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Sudan unafraid of UNSC sanctions


September 4, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A Sudanese official has dismissed threats by the UN Security Council (UNSC) to impose sanctions on his country and neighbouring South Sudan if they failed to conclude post-partition negotiations, saying that Khartoum is not afraid of sanctions.

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The UNSC has extended the three-month deadline it gave to the two countries to conclude negotiations until 22 September after the two sides managed to reach an agreement on oil transit fees. Sudan and South Sudan resumed talks yesterday to tackle the issue of border security and creation of a demilitarized buffer zone.

Failure to meet the deadline may prompt the UNSC to carry out the non-military sanctions it threatened to impose on the two countries under resolution 2046 which the council adopted following the outbreak of military confrontations between the two neighbours around the Heglig oilfields in April.

The secretary of thought and culture at Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP), Amin Hassan Omer, told reporters in the capital Khartoum on Tuesday that the UNSC does not get to act as a judge on the current issues, which he said need solutions away from international arbitration.

Omer said that failure to meet the deadline would lead UNSC members to find alternative ways to reach positive solutions and encourage the two sides to reach agreements. According to Omer, the UNSC cannot impose solutions or send armies to Sudan. He even discounted the possibility of economic sanctions due to what he described as the UNSC structure and overall directions which makes economic sanctions “hard to implement”.

The NCP official said that the UNSC cannot also force the two countries to accept the map proposed by African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki to delimit the buffer zone. He added that the Sudanese government therefore is not worried about the threats of sanctions.

Omer said that the issues between the two countries are not hard to resolve if South Sudan refrains from meddling in Sudan’s internal affairs.

Reacting to predictions by Sudan’s main opposition coalition about failure to reach agreements with South Sudan, Omer derided opposition parties saying they don’t know the difference between predicting and wishful thinking.

He also said that the rejection of opposition parties to participate in consultations over the constitution will not “detract from its legitimacy”.


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  • 5 September 2012 12:26, by Hardball

    South Sudan had already imposed sanction to Sudan since January of this year. Why is Sudan in financial crises now? It’s because of South Sudan; Sudan is not getting billions anymore from oil revenues. The idea that South Sudan is going to get sanction is just ridiculous and doesn’t make any sense. South Sudan has storage full of food; translation; underground oil; unlike Sudan!

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    • 5 September 2012 12:42, by Jalaby

      Mr. Hardball,
      Where are you living man? in the west and enjoying the welfare or in other planet than earth?
      Did you hear the news of yesterday? the south now is appealing and begging others to help after the flood destroyed everything,no oil,no food,no money,etc.read this:

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      • 5 September 2012 13:02, by Hardball

        Oh, South Sudan is the one in trouble! Are you well-off in Sudan? Jalaby, you never thought this day was coming seven years ago ah! How does that feel to look shock now?!

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    • 6 September 2012 05:00, by Kuer Dau Apai

      Sanction of either one or both countries shoudn’t be based on their wishes but as according to the international communities views that to bring sustainable and strong economy stands in both countries.

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  • 5 September 2012 12:54, by NO PEACE

    Jalaby, what happy are you the [Dog boy]? here in south sudan there is no flood at the movement, people receipted their salaries and also people are now transporting the Oil somewhere and we also have peace in the country.

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    • 5 September 2012 13:00, by Jalaby

      Mr. No Peace,
      Man, I bet you’re under alcoholic affection and only "Marisa" can do that!!

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      • 5 September 2012 14:12, by panchol

        Somebody with responsibilities can’t say he is unfraid of UNSC sanctions. Your NCP terorists are well known of taking public funds in to their pockets while mindless about the mere citizens.
        The sanctions your government talks are as follows:-
        1.Economic sanction,Nofinancial grant
        2.trade sanction, which means when your Govt produces Agricultural products & crude oil, on one will buy

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  • 5 September 2012 12:56, by NO PEACE

    Jalaby, what happy are you the [Dog boy]? here in south sudan there is no flood at the movement, people receipted their salaries and also people are now transporting the Oil somewhere and we also have peace in the country.

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  • 5 September 2012 13:18, by Akol Liai Mager

    Osama Sidahmed; Al-Jazeera TV Reporter in Kht Int. Airport, 90,000 North Sudanese have abandoned their country in the last 5 months to look for work in abroad including South Sudan. That figure shows that about 18,000 North Sudanese leave Khartoum every month. Does that not show the reverse migration back to Arabia or the total collapse of NIF managed North Sudan’s economy?

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    • 5 September 2012 13:29, by Akol Liai Mager

      Qutfi Mahadi, one of the NIF war-mongers had exploded an atomic bomb within NIF circle. He said in an interview last week that; "NCP Government led by Al-Bashir has lost its legitimacy and any change that does not throw away all NIF front row, especially those who have served as ministers, advisors, assistants, VP/1st VP and President himself will not help Sudan". For more Info, read Al-Rakoba.

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      • 5 September 2012 14:21, by Loko El Pollo


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  • 5 September 2012 14:33, by Nubian King

    Mr. Omer,
    This shows how your NCP Govt doesn’t care about the well being of this country and how it’s unready to reach a conclusive solution with South Sudan. What a curse to this country!
    Your days are counting down and very soon this country will see you off after which a democratic govt will eventually reach a real peace with South Sudan.

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  • 5 September 2012 15:59, by Jalaby

    True! UNSC will never impose any real and major sanction on Sudan because they know very well many neighboring Sudan countries will directly be affected by any kind of sanction and will drown with Sudan if Sudan does, absolutely S Sudan will come first and will immediately drown with Sudan since they completely depend on Sudan same exactly like a child inside his mother’s womb!

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  • 5 September 2012 19:15, by Kodi Wilson

    Kharthoum pretend to be mad before the fact is being actualized on the real ground .That is stupid proclamation .Empty vessels make more noise .

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  • 5 September 2012 19:15, by Guandong

    Its impossible to impose sanction on two sudans, ss is ready for peace upto now but Khartoum is hindering the talk. if ss was not ready for negotiation, we would not have accept CPA. UNSC has fail to seize Bashir since they sackout chief of ICC. shame on failure UNSC.

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  • 5 September 2012 19:31, by Guandong

    If UNSC have to impose sanction on ssudan while ss has vowed to respect CPA since 2005,ss will not allow any UN agencies to operate in the country.ur sanction wil not harm us unless if u block our water.we go n caltivate despite the oil.What does UNSC want us to do while we respect the CPA n Bashir is alway bombing us n no action being taken by UNSC? are u telling us to defend ourselv withuot UN?

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  • 5 September 2012 19:44, by Guandong

    Bashir is killing Un staff in Darfur, Abyei n Khartoum,Bashir has refused to mark the boundary line b/n ss n sudan, Bashir confiscated our oil las 2 month, n he is now in Heglig, Abyei, is bombing us, n supporting Militia in ss. all these thing were reported to the UN but there is no action.the last option is for ss to defend her teritory.

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