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May 8, 2012 (JUBA) - Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a former Nobel Laureate for peace has urged the leadership of both Sudan and South Sudan to cease military escalation and resume immediate negotiations without pre-conditions.

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South African Archbishop and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu (Reuters)

Tutu, who currently chairs the Elders, an independent team of leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide, said they are deeply worried by the impact of recent fighting in the two neighbouring nations, including cross-border ground military activities and aerial bombardments on innocent civilians.

“We have watched recent clashes along the border with a heavy heart. The terrible lessons of war seem to have been forgotten already. Again we are seeing military solutions being pursued which can only lead to death, destruction and suffering,” Tutu said in a statement.

“As Elders, we know only too well the difficult compromises needed for the sake of peace. We profoundly believe in meaningful dialogue as the only way forward for a peaceful, stable and prosperous future for Sudan and South Sudan,” he added.

The Elders, according to the South African Archbishop, remains optimistic that the leadership in both countries can play fundamental roles necessary for achieving lasting peace in the two regions that suffered decades of civil war.

Continued military confrontation between the two country’s armies, The Elders warned, will have catastrophic humanitarian consequences and would further restrict access to civilians in need.

“Military escalation will only take Sudan and South Sudan backwards and undermine the development and peace that the people so desperately need and want,” said the South African Archbishop.

Clashes in the borders areas of Sudan and South Sudan, which heightened in recent weeks, have reportedly displaced about 45,000 civilians, while an additional 100,000 people displaced from Abyei and neighbouring areas have not yet returned because of the continued presence of armed forces.

In Blue Nile and South Kordofan states, The Elders said an estimated 300,000 people have been prevented from planting crops because of fighting and heavy bombardment.

“With the start of the rainy season and large numbers of people short of food, urgent access is needed to deliver aid before roads become impassable,” further notes the statement.

In essence, the group call on all parties to the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile to grant immediate and unconditional humanitarian access to all civilians in need, in line with the joint proposal put forward by the African Union, the Arab League and the United Nations.

According to The Elders, however, for the two countries to achieve a strong and mutually beneficial relationship, the 3 April summit initially planned between South Sudan leader Salva Kiir and his Sudanese counterpart in Juba, but later called off, needs to be rescheduled.

Founded in 2007 by former South African President, Nelson Mandela, The Elders’ membership currently comprises of Jimmy Carter, Martti Ahtisaari, Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Brundtland, Graça Machel and Mary Robinson as members.

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  • 9 May 2012 06:38, by Kurnyel

    There is no need to bring Tutu in to our Sudanese problem, first we help them during the apatheds financially and materially so there is no way they will help damn South Sudanese

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    • 9 May 2012 07:19, by Mach Achiek

      Kurnyel,

      Do you know that South Sudan was part of the larger Sudan. Any assistance provided to South Africans in term of finance or military hardware was given in the name of all Sudanese people whether in Darfur, South, Nuba Mt, Blue Nile, and Eastern Sudan because all were paying taxes to the government in Khartoum.

      Beside that, it’s too late for South Sudan to become a Islamic country.

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      • 9 May 2012 07:55, by Mi diit

        Khartoum doesn’t understand the word "peace." The are terrorists and born to terrorize until they suffer the consequences.

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        • 9 May 2012 17:48, by panom lualbil

          It’s without a secrete DEAR brothers and sisters that warplane was to target those 215 traitors who yesterday reported themselves to SPLA, when sent by OMAR BASHIR to attack ’KADAR.’

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      • 9 May 2012 11:10, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        South Africa, look like friend for the new nation,why Thebo Mbeki the former south Africa president is pro Arabs,or because the dollar he receive from Omer is the confusing in his mind,Tutu you are very correct in supporting negotiation than War,NCP agressation to the south sudan will not help them.

        OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 9 May 2012 21:35, by Born-to-Rule

      Kurnyel,

      With all due respect to you sir, you’re a buffoon. Bashir is in a business of killing it’s citizens. Both Bashir and Hussein are the world’s most wanted criminals dead or alive. Bashir and Hussein soon or later will met their 72 prostitutes in hell.

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  • 9 May 2012 06:48, by Madina Tonj

    Archishop Desmond Tutu

    This radicalization Islam has brought too much killing in Africa especially, in Sudan. We have had lost 2.5 million people because of Islamic Shari’ah caused yet, another 300,000 Black African in Darfuri regions and again Nubian people. The only solution for those Arab African is to make them Isolation from the rest of none Arabs cultures practices that is the only.

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    • 9 May 2012 06:54, by Kurnyel

      Islamic doctrine con not be demise in South Sudan, sooner nor later South Sudan will be a Islamic State doing the will of God

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      • 9 May 2012 07:20, by DeltaBravo

        Ahahahahahahahahah South Sudan will be Islamic State? You remind me of Sadig Al mahidi quote back in 70s when he visit Somalia. He say we are working hard to spread Islam to entire region of AFRICAN CONTINENT,but South Sudan is the barrier to spread . My brother you can not force religion on human being. Let us chose which religion is suitable for us.

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      • 9 May 2012 08:33, by Gatkuoth

        Kurnyel, The will of God is against killing. Islam promote it.

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        • 11 May 2012 15:57, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

          Ask: DESMOND TUTU must comply with the principles in the holy bible and stop harassment of others.

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      • 9 May 2012 09:01, by Lorolokin

        Kurnyel,

        I think your Education is only the relationship of an ink and a paper nothing less or more otherwise why don’t you use inteligent to shape policy than twist inteligent to justify policy,your ideas about people about society are as green as un riped orange, A man is suppose to be the product of his own experience.

        Kinkak.

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      • 11 May 2012 15:59, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

        DESMOND TUTU must understand that the holy bible did not and will not support blind tribalism and supporting only black Africans of South Sudan… we are sons and daughters of Adam &Eve

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  • 9 May 2012 08:46, by Joseph Canada

    Fuck the fucking peace negotiation. You mouth for elderly ass in the name of the Nobel prize and while LETTING YOUR FELLOW THIEF SOUTH AFRICAN TAMBO FUCKING BECKY TO USE THIS OPPORTUNITY IF OUR PEOPLE’S BLOOD IN EXPANDING HIS BROTHERS BUSINESS IN KHORTOUM while my people are dying in the south. WE ARE WATCHING.

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    • 9 May 2012 10:08, by Abraham

      All ARABS ARE TERRORISTS.
      I HAVE NEVER SEEN AN ARABS PREACHING PEACE.
      ARABS CONFLICTS ARE SOLVED THROUGH FORCES AND THAT WHY THERE WAS NO PEACE IN THE SUDAN UNTILL THE WEST PUSH FOR PEACE IN THE SUDAN. ALL ARABS WORLD COUNTRIES WERE INDIFFERENT TO CONFLICT IN THE SUDAN. SO MR TUTU NO ONE WILL HEAR YOU IN THE SUDAN. SOUTH SUDANESE ARE OFTEN FORCED TO RESPONSE MILITARILY OTHERWISE THEY LOVE PEACE.

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      • 11 May 2012 16:02, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

        Why south Sudan is begging the FAKE ARABS in the Araibian Gulf for long term loans?

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  • 9 May 2012 12:38, by Tambura

    Is he Archbishop or hip hop supper star? Rings bling bling and want to talk about peace.

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    • 9 May 2012 16:21, by Loko El Pollo

      HE IS ONLY HERE TO SHOW HIS GADGETS,THIS MAN AND THALBO MBIK ARE BUSINESS PARTNERS.DEMON TUTU GO EVERWHERE IN THE WORLD AND THERE IS NO ONE TIME HE OPENNED HIS MOUTH ABOUT KHARTOUM BAD POLITIKING AND USE OF FORCE TO SILENCE DISSENCE.

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  • 9 May 2012 13:51, by Morthon Akol

    Dear Archbishop Tutu, we do know you are for peace. But you are the one which should preached the peace in hold Africa.we the people of South Sudan we were thinking that South Africa will stand with us as African then to stand with Arabs. you should tell Khartoum that you stop bombardment and go for talks.

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  • 9 May 2012 18:28, by Zionist

    South Sudan stood alone in the face of Islamization and Arabization of Black people in Africa for years, and paid a heavy price while the rest of Africa is watching the onslaught on our civilians and on our fledgling nation. However, Africa won’t arrest the ICC criminal, but will talk peace...fuck that peace. Excuse my French Bishop.

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  • 9 May 2012 21:55, by Kwat Tok

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu,(and all the Elders) with all due respect, this is above your pay grade! Where were you when Sudan was bombing and killing civilians. You should do a little research on the history of Sudan before you jump to feet and start spreading the blame. On your pursuit to be relevant,(so called Elders) don’t destroy your legacy.

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  • 9 May 2012 22:55, by Northern Sudanese

    I am sorry Mr.Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    but peace with INSECTS is IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!!!!

    do you know how much spray we needed to use in Heglig? we lost 256 brothers in Heglig (1200 SPLA but no1 gives a shit about insects)............256 men killed by insect diseases.........

    Insects are disqusting!!!!!!!!! in the last war 2.5 milion south sudanese died for nothing........yea, nothing thanks to salva.

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    • 10 May 2012 00:55, by morogot batal

      NORTHERN SUDAN

      he is a bishop and you are calling the human being created by GOD infront of him that insect..ah ah ah ah ah .you prove to the world that you are devels and abiding fake religion.we are not created by omer beshir..we are GOD creature.

      death to all of you very soon.dont be very proud with iran chemical weapons.if you want all world to see their faces in sudan.is already there

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      • 10 May 2012 00:56, by morogot batal

        just try and be ready to bear the consequences in plenty

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