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November 7, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir announced the formation of a higher committee for the support of unity and referendum headed by him.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (Reuters)

Sudan official news agency (SUNA) said that Bashir’s deputies in this committee will be First Vice President Salva Kiir and Second Vice President Ali Osman Taha.

Bashir also appointed as members the head of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Mohamed Osman Al-Mirghani, former president Abdul-Rahman Siwar Al-Dahab, presidential adviser Bona Malwal, former minister Mohamed Yousif Abdullah and Ibrahim Ghandour from the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

Al-Bashir who met with leaders of political parties at his residence on Sunday announced that the committee will be composed of 11 sub-committees including one for national unity, committee for the records and referendum in northern states, the Commission for records and referendum in the southern states, Committee for coordination of popular initiatives, Committee for civil society organizations, Committee for media and mobilization, the Women’s Committee, Youth Committee, the Committee for Student Affairs and the financial and administrative committee.

Ghandour said afterwards that Bashir will name the heads of these committees at a later date.

The referendum is a key provision of the 2005 peace deal that ended the south’s 22-year civil war with the north, during which about two million people were killed in a conflict fuelled by religion, ethnicity, ideology and natural resources, including oil. It is widely expected that Southerners will vote to create their own state that is separate from the North.

The NCP has rejected demands by the Sudan people Liberation Movement (SPLM) to abrogate Islamic Sharia’a law in return for supporting unity.

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  • 8 November 2010 05:37, by Abuoi Jook

    Dear Umaar El Beshiil,
    You seem to be behind in follow up with current southern Referendum affairs yet you are the current president of sudan. What unity are you forming your so-called committees headed by you? That’s too late for your information as you must be talking of Abyei Referendum Committee formation and not committees in support of unity and referendum as you claimed it. Mr President Sir, we Southerners are absolutely satisfied with how you have been exploiting, traeting us and no more room for your maliscious exploitation this time round. Get it clear and loud that no matter what committees you may form to support your tirelessly sought unity, SOUTH SUDAN remains an INDEPENDENT STATE comes January 9, 2011.
    As a big fool who does not distinguish between realities and nightmares, i assure that nothing can unite us with North anymore, FULL STOP!!!!!!

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  • 8 November 2010 05:40, by Abuoi Jook

    Dear Umaar El Beshiil,
    You seem to be behind in follow up with current southern Referendum affairs yet you are the current president of sudan. What unity are you forming your so-called committees headed by you? That’s too late for your information as you must be talking of Abyei Referendum Committee formation and not committees in support of unity and referendum as you claimed it. Mr President Sir, we Southerners are absolutely satisfied with how you have been exploiting, treating us and no more room for your maliscious exploitation this time round. Get it clear and loud that no matter what committees you may form to support your tirelessly sought unity, SOUTH SUDAN remains an INDEPENDENT STATE comes January 9, 2011.
    As a big fool who does not distinguish between realities and nightmares, i assure you that nothing can unite us with North anymore, FULL STOP!!!!!!

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    • 8 November 2010 06:06, by Deng Thiak Adut

      Well done Abuoja!!

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  • 8 November 2010 06:14, by Bold

    That is funny. Arab still don’t know that we are on none stop ON WAY like a way to death that no one ever make it back.

    they miss named That is a intimidation commitee!!!!!!!!!!!! Shame on Jalaba

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    • 8 November 2010 06:35, by Joseph

      Dear readers

      President Omer al Basher is wasting his time for formations of committee to support unity.
      Let me assure those who are running after unity of Sudan that all living things and non living things of south Sudan are waiting for 9 January 2011 to have their own world’ new nation .
      Unless Omer to prepare for occupation South Sudan which will cause his death on sport.

      The writer is a freedom fighter who is still around the bushes of south sudan .

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  • 8 November 2010 06:37, by Young Nation

    Do Northerners Sudanese really know the meaning of UNITY they advocate every single day? I sincerely gust they don’t. From the look of things, North/South is currenly an impossible phenomenon under the so called ISLAMIC STATE built on ancient, classical and backward Islamic Laws. They genuinely need to know this fact. The UNITY of Sudan, based on regional, racial and religious imbalance is an unjust UNITY. The amecable solution to Sudan’s problems is pertitioning this failed State into two sovreign STATES.

    The question is; how many times do Northern Sudanese want Southerners to show them that the true future of Sudan lies in the creation of two independent States? Well the truth of the matter is that the UNITY of the Sudan has become a relic of the past since 2005. However, as a positive counter to Bashir’s formation of the so called Committe for support of Unity, I ask SPLM to establish the Committe for support of SEPARATION to advocate for the SEPARATION of the South from the North.

    Young Nation is a student of BA in International Relations at The University Of Queensland, Australia.

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    • 8 November 2010 08:01, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      What a joke!! Ya Bashir.

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    • 8 November 2010 08:23, by Ajiech M. Chol

      Dear Readers,

      President Bashir wanted to used all opposition parties so that he will not accept blame later by failing to maintain unity during his presidency. He knew very well that Southern Sudan is already gone & that will jeopardize or put him at odd with his northern citizens whose their economy will be weaken should South Sudan break away in January. In reality, I completely agree with those who comments that president Kiir shouldn’t accept that foul play to confuse Southerners at this crucial time. I think that he shouldn’t involve himself because it’s totally helpless & a waste of time as well. He should be busy linking international relations with other countries in order to support him and upgrade development.

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  • 8 November 2010 07:59, by James Deng Dimo

    Haa Haa, shame on you Bashir, what do you mean by Unity, for how long had we been in Unity with knowing us as your people who are like your Arabs brotherhood?

    I we in the South have agree to disagree with Unity; otherwise bakery and scrambling in the North will not be made as a solution to the Unity of Sudan.

    Bashir, please live as alone we belong not to you but to our land of South.

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  • 8 November 2010 08:27, by Matung Neng-neng

    I am supporting unity of Sudan, but I am living in Canada, can I be include in that selection?
    Here is my name: Matung Nengneng
    Born in Bentiu Unitystate, Sudan.

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    • 8 November 2010 16:15, by Haak

      Mr. Matung or Neng Neng point or correction please!! never and i say never i repeat should you used your advantage to be other people disadvantage, in political socialization we don’t asked such fake and rhetorical questions, if your supporting unity, you should bring in the name of unity state- we from unborn to almost grave persons in unity state are for separation, "may God curse you to death in the name of our people who perished during struggle for our freedom"
      am from unity state and i never heard such fake unique name otherwise your not from unity state or may be your adopted Arabs
      shame on you forever
      Haakamadology

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    • 23 November 2010 05:44, by Aleu

      To Matung Nengneng.

      I am wondering if you could explain to me some reasons why are you supporting unity of Sudan.? I would like you also to tell us base on what you know why we have lost 2.5 million in the Sudan.? To me I will be foolishly enough to support unified of Sudan because of these things and many others more any way people have different in everything but I am pro-separation because I don’t know about good things I have remembering Sudan but destruction and killing innocents people have not stopped since Sudan had gained independence in 1956.

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  • 8 November 2010 11:49, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    To
    H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit GoSS president.
    Your Execllency,do not accept to be among this committee,for what they called Support of unity and Referndum,it is very too late to talk on that topic to any southerners by now otherwise the 2.5 million southerners who die during the strunggle has gone for nothing including or Zeros.

    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 8 November 2010 16:03, by Haak

    dear readers, i think we need to be very analytical and use our intellectuality into this committee, this time allow me to appreciate Mr.Bashir for including president Kiir to the committee bravo bashsir! personally the reason why i appreciate the Bashir dear readers is that i never know the Kiir undertake on this critical time of referendum, we don’t know whether he separatise or unitise hence he will now tell us he he belong
    thanks

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    • 8 November 2010 16:11, by marie

      Mr Matung Ngen-neng,
      It is true that the like of you are for unity of the Sudan.In Canada, most of the people have decided not to participate in the process but only people of your community who are rigid about participating in the process.
      You people are now showing your true colour to the rest of Southerners. This time, the whole of Southerners will unite to uproot the real enemies in our midst. If you people want unity, perhaps it is good to unite your state with the North and leave the rest of us to be in peace. Do not forget the history of Abeyi my friend.

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      • 8 November 2010 16:49, by Amook Raan

        Bashir to hell with unity and his new committee, its nonsense and wasting of time.

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  • 8 November 2010 18:31, by John M. Atem

    I strongly and coherently warn President Salva Kiir Mayar not to join that committee. In fact, that committee is formed solely to opposs the work of the current Southern Sudan Referendum Commission. If Kiir wanted to get blame for the failing of Southern Sudan Self-determination Referendum Commission, then let him go a head. Folks, we must not allow ourselves once again to be wickedly fooled by hard-hearted scum of humanity Jallaba-Arabs.
    Indeed, after having paused alittle bite to carefully examine those failed policies pursued by various regimes that have governed Sudan since it was incepted as a free independent political state in 1956, I have concluded that we can never be at our best doing it Jallaba-Arabs’ way.
    Folks, we have had enough of their ancient, failed and never-going -to- change Sudan backstabbing snakish policies.
    Finally and last, but not certainly the least, the law of the living and natural God revealed in the fullest belief that," that righteouness exalteth a nation while a sin is a disgrace to any people".
    Therefore, I ardently urge the people of Southern Sudan to stop preaching down-market, diversionary and outdated primitive neolithic stone age period politics that have reduced us into the lowest common denominator in the scale of contemporary human beings. I have said this message many times before and Iam not going to desist say it until our people are fully united.
    Finally, may almighty God creator of our magnificently great planet Earth bless the long-suffering, Peace-loving, and liberty-seeking people of Southern Sudan who have greatly suffered at the hands of various brutal, murderous and fatalistic Islamic Regimes that have come and gone in Khartoum and guided them into glorious promised land of freedom should the people of Southern Sudan voted for the separate country in the Upcoming Self-determination Referendum.
    Folks, the former primer of Sudan al Sadiq al Mahdi had this to say in 1966 ," The failure of Islam in the Southern Sudan would be the failure of Sudanese Muslims to the international Islamic cause. Islamic has a holy mission in Africa, and Southern Sudan is the beginning of that Mission". This quote tell you every thing about the ruthless and failed policies pursued by various regimes that have come and gone in Khartoum. Secondly, this quote also tells us that the various regimes that have come and gone in Khartoum have pursued failed, regressive and backward policies of Arabization and Islamization of Non-Muslim population in Sudan.
    In conclusion, the writer is the orphaned son of the late courageous Jungle-martyred freedom fighter who only hopes for a free, fair, transparent and meaningful conduct of the Upcoming Self-determination Referendum. He also hopes for the respect of the outcome that Upcoming Self-determintion Referendum and above all, He has completed Certificates in Agriculture, Peace Education and Diploma in Criminal Justice.

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    • 8 November 2010 18:56, by Ito

      I think it is a waste of time for the president of the Republic of Sudan to establish such committees. Bashir, we are so sorry you are late, the plane has already taken off. Unity has never been made attractive to south sudanese as witness by history.

      SPLM should be careful about such moves by government in Khartoum; Bashir should ask himself how long he has been in power and what make him come with such steps in the eleventh hour. It is very important to call a spade a spade.

      Religious philosphers say "Those who have courage and truth in their hearts shall win in the end", therefore south sudanese will survive whatever odds NCP placed infront of them to gain their fate through the exercise to self-autonomy.

      Blessings to all.

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      • 9 November 2010 01:08, by Paul Ongee

        Ya Mr. Bashir,

        Is it not too late for you or because there are no any committees formally formed for support of separation and referendum? Why did you fail to withdraw SAF from the 1956 borders on time, demarcate North-South borders on time, recognize the ABC & PCA decision on time, hold census and elections on time, form South Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) & Abyei Referendum Commission (ARC) on time, release the budget for SSRC on time? Instead of forming Abyei Referendum Commission (ARC) on time, you formed a committee consisting of only senior NCP officials to abrogate CPA (make things difficult for separation —an option stipulated in CPA) and claim voting rights for Messeriya (the occasional visitors and non-residents of Abyei) to vote in the Abyei referendum.

        Why don’t you withdraw SAF completely from 1956 North-South borders instead of building up troops, accept the ABC report and PCA’s decision and get the borders demarcated, verify the alleged 50% of oil revenue GOSS is getting, get back the divided federal ministry to be headed by a southerner, verify the result of the census of Southerners living in the North and South Sudan although the previous results were only intended for NCP to keep winning national elections as planned, form Abyei Referendum Commission (ARC) and release budget for both referenda instead of rushing to establish committee for support of unity (that you only define it better than non-Islamist or non-Muslims) and referendum?

        To leave a legacy, why don’t you Mr. President. implement CPA, EPA, and DPA in good faith including popular consultation for Nuba Mountains and Southern Blue Nile, resolve Darfur conflict peacefully by cooperating with ICC for the alleged war crimes? When USA, EU, regional bodies (IGAD & AU) and international community appeal to you for smooth implementation of CPA, you respond by attacking ICC, getting Sudan off the terrorism sponsor list, and relieving Sudan’s debts before any positive change occur in Sudan. I hope you heard from Senator John Kerry, the Chairman of Foreign Relation in US Senate echoing possible resolution to pending issues and normalization of ties between the two countries.

        I personally have been waiting for such statement from Obama since Democrat came to power in 2008. The statement shouldn’t be a political one because you will probably demand or create something else tomorrow as you’re demanding voting rights for Messeriya in Abyei instead of the Sudanese living in Halayib Triangle when elections’ time comes. What makes you you believe that it’s easier to get Abyei from the South than Halayib which is under Egyptian occupation?

        When regional body and international community remind you about smooth implementation of CPA you quickly respond as usual by issuing statements FIRST against ICC demand as if you have already gone to The Hague to testify. Another response is about getting Sudan’s name removed from the terrorism sponsor list and the issue of relieving national debts of $35.7 billion. Now everything you want will soon be on the table if the political will is existent not only to resolve domestic issues peacefully but also international ones. Trading accusations without demonstrating political will with peace partner, IGAD, international community, USA or EU will never help you out of your intransigence.

        When you attempted to make a provocative statement about the voting rights of the Sudanese living in Halayib during last April elections 2010, Egypt quickly responded by sending thousands of troops. Everybody in your camp kept silent. There was no any different stupid statements uttered by NISS agents or senior members of the NCP as they are doing now about Abyei and South Sudan’s referendum that it will reject recognition of the results should it turn out to be secession. The issue of outdated unity you are campaigning for is outrightly rejected by the marginalized Sudanese in the periphery because it only kept this country enough at war with itself for over half a century. How can you impose unity that you cannot define in strongest terms whether on new basis or not?

        What I know we are essentially engaged more in verbal war with your party than the physical one which Egypt is often ready to go for should you attempt to build up troops along the disputed borders of the Halayib Triangle. I expect SPLM delegation to raise the issue of Halayib in the upcoming meeting in the AU capital in Ethiopia though it is not stipulated in the CPA. This will counteract the issue of the claimed voting rights of the Messeriya which is not even specified in the CPA. I am serious about it if we don’t want to waste time for PR in Addis Ababa next week.

        Like Nimeiri’s regime, the delay tactics of your party and its unnecessary conditional demands are coming to an end on January 9, 2011 whether you like it or not. You want to try to strategize execution of Plan C of violating this unique CPA of 2005. We all know and are watching carefully every move you make. You will get reminded to stand on straight line of implementing CPA and formation of Abyei Commission to start performing its job of preparing the people of Abyei for its referendum on January 9, 2011.

        In conclusion, remember to campaign for unity or separation by referring to the political history of Sudan and why you failed to make unity attractive for Southerners since 2005. As you intend to establish committee for support for unity and referendum, try your best to do same for separation also. Let’s see which committee will deliver the best on January 9, 2011. Nothing more or less. Should you fail we’re gonna do it. Not like Halayib, remember again Abyei with its citizens will go back to its original place---South Sudan. Take note of that. I am serious about it.

        Paul Ongee
        Khartoum, Sudan

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  • 8 November 2010 23:12, by John M. Atem

    Dear Readers,
    I strongly advised President Salva Kiir not to join that newly-created Unity and Referendum committee headed by that hardened fugitive criminal President Omer Hassan El Bashir.
    Indeed, if the rumors had it right, the work of that higher committee will be to hamper the work of South Sudan Referendum commission and I donot want President Kiir to be part of that higher decision-making body which is bent on destroying the political aspirations of the people of Southern Sudan.
    Folks, this is another snakish underground tricking tactics employed by the National Congress Party to deprive us of our constitutionally enshrined rights of determining our long-cherished futuristic economic well-being, cultural development and political destiny in the Upcoming Self-determiantion Referendum. We must not buy into their odious, fabricated and lack no substance ideology of Somalization of Southern Sudan should we become an independent political state in the Upcoming Self-determination Referendum.
    Folks, we must not at this time allow ourselves once again to be wickedly fooled by hard-hearted and natural- born philistine Jallaba-Arabs in Khartoum.
    I have said it many times and I want to say it once again, let us stop preaching down-market, diversionary and outdated neolithic stone age period backstabbing politics that have reduced us into the lowest common denominator in the scale of contemporary human beings. Let us promote, encourage and emphasis our shared commonality and de-emphasis our long-standing political differences for the greater good of our ordinary people.
    These demon-possessed and politically-inexperienced thugs are not going to easily give us our God-given rights on golden platter, but we must vigorously exert more pressures on the National Congress Party to give us our rights. Folks, Victor Hugo had it right when he 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 demonic bondages of cruelly dehumanizing slavery, enforced political oppression, and mismanagement for which they have been heplessly held hostage for so many years.
    Having paused alittle bite to carefully examine the policies of the degenerated National Congress Party, I have concluded with out the shadow of the doubt that the National Congress Party is a vigorously pursued inferno policies.
    May almighty God creator of our magnificently great planet Earth bless the long-suffering, peace-loving and liberty-seeking people of Southern Sudan and guided them into their everlasting peaceful promised land of freedom in the Upcoming Self-determiantion Referendum.
    The writer is the orphaned son of late courageous Jungle-martyred freedom figher who only wishes the people of Southern Sudan a fraud-free, more transparent and meaningful Self-determination Referendum Conduct.
    He has successfully completed Certificates in Agriculture, Peace Education and Diploma in Criminal Justice.

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  • 9 November 2010 13:45, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    Daffallah Salver Kirr is his new name

    Rumors if not ( Confirmed News) leaked out that President Salver kirr is already a Muslim, he has been seen in Kobar Masque in Khartoum, dabbed "Slaves Masque"along with Ali Osman Mohamed Taha ,the day of his Self- declaration as a Muslim.
    Even Returnees here in Khartoum refused to voluntarily going back knowing that nothing going to happen as Separation. The daughter of Late Vice President Zubir Mohamed Salih is given to Mr. Kirr as part of the Deal.
    So to conclude guys, let’s forget Separation, let’s see means to make UNITY useful for us and the coming Generation.

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