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S. Sudan tightens security ahead of Bashir’s Juba visit


April 12, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan stepped up security measures in the capital Juba on Thursday ahead of today’s high-level visit into the country by a delegation from the Sudanese government, expected to be headed by president Omer Al Bashir.

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South Sudan’s Salva Kiir and Sudan’s Omer Al Bashir at the independence day celebrations, July 9, 2011 (ST)

Some roads had been closed by 5.30pm local time, restricting movement in some areas of Juba. South Sudan’s government has urged citizens to turn out in large numbers to give Bashir a warm welcome for his first visit since he last graced the country’s July 9, 2011 independence ceremony.

“We would ask for a warm reception from our citizens in honour of the visit [of the Sudanese president],” Barnaba Marial, South Sudan’s Information minister told a press conference in Juba, Thursday.

Schools, shops, international organisations and government institutions as well as offices have been asked not to open to allow people line-up the route between Juba airport and J1, the offices of South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir.

Posters of Bashir and Kiir have also been put up around the capital ahead of Friday’s event.

Marial said the Sudanese leader will be accompanied by a 65-member delegation comprising of his advisors, ministers of defense, interior and foreign affairs; and high ranking government officials.

He said Bashir and his South Sudan counterpart, Kiir will hold a one-to-one meeting, which will later be preceded by a ministerial meeting between the two countries, co-chaired by the two presidents.

“The two leaders will mainly discuss all the main areas of last year’s Cooperation Agreement signed between two countries and the key issues within it,” he said, adding that focus will be on the nine agreements reached.

Bashir was originally scheduled to visit Juba in March last year, reciprocating Kiir’s trip to Khartoum in autumn 2011. But tensions around the export of South Sudan’s oil through the north, as well as other issues such as border demarcation and disputed areas has caused the 13 month delay.

South Sudan minister of National Security in the office of the president, Oyai Deng Ajak, said security forces in the country had completed preparations for the event.

Bashir and his delegation will be given the "utmost security attention", he said.

The minister further said police were prepared in every aspect to ensure the one-day visit of the Sudanese leader is devoid of protests. Since Bashir’s last visit over 20 months ago, communities on the border with Sudan have repeatedly complained of cross border attacks and bombings.

Khartoum has always denied attacking South Sudanese territory, claiming it only targets rebels trying to cross into Sudan. Juba likewise denies backing rebellions in Sudan’s peripheries.

Disputes over border security issues have blighted north-south relations since independence but in March the two sides agreed to implement the Cooperation Agreement signed in September 2012, paving the way for oil production to resume this month.

Sudan and South Sudan have also agreed to create a demilitarised buffer zone along the tense 2,000km border. The inclusion of some areas in the Safe Demilitarised Buffer Zone has proved highly controversial, especially in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.

The status of Abyei, which is claimed by both countries, has also not been resolved, with a vote delayed for over two years due to differences on who should be allowed to vote.

Ajak said security services were ready to prevent protestors from border communities or other groups intending to disrupt Bashir’s reception.

South Sudan’s deputy Interior minister, Salva Mathok Gengdit, said security forces have been deployed to strategic locations along all routes that the Sudanese delegation is expected to pass. A mobile group is ready to be deployed to contain any disruption, he added.

“The Central Equatoria State police, the city council police and the South Sudan National Police Service together with other organised force and security organs are now working together to ensure that the event of tomorrow passes off peacefully", stressed the minister.

South Sudan’s coordinating team have confirmed that every single person involved in securing the convoy or serving the President’s entourage, including waiters and producers, have undergone security screening.

Only selected media houses have been accredited to attend and cover the presidential and ministerial level meetings. President Bashir is also expected to address a press conference after the meetings.


Meanwhile, African Union Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Friday welcomed the Sudanese president’s decision to visit his South Sudan counterpart, saying she believes this visit will provide a further opportunity for the two heads of states to consolidate the progress made in their relations in recent weeks.

The meeting, Zuma said in a statement, should be used as an opportunity for the two leaders to address the remaining outstanding issues between them.

She however called on both sides to urgently to agree to the full implementation of the June 2011 Agreement on Temporary Arrangements for the Administration and Security of the Abyei Area, in particular as it relates to the establishment of the Abyei Area Administration, Abyei Area Council, and the Abyei Area Police Service.

The AU commission chief, specifically urged both countries to resolve the final status of Abyei, and in particular to agree to the composition and establishment of the Abyei Referendum Commission.


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  • 12 April 2013 06:54, by omoni jr.

    You stepped up the security around Juba??? Really??? Over six millions disappeared last week under presidential pillow case .. If someone want to kill this international fugitive ,it will NOT take two second to send him to Hell.

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    • 12 April 2013 07:44, by omoni jr.

      Anyone who is going to kill Omar Al Bashir is rewarded 10 millions Dollars,please do it for the sake of Sudanese blood spilled everywhere across the country.

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    • 12 April 2013 11:13, by Johndumo14

      Any one who kills this Omar Albashir will go to HEAVEN and will MARRY 70 virgins wives,and all his family too will go to HEAVEN.

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    • 12 April 2013 13:03, by Dinkawarrior

      ICC-teams ready to receive the Criminals in South Sudan’s Airport while the top North Sudanese Military Leaders shown their readiness to announce their President-Elected.
      She-Male President Bashit’s days are numbered, no questions about it. It took almost Nine years for ICC to hand them down but today we can say God heard our prayers or Alah jabu!

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      • 12 April 2013 13:31, by Dinkawarrior

        There will be a peaceful demonstration organized by the Youth in each and every Ten States of South Sudan, we encourage our Youths to be cooperatively with the ICC! Our voices have been heard and we have to be abide with the International Laws, both She-Male President Bashit and the Oil-Cowboy will be handedly to ICC. Those including Dr. Holocaust and North Sudanese’s Defense Minister will be

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        • 12 April 2013 13:47, by Dinkawarrior

          Arrested for their crimes against humanity, they killed hundreds of thousands of people and they have to pay the price of their actions. We are very please to see the changes, all two Countries will be having New Presidents and New Laws. Then the Peace will be prevails and Lights will be Shine after the Darkness! May God Bless Two Sudans and Save the lives of its people in the hands of murderers!

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          • 12 April 2013 13:51, by Dinkawarrior

            I’m Dinkawarrior, and I proved the above mentioned message!!!!!!!!

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            • 12 April 2013 14:23, by Nuer Empire

              Dinka Warrior:Nonsense! You just get your mind sharp after spending so many hours drinking and lie to the world that Bashir will be arrested.What did Dinka Cowboy do a part from fulfilling Dinka dreams!? Both Presidents have frustrating seasons in which they had failed to hit their main target,the oil bloody money! However,they still harbour hopes of silverware of looting this term. Contin....

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              • 12 April 2013 14:33, by Nuer Empire

                It is itching to see this Dinka thief coming out of the bar to the media to say ICC will arrest Bashir and Kiir.Weren’t for the advises from my relatives in Nuer Empire including Pinyin Gatkuoth,I would throw and revenge what was done to President Bush in Iraq.
                The Nuer Empire

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                • 12 April 2013 18:14, by panom lualbil

                  If you talk of ICC’s most wanted, then you should mind ur business. We also do have alot of ICC’s most wanted too so. I would appreciate MR. PRESIDENT 4 having job well-done in relationship with KHARTOUM. He never incorporated with arabs during our struggling so he has nothing 2 shine like u.But our relationship with KHARTOUM will affect our REBELS while improving economy.

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                • 12 April 2013 21:42, by Dinkawarrior

                  Ruach or Roach!
                  Please don’t pretence to be Empire! There is no such a thing in Nuer, unless you call yourself Gatluak Manguel’s son! Which is call Nguendeng, you son Carnival Panguel you’re deadly wrong.

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              • 12 April 2013 16:32, by Bungachier 50

                Nuer Empire!
                Don’t waste your responding to this idiot call Dinka warrior. What does he know about war. I am a Dinka myself.

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    • 12 April 2013 16:46, by Ajokbil

      The tight security provided by our security personnel in Juba for this bullshit the so call president is what we need to given to innocent civilian who are dying every in Juba and other parts of the Country.
      What is so special about him??? Does he knows us that we are human???? and in April he use to call us insect

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  • 12 April 2013 06:56, by Grader

    Shame, is this how South Sudan has become!
    Why shutdown the enitre economy to honour your self declared # 1 foes?!!!
    No where else can this happen? only in a country which has loss focussed and no reverse gear: Evaluation.
    Miracles has to be happen again:

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    • 12 April 2013 07:07, by Mou

      Tong tueng, cie ke pel ke baai bi baai ben nyaai, det erou cie akol joor baai ku bi lueel la yik raan niop baany jinub, abi ping la lup, ku bi thai nhom liaap ke cuet baai wiir ke kuc caap.(John Kudusay)

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    • 12 April 2013 12:52, by Dumodit

      Why leader usually pay careful attention on their security but ignore the citizen security?
      It’s kind of selfishness. we what you to reunited the opposition party at both side Sudan & South Sudan.
      Avoid tribalism or racism, Sudan with 164 people group must show justice and equality and same to South Sudan with more than 80 people group.

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  • 12 April 2013 07:01, by master

    aarrest him

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    • 12 April 2013 07:06, by Corrupt Dinka

      Arrest him when he come to Juba, he is coming to destroy Juba

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    • 12 April 2013 07:54, by Majongdit

      Wonders will never end! Master, are you serious? Judged by your daily comments I thought you will be the last person to utter the words, "arrest him". Anyway, sorry man, we won’t arrest him.

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      • 12 April 2013 09:14, by Northern Sudanese

        the world is upside/down today..... specially for us!

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        • 12 April 2013 10:54, by Majongdit

          Northern Sudanese, I feel the resumption of better relations is all we need for the two Sudans. The Ugandans and Kenyans have looted our young country in terms of businesses when all that we import is cheaply available in Khartoum. But first I’d like to know why are things upside down in your side.

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          • 12 April 2013 18:08, by Northern Sudanese

            yes of course, co operation could develop both countries but the thing is the border! thats all that needs to be sorted out, I mean bashir visiting Juba is like Kiir visiting Khartoum but agreements still failed. if rebels signed for peace and border is solved then nothing is upside down.....

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        • 12 April 2013 12:09, by South South

          Northern Sudanese,
          Iam laughing big. We will not arrest a president of a poor country called Sudan who visited Juba to beg for money. What we will not do is leaving our brothers in Darfur, Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains alone to be killed, black people are in controlling what is called now old Sudan and we will drive out soon fake black Arabs from old Sudan, in your face. Beggar

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          • 12 April 2013 18:02, by Northern Sudanese

            South monkey
            I hope you don’t die from a heart attack, you are unable to feed more than halve your people and call us poor? you have the highest illiteracy rate in the world and call us poor? you have over 90% of your people living in ’’poverty’’ and you call us poor? forget darfur , BN and NS they are all in a better condition than south sudan!
            go drink your urine!

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        • 12 April 2013 12:15, by South South

          Northern Sudanese,
          What a World we live !!! South Sudan is everything to Sudan now. Bashir is in Juba to bow for us so that we can release a little money to safe his poor, dying country. Fake Arabs in Sudan used to see themselves masters of Sudanese, but that was really fake thinking. South Sudanese are the master of the masters, don’t you agree with me beggar ?

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          • 12 April 2013 18:05, by Northern Sudanese

            South Money
            kiir visited sudan first! we are in south sudan to create good relations, on the other hand! you can’t even feed more than halve your people, highest illiteracy rate and the list goes on! other than your 3.4 billion oil your worthless , we covered 2.5 billion already o that loss and 1.2 billion would be paid through transit fees!
            how about that urine drinker?

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          • 12 April 2013 18:09, by Northern Sudanese

            South monkey
            I know alcohol makes people drunk, but urine..... I hope tomorrow your brains would work again.

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    • 12 April 2013 09:01, by trinitri

      if only...

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  • 12 April 2013 07:04, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The coming of president Bashir to Juba is showing high level of relationship between khartoum and juba and show implementation of 27 sep 2012 agreement signed by Juba and khartoum

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    • 12 April 2013 08:46, by Eastern

      Emotion aside, the coming together of the two Sudans in this highly diplomatic way is long overdue. Whether Juba is hosting an indictee in a grand manner is not the question but the most important thing is the stability of the two countries. You are all witnesses of the near collapse of the country - we have the biting unpalatable austery measures!!Get real and raise up your olive branch!!

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  • 12 April 2013 07:10, by hamil

    This Government of South Sudan is nothing but a Drama to me. You can not provide security for your own citizens when they are being terrorized,looted and killed every night by armed thugs who are also the Army and the police respectively. And then this number one enemy of South Sudan pays a visit to the Country and then you tighten security. You are making us a laughing stock, and Bashir Superior.

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  • 12 April 2013 07:22, by Akuma

    Welcome Bashir to South Sudan, no fear since we are not members of Rome Statute.
    Dr. Akuma, Chicago, USA

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  • 12 April 2013 07:33, by Sudan virus

    Anybody capable of killing this terrorist epidemic will be rewarded by God and the people of South Sudan and perhaps will become a world hero.If i were to be USA i will offer $1 for his head.

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    • 12 April 2013 07:56, by Nuer Empire

      I know my body will be there during his fake press conference.Folks do you still remember what was done to President Bush in Iraq during his press conference in a big hall? A shoe was thrown to him! I will throw my shoe to Bashir and will be jailed,but not killed or prosecuted.I will make my History today.Wait and see!! "He is addressing the insects."
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 12 April 2013 09:19, by Northern Sudanese

        Nuer Empire
        Today is your day isn’t it bro? lol

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        • 12 April 2013 12:08, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

          Nuer Empire.
          If u will do that, Dinkas will kill u bro- and you are the one who always chat for Julai and Dinka Dominate SPLA/M.
          My dear Nuer Empire ur are the best to defeat Julia and D.D. SPLA/M plus murle agency in this forum.

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      • 12 April 2013 12:00, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

        Nuer Empire.
        If u will do that, Dinkas will kill u bro- and do one who will chat for Julai and Dinka Dominate SPLA/M.
        My dear Nuer Empire ur are the best to defeat Julia and D.D. SPLA/M plus murle agency in this forum.

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      • 12 April 2013 12:06, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

        Nuer Empire.
        If u will do that, Dinkas will kill u bro- and you are the one who always chat for Julai and Dinka Dominate SPLA/M.
        My dear Nuer Empire ur are the best to defeat Julia and D.D. SPLA/M plus murle agency in this forum.

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    • 12 April 2013 07:57, by Majongdit

      $ 1 is too small for his head

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  • 12 April 2013 08:17, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    We should take Southern Sudanese identity,as the essential symbolism to ignore all enemies with rules and principles.We should love our president more than Bashiro,because the word insects is politically paintfull and non-compromise.But trade languange should be in the market of exchange of goods.Unofficial visit,it’s not internationally organised:-)

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  • 12 April 2013 08:49, by Gabriel Ajak

    H.E the president of the north is highly welcome, but strongly have to respected our national table and leave this country of the South peacefully with no mass.

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    • 12 April 2013 09:07, by Peter Mading

      Now there is full security in Juba for the protection of lives of the 66 delegation including Bashir while security had been neglected to protect the lives of the indigenous citizens who are being killed daily in hundreds by unknown gangs. What a big hypocracy?

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  • 12 April 2013 09:12, by Northern Sudanese

    bashir, do you realize the number of assasins waiting for you to just get off the presidential plane? if you need 3 planes to be safe in the air, how many cars would you need to be safe on the streets???
    I hope you prayed in the morning, In fact I hope you will survive, but for now i better pretend to be looking for another president!

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    • 12 April 2013 10:33, by Peter Mading

      Mr. North,
      Let be assured that no one in South Sudan have that bad intention which the north does to kill anybody. Bashir is free and 100% protected. He is more protected here in the South than in the North. Do you know the reason why coming with all important delegations? He just fear of Coup.

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      • 12 April 2013 18:17, by Northern Sudanese

        Peter Mading
        The reason why he has a delegation is to have and create good relations between the countries, nothing more! so your saying that the lees ministers there are in the country, the less likely that there would be a coup? come on dude, you know that doesn’t make any sense right?
        Bashir could be shot, you never know only time proves....

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    • 12 April 2013 13:35, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      Today is our day in South Sudan. Don’t you agree with me fake Arab ? One thing will not be allowed today for Basir to do, he will not be allowed to watch his ass with his hands in South Sudanese land, never. He bow, beg, knee down and all of that, but watching asses with hands is not allowed in south Sudan. Poor of the poorest, Bahsir is in Juba to bring food to your mother

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      • 12 April 2013 18:13, by Northern Sudanese

        South monkey
        dude am not in a mood for this, ok? whatever you say is nothing but a joke, you get 80% of your food from Khartoum, at least yo mum gets a bread! you call us while over 90% of your people live in poverty..... I know that in south sudan you wash with water, you have urine shower!
        get your ass walking.....

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  • 12 April 2013 09:19, by WarmWelcome

    South Sudan’s government urges citizens to turn out in large numbers to give a warm welcome to a mass murderer?? Reminds me of cattle, led to the slaughter. Sad state of affairs.

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  • 12 April 2013 09:23, by Turism

    It will be really ashamful to hear that coming of Bashir to Juba is whereby security is tightening and the inocent civilians used to die every time in juba while no proper force being put in place. it big doubt.

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  • 12 April 2013 09:44, by hamil

    There is one thing everyone must know and it is nothing but the truth. The civilians of the two Sudan Countries have a very good relationship with each other many Southerners are still in the North, many Northern Sudanese are in the South as well. The only people responsible for the tentions are the two Governments in the North and South i travel to Khartoum frequently and leave in peace always.

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  • 12 April 2013 09:51, by Turism

    Hamil, did you enter to Suk chaabi in khartuom or Jebel awiele to see how people will temper with you? pliz don’t lie these people are good in relationship.

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  • 12 April 2013 09:53, by steven

    Security is very important, not just for the citizens’ sake, but also to ensure the stability in the country and region.

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    • 12 April 2013 12:05, by Dumodit

      This is how Africa need to prosper. hatred and consistence conflict would take people nowhere but ended them up with poverty.
      Let unity prevail in two Sudan, should it led both to stability, peaceful, progress and prosperity.
      Welcome Omar Bashir to SS! But Never applied trick anymore.

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  • 12 April 2013 10:32, by Ajongtar

    Not only schools and offices that are rendered non-functional, but this ’visit’ has impacted almost on every thing! Public transport is almost brought to halt, markets in the vicinity of where the ICC-wanted Omer Al Bahier is expected to pass through are closed, and so forth. On the other hand, chances of intimidation by security organs are very high.

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    • 12 April 2013 11:17, by Ming Dhal

      Stupid Bashir’s coming stop everything in town forgetting what he did in the past and still doing it and even after visit today you see/hear the nonsense of the mad man believe me guys.
      Shame on criminal God knows what and when he will call you to answer your disaster.

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  • 12 April 2013 11:34, by ForAll

    I hope that South Sudan’s Salva Kiir and Sudan’s Omer Al Bashir; will first settle their internal problems.
    And do every thing to implement Equal Civil Rights for all citizens far away from TRIBALISM.

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    • 12 April 2013 12:13, by Dumodit

      No different. Sudan & Sudan pulling themselves like those play- rustling game.
      Same land hosted by different mindset leaders. split the largest nation due to Black & red co lour natural desires.
      No! NO! NO!! head of State leaders! Give citizens freedom.

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  • 12 April 2013 15:09, by Lok T Simon

    If Southern Sudan manage to tie up security arrangement in Juna successfully during the visited of president Bashir, then why not s. Sudan also tie up security in Jonglei state and other areas which have similar problems? Budget that has been given to this security in Juba should also supposed to be spread out to dreadful situation within s. Sudan area.

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  • 12 April 2013 16:30, by Kim Deng

    There is no premanent enemy or friend in the world of business with different interests. Let the two enjoy their peace time, at least for now.

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  • 12 April 2013 22:12, by Mr. Too big

    Bashir shouldn’t be scared when coming to the republic of south sudan bcoz we all awared that he will soon be taken by interpol in Chan for the expeculated comference to be held on june.

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  • 13 April 2013 08:14, by Oppressor

    To the haters form Janoubeen NOW you may tell us President Basheer came & left !! He is the only President who agreed & gave you the right to role yourselves & have A RICH STATE with useless vision less ppls. You see how you are ungreatfull ..:)

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