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South Sudan should not commit same mistakes as Western Sahara - Polisario diplomat


November 10, 2010 (JUBA) – A diplomat from Western Sahara, a disputed territory between Morocco and the Polisario Front, has warned Southern Sudan not to make the same mistakes they made in their failed bid to become independent through a referendum.

In January as part of a 2005 peace deal the south was granted the right to determine whether it would remain as part of Sudan or form an independent nation.

The territory of Western Sahara has been contested by Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front since colonial power Spain withdrew in 1975.

Under a peace deal in 1991 the territory has been due to stage a referendum on self-determination from Morocco but is still to take place.

Western Sahara’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Sidi Omar, warned on a visit to south Sudan’s capital Juba, that any delay to the south’s referendum may result to its indefinite postponement as was the case in Western Sahara.

According to the regions Ambassador, the Polisario Front agreed to Morocco’s proposed delay in good faith but nearly two decades later the vote has still not taken place.

The referendum on the future of the west African territory was to be conducted under the supervision of the United Nations in 1992, but was later on postponed indefinitely following disagreement over who should be eligible to vote.

The main sticking point has been voter identification. The Polisario Front has insisted that only people registered in a census conducted by Spain in 1973 should be allowed to vote. While Morocco wants the 300,000 Moroccans who have settled in the region since 1975 to be accorded voting rights.

The diplomat presented the advice in a meeting on Wednesday with South Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar Teny. He said he came to Juba carrying a message of solidarity from the leader of the Polisario Front to the President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Omar expressed Polisario Front’s readiness to support the timely conduct of the referendum in Southern Sudan and accept its outcome, adding that it would establish good relations with Southern Sudan should it become independent.

The Vice President on his part assured the diplomat of his government’s commitment to conduct the referendum on time as scheduled for January 9, 2011. He said post-referendum issues and North-South demarcation will not be allowed to hold the referendum hostage because they can be completed after the referendum.


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  • 11 November 2010 03:36, by Deng Thiak Adut

    This is the bestest message ever received from the distant friend. All Southern Sudanese leaders must take this message and take it in good faith.
    Good message from good friend....

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    • 11 November 2010 05:23, by Young Nation


      One want to admit that the advice Western Sahara diplomate to GOSS government officials is absolutely perfect. The SPLM officials need to learn from Western Sahara’s postponed referendum. However, from the look of thing, one want to say that, the Western Sahara case is very impossible and unthinkable to happen to South Sudan and Abyei referenda because of the availabilty of SPLA forces and because of the determination of Southern Sudanese. It is because of the existence of SPLA that recesitate CPA from dying.

      The SPLM is totally convinced that one can not possibly deal with NCP and Northern Sudan in general diplomatically without an standing stable army like the SPLA forces. The assurance is that, there can be no polisariorazation of South Sudan and Abyei referenda.

      Young Nation is a Student of International Relations at The University Of Queensland, Australia

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      • 11 November 2010 06:34, by wang

        We really appreciate your thoughts Western Sahara diplomate. We have all bunches of people there in Juba thinks that they can trust the North Sudan Arab more than you guys do in North Africa. Hope those thick brain like minister of oil and others in our community will understood your messages clearly.

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    • 11 November 2010 12:25, by daudy

      WE will guard our freedom with our bones and blood if is has to be so like our ancestors and gallant heroes who fell during our liberation. Republic of South Sudan Oyeeeeee!!

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    • 11 November 2010 15:17, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Hello W. Sahara!

      A friend indeed is a friend in need. Bravo western Sahara -Polisario for your piece of advice.

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  • 11 November 2010 09:52, by Murle Intellectual

    Rest assured, even if SPLA may commit a mistake of becoming useless or too weak to face these ’jalaaba’ the younger generation, that is us, will fight together with SPLA, change the leadership and become more aggressive. This time we will join our efforts wth the west, east and Nuba mountains to chase all the jalaab away from Sudan, no more referendum required, then we come and agree to divide our country into four countries. South Sudan, Western Sudan composed of Darfur and Nuba Mountains, Western Sudan and finally Northern Sudan for our friends from the North. SPLA woyee

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  • 11 November 2010 10:34, by Akuma

    Southern Sudanese who are educated have learn a lots, but only those who are money minded will and illiteracy will make Southern Secession not succeeded.

    Dr. Akuma

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    • 11 November 2010 16:06, by kuur Deng

      Akuma, keep doubting your self my dear but we south Sudanese on ground we are ever ready to die for this course what soever the case. If we fail to do this tournment or achieve the victory then who is going to do it for us? Was it not because of imperlism that course many resistance resulting in lost of many lives in the south? What will the future tells about millions of life we lost over 50 years if we accept this false unity?
      In fact, it just might be your patriotic duty to read these words, commit them to memory (or at least to heart), and share them with friends, neighbors, and family alike. As southerners our lorry has no reverse gier; otherwise either die or live on this planet.

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      • 11 November 2010 17:21, by mack waweru

        This is what I have been saying for the last five years that we should not fall in the same trap as Saharawi People. If Arabs could cheat their kins, what about us, non Arabs of Sudan? Any postponement would be a suicide on our part.
        Our leaders must heed this lesson.

        Mack Awer Riak Deng Awer

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