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South Sudan calls on Khartoum to review expulsion of aid organizations

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By James Gatdet Dak

March 6, 2009 (JUBA) – The semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) has called on the national government in Khartoum led by the National Congress Party (NCP) to reverse its decision on expulsion of humanitarian organizations operating in Darfur, saying it will endanger the lives of the needy people in the region.

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Omer al-Bashir and Salva Kiir

As the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced its arrest warrant on Wednesday against the Sudanese president, Omer Al-Bashir, Sudan reacted by ordering about ten foreign aid organizations to leave the country.

The organizations expelled include Action Contre la Faim (ACF), Care International, CHF International, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Mercy Corps, both the French and Dutch branches of Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam GB, Solidarite, PATCO and Save the Children Fund of both the United Kingdom and the United States.

In the Council of Ministers meeting on Friday chaired by the GoSS President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, who also serves as the First Vice President of the Khartoum-based Government of National Unity (GoNU), the SPLM-led government called on its partner, the NCP, to pursue political engagement with the international community on the indictment of Al-Bashir.

The Government’s Spokesperson, Gabriel Changson Chang, said the meeting was concerned by the expulsion of the aid organizations from Darfur, which would also make political engagement difficult to achieve with the international community and the UN Security Council on the ICC issue to defer the indictment of Al-Bashir.

“That would add fuel to the burning fire,” said Chang referring to the expulsion of aid organizations.

The meeting called on the NCP to identify with the SPLM areas of cooperation between the two partners on how to approach the ICC’s decision of indictment against the President.

It also called on the NCP to work towards ceasing hostilities in Darfur in order to create conducive atmosphere for finding a peaceful and political solution to the Darfur conflict.

It also called for full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and other agreements signed in Darfur and Eastern Sudan.

GoSS President Salva Kiir, who returned from Khartoum on Friday morning, briefed the meeting on his recent visit to the national capital where he participated in the Council of Ministers meeting chaired by President Omer Al-Bashir on Thursday.

The GoSS Council of Ministers meeting was also briefed by the Minister for SPLA Affairs, Nhial Deng Nhial, who represented Kiir in a separate joint meeting in Khartoum on Thursday with the NCP’s top leaders, including Al-Bashir.

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  • 7 March 2009 15:54, by Gatwech

    Southerners,

    Correct me if I am wrong, and unless the reception of national TV is different here in Malakal from the rest of the Sudan. During the Council of Ministers meeting in Khartoum which was broadcast live where the whole cabinet plus the Presidential advisors and state ministers were all present, many people sat in front of their TV sets to follow the deliberations on what the government should do about the ICC. I was particularly interested to hear Salva Kiir talk about this issue publicly to both northern and southern audience. I was tired of hearing different statements from our President when he is either in Khartoum or Juba. When he is in Juba (South Sudan) he tells different story to the southern audience to appease them, but when he in Khartoum he changes his colour and tells northern audience different thing that would appease them. But when the meeting was conducted in Khartoum live on TV and watched by both northern and southern audiences, I couldn’t wait to hear what Salva Kiir would say to a joint audience. Surprisingly, and as expected, Salva Kiir just kept quite and never talked during the whole meeting. What was happening? Was he fearing? The funny thing was that a friend of mine who was watching with me predicted that Kiir would not talk in that kind of situation while in Khartoum. I couldn’t believe his prediction. The man never opened his mouth to express his views on what to do as the Chairman of SPLM, Chairman of ICC Crisis committee, First Vice President of Sudan and President of Government of south Sudan. I understood that Kiir knew the meeting was live on TV and did not want to say something which would disappoint the Southerners, but preferred to say it to Omer el-Bashir in private. What a leader! Now that he is back to Juba, there they have met to yet come up with resolutions which would have been made clear to people by Salva Kiir on that live TV meeting in Khartoum. What a situation we are in!

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    • 7 March 2009 21:57, by Freedom Fighter

      Gatwech,

      I shear your feeling too buddy!, but did you really get chance to read Kiir’s interview with Arabic News paper named al-sharqalawsat on March 5th. If you missed it, man better checked it out at www.asharqalawsat.com. Salva Kiir was really beatiful in that interview, and I think there was nothing wrong about his silence in that hysteric meeting in Khartoum, infact his silence was as beatiful as gold. I hope he keeps up this new culture. What struck me the most is the fact that your uncle Dr. Lam Akol is even till speaking out for Albashir. I saw him on the Sudan TV on March 4th, 2009 delivering hysterical speech in which he attacked ICC and what he called its supporters, praising Omer Albashir as a man of peace interestingly!!.

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      • 8 March 2009 12:07, by Gatwech

        Freedom Fighter,

        First, Dr. Lam Akol is not my uncle, but my leader along with Salva Kiir and the rest. Why do you call almost every body my uncle?

        About the interview of Salva Kiir with that newspaper, I did not read it, but if he did very well, fine. My concern is that should Kiir’s best forum is to dialogue with the media while leaving the GoNU’s Council of Ministers to pass important resolutions without him expressing his views and the views of his party, SPLM? What would that newspaper help him with if a decision was passed by the Council in his presence, but decided not to talk? This is a strange helpless way to approach the current situation we are in.

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  • 7 March 2009 17:07, by Ngong The King

    The South Sudanese need to stay away from Bashir Vs. ICC case. The people who were the enemy’s right-hand and believe still to be are Darfuris. The problem of Darfuris is theirs and we from the south need not to engage in!

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    • 7 March 2009 19:04, by manyok R

      Gatwech,

      It is better for him to keep quite because he always says stupid contradicting statement when he is on spot light. We don’t like to hear him says anything that‘ll humiliate and shame all of us on national TV. My guess is that he was caught off guard in a situation he doesn’t know how to reason meaningfully. Therefore, it was a better choice for him to keep quite.

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    • 8 March 2009 04:54, by Dislike Jonkor

      Ha Ha general Demn shit Bashir are on the way to hell. That is very good. I also thanks good about killing big Logic Dog , because peole like Logic can not been a live for long in this world with non speak always. Death Logic good luck with your hell, you never be free even if you die early with your fucking lyer.you are very studip mind. fuck you in your nose with all your parents.

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    • 8 March 2009 17:28, by Wiyual Wech Puk D. Payol.

      there are so many things here in the south sudan which are not completed we left them uncomplete and run into Darfurs’ problems.where were those of Darfur when the southerners were at war with jallaba? i do agreed with you mr Ngong,let Bashir face ICC and let Darfur face their own problems and let southerners work for the uncomplete things in south a lone.

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      • 9 March 2009 12:55, by chuol dei

        My leaders in SPLM you did not give decision on expulsion of aid organization.You need to come up with a clear decision.

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