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Khartoum names envoy to Juba as Sudan awaits visit of southern delegation


January 8, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan has nominated a veteran government official to become its envoy in South Sudan, according to local press reports, as Khartoum prepares to receive a southern diplomatic delegation.

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Mutrif Siddiq, Sudan’s former state minister for humanitarian affairs, has been nominated to become his country’s first ambassador in South Sudan (YOSHIAKI MIURA PHOTO)

The subtly pro-government Al-Ra’y al-Amm newspaper in Khartoum reported on Sunday that Sudan’s senior government figure, Mutrif Sidiq, had been nominated to serve as Khartoum’s ambassador in the newly independent state of South Sudan.

Mutrif has in recent years served in a number of senior positions, he was a state minister for foreign affairs, a state minister for humanitarian affairs and a state minister for international cooperation.

He was also a member of Sudan’s negotiating team during Naivasha talks which culminated in the signing in 2005 of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the north-south war and paved the way for South Sudan’s independence in July this year.

Citing “informed sources”, the paper added that Mutrif’s nomination was accepted by President Al-Bashir, and that Khartoum was now waiting for Juba’s approval.

Meanwhile, a high-level diplomatic delegation from South Sudan is expected to arrive in Khartoum and hold talks with senior officials, including Foreign Minister Ali Karti.

According to the official spokesman of Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, al-Obaid Ahmed Marwih, the purpose of the five-day visit is to hash out issues of South Sudanese assets and situation of southerners in Sudan.

The southern delegation will be led by Elias Nyamlel Wako, Deputy Minister for International Cooperation, and John Akec, the head of the ministry’s department of bilateral relations’, Marwih added.

Sudan’s diplomatic relations with its new southern neighbor has been strained since the latter gained independence. Khartoum last year complained to the UN Security Council against Juba’s alleged support to Sudanese rebels in the border states of South Kordofan and Blue Niles.

The ex-war foes have so far failed to resolve their disputes over a raft of issues, including the fees that the landlocked South Sudan should pay to Khartoum for the use of its pipelines to export southern oil, and the status of the contested region of Abyei.

In a related development, the chairman of the external relations committee at the Sudanese parliament, Mohamed Hassan Al-Amin, on Sunday revealed that his committee was conducting efforts to reach a satisfactory formula of cooperation with South Sudan.

The Sudanese parliamentarian, who is also a member of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), said that the recently-separated countries remain intertwined no matter how bad the relations are.

Al-Amin told reporters in Khartoum that the parliament’s external relations committee would organize a seminar to discuss ties with South Sudan and seek to resolve the disputes between the two countries through coordination with the ministry of foreign affairs since parliament is not an executive authority as he put it.

He further underscored the need for both countries to resolve the dispute over oil, saying that this particular issue should be thrashed out through talks.

Sudan has recently admitted confiscating a portion of southern oil because Juba did not pay any fees for transporting its oil through the north since the south seceded.

But this action was deemed as “stealing in broad day light” by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir. The South has also threatened to suspend production in reaction.

The two sides are due this month to resume talks on the oil issue at the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where AU mediators have been trying to bring the two neighbors to reach an agreement.


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  • 9 January 2012 08:33, by Madina Tonj

    Strong Message To Salva Kiir Manyardit And VP Dr.Riek Machar Teny.

    Never accept Sudan’s dipolmatic to have ambassasdor in South Sudan. Khartoum government has kills many Southern Sudanese civilians directly or indirect way and there are many violation the SAF made since referendum election and after. We can not have a diplomatic with the gov,that bomb S,Sudan’s territory such as Jaw, Upper Nile

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    • 9 January 2012 08:45, by mohammed ali

      This is a very good step.Relationship between the people of Sudan had never and will never stop.Any step towards peace is wellcomed and should be commended.Those war mongers living thousands miles away from Sudan have no interest in peace.Their main interst is to maintain the tension to enable them to siphone as much as possible blood money to their families abroad, like in Australia.

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      • 9 January 2012 09:27, by Sir. Nostalgic

        Mahammed Ali, peace is good but the way Khartoum is carrying out aggression on South Sudan is unacceptable and may lead to all out war which may lead to destruction because there is no way Sudan still bombs South Sudan as a sovereign state! It is really outrageous to see these aggressions always along the borders. Sudan needs to drag South to war but if we accept Khartoum will feel it for sure.

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        • 9 January 2012 10:02, by wad balad

          Sir. Nostalgic,
          Sudan is bombing the border areas for a reason not because we have bombs to spare. It costs money and we cud use that money. But our security is at stake because the SPLM choose to destablise sudan. So we have no choice but to bomb the rebels who seek shelter in these border areas with SPLM support. Soverign state or not its doesnt matter when u r threatend.

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          • 9 January 2012 10:21, by Sir. Nostalgic

            Wad Balad! Now are you happy that South Sudan has problem with North? Leave alone these outstanding problems but more grieviances to face this time around because we are the very people to disturb you but now we tried to refrain from the problems and you jumb in to instigate again when you know that we are still bitter with your aggressions since the war broke out in 1983.South will be Israel to u

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          • 9 January 2012 12:02, by Logic

            Waad Balad, where was your brave SAF militia when Israel attacked Sudan’s sovereignty more than once in one year? They only know how to attack your own poor and weakened. Bunch of cowards, talk about "when threatened".lol.lol.lol

            There will never be peace in the absence of justice & equality! get that through your indoctrinated brain cells. Khartoum will soon witness this reality.

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            • 9 January 2012 17:01, by mohammed ali

              Logic, are you the spoke person of Israel.Talk only about your bravery , not others bravery, if at all you brave.You like it or not peace will prevail. I think thick brains only donnot accept peace.This " soon" of yours we have being hearing it for years.

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              • 9 January 2012 19:26, by Logic

                M.Ali (NCP mouthpiece) Your patronizing tone in your reply to Nostalgic is the reason I despise your kind of racist mentality.

                I quote: "if you donnot want bombing call for peace. That is easy and not expensive" would you dare say this to the Palestinians? ofcourse NOT!!!

                The ANC, SPLM/A, ELF among others said "soon" for as long as it took, months, years or decades. But "soon" did come.

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                • 9 January 2012 21:38, by mohammed ali

                  Logic, NCP is Sudanese party I can defend them and I donnot mind to be their mouthpiece.Yes, If you donnot want bombing call for peace, I will repeat it again and again.Simply because I donnot want to argue about wheather SAF is bombing SS teritories or not; though I am 100% that they are bombing within Sudan borders.Jau for example according to UN is Sudanese.SS donnot accept to demarcate ...

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                  • 9 January 2012 22:50, by mohammed ali

                    ..they put rebells there and when they are attacked they claim :SAF bombed our country! This not true!For the sake of peace and to avoid any argument, I said what I said: to avoid bombing, accusation and counter accusation,let them talk, negotiate. Something which you donnot want.To tell you a very small of information: The biggest immunity to this regiem is those lousy so called " liberation"....

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                  • 10 January 2012 00:22, by Rommel

                    Mohammed Ali:

                    Where has the U.N. stated that Jau belongs to North Sudan!? Which organ of the United Nations stated as much? Which session - and when? Please provide us with the citations > a link to the original material. You claim to be citing the world’s quintessential political organization and so I pressume that you have the alleged statements readily available.

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                    • 10 January 2012 00:41, by Rommel

                      I only ask because you have this terrible habit in which you ascribe to institutions statements they in fact never made. The issue of Jau’s precise location has left the U.N. confused and dithered, so much so that they decided to cancel the visit to Jau altogether.

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                      • 10 January 2012 00:48, by Rommel

                        You claim the U.N. is quite certain as to where Jau is located, when every piece of information points to the exact opposite > to irresolute uncertainty.

                        Please provide the citations, links, sources, transcripts, U.N. session meeting minutes... anything that corroborates your claim.

                        Don’t tell me you don’t have the requested information, because that simply will not do.

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        • 9 January 2012 18:06, by mohammed ali

          Nostalgic, these bombing is what the SPLA claims, and what Khartoum denies.It will be prudent to let them settle things togheter, because everything will be on the table.For us to judge which claims are right is rather difficult.If you donnot want bombing call for peace.That is easy and not expensive.

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      • 9 January 2012 19:58, by Stephen kuach

        Our relationship with the North should be acceptable if Khartoum apply it in a good manner,though it will take years for South to have a legitamate deplomatic relationship with the North,border issue is going to be another pain in the ass if both North and South don’t come to an appropiate and durable solution that can end the conflict between North and South.

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    • 9 January 2012 09:16, by Morthon Akol

      comrade Madina, not to accept diplomatic relation with Khartoum, is not a solution.to my point of view we should have a dipolmatic relation with Khartoum. Why? all those crisis should be done through dipolmatic way.because diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way.Diplomcy is the art of turning a dropped stitch into a loophole.

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  • 9 January 2012 08:44, by Madina Tonj

    No Need for Southern Sudan to have diplomatic with the government just bombing Western Bahr al Ghazal State last week killing more than 40 people. There is no need to accept the diplomatic with the government that, arms thousand Southern Sudanese rebels against GOSS. Abyei’s referendum election was supposedly to take place in the same time with their brothers and sisters of Southern Sudanese

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  • 9 January 2012 09:10, by Padiet Deng Alony

    No any approval should be done to north sudan ambassador till all suspended issues are solved

    Border demarcation


    Oil issue or we stop it from flowing to the north

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  • 9 January 2012 10:06, by pabaak

    They are to be watch very well, they are not diplomats, but spies to monitor their destruction in heart of South Sudan, I will never accept their diplomatic mentions.

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    • 9 January 2012 12:02, by Chol A.

      Your comment it right pabak, Bashir deplomats were spy and we do not need them to be in Juba. There present will not change such strength relationship, it will be worse than ever unless there are little progress before this moves.

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  • 9 January 2012 12:43, by Dr nyoch

    The appointment of the embassidor to South at this moment when even South Sudanese in Khartoum are always hunted down by militia with permission from the governmen is not acceptable unless this people stop the their bad habit of mistreating our brothers in Khartoum by selling them out to the malitia, and stop the constant bombing of our border town with out any reasons for us to normalize relation

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    • 9 January 2012 14:19, by Morthon Akol

      The appointment of Ambassador to South Sudan, to me is not bad. like you saided that South Sudanese in Khartoum are always been hunted down by the Khartoum Militias. So to protact them we need to do the same to open our Embassy in Khartoum so that to look after our citizens in the North.

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      • 9 January 2012 16:51, by Simon Gatluak


        Having relationship is good, we are all from Sudan, the different is North Sudan and South Sudan. I do agree to the people who say we should have a person to work in South Sudan.


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        • 9 January 2012 18:00, by Double Gile

          yeah thank to my friends,bilateral relation beween two Republics is good but let khartoum stop bombing south sudan citizens and illegal recruitement over there first. if khartoum wuold not then the name ;envoy to south sudan will be south of North Sudan, in vain.

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      • 9 January 2012 18:17, by mohammed ali

        Look, guys you are just war mongers!Who is hunting Southerners in Khartoum?!This is a very big.. big lie.Nobody is forcing them to stay, they are here because SPLA requested to give them 9 months, before being repatriated.They are here by their own will, living much more safe and scure than in the SPLA paradise.Ironically, the SPLA isstill calling to give them Sudanese Nationality.

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  • 9 January 2012 19:21, by Longa

    Why is the government of the Sudan rushing for relationship while the post CPA issues have not got resolved even a single issue? There must be something fishy going in Khartoum administration. The government of South Sudan should be very,very, very careful about this move. May be is for intelligent gathering rather than good relation. The visit of our president to Israel and Obama’s message.

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  • 10 January 2012 06:34, by Letigolight

    Since Khartoum has severed ties with Nairobi and Kampala, South Sudan appointing ambassador to Khartoum is the same as recalling its ambassadors from Nairobi and Kampala. The brainwashed followers of Mohammed do not want to part with the terrorist in Khartoum, maintain your ties with them, we will vote you out!!!!!!!

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