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Sudan VP Taha urges citizens to confront South Sudan’s "aggression"


April 12, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese 1st Vice President Ali Osman Taha on Thursday chaired the first meeting of the Supreme Mobilization and Recruitment Committee (SMRC) formed late last month by his boss president Omer Hassan al-Bashir.

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FILE - Sudan’s First Vice President Ali Osman Taha (Reuters)

SRMC was established in wake of the growing frequent border military confrontations between Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) on one side and South Sudan’s (SPLA) along with northern rebel groups, particularly SPLM-North.

On Tuesday, SPLA managed to take over Heglig in South Kordofan which contains Sudan’s biggest oilfields. South Sudan claimed that it occupied the town after SAF carried an incursion inside Unity State which prompted a pursuit of Sudanese soldiers all the way up to the oil-rich region.

In today’s meeting, Taha accused Juba of being ungrateful to Khartoum’s pursuit of peace. He said that mobilisation means dedicating all the country’s resources and efforts to defeat the "aggression".

"We have to confront the visible aggression which represents a violation of all norms and international law and we promise those holding the trigger that we are able to deter them [South Sudan]" Taha was quoted as saying.

He noted that mobilisation does not mean a reversal of economic development programs adding that the entire country is united including opposition parties which, he said, threw behind them their differences to stand by SAF to repel aggression and preserve Sudan’s dignity.

There has been widespread panic in the Sudanese capital for fear that Heglig’s occupation will disrupt fuel supplies. South Sudan announced yesterday that they have suspended oil production in Heglig. South Kordofan’s governor Ahmed Haroun said Thursday that the shutdown occurred on Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses reported a rush to gas stations by motorists over the last few days seeking to fill their tanks in anticipation of a shortage.

But Sudan’s information minister, Abdullah Masar, who was part of today’s meeting, assured citizens that the situation is stable and that there has not been any impact from events in Heglig.

He warned against unspecified parties whom he said are working from inside Khartoum to bring down the regime and noted rumors circulated by what he described as a "fifth column" on a shortage of food supplies, electricity and services.

Masar asserted that there is currently no financial, administrative or executive issues and urged the media to be cautious in their coverage.

"We are for the freedom of the press and the media houses but it must serve the national cause to repel aggression and leave all the things that put [SAF and people] down" he said.

The official said his government is monitoring "fifth Column" but offered little details.


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  • 13 April 2012 09:42, by The Messiah

    Taha, we will defeat you in any front. preach hate and we like that!

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    • 13 April 2012 10:13, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Dear VP Taha,be informed that there is no fear in quanitity,but Quality matter,the strongest Tribes you are being using them for your defence, are out of line,this time the sudanese fighting will be between the two colors Red and Black and for sure Heglig will remain under S Sudan control.The Nubas,Darfurians,Blue Nile are waiting for your coming,and do not forget what has happen before CPA


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    • 13 April 2012 11:04, by Lango2010

      who is this taha u are talking about, u people did not note that bashir,taha and its NCP party are trying to please u. but nothing will happen again. let them preech to u their lies but they will end up in battle field as manures, we are never scared about fucking jadist man dogs

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    • 13 April 2012 13:53, by zulu

      Sudan Tribune Editorial Team,
      It is unfortunate this article preceded with direct blame on south sudan and alleged participation of sudanese rebels .for me this article puts ST in disrepute for the lack of journalistic integrity, ST should hold itself with utmost respect to the principles that holds the media as an independent observer and reporter.

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    • 13 April 2012 17:36, by zulu

      Ding Head Taha,
      Did you hear the security council asking you also to withdraw from Abyei? You cannot call retaliation an agression. You cannot claim Panthou Sudan. Panthou is part of South Sudan and President Kiir has told you once we have regained control of Panthou and he is not budging.

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  • 13 April 2012 09:44, by Otong

    Mr VP, South Sudan is now looking to regain all part of its territory which you claimed to be your territory. Cry will not help you to get that riched area of South Sudan.

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    • 13 April 2012 09:47, by Otong

      Never again dream about Higlig to get it back,Sudan have no oil by its nature since the creation. The richest part of South can not be youths forever.Jinup Oyeeee!!!!!!!!!

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      • 13 April 2012 11:21, by Ruach

        Helig(Liech) was the former home to Lou-Nuer before migrating to East ward side of the Nile Bank.It is not a home of Jallaba.Our grand father use to say the proverb that it has not ever happened when we were at Koat-Liech(Heglig).Taha,u are just barking.It has not ever happened when Lou-Nuer were here.We will be here for our life because it is our home/land

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    • 13 April 2012 10:15, by Diu J.Kuek

      Mr Taha South Sudan is very stong enough by all means we will defense the nation as our constitution declared that South Sudan is a sovereign state mean is free from external control. war has never fought before and we will show you this time I repeated to you Sudanese this word in so many occasions please put this word into considerations don,t send those poor children to stupid war.

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  • 13 April 2012 09:46, by $iong mayom

    Best form of defence as the say is ATTACK. SPLA shouldn’t sit iddle and let Beshir get away with aerial raids against South Sudan, Kiir made the right decision to respond and confront SAF before the could launch an offensive into South. Just as Pres Kiir says SPLA should hold their current ground in Heglig
    until peace Keepers are deployed to keep an eye on SAF movements.

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    • 13 April 2012 09:56, by Chok Deng

      To Taha
      Your public mobilization will be public suicide infront of Mighty SPLA and Southerners behind them.Death to self-proclaimed Arabs.

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      • 13 April 2012 10:04, by Chok Deng

        My bullet will not miss Al-Tayyib Mustafa this time.Ha ha.
        It is a good news that all of them(Adam Yusif,Bashir,Northern Sudanese)are coming to war zone.They ’’must’’ be taken directly to Hell because it is the place they r looking for.

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  • 13 April 2012 09:50, by Mou

    Haaaaaaaaaa,"Masar asserted that there is currently no financial, administrative or executive issues and urged media to be cautious in their coverage." Why urged media to be cautious in their coverage if there are no financial, adminstrative and executive issues? haaaahahahahhahhaaa.
    Sorry for the situation Taha, SPLA has been warning but you continue ringing nasty bell. Hear it in silent please.

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  • 13 April 2012 09:52, by Frak Cho

    VP Taha,

    You excepted 2005 peace agreement after seeing that South Sudanese were almost over running your positions in Khartoum. You people never believe the South’s capability. You declared jidash war on the Southern people yet we were one Nation. You’re heartless for Southern life. You have dropping bombs along the borders from Raja to Unity State and threaten to bomb as far as Juba .....!!!

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  • 13 April 2012 09:56, by Northern Sudanese

    its just sad to see southerners being so happy that they captured Heglig and claim that they will take all the disputed regions and never let them go, while they know that defeat is underway...... thats just so sad, imagine if the SAF right now kicks the SPLA out, how would that feel? its just so sad and i feel really bad for you southerners :( ......

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    • 13 April 2012 10:07, by Chok Deng

      To Northern Sudanese
      You are my target this time,i will take u directly to heaven because u believe that the way to heaven is through South Sudan.

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    • 13 April 2012 10:43, by The Messiah

      North, we are liberating you from the mental slavery you’re currently in. three centuries ago, we knew you as black africans, but when arabs came they enslaved you to the extend that you dont want to be recognized as Africans anymore but arabs while the arabs in the middle east dont like you. i feel sorry for you kid. just wait, you will side with us when we get rid of this NIF cronies. patient

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    • 13 April 2012 10:46, by LL Reuben

      Northern Sudanese,

      It would be sad to see terrorists from the north resorting to the alqaida tactic of detonating bombs and blowing onself up in most crowded places. Imagine how pathetic it’s going to be, alternating to that as your last approch of how to win the war with the South, because clearly you will loose this war believe or not.

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  • 13 April 2012 09:58, by Madina Tonj

    Ali Mohamed Taha

    You will know one thing, SPLA are fully bravers men who have been in frontline for many years unlikely to those SAF who have not hear gun in Khartoum. Also put in mind, if you try to show arrogant about air force, SPLA have ability to borrow air force and use it and we will see how far that arrogant will go in Khartoum.

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  • 13 April 2012 10:01, by RUMBEK ONE

    Mr. Taha, your infidel called Bashir will soon enjoy the cool breeze of luxurious Hague in a few weeks. Your war mongering is giving birth to the current filth and you will piss in your trouser H.E.

    Our fathers have fought this war and we will still fight it.

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  • 13 April 2012 10:19, by Deng

    I cant even see the face of this niga clearly on this picture and he is claiming to be an Arab. Soon when SRF and SPLA capture Khartoum, he will be claiming Darfur membership.

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    • 13 April 2012 12:24, by Both Diew Tap

      Hello South Sudanese, let us sing a song of war together to flight Arob no matter what....we are ready to defeat them, God of Jinup is great and will be fighting Arob in a way they will never explore....God bless South Sudan

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  • 13 April 2012 13:18, by MKee


    South is coming from the border and the "fifth Column" from inside sudan. I am sure this is the end of the brutal regime. It will soon regret the worst it has been committing and hatred it has been preaching all long!!


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