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Homosexuality will not be tolerated, says south Sudan president

July 31, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Homosexuality will not be accepted in southern Sudan should the south become independent after a referendum due to take place next year the regions President Salva Kiir Mayardit told Dutch radio on Friday.

In the interview with Radio Netherlands Worldwide Kiir said:

"It [homosexuality] is not in our character [...] it is not there and if anybody wants to import it to Sudan [...] it will always be condemned by everybody."

Kiir ‘promised democracy, equality and justice for all in Southern Sudan’ but made an exception for homosexuals saying that gay people would not be accepted.

The issue of homosexuality is a taboo throughout the continent and many African states have legislated laws to make it a crime.

(ST)