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South Sudan’s secession will rid the country from 3 "lousy neighbors": official


November 30, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The independence of South Sudan from the North will relieve the latter from having three bad neighbors, a Sudanese diplomat said this week.

The upcoming Jan. 9 referendum, part of a peace agreement that ended decades of civil war, is likely to produce a vote in favor of secession for southern Sudan, diplomats and analysts say, but it also could be a flashpoint for renewed conflict.

This month, potentially eligible Southern Sudanese began registering for the vote inside the country and abroad.

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) is campaigning for unity amid accusations by the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) that it is intimidating Southern voters in the North so that they pick unity.

The Amman-based Al-Arab Al-Youm newspaper cited the Sudanese ambassador in Jordan Mohamed Osman Saeed as saying that Southern Sudanese want unity but said that certain parties are applying pressure so that separation is the outcome.

However, the Sudanese diplomat said that in the event of secession the North "will gain a good neighbor and will be relieved from three lousy neighbors".

He did not name the three countries but after the country’s breakup North Sudan will have no borders with Uganda, Kenya or the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Both Uganda and Kenya are believed to be supporters of South Sudan’s independence to the disliking of the NCP.

The ambassador who was speaking at a forum in the Jordanian capital stressed that Southerners have a 30% share in the government despite accounting for only 20% of the population. He said that the North did that in order to make unity attractive to them.

The NCP has rejected a key demand by the Sudan people Liberation Movement (SPLM) to abrogate Islamic Sharia’a law in return for supporting unity.


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  • 1 December 2010 08:03, by Omoni Atari

    Mr. Ambassador,
    you just run of points or anything to say and you trying to come with nonsese,we southerners dont have any enemy like you do in the north,our enemy is only NCP regime, but not all northerners.Kenya, uganda, and DR congo are our brothers and sisters,and i know why you hate them, because they are not Arab nations, pure African like south sudan.

    south sudan got no enemy in Africa soil,unless purporters like you[NCP].

    omoni,from Natinga,s.sudan

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    • 1 December 2010 12:44, by LL Reuben

      Sure Sure, if that’s what you think. Hypocrite moron, like the Arabs are the good people, than why is South within Sudan separating then. Blaming others always for your misrulling the country in a stretch of over 5 decades.

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  • 1 December 2010 08:05, by Anyang

    All are signs of desperation.Solution was just to abrogate islam nationwide and to stop the cultures of jihadism.Otherwise it’s too late to un-do the damage.Therefore it’s time for Southern Sudanese to say goodbye to the authoritarian government.

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  • 1 December 2010 08:05, by Diu J.Kuek

    Very excellence step Mr Ambassador Mohamed Osman for the ecknowledement the Independence of Southern Sudan from the North.let us begin to think for the common interests between the two Nations as free trade .free movement and water agreement and so on,
    And let me correct you for some quotation from your statement no single person from South Sudan call for unity and no parties put such a pressure on us for separation its what we were been fought for, put in mind please even those Southerners who recently try to campaign for unity those types of people are fooling you and they need your money ,take this as my advice to your Government don,t waste your money ,no need to mention by names but you know them personally
    Diu Jieth Kuek

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  • 1 December 2010 14:39, by Obol Sam Gabriel

    South Sudan’s secession will rid the country from 3"lousy neighbor.It’s clear that shame on Kenya for hosting enemy which is suppose to be handed to the ICC while they are having quite hatred with Kenya internally i wish the Government of Kenya would have handed him to international court,and with congo their secret is well know during the war period they were getting machinary from Congo so that they have to over come the SPLM/SPLA but all in vain they failed and their relationship with Congo come to an end.No way for the NCP to make relationship with her neighbouring countries due to the poor governing.By OBOL SAM KING COLLEGE LONDON.

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  • 1 December 2010 15:03, by makuei

    Mmmm, quite a cheap talk. What does this fellow mean by "Lousy neighbours"? Is it because States like Kenya, Uganda and DRC have never spoken in support of either Bashir or his dictatorial NCP Government?

    Well, the lousy neighbours are on our (Southerners’) side. They are not "lousy" as you called them.

    Chew your nonsense Mr. Ambassador.

    Raphael Makuei

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    • 1 December 2010 16:19, by Paul Ongee

      Mr. Ambassador, you have every right to bark. These are reflections of desperation and uneasiness. You don’t want to blame your NCP and Arab League for allowing this country split formally since Sharia Law does not serve the interest of the entire country. Sudan is already not the same since January 9, 2005.

      Efforts to abrogate CPA and undermine the right and political freedom of Southerners has obviously failed. Darfur will follow suit. Nobody in Khartoum again should attempt to think that political freedom based on Sharia Law other than cultural diversity will be the best option of governing the potential fake Islamic Republic of North Sudan.

      My observation reveals that everybody in the North here desperately needs freedom of choice especially after January 9, 2011. Never ever talk of unity which cannot be clearly defined by the so-called Sudanese Arabs in terms of culture, religion and politics. Remember, being good or bad neighbors is based on your political attitude. Period.

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum, Sudan

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  • 1 December 2010 16:26, by Delphin

    3 Lousy neighbors?
    Does Mr the Ambassador really know what Lousy mean?
    Well, it means something rotten, useless, awful, and stupid.

    If this how the North is treating the black people from south, I guess he has an issue, he needs to wake up and realize that we are in 21st Century. DR Congo, Uganda,and Kenya are very important neighbors to South Sudan.

    M. l’Ambassadeur doit se mettre en tête qu’au 21eme siècle on ne traite JAMAIS ses voisins des bon à rien. Le temps d’esclavagisme est déjà révolu si du moins il se considérait au 19eme siècle.
    Réveille-toi Mr, nous sommes au 21eme siècle.
    Les voisins du sud Soudan on joué un rôle majeur pour leur frère du sud Soudan lors des toutes les guerres dans lesquelles le nord du soudan a engagé contre le sud.
    L’Ouganda, Kenya et Congo ont reçu plusieurs refugiés en provenance du soudan pendant toutes les guerres civiles du Soudan.

    Nous demandons a Mr. L’ambassadeur de présenter ses excuses aux 3 pays cite-haut

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  • 3 December 2010 00:32, by Deng E. Manyuon

    Well I thought the government in the North has been a lousy, terrible and irresponsible neighbor instead.


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