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Sudan chief negotiator spat with NCP official highlights divisions


March 24, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A prominent official from the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) lashed out at Sudan’s negotiating team accusing them of weakness following a recent accord they signed with the neighbouring state of South Sudan.

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Pagan Amum (left), chief negotiator from South Sudan, lead mediator for the African Union, Piere Buyoya (centre) and Sudan’s head negotiator Idriss Abdu Qadir, shake hands at the end of African Union-led talks between Sudan and South Sudan in Addis Ababa on March 13, 2012 (AFP)

South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in July 2011 but a wide range of issues remain outstanding namely borders, Abyei, oil, splitting external debt and citizenship among others.

The African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki is mediating between the two sides seeking resolution to these contentious items.

But despite successive rounds of talks no progress was made on bridging the differences.

Last week, Mbeki managed to get both countries to sign framework agreements dealing with borders and status of citizens in each others’ country. They included a clause granting northerners and southerners “freedom of residence, freedom of movement, freedom to undertake economic activity and freedom to acquire and dispose property".

But the ’Four Freedoms’ deal came under fire in Sudan especially from the Just Peace Forum (JPF) and hardline Islamists who assert that this was too much of a concession at a time when relations between the two countries are tense over allegations of Juba supporting rebels who want to topple the regime in Khartoum.

The negotiating team found itself having to defend signing the accord on almost a daily basis, while many senior officials in the government remained silent.

Qutbi al-Mahdi, who was until recently the NCP politburo chief, said the ’Four Agreements’ was premature and "illogical". He also described the negotiators as "softies" who gave away too much to South Sudan.

He stressed the need to change negotiating strategy to one that rearranges priorities and stops the practice of drafting policies based on impressions.

The leading NCP official, speaking at a forum in Khartoum, went on to describe the negotiators from Khartoum’s side as ignorant of their counterparts’ qualities. He pointed fingers at South Sudan’s chief negotiator Pagan Amum saying he is someone who is "full of hate towards anything northerner".

Al-Mahdi also called Amum "greedy" who wants to take everything without giving anything in return on top of being an agent of the west. He added that no agreement can be reached unless South Sudan’s entire negotiating team is replaced which would pave the way for an understandings on security, oil and borders.

He warned against president Omer Hassan al-Bashir travelling to Juba for a summit scheduled for 3 April saying that South Sudan leader Salva Kiir "cannot be trusted". South Sudan today assured Bashir that they will not execute the arrest warrant against him issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Prior to al-Mahdi speaking at the same forum, Sudan’s chief negotiator Idriss Abdel-Gadir described the attack on the "Four Freedoms" agreement from NCP officials as "painful" and warned against any attempt to scrap it saying it could provoke the "wrath of god" for not being thankful.

He said the same people who are critical now were unhappy about the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended more than two decades of north-south civil war and eventually led to creation of a new state on Sudan’s borders.

Abdel-Gadir said the CPA was the country’s greatest accomplishments since Sudan’s independence from Anglo-Egyptian rule in 1956.


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  • 25 March 2012 11:00, by SeekingTruth

    What exactly made Mr. Amum become this close with the Khartoum’s fugitives?
    Something really fishy must be going on behind the doors!

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    • 25 March 2012 11:16, by Mach Achiek

      Seeking Truth,

      What do you mean by Pagan becoming closer with Khartoum fugitive?

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    • 25 March 2012 13:44, by Loko El Pollo


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    • 26 March 2012 01:37, by omoni jr.

      The chief of the negotiation and the chief of thives in south sudan. Let him stand down and face prosecutions of thievery ,altough i like what he is doing now,but he double dealer of peace and stealing the public money.Amum need to be arrested and face the trial of thievery,lies,and cospiracy.How come that rebels become a richest within two years of CPA than anybody who has been doing business??

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  • 25 March 2012 11:48, by Lang

    They really hate Pagan Amum, he should hold a daily press confress just to irritate them hahaha.

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    • 25 March 2012 13:11, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Ah NCP is a divided party whereby anyone of their member can think that he is better than the other just like the describe Ali Tah who negotiated the CPA with Dr magnificent John Garang as a betrayal person who give more to the south and now some of their wicked official are talking behind each other and described Mr LT general Pagan Amum the long-time loyal Gen to Dr John Garang and the SPLA/M

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      • 25 March 2012 13:13, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Let me tell you fake Arab, Mr LT Gen Pagan Amum with his team are Dr Garang’s boys or should I say the whole SPLA/M are Garang boys event including Angelina Teny is a Garang‘s Girl too so they will never gone give in to what they believed is the legacy from our great, intelligent Dr john Garang De Mabior Atem Aruei who taught us how to deal with deform people who don’t know the long

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        • 25 March 2012 13:15, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          term strategy of achieving your under covered goals.
          We thank Benydit Kiir Mayar Lual for giving us this opportunity to deal with criminal in Khartoum, we will never going to included your former employees to have a say in this negotiation, all those under our amnesty will never be given a chance come to negotiation here in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa
          SPLA/M for life,

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          • 25 March 2012 17:49, by Diu J.Kuek

            What do you mean Dinka Dominated SPLA?M by saying that Benydit Kiir Mayar Lual do you try to say that Benydit Kiir Kuethpiny Lual.
            Please don,t joke with name of our President be responsible for your comments.

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            • 26 March 2012 06:59, by Madina Tonj

              Diu J.Kuek

              You may never know the exact name from Awan Chan community and Awan Mou community, because the nick name in all Dinkas seem to be very immportant than the real name.

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        • 25 March 2012 14:23, by Shin

          DSPLA/M or whatever, you’re just a fake Dinka yourself, why speak? You always stray away from what matters whit your self-righteous ways, all it does is show insecurity. South Sudan will disappear along with you.

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          • 25 March 2012 15:09, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            Shin, I don’t have an idea of what you are saying here can you explain it to me in English so that I could reply back to it please?

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            • 25 March 2012 16:29, by Shin

              I won’t dumb my words down so that it suits your idea of ’’English’’. I’ll take it that my words were too advanced for you. You are ignorant, take that from me.

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  • 25 March 2012 13:14, by 4Justice

    The Negro Arab wannabe would be delighted if the South Sudan Negotiation team consist of Lam Akol, Abdel Baggi Ayie, Ali Tamim Fartak and John Ukec Lueth (The Darfur Genocide denier puppet deplomat)

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  • 25 March 2012 15:33, by Emporio

    mr 4Justice

    you just forgot to include the most notorious people in south sudan history Dr massacre Riek machar and the former NCP snitch Riek gai

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