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March 19, 2011 (JUBA) – The north Sudan government has opened an embassy in Juba, the capital of South Sudan when it becomes independent on July 9 following an overwhelming vote for secession in a referendum in January.

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A Southern Sudan 2011 Taskforce meeting chaired by South Sudan vice president Riek Machar in Juba. March 15, 2011 (ST)

The self-determination exercise was provided for in the 2005 peace deal that ended 21 years of civil war between north and south.

Khartoum’s decision to open its embassy in Juba was announced on Friday by the minister of information, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, during the Southern Sudan 2011 Taskforce meeting chaired by the Vice President, Riek Machar Teny.

Marial, who presented highlighted priorities on international relations on behalf of the minister of regional cooperation, Deng Alor Kuol, said Khartoum has already established a consulate which it will upgrade to a full embassy after July and has posted a diplomatic representative in Juba.

South Sudan has been developing a foreign policy in anticipation of full independence in July that will see the regional autonomous government upgraded to a national sovereign independent state which will determine its own foreign policy. Currently, Sudan’s foreign policy is a decided by the national government in Khartoum of which the South’s SPLM has been a partner since 2005.

The emerging independent South Sudan is aiming to develop its immediate priorities as well as medium and long term strategies before it becomes officially independent in July.

Machar who chairs the taskforce, charged with the responsibility to prepare the region for post-independence period, urged the various working groups to accelerate efforts to refine their respective documents before July. The taskforce includes around 20 ministers and representatives of other political parties, civil society organizations and foreign experts.

One of the priorities by July is to prepare the region to decide whether to adopt the international treaties that Sudan has already signed and whether to introduce others. The region is also preparing itself for membership of international organizations.

Sudan is a member of the Arab League but South Sudan, with its largely African and Christian identity, is not expected to look to for membership. However, the South is expected to become a member of the United Nations and Africa Union.

The taskforce has also highlighted strategies on how to establish and strengthen diplomatic relations with regional neighbors and entities.

On the economy and natural resources, the taskforce highlighted the importance of reiterating and implementing a policy that would guarantee food security by developing an agriculture based economy.

As South Sudan’s economy is almost entirely dependent on non-renewable oil revenues which currently constitute 98% of the region’s wealth, using the oil revenues to diversify the nation’s economy in various sectors by investing in developing the country’s infrastructures, agriculture and human resources were reiterated as important.

The meeting discussed its future oil sector strategy including resource assessment and establishment of resource accounts as a base for government planning. These included ensuring efficient management of the petroleum sector, maximizing its value, addressing environmental protection while upholding social corporate responsibility and ensuring efficient contracts and management of contractors, among many others.

Ensuring transparency in the oil sector was said to be important. South Sudan claims that it has not received the 50 percent of revenue it is due as agreed in the 2005 peace deal. Khartoum denies this is the case.

The taskforce said that the alleged underpayment of oil revenue was due to a lack of transparency in the oil industry.

Establishing a central bank and defining a currency for an independent South Sudan while putting in place contingency planning for currency options, payments and accounting systems and strengthening bank operations and in supervision for oversight of local banks were also reiterated.

The two disengaging regions of north and south Sudan have expressed the need to maintain their current economic ties, especially in the oil sector, which officials say will be a basis for maintaining security and diplomatic cooperation. Most of Sudan’s known oil reserves will depart with the south by July while the north will continue to host the pipelines, refineries and export terminals.

(ST)

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  • 20 March 2011 07:53, by Historical Boy!

    Thanks Dr. Machar and taskforce.

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    • 20 March 2011 08:06, by Fearless man

      Dr Riek machar is a wicked nyagat who will never lived without arabe in sudan.good for him.
      His time is ticking.
      death to him.

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      • 20 March 2011 08:36, by Diu J.Kuek

        Well done Dr Riek Machar and the taskforce let us move forward.

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      • 20 March 2011 08:45, by maduel Anok

        Mr Fearless man,

        You’re qualified to be called fearful man. Why do you wish your leaders you are suppose to respect death? please! you think your tribal brain could take you far.. it will surely lead you to death soon brother..

        Yes, am not Nuer but your comment saddened me, your character portrays lack of parental care your family have had over you.. when will you learn to respect elders?

        You are such a stupid creature I ever seen in the world.Do you think when commenting so have something to affect in our country? yes, you have right to abuse a leader when he goes wrong not just baseless ground. remember your words will follow you..

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      • 20 March 2011 09:06, by Land-of-Cush

        Dr Machar
        Implementation of all those without peace in which we can all enjoys our new born baby is disaster.
        Dr Machar, we know that you work hard to bring this born again nation under-good system.
        But some blind people don’t even know what does mean system because of tribalism hatred. These people don’t even thinks about how we can joint our hands together and developing the new country to be significantly seen in the world; but some will die because of tress, depression and more mental disorder be for they go back home to serve this country.

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      • 20 March 2011 17:57, by Ahmed Chol

        For the south to have good relations with S. Sudan, Khartoum has to stop helping and training rebels in the south.

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    • 20 March 2011 09:18, by Challenger

      Historical boy(Gatwech),

      Give your self a break bro.
      Back to the subject matter,khartoum should think of solving the outstanding issues with his partner SPLM before thinking of opening embassy in the south.
      Anti-corruption.

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    • 20 March 2011 10:03, by Adviser

      Dear Machar !

      You are the founder of Self determination for people of South Sudan.
      You managed through difficult time where many didn,t apperciate what you doing, You have dominstrate enough to people of South Sudan that you are the liberator.

      Keep it up

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    • 20 March 2011 22:40, by Paul Ongee

      Folks,

      A big question mark is why does Khartoum rush to open up its embassy in Juba as if political relationship is hundred percent good? Khartoum tends to forget about continued dragging of its feet over sincere implementation of CPA since 2005.

      Khartoum needs to realize that Abyei referendum is not yet conducted, the remaining issues of CPA are not resolved and post-referendum arrangements are not agreed upon yet.

      Rushing to open up embassy isn’t an issue but what Khartoum wants is to establish contacts with whoever disagrees with the policy of SPLM/SPLA and how to undermine GOSS and create professional propaganda. What I know pretty well time is against the plan of this notorious junta who will never let south Sudan go in peace without inflicting political damage on the SPLM. Anyway, time will tell before or after July 9, 2011.

      However, I don’t and will never trust the political behavior of the current regime in Khartoum. How can somebody forced by international community to ink the historical CPA, often fails to implement it in good faith, drags its feet, uses delay tactics, obsesses with destabilization of Southern Sudan and rushes to open up embassy as if we have built good diplomatic relationship over the past six years make any difference?

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum, Sudan

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    • 21 March 2011 00:14, by Nyachebe

      Dr. Machar you are always on the right tract, and those whom wouldn’t welcome your sound judgments are just looking the future with short range binoculars, but time will eventually subdue them. For us to have this country decades and almost 2.5 millions lives have paid the price so balance and equity needs be provided to them, otherwise, those passed away for the cause of this struggle are looking down on the leadership.

      Absolutely, having internationally met standard contracts given to creditable oil companies and with a clearly designed environmental policies and regulations, and along with a properly audits market in place would indeed boost the new nation foster quickly from what has been known to be the poorest country in the 21st c.

      But, the leadership in this new country needs to address the corruption with the highest possibly measure thus the revenue generated from oil industry couldn’t fall on the hands of few cliques with an interest to become the richest.

      South Sudan Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  • 20 March 2011 09:09, by Jeti

    Dr. Riek Machar keeps improving day and night in the country he once betrayed. To change bad image to good takes long time. A child who stays closer to his dad, uncles and elder brothers learns a lot. Long live Gat-Machar, long live VP, long live our next president if it’ll be possible. Keep it up!

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    • 20 March 2011 15:18, by Historical Boy!

      Jeti,

      Championing self-determination outside John Garang’s unionist camp was not betrayal, dude.

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  • 20 March 2011 22:33, by Paul Ongee

    Folks,

    A big question mark is why does Khartoum rush to open up its embassy in Juba as if political relationship is hundred percent good? Khartoum tends to forget about continued dragging of its feet over sincere implementation of CPA since 2005.

    Khartoum needs to realize that Abyei referendum is not yet conducted, the remaining issues of CPA are not resolved and post-referendum arrangements are not agreed upon yet.

    Rushing to open up embassy isn’t an issue but what Khartoum wants is to establish contacts with whoever disagree with the policy of SPLM/SPLA and how to undermine GOSS and create professional propaganda. What I know pretty well time is against the plan of this notorious junta who will never let south Sudan go in peace without inflicting political damage on the SPLM. Anyway, time will tell before or after July 9, 2011.

    However, I don’t and will never trust the political behavior of the current regime in Khartoum. How can somebody forced by international community to ink the historical CPA, often fails to implement it in good faith, drags its feet, uses delay tactics, obsesses with destabilization of Southern Sudan and rushes to open up embassy as if we have built good diplomatic relationship over the past six years make any difference?

    Paul Ongee
    Khartoum, Sudan

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    • 21 March 2011 06:20, by Historical Boy!

      Paul Ongee,

      Khartoum shows good gesture that it leads recognition of South Sudan independence.

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  • 21 March 2011 09:05, by Thomas Andrew Hissen

    The Goverment of Khartoum you are hurry to open up an embassy here in the Republic of South Sudan, but donot bring Terris in this new born nations, we and donot target of resources in south we knew north is now a desert no resources you are before support from us the south,

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  • 21 March 2011 09:06, by Thomas Andrew Hissen

    The Goverment of Khartoum you are hurry to open up an embassy here in the Republic of South Sudan, but donot bring Terris in this new born nations, we donot target of resources in south we knew north is now a desert no resources you are before support from us the south,

    Kartoum goverment is backing al-quata and US gave saction over economic and the sponsor of terrorist

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  • 22 March 2011 04:14, by Madior

    Absolutely,
    a Malicious house in Juba for brother. I loves this quotes "when the cat is away ,the mice play"..... SPLM should be careful with that Embassy, othewise wanna be "nyagaat" office..............Good luck!

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