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South Sudan an ‘enemy state’, Sudanese parliament decides


April 16, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese national assembly on Monday adopted a resolution designating the country’s southern neighbour as an enemy state in the latest sign of escalation between the two sides.

FILE - Sudanese parliamentary speaker Ahmed Ibrahim al-Taher speaks (AFP)

“We consider the government of South Sudan an enemy and Sudanese state institutions must treat it as such,” according to the text read by Kamal Obeid who chairs the defense and security committee in parliament.

The legislative body’s speaker Ahmed Ibrahim al-Taher also announced that his country wants the ruling party in South Sudan toppled by any means necessary.

"We declare that we will confront the [Sudan People Liberation Movement] SPLM until we end its rule of the South, and will work to gather our resources to realize this aim," al-Taher said.

"We are in a battle that does not finish with the recovery of Heglig, but with an end to the danger that comes from South Sudan” he added.

It remains unclear what implications the decision will carry as the power to declare war lies with the president according to the constitution. Only then can the parliament endorse it according to the 2005 constitution.

The two countries are now engaged in what some observers now classify as a full blown war since last Tuesday when South Sudan’s army occupied the oil-rich region of Heglig in South Kordofan State.

The surprise occupation reignited claims made by South Sudanese officials that Heglig is part of their country and specifically Unity State.

The oilfield is vital to Sudan’s economy, producing about half of the 115,000 barrel-per-day output that remained in its control after South Sudan’s secession.

Juba’s move drew wide international condemnation but has yet to convince Juba to initiate a withdrawal. South Sudan laid out a set of conditions for that including stopping aerial bombardments, withdrawing Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) from Abyei and Khartoum pledging not to use Heglig as a base to attack South Sudan.

As an alternative, South Sudan suggested the deployment of UN peacekeepers in Heglig.

Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir told the visiting Egyptian foreign minister Mohamed Kamel Amr this week that there will be no negotiations without a withdrawal.

The Sudanese parliament also approved a formal response to minister of defense’s testimony last week in which it called for a clear national strategy in dealing with South Sudan, strengthening internal front, supporting the armed forces, conducting dialogue with non-SPLM political powers in South Sudan, announcing comprehensive mobilisation and amending the country’s budget.

The response also reiterated the suspension of all negotiations except for military ones aimed at expelling South Sudan from the occupied territories.

The national assembly also stressed that the term “Liberation of Sudan” should never be used in connection with the name of any political organisation as it will be considered a hostile act.

In the Southern capital Juba, Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the vote by Sudan’s parliament was "unfortunate".

"We have never been their enemy — our position is that we don’t consider them as our enemy," he told reporters.


Al Jazeera English | Sudan calls government of South an ’enemy’ | 16 April 2012

Sudan’s parliament has branded South Sudan’s government an "enemy" and called for a swift recapture of a disputed oil-producing region. Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reports.

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  • 17 April 2012 09:39, by Chok Deng

    The decision of Sudanese Parliament is immature,childish,unstudied,decided by wrong people in the wrong place.This decision tell us that u(Southerners) draw your border by bullets,we are no longer friends.Gallant SPLA is capable in drawing our border.

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    • 17 April 2012 09:46, by Chok Deng

      This decision is empty,because it is decided by empty minded people.These days Khartoum is full of empties;these empties are;
      1-Stomach is empty
      2-pockets are empty
      3-Minds are depressed and empty
      4-Oil companies are empty
      5-Fuel stations are empty
      6-And list of empties is long.

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      • 17 April 2012 10:14, by Mi diit

        The poor decision will not change any thing on the ground.

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        • 17 April 2012 14:09, by Loko El Pollo


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      • 17 April 2012 14:47, by Madit

        This decision is childishness decision,
        1-stupid child always spoiled things and ran to father
        2-stupid child always urinate in his or her clothing
        3-stupid child always defecate in his or her bed
        4-stupid child always think that his father food is sweeter then his/her
        5-stupid child always keep crying even if his/her mother is around.
        How long did South Sudan spend telling you to agreed and u did

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      • 18 April 2012 02:02, by zulu

        Oh yea! The decision is simply nimcompoop. This decision is like slaming sanctions on South Sudan. But where is your economic clout to strengthen this bigotry? It does not make sense and it does not have any weight. We have been enemies for quite a long time and it has not changed a bit.

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    • 17 April 2012 09:47, by mayom maboung marek

      you are right Chok, we need our Ambassadors to play role in Diplomacy like what fake Arab maggot on BBC claimed yesterday that Pan-thou is belong to them through Hoax.

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      • 17 April 2012 10:01, by Michael Angelo

        Republic of South Sudan should not take decision of Sudan lightly. Dealing with these terrorist regimee required a good critical thinking. Our Ambassador to the UN & Foriegn Minister didn’t represent us well. Mr. Nhial Deng should emphasize the ruling of the court to rest of the world who don’t understand it well.

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      • 17 April 2012 10:09, by Robot

        Very true, i was listening to the debate and that man has no difference between a child of seven years... i was just laughing, fake Arabs don’t know that it is embarrassing diplomatically to have someone like that who doesn’t know what to say, anyway that’s how they are.....

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    • 17 April 2012 09:57, by omoni jr.

      Look at this stupid and immatured decision made my islamists extremisms .
      How about thousand of Arabs tribes who seek pasture for their animals in south sudan???

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    • 17 April 2012 10:00, by Robot

      Vision less Khartoum Govt. i always say this but now it proves beyond doubts how they are, they have lost focus, in fact they are confused now and don’t know what to do... to be continued......

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    • 17 April 2012 10:02, by Diu J.Kuek

      These TERRORISTS organization NCP of Sudan reaching the point of acting desperately such useless decision will not help you and not affecting our International and domestic politics we are already confronted. if there is such a good relationship between the two nations there will be no war.
      South Sudan and Sudan are enemies.
      Nothing new and Heglig will remain as part of SS like Jerusalem to Isreal

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      • 17 April 2012 10:21, by Runrach

        Very true we had been living in state of an enemity since or before the united Sudan gain her independence in 1956. So don’t even attempt to signal that an alarming bell to the media. We at bottle neck.

        Bear in mind that our boundaries are going to be drawn through bullets since your INF/NCP not ready 4 peace.

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    • 17 April 2012 10:04, by Makuei


      we have been enemies since 1940’s. So they were fighting friends all these years? Sudan is lying to itself.

      Wrong revision of ideas. Saying it will never make it better!

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      • 17 April 2012 10:26, by Rising of the Sun

        Indeed we have been enemies ever since. mentioning it in parliament won’t make any difference.

        I can clearly see that South Sudanese can indeed forget their internal differences to focus on national issues in unison.
        Bravo my brothers for all the brilliant comments and support to our armed forces (SPLA).

        I hope our leaders see how the whole nation is behind them now and never disappoint us.

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    • 17 April 2012 10:09, by Runrach

      @ Chok Deng you vey right, everything is emptied even the Islamic slogan of Allah uak bhar( God is great) has diminishing.

      The entire citizens of N.Sudan are very nervous of where they should refuge if our gallant fighters advance a head while untrained soldiers are being hospitalized of diarrohea due to fear and lack of frontline experiences.But not yet our forces are coming with more lessons

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      • 17 April 2012 10:13, by Robot

        ah aha ah... it will be run rach really, so they have started diarrhea... oh my, someone to supply them with pampers.......

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        • 17 April 2012 12:48, by Runrach

          Sure Robot, somebody need to supply them pampers but. Who is ready to rendering them supply ? Something in barracket mate, sorry for them.

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    • 17 April 2012 12:51, by Genuine Leader

      Breaking news, SPLA shooting down khartoum’s jet fighter in Panthou area.

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  • 17 April 2012 09:57, by wang

    According to Khartoum thugs, South Sudan has pushed the Israel into second spot
    It doesn’t surprising me
    The most top four enemies of Khartoum
    South Sudan
    United Stated

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  • 17 April 2012 10:08, by wang

    This old man is confused (Ahmed Ibrahim al-Taher). SPLA will rule the South until Jesus comes back

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  • 17 April 2012 10:09, by Longa

    This resolution is an indication that Sudan is a real terriorist state ready to harm South Sudanese and their government because of the resources in the South. But will Sudanese really belief on this resolution? It is NCP propaganda nothing else. This is a typical jalaba hatred manifested in government. South Sudan is only defending itself. Let Beshir go, that resolution will fade in the air.

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  • 17 April 2012 10:10, by Jimpetro

    we are already an enemy....empty threat.

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    • 17 April 2012 10:26, by Michael Angelo

      SPLM should ask them this simple question. Can a really friend charge you $36 dollar per barrel? Can a really friend bomb civillians & oil facilities because you refuse to their demand? Can your really friend steal from you?.

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  • 17 April 2012 10:44, by SUPERMAN

    We don’t have enmity with south soudanese people our target is SPLM , which is devoting all poor south sudanese reource to fight us ,only to cozy up its masters in USA and Israel.

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    • 17 April 2012 10:52, by Michael Angelo


      What do you expect SPLM to do? Your country bomb our territory & launch a ground attack first. Israel & USA are not in Heglig now so stop accuse other for nothing.

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      • 17 April 2012 11:33, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

        This parliement is major by NIF who have been fighting South Sudanese in so many years since 1989,what’s variety between their past and present? It’ll remain NIF though camouflage NCP or Allah who rules by killing and expansionism toward neihboring state of Uganda,Eriterea,Ethiopia and Uganda b4 South become a neighbor.Sudan must know w’ll remain its neighbor till world’s end,so behave maturely.

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        • 17 April 2012 11:55, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

          Lam Akol must declare his position on such issue.Sudan quest for reuniting Sudan by force will let to it failure,you can manage SPLA.however,you’ve to know that South will remain member geographically despites whatever relation? South Sudanese vote secession not splm and any attempt to deprive them of their rights will meets the same maximum force.SUDAN BURY B4 SOUTH DIE!SPLA OYEEEEE3!!

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    • 17 April 2012 11:34, by Lasu lo Denis

      you Jalaba, SPLM and the people of south sudan are one entity. it is the people of south sudan who are SPLM. Those you refer to as people in south sudan are puppets of the North. Bashir and his dogs have become so emotional. Let him face the rage of the southerners. let Bashir make thousand declarations and Heglig still remain part of the south.

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  • 17 April 2012 11:40, by Lasu lo Denis

    Since sudan has declared us enemies,I urge the minister of education to take drastic measures to rescue our high school children who still indoctrinated in the khartoum curriculum by Passing a resolution to ask our secondary school taking sudan examination to shift to south sudan curriculum before it is too late. it seems no more exams will come from a country which has declared us enemies.

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  • 17 April 2012 11:48, by Martin Kat

    Fighting between two person is a game, nobody knows who will be a loser and who will be a winner. Likewise South Sudan cannot says it will win the war nor Sudan God the who know who will win between two nations. May Khartoum never to see South Sudan Again and share resoures of Republic of South Sudan together.

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  • 17 April 2012 11:57, by Tamongali

    Now it is immanent a wide scale war is going to erupt. Khartoum declared south sudan an enemy state . Oh my lord the candle of peace I was holding has been blown off,but i will light anther one. have mercy upon the old, young and women safe them from the blind bullets and rockets and jet fighters. Amen

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  • 17 April 2012 13:42, by Marco A. Wek

    Those northern Sudanese criminals had always considered us enemies and likewise, we consider them the same.

    I am also happy Jalaba, Northern Sudanese, Mohammed Ali, Sam Etto and the rest of their likes disappeared.

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    • 17 April 2012 15:52, by daniell

      How an enemy state be changed into a peaceful neghbouring country or possible an ally? Emotive language or battlefield is not at ALL the solution.only diplomacy.It is diplomatically hard to reach an agreement but much way better than war as obvious.

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  • 17 April 2012 15:06, by Alier De Jok

    It doesn’t matter whatever you may called as an enemy state or not. That can’t led us defend our territory panthou is not an Arabic language so people need to understand that, panthou is jieng word. You Arabs stop deceiving yourself of retaking it back since it will be like a dream that never come true becoz Spla is really committed to defend their country from aggressiveness of Khartoum gov’t.

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  • 17 April 2012 15:25, by Waucity

    Wow, Sudanese are really imature people, why are they now waking up with declaration of Southern Sudan has enemy state, I thought they bombed Southern Sudan before the made this statement..If you didn’t feel like Southern Sudan was an enemy state, then why bombed it first? Wow, Iam so glad, we are now a separate nation, what used to our stupidity will now be yours alone.

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  • 17 April 2012 15:42, by Tahrir Brown

    No matter how South Sudan could be to Sudan, history has explained all the eniquities behind either being friends or enemies.

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  • 17 April 2012 16:19, by E. Defense Forces
  • 17 April 2012 16:33, by Smith

    Sudan was late to know this that we are enemies...hahahaha South Sudan knew that we are enemies 50+ years long ago..........it is always good that your enemy does not know what you have.....Arabs in Khartoum specially NCP are very ignorance.

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  • 17 April 2012 17:46, by BM Bol

    This is what happens when grown men who behave like children hijack the country and turned it into playing field. It’s time these crying babies of NCP grow up and be like real men and accept their responsibilities. They always find ways to blame others for their failures.

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  • 17 April 2012 20:31, by E. Defense Forces
  • 18 April 2012 01:43, by solider

    So ss lost N forever,good.But what about ILEMI TRAINGLE? please i want everyone to be well informed about things around.ilemi traingle is south sudaness land 100% it is much bigger than abyi and contain tremendouse amount of oil gold and urainum.kenya took it while sudan were busy with the civil war.ilemi is richer 100 times than ebyi and higlig.what r u going to do?????????????

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  • 18 April 2012 02:19, by solider

    kenyans are not stupid, whey won’t mes this golden chance,they will take imeli infront of your eyes and spla can’t do shit to them coz ss is INCOMPLETE NATION , ss have no SEA,if u mes up with kenya it can cut off your life supply,no more food ,oil export, goods exchange, nothing,till me what can your spla do about it ????????????????????????????

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