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January 19, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The talks between neighboring states of Sudan and South Sudan have been adjourned till mid-February after the two sides failed to forge an agreement on a wide array of security and border issues.

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Former South African president Thabo Mbeki (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Sudanese defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein speaking at a press conference in Khartoum airport said that the African Union (AU) mediation team led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki has submitted a proposal to the negotiating teams of the two countries.

The top Sudanese military official said that the two countries failed to resolve their differences over the disputed region of Abyei, borders, disengagement 9th and 10th divisions in Blue Nile and South Kordofan from South Sudan’s People Liberation Army (SPLA) and defining Mile-14 area.

South Sudan became the world’s newest country after voting for independence in a 2011 vote, taking with it three-quarters of the former united country’s roughly 500,000 barrels per day of oil production.

The split left a long list of unresolved issues; including Abyei, how to share oil revenues and other assets, and how to end border violence.

Hussein described South Sudan’s stances as "wiggly" following the meeting of the Joint Political and Security Mechanism (JPSM) in Addis Ababa which started last week between Khartoum and Juba.

However he said that they agreed on implementing the cooperation deals signed last September relating to oil and other economic issues but reiterated Khartoum’s position that security pacts must be finalized first.

The defense minister said that points of disagreements will be presented to Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir for a resolution.

He disclosed that they asked the AU mediation for an emergency meeting to discuss breaking ties between Juba and Sudanese insurgents in South Kordofan and Blue Nile as well as South Sudan’s alleged hosting of rebel leaders.

Hussein accused South Sudan of backtracking on the agreement defining Mile-14 border area and how to demilitarize it.

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that South Sudan refused to establish monitoring and verification mechanisms to check disengagement between its army and rebels in the border states. The ministry accused South Sudan of lacking seriousness.

The statement said that South Sudan’s delegation demonstrated "double intransigence" by refusing to sign what was already agreed upon while recognizing the points of disagreements. It added that South Sudan frustrated outcome of previous Bashir-Kiir summits and bilateral agreements that have took huge efforts to reach.

The foreign ministry claimed that South Sudan completely reneged on implementation of Mile-14 area arrangements by insisting on partial withdrawal of its forces.

Furthermore both countries disagreed on formation of Abyei legislative assembly as South Sudan wanted a majority (12 members) instead of splitting it equally, the statement said.

It added that South Sudan placed a new condition on working with Khartoum on debt relief namely that Sudan withdraws all claims made by Sudapet oil company against Juba.

At a news conference in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, South Sudan minister for justice and acting lead negotiator John Luk Jok placed the blame squarely on Khartoum particularly over the “unjustifiable and persistent” demands for “disengagement and disarmament” of Sudanese rebels in the border regions.

“They are demanding disengagement of the SPLM-North with the SPLA and to conduct disarmament of their own rebels by another sovereign state. They want the Republic of South Sudan to move into Sudanese territory and disarm their rebels which is not logical" Jok said.

“We believe there is nothing which the government of South Sudan has not done. We have done everything in our capacity and it is time for the African leaders and the international community to intervene and play critical role and responsibilities to halting dispute as soon as possible. The international community should intervene very, very urgently”, he said.

The AU mediation team however, painted a different picture of the talks.

"[T]he Parties made substantial progress and agreed on three critical issues: a detailed and time-bound implementation matrix covering all security issues; a matrix for processing security-related complaints and concerns of the Parties?which the Parties have started to use; and, the speedy establishment of the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ)" said a statement by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

"The AUHIP welcomes the progress made by the Parties, and is encouraged by the continued engagement of the delegations towards the implementation of the cooperation agreements. The AUHIP will continue to engage the Parties, and is confident that the occasion of the forthcoming African Union Summit at the end of January, will present a further opportunity for the two Presidents to make further progress in resolving the outstanding issues, which are critical for the establishment of peaceful relations between the two states and for their mutual viability and prosperity".

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  • 20 January 2013 08:08, by Pure Nationalist

    Their greedyness will make them totally loose the country to the native of Sudan: Funj, Nubian and the Darfurian, they refuse to talk to SPLM-N because of Gold and oil in the two areas which they don’t want the native to benefit from as they were doing in South Sudan which resulted in voting them out of the rich land. If disarmed, where will they go? Why don’t you address the root cause of problem

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    • 20 January 2013 08:59, by Dinkawarrior

      This New-setback is a wasting of times and energies! Who is going to listen to it while President Donkey Bashit has no hears except through his Ass? I don’t trust Thombo because he is too tie with Khartoum and he doesn’t know that the National Criminals Party(NCP) is no longer useable to provide anything. They have been using our resources for their relationship but we are tightly close our eyes!

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      • 20 January 2013 09:23, by Dinkawarrior

        The breaking ties between Khartoum and Juba’s rebels or between Juba and Khartoum’s rebels couldn’t be use as a scapegoat! We all know Khartoum’s tactics, everything is about OIL to flow through their asses but it’s not gonna work. The cooperation deals they’re talking is about OIL, nothing else. My friends from Khartoum we are sorry for that, there is NO=OIL to flow! Period!!!

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        • 20 January 2013 09:36, by Dinkawarrior

          The only deals we wish to see and hear at this moment is about Border demarcation, Abyei referendum, let go Darfur Country, and give Nuba/Blue Nile choice where they’re belong! If those deals are made then thee will be chances of OIL to flow through your Asses. Jalaba, your days are numbered no matter how long it take to get our Country back from Arab-Satanism. Everyone in Sudan know their rights!

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          • 20 January 2013 09:45, by Dinkawarrior

            If those deals are made then there will be chances of OIL to flow through your Asses.
            Sudan will never be the same according to our leader Dr. John Garang! It’s true, there is nothing will be called Arab-kingdom in Sudan. All African Native will get their land back from Satan even one single inch will never be left to you ’till you go back where you always eat Dogs.

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            • 20 January 2013 12:26, by master

              dinka looter
              here in sudan our tribe is arab and islam
              have you any idea from which tribe me . pifpaf .jalaby .solider . mod ali and other northerns come from
              we are not pure arab
              nuba .fur .and others is our family not our foes as you in south jungle
              what about neur
              what your feeling toward them
              hahahaaaa

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              • 20 January 2013 14:34, by panchol

                Mistress
                whom do you want us to disarm? your father so that mother of yours should not be disturb with that big dick. ohohohohohohohohhoho!

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                • 20 January 2013 15:57, by zulu

                  THIS SWEET PUSSY MISTRESS IS QUITE PASSIVE IN THE BRAINS. WHY IS THERE WAR IN THESE 3 AREAS, IF THERE IS EQUALITY IN THE SUDAN? WHO IS AT THE NADIR OF SOCIETY, THE LOWLY WORKER, THE SOLDIER IN THE FRONT LINE, THE UNEDUCATED, UNDEVELOPED? THESE ARE THE PEOPLE SS IS VERY CONCERNED OF. WE WILL NOT BUDGE IN BECAUSE WE ARE A DIFFERENT COUNTRY, WE CAN OCCUPY PARTS OF SUDAN IF NEED BE.

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              • 30 January 2013 20:27, by Paul Ongee

                We need to note that the condition beyond the Chief Oil Thief’s (COT/NCP) control contributed to “its” inability to pay arrears is the loss of 75% of oil revenue to South Sudan on July 9th, 2011. Setting preconditions of 50% share for Abyei Legislative Council (ALC) and the controversially included Mile 14 in the September agreement is unacceptable.

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                • 30 January 2013 20:29, by Paul Ongee

                  AU made a mistake for including “Mile 14”into the so-called “Cooperation Agreement” as if CPA was never meant for “cooperatively” resolving issues or implementing all the CPA Protocols on a timely basis. Why Mile 14 was not in the CPA of 2005 and recently brought up by Sudan without AU questioning the rationale?

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                • 30 January 2013 20:29, by Paul Ongee

                  AU made a mistake for including “Mile 14”into the so-called “Cooperation Agreement” as if CPA was never meant for “cooperatively” resolving issues or implementing all the CPA Protocols on a timely basis. Why Mile 14 was not in the CPA of 2005 and recently brought up by Sudan without AU questioning the rationale?

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                  • 30 January 2013 20:32, by Paul Ongee

                    Sudan believes that it can easily get the AU attention off the main agenda when it comes to the issues of realistically demarcating the border between South and North. What Sudan believes it can do to override the agenda of the ongoing negotiations is to constantly create preconditions. Sudan knows how much time will be spent by AU/UN on negotiating the newly created agenda besides the issue of Ab

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                    • 30 January 2013 20:33, by Paul Ongee

                      Abyei or SPLM-N until 2015.
                      Sudan knows that AU is extremely weak, inactive and is always struggling to learn how to say the simple word “No” in the summit as well as on the ground. The coup-addicted country knows that AU does not bother to ask who does what, where, when and why given not its geographical location but religious and political affiliation.

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                      • 30 January 2013 20:35, by Paul Ongee

                        Sudan has been given latitude to set preconditions on the pretext of focusing attention on its new demands while hoping to prolong negotiations and finally get the focus on the main agenda completely lost. This is how AU often fails and finds itself challenged by a country whose leadership, in some cases, says “we cannot be neither governed by a Christian President nor judged by a western court.

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                        • 30 January 2013 20:36, by Paul Ongee

                          This is how the “fourth fake black Arab class regime” positions itself and survives within its political and geographical location/interest in Africa, Middle East, Arab League, IGAD, AU, UN and international community. Otherwise IGAD, AU/UN and international community would continue dwelling on endless demands constantly created by Sudan just for its geographical, political and economic survival.

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        • 20 January 2013 23:02, by aguotwany@live.com

          Dinkawarrior, I am totally with you and everybody who live during the 1983 Revolution struggle we know very what happened and those we have fought are still around. It’s time to stop relation with Khartoum and make it clear , our war with never finish No Oil yeah Bashir period. Tell the international what happen ? The same Khartoum who stood behind terrorism and why did world is silence? We can.

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      • 20 January 2013 18:40, by Paul Ongee

        Breaking News,
        The SRF has started disarming SAF in order to create a buffer zone since Khartoum cannot disarm the freedom fighters and expects its neighbor to do the job for them. Khartoum’s failure to recognize SRF is one of the biggest threats to National Criminal Party whose days in power are numbered.

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      • 21 January 2013 09:08, by Morthon Akol

        yes brother this is not a setback its just a wasting of time. because i don’t see anything while the two President sign all Nine agreements and people still talking over those agreement instead of implmenting them. i think there is someone in Khartoum try to sabotage President Bashir.

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    • 20 January 2013 14:20, by siddaw

      Guys. What we want is how to close this chapter. Those empty headed plonkers (Arabs) will never listen since they have no other option rather thand to stuck their mouths on our asses in order to survive. Our leaders too are consuming the cash that would tarmac a road from Juba to Malakal via Bor’s A1 road on air.
      All these talks are baseless and we should not waste our precious time on Arabs.

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    • 21 January 2013 09:37, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Sudan should know that if the Abyei belong to them why its citizen are all staying in south Sudan?
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 21 January 2013 12:19, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      The mediator need to be change for the progress of the talk,otherwise things will remain as it was.with no progress
      Thambo Mboki should go for pension than wasting time in this important mission.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 20 January 2013 08:09, by Jalaby

    Oh my Goodness! those visionless people are wasting our time and all Africans time, I feel sorry for Mr. Mbkey because he is old person and those visionless people will keep him in a loop that has no exit!
    I really have great concern regarding his health, they’ll kill him! Those people are ready to negotiate for ever!! what crap people?!

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    • 21 January 2013 06:27, by mogokafi

      Excellent outstanding comrade John Luk Jok. The regime in Khartoum stretches its guts to South Sudan for disarmament and disengagement of division 9th and 10th from it’s territory. How absurd is government in Khartoum? if Bachir has a gut, let him go and disarms SPLMN and stop pointing a finger to South Sudan’s government. SPLMN OYEE....SRF OYEE

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  • 20 January 2013 08:14, by Pure Nationalist

    Resistance was started by Anya-nya one, but has resuted into separation during SPLM, like wise they have started it, it will have devastating effects if you fail to settled properly like what Jaffer Mohammed Nimeri did and the consequence is now devastating to you.

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  • 20 January 2013 08:19, by master

    really it is happy news
    let them keep their ties with those thuge and carry their oil in bucket to anywhere

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    • 20 January 2013 09:10, by Jalaby

      Master,
      Don’t be surprised my friend with those commentators,they’re so so stupid and naive and that explains why their thieves ministers stole their money ($4bn) with no time and all thieves at large ready to steal more money as soon as the oil production starts to flow north!

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  • 20 January 2013 08:22, by Jalaby

    Mr. Thabo Mbeki,
    We know you’re very upset and shocked by those visionless and brainless people,
    they put you in an endless loop that has no exit but don’t worry, we know their cure, only stick will help!
    let them go home and we will hit them very hard this time and they will soon come back to the negotiation table with

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    • 20 January 2013 08:25, by Jalaby

      more open mind and more willing to end this deadlock situation they created to all of us!
      The thing is: the harder we hit them the more cooperation they show!
      Don’t worry, next time they’ll come back to negotiation table with more open mind and so helpful!
      We will soon start working on them, no worries!!

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      • 20 January 2013 10:52, by Nuer Empire

        Jallaby(Gay):The Infliation remains 81% in the North and reduced from 41%-25% in the South.We don’t display our achievements in the websites like fake Arabs who are just lying in the media.Tell me who remains starved with no oils!? Fake Arabs will starve forever.We don’t need our oils flow through the north even if it will produce twins from Aeroplanes whose Bols are cars!
        *The Nuer Empire*

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        • 3 February 2013 13:25, by Northern Sudanese

          Nuer shit
          81% lol?this a clear example of your imaginations!latest figures show inflation in sudan is to fall below 28% by mid 2013.+south sudan inflation isn’t the problem,its the supply which is your problem.this is why more than halve your people depend on food aid from the UN +you don’t show achievements because you made no achievements,2 years and you changed nothing everything went worse!!!

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      • 20 January 2013 14:50, by panchol

        Jalaby.
        Your guns produce fire while South Sudanese guns produce water! Is it not what you meant by stick. ohohohohohohohohhoho.lol! lol! lol!
        "Empty vessels make more noise". lol! lol!lol!

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      • 20 January 2013 15:13, by panchol

        jalaby.
        Difficult for SPLA(South Sudanese Army) to disarm their fellow African brothers of: 1.Darfur(SLM/AW) 2.SPLA/N
        NB: To disarm, is like charging South Sudanese men to women. hahahhahahahahahahahahah.

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      • 20 January 2013 23:18, by aguotwany@live.com

        Jalaby, you kalb! ( dog) do you understand where world heading today? We are very close to shut down your fucking network no in that Khartoum alone , every corner you do business. Liberation must fulfill it’s abiligation. Don’t Dr. John Garang is gone his legacy continue. We will prosecute very soon. Each one from will face the family in court of law. Your fake arabs with fake Islam is over now.

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    • 20 January 2013 08:30, by Majongdit

      big liar! which sticks that you never in the last 30 decades. pretence!

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    • 20 January 2013 10:42, by Wek Kawaja

      Jalaba ur nothin bt a big pimp 2 ur uncle bashit n th national criminal party (ncp) man a dead pig is better off than ur sorry ass full of evil n lies....watch out u dumb pig.

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  • 20 January 2013 08:23, by Majongdit

    There is nothing hard like dealing with the devils who place demands after demands. South Sudan managed to contain all the northren-sponsored rebellions in the South...those of Athor, Oliny, Galuak are no more. Again, Sudan demnads that the rebels in its own territory be disarmed by S Sudan. It’s a paradox!

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  • 20 January 2013 08:25, by bianaathling

    Mr.minister your statement is fake.i don’t think that South Sudan is lacking seriousness if South is lacking why is it always South Sudan to respect international communities proposals and actions especially now south withdrawing its troops, stop not telling the truth.Sudan is the one lacking seriousness because Bahit is fearing truth.Shame on you gay

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    • 20 January 2013 12:19, by Peacocktail

      Let’s stop talking with NCP fools, they are brainless and murderers, thugs thinking on killing innocent civilians only to sustain bloody power. I almost cry to see Nubian sitting in a curve as if they are not humanbeing... one day they will do to Bashir Clan and Harroun clans, today is Bashir, tommorrow came difference. Nubians are strong people. SPLA shall be given responsibility to deals with NC

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    • 20 January 2013 12:19, by Peacocktail

      Let’s stop talking with NCP fools, they are brainless and murderers, thugs thinking on killing innocent civilians only to sustain bloody power. I almost cry to see Nubian sitting in a curve as if they are not humanbeing... one day they will do to Bashir Clan and Harroun clans, today is Bashir, tommorrow came difference. Nubians are strong people. SPLA shall be given responsibility to deals with NC

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  • 20 January 2013 13:02, by Lok T Simon

    does Khartoum trying to deny obvious rights of southern Sudanese including blue Nile, Kordifan and darfur or Khartoum assumed that the trick they are after is not known by these groups? if this is what they assmed to be in their minds, then let them not make mistake, this is twenty 1st century not any more 19th where they marginalised people.

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    • 20 January 2013 13:20, by Lok T Simon

      within this twenty 1st century, everyone woke up and know straightway what has been going on was not right. The time of stopping nonsense has come and no joking around of slave trade any more. No discriminations to say that so and so is not pure Sudanese, however no one is assumed to be more clever than another in this modern Sudan .

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    • 20 January 2013 13:26, by Lok T Simon

      within this twenty 1st century, everyone woke up and know straightway what has been going on was not right. The time of stopping nonsense has come and no joking around of slave trade any more. No discriminations to say that so and so is not pure Sudanese, however no one is assumed to be more clever than another in this modern Sudan .

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  • 20 January 2013 13:13, by Mapuor

    The government of South Sudan should now look for alternatives.The following will help:1.Build three refineries,one in Shambe,another in Adok and the last one in kondokoro near Juba.2.Improve on non oil revenue collection.3.Cut back on workforce by 70%.4.Embark on agricultural development.Haaa things will improve alot by doing the above.

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  • 20 January 2013 15:39, by panchol

    Mapuor E weng!
    I agree with you!... besides oil, the two refineries for gold can be constructed in the area producing it such as:
    1. Kapeota 2. Yei
    There are many resources in south such as,
    1. cement in Torit,Kapeota, Juba,Mundri
    2.iron ore in wau,Tembura, Raga
    3.paint with different colours in Mundri
    and the list goes..

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  • 20 January 2013 18:50, by ViVa Sudan

    DA govt of S. Sudan should now must look 4 alternatives!!!!
    Why not if they ’ve mind.urfake leaders R consuming da cash that would build a perfect garden with idiots animals who can’t work unless we Sudanese kick them with sticks coz they are a real Slaves barking dogs can’t stay quite. so how long you will survive to feed SLPAM-N soon u will fight among each others in Jongle & other areas haaa..

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  • 20 January 2013 19:33, by E. Defense Forces

    This guys really playing with our life. Bashir and Kiir should be kick out.
    video-link http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/2249/The_Sudanese_agreement_failed_in_Addis_Ababa/

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  • 20 January 2013 21:38, by panom lualbil

    Untill REFERENDUM excluding misseria, we Dinka of Abyei will never choose to go North Sudan with such filthy culture where men fuck themselves in ass. We’re truly ppl created by God with high capacity of thinking not like animals. Y’all know better than that. SPLA have had many enemies to fight with but wont ever gave up.

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    • 21 January 2013 00:09, by aguotwany@live.com

      Panom, who said you re going to the northern, Sudan, we will kick khartoum asses. Do not worry we will defeat them and have our AbyeiDinka. Take care and please unite yourself.

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  • 20 January 2013 21:57, by Kim Deng

    It is a good move from the arabized Nubian gov’t (NIF/NCP) to seal all their doors. Let these theives in the Jungle(South) face their misjudements towards issues that could benefit South Sudan.

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    • 21 January 2013 06:25, by mogokafi

      Excellent outstanding comrade John Luk Jok. The regime in Khartoum stretches its guts to South Sudan for disarmament and disengagement of division 9th and 10th from it’s territory. How absurd is government in Khartoum? if Bachir has a gut, let him go and disarms SPLMN and stop pointing a finger to South Sudan’s government. SPLMN OYEE....SRF OYEE

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    • 21 January 2013 06:26, by mogokafi

      Excellent outstanding comrade John Luk Jok. The regime in Khartoum stretches its guts to South Sudan for disarmament and disengagement of division 9th and 10th from it’s territory. How absurd is government in Khartoum? if Bachir has a gut, let him go and disarms SPLMN and stop pointing a finger to South Sudan’s government. SPLMN OYEE....SRF OYEE

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