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South Sudan reiterates assurances not to arrest Bashir

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March 25, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan reiterated on Saturday that it will not arrest Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir, when he visits Juba next April for talks with his counterpart Salva Kiir.

Presidents Bashir and Kiir (file photo/Reuters) The presidential summit of 3 April is expected to endorse a deal negotiated in Addis Ababa on borders and four freedoms, which has proved controversial among Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party. The two presidents also have to tackle over the other pending issues such as security, oil transit fees and Abyei.

South Sudan’s chief negotiator, Pagan Amum who is also the Secretary General of South Sudan’s ruling SPLM met Bashir in Khartoum on 22 March to extend Kiir’s invitation and to reassure that the South Sudanese government would not arrest him.

Some civil society and human rights groups in newly independent South Sudan have called for the Juba government to arrest Bashir as per the arrest warrants issued for him by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide alleged to have taken place during in Darfur during the first years of the crisis.

But Pagan Amum, said on Saturday that Bashir’s visit was important because it would address issues which the two parties were not able to resolve between the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and South Sudan’s independence last year.

Speaking in Juba after his return from Khartoum he brushed aside apprehensions that Bashir would be arrested when he visits Juba saying such fears are "baseless".

"President Bashir is coming for dialogue on the remaining post secession issues between the two countries, especially issues connected to border demarcation, citizenship, and the contentious issues of Abyei, financial arrears, oil dispute," said Amum.

Amum further argued that as the SPLM had signed the CPA with the National Congress Party (NCP) government led by Bashir in Khartoum and they were obligated to engage with him "to complete implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and build peace to promote better relations" regardless of the arrest warrant.

"I would like to put it clearly that all the fears by NCP or by any concerned South Sudanese that the aim of inviting President Bashir is because we have business that is not finished. It is a business of peace, it is a business of interest of the people of South Sudan," Amum said.

Amum said that the agreement on borders and citizenship could pave the way for progress to be made on other remaining issues such as oil, debt and Abyei.

In accordance with the four freedoms agreement brokered by the African Union panel inked in Addis Ababa on 13 March between the two parties, Sudanese and South Sudanese can travel, reside, work or have propriety in the two countries.

Qutbi al-Mahdi, a NCP leading figure, criticised the four freedoms agrement as being premature and "illogical". He also described the Sudanese negotiators as "softies" who gave away too much to South Sudan.

Sudanese officials said this deal will not be implemented unless the parties reach a complementary deal related to security measures and particularly to the presence of Sudanese rebels in South Sudan.

Both sides accuse the other of backing rebel groups, and suspect each other of harbouring hopes of regime change.

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  • 26 March 2012 13:32, by Equatoria dominated SPLM

    YES MR PRESIDENT AS PAGAN THAT NOTHING CAN AREST YOU ,YES WE ALL AGREE ESPECIALLY WE EQUATORIA WE WILL JUST SAY NAM NAM NAM NAM LE BASHIR .WELCOME WELCOME WELCOME TO JUBA

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    • 26 March 2012 13:40, by Manyieldit

      You re very stupid and puppet of Bashir, The issue is not about NAM, NAM, El Bashir but the provision and continuation of CPA that will grant him a safe passage in South Sudan. Should the CPA articles fully implemented, Bashir will not be welcome in South Sudan and if he attempt to come then will face the arrest. any Equatorian who want Bashir can then go to Khartoum with him comes 3 April.

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    • 26 March 2012 13:47, by Equatoria dominated SPLM

      ma in din na mushkila mak ya rais el Bashir you are highly wellcome to YOUR FORMER HOME WHICH IS juba for peace talk as dhol kabir BITANA gal ma ta kop bet bet tak

      NO FEAR THE HOME IS STILL YOURS MR PRESIDENT EVEN IF WE ARE INDEPENDENT STATE STILL WE HAVE VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIP TO EXTEND THAT WE CAN ARREST YOU .

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    • 26 March 2012 13:54, by Equatoria dominated SPLM

      Ref to sudan tribune regulation MR MANYIELDIT

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    • 27 March 2012 04:55, by SeekingTruth

      @ Everyone,
      There is something I really fail to understand on this deal: does this mean that if Al-bashir doesn’t come to South Sudan then, the current frame work and all the other pending issues will not be resolved as a result? Because it doesn’t really make any diff should the two presidents meet somewhere else other than South Sudan!

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  • 26 March 2012 13:41, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    I know Bashir is a criminal who killed a lot of people in Sudan there is no denial about it but when did South Sudan authorities start arresting criminals?
    If we want to arrest criminals as such, than how come we don’t arrest Dr Massacre [Riek Machar puot Nyuon Teny dhurgon was a name of his grandfather witchcraft, it is pathetic to you if we forget things easily,
    Who doesn’t know that

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    • 26 March 2012 13:44, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Riek machar was executed Bashir agenda by ordering him to murdered Dinka people in return of food to him and his Nuer loyalist,

      However due to our lack of intelligence we think that Riek was acting alone but both of them are they one who committed crimes in Sudan, all of the blood of innocent people of Sudan will always be in the hands of two wanted criminals Bashir and Riek.
      When Riek was

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      • 26 March 2012 13:46, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        recruited by Bashir as internal insurgent agent, he committed a crimes that should be taken to international justice system for exemption,
        When I hear people talk about Bashir warranty, I wonder why do the leave their criminals Riek Machar alone or do they think that the crimes made by Bashir are more than those committed by Riek machar, they unintelligent people need to know that the charge of

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        • 26 March 2012 13:53, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          know that the charge of murder degree is always the same with any killing of human being,
          Those who are under amnsety are all criminal just like Bashir,
          Arrest our criminals first [Riek]

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          • 26 March 2012 19:36, by zulu

            Dinka dominated,

            You are right, this equatoria shit speaks nonesense. He has no animation at all. Inhumanity that insinerated thousands, sodomized millions and hacked children shoud pay for the crime. I don’t understand this sell out nimcompoop is sayind welcome to south sudan for. Even children in Juba want to kill Beshir, how about him, rat?

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      • 27 March 2012 08:24, by Madit

        Thanks Dinka dominated, criminal is not only Arabs even food lovers are also criminals.

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  • 26 March 2012 13:50, by Loko El Pollo

    SOUTH SUDAN WILL NOT GAIN ANYTHING FROM BASHIR ARREST.LET HIS PEOPLE DEAL WITH HIM TILL HE REPORTS HIMSELF TO ICC.WE NEED TO TELL HIM THAT ABYEI IS OURS,HENCE IT IS NOT GOING ANY WHERE.THERE WILL BE CORDIAL RELATION BETWEEN SOUTH AND NORTH IF ABYEI IS GIVEN TO NGOK DINKA AND OTHERS OCCUPIED TOWNS GIVEN TO THEIR OWNERS TOO.

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  • 26 March 2012 14:35, by Emporio

    people of south

    el-bashir is a funeral,we smart enough not to handover a dead body to ICC,and he is not coming to south for tourism ,he is coming to resolve the remaining issues,

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  • 26 March 2012 14:41, by mosa mel

    Sudan government just signal peace tone to prevent arrest of Bashier in Juba but after Bashier go back to Khartoum, you see Sudan government bomb South Sudan.

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  • 26 March 2012 19:41, by emad

    It is very unfortunate for us the people of sudan that our president visiting that failed state. These talks, if so important, could have been held in addis ababa.I do not fear that the president could be arrested because those folks know what will be the consequences but i am disappointed because by visiting that country they will think we are the northerners in need of them .

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    • 27 March 2012 07:13, by Chol A.

      why not!, we can put it on that way for sure if you Northern not in need of us why are you complaint and send us others to talk to us? please let your boos stop coming and avoid such mokering on Southern Sudan people. we completely no interesting on you at all, but we sorry of being blamed.

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  • 26 March 2012 20:03, by James Maker Akok

    President Bashir has to be arrest in South Sudan if he go to South Sudan.

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