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Sudan says 80% of North-South border demarcation complete


May 4, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese foreign minister Deng Alor, who is a leading figure in Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM), revealed today that 80% of the North-South border demarcation process has been completed, considered a crucial step in preparation for the self-determination referendum in the South scheduled for 2011.

Alor told reporters according to Kuwait news agency (KUNA) after his meeting with the US special envoy to Sudan Scott Gration that issues in dispute regarding the borders will be referred to the meeting of the presidency, which includes president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, First Vice President Salva Kiir, and 2nd Vice president Ali Osman Taha.

The Sudanese official revealed that SPLM and the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) have agreed on the composition of the commission for the conduct of the referendum and the commission dealing with Abyei region and the demarcation of its borders pursuant to the decision of Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) rendered last year.

He also warned that time is at a premium to resolve all issues prior to the referendum.

"We believe that the time remaining does not afford the emergence of any new differences between the two partners and we have a lot of work especially the arrangements for the status in the event of secession of the south on the distribution of national rights and how external debt can be divided and many others," Alor said.

Today, the US Special envoy progress of the relations between the two sides and implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and the situation in Darfur.

The US State department said in a statement today that Gration is travelling to Sudan and Ethiopia from May 3, 2010 to May 9, 2010. His stops in Sudan will include Khartoum, Juba, and Nyala.

Alor said that the meeting came within the context of contacts with the partners currently participating at meetings of the Assessment and Evaluation Commission (AEC) for reviewing progress of the peace agreement.

Today the AEC chief Derek Plumbly stressed that the 2011 referendum should be held on time and not be delayed like the recent elections which were rescheduled for over a year.

Plumbly said that "the voter registration process [for the referendum] is very important because the right to participate in the referendum is not automatic, there are ethnic criteria. It’s a deeper process,".

The British diplomat said that the NCP & SPLM post-referendum arrangements should be resolved before the referendum including sharing of resources.

Alor said the AEC meeting of the Commission is important as it came after the general elections and before the referendum.

Gration on his end expressed appreciation to the recent developments in Sudan and the breakthrough achieved by the parties of the peace agreement and vowed to support both sides.

"You can count on the international community to be allied with the members of both the SPLM and the NCP to make sure that all important milestones before the referendum and after the referendum are accomplished" he said.

Sudan last week wrapped up elections that were seen as a test of democracy in Africa’s largest country, particularly in its south which is preparing for a referendum in January 2011 on whether to declare independence from the north.


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  • 5 May 2010 05:44, by babadit

    Alor and Gration are both right in their words, southern sudan is only a second away from seperation so all the outstanding issues have to be discuss and completed in time, what we know now is that , NCP wanted to wast time inorder to reach closer to the end of the year to bring confussion just because they think that if the issues are resolved now southerners may opts for unilateral declearation of independence.

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    • 5 May 2010 06:26, by Padiet Gagag

      Alor aliar to reported that south and north border is completed by eighty percent, This could not be expressed to media.

      Gration right to said that this border is uncompleted because the president,first vice president,and vice could sit first and decussed. southerness know that there must be border,but not yet marked before the referendom.

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      • 5 May 2010 07:00, by maduel Anok

        The issue between north and the south is not meerly an issue to do with demarcation but rather the committement of the two partners in the government that is the SPLM and the NCP.

        We need the pratical land mark on the ground between the north and the south. This is not only important in the upcoming secession of the south from the north but to know the border between the geographical north and the south. The other cardinal directions such as the eastern sudan and the western sudan can do the same.

        Sudan has been exposed to the outside world of bad governance charaterised by the skirmishes of its citizens and enslavement of the particular sects in the pretext of being less human.

        This time round, we need to stand by our feet and ready to tell the world that sudan is not like how they perceive it in their own arena but democratic and soverign state once we do all the necessary steps towards national cohesion and respect of our values in one multi ethnic, multi racial, multi politics and many multissss Sudan......

        "Together, for one sudan" By Maduel Anok.


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    • 5 May 2010 06:29, by Padiet Gagag

      Alor aliar to reported that south and north border is completed by eighty percent, This could not be expressed to media.

      Gration right to said that this border is uncompleted because the president,first vice president,and vice could sit first and decussed. southerness know that there must be border,but not yet marked before the referendom.

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    • 5 May 2010 09:06, by Sala Gai

      Come together and close together make up peace and unity

      Late work together with the heart of peace and unity in South rather than bring in intermediation between parties and tribes in the ground of South Once, What happen now was like, what happen in 1991 cries of two Doctors which will competing up to now in the ground.
      My dear guys that altitude must be change peace and good Governance in ground.

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  • 5 May 2010 05:47, by Dengtaath

    Good stuffs, this is the progess we need to hear, SPLM/SPLA need to resolve the conflict between George Athor and Koul Manyang as soon as possible.
    Its crucial that Southerners must hold tight enough to defense their self determination rights from the North. I blame SPLM leadership for all these choas but I would not resort in to fight, this is madness from George Athor.
    Thanks Decng Alor for information

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    • 5 May 2010 06:34, by Aduol Liet

      This is not Alor’s word.

      I do not belief the Border demarcation is 80% if it is show us the proof otherwise, this report was made by guilty National Congress member. Those who repor this must be specify to what they say not just posting lies without evidence.

      The question is if the Border demarcation is 80% how? Is there proof.? Where.? and when did this 80% done.? Southern Sudan leaders must not accepted any fool made by North Sudan.

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  • 5 May 2010 06:34, by Master

    Good - the sooner the better the South can go to hell !!

    Izzadine Abdul Rasoul - Sudantribune.com

    The South Sudan social composition is triggered on tribal roots in the first place base, like the rest of Sudan. There are more than twenty tribes and sub-tribes competing for power in South Sudan.

    The main competitors who want to rule South Sudan are the main biggest tribes like, Dinka, Nuer and Shuluk. While the rest of the small tribes in South Sudan express their fear that if they vote for the independent of the south Sudan then their situations will not be better than now when they are in one united Sudan. In Juba and other cities in South Sudan the minority tribes say that if they South Sudan have taken its independents then they will be under the rule of new oppressors specially the Dinkas and Nuer who only employ their tribesmen in governmental posts. However the difference in South Sudan does not exist only between the tribes but also within one tribe; for example in Dinka tribe there are Dinka Bor who don’t like Dinka Baher-Elgazal and Dinka Awil who are working against other clan from the same tribe ....and so on. The same case is applicable in Nuer and Shuluk.


    Few think the south will vote to remain part of the country for which it has long fought. However, the investment potential in the north is much greater than that of the south. Although since 2005 the south has enjoyed a relative boom—its capital, Juba, has attracted migrant workers from neighboring Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Somalia and Ethiopia, all seeking to cash in on the peace dividends of the international aid system—the referendum marks a period of uncertainty, and undoubtedly the smart money will prefer investing in the stability of the north, though some southern oilfields will be attractive.

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    • 5 May 2010 08:49, by Aduol Liet

      Master or whatever your hidding name is.

      You are very wrong man. First of all leadership is about what you do and how you do it base on your history, your records, sincereness, knowledge, and knowing the conditions of your people not being a majority only. Arab are 38% minority in the Sudan but why they lead Black African Tribes for 54 years, I think it was because these Black African in Sudan are stupid people who loves bribes than loooking for problems to solve.

      If Southern Sudan gain independence that is good thing that, I would like to see. Don’t worry about conflicts in Southern Sudan, because any nation has come through this dispute and later on things will be okay. Human being is same all over the world if South Africa have solve their problems why not Southern Sudan will solve their Tribalism. If you Uganda are ruling themselves why not Southern Suda rules themselves. If Kenyan have solve what was happened in 2008, then we should be able to solve our conflicting and it just gose cetra cetra like that.

      Big Tribe or majority is not the answer for that, I am doubting that you want to misleading people and forgotten that, willingness, be defendable during difficulties like the SPLA time and your commitment are the merely key elements of getting in to lead look if any Tribe don’t feel strong in defending the rights of the people in that environment then, they must keep quite and work on others things that, will be good for them. You mention Shullik, I think Shullik is not one of a majority Tribe in Southern Sudan belief me or not Shullik is too small Tribe if you disagree please feel free to go Gurtong website and you will see all Tribes being listing up, but for Shullik Tribe only few people were present during the SPLA/M however, they did shown their willingness, encouragement, and some how their commitment was good although Lam Akol was been running between two governments Southern Sudan and Sudan regime thus, these Panga Amum and Oyai Deng Ajak will let the name of Shullik remain good in Southern Sudan’s history. If people were working about Majority Amum will not get that big powerful position in the GOSS because there are many more Majorities Tribes a head in Shullik in term of population but I belief leadership is what you do and how do it. For example, the North South Civil war have cost 2.5 million lives and within these numbers 1.5 million lives losts were Dinkas and would you not beliefs their commitment, willingness, encouragement, defendable otherwise, we wouldn’t be talking about peace agreement if there was no Dinka Tribe in Southern Sudan and Sudan as a whole.

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  • 5 May 2010 06:55, by belle gatlueng liah


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    • 5 May 2010 07:36, by samuel_kur@yahoo.ca

      Gatluengliah. your question seems as question of primitive not answerable.

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  • 6 May 2010 05:03, by DHARCHEP

    Dear Mr Deng Alor,

    Lying is not the only solution to dermarcate the border between Southern Sudan and Northern Sudan. What we need is the facts that will reveal who is the one claiming the right move either the Southern Sudanese people or the Northern Sudanese people. First of all,you said that 80% of the North-South border demarcation is complete. By the way, you are puzzling the people. Who really gain 80%? Is it the North or the South? Don’t leave everything in half way. Last time when you where interviewed on Media when Heglig(TOOR ALIINY)of Dinka Ruweng Community of Biemnom County in Unity State was forwarded to the North by you, you said that the "Land was grabbed by the Arabs anyway". This show that you are luck of some political strategies with which you can defeat your enemy of the North. From the very beginning, Arabs of the North don’t wants Abyei, but the needs Heglig(TOOR ALIINY) because of OIL. Now, Arabs trick you like a baby and at the same time you empowered Arabs of the North through the word you said that the "Land was grabbed by the Arabs anyway. I have never seen a leader reaveling his weakness to his enemy. What I do see from you is the body, but I don’t see the mind.

    Mr Deng Alor Kuol,you are the problem to this demarcation of the border between North and South. Last time when Abyei was ruled-out by the Hague Ruling Court, you presented TOOR ALIINY of DINKA RUWENG COMMUNITY OF BIEMNOM COUNTY to be an area of Abyei, and at last when the people of Dinka Ruweng Community of Biemnom County raised their complaint, you denied that TOOR ALIINY is not a part of Abyei land, but a part of Unity State. As you said that TOOR ALIINY(Heglig)is not a part of Abyei, why do you put it on the Map as a Territory of Abyei? It is a big shame if the leader himself don’t even know what he is doing. I can definitely said that you are just only practicing a politic without exit. Shame on you Deng Alor Kuol. You and Benjamin Mijak Dau of Dinka Panaruu of Panrieng will die ugly, I swear.

    My e-mail Address is Mijuanthiyeer@yahoo.com

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