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South Sudan’s Wani warns al-Hilu against self-determination


September 23, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - South Sudanese Vice President James Wani warned their former comrades of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) against endorsing calls for the self-determination.

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South Sudan’s vice-president, James Wani Igga (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

The SPLM-N split earlier this year into two groups over the right of self-determination for the Two Areas after a decision by the Nuba Mountains Liberation Council to back the position of the deputy chairman Abdel Aziz al-Hilu in this respect.

In statements to the impendent Al-Tayyar newspaper published on Saturday Wani urged the supporters of the self-determination led by al-Hilu to abandon this call and to remain in the united Sudan.

He argued that the situation in the Nuba Mountains is totally different from the south Sudan and invoked that Khartoum will not accept the negotiation of the demand and that the international community will not allow the opening of a "new conflict".

"The Nuba Mountains themselves do not have the constitutive elements of a state," Wani further said according to the newspaper.

Al-Hilu, at the time, explained that he wanted the right of self-determination to be included in the peace negotiations and to maintain SPLA-N until the full implementation of a peace agreement the group eventually will sign with the government.

The self-determination and the maintaining the SPLA-N during a transitional period are seen by al-Hilu as the only guarantee to ensure the full implementation of peace agreement.

But the then chairman of the united SPLM-N Malik Agar and the secretary general Yasir Arman considered that their demands for diversity and pluralism can be reached through an inclusive political process ending by a constitutional conference.

The head of the African Union office in Khartoum Mahmoud Kan earlier this month said that SPLM-N al-Hilu reiterated its commitment to a united Sudan in a meeting held with the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) in Addis Ababa on 28 August.

Kan said the delegation explained that their call for the self-determination is intended to address the root causes of the crisis in the Two Areas and does not mean to separate from Sudan.

The SPLM-N al-Hilu wants "a Sudan united on the basis of the Movement’s conditions related to the recognition of religious rights and particularities of the people in the Two Areas, the rights of people in the Two Areas (for developments) and not to apply the Islamic law on Christians in the two Areas," he said.


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  • 24 September 2017 10:38, by Eastern

    SPLM and SPLA are the main problems of the Sudan and South Sudan...

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    • 24 September 2017 13:14, by Khent


      Ah yes, because all the main problems in Sudan were absent prior to the advent of the SPLM. Your sophomoric and demonstrably false attempt at historical revisionism is pathetic and laughable.

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  • 24 September 2017 11:06, by Majesty

    Not all people can be leaders. Some like Salva Kiir are natural followers. With SPLM/A having betrayed and abandoned the people of Nuba Mts and South Blue Nile, corrupt and failed regime in Juba need to leave them alone and mind cleaning their own mess in South Sudan.

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  • 24 September 2017 11:13, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Wani you have a lot of problems in your hands. You do not need to talk on behalf of Nuba people. The people of nuba have their rights to determine their destiny. The right to self determination is enshrined in 1948 United Nations declaration of human rights. So brother Wani leave Nuba people alone.

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  • 24 September 2017 11:18, by Kush Natives

    Mr. Wani, I hope you’re blindly joking right? What I definitely believe on your statement, is that, you’re talking in front of Bashir. Otherwise, this is a total betrayal of our brothers and sisters in Nuba mountain and southern blue. I hope you guys didn’t discarded the CPA documents! Nuba mountain and southern blue were granted in the CPA documents whether___con

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    • 24 September 2017 11:27, by Kush Natives

      They choose to be part of South Sudan or remained Sudan. I thought that issue could be the biggest challenge b/n two countries as a pending issue. Otherwise, let’s leave them alone, if we can’t offer them anything. Abdelaziz Al-Hilu have a full right to protect the people of two areas without hesitations period.

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      • 25 September 2017 09:47, by Landlord

        Dr Wani is speaking from south sudan point of view. many south Sudanese are regretting why they chose separation from sudan considering such a mess under tribal and corrupted government of a group in the country.

        It is better to be enslaved by enemies (Arabs)than those claiming to be your own brother for greedy purposes. Curse on you and you will not even enjoy what you opt enjoy through Evils.

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        • 25 September 2017 09:50, by Landlord

          Others are still claiming to rule the country for 50 years or hundred years but can not travel on the roads of south Sudan freely. shame on the rules. this suffering must follow everyone, not only one section or region.

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          • 25 September 2017 17:33, by Kuch

            Fellows, James Wani has not uttered such a call. Let Sudan tribune sells it usual propaganda. Fellows, our enemies from the North Sudan, the UK, the US & some of their creeps in between like Thambo Mbeki have working pretty hard to destabilize our country since they failed to solve the Darfur, Southern Blue Nile & Southern Khordupan and so their hope was to make South Sudan as unstable>>>

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            • 25 September 2017 17:39, by Kuch

              as possible and then say, well it was not good for South Sudan independence and so South Sudan must be re-united with North Sudan just like they did with their then East & West Germany. Some of our Riek Machar fools & even some our senior official in the government do not know this dirty game at play. But that is what been played around in our country by our enemies some of these days>>>

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              • 25 September 2017 17:47, by Kuch

                Our traitors like Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol, Majak Agoot & Thomas Cirrilo are being held hostage in foreign countries by our enemies from US, the UK, South Africa & other countries for this game of re-unification of South Sudan & North Sudan purpose because they are deemed by their foreign admirers as Dr. Garang boys who can be goaded to go for unity with North Sudan. Remember fellows the reason as>>>

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                • 25 September 2017 17:53, by Kuch

                  to why our country was force to stick with the name South Sudan & the North Sudan with name Sudan by the US & the UK was because of this simple fact----that South Sudan would be re-united with North Sudan. Some fools in our country do not know why no one speaks about Darfur, Southern Khordufan & Southern blue Nile these days. But South Sudan is where the hyenas around have projected their>>>

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                  • 25 September 2017 18:04, by Kuch

                    evil camera lenses & propaganda into. The main reason behind this is to Geo-patriotically football toy around with our country & our people. This is because they have not achieved their regime change business like what they have done in Central Africa republic (CAR), Libya, in Iraq, Afghanistan and are currently doing DRC, Syria & Yemen>>>

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