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Sudan closes its common border with South Sudan

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March 29, 2013 (JUBA) - Sudanese government has again on Tuesday closed its borders with South Sudan, just a week after Khartoum threatened to treat South Sudanese in Sudan as foreigners.

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Sudanese military personnel inspect the belongings of South Sudanese on the Sudanese border on 18 April 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

On Tuesday, South Sudan’s Renk county commissioner in West Nile state, (former Upper Nile sate), Stephen Chan Aluong, said his county has officially received a message from the White Nile state governor of Sudan that the national government has issued a directive ending cross border movement with the neighbouring South Sudan.

“It is very clear that the closing directives were issued by Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir and given as a directive of action to White Nile governor,” Aluong told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

“Even people who are taking their relatives to hospitals in Sudan have been stopped from crossing the border by border Sudanese authorities,” he said.

Sudan threatened two weeks ago to close the border, stop medical and education incentives South Sudanese enjoys in north and treat them as foreigners over charges that Juba continues to support Sudanese rebels. South Sudan has denied this allegation and insists on dialogue as the way to resolve the differences.

Commissioner Aluong said Sudanese authorities close the border last week when two military planes bombarded border areas inside South Sudan.

“When they [Sudanese] bombarded our villages and military barracks, they also stop people from crossing into Sudan or to South Sudan. This is something that authorities in White Nile state has continued to impose over the last five days,” Aluong added.

Sudanese moves to close its borders with South Sudan just came a day after South Sudan government accused Sudanese government’s forces of carrying out air bombardments in Upper Nile state.

According to South Sudanese army, Sudanese warplanes allegedly dropped 12 bombs on police station in Upper Nile state, claims denied by Sudanese army.

The two countries which emerged out from the 21 years old civil war in 2005 through comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) which cleared a roadmap for the South semi-autonomous region to determine its future through 2011 referendum.

Earlier on January this year, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir ordered the re-opening of his country’s border with South Sudan for the first time since the region seceded in 2011 to become an independent nation.

The two states, which accuse each other of backing armed rebellions against their respective governments, decided in November to revitalize the demilitarised zone which is on the border and had been agreed upon in 2012 signatures by both sides.

On 17 this month, the Sudanese government in its weekly cabinet meeting chaired by President Omer al-Bashir decided to end open door
policy for South Sudanese.

Khartoum said no South Sudanese national will be allowed to reside in the country without identity card from his or her government and an entry visa.

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  • 29 March 2016 22:27, by Khent

    Why on earth does Juba believe that an enemy State should keep its border open for its citizens? Why does it defer its responsibility to provided medical facilities and education to an enemy State? Why does it require an enemy State to keep its border open for the flow of goods when it could create a robust and dynamic domestic market?

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    • 29 March 2016 22:31, by Khent

      Juba should make it absolutely impossible for any of the Baggara tribes to use the pastures of the South — pastures that are central to their way of life. The alternative pipeline would have been completed by now if the people in Juba weren’t so unbelievably short-sighted.

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      • 29 March 2016 23:05, by Khent

        How hard would it be for Sudan Tribune to introduce a simple edit option — one that would time out after 10 minutes or so? Or better yet, create a forum section where members can discuss anything that is of interest to them. This would generate more traffic and provide more space for ads = money. If any admin person from Sudan Tribune is reading this, just nod your head and implement it.

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  • 30 March 2016 05:27, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Let them close it and let them shut down oil pipe line because #South Sudan should learned the benefit of conspiracy.
    South Sudan can’t share common borders with Sudan and that is very unfortunate for South Sudan to be unfriend with Sudan.
    But Sudan is very better than East Africa poor countries like #Kenya and #Uganda which are friend to friends to South Sudan.

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  • 30 March 2016 09:04, by Konan

    South Sudanese leaders and elites should know that they are no more rebels or part of Sudan. South Sudan is a sovereign state which has certain rights, privileges, responsibilities and obligations. In order to safeguard the interest of your country you should focus on internal challenges in various fields such as education, health, water, electricity and basic infrastructure... etc.

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    • 30 March 2016 09:32, by Konan

      Unfortunately, most of South Sudan’s leaders and elites live in South with their bodies but their minds in Khartoum. They don’t have a single plan to develop their country but they have endless malicious plans on how to destroy their mother country. Khartoum hoped that time will heal their anger,wrath and hatred, but now it is proven beyond doubt that these people are desperate and evil by nature.

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      • 30 March 2016 11:44, by Khent

        Konan

        You really are an idiot, aren’t you? It was Khartoum that started supporting multiple rebel groups in South Sudan almost two years before Juba acted in kind. You started all of this so maybe you’re evil by nature. LOL!

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        • 30 March 2016 11:54, by Konan

          Khent, Rommel, Jew-Boy..etc..who cares..

          You are not a South Sudanese, so I don’t expect you to understand what I mean. Idiot and naive boy mind your own business and watch your back cuz right now maybe someone with a sharp knife is behind you. Lol

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          • 30 March 2016 12:32, by Khent

            Konan

            Yeah, and how does that work out for Palestinians when the Israelis retaliate with military force? Ever heard of the expression "don’t bring a knife to a gun fight"? Well, that’s precisely what Palestinians do, but instead of confronting guns, they are met with helicopter gunships and tanks. Keep believing that I’m not a Southerner. LOL!

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