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September 20, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudan government has commemeded diplomatic efforts by its foreign affairs ministry to strenghten ties and relations with other countries.

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South Sudanese Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin (L) meets with Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour (R) for talks under mediation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia, September 10, 2015 (Photo Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

The young nation’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth told the state-owned SSTV that the council of ministers was, at its Friday meeting, briefed by his foreign affairs counterpart, Barnaba Marial Benjamin on his recent trip to East Africa and Russia.

The council of ministers, during its meeting chaired by President Salva Kiir, reportedly praised Marial for his successful mission to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Russia.

"The council commended and appreciated the efforts exerted by the minister of foreign affairs in his recent regional tour of Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and successfully ended his mission with a meeting with Sudanese foreign minister in Russia where he managed to secure the support of the Russian government to block the imposition of sanctions. As the government, we commend and appreciate the government of Russia, Angola, china and Venezuela with standing with us in our quest for peace," Lueth said on Saturday.

This is not time for sanctions. The people of South Sudan and the government need peace and support for implementation of peace agreement, not sanctions”, he added.

Meanwhile, Gordon Buay, a government representatives at its diplomatic mission in the United States separately told Sudan Tribune that the people of South Sudan were extremely delighted with the performance of their diplomats in Moscow for improving diplomatic relations between the world’s youngest nation and the Russian Federation.

According to Buay, the friendly relationship between the people of the Republic of South Sudan and the Russian people goes back to the time of the armed liberation struggle.

“It should be noted that the former Soviet Union supported the SPLM/A militarily for eight years to fight for the freedom of the people of South Sudan. The support the SPLA Movement obtained from Russia during the cold war from 1983—91 gave the people of South Sudan the opportunity to liberate themselves from their oppressors”, he said.

South Sudanese diplomats in Russia, he stressed, did a "marvelous" job in persuading the Russian government to help bring together Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan.

Buay further explained that the bilateral talks, which took place on 10 September, 2015, and eventually led to joint communique from the foreign ministers of Sudan and South Sudan, could be credited to the diplomatic work of South Sudan diplomats in Moscow.

“Most importantly, the South Sudan diplomats in Moscow should be congratulated and appreciated for persuading the Russian Federation to reject and oppose sanctions that were proposed by some Western countries at the UN Security Council against individuals in South Sudan”, he said.

Russia was one of the countries that recognised the independence of South Sudan when it broke away from Sudan in July, 2011. This followed a referendum held earlier that year.

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  • 21 September 2015 01:26, by Bolman

    ss don’t runout of lies they still believing this three sector of mother liar I knew Bauy since he was from Nuer before identity to loser Name Dinka, because if didn’t change this devil Name Dinka their problems will not gonna last im fearing KIIR is gonna soon with the heart failure and that will be the last misleading of devil name Dinka, for your infro mr Bauy mayardiit doesn’went anywhere

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    • 21 September 2015 06:21, by Mi diit

      Look at these poor brains with failed diplomacy. So at least you can depend on communist Russia for help?

      Anybody who depends on Russia is always ends up a failure.

      You lost the whole world including IGAD and now you think Russia can help.

      You will always praise yourself for small things but lose big things.

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      • 21 September 2015 08:00, by Khent

        ’Communist Russia’? LOL! Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly get any dumber, you thoroughly disprove my kindest estimations of you, Mi Diit. Are you in a time-warp of some sort? Russia is communist the same way that Ngundeng was able to foresee the future. Russia is a significant world power and so your ignorant attempts at belittling it are just a fail...

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        • 21 September 2015 08:14, by Khent

          You think that IGAD is of significance but Russia is not? Russia has more significance than of all of Africa. The only countries with a comparable level of significance include China and the United States. South Sudan should establish closer ties with Russia and China as we are well and truly now in the ’Asian Century’. The East is replacing the West. Get used to it.

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          • 21 September 2015 08:27, by Mi diit

            Khent (Rommel),

            For how long will you keep changing your bizarre names on this net in order to conceal your stupid identity?

            If you think your tribal boss Kiir has not lost diplomacy, then you are equal to him in that naivety.

            He is a school child as Makuei Lueth indirectly referred to him from the bottom of his heart.

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            • 21 September 2015 08:31, by Mi diit

              Khent,

              As usual you have poor argument and analysis. Russia is insigficant in world political influence and diplomacy. It can only veto UN decision but cannot go beyond this.

              Tell me which significant project has Russia financed in South Sudan?

              Oh, yeah, IGAD is more significant. You depend on their sea ports and trade. Their sanction against you can hurt a lot.

              Poor Khent doesn’t understand..

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              • 21 September 2015 08:36, by Mi diit

                By further leaning towards Russia, you are further isolating yourself from major world decision makers. You can be squeezed and Russia will not do any thing to save you.

                Russia only thought that Kiir still has money to buy weapons from Moscow. They don’t know that there is no money. They will soon find out how Kiir has become useless like Museveni has now found out.

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              • 21 September 2015 08:40, by Khent

                Mi diit

                You do realise that you’ve said nothing of significance? Instead of disproving me wrong all you did was add to the strength of my argument. Salva Kiir is not my tribal boss, but Riek is your god. Russia can write up UN resolutions and veto others. IGAD only has regional significance whereas Russia is a global power...

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                • 21 September 2015 08:46, by Khent

                  ..And IGAD has not even indicated that it would take measures to block our access to regional ports which would greatly damage their economies as well, you mindless crackhead. Why don’t you demonstrate to us your great analytical skills by interpreting Ngudeng’s ’prophetic’ songs. You’re so logical and clear thinking. LOL!

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                  • 21 September 2015 08:53, by Khent

                    So the fact that Russia can veto any UN resolution that may harm South Sudan’s interests will further our isolation? Hmmm, that doesn’t make a lick of sense, but you would know a lot about not making any sense at all, wouldn’t you, Ngundeng peddler? Why are you pretending that you have any insights into Russia’s motivations?

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          • 21 September 2015 08:57, by jubaone

            Khent,

            These SPLM communists were cared for in 21 yrs struggle by the US, Troika, France etc, while your Russian and Chinese communists fed Bashir with guns. The very SPLM communists in Juba have now shit into the bowel that they fed from. How cheap must one be to bend so low and become a Russian and Chinese surrogate. Such an amnesia!

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            • 21 September 2015 09:03, by Khent

              jubaone

              I don’t need history lessons from anybody on this website. Did you know that Sudan was the largest recipient of U.S. development and military aid in Africa after Egypt? This continued until 1989 — many years after we had already started the SPLM.

              Have you ever wondered exactly just how it is that Sudan was able to acquire American C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft and M60 Patton tanks?

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              • 21 September 2015 09:06, by Khent

                The Soviet Union supported us from 1983 to 1991 when it fell and disintegrated, and so it was no longer able to support the many different armed groups and governments it previously supported.

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                • 21 September 2015 11:53, by Mi diit

                  Khent,

                  You are truly resembling your ’school boy’ Kiir. Putting your all eggs in one Russian shaky basket will crush you all.

                  Veto power is not how the world is being run. Russia can change its mind any time and allow sanctions without veto. What will you do?

                  It is like depending on Museveni in the region and finally let you down.

                  Yeah, the region can be influenced to sanction you.

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                  • 21 September 2015 11:56, by Mi diit

                    US, UK, Norway, etc., can agree with Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to impose arms embargo, freeze your bank accounts, etc, and an incentive can be given to them for whatever little temporary loss they will incur on the embargo. How will freezing your assets and travel ban make them lose.

                    You are a poor analyst.

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                    • 21 September 2015 12:07, by Khent

                      Mi diit

                      Russia will not change its mind because it wants to increase ties with non-Western regions following its tensions with the West over eastern Ukraine, Crimea and Syria. Russia is not fickle. If you want actions that go beyond the unilateral, the UN is the only vehicle for it. Nothing has indicated that Museveni will break his alliance with Salva Kiir, so you’re just delusional...

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                      • 21 September 2015 12:15, by Khent

                        ..So you’re banking on the possibility of Uganda abandoning Salva Kiir to impose sanctions on a country that Uganda makes a billion dollars from? No one is going to give an African country a billion dollars in these economic conditions now that governments are slashing budgets and imposing austerity measures...

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                        • 21 September 2015 12:20, by Khent

                          Sudan carries no weight when it comes to matters concerning human rights and so I can’t imagine that anyone would take them seriously regarding another country’s civil war. You must be on something to even mention Sudan. The US itself has indicated that it will not support an arms embargo on South Sudan precisely because it would only affect one of the sides.

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                          • 21 September 2015 12:34, by Khent

                            You’re just creating incredibly unlikely little scenarios in your dull little mind and pretending that it has any impact on the real world. China will not allow a situation for Western countries to threaten their energy sources, and so you will see China veto anything even remotely resembling an economic embargo...

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                            • 21 September 2015 12:41, by Khent

                              China contributes far more financial resources to Africa - with trade between Africa and China now three times larger than trade between Africa and the United States. China is received far more positively in Africa and has considerable influence over countries like Ethiopia and Kenya, with China now building rail links in Kenya...

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                              • 21 September 2015 12:47, by Khent

                                Why don’t you mention a single comparable project by the United States in Africa. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. If China won’t even countenance the imposition of sanctions on individual generals, what makes you think that it would support economic embargoes that would result in it losing access to energy sources? It has far more influence over Kenya and Ethiopia than the US.

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                                • 21 September 2015 13:53, by Khent

                                  I should also mention that the China sponsored rail links in Kenya will cost almost $14 billion dollars. The world has changed and Asia is now the largest economic region and will exercise more and more power and influence on the global stage. Your trust in the West is misplaced. Their time in the sun is over.

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              • 21 September 2015 17:10, by jubaone

                Khent,

                It is one thing acknowledging Russia´s veto rights at the UN, it is yet another appreciating its rejection to sanction Malong albeit what currently is ongoing in South Sudan. Russia principally opposes what the US advocates without any substantial justification. US says yes, Russia then says no. That´s it. Putin and Kiir are ideological bedfellows- communists and dictators.

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  • 21 September 2015 07:39, by Big Head

    Your Nuer mindset will soon died out, we can’t be nation when we see ourselves as tribes....so if someone says right thing though he is Nuer he become Dinka according to Mi diit and his associates. Yes world relationship dosn’t differentiate between Communists and capitalist, what matter is how you play its.

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  • 21 September 2015 08:27, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Dear Equatorians be aware of this treats words from the two states read and understand the article where south Sudan will be

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  • 21 September 2015 08:29, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    To: UN Agencies, INGOs, Diplomatic Missions and International Companies and Partners,
    Cc: Government of South Sudan and National Organizations and to whom it may concern
    Date: 11/9/2015
    The judicious sons and daughters of Greater Bar El Gazal and Greater Upper Nile have felt that it is always good
    to express grievances before taking detrimental action (s) against persons that have wronged us or ar

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  • 21 September 2015 08:29, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Though foreigners and some of our citizens are widely misled here in South Sudan that the people of Greater Bar
    El Gazal and Greater Upper Nile are war-like, unfriendly, dim-witted, tribal-minded, corrupt, primitive, uneducated,
    inexperienced, thinking-like-their cattle, just to mention a few.
    Today, we want to inform the world that these two Greater regions do not act as perceived. We have a good

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  • 21 September 2015 08:30, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    We are not employed in positions meant to be based in Juba, Yambio, Torit and other places within Equatoria
    region and yet they can sardonically be found in Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile States and other places within
    Greater Upper Nile. They do this as a ploy to isolate us because they have connived with foreigners with a
    perception that we are bad-mannered, inexperienced and that we threaten org

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  • 21 September 2015 08:33, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    They have taken themselves to be peaceful, experienced. ethical,
    modern, educated, civilized, incorrupt, friendly and can dance to the tune of employers. That is the reason they
    have controlled Human Resources Department in management organizations. Theirs is a deep-rooted hatred and
    if not addressed, it will cost them dearly. They (Equatorian sons and daughters) have skilfully employed a conflict

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  • 21 September 2015 08:33, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    To make this matter worse, when applications are delivered to any organizations that call for job applications here
    in Juba, the applications delivered by sons and daughters of Greater Upper Nile are selected and thrown away
    right from the gates, where security guards are stationed and they keep the ones for their sons and daughters for
    recruitments. This happens with the knowledge of employers an

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  • 21 September 2015 08:36, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Even in Greater Upper Nile, we are recruited and paid less as locally hired employees and they (Equatorians) are
    employed and paid more than us as people recruited from Juba. Even if we are employed in our regions, we are
    not employed to senior positions where key decisions are made in organizations. These Equatorian sons and
    daughters are accommodated, fed and treated favourably because they are

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  • 21 September 2015 08:37, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Now, let it be clear to those who will be able to hear and take this seriously that we (sons and daughters of Greater
    Bar El Gazal and Greater Upper Nile) have decided to warn that if these grievances are not addressed
    immediately by employers and to whom it may concern, then do not blame us later for any detrimental actions
    which will be taken out of frustrations by the sons and daughters of Grea

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  • 21 September 2015 08:39, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    We are South Sudanese, if we need peace to prevail in our hearts, if we need to co-exist in South Sudan, if we all
    need to benefit from this beautiful land of ours, we need to treat ourselves with respect and equally. Let us not
    look at ourselves with contempt. We need to see that our sons and daughters are equally employed in Greater
    Equatoria as Equatorians are employed in Greater Bar El Gazal a

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  • 21 September 2015 08:40, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Thanks for your time to read this and your immediate response to this petition is highly appreciated. Failure to
    address this, our next action is at our finger tip. We look forward to building an inclusive South Sudan!
    Below are the undersigned:
    1. Peter Agou Kuot Agou
    2. Martin Ukel Santo
    3. Charles Gatkuoth Tot
    4. Mary Lam Kang
    5. Angelina Amer Alier
    6. James Obach Angui
    7. Nyacilok Arkeangelo
    8

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    • 21 September 2015 09:04, by Eastern

      Okucu,

      I read this piece of crap somewhere on Wangdunkon website. I know these bloodthirsty folks will actualise their ’threats’ in one way or the other. Some of us who have worked in their land for a while now can attest to this. A dinka or nuer will regard a Kenyan more than an Equatorian who they jointly derogatively refer to as nyam nyam. There is a deep sitted hatrate among these folks!

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  • 21 September 2015 09:09, by Eastern

    The time is soon approaching for the former three regions of the country to be receptive to folks deemed ’outsiders’ by those referring to themselves as owners; we are increasingly seeing South Sudan decending to the periods predating 1800AD! Others have already advocated for creation of ethnic enclaves! Cry the beloved country, where’s the unity we often crave for?

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