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South Sudan says Sudan’s rhetoric fooling international community


March 3, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Sunday said the government of neigbouring Sudan, with which it has been unable to resolve list of contentious post-secession issues, was fooling the international community by talking up its commitment to implementing an agreement signed in September.

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South Sudanese Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin 2 April 2 2012 (Getty)

"This is not the time for statements. If they are sincere and committed to the terms of [the] September agreement which the two presidents had signed, then let them come out and implement it", South Sudan information minister Barnaba Marial said on Sunday .

Minister Marial said the “time for rhetoric and calls for endless negotiation has finished” and accused Sudan of amassing and scaling up deployment of troops along the border areas.

He, however, expressed South Sudan’s commitment to implement the agreement without raising any preconditions but said that Juba did not see any point engaging in endless negotiations on issues which have already been discussed and remain only to be implemented.

Sudan has insisted that security issues, specifically Juba’s alleged backing of their former comrades in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, be resolved before other aspects of the nine point deal are implemented.

The consequence has been that South Sudan has not resumed oil production, a move that is needed to aide the struggling economies of both countries. A dispute over oil transit fees led South Sudan to halt production just over a year ago.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune Marial said that South Sudan has "always been ready to fully implement the agreement. The visit of the president of the republic of South Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit to oil fields after the signing of the agreement was to open oil production and flow to indicate our commitment as government to implement the agreement but what did they do? They refused to resume production and started raising impossible demands. They raised things which were not part of the agreement. They want disarmament of their rebels.”

Minister was reacting to a statement by the Sudanese ministry of foreign affairs stating commitment of the Sudanese government to the comprehensive and coordinated implementation the September agreements and the January 5 presidential meeting.

The February 28 statement expressed Sudan’s full commitment to the implementation of the deal in order to promote peace and the realisation of the two viable states living side by side in peace.

But minister Marial said the statement holds nothing more than political rhetoric by the Sudanese government to fool the international community.

"We will see. The government of Sudan does not do what it says. It is the government fraught with contradictions. They say one thing and do another. They are just fooling the international community. If they are serious why are not implementing it."


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  • 4 March 2013 07:28, by Aarai Baka

    Just do your parts and stop crying like a pussy.

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    • 4 March 2013 10:36, by zulu

      that is right RSS. Stick to the plan and left the NCP find solutions to its problems.

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      • 4 March 2013 15:10, by Logic

        Mr Minister, its true that the NCP is a party of rhetoric and deception but many Sudanese from the N&S will also point the finger at your party as falling short of expectations.
        S. Sudan is in a very weak point because of the ruling SPLM’s inability to deliver to its people what they deserve, "basic services"! Soon, you too maybe deemed worse than the NCP, if you don’t put your house in order.

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        • 4 March 2013 20:31, by aguotwany@live.com

          Logic and all our South, Sudanese people. Time has come when the Khartoum goverment run by gangsters end . Our government position to refuse more talk is great victory to all of us, we are not interested with Khartoum any more let them fly now period. Will see if Bashir survive.

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    • 4 March 2013 12:18, by Riek Met

      no matter where the arab dishonest the international speech or AU so the only things u should do is to put every thing in action physically not by words or begging them for implementation.

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      • 4 March 2013 20:19, by ViVa Sudan

        Plzzzzzzzz stop crying IF ur fake GOVT & Benjamin Mara Fool the International community is not is not willing to fight they adopt crying only if u need action u got many chances to do why are u waiting too long ..

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  • 4 March 2013 08:11, by wang

    You are not gonna win this crazy game against Khartoum until you have stopped complaining and move on and forget about trying to keep both countries closely together. They (Khartoum) would never implementing all those past agreements were signed and even outcomes ones, because they will use their military power to claim all those contests areas including Abyei by force.

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  • 4 March 2013 08:12, by Gabriel Ajak

    The Arab boys are joking around with an old man of the South they thought we are still the same as before.

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  • 4 March 2013 08:52, by ngomrom

    Dear Marial
    It is enough just take big stone and cover your ears with it and forget a bout khartoum and the international community let’s do what we can, and those who are for us will support us and those who are agianst will be. The you start transporting your oil through any means is the day Khartoum will talk sence
    Thanks Nyomrom

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  • 4 March 2013 09:19, by Joseph Canada

    I wish you too stop talking and stand by your promises of constructing the pipe line to Lamu! . Then you will see how they will start implementing those promises.

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  • 4 March 2013 09:21, by Makunon

    Create opportunities for winning International Community support also

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    • 4 March 2013 11:36, by Costa

      Unfortunately, it took our government so many years to realized that Khartoum has been fooling everybody. Alternative solutions that may take up to 10 years to achieve is much more better than relying on Khartoum. this should have been detected from the start.

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    • 4 March 2013 19:01, by Tiger

      You have said it all Dr.Marial,no more negotiation and endless talks with Sudan,you should also stop listening to whatever advices the international community is telling you.Sudan government had been dead already,instead for us to be begging them for the implimentation of those nine agreements signed in Addis Ababa,they should be the one to beg us.

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  • 5 March 2013 03:27, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    Southern Sudan should not be worry!,You have learned the fox trick activities,if they had moved to five miles,move for ten miles,if they move for one mile,move for three miles.The government of Northen Sudan have no respect for people to follow it’s scheme.Also,the governmemt Southern Sudan must concentrate on development and preparation for Abyei referandum.

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  • 5 March 2013 06:27, by pacoto

    why should the jornalists wast time to talk to the minister he is among the so called government representatives who live in the hotel as their homes,their actual home is not in south sudan.they care less about our lives as south Sudanese.
    personalisation of national resources is not needed,if it is tough to manage the population of 8 millions is defeating u the minister and ur president step

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  • 5 March 2013 06:36, by pacoto

    the oil you are talking about is not more important than human lives, people are dying day and night ,mind you human beings are the first national asset of the country.since 2005,where did u put the money 4 the construction of an alternative pipe.
    How can share food on the table with ur enemy,aimless leaders,got the opportunity by chance.always keep quiet ,eat ur salary only and wait 4 ur day.

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  • 5 March 2013 08:24, by Northern Sudanese

    Again. more and more empty monkey threats, when will these people stop showering under urine? has someone ever told them that its considered dirt? let them first learn how to wash , read , write , wear , speak , built an army , stop behaving like barbarians and stop raiding cows. after you do all that, then come and tell us some empty threats :D

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