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US Secretary of State Clinton to visit Sudan next week: report


January, 2 2011 (KHARTOUM) – A high profile U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to arrive in Sudan next Saturday to assess preparations for the conduct of south Sudan vote on independence due to start the day after, a pro-government website reported on Sunday.

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U.S. former Secretary of State Colin Powell (L), US current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and former US special envoy to Sudan John Danforth (R)

Sudan is less than a week away from implementing a crucial referendum vote on the future of south Sudan.

The plebiscite is the final stipulation of the 2005’s peace deal which the US administration of president Bush helped broker, ending nearly two decades of civil war between north and south Sudan.

With its citizens embittered by years of the civil wars and perceived neglect by successive dominant governments in the north, South Sudan is largely expected to vote for secession.

The Sudan Media Center (SMC) website, which is widely believed to be the mouthpiece of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), reported that the Clinton’s delegation would arrive in Sudan on January 8.

SMC said the delegation would also include the US’s former Secretary of State, Colin Powell and former US special envoy to Sudan John Danforth who served under president Bush.

According to SMC, the US special envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration, would arrive accompanied by ambassador Lyman and Dane Smith, who are the envoy’s special advisers on South Sudan and Darfur respectively, to prepare for Clinton’s visit.

But Sudan’s foreign ministry declined to confirm the visit when reached by Sudan Tribune.

Visits by top US officials to countries like Sudan are seldom announced in advance as part of security measures.

In early December last year, US lawmakers urged president Obama to dispatch Clinton and other US officials to Sudan in order to underscore the importance his administration attaches to Sudan ahead of the referendum.

The US Administration has been recently engaged in frantic diplomatic efforts to ensure that the referendum is held peacefully and on time. President Obama sent letters to regional leaders urging them to support US efforts and press the Sudanese government to allow for a smooth vote.


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  • 3 January 2011 07:59, by Timsah


    This is a right step taken by Obama Administration.It potrays how important holding a peaceful,transparent referandum in Sudan is to the world.It is also important because,the envoys will pressure the thugs regime regime to hold and honour outcome of the plebiscite.Even Bashir is expected to came to Juba tommorrow to say bye to us as this will mark his last visit to South as part of Sudan.


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  • 3 January 2011 08:47, by Jalaby

    Welcome US delegation, you are very welcome in Sudan (north).

    Dear president Obama, you are a very brave president because you nominated an american ambassador in Syria despite you know the congress won’t agree in such step and despite it serves US interest, please do the same thing and lift all the sactions against Sudan (north) during the vacation of the congress so no one will resist you from congress as soon as the south get separated from north and jump high in the dark!

    Thanks president Obama.

    Jalaby (Abo Tagia)

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    • 3 January 2011 09:51, by hard liner

      I am sure you dont know you are talking about, what do you mean by the claus ’’when the south separate from the north and jump high in the dark?’’ infact it will be the the north jumping in to the dark as their future is in limbo, let me inform you that crisis awaits you northerners first the imposition of full sheria, second financial crisis as you solely depend on our oil and by the way man sloughter also is inevitable when the darfurians also separate because this is what you useless religion preaches, so shut up and wait for your doomed future...!

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    • 3 January 2011 14:56, by Konybaai

      Jalaby and other readers
      According to my opinion this is not the time for thanks but to look what are they looking for? These high delegates are not coming to declare the independent of the south Sudan but to see how will it be conducts. So we shall thanks those who scort us during our significant journey by the end of the day.

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  • 3 January 2011 08:48, by mohammed ali

    Such a very high profile visit to a country on the terrorist list !!!

    Apparently it is to attend the referundum !

    Obviously the have other agenda!

    What interest do they have interest in Sudan?! I just wonder !!

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    • 3 January 2011 09:29, by Genuine Leader

      Thanks president Obama to dispatch Clinton to monitoring
      referendum kickoff in south Sudan.
      But my prism is what been reported last month by sudantribune that’’ US lawmakers requested from you president Obama to dispatch Clinton to Sudan to secure unity of current Sudan.
      please President Obama don’t be concern much for Sudan unity give consideration to right of south Sudan people.
      please president Obama,let people of south Sudan choose their will choice to enjoy fruition of freedom and democratic like your citizen in US thanks you Mr president Obama.
      Genuine leader, future leader war without border with jalaba if’ unity expose onto SPLA.

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    • 3 January 2011 11:51, by australian

      Mohammed "Rage Boy" Ali thinks no-one in the outside world has a right to think about Sudan, yet he has given his judgement about Australia and its aborigines.
      Sudanese president: Apologise to marginalised Sudanese NOW! Get with the trend!

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      • 3 January 2011 14:11, by mohammed ali


        I have nothing to do with Australia until you came to show us you supremacy; with your outrageous excuses; like saying that the aborgini exchange their daughters with alchhol and to jusify this you went on saying: the aborginis are still mistreating women.

        I showed what is your churche was doing; today I will show you more:

        (( Professor Carmody, who has been studying in the field of sexual violence for 26 years, said.

        "Sexual assault is something that’s endemic in our communities, it’s ingrained in our culture."))


        ((approximately one in six Australian women (16%) reported that they had
        experienced sexual assault at some time since the age of 15))

        ((one in four Australian women (27%) reported that they had experienced
        sexual harassment in the previous 12 months))

        May be it is OK for the whit man to sin, it is nothing,... he can appologize.But for the inferior blac man it is an stigma for the degraded inferior black .

        Typical for ,white man supremacist to look at others!!

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      • 3 January 2011 20:12, by James Garang

        Dear readers read my doubting

        The forthcoming Referendum in Southern Sudan is a contest of evil forces that have grouped themselves through IOM and are busy manipulating the entire process in the Diaspora among the Southern Sudanese communities particularly in Kenya where they are putting unpopular arrangements to interfere with the voting exercise throughout the Referendum event. I totally disagree with the arrangements to entrust our votes with Kenyan police or any other body who is not known to the people of Southern Sudan as we have had a lot of hardships in the process of registration.

        My suggestion in this regard is that all the votes caste per day should be counted and result announced in order to avoid cases of interference, bribing, rigging, suspicion, tension and mistrust between the IOM official and members of Southern Sudan community in the Diaspora.

        I’m also appealing to all the peace loving Southern Sudanese community in Kenya to remain vigilant, awake, and active and strongly participate in the run up to the final long race that has costed us our lives and the lives of great grand fathers. This is the time to act so as to ensure that the people of Southern Sudan are not blindfolded, or cheated.

        My advice to the international community is that I’m very pessimistic about the outcome of the Result from Nairobi. This fear has been informed by the way IOM has acted towards the Southerners when they dismissed all the active and well trusted Southerners who served whole heartedly during the registration exercise and retained the weak and individuals with questionable characters. This has caused a major uproar amongst the Dinka and Nuer Sub communities. We demand to see accountability and transparency in the entire process.

        But all these process will be successful if there is accountability, transparency, daily counting of votes followed by announcement of results. This will reduce tension and suspicion among members of the community and officials of IOM.

        And if the rights of independence of Southern Sudan fail because of misplaced manipulation, oppression and corruption then this will be the saddest moment in the history of mankind as it will plunge the region and the world at large into another full blown human genocide that no mankind will ever stop for Southern Sudanese are not ready to continue being slaves in their own country again.

        This calls for the international community to pressurize IOM to recruit enough clerks to help in daily counting to avoid compilation of Referendum results which can easily be rigged or comprised by enemies of freedom of Southern Sudan.

        Last year, 2010, IOM confirmed to the Southerners that counting of votes will do daily from day one of voting. This was the basis upon which the majority of us registered to vote as we did not want our votes to go to waste or rather to keep the northern Muslim regime in power. Right now they have changed their tune. It is not longer daily counting but rather accumulative counting through Kenya police officers who will be given responsibility to guard our votes at night. I totally doubt these arrangements given my experience with the Kenya police. What I do not understand is what is it that is really convincing IOM that the Kenya police will guard our votes when they totally failed to guard their own votes that plunged their country into war which led to formation of a loose coalition government. IOM is not pro Southern Sudan and must be told in broad day light. We are watching their activities and need to be told in clear and sound language that we can not accept to be treated as second class citizens in our country. And if there is Southern Sudanese who are hired by IOM you should draw between the lines- IOM and your future.

        Who are these IOM? This IOM are Egyptians working in cahoots with the northern Muslim in Khartoum to determine the outcome of the forthcoming Referendum in favor of the Muslim north by all means. “Just see the wiki leaks reports below’

        “A leaked U.S. embassy cable released by Wikileaks showed an Egyptian request to Washington to help postpone the referendum by four to six years.
        Egypt stressed to the U.S. that the creation of "a non-viable state" could threaten Egypt’s access to the Nile a time when several countries are negotiating how to share the river’s water. Several Nile basin countries have collaborated seeking a change to the colonial era treaty which guarantees that Egypt receives most of the Nile water. Egypt and Sudan are refusing to sign up to a new agreement”.
        We are very concerned with IOM mission in the Diaspora as they represent retention of status quo, dictatorship, oppression and a weapon of the Arab Muslims in Northern Sudan to cling on power and keep Sudan under their control through hooks and crooks.

        In conclusion I would like the government of Southern Sudan and the people of Southern Sudan in the Diaspora to intervene in the above matter in order to a void cases of rigging the votes from the Diaspora Southern Sudanese communities.


        By James Garang Akoon
        (Student in Kenya)

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    • 3 January 2011 23:30, by mack waweru

      The visit is to warn the terrorist regime in the North not to tamper with the referendum of "Noble People" of South Sudan.
      So, hold your asses and not fart unwanted smell by the US.


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  • 3 January 2011 09:16, by Kolnyang youth

    US Secretary ;

    Is highly welcome to South Sudan .

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  • 3 January 2011 15:03, by JUBA

    This is a welcome news from the US President Barack Obama. Let’s make the observers, NCP and the International feel ours voices by a 100% vote for an Independent South Sudan. Cheers

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  • 3 January 2011 17:13, by Thondet Manyang

    That is good news and chance of paving the ways to new nation of South Sudan. All signatories of CPA are welcome to witness the product of there efforts. Try to help other oppressed people. God will bless you peace makers.

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