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AU welcomes S. Sudan’s permanent representative


June 18, 2012 (JUBA) - The African Union (AU) Commission chairperson, Jean
last week received the credentials of South Sudan’s permanent representative to the African body, almost a year since the latter attained independence.

Ping, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, welcomed the
appointment of Arop Deng Kuol, saying the AU is pleased that South
Sudan has taken its place within the continental organisation, which
comprises of 54 countries.

"South Sudan being the youngest Member State of the African Union, we
are particularly interested in helping you to succeed as an
independent nation," the AU chairperson said.

On the ongoing post-independence talks between the two Sudans, Ping
said both countries have “no choice but to make thing work”.

He urged the newly independent South Sudan to primarily focus on
consolidating its status attained after long decades of a bloody civil
war with its northern neighbour. He also appealed to both Sudan and
South Sudan to cease support for each other’s rebels and instead work
towards a sustainable resolution to their current dispute over oil and
other outstanding issues.

Meanwhile, the newly appointed South Sudan permanent representative to
the AU reiterated his country’s commitment to peaceful resolution of
the ongoing post independence talks with Sudan, which is facilitated
by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

"Our leadership believes that peace is essential for our development
as a young nation. Our people have suffered a lot from past conflicts. Therefore, after a careful analysis of the situation and a strategic examination of all
the options, we have concluded that dialogue and negotiation are the
best means to achieve a sustainable resolution of our differences with
Sudan," Kuol said.

South Sudan, he maintained, remains determined to resolve all its
border differences with Sudan by peaceful means, including negotiation
or arbitration, in order to achieve permanent peace.

"We want to live in peace with all our neighbours. There is nothing
better than peace," he said.

Both Sudan and South Sudan are due in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 19 June
for the next round of talks, following a deadlock two weeks ago.


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  • 19 June 2012 08:05, by omoni jr.

    Is Arop Deng Kuol south sudanese or from Abyei?
    I just wanna know .we dont allow refugee to represent our new nation.

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    • 19 June 2012 08:15, by Nibs

      What is abyei to u?is it not part of south sudan?anyway your name is foregn.

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      • 19 June 2012 08:23, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Why are you Congolese_ Ugandan interesting in our south Sudanese affairs? Don’t you have your own country? Go and talk about your own affairs and leave this to country citizens.

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        • 19 June 2012 08:31, by zulu

          Dinka dominated
          You are not even South Sudanese. You are a north Sudanese. the war for south Sudan independence started in Torit because you the Dinka and Shilluk believe you are North Sudanese. For the Nuer, they are Etheopians from Itang

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          • 19 June 2012 08:58, by realperson

            To Zulu or ULU:
            Please, don’t generalize all the Dinkas if u have problem with one person.If Dinkas,Shilluk and Nuer are from NS and Ethiopia as u claimed, they would not have fight the war with the N to liberate u and get independent.Praise these tribes for ur freedom u obtained.

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            • 19 June 2012 13:13, by Reuben

              Dinka has never Liberated any one from South Sudan. South Sudan was liberated by South Sudanese. When you see the Liberation war from 1983 before Equatorians joined, it was not effective. The war was far at the boarder with Ethiopia.Those people who started it were crying for Equatorian to join.When Equartorians Joined in it gained momentum.The difeerence between nuer and Dinka weakened the

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          • 19 June 2012 21:11, by panom lualbil

            What TRIBE are you from in south sudan or sudan ? I asked this question because You didnt know or like to learn sudan’s history. You might be real zuluwien in south africa otherwise you wont called dinkas northerners.

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        • 19 June 2012 08:42, by katnyokarieu

          oh refugee permanent representive to AU oh God.for those u Dinkawarror Abyei have not vote for thier referendum to be eligible to represent ss . Actualy salva is not seeing any other s.sudanese rather than this foreiner.

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        • 19 June 2012 11:51, by Junta

          Dinka Dominated or Ignorant Jenge!
          Stop being tribalist! What do you know about Tribes in South Sudan. Is it Jenge only?? where was the first and last battles for the true liberations of South Sudan fought? on whose land and who sustained and Supported it? this selfish portrayal of South Sudan being Dinka entity is very dangerous and will lead to future disentegration of the country! We are one !

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      • 19 June 2012 08:27, by zulu

        Infact Mr.Ping, Sudan is the one fighting a proxy war, with Chad, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Egypt. Now our war with them is over, we dont hear of the SSLA. It is dead. As for Sudanese rebels, these guys are a formidable force Sudan is affraid off. So far, SAF is not able to regain terrotories it says Humar el Beshit was going to pray a dancing prayer last month.

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      • 19 June 2012 11:08, by choldit

        The Truth is the Nuer are leting South Sudanese down in war against curroption as they are the only people who can stop us from Dinkanising the nation. How could Kirr and Nhial Deng appoint only Dinkas in important institutions. Leting People like Dr. John Gai Yoha go to non-important places? Yes Arop and his cousins are not South Sudanese yet but they fought war with us not to own the nation!

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      • 19 June 2012 20:34, by omoni jr.

        The status of Abyei is Not yet resolved , therefore,Deng Arop Kuol has no any right in south sudan.Right now are stil talking and negotiate disputed borders and whole boundary of 1/1/1956,and Abyei is not even yet mentione on the agenda being discussed in Adis Ababa,Ethiopia.
        Deng Arop Kuol is still a refugee or illigal alien in south sudan,Lets not deny the truth and resorted to lies.

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    • 19 June 2012 15:33, by dad1


      I can’t blame you because you are day dreamer Abyei belong to RSS, all Southern Sudanses sleep at night with thier heads facing the North to hear what will happen in the bord, but you just sleep with your head facing East and your legs facing North.If you talk interm of refugee start with yourself,to those who don’t like Arop, you like him or not, he is going to repersent RSS in AU

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    • 19 June 2012 17:56, by Zionist

      omoni jr.
      This is not how South Sudanese people look at Abyei, its people and its son Arop Deng Kuol, you maybe surprise that your view is different from the view of the commanders on the ground who’re ready to take Abyei by force if needed, with its "foreigners and refugees" as you love to call them, but why is that do you know? Well, go to Juba and they’ll tell you why.

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  • 19 June 2012 08:42, by realperson

    Arop Deng Kuol is still not a full South Sudanese because he is from Abyei which is up to now still contested by Juba and Khartoum.This key position will be given to a real S.Sudanese.We know,this position is given to him by alive-dead body called Nhial Deng Nhial.

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    • 19 June 2012 09:00, by katnyokarieu

      reaiperson, i don,t know how government is run in Juba, it was circulated in the rumours during the appointment of embassy.Deng Aloor appoint 15 ambassidor from Abyei alon ,than Abyei is a country of it own, they are blind fooling president kiir.

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      • 19 June 2012 10:54, by Baby Polic

        Arop Deng Kuol is among the corrupts people, the choice made to take him to AU is a big mess from Nhial and president Kiir.
        He himself failed to comment on Abyei issue yet he is the son of the soil

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    • 20 June 2012 01:38, by Zionist

      We either accept Abyei as part of South Sudan, or we don’t with or without the outcome of its referundum. In either way the folks in Juba have made up their minds and chose Arop Deng Kuol to be their perminent representative to the AU. It could be a tactical move from Juba that we don’t know anything about. However, politics is a dirty game with so many players.

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  • 19 June 2012 13:25, by Reuben

    then movement.Those people broke up.Because Equatorians are Wise people, they did not want to break the movement any more they persever together with some dinkas.They were even councelling some dinkas in order for them not to go to Jalaba. Garrang himself was worried whenever Equatorians were holding any meeting he thought they would be like the Nuer.Had the Equatorian left the movement would die.

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    • 19 June 2012 15:30, by garang kerubino

      Mr Reuben,

      Why do you always like saying things which are not true, now if you talk of Equatorians being counselors during the war what do you really mean, did we win the war through counselling or by the burrel of the gun. I pesonaly do not want generalised the whole of not having participate in their war, but what I know is that Dinka and Nuer started it and afterward Equatorians followed.

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    • 19 June 2012 15:36, by garang kerubino

      Mr Reuben

      most Equatorians will take me wrongly but is the truth that i want to say, because always say the truth and the truth will set you free, most of Equatorians that you are now talking of having participate in the war were Ugandan,Congolese and Kenyan during the war at the same time.and now that there country is fruitful you complain of having fought the war,shame on you.

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    • 19 June 2012 15:46, by garang kerubino

      Mr Reuben

      still war is not over, if you are a real man take up arms and come here to the border in Warguet and Panthou were Dinka and Nuer are still dying now depending you while seated enjoying air condition in Juba.ples joined us here in the front line today, I know you out there, should you temper to hide we will find your location and be taken to Panthou to depend this country as you say.

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      • 19 June 2012 16:05, by Reuben

        Garang Kerbino
        Do you remmember when all the towns liberated by the SPLA were taken by Jalaba with the exception of Nimule in Equatoria? If Equatorians were behaving like you guys (the NUER and The DINKA) the could have kick you out from There an eveything will fall apart.Thank God for this wise people.They known the benefit of uniting for the common enemy unlike you guys fighting other

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        • 19 June 2012 16:12, by Reuben

          Garang Kerubino
          You take of congolese, Ugandans etc in the Liberation war. Some of are trying to consider Equatorians as people from the neigbouring countries.Do you want to tell me that Equatoria Region is not part of South Sudan? Defend yourslf here.Is it because Equatoria has boarder with those countries like Uganda, Congo, Kenya etc so you call the from those Countries.

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          • 19 June 2012 16:15, by Reuben

            Remember well Dinka is also at the boarder, with Sudan.
            I do not think that means they are Sudanese rather than South Sudanese or you want other people at the centre of South Sudan to call you Sudanese.

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            • 19 June 2012 22:53, by Born-to-Rule


              A little history, yes you’re right there is little problem with the wannabe (Khartoum) Arabs with the Dinka tribe. However, went the first shot was fired by a Latuka tribe the Arabs want make sure the Dinka tribe was involve in the fight. Do you know why Khartoum called the Dinkas cousin?. They don’t want to engaged the Dinka tribe in the civil war. Check your history dude!.

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  • 19 June 2012 17:14, by Zionist

    Abyei is a legitimate daughter of South Sudan taken away in 1905 by the British colonials; however, Arop Deng Kuol appointment’s just another way for its mother, South Sudan, to claim her back by asserting her legitimacy and ownership. Some may not be happy, but Juba’s played this hand right, and will win the game in the end against Sudan politically.

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    • 19 June 2012 17:40, by katnyokarieu

      zionist Abyei transfered 1905 to north but the negiatiation now about is 1/1/1956. How do u interpret it? U re puer sudanese but not south sudanese.
      Praise God for giving s.sudan this incompentent president. For u to blind fool.

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      • 19 June 2012 18:08, by Zionist

        You and I have traded alot of insults on ST. I think it’s time to smart up and start acting like adults. I’m South Sudanese and I don’t know what’s that has to do with the topic above? And why do you think I’m a blind fool and a Sudanese when you don’t even know me? Come to Tel Aviv and watch me helping my people go home with diginty.

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        • 19 June 2012 18:24, by katnyokarieu

          zionist am a grown up person of age 43yrs i cann,t insut u is,insulting me . U have no answer me my arguement is appoint of Arop Deng kuol which is not right.

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          • 19 June 2012 19:00, by Zionist

            If you felt insulted by me, I’m deeply sorry. We South Sudanese should learn how to love one another in order to fight our common enemy instead of wasting our time in useless arguments. Now, what happens in Juba stays in Juba, we don’t know how they appoint their officials, we may agree or disagree with them; however, the last word is always theirs. Arop Deng Kuol is just an example

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            • 19 June 2012 20:10, by katnyokarieu

              yes the decision is thiers the gangster in juba,but they should mind human dignity as u claim.
              idon,t worry am not in juba and iwill not seek for job with them.but that key position should be given to Abyei becozs they use ss higher position to marginalise some communities or grabbed other people land,eg what happen btween them and twic mayardit in 2005 was creation of problem.

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