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Sudan denies Bashir offered to carry the country’s entire debt


January 10, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government moved quickly to deny statements attributed to president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir in which he offered to have the north take over all the country’s debt if South Sudan decides to secede in the ongoing referendum.

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Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (R) meets former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who is in Sudan as a referendum observer, in Khartoum January 8, 2011 (Reuters)

Earlier today former U.S. president Jimmy Carter told CNN that Bashir made the offer when the two men met together over the weekend.

"I spoke with President al-Bashir. He said the entire debt should be assigned to north Sudan and not to the southern part," Carter told CNN in an interview.

"So, in a way, southern Sudan is starting with a clean sheet on debt. They’ll have to make some arrangement for other sources of income, of course," he added.

But the Sudanese presidency spokesperson Emad Sayed Ahmed issued a statement carried by the state news agency saying that Bashir simply told Carter that dividing the debt burden will not be of any help to the North or the South because both sides lack the resources to make the necessary payments.

Bashir therefore told the former U.S. president that the needed solution is to forgive the debt altogether as part of the program known as the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC).

The statement underscored Bashir’s appreciation to Carter and his initiatives carried out in Sudan through the years.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) puts Sudan’s external debts at about $35.7 billion, of which less than half is the original amount borrowed and the rest is divided between interest and late payment penalties. According to IMF, the figure is projected to reach $37.8 billion in 2010.

Research fellow Ben Leo and his assistant Ross Thuotte from the Center for Global Development wrote in the Huffington Post last month that the Arab Gulf states of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait own most of Sudan’s debt ($6 billion and $3 billion respectively).

They further revealed that Austria, Denmark, and Belgium collectively hold $4.5 billion of Sudan’s debt.

A possible drop in its share of future oil revenues if the resource-rich south secedes in July may compound Khartoum’s economic woes.

Western nations promised North Sudan debt relief should it allow the referendum to proceed peacefully.


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  • 11 January 2011 05:19, by saban John

    Congrats Mr. President. I suggest that the debt should be laid on south sudan because southerners cause alot of mess that drain lots of resources. Mr. carter, please stay away from our beloved president, he is innocent. You guys are cowards.

    sometimes i feel sick to see southerners separating infront of me. I hope some intelligent southerners will analyse this matter such that the people reverse their decisions of voting for secession. I lived in khartoum and i know that arabs are very good people. one of them even give me soap to wash my cloth with. sometimes they bring roasted grounduts and give me. brothers, this is the reality of things. I hope southerners went to school to understand arabs are good people. mind me, I am a genuine southerner but the one who knows arab very well.


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    • 11 January 2011 05:53, by Jerie

      So, to you it’s only about the material things they give you? Don’t you know that even prisoners are offered soap and food to eat as well?

      We, the emancipated Southerners pray for you. There’s no need throwing insults at you because it is very clear that you are not in touch with reality. We pray to God that you will be able to open your eyes and see, open you ears and hear.

      Mr. Saban John, you spent too much time being bribed with food. This war and separation was never about food. The most agriculturally productive lands in Sudan are in South. Ground nuts are grown in the South and taken to the North. You don’t have to go begging. People in South who have never lived with Arabs have soap. We have a lot of soap and we can give you some. We are praying God to save you from you blindness and ignorance.

      We are voting for secession to save you from the shame of having to beg for soap and ground nuts from Arabs. Come back home and you will get to eat ground nuts until your stomach burst.

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    • 11 January 2011 05:57, by kumkan

      Saban John,

      You might be one of those food lover who sold our land to the Arab. Whatever the Arabs had given you in the past will be lost after the Referrendum’s results shown the Southerns being on top for Seperation.

      Whether you like or not you will be slave to them for rest of your live. You are one of the blood sucker who happened to dig deep for seek of food. Hell, to your likes and Bashir because the world is safer with out you. Don’t you feel shame of bragging about the Arab giving you a soup. The soap that was given to you by such a people was bought with our money.

      Only a fool like you would appreciated the North. No, person with normal mine would like them those killers.

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    • 11 January 2011 09:14, by Chanson

      Saban Bashir.your name over there can simply tell that you are nothing but food lover.Confused boy, for how long will you keep yourself affiliated with Arabs? I know you are expert begger.That is why an Arab men used to give you their leftover food.Keep washing their clothes to get paid slave.that is why Arabs called Southerners always slave but you deserve to be call slave son of bitch.Nothing that you can do to let Southerners change their mind because separation is the only option for us.

      Nothing but the truth,truth can free us from the chain of slave and marginalization.
      Say bye bye to slave,say bye bye to marginalization,say bye bye to police brutality in the Northern,Say bye bye to fake unity and finally say welcome to Separation.
      Separation oyeee!
      Nu South Sudan oyeee.

      McChan a die hard for separation ....

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    • 11 January 2011 09:52, by Nhomlawda


      We are looking for a country where we should be the ones giving not the ones being given. Why do you love to be given in your country when you can make your things and be the one to give to others.

      Shame with that slave mentality.

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    • 11 January 2011 12:38, by Paul Ongee

      Saban John is not an Arab but a slave who just wants to entertain. He makes people laugh. He is just funny. How can southerners vote for unity simply because of washing soap and roasted nuts? Think about it folks. This guy is crazy.

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum, Sudan

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    • 11 January 2011 12:40, by Paul Ongee

      Saban John is not an Arab but a slave who just wants to entertain. He makes people laugh. He is just funny. How can southerners vote for unity simply because of washing soap and roasted nuts? Think about it folks. This guy is crazy.

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum, Sudan

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    • 11 January 2011 13:19, by Paul Ongee

      The issue here is paying the national debt of $37.9 billion. Who should we believe, the former US president or the government spokesperson, Emad Sayed Ahmed? Khartoum is widely known for telling lies to the world. This is the typical behavior of the so-called Arab Sudanese who make public statements for public consumption but always believe in decision made in private.

      That is why SPLM/SPLA knows Khartoum better by teaching it lessons that it will never forget but only resort to regretting signing the historic CPA to deceive the world that it’s committed to recognizing non-Arabs/Muslims rights. What nonsense?

      I expect to see a new generation of leadership in Khartoum before the end of this year but not the previous and the current one who recycle national politics around Islamic Sharia law that never accommodates the interest of Sudanese masses.

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum, Sudan

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  • 11 January 2011 05:49, by Deng E. Manyuon

    It is a pitty to be in a such forum with people who are struggling to express themselves. People who got a problem with common sense and reasoning! People who are ignorants!

    Country debt is an issue. The people of Southern Sudan will definitely like to know about their share in these debts. How did they come about? were they meant for development of the South? where are the records?


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    • 11 January 2011 06:58, by Victory

      Saban john,

      Brother iam very sorry to know that you are seeking after the things which are parishable,like food & soap.i thought you are praise arabs because they made a leader over their people misnister..etc or they even married you to their dughter,but iam so grived to discover that you are praising them because of soap & grounuts they gave you,sham on you brother.

      Back to the subject matter:what did the goverment of sudan do with this huge amount of money 37.8 billion?no doubt they used this money to buy weapons to kill the people of south & dafurian,sham on you albashir,your sins will over take you soon, north should bear the responsibilty to pay back this money+ bring back the 9 billion in UK to clear some of the debt, south shouldn’t involve his self in such nonsens.

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  • 11 January 2011 09:47, by Tambura

    saban John you knew how to create joke man, come on man hahaha you must be funny Dinka boy. I can’t believe Bashir have an eyes to look to the eyes of somebody like Carter who won Nobel not long ago and denied what he told him. As southern I just have to laugh when I hear them mention south Sudan and debt of Sudan. 32,7 billions is hell of money in Africa man, only three could turn part of Juba look like London or high way across south Sudan. When I left Sudan in 86 there was three bridges in Khartoum to return back to see more 17 has been build plus the biggest second Dam in Africa etc, thats where some of that money went and the war in south. They must be more than stupid to mention south Sudan when its comes how they will pay debt back.

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  • 11 January 2011 16:20, by Facts Check

    Let criminal Bashir pay the 9 billion he lutted in accounts in Switzerland and Saudi Arabia then we will talk about the remaining 21 billion? We can not afford to bay even 1 billion which is equivalent of our entire fiscal year budget! After independence we will not give a damn about this debt but we need new alternatives routes for our pipeline first. This pipeline is the only thing that will continue to keep us hostage to the jalaba.

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