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S. Sudan downplays criticism over voting for Palestinian UN status


December 2, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Sunday downplayed increased growing public criticism against reports saying that the new nation, through its permanent representative to the United Nations had casted a vote supporting a bid by Palestine authority to be granted an observatory status at the United Nations.

The resolution was approved by 138 member states including South Sudan but nine other countries including the United States of America and Israel among others opposed. 41 abstained. Media reports show that United States immediately criticized the vote, describing it as "unfortunate and counterproductive resolution which it said places further obstacles in the path peace".

In Juba, authorities made no comments despite repeated attempts by various media groups including Sudan Tribune to reach out for reactions to “rapidly growing the public criticism against the vote”. But a senior official at the ministry of foreign Affairs and international Cooperation "cautiously" and said in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Sunday that the new nation was not alone.

“Why you people in the media don’t always give us a break? Such decisions are always taken for reasons beneficial to the people of South Sudan. You may not see them right away but there are times when such decisions get rewards diplomatically”, an ambassador at foreign relations department said.

He cited challenges facing his country which requires support from different countries including friends and Palestine allies in the Arab world countries as some of the reasons which prompted helping vote.

"I must tell you that we were not alone. Some countries including permanent member state of the Security Council vote to upgrade status of the Palestine. France voted in support so why our vote has becomes an issue? Our people are quick to criticize instead of understanding cause of the decision”, the official adds, in his statements to Sudan Tribune at Paradise Hotel in Juba on Sunday.

Sudanese permanent representative to the United Nations, Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman who chairs the Arab group at the international organisation, on 29 November introduced a draft resolution to the General Assembly on behalf of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

The draft resolution, entitled "Status of Palestine in the United Nations," was co-sponsored by 59 countries, including China, Algeria, Brazil, Cuba, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Senegal, South Africa, Tajikistan, and Zimbabwe.

The draft resolution "reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to independence in their State of Palestine on the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967."

The General Assembly "decides to accord to Palestine non-member observer State status in the United Nations, without prejudice to the acquired rights, privileges and role of the Palestinian people, " the draft resolution said.

several South Sudanese activists consider that the vote comes in support of the Arab countries who supported Sudan in its war against the struggle of South Sudanese for an independent country, stressing that Israel was supportive to their cause.

Moses Achol Marial, a civil right activist from Lakes State wondered why his country did not use the UN charter clause which respects abstaining from controversial voting instead of approval.

"I wish our permanent representative to the United Nations should consulted public opinion before voting because such decisions would have negative diplomatic relation with Israel or her allies. The ramification from the backlash could really outweigh benefits", Marial said on Sunday.

Steve Paterno, a South Sudanese living in the United States also supported abstaining from the vote. "A new nation, which is yet to be recognized by all independent nations on planet earth, must be shooting itself on the foot if it comes out to denounce the existence of Palestine. However, I believe the best vote in this catch 22 scenario would have been abstention than voting either way," said he in an e-mail statement on Saturday.

Mawien Deng Kuc, a native of Warrap State in Juba said on Sunday the decision was a “mistake” which must not be allowed to pass without “condemnation” because such decision would define future relations with Israel.

He further stated the decision was a contradiction South stance in establishing its embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. “We are witnessing the erosion of South Sudan as a nation upon which not to rely on”.


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  • 3 December 2012 10:31, by Tutbol

    Palistenian people have rights like everyone else to live in peace like everyone else in our world. But the same UN that had sacrificed the palistenian lives for over 60 yrs & S Sudanese & right to self determination are still they’re kowtowing the same course in Abyiei, S Khardufan, S Blue Nile & Darfur as well.

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    • 3 December 2012 10:57, by Tutbol

      I strongly suport our country to have voted a temporary seat for palistenians people. Every body is entitled to self determination. Like for example when you don’t go on with you brother or partner, there are laws that seperate peoples for the safety of all involved, even in the Western worlds, these laws exist, but the West love to sit-down-on others, self government 4 some reasons known to them.

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      • 3 December 2012 11:08, by P.K.M

        South Sudan just became an autonomous region itself not too long ago; it could be unwise for South Sudan to deny others the benefit of independent state of which they are the heirs of.

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    • 3 December 2012 12:37, by Young Lotuko

      whoever fights for their rights deserves to be supported . whoever fights to take something away which is not theirs , by force .. is? a terrorist, period..Bravo South Sudan..Sudan needs to give up abyei too

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    • 3 December 2012 16:05, by Dinkawarrior

      It’s usually impossible to be a friend with somebody and at the same time you supported the idea of his enemy against him. Whoever represent the country always need to have contacts with his/her government before making a decision. We condemn this idea of voting for Palestinians State to a save-haven for terrorists group where they will closer to murdering Jew people and they refused to negotiate!

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  • 3 December 2012 10:34, by master

    what Israel did for u?

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    • 3 December 2012 10:46, by Robot

      "THE VERY DECISIONS THAT YOU POLITICIANS MAKE WITHOUT PRIOR UNDERSTANDING OF THE PUBLIC ARE THE VERY DECISIONS TO KICK YOU OUT OF THOSE POSITIONS". Do politicians consider that South Sudanese masses are stronger than their constitutional posts???, don’t mess the country, why would a sound minded Southerner support the state of Palestinians who are rallying day and night for our destruction????????

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    • 3 December 2012 11:18, by Tutbol

      Mr master.
      Palistenians have not done anything to me & i am not even their fans, but l believe in the voices of reason than your arabs false claims to other peoples’ lands as theirs. Palistenians can live in their land, Africans can live in their lands, but we meet on trade not to grab other peoples’ lands & claim bravedo about it. Get a life chap. Your antics are obsolete for our world peace.

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    • 4 December 2012 14:41, by Marier Mading

      You don’t but he knows what Israel has done to South Sudan.

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  • 3 December 2012 10:47, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    This is so outrageous 4 Dr. Francis Deng to ve voted in favour of Palestine. Palestinians if not all ve been the trainers of Sudan mujaddien, who 4 centuries ve been killing our very innocent S. Sudanese in masses. Fm day one, I didnot trust Deng taking up this post 4 he has had not been close to South Sudanese pple bitterness of sufferings in the hands of Arabs’ allies, Palestinians included!!

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    • 3 December 2012 10:56, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      I will say what I said yesterday, you people need to stope geriatric have any one of you stupid learner, I mean,have you considered suing your brains for non-support ? Please we know what we are doing and anybody disputed can go to hell, what a shame?

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  • 3 December 2012 10:53, by Kideopo Boy

    BRAVO, South Sudan Representative at the UN for voting to the Palestinian people. Because all Palestinians are NOT terrorist only those with Islamic Foundamentalism. As a young Nation in the UN System it’s good to show the International Community that you are for peaceful settlement to any crisis in the world. Those who criticiesd our Ambassador don’t understand Diplomacy in this World.

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  • 3 December 2012 12:06, by Jalaby

    This is the first time that I ever find myself 100% agree with South Sudan government!
    Absolutely they took the right decision because their interest with neighboring Arab countries are much much bigger than it with Israel, any decision other than that will be black point to South Sudan history and complicate the south relationship future with Arab, specially Arab

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    • 3 December 2012 12:18, by Force 1

      Jalaby, the reason why South Sudan voted that way is not the reason you just describe, South Sudan voted that way because it believe every country has the right to be given autonomous right if it wanted to. The days of being colonize and oppress are long gone in the 19th century.

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    • 3 December 2012 12:19, by Jalaby

      countries in Africa!
      South Sudan government did nothing other than abiding with UN resolution 181 - 1947 which partitioning Palestine to its Ad Hoc Committee, two states live side by side!
      Thanks S Sudan government, thanks Dr Francis Deng!

      Jalaby (Abo Jalabia)

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      • 3 December 2012 12:31, by Robot

        South Sudanese are themselves, stop your hypocrisy.. first of all, consider the comment for South Sudanese, it doesn’t matter who did the wrong thing, S. Sudanese will refuse it and not oblige like you do even if Bashir tells you to walk upside down then you do!!!, understand this point critically. our voice and our concern is very strong than even the president.

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      • 3 December 2012 15:47, by Ruach

        Wow! Our country is blindly sold by feeding the enemies! How come we support Terrorist(Palestinians)who killed along side with Khartoum? Who is that dr voting in UN? He may be a nephew to them

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        • 3 December 2012 16:47, by Dinkawarrior

          How come for South Sudan to supported the enemy of our friend? You voted yes because other people do so! It’s a shameful thing for this administration, whoever behind this will be hold accountable.I don’t know why are still kissing Jalapa’s ass! All the terrorists from Arab world will move to Palestine State and make it to be their safe-haven and they will be killing Jew people. God help Israelis

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      • 4 December 2012 05:05, by Young Patriot

        Francis Deng, our UN representative is a stupid Idiot! He should ahould not have been posted there in the first place were it not our ill-fated government led by a weak pres who is a surrogate of Abyiei boys!
        Voting for a Palestine state is against Israeli national security who is our strongest ally. We must support Israel by all means because they have always been there for us during our struggle

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        • 4 December 2012 05:41, by Dinkawarrior

          Young Patriot!
          Mr. Francis Deng is truely stupid dumbass who is Black South Sudanese but Arab inside. I believed the reason why the case of Abyei still difficult while there so mnay intlectuals is because those Francis have been Arabized. We Southerners need to look back and review who was our frind/enemy. The so called Arab World were against our freedom but some are still kissing their ass!

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  • 3 December 2012 19:39, by Gordon

    Is there anybody in South Sudan expecting further support from Israel - after this vote? Good luck to you with your new friend Hamas et al.

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    • 4 December 2012 05:48, by australian

      And when Israel understandably withdraws its aid to SS, will Hamas chip in with some of that UN money they get so much of?
      Good one, South Sudan. One more step towards pariah status...or is it towards becoming an Islamic state?

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      • 4 December 2012 08:51, by pabaak

        australian, we will not be in either direction, pariah or Islamic state, because Israel knew it it was decision taken by authorities or rather the government not by people and therefore not representing masses of South Sudanese who have historical tied with Jews state. Governments come and go but the people remain the backbone of the nation, and I think Israel will at least understand that way

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      • 5 December 2012 01:36, by Philosopherking

        What aid are you talking about? Israel has not and will commit to any aid for South Sudan. Stop assuming things....Have you forgotten how they treated African refugees including south Sudanese in Israel? They don’t care about us. Learn it from now.

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  • 3 December 2012 23:22, by Kenyang

    Abyei resolution may be next on UN security council table, watch out. Arab countries had been against an independent South Sudan all way long. Nice for Juba to throw cold water on face of Israel and United States, countries which make existence of South Sudan possible. One just wish that vote was towards West Sahara, people who advice and voice their support for South Sudan total independent.

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  • 4 December 2012 01:27, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    We fighting are in sudan to be fair,not to be evictors people. South have right to vote yes for Palestine. Even we fighting them as invaders in land Sudan. It does not let us denied them the right to existing as a nation. If Isreal,America care for human right. why not care for everone. we have been recognize at the UN like them.

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    • 4 December 2012 07:42, by Mou

      Nothing good is gonna come out of this government in Juba so long the current regime remain in power. There are those who think that Juba government is weak because it is being led by the illiterate but I don’t think if that is the case. It is the natural weakness in the leadership which is not related to education.

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  • 4 December 2012 10:20, by Makunon

    When we fought for Independent of SS was not because we are Christian,a argument that our commentators of this web have missed. there were number of reasons including slave, sharia law, non participation at top govt. and political level, under-develop,just few. Hammas want Palestine Independent bcouz of Islam ideology. The voted Countries are using the opportunity to oppose USA.

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  • 4 December 2012 11:00, by Padiet Deng Alony

    I wishes that if Mr Francis Deng vote neutral
    The whole arab have never done something good to South Sudan since the creation. Francis should first consult the South Sudan parliament which represent the absolute opinion of South Sudanese citizens and then be given green light. who will be accountable for that vote. the president, parliament or the public.

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  • 4 December 2012 16:16, by Bungachier 50

    Dear All,
    Our current leaders will one day lead the South Sudanese Citizens into the "HELL". Key Positions must not be given to those who are "ARABIZED" otherwise, these nasty and choking decisions will always be the outcomes. A country sh’d not do somthing b’se other c’tries are doing it. U/stand something from "A" to "Z" before you take part. Shame on you foolish thugs!!!!..Death to you all.

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