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September 18, 2012 (WAU) – Commercial flights between Khartoum and Juba resumed on Tuesday, after they were stopped in January a peak in tension between Sudan and South Sudan.

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Sudan’s aviation authority suspended the daily direct flights between Juba and Khartoum after an initial deadline of 9 April as they were no longer domestic thus required an international agreement. South Sudan broke away from Sudan in 2011, leaving numerous issues outstanding, including border demarcation, security and oil.

This led in April this year to a brief conflict over a contested oil-rich border area bringing the two sides to the brink of all-out conflict.

The cessation of flights between the two capitals has also further cut off the exchange of goods and services as well as movement of the people. Before South Sudan’s independence in July last year Khartoum closed the border, citing security reasons, with major economic consequences for states either side of the new border.

Tuesday’s resumption of air transport follows re-opening of road transport last week resulting in 700 trucks carrying goods from Sudan into the border states of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile and Unity.

Sudan has allowed some exceptions for South Sudanese returning to new nation. An agreement on citizenship rights of nationals of the two Sudans living in either country was drawn up at the start of the year but was scrapped by Khartoum at the time of April border conflict.

Both sides accuse the other of backing rebel groups in each others’ territory, however, talks resumed in August and an agreement to resume South Sudanese oil-production and transportation through Sudanese infrastructure was reached. In the last few weeks the two sides also signed a bilateral agreement that permits Sudanese carriers to restart direct air travel to South Sudan.

The resumption ends months of air passengers having to travel between the two nations via Kenya or Ethiopia.

“Direct flights between Juba and Khartoum resumed today. This is the implementation of the agreement which the countries through ministries of foreign affairs signed in August. It is a positive beginning”, David Martin, Undersecretary with South Sudan’s Ministry of Transport said on Tuesday

Martin said Marsland has already begun operation and more airlines including Sudan Airways were expected to follow suit. A one-way ticket between the two capitals now costs 1,430 South Sudanese pounds (SSP), he said.

Nearly a half million South Sudanese still live in Sudan. In March the two sides negotiated a "four freedoms" agreement which would allow citizens of both states to enjoy "freedom of residence, freedom of movement, freedom to undertake economic activity and freedom to acquire and dispose property".

However, conflict over the Heglig/Panthou border area meant that Khartoum unilaterally cancelled a planned trip of Sudan President Omer Al-Bashir to meet his counterpart President Salva Kiir in Juba to sign the deal.

Talks eventually resumed in August and in September the Khartoum announced that the text of "four freedoms’ deal is ready for signing by two heads of state.

Kau Nak, a diplomat at the South Sudanese embassy in Khartoum described the resumption of air transport as “starting of people to people relations and building of social ties and bilateral cooperation".

Pointedly referring to Sudanese and South Sudanese as one family divided only by administration, Nak emphasized the importance of trade and free movement of the citizens between the two states without fear of threats.

"South Sudan supports the strengthening of integration built on common understanding and with the mutual interests of close geographical partnership taken into account," Nak said in an interview broadcast by South Sudan Television on Tuesday.

The South Sudanese diplomat said the resumption was a temporary arrangement for only six months pending the final agreement by the parties. “This is a great boost to the current negotiations although it is a temporary arrangement. It is for six months period”, he said.

In Wau, business and government officials welcomed resumption of the air transport and expressed a desire to extend the resumption of flights to Wau and Malakal as well as Juba.

“This is very important indeed. We have people in the north and South who want to come and those who want to go but they cannot move because all ways were closed. With this resumption we believe a lot of things will move”, Abuk Deng Mawien, a South Sudanese woman at Wau market told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Abuk said her mothers with two brothers are among South Sudanese still in Khartoum.

"They want to come. My husband has struggling to find ways to bring them since. We have managed to bring two sisters through Ethiopia but it is very expensive. We sold out three cows to bring only two of them”, she explained.

Akot Madut Hol, another resident of Hai Dinka in Wai town expressed a desire to extend resumption of flight to Wau so that citizens of Bahr El Ghazal who are still in Khartoum could be directly flown to Wau instead of Juba.

“I would appreciate if our government discuss possibilities of extending it Wau so that our people from greater Bahr El Ghazal who are still in Khartoum come directly to Wau. The same for Malakal and other places”, he said.

Hol said his wife and a child with two sisters have remained in Khartoum and has also been trying ways to bring them to South Sudan since last year.

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  • 19 September 2012 06:43, by pabaak

    Its okay to open border and the flights resume but South Sudan should be highly vigilant about what and who entering, because who know their intention of closed border and flights, there could be many possible bad intentions, one is to enter secret agents into the country and another is to enter poison foods into the country, so this needed setting a highly standard secu food inspection company

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    • 19 September 2012 06:46, by pabaak

      to inspects food entering through the border and airports, and highly intelligence units that deals with those entering through north border and the airports

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    • 19 September 2012 07:53, by zulu

      They are broke as they thought things will get realy bad in ss because for decades we’v only been buying commodities from khartoum. things have changed as Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ruwanda and Tanzania including South Africa, are trading with SS. Now the insanity due to smoking Ganja has waned and hunger is biting in Sudan.

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    • 19 September 2012 08:49, by Northern Sudanese

      pabaak
      sorry but south sudanese are too dumb to do that job, if his a criminal and gives the security guy food he will let him in :D

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    • 19 September 2012 15:42, by Dumodit

      wow Congratulation for two Sudan governments for initiative of road/air movements in the States.
      The issue of road block was a channel of poverty within the countries. When did you learn yours making was against the developments and progression of both citizens.
      Live to execute positive results instead of negative one!
      What are you waiting for citizens of South- North Sudan? COME HOME!

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  • 19 September 2012 06:53, by Bolman

    I think don’t they gonna get as long as like before as we all know tiger and goats wouldn’t spent one night together don’t belived that Juba and Khartoum will resume a long term relation how could two criminals will covering the international community eyes people just laughing at them nobody in this World will trust them again they both messup with corruption,war crimes and human right violation

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  • 19 September 2012 06:58, by backtoschool

    opening the border is not bad but it increase insecurity of south Sudan.
    Northern Sudan will create an expected situation will increase militias activities.
    important of opening will lower the prices in markets and it will raise pound.
    thanks
    colleagues road open.

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    • 19 September 2012 08:45, by NO PEACE

      Backtoschool
      what a good word Backtoschool mentioned, you are righ please
      as soon as you said we will see something happen in juba it’s not a flight bro.

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    • 19 September 2012 15:52, by Dumodit

      The air ticket cost is a lot!
      Do you think the South Sudan citizens stays in the Sudan are rich to bought ticket flight with such amount?
      In contrary, Sudanese base in South Sudan are wealthy than Southerns themselves. Why? Because we treat them like brothers unlike the Sudan who treat South Sudan citizens like dogs.
      Others Sudanese wouldn’t dared to go home, as road open we urges bring wives!!

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  • 19 September 2012 07:37, by wang

    We can better off without doing that dirty flights business with Khartoum. South may soon be a terrorists town when that stupid which most likely will is sign. North Sudan is not a good place even Homo-Al Bashir want to lives there at the moment

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    • 19 September 2012 07:39, by wang

      We can be better off without doing that dirty flights business with Khartoum. South may soon be a terrorists town when that stupid which most likely will is sign. North Sudan is not a good place even Homo-Al Bashir want to lives there at the moment

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  • 19 September 2012 07:40, by Kenyan the cushite

    why would anyone want to go to khartoum and be tortured like the NISS. why would anyone want to go to a country where the president and cabinet are WANTED INTERNATIONAL FUGITIVES. Sudan country where more than 10 million are almost starving in the desert, war is everywhere while the president is dancing on the stage. what is he dancing about?? the thousands hes bombing day and night?

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  • 19 September 2012 07:42, by Madina Tonj

    Well, I think what had happened in the broder area of Panthou, some time call Heglig has taught good lesson to Southern Sudanese who seem to stick in Northern Sudan. We also view those Southern Sudanese who stayed in Khartoum and others Medina for years and have nothing to help themselves even those Southern Sudanese went to SPLA/SPLM are much better than them. Panthou war was just a lesson

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  • 19 September 2012 07:54, by wang

    We southern need more time to think carefully before resuming that risks business with the North.

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    • 19 September 2012 21:18, by panom lualbil

      There WONT ever be PEACE in S Sudan untill then when ’NUER’ stop being enslaved by Khartoum.

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  • 19 September 2012 08:04, by Suleiman

    Good for reopening the Flight but very big crime for the cost of the Passeneger

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  • 19 September 2012 08:49, by Guandong

    Bilateral trading with North its not necessary, for Khartoum is ploting to re-unite Sudan as well as we don’t have good security trained ppl. Khartoum will smuggling d/nt bad things to his Yau-Yau n other militia leaders. why don’t we go to East Africa n other countries?

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  • 19 September 2012 08:52, by mohammed ali

    You are all Australians now,you are no longer S.Sudanese and will never come back to live in SS.In less than a week 500 truck moved from Sudan to SS and Zulu says they are broke!Is he trying to cheat himself or cheat us?Flight was resumed as a request from SS not from Sudan.From the billions your parents had stolen SS could not establish an airliner, yet you are talking with a sickinig falce pride

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    • 19 September 2012 08:58, by mohammed ali

      con: You have already sold and enslaved yourself for the sake of an asylum visa.Now SS is on its own, would you come back, never!The world got fed up with you and the problems you are causing in Australia. Go back home instead of getting drunk and fighting with knifes on tribal bases while you are thousands miles away.Leave us alone, the whole world is fed up with you or die with your hatred.

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      • 19 September 2012 09:31, by zulu

        Mohamed, I am in Torit if you check the map, you will find that it is no in the diaspora but south sudan. I am busy farming and shuttling back n forth Nimule, Juba, Torit Kapoeta, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa, all for trade. These are the updates you need to know

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    • 19 September 2012 10:11, by pabaak

      Ali, are you also proud of your riskier airline with an outdated airplanes,during border closure, Northern used to smuggle goods to South Sudan, desperate to get cash in South Sudan, if you don’t know it ask your colleague in Khartoum, how many in jails because of smuggling. do you thinks entering of 500 truck has done any thing? how long we stay without good from North, always live in illusions

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    • 19 September 2012 10:14, by Observer

      M.Ali,
      Actually the flights were resumed at the request of Sudan. The airlines here lobbied the Govt as they were losing out on passengers to Juba and back. As S Sudan didnt have an airline servicing Khartoum from Juba both countries were served by the likes of Marsland, Sudan Air, Nova etc- all Sudan airlines.
      They were upset at losing all their passengers to Juba to Kenya and Ethiopia Air.

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      • 19 September 2012 11:44, by Logic

        Observer
        M.Ali and his likes on this site are so full of racist hatred that reasoning is not in their blood! They don’t seem to get it through their thick skulls that disagreeing with the NCP gang doesn’t mean lack of patriotism, infact the complete opposite. They are RETARDS....

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      • 19 September 2012 19:39, by mohammed ali

        Observer,that is not true.It is reported here on Sudan Tribune that an invitation so extended the minister of foreign during a visit by his counter part from SS. Khartoum respoded by sending a senior diplomate with only one mission to open the boders for flow of goods & person to SS.The happened upon the request of SS!

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        • 20 September 2012 04:28, by Observer

          M.Ali,
          Sorry your employer has not given you the original details about who approached who initially... never mind...

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  • 19 September 2012 08:54, by sudani ana

    700 trucks full of goods? It just shows South Sudan has been starving of all essential goods and now people will have something to eat, sugar in their tea oil for cooking, flour and soap to clean themselves at last. You delegates in addis abba a have been begging for this.

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    • 19 September 2012 11:51, by Logic

      Sudani ana
      Looooool, you’re funny! There’re millions starving in N.Sudan, and thousands being killed/displaced by your beloved NCP daily all because they don’t want your fake Arabism and yet you want to talk about S.Sudan. hahahaha, try traveling outside Khartoum to see the suffering of people. Pathetic RETARD.

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      • 19 September 2012 18:02, by sudani ana

        Logic
        Let’s cut out the insults. Both you and I know that am not a retard. I am well educated and have both university and post graduate level qualifications... so just cut the crap.

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  • 19 September 2012 08:58, by NO PEACE

    saliman it’s not a good flights please it was fights that will transport bullets for dinka Bor because they was given information by some big people in juba that Garang with killed by KIIR.

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  • 19 September 2012 09:28, by Jalaby

    I think 6 months is not bad because UN organizations will continue their job and deport all Jonobean from Sudan to their paradise country, I believe most of these flights will be one round trip as Arab/Jalaba have nothing to do in that crap country, Jonobean won’t be able to come back because now visa-entry is required,as expected, ROSS government refused to pay the expenses of

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    • 19 September 2012 09:32, by Jalaby

      the deportation and UN is paying for that now!
      I’m really surprise that SPLM supporters from Jonobean who hate us, poisoned the relationship between north-south and voted for separation are still living in Sudan!! what’s the hell your big asses are doing in our country? these people "have no blood - MA ENDOM DAM" LOL LOL

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      • 19 September 2012 09:43, by Jalaby

        No worries our cure is ready for them, we will soon put hot red spicy pepper right in their big asses!
        I think it’s also a good idea to open roads and deport jonobean through land and roads, we can also deliver the south rebels the food they need under the coverage of selling food to people in the south who are facing severe famine now!

        Jalaby (Abo Tagia)

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        • 19 September 2012 11:11, by lukee

          Jalaby,
          It’s u with big ass plze idiot person who is working with UN in S Sudan and u r pretending to be in N. Sudan every body don’t not like ur comment here u will lose the identity in this forum. dumb person pple r try of u here boy

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  • 19 September 2012 09:31, by Majok Akuecbeny

    Resumption of plights between Sudan and South Sudan is good but very expensive in term of fare poor people will not afford fare and many people will stil be stranded in Khartoum due to this rapid fare.

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  • 19 September 2012 10:55, by Pif Paf

    "Tuesday’s resumption of air transport follows re-opening of road transport last week resulting in 700 trucks carrying goods from Sudan into the border states of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile and Unity."
    700 trucks carrying goods .. GO CRAZY !!

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  • 19 September 2012 12:07, by NO PEACE

    saliman it’s not a good flights please it was flights that will transport bullets for [DINKAS BOR] because they was given information by some big people in juba that Garang with killed by KIIR.

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  • 19 September 2012 12:18, by NO PEACE

    SPLM/A it’s not a good flights please, it was flights that will transport bullets for [DINKA BOR] to fight government of salva KIIR because they was given information by some big people in juba that Garang was killed by KIIR.

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    • 19 September 2012 14:19, by Loko El Pollo

      ON PEACE, AKA GEN QUACK,YOU OUGHT TO ASHAME OF YOUR ASSUMPTIONS.NOBODY WILL FIGHT OVER THE DEATH OF GARANG.EVEN IF WHAT YOU SAID IS TRUE.GARANG HAD ACHIEVED SOMETHING BEFORE HIS DEATH.WE WOULD NOT DISTURB HIS SOUL IN THE GRAVE OVER AN ACT THAT IS LONG OVERDUE.

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      • 19 September 2012 19:50, by NO PEACE

        PEOPLE OF SOUTH SUDAN KILLING OF JOHN GARANG IT’S VERY CLEAR TO EVERY BODY NOW IN SOUTH SUDAN BUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN AM NOT IN SOUTH SUDAN NOW AM IN KHARTUOM.

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        • 19 September 2012 20:57, by Loko El Pollo

          FOR YOUR INFO,MAJORITY OF SOUTHERNERS WHO WERE KILLED IN KHARTOUM BY POLICE WERE FROM BHAR EL GHAZAL.IF THEY KNEW KIIR KILLED GARANG THEN WHY WOULD THEY SACRIFIED THEIR LIVES FOR THE PERSON THEY HATED.NOBODY KNOWS WHETHER GARANG’S DEATH WAS POLITICAL OR FATAL ACCIDENT.

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    • 19 September 2012 15:58, by Nibs

      NO PEACE
      You are not communicating at all, english is too hard for you,what are you?a primary dropout or something!this forum is for the level-headed not for most illitrate like you.you are new on this forum and i can sense your appetite is amazing coz you reacts vigorously to any article.i’m sick of your silly nonsense.

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      • 19 September 2012 18:04, by Loko El Pollo

        NIBS,PLEASE LEAVE HIM ALONE.HE IS A DISGRACE TO OUR NUER BROTHERS[THEY WAS]MADE ME LAUGHED TO TEARS.THAT IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU GRADUATED UNDER THE TREES.

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      • 19 September 2012 19:34, by NO PEACE

        NIBS and LOKO
        you mean english is too hard to me, sorry for that my brothers, the level i have is level of government of south sudan it’s not level of idiod Dinkas, I have 2 PHD AND 3 Diplomas.

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        • 19 September 2012 20:01, by Loko El Pollo

          IS THAT HOW YOU WROTE YOUR DESERTATIONS AND WAS GIVEN TWO PHDS.WHICH UNIVERSITY PRODUCED THIS ACADEMIC WHO DOESN’T KNOW TENSES.SO YOU TAKE OUR GOVERNMENT’S SALARIES WITH POOR ENGLISH.WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SOCIETY WHEN YOU GRADUATED AND RUN WITH GOSSIPS TO THIS FORUM WHERE NATIONAL MATTERS ARE DISCUSSED.YOUR WRITING IS EXTREMELY POOR, YOU NEED TO SHOW US MORE OR WE SHALL CONSIDER

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          • 19 September 2012 20:03, by Loko El Pollo

            A TYPICAL GUAN MIETH WHO BOUGHT FAKE PAPERS JUST TO EAT AND SLEEP.

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            • 19 September 2012 20:23, by Loko El Pollo

              NO PEACE,YOUR ABILITY TO EXPRESS YOUR SELF IS AN INSULT TO THE NATION AND YOUR TEACHERS.IF MY MI GUYS FOUND YOU,YOUR FAKE PHDS WILL BE CONFICATED, AND YOU WILL BE TIE UP AND THROWN IN THE NILE.THE COMMENTATOR HERE,SOME HAVE NOTHING AND ARE BETTER THAN YOUR DISGUSTING SENTENCES.

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  • 19 September 2012 21:07, by panom lualbil

    ’PABAAK, you’re absolutely right that we should be more observant in case if antinov enter swiftly to cause harm, inorder to hamper resumption of oils’ OMER is just a player.

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  • 19 September 2012 21:48, by ViVa Sudan

    Southners are Untouchable ppl & they must not have any access to Sudan. Garang died or not he was usless & all southners too. we must not facilitate dinaka haramya to feed thier monkeys let them sufer till death.

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    • 20 September 2012 00:18, by athor deng

      "No Peace"..Your name alone, tells me that you are lying about your education background..How in the world you have a PHD and you call yourself that?

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      • 20 September 2012 10:32, by NO PEACE

        ATHOR DENG,
        ARE YOU ATHOR DENG KILED BY KUOL MANYANG OR YOU ARE ANTHER ATHOR? PLEASE THIS NAME DOES NOT MEAN THAT SOMEBODY HAVE THIS NAME IS LYING PEOPLE SHORT UP.

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    • 20 September 2012 20:48, by panom lualbil

      VIVA SUDAN?
      Becos of late rebel ’JOHN GARANG’ we escaped supering where we were ruled by ’GAYMAN’ called OMER HASSAN AL-BASHIER. So what are you talking about [let them super till death] here? Maybe this is cataleptic of recent war where GARANG fought you terribly. Of course, fear of him, the ONLY man who ended up so many series of rebelion against gaymen-arabs at last. You arabs are like ’HEYNAS

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      • 20 September 2012 21:15, by panom lualbil

        who one partner become a wife at a time to one another in turn. Check it out if you dont know that a heyna has both pussy and dick like jallabs. JOHN GARANG rebeled against NON-SUDAN’S muslims regarding ’SLAVERY’ to relief all sudanese from it. But our brothers like ’VIVA SUDAN’ were fooled to stab us from behind in favor of foreigner muslims which now you fight while it was late. What are you

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        • 20 September 2012 21:46, by panom lualbil

          fighting now that JOHN GARANG was NOT fighting for?

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  • 20 September 2012 05:27, by SeekingTruth

    I am totally against this Commercial Flights shit! Many months ago when the Republic of South Sudan came up with a decision to halt its oil operation, North Sudan was so quick to call it a SUICIDAL NIGHTMARE BRAINLESS THINKING on S. Sudanese people to even have the guts to support their gov’t in the process. And even added that it won’t take more than 3 months before the country become nothing..

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    • 20 September 2012 05:39, by SeekingTruth

      ...less than stateless. It’s now more than 5 months leave alone 3 and South Sudan still can exist without Sudan as they,d assumed. We’re better off without their damn Commercial Flights whatsoever. This is not helpful in my opinion rather, it will increase insecurity activities in the new nation as someone has already mentioned above.

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