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May 14, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese foreign minister, Ali Karti, raised eye brows on Monday when he directed a thinly veiled criticism against the country’s president Omer Al-Bashir over his inflammatory comments against the leaders of neighbouring South Sudan.

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Sudanese foreign minister Ali Ahmed Karti says his country should play a key role in mediating the conflict in South Sudan (Photo: Getty))

Al-Bashir made a number of derogatory remarks against the leadership of South Sudan in mobilisation rallies preceding the Sudanese army’s takeover on 20 July of Heglig oilfields from South Sudan which occupied the area for ten days.

He threatened to invade South South and topple the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) which he described as “an insect” that must be crushed and went as far as saying that its leaders need to be “disciplined by the stick.”

Speaking at a parliament session devoted to discussing his last week’s report on the performance of the foreign ministry, Karti said without specifically mentioning Al-Bashir that the behavior of some politicians has had “disastrous effects” on Sudan’s foreign policy, citing examples of how the president’s remarks were understood.

“The talk that they [SPLM leaders] are a group that only understands the stick was interpreted to be referring to the poem of [Abu El-Tayib] El-Mutanabi that says “you shall not buy a slave without a stick” and the term insect was likened to the use of the term cockroaches by the Hutu [ethnic group] against the Tutsi during the Rwandan massacres.”

Karti cautioned that Africa was still reeling from “an inferiority complex” that makes its leaders prone to interpreting any statement within certain contexts even if it was well-intentioned.

Al-Bashir’s terms were spread and popularised by state and anti-South Sudan media, including the conservative newspaper Al-Intibaha, which is owned by Bashir’s uncle. These comments are widely thought to have created an environment that allowed a mob of Islamist extremists to attack a church building in Khartoum and set it on fire.

Parliament accepts UNSC resolution amid reservations

Separately, the Sudanese parliament has announced accepting “with reservations” the UN Security Council’s resolution 2046 on the situation between Sudan and South Sudan despite criticism raised by some MPs that the resolution contains elements targeting Sudan.

The resolution, which was adopted unanimously by the 15-member council on 2 May, ordered Sudan and South Sudan to cease hostilities and return to negotiations on oil, citizenship, border-demarcation and the status of Abyei region, threatening both sides with non-military actions should they fail to conclude talks within three months.

The resolution also dictated that Sudan “cooperates” with the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), which is fighting the government in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, in order to reach a negotiated settlement to the conflict.

In a statement issued on Monday, the parliament’s committee of external relations announced acceptance of the resolution but inserted reservations calling for prioritisation of security issues during negotiations.

The parliament also rejected the resolution’s use of the word “disputed” in referring to areas contested between the two countries as well as any calls for dialogue with the SPLM-N since the situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile was “an internal affair.”

The parliament’s speaker, Ahmed Ibrahim al-Tahir, warned during Monday’s session that Sudan’s respect of the international community hinges on the latter’s respect of the country’s sovereignty.

“Any detraction of our sovereignty will render their resolutions unacceptable to us. We cannot afford to compromise our values.”

The head of the ruling National Congress Party’s (NCP) parliamentary bloc, Ghazi Salah Al-Din Al-Atabani, described the UNSC resolution as malicious and detractive of Sudan’s rights.

He, however, acknowledged that the government cannot reject the resolution since it also concerns South Sudan and that the latter’s acceptance of it would gain Juba international sympathy and direct the frustration of the international community towards Khartoum.

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  • 15 May 2012 08:33, by Dinkawarrior

    All Muslims men and women are practicing unacceptable believed that (it’s unknown who will give birth to baby Muhammad either a man or a woman) in this act is what people called homosexual? We have never heard any like this around the world except this horrid culture of Arabism
    Shame is all ways come from Arabs culture?

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    • 15 May 2012 08:37, by Mi diit

      Mr. Karti,

      If you dare to disagree with your criminal boss, Bashir, just arrest him, hand him over to the ICC and there will be peace between Khartoum and Juba. He is the obstacle...

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      • 15 May 2012 08:45, by Mi diit

        “Any detraction of our sovereignty will render their resolutions unacceptable to us. We cannot afford to compromise our values.”

        Speaker Al-Tahir, are your values about to loot other people’s resources and territories? You better accept UNSC resolution, otherwise you are heading for doomsday as NCP.

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    • 15 May 2012 08:39, by Dinkawarrior

      You better quit lying! The same National Crimes Providers (NCP) are the ones who try to pretending to be different from Evil leader President Leech Bashit!

      Shame is all ways come from Arabs culture!

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      • 15 May 2012 08:54, by weltahir

        Dinkawarrior,
        why you always criticize Bashir and overlook the failures of your Silvakir?? how many years will it take you to focus on your problems and stop blaming north for your own failures?

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        • 15 May 2012 11:58, by Abraham Ayom

          Weltahir,

          You Boss Bashir calling people Insects like what Gadaffi was telling his own people in Libya. You and your Boss will die poor soon like Gaddafi, Osman Bin laden & Saddam

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          • 15 May 2012 16:38, by weltahir

            Abraham Ayom
            Bashir is not my boss and am free to criticize or applaud his actions, you on the contrary continue to blame your problems on Bashir and Sudan while your government harbor rebels and terrorists who raid and loot the villages in south kordofan and Darfur. You can go and sell your ICC propaganda to the ignorant and unaware in US and Europe, but we here already know the truth.

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        • 15 May 2012 14:26, by Naath

          MR:WELTAHIR LISTEN TO ME VERY CAREFULLY, THE REASON WHY WE ALWAYS CRITICISE THE WORLD IS WANT MAN ON EARTH, WHO DONE HURTFUL THINGS TO THEIR OWN PEOPLE AND ALSO DELIBERATELY KILLINGLARGE GROUP OF INNOCENT PEOPLE INCLUDING WOMAN & CHILDREN FROM SOUTH -SUDAN,NUBA ,DARFUR AND BLUE NILE.THE MAIN REASON IS THAT KILLING PEOPLE WHO ARE CLAIMING THEIR RIGHT IS THE NUMBER ONE CRIME,GENOCIDE.

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        • 16 May 2012 00:58, by Born-to-Rule

          Weltahir,

          Don’t be stupid, Bashir is in business of killing it’s citizens, and he the world most wanted criminal dead or alive. The inbreed in Khartoum will pay dearly god willing for killing million of people.

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    • 15 May 2012 08:44, by Lorolokin

      Karti,

      This what we all been waiting from you as a senior diplomat in the Sudan,this time around to use Integrity and professionalism is a wise move that even God himself will forgive you leave alone South Sudanese.

      Kinkak.

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    • 15 May 2012 08:50, by weltahir

      Hey Mr,
      You hate Arabs and Muslims, good for you!! so please stop annoying us with your off point and ridiculous comments.

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      • 15 May 2012 09:56, by Deng David

        WELTAHIR
        look! what do you mean by failure? any way we do not judge people but people like you Arab,you will judge yourselves for shameful behavior you brought in Africa.
        I thought that you are not Arab but the own you in funny way which is unbelievable.
        really man can talk about other man success in order to correct his own failure.

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    • 15 May 2012 09:46, by SUPERMAN

      To : Dinkwarrior

      its better 4 u to go to a library and have some time reading about Arab and Islam culture instead of sending your baseless and fake words and comments. Now the world has changed to be small village so it’s shameful of you to give bold evidences for your illiteracy and ignorance in this way. You are not the right persons to talk about cultures of others.

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    • 15 May 2012 11:29, by sudani ana

      You illiterate piece of shit, can you not make yourself understood. If you can’t write in English please refrain from posting comments on this site.

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    • 15 May 2012 11:33, by sudani ana

      Dinka Warrior

      you useless semi-illiterate piece of shit. What does your comment mean? If you can’t write in English I suggest you stop posting comments. Hello...anything there in that empty skull of yours...

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      • 15 May 2012 15:28, by zulu

        sudani or superwoman,
        You dorks. its self explanatory that you guys are fake arabs. Most of you got that lesson when you claim to be arab and its plain simple that because of religion, you had to do that. to this date, you cannot define your nationality. you have not culture, no roots and no articulate cogent form historical continuity

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    • 15 May 2012 16:40, by wadelsudan

      We dont accept any degradotory comment about any human being, our holly prophet Muhammad PBUH is the first person on earth to state that (all mankind are created equal, you are all from adam and adam is from clay,there is no preference of a white over a black or a black over a white). and he also said Bilal(former black slave) is from us and appointed him as personal speaker.

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      • 1 June 2013 08:47, by phillipsmike

        1 area with the struggle has been consisting mainly with the public Sudanese military services as well as authorities, plus the Janjaweed, any Sudanese militia group recruited generally from the Arabized indigenous Africans as well as couple of Arab Bedouin with the n . Rizeigat; the majority of other Arab groups inside Darfur remain uninvolved inside struggle.

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  • 15 May 2012 08:35, by Pif Paf

    Karti,

    You are a wise and smart politician and your work is being realized by the people. I understand your criticism and you have a point. But the truth is the behaviour of the SPLM has been that of an insect. And Bashir tried dealing with them the easy way but they only understand the stick. So wether Bashir says it or not its the truth and we should deal with the SPLM accordingly.

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    • 15 May 2012 10:32, by Beneben Bai

      Karti, you are soon going to be "Karta" (left over food). unless you carfully voice your concerns on those international wanted criminals comments, they may eat you as breakfast before you can eat them as lunch. Those of pit pat poooof are blindly supporting their gangs because they theselves are killers if not so, then how come they named themselves Pif Paf? they know what they did to Darfurians

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  • 15 May 2012 08:36, by Grader

    Finally, the wisemen of Sudan are seeing War with South Sudan is unwinable.

    Bashir exit is more easier than going to Panakuach to SAF

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  • 15 May 2012 08:38, by Lorolokin

    Good news, what’s go around come around and what you show is what you reap. so go on lets wait and see next step although we are Insect but still you run away from it lol.

    Kinkak.

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  • 15 May 2012 08:38, by Joseph Canada

    Its about time you realize the damage and the image you are centring your country in. Beshir is an ICC Material and will talk anything he want because his days are Numbered. The leaders come and Go But the people of Sudan will remain the Citizens of that country. Stop the Crab and Join the talk. Tic-Tac-time is running!!

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  • 15 May 2012 08:39, by Darkangel
    • 15 May 2012 08:49, by Mi diit

      Darkangel,

      That picture is just a cartoon not a reality. You were defeated in panthou (heglig) and we had to withdraw voluntarily taking all your equipment we captured. A ten month old nation’s army defeated a 50+ years old nation of Sudan. Shame on you....

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      • 15 May 2012 09:05, by Dinkawarrior

        Hahahaha! Hahahaha! Hahahahah! Hahahahaha! Hahahahaha!

        All Arabs don’t listening but they can see things happening, they scared to death after Washington raising its eyebrows that South Sudan must be assist to establishing it Defense System!
        Shame is all ways come from Arabs culture?

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        • 15 May 2012 09:35, by Pif Paf

          US will never give you any sofisticated weapons because they will end up in the hands of SAF in no time and before you know it the chinese n russians have one too. If not the SAF then it will end up with the south rebels or Alqaeida because SPLM is very easy to bribe now more than every because ur bankrupt in a lawless jungle lol

          SAF will always keep u in check with or without defense systems !!

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      • 15 May 2012 09:05, by sultan hamza

        mi diit,
        stop contradicting what the press and the entire universe knows how can a toddler defeat a giant!!!!we all know that S.A.F continued attacks made your insect brain spla forces to run for their lives..foolish insect

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        • 15 May 2012 09:42, by zulu

          You dork sultan
          It does not take a genius to figure out what SAf announced the recapture a day after withdrawal, a day after beating at Karsana, Kofia Kinji and many more. 129 trucks, tanks, PkMs and heavey weaponary in good conditions taken. To this date, spla do not know how to use some of these arms.

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          • 15 May 2012 11:37, by sultan hamza

            zulu insect,
            stop pretending as if u never knew wat had happened that assertion u ahav made that the our S.A.F forces occupied hijlij a day after the with drawal iz something a layman termed cowardice and defeat..it seems u were not alert and glued wen hundreds of insects were shown dead in aljazera...ignorant insect

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            • 15 May 2012 15:37, by zulu

              Yo man, is not pretending. Otherwise, we would not have the audecity to threaten you. An underdog cannot simply do that because he will only stand his "tera firma" in self defence. But strategically, one who takes an offencive posture surely has the capability to defend himself. The evidence is that we have got captured gears and personnel from SAF.

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    • 15 May 2012 09:16, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      By doing all those cartoon picture on our President it has no meaning at all,during the liberation time you can bring the picture of Dr Garang in abusing way,but at last you saw how he look like when he adressing the council o ministers in Khartoum.
      My enemy it is better to respect leaders,and be very careful otherwise oneday you will get yourself in fire

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 15 May 2012 09:36, by zulu

      You Dork Darkangel,
      The same is applicable to mosquitos. What do you think you can use a repelent for, bugs or mosquitos?

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    • 15 May 2012 15:20, by Beneben Bai

      Mahmoud, you are just a foolish Janjaweed. you changed youself from a muslim calling for calm and right things to a warrior when you call people to meet you in Graida, Omjoogan, Tulus, Sheiriya, Mahajeria, Kutum, Omkadada, Zalengi, and near Zamzam IDPs camp where you have been looting, raping and killing inocent Darfurians. Foolish and criminal Janjaweed

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  • 15 May 2012 09:21, by Ambago

    I don’t think that the Sudan FM did criticize his boss in anyway.

    Sincerely speaking this senior Sudan diplomat is just deciphering Al Bashir’s insults that he undeservedly directed against south Sudanese people and their leadership.

    So now anyone who didn’t have any insight into the Arab literature can now clearly understand what this Arab president wanted to communicate to the world.

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  • 15 May 2012 09:27, by Ambago

    I don’t think that the Sudan FM meant to criticize his boss in anyway.
    This senior Sudanese diplomat is in fact deciphering Al Bashir’s insults that he undeservedly directed against south Sudanese people and their leadership.
    The message is for those African’s and others who have no clear insight into the Arab literature to understand what this Arab President wanted to communicate.

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  • 15 May 2012 09:33, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Ali Karti, indeed, u understand better than ur boss. These derogatory remarks mean alot of things for interpretation, not only for this generation, but for all generations to come. Reference will always be made, dangerous of these statements, implications in future relationship etc. Any South Sudanese has not n will not take these statements for granted. We know we are dealing with terrorists.

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  • 15 May 2012 10:07, by dana_maki

    I am very sorry to these discussions because they operate on the dispersal of the two real goals, you are wasting time in the insults and analysis, and forget what has happened throughout history of these wars and who is the beneficiary

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  • 15 May 2012 10:45, by Pauli

    We should be careful about the comments from Ali Karti as we all know the arabs or black arabs are just chameleons who change their colors to suit a certain situation. We have learned not to trust the arabs right from 1900 until today. You can say whatever you want to express, the truth is that we don’t trust the arab of Sudan.

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  • 15 May 2012 10:55, by Beneben Bai

    North Sudanese Commentators here, did U follow the inverview of Ahmed Bilal Altayeb with your Minister of Defense on Sudan T.V this week? ha ha haaaa. when asked how come they attack U & replused them and then in less than a week they came and overun you!!. the minister answer was (tamtam)& resorted to Qur’aan ... Badir and Ohud etc. finally, he said if we lost battle, it does not mean we lost war

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  • 15 May 2012 13:00, by wet aweil

    I thought that all arabs agree with what criminal Bashir says in ever rally by insulting southerners,but i realize from sudan’s foriegn minister that some are wise,but the don’t have encouragement to tell the truth to Al Bashir ,they also keep quit and laugh at idiot’s speech,mr.Karti u have to give some advise to your boss otherwise this criminal will let sudan into fire .

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  • 15 May 2012 14:21, by Emporio

    when enthusiasm presence the logic will be absent,AL bashir is (deriweish) idiot illiterate, ignorance president the earth never experience, what kind of leader can call a creation of God as insect, that not only insulting a human being is insult of god as well,even his advisers don’t like him because they didn’t teach him how to speak like president

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  • 15 May 2012 14:59, by sober

    Mr. President, you surrounded by stupid cowered ministers. Let him go home and enjoy a warm wash in his own swimming pool villa in Burri . Sudan needs Mustafa Osman Ismaeal now.

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    • 15 May 2012 15:51, by Beneben Bai

      Sober, your are putting fuel into fire. Karti is better for you because he is deplomatic. We have no problem, let Mustafa Isamil come. this is not the last time. he will suffer a lot in our hands because this is a time of Sudantribune and so forth. not the time when there was no access to such media or forums. ha ha ha haaa. let him come, idiot call Mustafa

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  • 15 May 2012 16:41, by wadelsudan

    We dont accept any degradotory comment about any human being, our holly prophet Muhammad PBUH is the first person on earth to state that (all mankind are created equal, you are all from adam and adam is from clay,there is no preference of a white over a black or a black over a white). and he also said Bilal(former black slave) is from us and appointed him as personal speaker.

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  • 15 May 2012 20:43, by Observor Mission

    Dear brothers from the Republic of South Sudan, I am a pure Arab brother from El Gadarif state. I want to tell you that, the Hegilig war has cost us in the Northern Sudan more than we could expect. It is true we lost over 3000 men and confirmed by number of sms received from the deceased families. I hate this behavior and I hate Bashir and ready to die for freedom of all Sudanese from Bashir’ rul

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  • 15 May 2012 22:24, by North Sudan

    Hunger, Disease and Kleptocracy
    South Sudan’s Missing $10 Billion
    by THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN

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    • 15 May 2012 23:29, by Dinkawarrior

      North Sudan!

      You denied HIV, Hunger, and corruption of 39 billion Dollars according to the 700 SAF officers!All Muslims men and women are practicing unacceptable believed that (it’s unknown who will give birth to baby Muhammad, either a man or a woman!) in this act is what people called homosexual? We have never heard anything like this around the world, except this horrid culture of Arabism

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  • 15 May 2012 23:39, by James Maker Akok

    I this North Sudan must stop everything they talking, and let them follow UNSC words, if North Sudan doesn’t follow UNSC than North Sudan will be turn to fire. This is not a joke this time everything is going too hard for North Sudan. Why? I found a orginal map of Sudan of January 1, 1956 of the times of British in Sudan. and a map show all the details between South Sudan and North Sudan border.

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    • 15 May 2012 23:52, by James Maker Akok

      It’s very too bad for North Sudan if North Sudan see this map they will shut mouths and go away while they are crying. This map turn North Sudan. So I sent some papers of this map to: UN office, UK, South Sudan, South Sudan embassy in Washington D.C, USUN Public Affairs US Government.

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      • 16 May 2012 00:03, by James Maker Akok

        A map show Abyei,Heglig, and part of Darfur are for South Sudan but before that West Kordofan, South Kordofan, White Nile, and Blue Nile are also for South Sudan. Sorry North Sudan about a bad news just pray God to keep you safe in your poor land. everything came to inside bones now.

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        • 16 May 2012 00:11, by James Maker Akok

          I’m James Maker Akok, Southern Sudanese blood born. I’m citizen of United States of America and I’m in United States of America now. Sorry North Sudan why I do that to brought that map out from somewhere it was hinded for North Sudan to cheat world Counties about South Sudan.

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