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Libya abruptly closes its borders with four countries

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December 16, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Libyan parliament on Sunday voted to seal the country’s borders with four countries citing concerns over security, according to a report by the state news agency (LANA).

The closure is "temporary" and will impact Sudan, Niger, Chad and Algeria says the report. The decision also declared the provinces of Ghadames, Ghat, Obari, Al-Shati, Sebha, Murzuq and Kufra as closed military regions subject to "extraordinary measures".

The parliament also ordered the defense minister to appoint a military governor to the southern region with executive powers that enables him to control the borders, arrest wanted individuals and prevent infiltrators.

A military official, who wished to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, told Associated Press that the government’s main concern is not the influx of people, but the illegal flow of weapons.

The decision comes a few days after Libya Prime Minister Ali Zeidan toured the region in a trip that took him to Niger, Mali, Chad and Sudan for talks that focused on border security. He called for further discussions on the issue in the framework of a regional summit.

Following the fall of Gaddafi’s regime, the Libyan government hosted last March a border security conference that brought together ministers and military officials from Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia.

The scattering of arms and fighters across the region after the Libyan conflict has created security problems, especially in Mali, where a Tuareg rebellion led to a military coup and an ensuing power vacuum that has enabled Islamist groups to seize control of the north of the country.

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  • 17 December 2012 09:32, by Kurnyel

    Sudan is not for sale, and Sudan can not be shaky by whatever the country closing it’s border. The will need it dearly to be reopen like doom people of so call S.Sudan.

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  • 17 December 2012 09:42, by manyang mawech

    Because you lack of knowledge that is the gap that make you to behave like that.

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    • 17 December 2012 09:52, by Kurnyel

      your commen make no sense man,may be try your language nt English

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      • 17 December 2012 09:57, by Observer

        Kurneyl,
        Neither do your posts make any sense. Maybe you should take your own advice!

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        • 17 December 2012 10:27, by Kurnyel

          Obsever you will deserve instead of Observe, what can you observe here idiot and son of a bitch

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          • 17 December 2012 11:11, by South Dengjok

            Dear Kurnyel,mother of concubine of Jalaba,
            U r jealousy 4 nothing,it is became clear dat Sudan become HIV/Aid and the Home of virus affected other,u thought dat may be is only S.Sudan witnessed u alone,it is gud dat Libya did so cuz they can even said dat they need land from Libya like what they are doing 4 Abyie,Blue Nile & South Kordufon,useless greedy peple,whose mind is not a mind of human.

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          • 17 December 2012 12:41, by nuer food lovers

            kurnyel &observer fuck u all northern sudanese.it is ur turn to pain and hard time live.Nuba and Funji is going to fuck ur ass. Ur fake Arab are fool enough.islamic is dying world wide,in Africa.u can see how Good Luck John Nathan president of Nigeria is killing Muslim in Northern Nigeria.by 2020 thier will be no muslim in Africa.

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            • 17 December 2012 13:52, by Kurnyel

              Nuer food lovers your name is very funny? I wish I can ashame myslef if I continue to answer your idiotic and nonsensity of empty minded, open your ass and let those roten rats fly out in you son of nothing but food loving creatures.

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          • 17 December 2012 20:44, by Observer

            Kurneyl
            I rest my case. Your post to me makes absolutely no sense at all and then you show your immaturity by trying to insult me.
            Maybe you should go and get an education or at least go to school for a few more years?

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      • 17 December 2012 11:19, by South Dengjok

        Dear all
        Please never reply the message of this Drunkard by mother fucken name Kurnyel,cuz he ain,t even know what posted cuze he is doing all these shit while he drunk in a bar,how can da useless drunkard post sth dat is rational and make a sense?,iam his witness when I was in Khartoum,He is 24 hours drunkard ,used 2 forget even is Job and his children and his Road of his Home,Uselessness.

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