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Mubarak, Qaddafi to visit Sudan for talks with Al-Bashir after Obama letters

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December 19, 2010 (NAIROBI) – Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak and the Libyan leader Muammar Al-Qaddafi will both arrive in Khartoum on Tuesday for talks with Sudan president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir as his country hurtles towards a vote in January 2011 on the independence of south Sudan region.

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Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi and Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak (File photo taken from www.allvoices.com)

Sudan’s official News Agency SUNA reported on Sunday that the two dignitaries would hold talks with Al-Bashir in order to discuss the overall situation in Sudan as well as issues of common interests.

The high-profile visit comes as the semi-autonomous region of South Sudan prepares to seize a historic opportunity to gain full independence from the north when its citizens go to the polls on January 9, 2011.

The highly sensitive plebiscite is a key plank of a 2005’s peace deal that ended decades of civil war between the mainly Muslim north Sudan and the south where most people follow Christianity or traditional beliefs.

Al-Qaddafi and Mubarak’s visit also follows news reported on Sunday that U.S President Barack Obama had recently sent letters to a number of regional leaders underscoring his administration’s increasing focus on Sudan’s referendum and the situation in Darfur region.

Darfur region in western Sudan has been the scene of an armed conflict since 2003 when rebels belonging mostly to African ethnicities took up arms against the central government in Khartoum, accusing it of marginalizing the region in terms of development and wealth-sharing.

The rebellion promoted Khartoum to launch a counterinsurgency campaign whose end result was the death of 300,000 people and displacements of 2 million, according to UN figures.

Mike Hammer, the White House National Security Council spokesman, said that Obama’s letters had made it clear that “Sudan is one of the [US] administration’s top priorities.”

According to Hammer, the letters were part of “an ongoing diplomatic push to emphasize the importance that Washington places on a peaceful Sudan,” as quoted by Reuters.

Libya’s leader Al-Qaddafi received one of Obama’s letters, as reported by the country’s national T.V on Saturday.

In another vein, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdul Aziz arrived in Sudan on Sunday for a three-day official visit. He was received at Khartoum airport by Al-Bashir, according to the Mauritanian news agency.

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  • 20 December 2010 04:45, by Jamjamez

    Guys! we should really be very careful about the visit of these guys. You know very well that they were here all these years we have been suffering, so it doesn’t make them our friends at these times. Overall, we should not trust our future, we should counter plan any they make.

    The southern Sudan referendum has caught many people or Arabs in Khartoum off-guard and they that only days have remind, the realized the southerners are surely serious about this. They thought they will fool us again. That is not happening any more. This is why I hope our leaders are planning the wellbeing of the country.
    The oil pipelines from the south should go through Kenya to Lamu because they! the northerners are going to have their own fight. Those who have been neglected economically are going to fight back for their lives. They will attack the oil pipeline. We should build our own Now before times caught up with us.

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    • 20 December 2010 05:33, by Jay

      Egyptian’s President Hosni Mubarak and the Libyan leader Al-Qaddafi coming to Khartoum to discuss what? Cutting off another head of snake!!

      How did the first one work out for you now?!! It’s now seems like it wasn’t a good idea!!
      You guys have now realized South Sudanese are not the people you thought they were.

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  • 20 December 2010 06:00, by Tong-Tong

    Al-Qaddafi plus Mubarak! Salfa Kiir and Dr Machar are hard-core southerness who beleive in the independence of South Sudan. They are not like trader Garang who was looking for wealth. These two guys want nothing other than the South’s independence. So, your visit is just a waste of time and money.

    We beleive in you Pres. Salfa and your vis. Dr Riek

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    • 20 December 2010 07:39, by Bol Deng

      Tong-Tong,

      If Dr John Garang de Mabior was not a leader in the South during the liberation, you would have been in Arab ass because you can not relief yourself from Jallaba rule because selfishness and greedy has centered around your neighborhood. Try to called your 7 factions against SPLM/A while you are supporting Arabs. Arabs give you money to perform their jobs.After they gave you bribes, you believed doing the right thing that you believed but Arab duty. Take with those thousands that Matip Nhial had displaced to Khartoum in your state and you will be fine talking against our founder father of our live in the South. Take about your own greedy about thing to swallow by talking nonsense here. Where will you take away the recorded history in our liberation? None!

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    • 20 December 2010 14:15, by Luthern King

      We the southerner has believe in the right of the south, however,no matter Mr Al- Qaddafi and Mubaraki come to Sudan the right remain the same.I may correct friend of mine of saying that Garang was trader, that is absolutely wrong. He was the father our nation till, he kick the bucket for sake of Sudan if you forgot about him than you will forget for the poeple whom praise now. MAY GOD BLESS SOUTHERNER SUDAN.

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  • 20 December 2010 06:21, by James Garang

    These two president they are living together with Al Bashir in all these years which Southern Sudanese people are suffering up to now. but right now I am surprise for what they are planning to do.
    But let them say what they have in their mind and we are still in our position as we seeking our independent of South Sudan and we are hoping that we are going to achieve our independent whether these two president join their armies against us Southerners we will still come out from their hands because Almighty God is our shelter

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  • 20 December 2010 06:28, by Diu J.Kuek

    Dear readers

    Egypt President Mubarak and Libyan leader Muammar Al Gaddafi both will arrive in Sudan today for talk with President Omer Al Bashir to discuss the overall situation in Sudan as well as issue of common interests these two elements carrying with their unknown agenda against Southern Sudan.
    But is too late for arabs nations to avert the inevitability of Independence of Southern Sudan.
    By 25/12/2010 we will celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ.
    By 09/01/2011 we will celebrate the Birth of new nation which will be call ’The Democratic Republic of South Sudan’

    We the people of Southern Sudan we come along way just about 21 days to reach our journey destination Janaury/09/2011.which was started from 1955 and the idea of Self-determination put forth by Southern Front this was expressed as Southern Sudan demanded at the round table conference 1965 but was totally rejected by Northern Parties as they were acting as one bloc in the conference so was carry on by the Southern separatists the current Leaders.
    The arabs and our brothers in Northern Sudan should not waste their time and their energy for talk about unity since they missed golden opportunity which brought by Addis Ababa Peace Agreement 1972-1983 this can be term as golden Era of unity .which the Southerners were commitment for the unity to the Country.

    Now is too late we already decided to say good by to colonial master.
    Happy Christmas and Happy New Year will be the year of peace and propersity.
    may God bless the people of Southern Sudan.

    By Diu Jieth Kuek

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    • 20 December 2010 09:07, by Genuine Leader

      I said last week those two political beggars brokers president Mayardit and Dr Teng Dhuorgon must distance themseves from them. No Arab mouth accepted now in south sudan.
      Genuine leader,Future leader war without border with jalaba if’ unity expose onto spla.

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      • 20 December 2010 11:16, by Alpha

        Before I make my humble contribution to this discussion, I would like to briefly point out some of the things I believe we should or should not do as discussants. While some have been loyal to the principles of healthy debate and sensitive political thought, others have made them pseudo-political, strategic and arenas of emotional clashes.

        Jamjamez is perfectly right in warning us to ‘be very careful about the visit of these guys.’ Jay is politically correct to expose the shock the two presidents have, for ‘the south and its people is no longer what they thought’ and comforting are the thoughts of James Garang that no matter what they do, ‘God is our shelter.’ Diu J. takes it further by symbolic anticipation of the birth of ‘Christ and that of the Democratic Republic of South Sudan’. Genuine leader warns our leaders to distance themselves from deception and alludes to a ‘war without borders’ against anyone within or beyond our borders that is against our independence. Tong Tong reaffirms that ‘Salfa Kiir and Dr Machar are hard-core Southerners who believe in the independence of South Sudan.’ And so is Bol deng when he shows that none of our acclaimed leaders is perfect.

        My borne of contention lies not in all this but partly in the tone of some of the discussions. While it is of essence expressing impressions of our leaders, it must be in a way that does not put others on the defensive. None of our deceased or living leaders is perfect, all share the blame of our disunited past. Free men or those struggling to be free must let go the past, for they cannot control it.

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        • 20 December 2010 17:39, by hard liner

          dear alpha,
          you’ve started well but did not finish your message, good start, good analysis and also good way of uniting factions expressing their emotions in unorganised and personal way. so plse that was a good one but you need to add more i like it.

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