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October 10, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Michael Makuei Lueth said Tuesday that many members of South Sudanese public have not understood the deal reached with neighbouring Sudan last, especially in regard to security arrangements.

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Michael Makuei Lueth (GoSS)

Minister Lueth, called Tuesday for the media to embark on intensive awareness campaigns, to explain the details of the agreement signed in Addis Ababa between the Presidents of the two countries at the end of September.

“This is just a provisional arrangement. It does not demarcate borders between the countries. The public needs to be enlightened about importance of the bilateral agreement”, said Lueth in an attempt to diffuse the public’s discontent over location of the buffer zone and the failure to resolve the issue of disputed areas.

“We have to show the whole world that we responsible people," said Lueth, who was a member of the negotiating team on behalf of the government of South Sudan at the African Union mediated talks.

"We should accept the agreement. It has a lot of benefits”, he said.

The senior member of South Sudan’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) made the comments during a weekly media forum held by the ministry of information.

Minister Lueth is also a member of the government “special select” committee tasked by the cabinet to educate members of the general significance of the deal which the two sides had signed.

The Speaker of the Warrap State Legislative Assembly, Madot Dut Deng, said Tuesday that he supported the deal.

The agreement allows South Sudan to resume exporting its oil through Sudan and created demilitarized buffer zone along the 2,000 kilometre border. The two sides also agreed to allow citizens of each country "four freedoms" in the other nation - to enjoy freedom of residence, freedom of movement, freedom to undertake economic activity and freedom to acquire and dispose property.

Officials and residents from Northern Bahr el Ghazal State have reacted negatively to the deal as it allocates an area known as Mile 14 as part of the buffer zone, despite the location of the buffer zone being 10 kilometres either side of a notional border proposed by the African Union which will have no bearing on any final resolution.

Warrap State, which is the home state of South Sudan’s President welcomes the deal, the parliament’s speaker said, adding that it was a "positive step and it is the only way forward to resolving the remaining issues.”

The major unresolved issue is the status of the Abyei area which South Sudan hopes will be transferred to Warrap State through a referendum. The AU has proposed that a vote be held in October 2013 but the two sides cannot agree on who can take part.

The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) set up a plebiscite on the issue that was due to take take place in January 2011 on the same date that South Sudanese voted to secede.

South Sudan was willing the accept the African Union’s proposal on Abyei by Khartoum refused and wants more members of the Misseriya tribe to be allowed to vote. Under the Abyei protocol of the CPA only those "resident" in the area would be accorded full voting rights.

The main group resident in the area are the southern aligned Dinka Ngok who would be expected to vote to join South Sudan. The Misseriya are a nomadic group found in Sudan’s Kordofan and Darfur region’s as well as in other parts of central Africa.

Some members Misseriya enter Abyei and other areas of South Sudan during the dry season to find pasture and water for their cattle for months at a time. Khartoum rejected the AU proposal as it did not believe enough of the Misseriya tribe would be able to cast a ballot.

Despite the impasse over Abyei, Speaker Deng said the Addis Ababa deal was a "positive beginning. It is good to have cooperation between the two countries. This will encourage them to resolve other remaining issues amicably.”

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  • 10 October 2012 06:45, by kaci-banno

    The minister is so naive to say general population misunderstood the deal. what kind of benefits people of South Sudan will get from so called cooperation agreement? Russa Russa now asking south sudan to pay compensation for Panthou damage though the deal fail to secure Panthou as belong to South Sudan. hell to minister.

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    • 10 October 2012 06:59, by Akol Liai Mager

      I thought I understood it that the whole security agreement was about disarming North Sudan’s armed movements to secure NIF cling to power and the flow of South Sudan’s Oil through North Sudan’s export facilities. The main issues such as Border Demarcation, Abyei and 5 other disputed areas were vetoed by NIF regime with the support from Mbeki Penal.

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      • 10 October 2012 08:35, by Hardball

        If the negotiators claimed to sign the freedom of residency, freedom of movement, freedom to undertake economic activity and freedom to acquire and dispose property. Then you just sign to unite Sudan unknowingly! What is the point of border demarcation? That is embarrassing; the people who sign the agreement just made everybody in South Sudan look unreasonable.

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    • 10 October 2012 07:39, by Don P

      Its a step in the right direction even though we might just be kicking the can down the road. Atleast it gurantees peace for the time being.

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    • 10 October 2012 08:04, by Chanson

      @Makei Lueth.Which benefits are you talking about here fool you? If you know that there is benefit in staying with people of Khartoum then what was the reason of us voting for separation.Please do cover that fake agreement that you just signed blindly.You leaders are nothing but oil loving to runs.We have to go to the street for that poor agreement.

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    • 10 October 2012 16:44, by Runrach

      Bravo is the governor of NBGS and the entire citizens of our beloved country who had challenging the recent agreement between the two States. To my own personal perception you indeed deserve our partriotism award if at all an average citizen had an ability to give an award just like any institutions

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  • 10 October 2012 07:07, by Madina Tonj

    Mr. Michael Makuei Lueth
    You guys have miss the point, the withdeaw SPLA back 10km accordence to Addis Ababa is unacceptable. Would you allow any agreement that, will say part of Mac Diing community in Bor to be taken by Ethiopia?
    Please you guys from GOSS Officials must visit River Kiir Malual and determine 14 miles and by the way, Malual’s border has no complain for North Sudan to claim it

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    • 10 October 2012 09:21, by Ariel muric

      M. Makuei or Malieth,
      you need to revised for your being a lunacy guy who like talking shite .are not feeling shame when you keep on opening your big smell mouth and talk bulshite words? you wouldn’t be blam for your stupity becaues you are born by yes sir people and there is way you can differ from them. snake is snake even little one. you don’t know Kiir nor do your dick sucker Kiir know it.

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      • 10 October 2012 10:00, by Ariel muric

        you will remain yes sir until u reach ur last destination fire. it is good Kii or Lol had shwan his fucken face to all people of NBEG.
        i hope he will never forget to visist the area when time for vote come. I will put my ballot paper into Kiir is Anus.
        I will be careful not to miss his big asshole. being a deadly drunker president DDP with his ally Deadly Drunker Officers will lhead ss back to w

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        • 10 October 2012 10:29, by Ariel muric

          Our leaders always feel gud whn things felt hard for the citzen. but time will come, for entering of today’s gate will be exit of tomorrow’s gate. people match when theydance in drum while lead by fisrt. when its turn back, the last person who is behind wil be the fisrt in next matching of dance.lets keep our hope a live for they r all going soon n soon. we will see them gone ss people will be fre

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          • 10 October 2012 10:59, by Ariel muric

            About four freedoms,
            my suggestion,smbody die becoz of what he say. he say he is fighting to rule the whole sudan, smpeople die fighting for whole sudan.but later he accept to be vice president n rule only ss,so he die. ysterday the whole ss say we need separation, there r sme people who die becoz of separation.today, thesame people say we need to go back to sudan. this is just a way no problem

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  • 10 October 2012 07:07, by Madina Tonj

    Mr. Michael Makuei Lueth
    You guys have miss the point, the withdeaw SPLA back 10km accordence to Addis Ababa is unacceptable. Would you allow any agreement that, will say part of Mac Diing community in Bor to be taken by Ethiopia?
    Please you guys from GOSS Officials must visit River Kiir Malual and determine 14 miles and by the way, Malual’s border has no complain for North Sudan to claim it

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    • 10 October 2012 09:10, by Ruach

      We will never allow Parasites(Mesiriya) to come to our land this year.Makuei Lueth/Kai:Take Mesiriya to your house not the main land inhabited by pple of South Sudan if they come.

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  • 10 October 2012 07:55, by Mapuor

    Its true that many South Sudanese have not understood what is meant by security arrangements,I beleive even Mr Michael Makuei Lueth have not thoroughly understood it too.Security arrangements together with buffer zone presuposes disarmament of Nuba and Blue Nile rebels which is not practical as that would involved alot of joint operation.If Kony who has less than one thousand fighters is

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    • 10 October 2012 08:00, by Mapuor

      difficult to disarm what of a force that comprises of thousands of fighters.This agreement presuposes peaceful resolution of SPLM/N problem.Mr Makuei common sense alone make people understand this situation

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  • 10 October 2012 08:26, by Tribe

    There’s nothing Juba can do now to unchange the public opinion of how the deal has disfavored our interest. The lauding praises in Khartoum suffice it all. They will never laugh at our triumph. Anyway our govt can do the talking but the situation is in our hand fully in grip. We can breach, double down , and abrogate it at its entirety as Awelians correctly say it. Our support is behind you

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  • 10 October 2012 08:35, by kuoldit

    Giving the land to Sudan by mediators was meant for four reasons: 1. To allow resumption of corruption since the oil will be flowing, 2. To create a rift between president and Aweil citizens, hence division of Bahr El Ghazal, 3. To create clashes in Aweil hence, instability and 4. To overwhemingly change the leadership. Unfortunately, the leaders cannot discern this fact. Any way let’s see it.

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    • 10 October 2012 09:18, by Dinkawarrior

      Blame should be on Kiir and Riek’s necks, they failed to secured Panthou in the first place. Now the Greedy world countries are involved on this discousion and they presured our thieves leaders to accept something they don’t even know how is it going to affect us. The Russia, China, France, and many more are waiting to be rewarded by Khartoum after destroying our people’s freedoms. God is watching

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  • 10 October 2012 09:20, by jjb south

    "we have to show the world that we are responsible people"
    you fool, what is responsibility?
    surrendering to ensure your corrupt activities continue?
    listening to dead UN who watch people die & when you retaliate you are condemned?
    "We should accept the agreement. It has a lot of benefits”, he said.
    who benefits apart from SPLM leaders?
    another $10bn will go to foreign banks.
    remember,you can’t,

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    • 10 October 2012 09:33, by jjb south

      remember,you can’t fool people all the time.South Sudanese have lost a lot in your hands.
      no medicines in hospitals,p’ple die of snake bits,malaria.
      nurses & doctors are striking.
      while ministers enjoying full salary & treatment from abroad.
      use innocent lives to save your own billion.
      you die a horrible death one day compared to those subjected to poor conditions.
      SPLM dead party,burial 2015.

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    • 10 October 2012 16:30, by Runrach

      Dear discussants, I do really appreciate your partroitic inputs. It is absolutely true the recent accord signed by the two countries is the worse agreement we ever had since 1972 between Anya-Anya-1 and the president Jaafer Mohamed Nimeeri and then counter part Joseph Lagu. I don’t see any reason why we voted for separation while our fools leaders took us back to square one instead of advancing.

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    • 10 October 2012 16:48, by Runrach

      Dear discussants, I do really appreciate your partroitic inputs. It is absolutely true the recent accord signed by the two countries is the worse agreement we ever had since 1972 between Anya-Anya-1 and the president Jaafer Mohamed Nimeeri and then counter part Joseph Lagu. I don’t see any reason why we voted for separation while our fools leaders took us back to square one instead of advancing.

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  • 10 October 2012 09:27, by Anti Terror Anti

    Mr. Minister just to tell u at this time u r totally wrong in eyes of south sudan, how come u say the public misunderstand this visible thing, just say u r doing all those to maintain your position as well to please your master. about 14 miles, y only u who do not even know where 14 mile lie seconded the discision while guys who know it better r against it esp NBG citizens..just force n prepar 4

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  • 10 October 2012 09:49, by Southforlife

    misunderstood? you gave away all disputed areas to Sudan, you gave them more than $20 per barrel when you add the $3 bilion, you withdrew all our forces from border areas and you are currently enjoying those stolen 4 bilions when more than halve our people are in poverty and threatened by starvation!
    what leaders are you? what did we fight for?

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  • 10 October 2012 09:52, by BBCs

    Do you believe the deal you sign and your president will work to help the people of the Abyei and make the people of southsudanese trust you or just policians agenda
    marino

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  • 10 October 2012 13:42, by NO PEACE

    Many South Sudanese misunderstand security deal with sudan.
    please this deal is not security it’s corruption deal you will see what will hoppen in south sudan soon specaily dinkas BOR and dinkas Abyei.

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    • 10 October 2012 13:53, by Loko El Pollo

      Makuei is being use as a sellout here,He just joined the negotiating team.They are putting him out there because he is brave and outspoken.The game being played here is pitying communities against one another for the benefits of the few.

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    • 10 October 2012 14:08, by Nibs

      No Peace
      Never mention dinka bor idiot.i know you are from nuer,in other word you are stupid,you are also the least learned on this forum,your english is disgusting and incomphrensible.this site is for the leved-headed,go back to your vallige,drink some "marisa"and play domino,you’ll be fine.

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  • 10 October 2012 14:19, by Ram mi Ran

    we understood that the deal you and your God father kirr have is just becuze you realize the money that uaually goes to your hiden pouch are runing out hell to you and your God father kirr your your life time is numbered.

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  • 10 October 2012 15:27, by James Maker Akok

    I’m very proud of you we South Sudanese people don’t want to be fool by misguide Leaders with their dirty documents they signed Addis Ababa.
    I’m giving everybody the original Maps border Demarcation Line of two Sudan that show Heglig with Abyei, and all other Areas are inside South Sudan. Contact me to send you a Map.
    jamesmakerakok@gmail.com

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    • 10 October 2012 15:30, by James Maker Akok

      I mean in Addis Ababa

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  • 10 October 2012 17:06, by Monyjang

    who is benefit son of bitch.no body misunderstood you motherfucker,we understand 14 mile is bouth anyaar land.do you remember last week in the almasire newpaper you poop in your mouth instead of your anus.we gona fight for.we are not dinka bor who leave their land to nuer lou.

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    • 11 October 2012 07:05, by Dinkawarrior

      Monyjang
      You’re Asshole motherfucker bitch! Without Dinka Bor you would not even talks shit about the so called gademn 14 mile today. You better respect your National Father Dinka Bor. You fool and food lover do you thinks we are belong to Malual Jiernyang or Gietnyang? You dumb assdog ???

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  • 10 October 2012 20:55, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

    Determination wins the battle. Therefore, as South Sudanese we need to be patriotic to our country and let not decide thing because of personal interest of individual. Let us not let the North to mislead us when signing agreements. Regard.

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  • 11 October 2012 00:14, by Tribe

    Why is it Makuei anyway to come and sensitize the masses? Where is the cowboy and his teams whom Bashir had rubbed softly on the back to agreeing to this agreement? Have they coiled their tails because Malual booth Anyar is disgruntled coupled by entire Junub ? if they can no explicitly explain what they’ve signed than how do we believed that they’ve understood what has been signed in first plac

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  • 11 October 2012 00:42, by Cul Achar

    The minister of food doesn’t know what he is talking about. The only thing he know is to cheat-----!

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  • 11 October 2012 02:20, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Four freedoms are ok but the damned 14 miles is bad.
    Those ROSS official are just buying a time to steal oil money, with thier Khartoum NIFConfusing the public of not telling their truth is their best things they could do.
    Who does not know where our border with Northern settlers, they are in south ingenious land already.Why create 14-18 mile inside south, it should be bt south Kordufan & North k

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  • 11 October 2012 02:37, by SeekingTruth

    Makuei Lueth,
    I believe nobody in the South is interested in the ’4 freedoms’ you are bragging about! If it is what the SPLM is selling as supposedly to quench the demographic dismay of South Sudan’s average citizens, I may then say you are just selling empty sacks. I believe no Southerner had had freedom of residence in the old sudan without being labeled as a slave(abit)........

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    • 11 October 2012 02:55, by SeekingTruth

      No one had had freedom of movement in the old Sudan without being illegally slaughtered especially at night right inside Khartoum, Kadugli, Wau, etcetera, or either was there any freedom to acquire and dispose property nor a freedom to undertake economic activity in the old Sudan, Makuei Lueth himself or any Southerner for that matter could have owned one of the skyrocketing buildings in Khartoum

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      • 11 October 2012 03:06, by SeekingTruth

        ...The 98.5% votes which has resulted to the creation of the RSS simply meant that we didn’t care about the damn ’4 freedoms’ if they were really very effective for Southerners in the first place. Minister Makuei should also acknowledge that whatever concession they made right now will be the basis if the real border demarcation was to be done today. By not even mentioning the Panthou on the......

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        • 11 October 2012 03:14, by SeekingTruth

          ....latest negotiation, does the minister with his SPLM crooks think or hope that Panthou(Heglig) will be put on South Sudan’s borderline in the near future? I don’t think we(the average citizens) need further teaching on the basis of this ’LET’S THE OIL START FLOWING ANYWAYS’ agreement.

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  • 11 October 2012 05:16, by jateny

    Thanks to the minister for his call to engage the public in the area of policy making and participation in the matters of bilateral agreement. This is a step in the right direction by the ruling party SPLM. However the bilateral security agreement between the two nations is lacking the details.
    The public discontent stemmed from lack of facts, the minister may start by highlighting the following:

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