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Khartoum, Juba vow to boost economic cooperation as rebels call to isolate Sudan


October 11, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan and South Sudan pledged, in a first international economic forum after their cooperation deals, to work together to develop their economies. Sudanese rebels criticized this meeting.

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Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger (C), the Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti (L) and South Sudan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Elias Nyamlell Wakoson (R) hold a press conference on October 10, 2012 in Vienna. (Getty)

"Sudan & Europe: Prospects of Cooperation for Regional Peace and Development" is the title of a three day international conference that started Wednesday in Vienna and will conclude on Friday 12 October.

The conference, which is being attended by delegates from various countries and international organizations was opened by Michael Spindelegger, Austria’s vice-chancellor and foreign minister, Ali Ahmed Karti Sudan’s foreign minister and Garang Diing Akuong, South Sudanese minister of commerce, industry and investment.

Karti, in his remarks, stressed Sudan’s commitment to lasting peace with South Sudan to realise development and called to support sustainable development saying it would contribute to establish a solid peace in the region.

The Sudanese minister appreciated the Austrian initiative saying it is a new starting point for relations between Europe and Sudan. He further called on the EU to play a positive role and to contribute to Sudan’s development.

He further pointed out the deterioration of relations with Germany after the recent attack against its embassy in Khartoum in a protest over anti Islam cartoons. He however said he was optimistoc about the improvement of bilateral ties and the organisation of an investment conference that Berlin called off after the violent demonstration.

South Sudanese minister Garang Akuong, also stressed the need for a sustainable peace to achieve development and reiterated Juba’s commitment for a lasting peace and to cooperate with Sudan for the welfare of the two countries.

Elias Nyamlel Wako, South Sudan’s deputy minister for international cooperation said the shutdown of oil production earlier this year did not benefit to both countries. He added that "without our economy improving, the economy of Sudan will not improve."

For his part, Austrian Foreign Minister Spindelegger reaffirmed that the two countries need to meet the challenges facing their efforts for a lasting peace, and to create a political climate favourable attracting investors and developing both countries.

Last March, Norway and Turkey had cancelled a similar investment conference following pressure from Washington which aimed to force the Khartoum government to allow humanitarian access to the rebel controlled areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

On 9 October, Sudanese minister and head of the country’s supreme investment council, Mustafa Osman Ismail announced that Ankara had resumed contacts to prepare the international economic meeting after the signing of nine cooperation agreements between Sudan and South Sudan on 27 September .


Yasir Arman, secretary general of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N), released a statement deploring that such meeting is taking place while the government continues to prevent humanitarian access to civilians in the rebel held areas.

He said that holding such meeting is "regrettable" in view of gross human rights violations, genocide, and war crimes." He also mentioned that different Sudanese officials, including president Omer Al-Bashir are indicted by the war crimes tribunal.

The rebel figure described as "shocking" the presence of representatives of European Union, UN and the Austrian foreign minister with the Sudanese foreign minister in "Vienna, one of the great capitals of Europe".

"We call upon the Austrians, in particular, and the European activists who believe in the cause of democracy and the respect of human rights to denounce this conference," he said; adding "This has nothing to do with European democratic values."


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  • 11 October 2012 11:15, by Aaban

    Don’t trust those who sold their soul to evil, something will happens soon because the SPLAM N is closing in, just wait and you will heard the news, my people will do their part for the war of evil, in Allah name, we will win the power from the evil emperor super coward All Bendairya Al Dahmashya clan of Ja’alin tribe of Hasimite, even though they got evil janjaweed murderer,

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    • 11 October 2012 11:21, by Aaban

      Looked at him standing cowardly, with his lie and evil ism, he is the wicked man that my three brother died through his lying, my God rest their soul in peace, he will act different today and tommorow he will not be the same, coward man he don’t want to step his evil foot to our area or he will be announcing dead or injure , coward who live with other people blood,

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      • 11 October 2012 11:29, by Aaban

        South Sudan is also commiting another crimes for feeding them, while they will never appreciate them forever,
        South Sudan should have open their eyes to stop the evil from breeding other than helping them,
        We are not need any help from south but south has betray their former Allie, why let them take what is not their? They are going to used it for buying guns to fight you, you don’t know them,

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        • 11 October 2012 11:41, by Thorbanat

          To Aaban,
          My brother, I echo your sentiment and we in South Sudan are opening wide eyebrow. The recent 9 agreements signed in Addis Ababa will never stop South Sudan from helping the Nuba People and Southern Blue Nile. What is signed is never binding before Jesus. The young generation of South Sudanese believed in you and please disregard the agreements.

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        • 11 October 2012 12:06, by Robot

          i always like your comments. war with a reason is always a justified war. we had one Scallywag calling himself an Ambassador to SS. He had created alot of mess ever since he stepped his toes in this Country, i wish the govt to review his posting to SS as the ambassador. Victory is certain Aaban, i know when they teach SAF a lesson yesterday.

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    • 11 October 2012 12:58, by Big Boy

      Dear ncp!!
      Misuse doesn’t have a plan, Splm/n. They are wise enough to know that nobody can plan an economy, with all its myriad consumers and entrepreneurs, successfully. They know that the best solution is to let people work things out voluntarily without the interference of ignorant control freaks. And if you are implying that a lack of acceptance means they are in error,

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  • 11 October 2012 11:33, by Chuangah

    We will get rid of all leaders who secretly reunite us with Fake Arabs of Sudan, we will be in better relations with Sudan when SRF forces toppled the Islamic regime of Sudan. i urged all the Nubians to mobilized their forces and capture Kadugeli.Our South Sudanese leaders compromises our historical territories to Arab so that Arabs allow oil to flow.

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    • 11 October 2012 11:56, by Aaban

      They will use those money to buy those weak heart Darfurain people, God I don’t know why our people love to be enslave every time, why my God is the black suffering every time, we were thinking that the independent of south will weaken the evil and yet our brothers from the south are easy to be cheated, who is really blind in the south to share life with murderer, who killed with no Marcy?

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      • 11 October 2012 12:02, by Aaban

        We missed John Garang, we fought him as a rebel because we were being fool that Garang was a evil and he when to take our land which was a divided and rules tactics
        May God opened my brother eyes in this arm gang and get out and leave the evil naked to run for their lives,
        I’m sorry reader, I’m not good at English so please find in your heart to forgive me, I love to learn English to write good

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        • 11 October 2012 12:21, by James Maker Akok

          Hi Aaban
          You are good with a English you know. We are not England’s people as English people we are all learners to know English Language. Don’t get shy with a English you know I do understand your writing as you are somebody know English.

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  • 11 October 2012 12:07, by James Maker Akok

    The Worlds don’t understanding what South Sudanese people have in mind now, South Sudanese people denied what president Kiir signed in Addis Ababa with North Sudan Government. South Sudanese people need their lands Map border Demarcation Line before oil pipeline and other things. This will bring another war if Leaders pushing this agreement by force.

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  • 11 October 2012 12:13, by Jalaby

    Now SPLM/A are heading back to Dr. John Garang view regarding the Unity with North!
    I remember when Salva Kiir became the president of SPLM/A after the sudden death of John Garang, he scolded the journalists in Khartoum because they called him a separatist, he said to them "I’m not a separatist and you’ve to know that our first

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    • 11 October 2012 12:19, by Jalaby

      bullet was shot against the separatist people inside SPLA". Every one knows that John Garang was a unionist from A to Z,you might suspect Al-Bashir unionist but not Garang, yes, what type of unity between north-south that Garang was looking for could be a big question mark,I personally very suspicious about his unity philosophy because he sees Sudan as an African

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      • 11 October 2012 12:35, by Jalaby

        country only and Sudan history doesn’t start from the point when Arab entered Sudan but goes way back before that since Cush and before,well what he was saying is half of the truth but not all the truth because Arab in Sudan mixed their blood with Nuba people who were the original people of Sudan,although we can’t say Sudan is just Arab country or Sudan is only Africa

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        • 11 October 2012 12:46, by Jalaby

          African country but we are both:Arab/African country any other definition than this is false, who is Arab and what is "Arabism"? it is another big question, is it a race,ethnically group,tribe,etc or culture,language,sentiment belonging,etc for sure it is far from being a race or tribe but culture,language and sentiment belonging, the only Arabs in Sudan that didn’t

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          • 11 October 2012 12:53, by Jalaby

            mix their blood and came recently from Arab Peninsula are "Rashaida" people who live in eastern Sudan and west part of Eritrea!
            Back to our topic, Garang suggested before to Sudan government during the peace negotiation and before Nivasha agreement,he suggested to have two states,north-south with two different political system,one with Islamic system and Arab aspect

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            • 11 October 2012 13:07, by Jalaby

              in the north and one with secular political system and African aspect in the south, both states should be in one state under confederation ties, there should be local government for each state but one confederal government that has one common regime for the most important ministries such as:defense,foreign affair,finance and the president. He suggested the

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              • 11 October 2012 13:15, by Jalaby

                presidential seat for that confederal state be rotated between north and south. As we all know that Sudan government rejected that proposal and went for the referendum proposal, so what Garang real goals behind that confederal state? Garan had strong believe that Sudan is African country and majority of the people are Africans, although the Arabic/Islamic culture is

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                • 11 October 2012 13:36, by Jalaby

                  dominating but Arabs are minority and by the time there will be a kind of full unity fusion between the two states where Sudan will go back to its origin roots and belonging which is African and not Arab!
                  New Sudan idea was merely Garang idea and was supported by his students but it was never south Sudan or SPLM/A ideology and believe that’s why it didn’t survive and

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                  • 11 October 2012 13:46, by Jalaby

                    quickly died with Garang and buried with him!
                    Since SPLM/A have no real view and vision about the new state itself and the nation of the new state, south Sudan as nation have no identity, have no sovereignty that classified them as a nation that have their own culture, values,tradition,language,etc if they say we are Africans then Sudan is also African country and

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                    • 11 October 2012 13:56, by Jalaby

                      full of Africans people every where and you can’t really miss the African aspect in our life, in our music,habits,tradition,etc.
                      The only meaningful reason that any person in this planet can find behind why southerners in the north voted for separation and refused to move south and decided to stay in north is only one reason and no more:those people identities are

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                      • 11 October 2012 14:04, by Jalaby

                        north identities and feel they belong to this land and have strong feeling of pertinence to it,yes, they’re against the political system in the north but never against the land itself or the people of that land!
                        The same reason explains why they ran after 4 freedoms agreement,otherwise what is the point for separation then?

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                        • 11 October 2012 14:43, by Jalaby

                          The south identity is nothing but completely north identity no matter what, although 4 freedoms agreement is the starting point but it’s not going to stop at that point but will soon move towards more integration till fully confederation!
                          This movement will not come from north but it will come from the south, the same way it happened in 4 freedoms agreement

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                          • 11 October 2012 14:54, by Jalaby

                            No will in north will ever run after unity with the south but it’s going to be the south move!
                            Never ever think people like:Pagan Amum, Deng Alor,etc are separatists,in fact all Dinka Ngok leaders inside SPLM/A are unionist including Mr. Rommel (Luka Biong),those people are completely north identity but the reason behind why they want Abyei to go south has nothing to

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                            • 11 October 2012 15:02, by Jalaby

                              do with their identities but it has a lot to do with their personal political future and being very small minority in north!
                              Yesterday I heard some northern politicians talked about giving the south a city in the red sea as seaport city with full authority to import/export they need without Khartoum involvement, well I won’t be surprised if that happened because Sudan

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                              • 11 October 2012 15:10, by Jalaby

                                already allowed Ethiopia to use Port Sudan to import their goods and working in expanding the city capacity to include Chad as well, if that’s the case then the south should have the priority also because that will not just benefit the south but the north economy as well,having the fact that the south is more dependent on Sudan rather than Kenya & Uganda economy wise!

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                                • 11 October 2012 17:45, by mogokafi

                                  Jalaby, the vision of New Sudan still exist and it will be achieved for sure. What you think the SRF fighting for? you will witness and celebrate the achievement New Sudan soon inshallah.

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                  • 11 October 2012 13:53, by Thorbanat

                    To Jalaby,
                    Please bro don’t mix up things and forget Dr. John ideology. Actually there were two schools of thought in S. Sudan and they are separatist and unionist. However, because of decades of lies by the Arab dominated elites in Khartoum, majority of Southerners are separatist, however, after 100 years the country will be one Sudan and this time, the Southerners will be the rulers.

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                    • 11 October 2012 14:00, by Thorbanat

                      because by 2112, South Sudan would have advance militarily, politically and economically that can usurp Khartoum and subdue it at all cost. I am quite certain that the two countries will merge by year 2112 and the Southerners would have seal all loopholes couple with democracy and good governance. The South shall rule upto port Sudan. This is my goal.

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            • 11 October 2012 13:15, by Big Boy

              Thought from the very beginning, when things first began to collapse, that what the collapse meant had everything to do with whether it was real or created. When people are hungry and frightened they will agree to almost anything. My apprehensions arose anew when the Garang Nations was elected to office,

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      • 11 October 2012 12:45, by South South

        Gay called Jalaby, what unity you are talking about gay Muslim man ?

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      • 11 October 2012 12:57, by Chol

        Jalaby, you can intimidate and trick the SPLM/A leaders to sign an greement against South-Sudanese people will but you cannot intimidate or trick South-Sudaneseto comply or implement an agreement!

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        • 11 October 2012 12:59, by Chol

          >You don’t need to lecture us about Dr. John Garang, Garang knew you people more than you know him. He deployed secrete weapons back in 1988 in a place called Panyudu Ethiopia and one of-which is in confrontation with you right now!

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    • 11 October 2012 12:20, by Robot

      Don’t mix up things.. read and understand what Garang’s vision were. anyway it is hard to understand Dr. Garang and the issues that followed. how will one solve BN, SK & DARFUR??????, i quote "WE MUST GO BACK, BACK, BACK IN ORDER TO GO FORWARD". Dr. Garang.

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    • 11 October 2012 12:44, by Observer

      Where do you get your statement from based on this article?

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  • 11 October 2012 13:05, by m.postma

    Good for you Yasser Arman, you are totally right !

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  • 11 October 2012 16:10, by NO PEACE

    Sudan! this cooperation is not good to all south sudanese please you can leaved because is going to case problem between kiir and his citizens

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  • 11 October 2012 23:10, by E. Defense Forces

    I know this is not the topic but watch this Sudanese guy gang-raped and tortured with fire by Sudanese security.

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  • 12 October 2012 05:44, by Tutbol

    In my state of Jonglei, i don’t think we will just allow in Europeans as they hope. Not that we really hate europeans, but some Europeans are evil than others. UK and France would be the last we will allow in to invest in our state should other state let them in but what know so far, They ARE NOT WANTED. They’re out touch with the reality that they still think they can re-force their way through.

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