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UN, US condemn Khartoum’s bombing campaign


April 23, 2012 (JUBA) – The international community has condemned Monday’s bombing of South Sudan by its northern neighbour Sudan as the threat of an all-out war continues to be a possibility following the Friday night withdrawal of South Sudan’s army from the disputed oil-rich border area of Heglig/Panthou.

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Hilde Johnson, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for South South speaking at a press conference on Monday’s bombing of Unity State. 23 April 2012 (UN/Gideon)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the Sudanese bombing campaign calling on "the government of Sudan to cease all hostilities immediately".

He said there would be no military solution to the border dispute and called on the leaders of both sides "to stop the slide toward further confrontation and... to return to dialogue as a matter of urgency".

Sudan’s President Bashir on Monday said that the time for talks was over and that South Sudanese government only understood guns.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Monday condemned the continued aerial bombardments in Bentiu town, which is heavily populated by civilians.

“These indiscriminate bombings resulting in the loss of civilian lives must stop,” said Hilde F. Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan.

“I remind the parties to the conflict of their obligation to abide by international human rights and humanitarian law, take all measures not to harm civilians, and guarantee the safety of international aid organizations and United Nations personnel and assets,” Johnson added.

South Sudan occupied Heglig from April 10-20 in response to what it said was an aggression by Sudan using Heglig as a base from which it carried out ground incursions inside South Sudan.

Khartoum says its troops have been attacked by Sudanese rebels and accuses Juba of supporting them in their efforts to topple the regime.

The United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), European Union (EU) and other friendly countries to South Sudan including the United States (US) condemned Juba’s occupation of the area and called for an immediate withdrawal.

On Friday night Juba announced the unconditional withdrawal of its forces from the area. Khartoum, however, said it defeated the South Sudan forces and retook the town on Friday.

Sudan’s president, Omer Hassen al-Bashir during his visit to Heglig on Monday in a televised speech inside Heglig town urged his army to continue advancing and pushing (SPLA) army deep inside South Sudan.

Since Saturday SAF launched both ground attacks and aerial bombardments inside South Sudan’s territory including the capital of oil-producing Unity State, Bentiu. For three consecutive days from Saturday, one day after the withdrawal, South Sudan said Khartoum has been carrying out aerial bombardments, killing and maiming civilians in Unity State.

On Monday top UN and US diplomats in Juba expressed condemnation of Khartoum’s renewed ground and air attacks into South Sudan despite the withdrawal of the SPLA from the area.

The US acting ambassador to South Sudan, Christopher Datta in a meeting with South Sudan’s Vice President Riek Machar on Monday expressed his government’s condemnation of Khartoum’s actions, adding that the US administration in Washington was going to issue a statement condemning the continuous attacks on South Sudan.

Johnson also held a meeting with Machar on Monday in which she also appealed to the two countries to show restraint and avoid sliding back to war. A two-decade conflict up to 2005 affected the whole region leading two million deaths and the displacement of four million people.


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  • 24 April 2012 06:55, by omoni jr.

    Death to KHARTOUM Arabs.
    we will never be in peace with these fake fucking arabs,preaching nothing but Devil Mohammed.

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    • 24 April 2012 07:17, by Mi diit

      That lame duck UN and useless AU are bunch of ignorants who do not know the history of the borders between the two countries.

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      • 24 April 2012 07:48, by Diu J.Kuek

        To UN,US,EU, plus this one so called AU now is too late to condemned acts carried out by Khartoum TERRORISTS such aggressive act has been part of their activities toward South Sudan killing innocents civilians World are watching at this time our response will not stop until International forces deploys a long lines and where there will be definite borders betwen the two Countries.

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        • 24 April 2012 08:05, by Diu J.Kuek

          Thanks Hilde Johnson for being impartial and just to the both nations trying to send a concrete reports but your both is so useless I maen that blind Asian man so called Ban Ki Moon.
          To Kiir,Riek and the entire Government of S,Sudan try to revive the Government policy for the best future of our nation in term of tackle corruption and to strengthen International Diplomacy, Khartoum is nothing to us

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          • 24 April 2012 08:28, by Diu J.Kuek

            The designated policy of building new pipeline via Kenya must start now before every thing has get done its first priority to defeat these TERRORISTS let us generating our resources and within this two Month the refinery for local fuel consumption should finish as been designs please wake up.
            I have ful confident this TERRORISTS of Khartoum we will defeat them and will disrupt their organization.

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    • 24 April 2012 07:27, by LL Reuben


      Lip-service from those, whose their interest comes first will not deters the northern terrorists from their insanity. In fact what Bashiir is saying should be the new slogan for the South Sudan government, ‘no negotiation with terrorists I suppose. Let’s take back Pan-thou and send them terrorists to hell to meet with their imaginary virgins.

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    • 24 April 2012 07:36, by Bak0023

      The threat language doesn’t belong to us as Southern Sudanese if we don’t like what’s on the ground then let’s move back into Panthau and retake it.If United Nation say to withdraw and negotiate they would have to ask Bashir to withdraw its troop from Abyei and only then we may have to withdraw. unlike what we’ve done and made our Country look bad with the poor decision.God bless Southern Sudan

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    • 24 April 2012 08:09, by Lango2010

      we are like talking to deaf do you know why? Bashir has no other world a head and behind him because some one who value life is that who bear children.
      the UN, AU, UNSC and Arab league all are play double standard in this crisis i.e Partialilty, favouring arabs and ignorining southerners Rights.
      the only thing is to equip ourselves do what help our civil population.
      SPLA is capable of that for sur

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    • 24 April 2012 09:09, by Chok Deng

      To Ban Ki Moon
      Your woman Omer Bashir is trying to be a man but soon he is going to cry back calling for your help.Tell him clearly that if Mighty SPLA capture Khartoum he should not cry for help.

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  • 24 April 2012 06:58, by Chol

    No condemnation needed, Panthau is going to be taken back and struggle continue!

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  • 24 April 2012 07:01, by Martin Kat

    UN,AU AND UNSC have taking side by supported Sudan government of killing innocent people of S Sudan. We are very sorry for that. But people of S Sudan capable to defend themselves by all mean.

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    • 24 April 2012 08:00, by Sundayw

      The UN, US, Britain, and EU, and the pathetic and useless AU all gave Bashir the best gift he could ever ask for. He now has the blank check to step up his atrocities in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and border region of South Sudan. Now these so-called international community are asking both sides to stop fighting and return to negotiations. Only one side is fighting from the air and on the ground.

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    • 24 April 2012 08:02, by Sundayw

      Next time, we will not stop in Panthou but will go all the way to El-Obeid and destroy your air force. If you are not certain of our capabilities, just ask the Panthou illegal oil operations for a confirmation.

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      • 24 April 2012 08:11, by AfroArabian

        retake heglig first...THEN think about going further....u ran like the insects u are...do u really believe u can even look back, let alone actually COME back....what a weak opponent u are and have always been.

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        • 24 April 2012 09:05, by Foundation

          Mr Terrorist, You forgot to describe how you run like on the 10/04 - 20/04/12.

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  • 24 April 2012 07:09, by Legacy Elites

    Now let the war with jalaba start. Buy just two fighter jets, two Antenovs and a lot of anti-aircraft rockets to bring down jalaba migs and antenovs. No more withdrawal. Salva Kiir is coward, let the SPLA reject his foolish decisions of withdrawal. Jalaba must go back to Saudia. Let those bagara go back to beshiir. Jalaba is always jalaba

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  • 24 April 2012 07:20, by Madina Tonj

    This is what International world want to see when South Sudanese are suffering during 22 years of civil war and now they are suffering bombardment inside her country. AU,EU and the UN can only says condemned even when the head of State of Northern Sudanese was indicted yet, they are making polite. Those statements made by world body and AU shown, there is intentional against the people of Africa

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    • 24 April 2012 07:38, by LL Reuben

      Madina Tonj,

      Welll said buddy, condemnation isn’t going to deter the terrorists as we know them. However, we wonder why the US, EU, and their servants AU and UN respectively don’t take any meaningfully measures in dealing with NIF/terrorists in Khartoum. The asnwer is Saudia Arabia and China; the US (the husband of those organizations) is afraid of China’s power and losing Saudia’s oil. Simple!

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  • 24 April 2012 07:40, by Common Cole

    the world of sanctions and indictments is a cheat on poor South Sudanese and Africa, if we had Hague court in Kampala, Bashir would have been arrested long time and many lives of innocent people would have been saved, why allowed a criminal to wage a war against people and when retaliated, AU,UN,EU, name them called it illegal incursion,who is fooling who?,if ICC has no power,then delegate SPLA.

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  • 24 April 2012 07:50, by AfroArabian

    he he threw the first stone.....looool...and now u r crying and waiting for US, UN and AU..? come...the lesson is just starting, you will be defeated..its not the southerners we are after....its your ignorant government...keep watching the skies...and run for your lives

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    • 24 April 2012 08:06, by Ruach

      Afroarabian.You are too noisy like your illitrate president Bashir who did not hold a single academic certificate.What a noisy neighbour!

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      • 24 April 2012 08:09, by AfroArabian

        i maybe noisy....but its your ears that are hurting...and im happy with that...and how many certificate does it take to become a man...to stand for your country and ur beliefs..??? at least our ’ignorant’ president KEEPS his promises...not much to say about ur insect except a drunk and stupid leader, herding u to ur graves and poverty

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      • 24 April 2012 09:14, by Foundation

        Nothing we can do abt tht bro, it’s their culture. No different btw President, women, youth and children behavious.

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  • 24 April 2012 07:56, by codewizards

    I cannot even read the whole article. Look at this useless statement from Ban Ki-Moon! He said:

    "the government of Sudan to cease all hostilities immediately".

    Is Ban Ki-moon well, or sick? He is blaming South Sudan even after the attack in our towns? Shame on you Ki-Moon. We the South Sudanese are humans like you. It is clear that we never act agressively to the North (Sudan).

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    • 24 April 2012 08:01, by AfroArabian

      maybe he said that because he has been sober for the past 2 weeks....the int community KNOWS u made the first wrong move in taking heglig...now its pay back time...no one blames us for kicking ur asses back to uganada....run..and be ashamed...ur gov is now BEGGING the SAME international community they thought of defying only last week..

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      • 24 April 2012 08:03, by AfroArabian

        and stop hiding behind ur women and children...stop running into ur countrymen’s towns and villages...stand ur ground like men should...that is the only way IF you are brave enough to fight..we are coming to teach u a lesson...never mess with the hand that fed and sheltered u all these years...

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        • 24 April 2012 09:29, by Ruach

          Afrodevil.When our migty force the SPLA stayed in Panthou for 10 days,no single attack being made by coward fake Arabs.If you are men,try to come on ground and face the real warrior from South Sudan army the SPLA

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    • 24 April 2012 08:03, by codewizards

      He is right to say this. But will he implement it?? I doubt. It will be like the arrest warrant for Bashir that will never take place until the end of the world. Bashir cannot be arrested because he is man! Who can awake the sleeping lion? Bashir is the one! Sudan will bomb South Sudan again and UN will keep talking. Shame on you UN, AU,and EU. Bashir is killing your troops one by one in Sudan.

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      • 24 April 2012 08:06, by AfroArabian

        as i mentioned in an earlier article...there is a kenyan saying.... if 2 elephants play, only the grass gets hurt... thats what is happening...and who is to blame for this ’game’...S.Sudan’s ignorant gov...i think they thought by being christian and a new nation, everyone will back them up...the international community has only ONE interest in mind....MONEY..how it comes is no prob 4 them

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        • 24 April 2012 08:22, by LL Reuben


          How pathetic are you to question our man-hood? We captured Panthou and stayed there for two weeks without your pussy-cats (SAF) disturbinng. We only left because of your continuous crying to the UN in New York by your country’s ambassador. We ruined your facility and then withdrew our forces because we didn’t want to be sanctioned like your sorry terrorist state.

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          • 24 April 2012 08:27, by AfroArabian

            u only ’stayed’ because we were afraid to destruct the oil field..once we saw fire...we kicked ur asses all the way back to uganada....and now we are coming after u...why dont u stand ur ground if u even have slight man-hood...and why do u hide behind ur women and children..come to the open...fight if u dare...u r insects...and will always remain so

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            • 24 April 2012 08:29, by AfroArabian

              and how come your 3 day withdrawal only took u a few hours?...the answer...its called running for ur lives..u ran so fast u left ur artillary and dead bodies behind u...shame on u to be the force ’protecting’ ur people...they deserve better than that

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            • 24 April 2012 09:44, by LL Reuben


              Help me here, the story is your black African mother got raped by an Arab Imam leading to your birth as an Afro-arabian or what in hell does afro-arabian means to you? Listen you moron I don’t entertain fools, the fact is, your husband US, EU, UN and AU will pay no attention to your cries in pending round. We’ll give you idiots one-way ticket to meet your imaginary virgins.

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  • 24 April 2012 08:12, by codewizards

    Before the Heglig fighting, Khartoum has been bombing in Mabaan, and Unity State, UN said nothing about that. Now, peace talk after what? Heglig was only captured by SPLA as they drive away the SAF who attacked them near Bentiu and UN never comment on this! SAF bombs us, but when we (SPLA) reply, the world jumps on our neck. Is there justice in this world? NOT at all...

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  • 24 April 2012 08:22, by Pauli

    Ban Ki-Moon your condemnation is two soft and Omer Beshir will not obey your mild approach. The best warning for you, never step your feet in South Sudan. You better stay in Khartoum where they feed you with blood money from South Sudan. You are one of the weakest UN secretary general after Botrous Gahli.

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  • 24 April 2012 08:27, by Pauli

    Shut-up the weakest UN secretary general after Botrous Gahli. We don’t know why you are in New York, you are supposed to be in Khartoum with your killer Omer.

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    • 24 April 2012 08:33, by AfroArabian

      blood money from south sudan?....then how come ur government owns villas in Khartoum, US, Kenya and Australia...where did THEY get that money from?..u see..ur government is so corrupt, they dont even spend a single dollar on developing ur country..ours is corrupt too, but at least all infrastructure is there...more than i can say for u..wake up

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  • 24 April 2012 08:34, by E. Defense Forces

    Watch this Arabs infidels in Khartoum.Destruction of the church in Khartoum http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/489/Destruction_of_the_church_in_Khartoum/
    Dead and wounded in the city in southern Sudan Rubkona http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/473/Dead_and_wounded_in_the_city_in_southern_Sudan_Rubkona/

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  • 24 April 2012 08:42, by Northern Sudanese

    Bashir, stop bombing these poor people.........there is no point.......

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  • 24 April 2012 08:42, by codewizards

    If South Sudan bombs one of the towns in the north (Sudan) like what they did in Bentiu and Maban - Upper Nile, UN will send our leaders to court as soon as possible. But when it is Bashir, there is no problem with that because Bashir like Osama Bin Laden can terrorize the UN. No way out, South Sudan must be condemned always. Yet, God watches over us like Israel. We are the second Israel.

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    • 24 April 2012 08:55, by AfroArabian

      and just like isreal...u will ALWAYS live in fear....respect ur neighbours, respect what is theirs and GOD will watch over u for giving people their rights....stop cheating urselves...if u believe in GOD, then respect HIS rules...thou shall NOT steal...

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      • 24 April 2012 09:36, by Foundation

        Do research abt Isreal and you will learn how they defected Arab nations in six days. It will also give u ideas abt how Egypt and Isreal’s current relationship commenced. Isreal known how to deal wit you and tht why they keep pouring fire on u. Isreal bombed and destroyed car not to long ago in Sudan and u stay silent.

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      • 24 April 2012 09:39, by LL Reuben


        Help me here, the story is your black African mother got raped by an Arab Imam leading birth as an Afro-arabian or what in hell does afro-arabian means you? Listen you moron I don’t entain fools, the fact is, your husband US, EU, UN and AU will pay no attention to your cries in pending round. We’ll give you idiots one-way ticket to meet your imaginary virgins.

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      • 24 April 2012 10:00, by Ruach

        There is nothing called God in Arab life.They don’t know it yet.Something must be fishy in your culture.The culture of killing and murdering the people and laugh and deny it at the end.Death to u

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