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Khartoum plans to fight strongly food smuggling to South Sudan


April 23, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan’s First Vice President Ali Osman Taha announced on Monday his government’s plans to declare the state of emergency in the border areas with South Sudan to curb the smuggling of food into the newly independent country.

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Sudan’s FVP Ali Osman Mohamed Taha (Reuters)

After the rebellion of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, Sudan accused Juba of supporting the rebels and decided close the border and ban the traditional border trade. However, smugglers have continued to trade across the border, since South Sudan’s independence in July last year.

Sudan, since the occupation of Heglig on 10 April, announced a nationwide mobilisation and military recruitment campaign. Khartoum also stopped the African Union-brokered process to settle the post-independence issues. After the entry of his troops to the oil-producing area on 20 April, Bashir ruled out any return to the talks and pledged to topple Juba government.

Taha on Monday briefed the Sudanese parliament on the latest developments in Heglig where the Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir made an unannounced visit to inspect the damaged oil installations.

The First Vice-President further told the lawmakers that his government plans to strengthen its anti-smuggling policy and implement new measures. He further urged them to amend the emergency law in order to allow the authorities to kill anyone who tries to smuggle food to South Sudan.

Food prices have increased dramatically in South Sudan due to tribal fighting, below-average 2011 harvests and banned trade with Sudan. Last March the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in South Sudan warned that more than half of South Sudan’s ten states will suffer severe food shortages this year.

Khartoum calculates that the prohibition of trade with South Sudan will help their efforts to pressure Juba to stop its support to the rebel groups.

Taha swore three times not to step back from war with South Sudan until the recovery of every inch of the Sudanese occupied territory "I swear, swear, swear for the martyrs, no matter how high (international) pressure and internal conspiracies, it will not intimidate us and we will go forward," he stressed.

The Sudanese government has been struggling with financial difficulties since the independence of South Sudan due to the loss of 75% of its oil-production. Khartoum is also seeking to convince traditional political forces to back a new Islamic constitutional project and to consolidate the internal front as rebel groups vowed to topple the regime.

However, the war against Juba over Heglig and the declaration of South Sudanese president Salva Kiir that the main oil producing area belongs to the South has allowed the regime to mobilise the street and recruit volunteers to fight the "enemies and traitors".

Taha told the legislators, that the Sudanese leadership is studying the sudden support of the Sudanese street and the spontaneous expression of joy after the announcement of the liberation of Heglig adding it was "a rare condition" not ever seen in the Sudanese history.

Addressing his speech to the opposition forces, Taha called on "those who kept silent too long and were whispering here and there" to uphold the national spirit, and to support more vigorously his government.

The Sudanese opposition forces including the National Umma Party of Sadiq al-Mahdi, Popular Congress Party of Hassan Turabi and the Sudanese Communist Party as well as smaller political forces condemned the occupation of Heglig and urged Juba to pull its troops from the area. They also called for a national dialogue conference to settle the conflicts of South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur.


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  • 24 April 2012 11:23, by Otong

    Fucking Ali OSman,
    South Sudan can not smuggled food from any foreign land,we have lot of resources in which to get food instead of smuggling it from your side.The oil you are crying for to get can buy food every where around the world,than smuggling the fake food that you have.()Buda in Amharic word)’’

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    • 24 April 2012 11:29, by Otong

      To kill every ones who smuggled a food to the South will not solve the border issues, just a habits which is chronics in your heads to kills as also one among your laws of Islamics that if you killed a person you will go to the paradise, what a shame with fucken Arabs! Try we will not sleep.

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      • 24 April 2012 13:28, by Hardball

        Your army couldn’t stop SPLA to capture Heglig a week ago! Now it’s going to be easier to deploy SAF along Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, DRC, and Central African Republic borders! Really! When is that going to happen? Give us the timeline.

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  • 24 April 2012 11:24, by Michael Angelo

    We don’t need your food. Enemies don’t share food.

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  • 24 April 2012 11:26, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "He further urged them to amend the emergency law in order to allow the authorities to kill anyone who tries to smuggle food to the South Sudan."

    The government be authorized to kill traders who trade with South Sudanse? Very melicious state.

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    • 24 April 2012 11:31, by Otong

      Very good from now on ward,we will kill their busness men in the South.

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      • 25 April 2012 06:57, by SUPERMAN

        You already killed many of innocent northern traders in the South. From now and onward you see we r going to deal with you on the same way u r dealing with us.We used to deal withu as brothers but u have pushed us to adopt such action.

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  • 24 April 2012 11:31, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "I swear, swear, swear for the martyrs, no matter how high (international) pressure and internal conspiracies, it will not intimidate us and we will go forward," he stressed.

    I agreed with you. You are good about that not like our Juba whom Ban Ki-Moon threatened into withdrawing. Juba didn’t define it as political intimidation; they thought they were respecting the world.

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    • 24 April 2012 13:43, by Ruach

      Well,what about SPLM-DC?What did they condemn against Arabs?All opposition parties in the North ’ve joined their hand to murder the ppple of South Sudan.What is in the mind of SPLM-Dc?

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  • 24 April 2012 11:53, by Eastern

    Let’s rise up as South Sudanese and decampaign Sudanese foods such as fulmasir, ades and all others. We have our foods in South Sudan which we need to popularise. Let’s strongly denounce everything Sudanese!!!

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  • 24 April 2012 11:56, by philipdit wol

    Osman Taha should have understood that South Sudan is already declared your food taboo if you do n,t know we are not longer relay on your food please, find the way of stopping.

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  • 24 April 2012 12:06, by Ayom Dor

    It’s better to concentrate on normalisation of relationship with the South to improve people’s livelihood than creating the situation of smuggling at the border..

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  • 24 April 2012 12:23, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The drama North Sudan is orchestrating is nothing but a war for occupation. Panthou is purely Dinka and most importantly South Sudanese. It is not about Heglig it is actually a war for reoccupation of South Sudan by slave traders- Jallaba.

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    • 24 April 2012 15:30, by Konan


      Again mark my words. Heglig chapter is over. Turn next page to read other chapters. No 4 Freedoms Agreements, No oil export through North, Full embargo, Proxy war. Sorry we can’t fight the enemy with one hand and feed him with the other hand. The Orders To Border Guards Are Clear SHOOT TO KILL. Change the corrupt regime of INSECTS to normalize relations with North.

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      • 24 April 2012 15:52, by zulu

        Mr. Bashir is notorious for his fiery tongue, once saying that under no conditions would the United Nations be allowed into the vast, troubled region of Darfur and that Darfur would become a “graveyard” for foreign peacekeepers. That region is now home to one of the largest peacekeeping missions in the world. And several United Nations officials said they work closely with their Sudanese governmen

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      • 24 April 2012 17:16, by Mach

        Konan, you forgot the last few days of panic in Khartoum after the Heglig capture a week ago? Make no mistake about it; those days are coming back not for days anymore but for months and years.

        Remember, get the best military training; we are not going to have enough room to maneuver in the entire Sudans! Prepare for the endless mayhem!

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  • 24 April 2012 15:22, by E. Defense Forces
  • 24 April 2012 15:44, by Foundation

    Killing and terrorism has become Arab nature or daily breathing. Want are u gonna give those ordinary citizens struggling for their daily bread. Taha, understand economics basics, coz Wht u are doin hurt North economy rather than South. Killing innocent pple will never improve your reputation. By the way, stop sponsoring terrorists!

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  • 24 April 2012 15:52, by E. Defense Forces
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  • 24 April 2012 16:23, by Koang

    Taha, Majority of North sudanese are parasites in the south, no matter how we convince them to leave to the North, they still come here. south Sudan is tried of your loiterers so called, The Arabs-Business Men. keep them in khartoum. kill them if they try to come to south. this time we can do our own bussinesses.

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    • 24 April 2012 20:20, by Northern Sudanese




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  • 24 April 2012 21:01, by sober

    I think the common person in the south is suffering a lot, he need food, shelter, and peace .I think those who surfing the net are out the scene. They live in fully accommodated houses they toke the lunch and take a liquor and start write their mind. Old Sudan forsaken 20% of his land as a price of peace . I think SPLM leaders have their own targets.

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