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N. Bahr el Ghazal Governor says not “an inch” of Mile 14 will go to Sudan


September 27, 2012 (WAU) - General Paul Malong Awan, Governor of South Sudan’s State of Northern Bahr el Ghazal said on Wednesday that his administration and the citizens of the area will never accept giving an inch of the contested "Mile 14" area to neighbouring Sudan.

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General Paul Malong Awan, Governor of South Sudan’s State of Northern Bahr el Ghazal (Source: paulmalongforgovernor.org)

The two sides are expected to sign a deal on Thursday over resuming exporting South Sudanese oil through Sudan and creating a demilitarized border zone. The deal did not cover disputed areas along the 1,800km oil-rich border.

Mile 14 - a disputed area of grazing land located between Western Bahr El-Ghazal State in South Sudan and East Darfur State in Sudan lying south of Kiir/Bahr Al-Arab River - was the major sticking point in Khartoum agreeing with the border zone map proposed by the African Union mediation team.

Khartoum claims Mile 14 is Sudanese land and figures in the maps of Sudan since 1924 as part of the Darfur region. But the Governor dismissed Sudan’s claims in comments to South Sudan Television upon arrival at Juba International Airport returning from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where he had accompanied the country’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit to the talks.

“Our negotiating team in Addis Ababa is doing very well", Governor Awan said.

“The 14 miles area which Sudan claims is not their area. We know our areas. The international community should not put pressure on the government of South Sudan about this area. They suppose to go out of it. If they make mistake, we will not accept as a community. Not even an inch of the area will be taken”, said Awan in his first public statement over the issue since negotiations between the two sides begun.

Awan, who became the state governor in 2008, was a zonal commander for the SPLA - the former rebels who know South Sudan’s official army - in the area during the two-decade civil war between south and north that ended with the signing of the 2005 peace deal. South Sudan seceded last year as part of the agreement but a host of partition related issues remain unresolved.

He warned that the area would not be annexed anywhere without the consent of the people from the state unless the people who lived there were completely wiped out.

“It will not happen. Nothing will take it without consent of our people unless we are not there”, he said invigorating and confirming statement he reportedly told President Salva Kiir last week he would resign if the area is conceded to Sudan.

Aweil Diaspora Reaction

Davide Yel, a secretary of information for the Aweil community in the United States of America said on Tuesday that the Diaspora hundred per cent support the total rejection of any claims by the Sudanese government over the area.

“We Aweil youth in Diaspora want to thank Aweil elders and State governor, Malong Awan, for knowing our right. The land is not something we should compromise. We the people of Mading Aweil love welcoming whoever wants to come and stay in our community but we do not have a land to give out. We went to bush [to fight in the civil war] because of land," Yel told Sudan Tribune by phone.

Another Aweil Diaspora community representative in Australia, Gabriel Garang Pioth, also dismissed Khartoum’s claims over the area. Sudan was only after minerals and oil-producing areas along the borderline, he said.

James Alic Garang, a native of Northern Bahr el Ghazal currently doing doctoral studies in the United States expressed his disappointment with the lack of representation from the area at the talks.


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  • 27 September 2012 07:30, by zulu

    Bravo Gv. Malong. We should stand firm on this ground

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    • 27 September 2012 08:35, by Dinkawarrior

      Yeah! You’re a good thief, keep it up. You really talk like a real man, even more better than others thieves in South Sudan. Thanks you
      Thief brother.

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      • 27 September 2012 14:01, by NO PEACE


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    • 27 September 2012 09:24, by Sala Gai

      Governor Malong Wan
      You have right and people of Madiing Awiel Or North Bahar el Ghazal , when the movement stated it was because of the land we are staying in, why at last as we have over gone with hardship , we want to give up our land
      Please Government of Republic South Sudan take care of the land, if not than you will see rebel around for rule change, if its not put in notics.
      Long L.Malon

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  • 27 September 2012 07:40, by Nan dit

    Bravo,bravo HE.the governor Paul Malong Awan, your reaction and Aweilian in the diaspora reflect the interest of the people of NBG.We people of NBG had aready condemn the proposal made in Addis ababa-Ethiopia. We will never and will not give our land to other country.We don’t want to let down our liberators. Aweil oyeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!.

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  • 27 September 2012 07:48, by Jalaby

    TOOOT .. stop farting man! Sudantribune will soon post the deal between north-south (if not yet) where Mr. Kiir said "we made hard and painful concession to north"!
    Official Thieves will feel very happy because the oil will resume soon, a lot of money to loot is under way thieves!

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    • 27 September 2012 08:16, by zulu

      Yeah. The 3.5 bil and trade export to sout sudan will help your theives, thugs and goons suppress the marginalized non arab embrasers.

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  • 27 September 2012 07:49, by Chanson

    We the people of Mading Aweil love welcoming whoever wants to come and stay in our community but we do not have a land to give out. We went to bush because of land," You guys said it all.Aweilda you never find cowards.
    @ Awan keep it real Big Man,You are the man.MA Oyeee!

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  • 27 September 2012 08:00, by Back up

    Hello south Sudanese, this is a time to stand firmly for land as we did during civil war and we keep going on the same purpose. is there an evidence thing that 14 miles belong to North Sudanese.Sudanese is wasting time on talking 14 miles, which is NOT belong to Sudan at all.IF I were you, i should have signed the oil deal to start resuming. but what you do mean you want to add a fuel the fire.

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    • 27 September 2012 09:19, by Luethee Ngong Anyoun

      Yes , Mr Governor , i agree with you we should not accept any part of land that falls in our territory to be annexed to Sudan , we all citizens of Aweil are behind you what so ever happen .
      This land killed more than thousands and international community should do something reasonable to reduce the increases of intensions in the border of South and North.
      Abraham 5.

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  • 27 September 2012 08:19, by Madina Tonj

    I had agree with South Sudan’s VP Dr. Riek Machar.
    In his speeches during April, he said, there is no any place we can not go there if we wanted and ’’ even Khartoum, we will be able to go there and I thank him for his acknowledgement to the truth. In years to come, we will be talking about Kosti as the real border between North Sudan and South Sudan base on the British designated in the past

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  • 27 September 2012 08:20, by Madina Tonj

    I had agree with South Sudan’s VP Dr. Riek Machar.
    In his speeches during April, he said, there is no any place we can not go there if we wanted and ’’ even Khartoum, we will be able to go there and I thank him for his acknowledgement to the truth. In years to come, we will be talking about Kosti as the real border between North Sudan and South Sudan base on the British designated in the past

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  • 27 September 2012 08:58, by 4Justice

    Kiir is very weak person, i didn’t sleep last night my gut tells me this man may have been compromised by Bashir. I only hope he doesn’t do anything stupid.

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  • 27 September 2012 10:01, by Martin Muong

    Bravo! General Paul Malong,we can’t allow our land to be annexed by nomadic tribes(Baggara) as long as we are still alive.Thousands of South Sudanese patriots who are from abroad and in South Sudan seconded your statement.The only option is to say no,if the occupation of land is what the global community and those who have been bribed by Arabs is what they are complying with.No to couple of idiots

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    • 27 September 2012 11:25, by wanyjok

      Bravo.general Paul Malong Awan,we are peace lovers
      we allowed missirya before CPA to come and graze theirs cattle in our land including warwar and gokmachar peace
      today we cannot allow even inch of our land to fake ArabI.
      We are patriotic that is we tookup the arms and fough for
      21 years

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      • 28 September 2012 15:45, by Ruach

        Awandit has come out of his cell

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  • 27 September 2012 11:17, by Nhomlau Nhomlau

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! General Pual Malong, your remarks are all heard by the patriotic citezens esp NBG citezens....no compromise in issues of land just to give out like that. citezens r ready to depend their own land frm whoever traitors. just warning whoever will put signature will pay for it. death is not new. u beter die with course rather than none... man can die only 1day...aweil oyee

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    • 27 September 2012 14:50, by John Akot

      Bravo General Pual Malong remarks are very encouraging to all people of south sudan,we cannot leave any piece of land to our enemies Arabs our territory is well known by international community and all citizen of south sudan,we youths must stand on our right to depend our territory Malong oyeeeee SPLM oyeee!!!!

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  • 27 September 2012 15:57, by William Atak Garang.

    We the people of South Sudan particularly people from NBGs.love peace more than those who said it verbally without implementation.The issue of 14 mile is some thing we may not compromise an enemy who is trying to hijack our Land that has killed 2.7 million people.Bashir should take Example no 1 day the SPLA field Commanders from NBGs attempt to surrender themselves to Islamic Army in Khartoum.

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  • 27 September 2012 17:40, by James Maker Akok

    About the map, south sudan must need to go for International Court with north Sudan for International Court to solve this Problem of map. So we need to write a letter president Kiir for him take our word for taking North Sudan to International Court.
    I have now a original intelligence secret map that show line map between South Sudan and North Sudan, all 14miles areas are inside south Sudan, and

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  • 27 September 2012 17:57, by James Maker Akok

    All Abyei areas with all Heglig areas are inside North Bahr el Ghazal and Bafrat en Nahas with all park areas are inside South Sudan.

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