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Tackle root causes of Jonglei conflict, EU tells President Kiir


March 22, 2012 (JUBA) - The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy has expressed concerns over recent inter-communal violence in South Sudan’s Jonglei State, urging the country’s leadership to restore security by tacking the root causes of the problem.

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EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy (R) welcomes President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit (L) on March 20, 2012 prior to a working session at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. (Getty)

In recent months, a vicious cycle of violence among cattle-keeping communities in the region, have left hundreds dead, abducted the displaced tens of thousands.

A disarmament exercise launched nearly a week ago in the region has reportedly been marred by irregularities such as alleged rape and theft.

Rompuy, during a meeting with South Sudan president, Salva Kiir in Brussels, Belgium said the European Union (EU), together with other members of the international community, remains committed to supporting the world’s newest nation in efforts to transform the country into a secure, stable and democratic country.

“At today’s meeting with President Salva Kiir, I confirmed the EU’s strong support for South Sudan’s state building and development efforts. The EU is already doing a lot, helping to reduce poverty, improve health care and education. We will assist in efforts to consolidate democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law,” Rompuy said in a 20 March statement.

The EU also lauded the seemingly improving relations between North and South Sudan, citing the recent framework agreement on citizenship and border demarcation, expected to be finalised by President Kiir and his Sudanese counterpart, Omar Hassan al-Bashir early next month.

The head of the European Commission encouraged the two countries to find peaceful remedies to resolve all other outstanding issues such as oil and the disputed region of Abyei, pledging to continue supporting the African Union’s efforts in facilitation the process.

The EU member countries, Rompuy told Kiir, are gravely concerned about the ongoing violence in the border areas and the worsening humanitarian situation, which recently dominated discussions before members of the US foreign relations committee in Washington DC.

“The EU has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities by all parties, the resumption of dialogue and the peaceful settlement of all disputes,” Rompuy said, citing the situation in north Sudan’s Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states, where he appealed to Khartoum to urgently allow the delivery of international humanitarian aid to avoid a humanitarian crisis.

Catherine Ashton, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, while meeting Kiir, further reiterated the organisation’s strong commitment to South Sudan’s peace process, describing it as a platform through which its people can benefit from peace, justice and development.

South Sudan, according Ashton, also expressed its willingness to accede to the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Africa, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) countries. As a member of the Cotonou, South Sudan will be liable to seek assistance for development, in addition to gaining market access for its products.

In a joint press conference in Brussels, Kiir reportedly briefed the EU delegation on the progress made in the Addis Ababa talks on post-independence issues under mediation of the AU High Level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP).

The South Sudan leader, according to the official government website, said the recent framework agreement on citizenship and border demarcation remains a “critical” step toward resolving the dispute between the two neighbours.

“I’ve invited President Bashir to Juba so that we can further discuss these issues and continue to negotiate with the aim of reaching a comprehensive agreement soon,” Kiir said.

Meanwhile the EU, according to Kiir, also earmarked 285 million Euros for development projects in South Sudan, with specific focus on the areas of food security, education and healthcare.


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  • 22 March 2012 09:36, by ABDALLA BIN ABDALLA

    I absolutely agree with EU statement. SPLM should tackle the root cause of the conflict in Jonglei state. I vehemently condemned disarmament when it was launched by Presisdent Kiir. I supported the deployment of SPLA troops between these three rivalling tribes. Deployment of troops to protect innocent civilians will make Murle thugs to unuse their guns. Their guns would have been useless.. not use

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    • 22 March 2012 09:50, by Anynya One


      What the hell is this fuckin Arab doing here? Hey Hey... you better back up. You are damn corrupt as hell. We don’t need your motives! Dis-armament or not, is less of your concern crab! mother fucking Muslim shitt! Back up!!!

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      • 22 March 2012 10:05, by ABDALLA BIN ABDALLA

        Anyanya one

        you are idiot, foolish and stupid can. How can you attack me like that while I was telling you idiots the solution to you tribal wars.

        Mind you that SPLM is not against islam. If you see me commenting here I just want South Sudan to be peaceful.

        You of little mind, you better understand my comment and react positively as an educate person. You are a dog.

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        • 23 March 2012 10:29, by Ruach

          That is what I always talk about this man called Abdalla Bin Ladden is working to divide South Sudanese.Some idiot guys like Dinka Raped women at Bor were collaborating with him against Nuer all the time.Now he turn his exact color to his damn Awan chan families.Death to you Abdalla for interfering in South Sudanese affairs.I suspect u are Mangoor

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      • 22 March 2012 11:13, by Joseph Canada

        ANYANYA ONE, I am 100% with Abdala. You are using this faul language to this guy just because of the His name, not because what he wrote. He is right. the greatest way to end this crises is not the disarmament, but the root cause. Have you forgotten that you can take away the guns but you can’t confiscate the spears and arrows or even stone for that matter? They should ASK WHO, WHY, WHEN and HOW

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        • 22 March 2012 11:17, by Joseph Canada

          Infact, these should be the steps to follow to solve all the problems in Africa and you will see peace. We are tired of exchanging words of accusations into who is better than other other or who started what and by what, bla bla bla.
          Because we are only fuelling the situation.

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        • 22 March 2012 18:23, by Anynya One

          I’m sorry this is not the root cause please, everybody knows the root cause. Arabs are the root cause of conflicts in the Sudan and South Sudan if you want it or not. The first is to ask your partner "Abdalla Bin Abdalla. Stop the guns business with illiterate damn Africans tribes in the South, second yes... disarm this illiterates, third easy one is simply cows. I hope you are satisfied.

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    • 22 March 2012 09:50, by Dinkawarrior

      The root causes of Jonglei conflict is the Amy War of 1991! the former wife of Dr.Riek Machar which was also an Agent and Agency of destructions. It’s unexpected message from EU Representive, I thought you might know it before you said it! Thanks you anyway for reminding us!!!

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  • 22 March 2012 09:41, by Anynya One

    There is nothing other than getting rid of any single "COW" from Jongo-Le State... And believe it or not, No body would ever day-dream of snatching nothing! that’s it! is all over and is all you need to know. Now you know the secret! Have fun!

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  • 22 March 2012 09:47, by ABDALLA BIN ABDALLA

    EU could have condemned corruption that is trailing in Junub Sudan. EU can not pledge support went country is
    poor democracy,
    lacking all freedoms,
    no rule of law,
    army is raping women,
    government has no concern of its citizens
    leaders grabbing wealth for themselves
    with no proper governance
    anti corruption commission not given powers to execute culprits.

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    • 22 March 2012 09:59, by Anynya One


      Din’t I said back the fuck up? Your advice sucks! you corrupt! did you forget your genocidal acts on Africans? What about Darfur, Nubians and my ancestors hu? What the hell is this pussy Arab doing here? You back up! You are damn corrupt as hell. We don’t need your motives! Dis-armament or not, is less of your concern holy Islamic crab! Dirty as hell! Move!

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      • 22 March 2012 10:15, by ABDALLA BIN ABDALLA

        Anyanya one

        I think you are a fucken Dinka who want to dorminate other tribes. Government lead by kiir is corrupt and Dinkas are backing him up to protect their source of wealth.

        Anynya one, how many dollars did Kiir and Dinkas gave you? If not, why are you defending corrupt government?

        Other people want all South Sudanese to be treated fairly and equally. Say truth and truth set you free

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        • 22 March 2012 11:09, by Chok Deng

          To Abdalla.
          Plse,mind your business otherwise you will eat sand for the whole of your life.Is your gov’t perfect? we Sotherners do critize our gov’t for its failures so as to improve itself,but can u open your mouth to say just a word against your gov’t.I’m sure you will be bury alive.

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        • 22 March 2012 18:35, by Anynya One

          You still stickin hard!!! what the fuck is with you Mr. Abdalla? Do you want me to explain you your aims? Arab main aim is to conquer the world, Islamis them whether by force or not. In the case of Nubians or Kush, genocide. For the whole world, messengers of Islam right from Middle East to Egypt now Sudan, was Libya, Tunis, Moroco, now Europe, heading to America, who is blind???

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        • 22 March 2012 22:29, by molana

          Miss Abdalla,
          u don’t get Anyanya one well, the point is this, we don’t want any advice coming out from the mouth of fake Arab, to listen to you, i better listen to devil, you are not fit to be member of this forum, fuck Fake Arab of Sudan and NIF in particular

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    • 22 March 2012 23:44, by zulu

      All the crab you listed here are inherent and are predominantly arab crad. You see the incidents in the Nuba Mts, Darfur where the Janjaweed are a manace, and you see corruption as a tool inherited from the Jalaba. No rule of law as the military is repressive than the law itself to govern you. No freedom when the press is controlled and the country is in the virge of yet another break-up

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  • 22 March 2012 09:56, by Martin Kat

    I am not talking about the root cause of Jonglei conflict.
    My comment basing on the issue of citizenship between Sudan and S Sudan. Now South Sudan govt ready to give Notherners South Sudan nationality or citizenship while they are all terorist people. They will be go and conduct the terrosism acts in name of S Sudan and then our country will be in danger part of terrosism countries.

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    • 22 March 2012 10:08, by Anynya One

      If you see how Israeli treats Arabs, yeap... is exactly how people in the South Sudan will honestly deal with this goofy terrorist forcing themselves to be Sudanese. They will regret this time, no doubt!

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    • 22 March 2012 16:20, by Lok T Simon

      Hi Brothers and sisters,

      We need to be frankly and honest to finger point at somebody whom we all know is the causer of Jonglei uprising.Fighting is just now between Lou (Nuer) and Murle, but the really direction of problematic of Jonglei state came from Governership rivalries; Kuol Manyang Juuk is causer, because Dinka within Jonglei state don’t like him, leave alone other tribes include Nuer.

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      • 22 March 2012 20:19, by Tiger

        Lok T Simon.
        I truly agreed with your point,the conflict between those tribal,the Lou Nuer and Murle is caused by the lack of good leadership in that state,plus the spla party have failed to replaced Governor Kuol for someone else who could have provided a good security and maintian a peace process between those two tribal.beside that our president have failed for the early disarment in Jonglei.

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    • 22 March 2012 16:29, by Lok T Simon

      Putting other name as governor of Jonglei State apart from Koul m. Juuk will normalise the Jonglei, believe me or not. We fear always to finger point at the causers, but we leave our innocent people to die out of nothing. If we believe that we are in democratic process in RSS, then no need to fear when we openly see a problem causing our lives comes from the hand of one person.

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  • 22 March 2012 10:10, by manyang mawech

    he doent know much about roots causes bc he is from awan chan which is a last community and worth community in Dinka better to ask Kuol or Nhial deng.

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  • 22 March 2012 10:37, by The Messiah

    These are the words of the incompetent Salva Kiir Mayardit, the anointed king of the kitchen cabinet: " The root cause of the Jonglei crisis is the inability of Murle tribe to bear children, due to their infertility, the solution is to bring highly skilled doctors from west and treat their disease that prevent them from bearing their own children"
    The man doesnt fit to be an office holder, shame.

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    • 22 March 2012 10:49, by ABDALLA BIN ABDALLA

      Wow. The anointed king of the kitchen cabinet. This ia a big TITLE.

      Anynya one, can you comment on this title "The King of the Kitchen Cabinmet" given to your leader.

      The king of the kitchen cabinet, Anynya one respond, let me see your reaction toward your favourite leader.

      Your benydit is king of the kitchen. It could have been better to be king of the house instead of kitchen.

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      • 22 March 2012 19:05, by Anynya One

        Everybody is not happy from you Mr. Arab Abdalla bin Abdalla, Your strategy is vivid! Use Islamic religion as you weapon, commit genocide and no every chicken left, dominate the land. This is not new to us here when you Islamis Darfurians, Nubians, and other tribes so they don’t see! You damned them! take their resources and walk over the remaining left orphans!!! why do you want this road. why??

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    • 22 March 2012 10:57, by Chok Deng

      To Messiah;
      You abuse the name of our Lord,plse change your name otherwise you will face curses.Mark My Words!!

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    • 22 March 2012 11:02, by Chok Deng

      To The Messiah;
      Plse,stop this language,or you are calling your father Arabs to come and rule u.Show up man!!

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      • 22 March 2012 12:51, by The Messiah

        use your head bro. you are being brainwashed. i feel bad for you. if you are a dinka, go back to drinka traditional beliefs and worship one. Messiah is a name, it can apply to every body.
        stop worshipping colonialists

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        • 23 March 2012 20:41, by zulu

          A dinka belongs anywhere in South Sudan just as you, if you’r a south sudanese belongs anywhere within the territories of south sudan. There is no poin to tell a Dinka to go out of South Sudan when he/she is native. Away with tribalism you idiot.

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  • 22 March 2012 12:18, by Emporio

    even the president of the European Council tell our president to tackle the root causes of jonglei confllict,the whole world know south sudan is highly militarized nation,+ the root causes of the problem are murle,am tell the EU to get the hell out of our own issue because we know how to get rid of murle,they try to make it international issue,,,

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  • 22 March 2012 12:23, by Jonglei Shepherds

    I support Jonglei disarmament however, I dislike the way SPLA troops are handling this disarmament especially in Bor. Bor people are known to be cooperative and respectful unlike the uncouth, uncultured and Primitive Murle who have no respect for authority

    I was told that they have already killed several SPLA officers and non of their women has been raped... I just don’t understand this.

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  • 22 March 2012 13:17, by Loko El Pollo


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    • 22 March 2012 14:05, by Nimber

      What are you waiting now Dinkas while Murlei are now in your Home land taking cattle, abducting children and women??????????
      Do you think your Fucking Regime will protect you rather than looking the way to take south Sudan money outside???/
      Be awake plz for the Murle.
      Otherwise, you will finish randomly

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  • 22 March 2012 13:59, by Nimber

    No need for tackling root causes of Jonglei Conflict rather than Murlei greedy for other pple’s resources.
    Even though Herman Van Rompuyhas expressed concerns over recent inter-communinal violence in Jonglei, he will not get any thing else of the root cause rather than murle greedy.

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  • 22 March 2012 17:55, by 4Justice

    The root causes are the following:
    1) No clean water
    2) No paved roads
    3) No Sewage system
    4) No food, No agricultural projects such as rice, wheat, dura, sugar cane
    5) No shelter
    6) No Training (carpentry, Building, plumbing, electrician, Auto Mechanic)
    7) No oil refinery (cheap fuel)
    8) No high altitude missle defense system
    9) No Medicine
    10) No electricity
    11) No Industries (Sugar,

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    • 22 March 2012 17:56, by 4Justice

      cement, steel, textile ...)

      12) No employment oportunities
      13) No border control
      14) No food and safety regulation
      15) No Urban planning
      16) No postal service
      17) No rubbish collection
      18) No Financial transparency
      the list goes On and on and on and on and on and on and

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      • 23 March 2012 10:20, by Ruach

        4Justice.You are rite my friend.But Murle don’t know what the food is because they don’t know how to grow crops.Death to them

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      • 23 March 2012 10:26, by Ross

        Hello 4Justice
        You have identified exactly the root cause of the problems. Thanks to you, but I’m regret that the government will not understand the root cause. and also it will be wise if people do think in the same way.

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    • 22 March 2012 19:18, by Anynya One

      These are important causes that would needed to be tackled in the near future, however, we have absolute root causes that requires argent attention! Then we can hope for the real South Sudan peace we dreamed of which will for sure prevail. Thank God U.S, EU, and even Isreal is behind the New Born! WE ALL NEED PEACE!

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      • 22 March 2012 22:30, by bior angeth

        Hi guys, I see most of people say Jonglei problem is presence of cattle. This is not it at all. If Bor and Lou stop keeping cattle,do you want them to stop having children? What is going on there is a great crime against humanity, but some people do not mind about it. Disarment will stop people to mobilize in great number and attack other community. The little number with guns will be manageable

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        • 23 March 2012 06:19, by Zimmerman Zaal

          What does kiir know, he need to be told everything.
          As long as this issue of jonglei does not concern Warrap he don’t care.

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  • 23 March 2012 06:28, by BM Bol

    Tackling the root causes of conflict in Jonglei is not as easy as counting 123. Something so deeply entrenched in the culture cannot be overturned overnight. What can be done is engage the youth on both sides that their future and the future of South Sudan lies in co-existing together peacefully side by side. This can be done through education.

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