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VP Taha cut short his visit to Sudan’s Blue Nile state


February 22, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese 2nd Vice President Ali Osman Taha cut short his visit to the Blue Nile state where he inaugurated the project for heightening the Roseires Dam.

Sudan’s Vice President Ali Osman Taha (Reuters)

Taha was scheduled to address a rally at Damazin stadium but was reportedly given security advices to cancel his appearance there over what was described as hostile crowd holding signs critical of Khartoum and calling for self-rule in the state.

Because of that, it was feared that confrontation would occur there between supporters of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and those from the Sudan people Liberation Movement (SPLM) who dominate the state which lies on the North-South borders.

The head of the organizing committee for the event took the stage in the stadium and told the crowd that Taha apologizes for not showing up citing an urgent national issue in Khartoum.

The Blue Nile state governor Malik Agar told reporters that Taha was supposed to conclude his visit at 3 p.m. but he left mid-day for "pressing reasons" without elaborating.

He denied speculations that it was the hostile audience in the stadium that prompted the cancellation saying that Taha was not even aware of it since he didn’t come.

The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended nearly two-decades of civil war between north and south Sudan, includes a protocol on the resolution of the conflict in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan, both of which lies on the undemarcated and volatile north-south border.

The protocol provides for the conduct of “popular consultations” in the two states in order to assess the CPA and subsequently address any shortfalls in its implementation as a final settlement to the conflict in the areas which were previously war zones, with many from the areas siding with the south, during the years of the conflict.

However, the process does not entail any right to self-determination to the two areas which will remain inside north Sudan, unlike south Sudan which is set to gain full independence as a result of a referendum vote that took place last month.

It was reported that the popular consultation process in the Blue Nile state had seen strong calls for autonomous rule within the North.

Aggar told reporters today that his state will work to solidify relations between the North and South as well as neighboring Ethiopia. He added that Sudan is heading towards a new stage with the creation of a new state.

The SPLM figure stressed that both states are ethnically diverse and need to manage this diversity and learn from the past’s mistakes to create a strong state in the North that recognizes the existence of various ethnic, racial and religious groups.

He also called for building good relations between the center and the states within the framework of self-rule.


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  • 23 February 2011 08:59, by Omoni Atari

    then blue Nile should be brought to south sudan too.since the SPLM are dominating the region.

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    • 23 February 2011 12:30, by mathem jech amer

      BIG Mistake from SPLM

      These two regions fought a long side with SPLA, many of them died in the areas of Kurmuk, Gezan, Agna Hills, Damazin, Kauda and many more towns captured by SPLA.

      Now they are really completely forgotten, no any say from SPLM leadership about these two regions. What is this mess?

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  • 23 February 2011 09:39, by Aleu

    It is not only Southern Sudanese people were been neglected by the real North Sudan Arab leaders in the Sudan, but these brothers and sisters Nubian of Central Sudan regions were being like the third citizens in the Sudan as well as the South Blue Nile region have no development at all. What dam building are you trying to fool these people.?

    Blue Nile is not a North Sudan region for fact. They have rights as a human being to choose to go any where within Sudan. The South Kordofan State and its people, I think they have rights also to go anywhere in Sudan, because the domination of Khartoum government have lost their minds from the beginning and this is the time for any human being in Sudan to go to where they want to be treated fair rather than remain in North to face same difficulties they have already experience.

    The North Sudan have left a very big land going backward to Saudi Arabia nation and they are just making false claim in all these regions that, Central Sudan is North Sudan which is not true and claiming South Blue Nile region which is close to Ethiopia and Southern Sudan and it is too far away from North Sudan. The people of Sudan in general have learn lesson of 2.5 million lives losts and they also learning what happen in Darfur regions therefore, it would be a good Idea for SouthKordofan people and South Blue Nile to rejected the real North false claim on you.

    The New State of GOSS must starting with 13 States just like American did and it will expanding even Western Dafuri can joins together and that is my message to the GOSS.

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    • 23 February 2011 10:33, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

      Mr. Taha,
      Could you remember your conversation with Late Dr. John Garang in Naivasha during the disscussion of the three areas that include Southern Blue Nile, south Kordofan and Abyei? There was story of a giant narrated to you by Late Dr. John Garang. Can you remember that story? The giant ended his live through amputation by the expert. South Blue Nile, Kordofan and Abyei will gave North Severe amputation in future.

      You were a strong figure by then and i do not know why you are wrongly advised by the Security Agent that your visit to Blue Nile would be made impossible because of the conflicts between NCP and SPLM. There is nothing like that. SPLM in South Blue are to continue fighting for the equal rights, treatment, justice before and under the law, equal representation in the National Government, equal sharing of resources etc to all citizens without discrimination. Popular consultation means the People of South Blue Nile, Kordofan will decide to be part of the North or South.It is now your chance to please them by doubling your efforts to do what they like or demand. Otherwise, they have suffered alot in your hands.

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    • 23 February 2011 12:54, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Taha,you should not cut your visit in Blue Nile halfway,the people of Blue Nile need their state as an independent and they have the right of getting it as agreed in the CPA.No fear the brother of Osama Bin Ladin.

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