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South Sudan regrets Khartoum’s decision to close border

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March 30, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government has regretted a decision of the Sudanese government to close its recently reopened border between the two countries, accusing Juba of resuming its support to rebel groups. .

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South Sudanese refugees arrive to Sudan’s white Nile state in January 2014 (Photo SUNA)

General Chol Thon, Governor of Eastern Nile state, one of the newly created 28 states, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that it was unfortunate the Sudanese government decided to shut down border after an unilateral decision by Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir earlier this year.

"It is unfortunate that after the Sudanese government has decided to stop border crossing after we have set out how as a state government will support these bold steps by both our President General Salva Kiir Mayardit and his brother, Omer al Bashir, President of the Republic of Sudan, to open a new page in bilateral cooperation in pursuit of mutual benefits and interest of our sisterly countries," Governor Chol said in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

The high ranking military turned governor of the border state, revealed his administration promoted dialogue between border communities in support of bilateral relations between the two countries by building key trade corridors and simplifying border crossing for goods and people.

"We were working on plans about how to build key trade corridors and simplifying border crossings. We encouraged our communities to embrace community dialogue and peaceful coexistence with the Arabs nomadic communities from Sudan and Sudanese business communities," Governor Chol further said.

He further pointed to the importance of community based dialogue and relationships at the border areas saying that Renk and Melut commissioners organised peace conference recently in their respective countries to encourage community based conflict resolution mechanism.

"Unfortunately these efforts have now been affected by the decision to stop border crossings. This will significantly affect the dialogue of the border communities", Governor Chol further said.

South Sudanese acting foreign affairs minister said the two countries have agreed in the 2012 cooperation to use Joint Political Security Mechanism as the highest border through which complaints by either party to the agreement could be addressed instead of unilateral decisions.

"Yes, these are issues of concerns, but we have agreed in the cooperation agreement to use JPSM (Joint Political Security Mechanism) as a means through which such issues could be sorted instead of taking unilateral decisions", said Peter Bashir Gbandi.

The minister expressed optimism that the two countries would resolve the differences.

"We are going to sort them out. We’re going to get to the bottom of these issues through dialogue and we’re going to make sure they are addressed. That is the duty of both governments and that’s the duty we’re going to carry out," said Gbandi in a separate interview on Wednesday.

Last January; President al-Bashir said his decision to reopen the border was justified by the difficult security and economic conditions in the new nation .

However, the Sudanese government stopped the process saying Juba resumed its support to the SPLM-N and Darfur groups.

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  • 31 March 2016 00:33, by Bolman

    Dinkas doesn’t feel ashamed by themself they brought this fruitful COUNTRY into zero they were thinking that may the suffering will not reaching their community members, now the economic is already collapsing the poverty testing Kiir’s leadership how he to rescuing his Dinka community which he was thinking the best people to be by Dinka, I will hiring some criminals who will move around LK for Din

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    • 31 March 2016 00:42, by Bolman

      That group they will look only for Dinkas who trying crosse the border between North and South they I will hiring them for raps and kills to anyDinka who try to crosse the borders they samething as Kiir did now this will be my turns to Rapping Dinkas women and kills them after I will promoting this mission for three years n my deployment troops rapping and kill must be everywhere Dinka may moves i

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      • 31 March 2016 01:14, by Khent

        Bolman

        And you think your pathetic little band of criminals would survive, how? You filthy animals did this in the 90s and your Counties were destroyed in retaliation even as the Dinka fought Khartoum. Your community would suffer a thousand times worse than the Dinka. You really must revel in collective punishment.

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        • 31 March 2016 17:13, by Hardlinner

          Khent, like of Bolman do not understand the economies of modern world. South sudan even without rebellion would still have suffered from effects of low oil prices. so rebels claims are vague and hold no truth in them. the effects of rebellion on economic of south Sudan would only mount to 20% at most. worst mistake ever done by S. Sudan was failing to diversify it’s economy during oil boom.

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      • 31 March 2016 11:18, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        How long will p’ple of S. Sudan remain dependent on neighoring c’tries 4 better life? When will our gov’t stand on its own? Isn’t time to reflect on self-behavors not pointing at Sudan’s Beshir? I wish all South Sudanese r depoted back home within 24 hrs both govt’s official relatives and ordinary citizens so that we face these hard times together in order to find ways 4 full self-reliant.

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        • 31 March 2016 17:17, by Hardlinner

          South sudan need to close all it borders to Messeriah and Rasigat nomads that graze their cattle in south Sudan. let Bashir go on to support the mentioned nomads by providing them with pastures. it is tit for tat.

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      • 31 March 2016 17:18, by Ayom Ayom

        Who care? let them close the border

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    • 31 March 2016 06:03, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      South Sudanese don’t see their internel wound, they have chosen self war instead to make relationship with Sudan.
      Let Sudan shut down its borders because we are doing nonsense

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  • 31 March 2016 00:50, by dinkdong

    Stop regretting. Close your borders as well.

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  • 31 March 2016 01:12, by Bentiu Sudan

    Dinka instigated the war. They thought the war would hurt only Nuer because Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Egypt were supporting them. Now the Dinka are running to Khartoum like cows being chased away by hyena from grazing areas after seeing the consequences of the conflict. Dinka-Kiir is the most foolish, power hungry, and tribalst president in the world.

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    • 31 March 2016 01:19, by Bentiu Sudan

      I regret that Sudan does not want to take back South Sudan like what happened in Vietnam in 1960s and Germany in 1991. In 1945 Germany was divided into West and East Germany,but in 1991 the two countries were reunited.

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      • 31 March 2016 11:32, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Bentiusudan,
        You must stop ur nonsense of insulting Dinka in general. Do u think ur rebel leader is better than the president. Which tribe is better than the other btn Dinka & Nuer in South Sudan? They’re both like the father like the son. How many times did he rebel? How many times had he rejoined the SPLM? How many people have lost their lives in all his rebellions? Is this his last rebellion?

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    • 31 March 2016 01:24, by Khent

      Bentiu Sudan

      Other than the Ugandans no other country in your fanciful little list has involved itself. Stop taking comfort in falsehoods. In any case, it doesn’t feel good to be alone, does it? Now imagine how we felt fighting Khartoum and dozens of tribal militias in the South for decades.

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      • 31 March 2016 01:29, by Khent

        Oh, and you won’t be rejoining your masters anytime soon. The separation is irreversible and you feeble animals won’t be changing that.

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  • 31 March 2016 06:12, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Sudan did a right thing of shut down its border.
    Because we are joking, doing nonsense we have chosen self war for ourselves.
    Many thanks to Sudan, you should have to extend your closing event economic by shut down oil pipe line such that to feel whether it is good.

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    • 31 March 2016 17:52, by jubaone

      Bravo Sudan! Please close all border entry points and send all these jaangs back to their states in South Sudan. Their jaang leaders have failed to provide security, food and development and wasted time and efforts on pillaging and looting the counry´s resources. Now their going to their jellaba masters on their fours like dogs.

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  • 31 March 2016 06:57, by Joseph Canada

    GREAT KUDOS TO AL-BASHIR FOR FINALLY CLOSSING THOSE BOADERS.

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  • 31 March 2016 08:30, by Dengda

    I see there is no point of worrying about border between South Sudan and Sudan being closed by Khartoum regime. What come at the border from Sudan is trading activities and not relieve aid. So, their traders will be the victim first. We have so many borders to trade in. Ethiopia border is important for upper Nile.

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    • 31 March 2016 17:25, by Hardlinner

      it is Sudan to suffer not south sudan. our borders are open to Ethiopia, kenya, uganda, DR congo, and C.A.R. so who cares. we all need to close out borders to Sudan’s nomads that graze their cattle in outr country.

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