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N. Bahr el Ghazal officials condem demilitarised zone agreement

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October 12 ,2012 (JUBA) – Leading activists and South Sudan Civil Society organizations members have expressed dissatisfaction about the recently-concluded cooperation agreement with Sudan, and vowed to mobilize public support to disown the deal.

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Aweil community leaders and politicians listen to speakers at consultative meeting over demilitarised zone, Juba, October 11, 2012 (ST)

Speaking at a consultative meeting in Aweil, Northern Bahr el Ghazal state capital on Thursday, the chairperson of South Sudan’s Civil Society Alliance (SSCSA), Deng Athuai Mawiir, said the agreement “gives everything to Sudan.”

Juba and Khartoum, under the facilitation of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), signed several agreements on oil sharing and border demarcation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last month.

However, the SSCSA chairperson, who spoke for the first time since the deal was reached, said the agreement will ensure that Juba gives US$3.8 billion to Khartoum and will forgive all arrears that existed before South Sudan’s independence in July last year.

South Sudan, Mawiir claimed, will also pay US$28 per barrel to transport its oil through Sudan’s infrastructure, but added that the new deal largely ignored the issue of oil, Juba said was stolen by Khartoum last year resulting into the shutdown of oil production early in January.

He also assured the population that the civil society will work hard and sensitize the South Sudanese public on the details of the agreements to ensure that the young country’s future is decided by its citizens, and not “cliques”.

The role of civil society is to “speak for those who cannot speak for themselves”, Mawiir said.

The chairperson of the civil society alliance also dismissed the views expressed by the government’s negotiation team, who said deal will bring many benefits to the people of South Sudan.

“How many people own valuable properties in Sudan? How many people who are sure would get work permit in Sudan? This is just another deal which will take us back to square one which we did not want. This was [why] we voted at referendum [to] form an independent state,” he said.

The two nations, in April this year, were at the brink of war before the talks began in Addis Ababa. Also, despite the agreements’ omissions, including the highly sensitive issue of the future of Abyei, consensus was reached on some issues, such as border demarcation of some areas, oil export, and citizenship among others.

The newly reached deal will facilitate the return of oil exports in three to six months; an economic lifeline key to the success of both Sudan and South Sudan.

Meanwhile, Mawiir said the SSCSA strongly supports the government and people of Northern Bahr el Ghazal in their decision to reject a 14-mile demilitarized zone between the two neighboring countries.

By rejecting the move, the people Northern Bahr el Ghazal, he added, are simply exercising their constitutional rights and forming an “opposition” to the Juba government.

Ateny Wek Ateny, another member of the SSCSA expressed similar dissatisfaction with the deal, arguing that the negotiators should have included representatives from the border region at the talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

(ST)

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Aweil community at youth consulatative meeting in Juba, October 11, 2012 (...)
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  • 14 October 2012 10:53, by $hambe

    Any way you are right, instead for our Government to gain but has chosen to lose.

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    • 14 October 2012 13:54, by Dinkawarrior

      Guys don’t be panic, just wait for whoever come there whether the Cowboy or the Homo must be punishable!! Remeber when they were told to leaved from Abyei as part of the agreement, they refused do so. Why is it always easy for us to leaved like what we did in Panthou? They don’t listen to world but the world is behind them. Is it not funny for us to say Yes, Yes,Yes, every single day? Shame on us!

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      • 14 October 2012 19:18, by SeekingTruth

        Deng Athuai is brilliance but he has to be very careful this time, nobody knows what the Juba fugitives are cooking for such out spoken individuals like Mr. Deng. True indeed, why let the issue of stolen oil goes unquestioned on Sudan while they are pressing hard to file the case against the South about Heglig(Panthou) facilities damaged.

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      • 14 October 2012 19:28, by Bolman

        Dinkawarrior not Cowboy alone so many pple were involved by solved the our piece of our land North not a first time ss is full of idiot selfishness God is watching those food lover than Land and pple thankful to Dinka Malual Community by none accepted oneday readyfood thankful to Father Deng thinkfully to next generation not’s nowaday food like those who signed unqualified agreement which is gains

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      • 14 October 2012 22:20, by Peacocktail

        Our team where frustrate by Khartuom behavior and issue of Oil resumption is the key issue, what took Dr. Garang Life was Oil agreement and rans the same new, Kiir must be very careful, if the Oil Agreement is dishonoured by any one either being Bashir or Kiir must be heard by gone. No need of give our Land for fear of being kill/punish by superpower.Our Government should be very careful in signs

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  • 14 October 2012 11:19, by panchol

    Dear NBG. Warriors.
    Nobody will take your land, but let’s see what will happen if demilitarised zone plan expires. Not for you alone but that piece of land will affect the whole S.Sudan. The mistake for thwarting Government is that, it should have involved Chiefs that inhabitants those area affected by plan.

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  • 14 October 2012 12:15, by Machartuong

    Bashir and his advisors are prepared for a long-term gain of eventual takeover of 14 Mile Area (including inhabitants Dinka Malual whom they readily accept as Sudanese). Kiir and his advisors are prepared for a short-term gain in resumption of oil production. Anyone who challenges this Kiir’s and Pagan’s vision is ’ignorant’ and should be sent a ’Select Committee’ to educate regarding oil, etc.

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  • 14 October 2012 14:17, by James Maker Akok

    I’m supporting you people. Contact me to see the really Original Map Border Line that North Sudan Government doesn’t want to hear.
    jamesmakerakok@gmail.com

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  • 14 October 2012 14:44, by never

    our government is weak. how can people accept this g agreement which gave all our areas to khartoum. kiir is running around wasting money on himself and his brothers. the president is weak,weak,weak, how can you gave away third-quarter of n bhar el ghazel to be 14 miles buffer zones. some communities in the south are now aware that kiir is useless. he never think through.

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  • 14 October 2012 21:06, by ViVa Sudan

    SICK JANGLE PPL..YOU NOT HAPPY WITH UR GOVT THEN GO TO HELL IF YA DON’T LIKE COWBOY THEN WHY U ARE SUPPORTING HIM YOU COWARDS YOU WILL GET NOTHING I ASURE YOU & SOON LOSERS

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    • 15 October 2012 05:52, by DeltaBravo

      TO MY BITCH VIVA
      YOU NEED TO TAKE CHILL PILL. WE DON’T KISS NOBODY ASS IN SOUTHSUDAN ACCEPT IN NORTHERN SUDAN WHERE YOU KISS BASHIRE ASS EVEN IF HE KILL THOUSAND. YOU STILL SUPPORTING HIM. WE REFUSE TO GIVE OUR LAND AWAY COME AND TAKE IT. THIS TIME AROUND THERE IS NO BULSHITING OR ASS KISSING, IT IS GOING TO GET HOT THIS TIME.

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