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Northern Bahr el Ghazal gives security top priority over internal affairs


May 21, 2012 (JUBA) - Officials from South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal State said Monday that providing security to civilians and protecting the border with Sudan was the priority of the government.

In March and April Sudan and South Sudan fought a border conflict over the disputed oil-producing region of Heglig. South Sudan’s army (SPLA) occupied the region halting production for 10 days, its says, in response to repeated attacks launched by the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) from the area.

“We are currently engaged in security matters. Security now is on top of all our activities”, Garang Majak Bol, a member of the State Legislative Assembly told Sudan Tribune from Aweil town, capital of the state.

Bol said he was part of the delegation led by Aweil South County commissioner, Jel Mangok Jel, which paid a solidarity visit to positions held by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) inside areas part of the republic of South Sudan along the border with neigbouring Sudan.

South Sudan says that over 80 bombs have been dropped on its territory. Both sides accuse the other of backing rebel groups either side of the new poorly-demarcated and contested international border.

“Our mission was to deliver contributions made by our communities in Aweil South County, where a lot of citizens contributed whatever they could to support our gallant forces in the frontline. We delivered 200 heads of cattle, more than 130 goats and more than 100 chickens among other items”, said the member of the state parliament.

Massive recruitment campaigns have taken place north and south of the border, in preparation for what many fear could be a return to conflict. However, the border area has been largely peaceful since a 2 May United Nations Security Council Resolution calling on both sides to cease hostilities and return to negotiations over the border, oil, and security issues.

Bol said the security was essential to give people the confidence for economic development to take place. The SPLA’s "primary task" is to safeguard the country’s territory, he said.


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  • 22 May 2012 06:46, by Madina Tonj

    Thanks all Dinka Malual of Northern Bahr al Ghazal State.

    I think this time some communities have to step in contribut 100,000 bull of cows and million goats for SPLA. In 1991, Tonj communities contributed 390 bull cows and send to Kupburboo River of Western Bahr al Ghazal State and again Tonj donated 480 bull cows in 1992 when SPLA prepared to make attacked in Juba. Tonj communities has done etc

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  • 22 May 2012 06:57, by Madina Tonj

    It was very important thing that, Tonj communities have done everything they can to support SPLA Movement unfortunately, when the Gogrialism took over leadership after the fall honor Dr. John Garang then, Tonjes people now are facing so many conditions only God knows when they will get their rights. Tonj person can not speak out because you will get jail by governor Niydeng Malek.Capital transfer

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  • 22 May 2012 07:11, by Madina Tonj

    It is time for Awan Chan and Awan Mou,Twic of Niydeng Malek in Gogrial and Unity State of Leer community to show what they contribut for SPLA. All 9 governors are working to make development going in their States but when you come to Warrap State then, you found network system is working only in Gogrial county and not working in Tonj this is exactly nepotism people talking about.You will learn mor

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    • 22 May 2012 07:31, by Mou

      Hey, I passed through Tonj town in Dec. 2011 and the network was working, what happened to it again? By the way it was not the right time for Nyandeng to lead Warap state at this critical time.

      I pity Warrap.

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    • 22 May 2012 13:12, by SEE ME

      What about the Impact of rise in civil wars in SOUTH Sudan?
      Due to:
      > Racism
      > Regionalism
      > Blind Tribalism (DINKA are the only masters of RSS)
      > Missing of Equal civil Rights (retainees from North SUDAN are 2nd class citizens)

      Wars beteen DINKA BOR and MURLE is the live example

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