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March 21, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – An official in the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said that South Sudan must provide assurances that president Omer Hassan al-Bashir will not be handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) during his upcoming visit.

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FILE - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, left, and Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir, right, walk together at the airport in Khartoum, Sudan, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 (AP)

Qutbi al-Mahdi, a prominent NCP official, told reporters that there has been a lot of talk in Juba about the issue of the outstanding ICC arrest warrant against Bashir and whether South Sudan has an obligation to execute it.

“If we are not comfortable that there is enough trust in this regard the president will not travel to Juba,” al-Mahdi said.

South Sudan which became independent in July 2011 is not signatory to the ICC’s founding treaty and is therefore under no legal commitment to apprehend the Sudanese leader.

Bashir is slated to meet with South Sudan president Salva Kiir in Juba on April 3rd where he will sign a number of agreements related to the borders and nationality.

Observers hope that Bashir’s first trip to South Sudan after independence will help deescalate tensions between the two sides since last year.

But South Sudanese officials have given contradictory stances on the issue of the ICC arrest warrant.

Last Wednesday, South Sudan top negotiator Pagan Amum who is also the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) Secretary General said Bashir will not be arrested because “we have problems to settle first” on top of the fact that his country is not a signatory to the Rome Statute.

But Luka Biong, another senior SPLM figure, suggested that the venue of the meeting should be changed so it does not compromise South Sudan’s international values and moral obligations.

"With due respect to the position of [the SPLM’s] Secretary General, comrade Pagan Amum, I think it would be wise holding the summit elsewhere if the intention is to reach genuine agreement. The venue should actually remain Addis Ababa," Biong told Sudan Tribune last Sunday.

Bashir is charged by the court of masterminding war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Sudan’s western region of Darfur. His travel has been limited since the warrant to friendly nations that can guarantee his safety from extradition to the ICC.

Last week, a coalition of major civil society organisations in South Sudan issued a statement rejecting the position of SPLM SG and called for Bashir’s arrest.

They asserted that South Sudan can arrest Bashir under Article 86 of the Rome Statute because the case against him was referred to the International Criminal Court by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). As South Sudan became the UN’s 193rd state after seceding from the north it has the right to arrest Bashir, the activists say.

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  • 22 March 2012 03:08, by DeltaBravo

    I think they should conduct that meeting in Ethiopia,Addis Ababa Rather then in SouthSudan. While our Black people are getting bomb every single day in BLUE NILE,NUBA MOUNTAIN, DARFUR and Eastern Sudan as well.

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    • 22 March 2012 03:39, by omoni jr.

      The south sudanese are Not supposed talk nonsenses against president Omar Bashir.we have lot of things to discuss and therefore,lets not jump to something that we do not have a clue about it.Leave ICC alone with Bashir,we got nothing to do with that.we are Not ICC police forces.Even within SPLM members ,there are too many criminals that need to be try first before we poke our nose for other affair

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      • 22 March 2012 03:50, by omoni jr.

        We have huge corruptions and stealing that occupy the entire country of south sudan.Billion of dollars has/had been transfered directly to the thieves accounts,and no one is in jail or even questioned.Even frog knows the landing point when it jump from one point to another, but those civil societies seemed be does not know how calculate their technical issues we have from N.sudan.

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        • 22 March 2012 04:21, by Daniel Buolmawei

          Omonj, you’re really idiot. The people of Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile that you ignore their suffering today are the same who fought for your freedom in Equatoria while you enjoyed your life somewhere including Khartoum. Why do you suggested that we have no clues about their suffering? Only idiots can enjoy freedom in South Sudan and forget about the people of Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile.

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          • 22 March 2012 04:26, by Daniel Buolmawei

            Our hearts, spirits and prayers are always with them. You have no clues how they suffered with us in bush fighting for South Sudan and your freedom that why you talked like that. We will never sleep until we see Nuba people and Blue Nile people enjoy the same freedom, equality and justice as we are. Please stop being stupid and silly.

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            • 22 March 2012 06:37, by luak T

              There is no reason to arrest Bashir in juba. Arresting Bashir will not stop the violent between Sudan and south-Sudan.we need peace in our two sisters countries. Arresting Bashir could bring more chaos in our two countries. ICC will accept anythings that can get Bushir to them through any mean. know that, it is better to do our interest first than ICC interest.

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              • 22 March 2012 13:21, by Morthon Akol

                comrade Luak T, I do agree with you. its true there is now any single reason to arrest Bashir even the United Nation is supporting coming of Bashir to Juba, why those so call civil society are intrested for the Bashir to be arrest? brother,what i want to tell you is that fools have no interest in peace; they just want to air thier own opinion, those who call themselve civil society they are not.

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              • 22 March 2012 13:53, by Morthon Akol

                brothers and sisters, please don’t discourage the other people’s plans unless you have better one to offer.we are thinking that we become anation, but don’t forget the new boom sweeps clean, but an old one knows where the dirties is.Bashir is aold boom he knows where we stop to let you know Bashir is not a problem and i hope his coming to Juba, will solve a lot of thing.

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          • 22 March 2012 05:13, by omoni jr.

            Daniel,
            Am not an idiot as you ignorantly it,
            What do you know about the people of Nuba and Blue Nile?
            If you really care about the people of these two states ,why did we separate the country into two? please stop your sarcasm,period.Lets clean our house first before we tell others to clean theirs.Under which law can south sudan arrest Omar Bashir? we dont have follow what we do not know?

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            • 22 March 2012 08:06, by Sudan virus

              Omoni Jr.must be one of the enslaved South Sudanese in Khartoum.

              Even the real Arabs don’t want this criminal president. When Dr. Garang died did it stopped the CPA implementation?

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          • 22 March 2012 16:21, by Anynya One

            Hey Daniel Cow,

            Are you filled up with the Cow’s spirit? Stop deflecting topics, and other arguments shooting right in to the hearts of thieves. Who knows, may be you’re one of them! Stop stealing! You are expired!

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        • 22 March 2012 04:23, by zulu

          Omoni, who are you to tell south sudanese to shut up about Omar, the murderer, rapist and a war monger? They can change the venue, and so what? CPA was signed elsewhere and some of the treaties are agreed to except those pending ones. Mind you, in the intention of the NCP, if they discuss the issue within Sudan, there will no foreign intereference. What exactly that means, belittes us as a bunch o

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          • 22 March 2012 04:30, by zulu

            What exactly that means, belittes us as a bunch of stooges. Now, they change the venue and beshir can still dishonor the agreements.

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      • 23 March 2012 06:16, by Ahmado

        Omono jr, i think south sudan has right to discuss about aresting of bashir, bashir is international criminal and south sudan has mandate stop such people not step even inch of it’s territory otherwise the united nation members they will look negative on them.

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    • 22 March 2012 08:51, by Nuer-achiben

      Mr Bashir if you don’t speedy up for signing the out standing issues with south Sudan,the plan to get is around the corner there is soon going to be no hiding places in the eye of southerness this is very warning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 22 March 2012 13:02, by Diu J.Kuek

      No there is no guarantees from the South Sudan Government that criminal Bashir will not be arrested upon his arrival in Juba International Airport as civil society in South Sudan we are working together with International community for the arrest of this man.Mohamed Ali and Jalaba this is your information.

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  • 22 March 2012 05:19, by Madina Tonj

    The reality must be told to those Khartoums protector to indictment.

    Killer Omar al Bashir has no place to hide in this world that is the reality those guilty party NCP must understand. How long are you guys going to protected the killer that was been indicted already? By all mean will has to go jail or hell one of the two and he can be intercept from air in any place because he is wanted period

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  • 22 March 2012 06:12, by viper

    Is it not a shame now to Northern Sudan to be led by a president being taken care of like an egg? A president whose trips are full of guarantees. Who does not visits anyhowly,even to his Arab countries. Shame on you Sudanese of being ruled by a criminal. We will not arrest him if he come to Juba couz we are not ICC police

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  • 22 March 2012 07:16, by Martin Kat

    The coming of Bashir to Juba will cause the differences between GOSS and civil society supported by oppositions.
    Venues should be change to another country or remain in Addis Ababa in order to avoid more problem. Meanwhile the Sudan government has no guarantee that South Sudan may will handover president Bashir to ICC.

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  • 22 March 2012 07:46, by mosa mel

    Hey guys, let him come first, he will be responsible and sorry if he put his foot on South Sudan soil. He kill South Sudanese, Nubian, Darfurian, and Blue Nile people and then come to South Sudan soil. Please let him come first and then we see how he will back to Khartoum.

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  • 22 March 2012 12:33, by Sami

    Its not hundred pertage in his heart to be safe in south but let expect him to be in soon.

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  • 22 March 2012 13:10, by Emporio

    let him come to south sudan we are not that stupid to hand over a funeral to ICC this man he is a dead walking body and sudanese still dream they a president

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  • 22 March 2012 13:34, by Ross

    Dear Commenters
    Let us not speak about Omer while leaving our problems in the Country. Nubian and Darfur people belong to other country and we are not part of ICC to interfere to their issues although they were part of us. Let’s put in mind that we do respect International rules of engagement.

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  • 22 March 2012 15:38, by pabaak

    Dr. Biong was right,Civil society were right, you guys Basheir has committed genocide in south Sudan too, is not alone in western or South Kordofan, when we talk about ICC we claimed the genocide committed by Bashir in South Sudan, what of recently Abei invasion, which resul into lost of many innocent lives. He should not be welcome to south Sudan, SPLM has to listen to the voice of people

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  • 22 March 2012 19:07, by James Maker Akok

    As United Nation law as South Sudan is a part body of United Nation law, president El-Bashir has to be arrest in South Sudan if he go to South Sudan as law said. AU has to take meeting to another country.

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    • 22 March 2012 21:06, by Stephen kuach

      James Maker Akok.
      I don’t see why South Sudan should arrest president Bashir while there’s a lot of pending issues which hadn’t been solve yet,let say Abyei protocol,SK and BN are needed to be solve first before Bashir can be arrested to service his life sentence in Hague,beside that South Sudan is not a member of the ICC to apprehen Bashir over.

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  • 23 March 2012 08:05, by solider

    plz arrest this coward so there well be no 4 freedoms .there must be only war between N & S.the North definitly will win coz they have the SEA which means they can emport immunitions cheaper and easier than the trapped south.all your oil money will be vanished in the coming war.MARK MY WORD

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