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South Sudan president says secession from Sudan “an irreversible reality”


February 18, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president Salva Kiir Mayardit has described secession from neighbouring Sudan as an “irreversible reality” and that the new nation will never move away from being a neighbour of Sudan, according to a senior government official.

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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (Reuters)

“I tell our people that the objective for fighting all these times has been achieved. Our secession from Sudan is no longer a dream. It is an irreversible reality. We should from now [on] focus on how to build and promote strong cooperation and ties with our neighbours, including [the] Republic of Sudan. Our strategic focus should be to create and promote the vision of two viable states living side by side”, the president said.

The presidential aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the president made the remarks at a high-level meeting with Mongolia’s president, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, during which he is reported to have called on the international community to persuade Sudan to resolve the various post-partition disputes.

“We have done everything possible in our capacity as government so that we could resolve any dispute with the Republic of Sudan through peaceful dialogue. We made a lot of painful decisions, some of which our people did not like. The reason for making all decisions was to avoid being the source of conflict. It is our commitment not to return the citizens of our two countries to war because we know war is not in the best interest of the citizens. They (the citizens from both Sudan and South Sudan) need peace and stability but the other side did not show similar interest”, Kiir told his visiting guest, who is in South Sudan to visit his country’s peacekeeping troops.


Relations between South Sudan and its northern neighbour remains tense, although last September the two heads of state signed a number of deals aimed at breaking the deadlock over post secession disputes.

However, both countries continue to face challenges on how to implement the deals, with both governments blaming each other for the agreement’s slow implementation.
Juba accuses Sudan of making “impossible demands” on border security issues, including disarming their former comrades fighting the Sudanese government in Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

The SPLM government in Juba denies backing the SPLM-North rebels and sees Sudan’s emands part of ongoing attempts to deny South Sudan use of its territory and infrastructure to transport its crude oil to international markets via Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast.

South Sudan’s information minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, agreed with the president’s statements, saying there were some people fighting the government because they still think they are part of Sudan.

“The president is right in all he said [...] We have some people today who have taken up arms to fight and kill innocent people just because they accept to be used by Sudan. They do not see that [the] people they are killing are their own people. They are still affected by the hangover (from the two-decade civil war) and some myths that make them feel they are still part of Sudan”, Marial said on Monday.


He cited the conflict in Jonglei, accusing Sudan of using Murle militia chief David Yau Yau to fight a proxy war.

The armed insurgency in South Sudan’s most populous state has threatened to destabilise the east of the new nation, with fighters loyal to Yau Yau accused of cattle raiding, abductions and civilian attacks.

Yau Yau first rebelled against South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in May 2010 after losing his bid to join the Jonglei State Assembly in parliamentary elections.

After accepting an amnesty offered by Kiir in 2011, Yau Yau re-joined the SPLM government, allegedly in exchange for a house, cars and cash. He was also made a general in the South Sudanese army (SPLA) as part of the deal.

However, in April last year Yau Yau defected to Khartoum in order to launch another rebellion in Jonglei’s Pibor county.

“What is Yau Yau fighting for? What can he say is the reason of killing innocent civilians in Jonglei? The government of the Republic of South Sudan as a sovereign state has a responsibility to protect its citizens from anything because they are citizens of this country,” Marial said.

“He came and was promoted to the rank of general, while in fact he was just a civilian. He was put in a hotel, given a vehicle and some money, but what did he do? He quietly decided to run to Khartoum and came back to destabilise the area”, he added.

Marial said the Mongolian president had come to see where troops from his country serving for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have been deployed and made a visit to troops on the ground in Bentiu and Rumbek.

“These are the areas where troops have been deployed. He (the Mongolian president) also had good bilateral discussions with the president. They discussed the role of the international community in helping the two countries resolve the dispute”, Marial said at the briefing with journalists.


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  • 19 February 2013 02:14, by Panthou

    Kiir kuethpiny, do you really mean what you say when you talk? " the secession of South Sudan is an irreversible" Mr. president I can quote your speech as a written speech or unmeant speech. Mr. President, there’s no objection of why South Sudanese people are still being slaughtered by Bashiir as they’re still under his command. If God created every human being equal then will see! There’s---

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    • 19 February 2013 06:57, by Malou Manyiel

      I’m not a happy man again with the government of South Sudan just because the way they are handling David Yau Yau. If civilians are being killed on daily basis in Jongeli, mostly women and children, which civilians are they again protecting as Dr. Marial always claims? Government should come up openly that they are unably to protect civilians from this notorious Yau Yau’s militia with his tribe.

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  • 19 February 2013 02:33, by Panthou

    Continued, a revenge from Kiir kuethpiny to those who reside in the border areas. If not, why president Kiir keep ignoring our suffering? I feel like south Sudan still part of Sudan, because I can’t tell the difference. Since 1983 the same suffering. Where is the independent state here? I lost hope for my country completely. But, Bashiir don’t be happy! I am not coming to you gay.

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    • 19 February 2013 05:19, by Nuer Empire

      Enjoy your presidency and we have to enjoy our death from Murle(Yau Yau),hunger,bombardments from the north.Only God knows what his children will move away from suffering one day.
      The NuerEmpire

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  • 19 February 2013 05:16, by master

    the Mongolian is kiir not the guest
    mr barnaba your only job is to print what kiir said
    kiir and barnaba plz enjoying your failture

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    • 19 February 2013 07:41, by Nuer Empire

      Our death is an entertainment to you we know it.
      The Nuer Empire

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  • 19 February 2013 05:43, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    President kiir is seem as to presuad the neighbouring government to implement coorperation agreement but in any zero hours kiir can declare absolt war against notorous Arab. And nobody will call back . Better to faithful in the car of politic otherwise car will face accident.

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  • 19 February 2013 05:49, by Jalaby

    Mr. Kiir and Sudan unity!
    HAHAHAHA, why are you talking about unity with Sudan issue now?! Did Khartoum ask you for unity again or what?I can confirm you that majority of the people in north Sudan have become "unity disbelievers" or "unity infidels" and deeply regretted the lost life of their loves one who were killed in that fake

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    • 19 February 2013 05:55, by Jalaby

      unity war and the money that Sudan had lost in that war and if that money was aimed to develop Sudan instead of spending it on that useless part of Sudan then Sudan would have been one of the most richer country in Africa and Arab world in regard to huge resources that Sudan has!! What really Sudan lost after South Separation other than few dollars of oil and that

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      • 19 February 2013 06:06, by Jalaby

        lost money will soon be recovered as we all can see that Sudan is working day and night to increase its oil production from north oil fields and perhaps by the end of this year Sudan will become an oil exporter country again,I wouldn’t be a sarcastic if I said "it’s just a matter of time till the south complies to all Sudan conditions and reimburses Sudan its all

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        • 19 February 2013 06:15, by Jalaby

          oil money lost PLUS its interest!

          Do you guys know who is the person in the left appears in this picture with our former leader Isamil Al-Azhary and was rising Sudan flag high announcing Sudan independence in 1/1/1956?!

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          • 19 February 2013 06:23, by Jalaby

            This person was our robust former leader, Mr. Mohamed Ahmed Al-Mahjoub, our former prime minister during the sixty, he was Umma party, he was known to be a moderate political leader and very intellectual person, Al-Mahjoub published a book after Nimary coup when he was in his voluntarily exile in London city, his book name "Democracy on Trial",

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            • 19 February 2013 06:35, by Jalaby

              do you know what he said in his book about the unity with South Sudan? he regretted the unity with south and said "if we separated the south then we would have spent that money in building Sudan and we would never experience any kind of military coup that undermines our democracy system all the time and wouldn’t need any big army but small one to put it in

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              • 19 February 2013 06:48, by Jalaby

                put a symbolic army in our border to protect it"
                May Allah accepts our former leader soul Al-Mahjoub, he was a moderate person and he puts his political experience and thoughts in that book, he was absolutely right and I do believe many Sudanese people share his thought now about separating the south from day one and develop Sudan instead!

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                • 19 February 2013 06:59, by Jalaby

                  Do you guys remember what Mr. Kiir said about unity with Sudan when he arrived Khartoum as VP first time right after Garang death?
                  Mr. Kiir rebuked the journalists first and he asked them angrily: "why you described me as a separatist? I’m not a separatist and my first bullet was shot against the separatists in the south", he repeated many times "I’ll vote for

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                  • 19 February 2013 07:08, by Jalaby

                    unity but I can’t guarantee others voting"
                    Well, we all know Mr. Kiir changed his position later when he found the separation current in the south is so strong and will remove away any person who dares to stand against it!
                    Mr. Kiir like a variable item that doesn’t have color,smell and taste but varies when ever needed!!

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                    • 19 February 2013 07:18, by Jalaby

                      My message to visionless leaders in Juba
                      Stop toning about unity or disunity with Sudan because that has become part of history now and no one in the north interested in unity with the south anymore but northerners are deeply interested in their security that visionless people in Juba are undermining to divert people attention in

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                      • 19 February 2013 07:32, by Jalaby

                        the south from their failure and how they put the south in a great jeopardy and at the verge of full collapsing and that explains why Mr. Princeton Lyman, US special envoy to the two Sudans will call for an urgent meeting host to beg money and rescue South Sudan from a certain collapse that starts to emerge and he said clearly:"
                        "A collapse would be calamitous not

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                        • 19 February 2013 07:51, by Jalaby

                          "only for South Sudan, but for the whole region".
                          Visionless leaders in Juba should stop pointing their fingers to Sudan all the time and make Sudan as scapegoat for their failure,stop hosting and supporting SPLA-N and Darfour rebels and undermining Sudan security and then denying any linkage with them!! what visonless and liars leaders?!!

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                    • 19 February 2013 07:25, by master

                      mr kiir got clear orders from USA to separate south sudan aftr last visit to DC and he knew the fate of DR garang who killed by mosevieni the dogwotch of american interset in east africa
                      he can’t reject american demands or he could lose his live as garang

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                      • 19 February 2013 08:02, by Jalaby

                        US Administration was preferring the idea of one "new Sudan", a secular Sudan that free of political Islam ideology rather than two separated Sudan because they know very well separation will cause instability in the inhomogeneous landlocked South Sudan and will remove away the balance in the north of having a significant number

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                        • 19 February 2013 08:13, by Jalaby

                          of none Muslims who can impose their views and always keep the balance against the Islamists but regarding the Jewish US lobby, right wing extremist lobby and Christianity lobby, yes they supported the separation and pushed for it very strongly!
                          All that have become part of history now and no one in the north is interested in a "zigzagging" unity anymore!

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                          • 19 February 2013 09:08, by master

                            let Americans reap what they cultivated
                            this world has one god we only knows
                            the god we knew not called America

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                          • 20 February 2013 02:53, by Jay

                            When are you guys going to stop crying about the way you lost South Sudan with its all wealth! It’s over; let it go, it’s going to hurt you if you keep thinking about it every day of your life!

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              • 19 February 2013 06:50, by Majongdit

                Jalaby, Are you talking or crying?

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                • 19 February 2013 07:15, by master

                  who is crying?
                  soon you will cry blood tears
                  you don’t see what’s going on around
                  keep blind eyes

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                • 19 February 2013 08:18, by Jalaby

                  Of course you can’t understand a single sentence from my above comment how a naive person can understand my words?!
                  Only intellectual people do!!
                  So don’t worry about it my friend!

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                  • 19 February 2013 11:43, by South South

                    Jalaby, really, you are intellectual with mentally retarded ? Really, you can understand something like a humna being ? Really, Jalaby knows something in this world ? Oh my God !!!! If people like Jalabay in North Sudan are intellectual, then one should not be surprise how these gay people in North Sudan who fuck themslve 5 times aday are all retarded people. Fuck you Jalaby.

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            • 19 February 2013 10:11, by okucu pa lotinokwan

              Jalaby you have nothing to do in Khartoum only to write against your own brothers South Sudanese,how much is your daily paid?from the Arabs your master.Where is Lam Akol?

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              • 19 February 2013 10:32, by Jalaby

                okucu pa lotinokwan,
                Brother, I’m telling the truth and writing about history that no body will be able to deny its fact, so if it doesn’t agree with your thought then that doesn’t mean it is false!
                Mr. Lam Akol in Khartoum now and last time he appeared during Ghazy Suliman’s son marriage occasion in Khartoum!
                Yes, I share some views

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                • 19 February 2013 10:35, by Jalaby

                  with him and my thoughts concord with his thoughts at some points and at sometimes but not necessarily a complete concord!

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            • 19 February 2013 10:51, by okucu pa lotinokwan

              Jalaby you have nothing to do in Khartoum only to write against your own brothers South Sudanese,how much is your daily paid?from the Arabs your master.Where is Lam Akol?

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          • 19 February 2013 07:35, by Mack

            That was incomplete independent because there was already a war in the South. Jalaby, you are crying over a spill milk. The misery in which the country was mired in was your Arabs cunning behaviors.Your leaders then rushed in order to deny Southerners their rights which backfired and made the country a sick man of Africa and Middle East. Your current leaders don’t want to understand history.

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          • 19 February 2013 07:40, by Mack

            The ongoing civil war in the three regions which your leaders think can be crushed militarily will not bode well you Arabs. You are either going to lose power to Black Majority in Sudan or session of these regions.

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  • 19 February 2013 06:50, by Paul Chadrack

    Yes independent of south sudan is irreversible,but mr president you will go in history as a very weak,corrupt and visionless leader.you are calling international community to up lift you from the messes of your making?, this world body can not stand with dirty people.oil will not flow again,no plan B from your side,step down mr president.

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    • 19 February 2013 10:17, by rareman

      most of the pple here are joking with life...

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      • 19 February 2013 12:46, by Paul Chadrack

        Which people are you saying that they are joking with life,you Kiir dog?,your days are numbered,with no oil money flowing,how will your naive uncle Kiir survive?,I think he is preparing for his grave.

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  • 19 February 2013 12:58, by James Maker Akok

    President Kiir,
    President Kiir, we are not friends with North Sudan and we shall never be friend with North Sudan as somebody who killing your people and taking your things by force will never be your friend, she/he will be your enemy all the times.
    President Kiir, you are a one who friend with President Al Bashir with his government but we, we are not friends with him he is our enemy number one

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  • 19 February 2013 13:18, by James Maker Akok

    President Kiir,
    President Kiir, president Al Bashir with Government will never agree our South Sudan in Africa Union meeting whether you make friendship with him and his government that why he like Africa Union leaders and not UNSC.
    Our decision is to take this problem to UNSC, and to International Arbitration Court by our own whether AU Leaders don’t agree with us.
    AU is a wasting of times.

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  • 19 February 2013 18:13, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Good point Mr. President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

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  • 19 February 2013 21:14, by nostalgia for 1 sudan

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    ....jalaby you are incredible?how can you alone conquer an army of mercenaries?all of them disaapear within a moment when you start to shoot, you target very precisely,yet your writings are elegent and colourful..viva beloved Sudan, the most intelectual nation in Africa...

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