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December 30, 2012 (WAU) - South Sudan accused the Sudanese government Monday of “rounding up” its nationals living in the troubled western region of Darfur, which shares a direct border with the South’s Western and Northern Bahr el Ghazal State.

Juba made the allegation in the wake of accusing the Sudanese army of carrying out coordinated air and ground attacks on 26 December on Kiir Adem, a locality which lies within the disputed "14 Miles" area.

In the security arrangements of the Cooperation Agreement the two countries signed last September, Mile 14 was designated as part of the demilitarized area along the 1,800km border in order to decrease tensions over contested areas.

At least five people were killed, South Sudan’s army (SPLA) said last week, following aerial and ground attacks allegedly carried out by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) on Wednesday.

According to the United Nations, 4,000 people were displaced in Northern Bahr el Ghazal from the areas surrounding Kiir Adem following previous bombings between 20 and 23 November.

In a further illustration of the border tensions, South Sudan’s army on Friday accused the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) of holding hostage South Sudanese farmers which it had kidnapped from across the border from Upper Nile State.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July 2011 but many issues, including border demarcation and contested areas such as Abyei, remain unresolved. The September agreement appeared to resolve the issues of oil transit fees and citizenship rights but these aspects have not been implemented due to the impasse over security arrangements.

The September deal agreed to accord citizens of both states the freedom of residence, freedom of movement, freedom to undertake economic activity and freedom to acquire and dispose property in both countries.

There are no definite statistics giving details of the number of South Sudanese living in Darfur, although authorities estimate that between 3,000 and 6,000. Most of them come from the states of Warrap, Western and Northern Bahr el Ghazal.

Sudanese security forces in Abumatharik, which is an area under Dhein administration in East Darfur State, "collected and rounded up our people" a member of South Sudan’s national parliament said Sunday.

"This is a dangerous move which shows bad intention. I fear they may be killed, if the international community does not move in quickly to rescue them", said Mel Wal Achien MP, who represents Northern Bahr el Ghazal’s Aweil North County.

The legislator said he feared for the citizens as the incident has occurred in the same location as the infamous 1987 Dhein massacre.

“They have been rounded up in the same area with known history of killing people at will. This is the area where law is not observed. It is where our people were collected and allowed to be killed at [a] police station in 1987 when we were still one country with equal rights as citizens of the same country”, he explained.

Aweil North County commissioner, Kuol Athuai Hal, also confirmed receiving similar reports but said he does not know how many South Sudanese citizens have been held by Sudanese security forces in Abumatharik.

The information had been passed from the Northern Bahr el Ghazal state administration to the central government in Juba, Commissioner Hal said, adding that he hoped that international community will put pressure on the government of Sudan to release the citizens.

He asked South Sudanese, especially relatives of the people being held, to remain calm and not to take part in any retaliatory acts against people from Darfur who live and work in Northern Bahr el Ghazal.

“I call on our people to leave this to the government to handle it. We have made contacts with higher level of government. We have contacted office of our governor to inform him of this incident and he has passed it to the president”, said commissioner Hal.

Hal said the incident may be linked to the 26 December clash between the armies of Sudan and South Sudan in Kiir Adem. Hal told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that five people were killed and another was injured when the Sudan Armed Forces launched ground and aerial attacks on the area.

He claimed that SAF were targeting civilians and attempting to dislodge SPLA forces from the area. Since Mile 14 was included in the buffer zone three months ago politicians from the state have expressed the anger that the area was included in demilitarized area.

The alleged arrest of the South Sudanese in Darfur was in "anger" after suffering a defeat by the SPLA in Kiir Adem, Hal said.

"The Sudanese armed forces miscalculated their attack. They thought they would carry out the attack to take over the area because they thought our forces were engaged with Christmas celebrations. They did not know our troops were aware of these preparations by [the] Sudan Armed Forces to attack Kiir Adem at any time, especially during Christmas where they thought that every soldier would be on leave with parents enjoying Christmas and the area may remain alone", he explained.

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  • 31 December 2012 06:36, by Jalaby

    What Jonobean are doing in Darfour or in any place in Sudan in the first place? you voted 98% for separation and accused us as racists and treat you as 2nd class citizen then what the hell are you doing in Sudan anyway?! go to your jungle in the south and you will find many jobs of cattle raiding!

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    • 31 December 2012 06:46, by Jalaby

      Listen thieves, if you really get scared because of SAF military big mobilization these days along all the borders and you want SAF to stop bombarding you then stop supporting SPLA-N, lift your big nose from Sudan issue, we’re no longer one country, why don’t you mind your own business and concentrate on building your garbage country and leave us alone?!

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      • 31 December 2012 14:36, by EES Kingmaker

        Jalaby, Who told you that we are scared of your moblisation and bombardment? Listen,if its not our respect for UN and International treaties, invading the Sudan is not a big deal. Panthou lessons are still fresh marks on your dead conscience. The Arab mulatoes are a group of heartless people who respects no treaties but only bomb, maim, pillage and kill. You are best known for terror activities.

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      • 31 December 2012 16:51, by nuer food lovers

        jallaby u re so noisy dog among the northern sudanese the fake Arab.we did not vandal Heglig but try to vanquish our mother land.u vagabond(vagrant)fake Arab we have fabuluose to quench facetious ur aggression toward us.ur gay SAF re less than 0.5% equal to our lions SPLA solider that invaded Toor Aliny (Panthou) dislodging 26000 Saf within 45 minute the world is witness.

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        • 31 December 2012 17:13, by nuer food lovers

          mr. Gay jallaby ur gay SAF re suffering casualties in every attempt to attack SPLA or south sudan. U instead look into ur dying country economic u re looking for more desertor to come now the rate of USD to Sp is 7.1 sp. Saudi Arabia is pulling out her students tomorrow diplomat ,likewise did by other Arab country,SPLA-N is advancing where u with ur National criminal party?cementry full of NCP.

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      • 31 December 2012 21:57, by Observer

        Jalaby,
        Why don’t you take your own advice and keep your nose out of S Sudan’s business.
        It seems that you, Master, N Sudanese seem to think it is ok for you to comment, have an opinion etc on S Sudan matters but not the other way around.
        Around the world people live in countries other than they were born in. Is that not allowed for S Sudanese.
        Your arrogance and superior attitude is astounding

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    • 31 December 2012 06:48, by Aaban

      Foolish idiot, if you can kidnaped our people in my region, what do you think you can leave southerner alone, the way you do make no harm to you but make us suffer enough because we are left victim of your cowardice criminal activities made by you Jalain murderers, now the south will think that we kidnap their citizen but we didn’t but you, so bad for those who sold their to evil,,

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    • 31 December 2012 07:43, by Jeti

      Shockingly, South Sudan has been renamed as ’’Republic of Complaints’’ by the world...what a shame!!!

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    • 31 December 2012 13:45, by Gulung -dit

      FOOL JALABA , U TALK LIKE SOMEONE WHO IS FORIEGNER IN SUDAN , HOW MANY DURFURIAN ARE IN SOUTH SUDAN , U DON,T CARE OF UR PEOPLE LIVE DEATH TO YOU SON OF MOHAMED

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    • 31 December 2012 14:22, by EES Kingmaker

      Racist Jalaby, Did you round them up because of their residence in Darfur? How many Sudanese do you know still live in South Sudan Ya homosexual? These people are not there for any jobs or for beauty of the Sudan. You know the reason why we voted for 98% for secession. If you think cattle raid is a job, what about your kinsfolk who used to turn themselves into “sex tourists” during pilgrimage days

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  • 31 December 2012 06:43, by hellonearth

    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SOUTH SUDAN PLEASE STOP COMPLAINING AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. DAMN.

    THEY ARE TRYING TO MAKE SOUTH SUDAN DO THE SAME TO SK AND BN PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH.

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  • 31 December 2012 06:50, by Son of Ngundeng

    Jalaby say elhamdulillah to south sudanese whose librate you from famine in arab gulf long century ago, you believe that, if we say go back to your grandfathers country you will return to eat donkeys as it were happened at that time, its better you keep silent in that blessing land we give you as offering from us we south sudanese.

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    • 31 December 2012 06:57, by Jalaby

      Son of Ngundeng,
      If you really believe North Sudan is yours and we came from Arab Peninsula and you gave your land to us then why you decided to leave it for us and voted 98% for separation and you went to live in that jungle?! why you left it for us then?!
      Stop contradicting yourself and be a liar!

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      • 31 December 2012 07:41, by Nibs

        Jallaba,
        I prefer jungle to wilderness.don’t think south sudanese are afraid of SAF massing at the border.we are only preparing the ground for international community to side with us when we strike!of course it’s a diplomatic techniques an acute dementia patient like you would barely understandard.

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        • 31 December 2012 07:58, by Jalaby

          Nibs,
          bla..bla..bla! what international community are you talking about? the same international community who condemned your country for invading Heglig?!
          Look, we need nothing from you, our oil will soon find its way to international market, we let you go and we need nothing from you now, just lift your hand from Sudan issue and leave us alone!

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          • 31 December 2012 08:16, by Nibs

            Jallaba,
            I’m aware you likes dreaming alot. When anybody read your comments(mostly bragging),it obvious s/he’ll mistook Sudan for Dubia.since day one you have be talking about new oil discoveries,gold mining,sugar factory and various bullshit,then WHY your currency losing value?7.1 against dollar to be precise.......

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            • 31 December 2012 08:29, by Nibs

              ...about international condemnation during panthous clashes,is because of low diplomatic strength.we have no ambassadors in essential nations then and your ambds were telling lies all over the world.moreover,the int’nal community has no preconceived idea about panthous.but now,things have dramatically change.

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              • 31 December 2012 09:34, by Jalaby

                Nibs,
                Then go and capture Heglig again what are you waiting for?
                We let you go but instead of building your country you’re bouncing back and annoying us because you guys like a child who decided to leave his mother and then couldn’t stay away from her and doesn’t want to embrace her either and that explains why that child is crying all the time!

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          • 31 December 2012 08:45, by Dawood

            Jalaby,
            Stop claiming land from the south Sudan that doesn’t even belong to you in the first place. The people of the South Sudan had been so generous for allowing you the North Sudan because they know they can’t sent these Arab wannabes like you back to the middle east. If they do, they will not be accepted back anymore. So stop ranting about South Sudan and start talking sense.

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  • 31 December 2012 07:35, by George Bol

    You should be making peace with those who need peace. Clearly, Jallaba are crawling to our areas. You talk while fighting ,and talk while fighting by Dr Garang.
    I am so sick about the aggression of Jallaba indeed!

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  • 31 December 2012 22:57, by Northern Sudanese

    2013!!!!!!!!!
    Happy new year to all my friends & enemies :D

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