by called Both Dui university and Gai Tut university in Fanga iN Jonglei state

    Thank by Amen
    in Nairobi university

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