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U.S. Senator John Kerry makes a quick return trip to Sudan

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November 5, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The U.S. senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee made a previously unannounced visit to Khartoum, his second one to the country in a little over a week.

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John Kerry, U.S. senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Sudan official news agency (SUNA) quoted the foreign ministry spokesperson Muawiya Osman Khalid as saying that Kerry’s visit aims at continuing his talks on a number of issues particularly sticky issues such as the deadlock over Abyei and borders as well as implementing the outstanding items in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

The U.S. lawmaker said during his trip in the last week of October that he received written assurances from the Sudanese government that it would respect the January 9, 2011 date for the referendum in the South of the country despite mounting challenges to meet the deadline.

The peace agreement signed in 2005 called for a referendum on whether the south will become its own state. But the agreement did not spell out how the north and the south will resolve a host of complex and contentious issues, including citizenship, wealth sharing, national debt and water agreements.

Kerry had warned during his last visit of tougher sanctions if either the North or South governments places obstacles in the way of the independence vote.

But the presidential adviser and former spy chief Salah Gosh told reporters after a meeting with the U.S. senator that the latter has received “firm promises” that decades-long economic sanctions would be lifted should the referendum be completed smoothly as scheduled.

Gosh also said Kerry gave his word that Sudan would be removed from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism.

A well-placed source in Khartoum told Sudan Tribune that Western diplomats in the capital believe that Kerry likely came back with a detailed proposal for normalizing ties should Sudan heeds to U.S. demands. The offer would also include U.S. support for deferring the arrest warrant against Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir through the UN Security Council for one year that can be renewed indefinitely.

Kerry is the lead author of legislation in the US Congress to cement Washington’s engagement with Sudan after the referendum, including certain types of US aid for security forces and civil aviation.

The United States has banned virtually all trade with Sudan since 1997.

Sudan has been on the US sanctions list as an alleged supporter of Islamic militant groups and over the situation in its war-torn western region of Darfur.

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  • 6 November 2010 05:46, by Marco A. Wek

    Good job Senator John Kerry. The Northern Sudanese government only works well under pressure.

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    • 6 November 2010 07:05, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Bravo John Kerry!

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      • 6 November 2010 17:48, by padiit gaga

        Thank!
        that could be way in which the peacmaker do, i approciat that mr. Kerry, but Sudan could can not be removed in the list of terrosuim and santion because the still practice in Dafure and also in other part of country by influented the millitia to kill innocents cillain.

        While,this Evil man still unrest the situation of kill must countuing.

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        • 6 November 2010 18:11, by Ahmed Chol

          Kerry,

          The Khartoum regime responds positively only when there are punitive measures, otherwise they will just play cat and mouse games with you. They say one thing and do the other. Don’t trust them.

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    • 6 November 2010 18:56, by Joseph Dut Gak

      The US senator have increase pressure on Sudan govt .b’se the belief on somethings picking toward their eyes.

      Dut

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    • 6 November 2010 19:15, by Joseph Dut Gak

      The US senator have increase pressure on Sudan govt .b’se the belief on somethings picking toward their eyes.

      Dut

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  • 6 November 2010 06:42, by Ito

    It is good to again hear that the U.S Senator John Kerry has reiterated his government’s position on the sticky issues that are suspected to be capable of dragging the country back to war if not halted at an earlier stage. The Abyei issue should not again be brought into the negotiating table; this matter in fact has already been decided by the arbiters in the Haque. NCP and SPLM representatives were there to present their arguments which led to the final resolution by the arbitration team.

    Other sticky issues that are in letter should be implemented as agreed without any delay. Failure to do so would lead to a unilateral declaration of independence by the Southern house of assembly. All clauses in the CPA has to be address according to the prescribe procedures without any diversion. Senator, please keep on pressuring Khartoum to relax their positions on the aforemention items and don’t lift up sanctions on Sudan until it proves to the world that it is not a host for terrorists and that it is a country of equal citizenship by granting its citizens freedom to exercise their human rights. The Abyei referendum should concurrently go with that of South Sudan as spelt out in letter.

    Blessings to South Sudan and its People

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  • 6 November 2010 07:23, by DASODIKO

    Kerry you will come back to my conclusion, that these Islamists never repect any oath or agreement they cut before anyone. The only and the only that they understand is language of former President Bush and Clinton who uses language of forces against these arrogants. Giving a room for negociation with the Islamist is as giving chance to plan against what you want them to do!!

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    • 6 November 2010 08:05, by Sudan virus

      Dasodisko,

      You have said want i want comment.

      When we Sudanese particularly noon Arabs said that Arabs are lairs ,the international community do not believe.And this time they will believe.

      Any way , i guest what they are demanding from the US,which Kerry have already mentioned-deferring/canceling the ICC issue.

      Even if this is done, believe me or you will soon believe me, the Arabs,particularly Bashiir will not act the way you Kerry wants him to do.

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    • 6 November 2010 16:53, by Samir mahmoud

      Mr.Dassidoko
      If you ever had time to read more about Mr.Kerry’s history,you would easily understand that he is not coming because he really cares for you,he cares more for his investments in the Oil Industry,you can read what some American Papers write about him,even the comments on yahoo news can teach you more.
      Kerry is running away from facing to the democrats who are asking about their poor performance in the mid-term elections,and Kerry will face elections in two years time.

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  • 6 November 2010 07:26, by Mzalendo Mwema

    Dear Peace Loving Nations,

    I appreciate all of you for your commitment to bring peace to the people of Southern Sudan which impacts the globe positively.The whole world has shown mercy to Sudanese in general.Those who have been enslaved for millennia.Southern Sudan was an anarchy state but now has a system in place (GOSS).Our excogitative world leaders are doing their best to save the lives of Sudanese who have been suffering under Omar Bashier’s regime.

    We are not forced again to believe in the following:

    1.Dinar which was introduced by all the arabs to Islamised the whole Sudan and put it into the Arab world map.

    2.Sharia Law which was introduced as set of rules to control power and put Sudan on their side without questioning.

    3.National Islamic Front which brought together all the arabs both from within and outside Sudan to kill the people of Southern Sudan.

    4.Among others.

    For all these reasons,Separation has been made attractive by the northern Sudanese because they have been mistreating Southerners for Centuries.

    They have been our masters for long time and this is the time to say "No! No! No
    !No ! to be a slave"We are not servants to you any more! We all say BYE ! bYE !MASTERS.

    Independence oyee
    Goss oyee
    Salva Kiir Oyee
    Dr.Riek Machar Oyee
    Wani Igga oyee
    Malik Aggar Oyee
    Arman Oyee
    All the southern Sudanese oyee
    Southern Sudaneses Oyee

    Let us take peace to new Sudan.

    Thanks

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  • 6 November 2010 10:12, by paweetdit

    Bravo! Bravo! Kerry, Abyei issue need a serious follow up and implementation of CPA as well.
    Kerry, your highly conern is apperciated by southern sudanese though arabs felt squeamished on your visit.
    It is tremendous visit for the welfare of southern sudan state.

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  • 6 November 2010 14:05, by Luke Chuol

    Good to see U.S doing their part at this time

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  • 6 November 2010 18:43, by Lok T Simon

    Omer has been hearing the news of tough pressure from the world community diplomat all these time, but now, should Omer disobey the rights of Southern Sudan voters again, then this time Omer will listen instead of hearing.
    Come on U.S Senater John Kerry and others world democrat’s community to confront this evildeor president, Omer of Sudan.

    Thanks,

    Lok T Simon

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  • 7 November 2010 02:51, by Peter Puoch Ruot

    Senator Kerry, as much as I respect your standing on this CPA issues I aslo want to say that you Liberals (Democrat party) of the United States only listen like this of Bashir of Sudan when the pressure is on your should. In short, United States was the one that brought this CPA and there is no way the fool of all the fool (Bashir) should play the game with USA. All the Obamakuro should have done when he took the office was to follow what G.W.B (Goerge Walker Bush, my number one president of the United States of all time to (Bashir) by sticking to the scrap book of president Bush and by this time referendum of SouthSudan and Abyei will go smoothly without any obstacle for Kerry to visit for deals.

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    • 7 November 2010 02:56, by Peter Puoch Ruot

      Lt.Kerry 9Senator Kerry)!!!

      Senator Kerry, as much as I respect your standing on this CPA issues I aslo want to say that you Liberals (Democrat party) of the United States only listen like this of Bashir of Sudan when the pressure is on your should. In short, United States was the one that brought this CPA and there is no way the fool of all the fool (Bashir) should play the game with USA. All the Obamakuro should have done when he took the office was to follow what G.W.B (Goerge Walker Bush, my number one president of the United States of all time to (Bashir) by sticking to the scrap book of president Bush and by (...)

      By 41 days left southSudan

      Southsudan (or as I called Cush) forever

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