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Western countries regret support for South Sudan’s secession: Bashir

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April 18, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese president, Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, said that several Western countries which encouraged South Sudan’s independence have apologised for their actions and urged Khartoum to reunite with the newborn state.

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SPLA soldier stands next to a machine gun mounted on a truck in Malakal town, on December 30, 2013 (Photo Reuters/James Akena)

Bashir, who addressed a meeting of ruling party’s pastoralists and farmers’ secretariat on Thursday evening, said that Sudan’s enemies who supported secession of the south in order to destroy the north regretted their action, noting they are now begging Khartoum to reunite with Juba.

“They pushed the south to secede in order to destroy the north, however when they saw what happened in the south they secretly told us they were mistaken and wished they had listened to us and now they asked us to reunite”, he said.

The Sudanese president said his government can’t decide on reunification with the south, underscoring the matter must be referred to the Sudanese people.

“We are a sovereign state and if another country seeks to join us, the government must be convinced by the move and then refer the issue to the Sudanese people”, he added.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan on July 9th 2011 following a referendum on whether the semi-autonomous region should remain a part of the country or become independent. 99% of the southern voters chose independence.

Observers say that strained relations between the countries and the internal crises they are currently facing are direct consequence of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which failed to adequately address several post-cessation issues.

Following the start of the inter -South Sudanese crisis last December many analysts said that South Sudan succumbed in the old "African bugaboo": tribalism and called to put the new born state under UN trusteeship.

However, Sudanese foreign minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, violently rejected the idea saying “These suggestions undermine authority of a sovereign state and no country would accept such views”.

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  • 19 April 07:01, by Positive Thinker

    Hi my dear, president Bashir, which Western Countries are regretting and begging you secretly to reunite SS to S? Mr. Holy angel we are prepare to die than to join S again. We know though not entirely, what is happening today in SS, S has a hand in it. So be in ur paradise and let us be in our chosen hell. We are happy here in SS without S.

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    • 19 April 10:14, by Paul

      Positive Thinker, You and I already know which countries going behind us telling Sudan to reunite with South Sudan. These countries are not happy as they haven’t got the end of the deal. They know that reuniting these two will create more chaos; which is what they want. No external power will ever dictate South Sudanese people. South Sudan is not anyone’s colony like other African countries.

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  • 19 April 07:06, by Joseph Canada

    WAAAIIT AMINUTE!!!!
    Bashir don’t try to score cheap politics to the poor uneducated pastrolist to keep your Northern Power. We will Never come back to you. And the country that told you that is your own country inside the NCP Office. We rather die killing ourselves that living peacefully with you!!NEVER!!!

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    • 19 April 13:25, by Wani khooto

      dear JOSEPH CANADA,
      this is your first time to act like nationalist,thank for that,south sudan problem is our problem let not those idiot dream any things negative.we kill ourselves but we know our future.western world only need our oil.let think big before the destroy our nation.south sudanese oyeeeeeeee

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  • 19 April 07:09, by Force 1

    The secession of South Sudan was not Western countries idea but it was South Sudanese people to do so. Who care in South Sudan what Western countries said! Western countries should mind their own business; they have enough to worry about in their own countries.

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  • 19 April 07:12, by Black Africa

    President Salva Kiir is to be blame for what’s going on in South Sudan. I don’t understand this guy, he has destroy our beloved country. President Kiir, you are the most stupid president in this world. The people of South Sudan don’t like you and you are not qualify to be our President. Why do you don’t want resign ? you f**king gorilla !

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  • 19 April 07:14, by Akol Liai Mager

    Fugitive Bashir’s right hand man Not-Nafie Ali Not-Nafie told Ahmed Mansour’s Al-Jazeera TV Without Border Program that; "Separation was our choice than Garang’s Unity of Sudan". It was, and still is NIF’ motives to separate North Sudan in order to establish a Taliban’s like-style State of Ahmedi-Triangle.

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    • 19 April 15:24, by Mangoor

      Akol Mager, if you were too dumb to understand Garang’s intention then that is your retard. Garang was not fighting for unity. He was liberating South Sudan. That is why he concentrated the war effort in the south where the SPLM/A captured more garrisons and almost uprooted Sudan armed forces. Actions of capturing S. Sudan spoke louder than words.

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  • 19 April 07:16, by Snipper

    It is a shame brought onto us by stupid people! People who only think with their eyes instead of hear. Bashir is just laughing at us. No any country even contacted him or apologized but people sometimes laugh at stupid people. Now there isn’t any room for compromise. Our brothers should choose either peace or war. Either of the two will be given to them. Actually the later is being given now..

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  • 19 April 08:05, by Majongdit

    PRESIDENT BESHIR OF SUDAN,
    TAKE IT FROM ME. THE NUER, DINKA, SHILLUK, MURLE AND ALL TRIBES OF GREATER EQUATORIA REGARDLESS OF THE CRISIS IN SOUTH SUDAN WOULD EASILY UNITE AGAINST THE RE-UNIFICATION OF TWO SUDANS. JUST TRY AND FEEL IT!

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  • 19 April 08:22, by hellonearth

    Bashit

    Guess what, despite we hating ourselves right now, we will Unite against one enemy we all know. that’s you, fake arabs. it will never happen in your entire life Bashit.

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    • 19 April 08:36, by South South

      From Ambassador Bola Dada of Nigeria:
      "that Al-Qaeda had penetrated Nigeria through Chad. You know Chad has a border with Borno State. We have about eight million Nigerians in Sudan: people who settled there after pilgrimage. Many who couldn’t reach Saudi Arabia just settled there. And Al-Bashir (Sudanese president) was a descendant of Borno State."
      Terrorist Bashir is a Nigeria citizen.

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      • 19 April 08:58, by Fact Nonsense

        Bashir is sensing danger due to his support to SPLM-Zero. It’s already a blunder to involved himself in the crisis of South Sudan. Because without any doubt, Eastern Sudan, Darfur, Kordofan and BLue Nile together with South Sudan are a threat to his regime. So he’s inciting civil community to take the matters into their own hands than he will get an excuse of Sudanese people demands for re-union.

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  • 19 April 08:45, by Observer

    Yet again our President gives the rest of the world a good reason to laugh at us.
    His arrogance and ignorance in expressing publicly his fantasies is just unbelievable
    He says "Sudan’s enemies who supported secession of the south in order to destroy the north regretted their action, noting they are now begging Khartoum to reunite with Juba"
    Have the courage to name these countries.!

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  • 19 April 08:46, by Ankh

    Bashir has a way of reminding South Sudanese who the real enemy is just incase we forget.

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  • 19 April 08:52, by Observer

    Whatever happened to protecting the sovereignty of a country that Bashir is always happy to quote when other countries say things that he doesn’t like.
    Does this only apply to our country?
    By tomorrow there will be a statement saying that this was misreported and taken out of context.

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  • 19 April 09:18, by hellonearth

    It makes sense now why sudan voted in favor of annexation of crimea. they want South Sudan back under their control. wowhttp://globalnews.ca/news/1237010/from-a-to-z-these-are-the-ten-countries-backing-putins-annexation-of-crimea/

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  • 19 April 10:17, by Northern Sudanese

    I don’t know why you guys are crying so loud ,no1 in the north is calling for re unity with you guys and bashir never said that he wants unity he said ’’westerners regretted supporting your independence’’ which is a true fact but no where he said I want to re unite with you.
    re unity with you guys = another 50 years of destruction in the south. 2 states is far better.

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    • 19 April 13:13, by Majongdit

      Dear Northern Sudanese,
      Stay in your peaceful Sudan, and we in our war-torn South Sudan. Your country is free. It is not a terrorist state and genocide-free from Darfur through Nuba, Blue Nile and to Beja in the East. You are a prosperous country that depends on another country’ exit fees on oil.

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      • 19 April 14:50, by Northern Sudanese

        You are free , we gave you your freedom. please , there was no genocide in darfur and educated people know that. ask the AU , arab league and islamic world if you don’t believe me. nuba mts are polluted by small amount of rebellion nearly finished and the Beja are fine, far better than you. we don’t depend on your oil, check the latest economy figures and..

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        • 19 April 14:53, by Northern Sudanese

          you would realize the truth. your whole oil was worth 4 billion and at the moment at least $3 billion has been recovered. you on the other hand still depend 98% on that oil which machar is taking over. for the past 3 months you already lost control over 3 capitals in south sudan like bentiu focus on that and the upcoming famine in SS bigger than ethiopia’s in the 80’s

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          • 19 April 15:39, by Majongdit

            Northern Sudanese,
            You didn’t give us our freedom; we fought for it and we rightly earned it. The rebellion in Sudan only subsided after we removed our foot from the accelerator. There was genocide in Darfur and cout attempts in Khartoum. Sudan depends on oil like South Sudan. If not, then what would you need transport fees for? Sudan has been left all alone to sell what I produces to itself...Pu

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            • 19 April 16:26, by Northern Sudanese

              You got your freedom because we agreed for a peaceful end to the war because for 50 years you were nothing but a huge liability to Sudan and we were sick of chasing you in the bushes. There was no genocide + the last coup attempt was years ago while in juba like 3 months ago.. we don’t depend on your oil, but you can’t let it cross for free. lol check GDP figures and then talk.

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              • 19 April 16:30, by Northern Sudanese

                Sudan’s economy no longer depends on your oil and as of last year the deficit of 2011 decreased by at least 70% in all sectors of the loss from separation. you on the other hand still depend 98% on that oil for your income. taking into account the number of times it was shut by machar and likely future destruction and famine and displacement of 20% of the population, your going from bad to worse.

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    • 19 April 13:23, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      You are another lair like your uncle Bashir. Tell us the names of westerners who regretted from the South Sudan independence. Is that hey way they taught you in Islam?

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      • 19 April 14:59, by Northern Sudanese

        I thought machar had finished off the kiirs cousins....anyway, you think I work in the presidential palace in Khartoum to provide you with details?
        but the regret of westerners aren’t secret,yesterday they were supporting and believing your land would be paradise, today they realize its heading towards a famine bigger than ethiopia’s in 80’s and need to put you under UN trusteeship.

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  • 19 April 15:14, by Positive Thinker

    From the bottom of my heart I wish to sincerely appreciate all South Sudaneses who have chosen in their 99% to create A nation call South Sudan. South Sudan is here to stay among the nations of the world. we shall overcome our difficulties No amount of ill wishing will kill our resilince.

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  • 19 April 19:02, by Bolong

    Western countries regret support for South Sudan’s secession, and so do I. In fact We lost almost three millions people in the last three wars, Anya-nya one, two, SPLA, and the Southern tribal war. We got independent and everyone wants to be president overnight and make our citizens hopeless and less human in the world. Is this the South Sudan we have been dreams of?

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