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S. Sudan cabinet forms committee to educate citizens on deal with Sudan

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October 6, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan has announced the formation of a high level committee to conduct an education programme detailing the border and oil issue deal signed with Sudan on 27 September.

The programme will target government officials as well as the civil population minster of information Barnaba Marial Benjamin told journalists on Friday.

Marial spoke after attending the weekly cabinet briefing in which the deal was “unanimously and unconditionally” welcomed by president Salva Kiir and the Council of Ministers.

The agreement between the two countries agreed to restart oil exports and to introduce a demilitarised buffer zone along the border. However, the contentious fate of the Abyei region was not settled.

The deal was signed after four days of intensive negotiations between president Kiir and his Sudanese counterpart, Omar al-Bashir in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Although the agreement has received the approval of Juba’s cabinet, it is still awaiting the endorsement of the national legislative assembly, whose members are on recess until next week.

Speaker of the assembly, James Wani Igga has said that he has asked Kiir to cut short the reces for the members to return by October 10, in order for the deal to be debated promptly.

Although the deal has been widely lauded by the international community, there has been domestic disquiet regarding the agreed-upon buffer zone between the two countries.

The governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Paul Malong Awan, said “the negotiators never consulted us. They do not know where these areas are. They have no knowledge about them at all. We will not accept. We will just fight. This is the only solution and which I think this is what they wanted,"

Awan’s declaration receieved pupoular support in the state including a demonstration from members of civil society organisations.

Together they signed a petition addressed to president Kiir, declaring their rejection of the inclusion of a 14 mile demilitarized border zone.

However, Marial said that the strategic objectives of the deal have been misunderstood by many and that the “government has decided to have a select committee to educate the citizens on the agreements since some citizens have sprung up as critics to the agreement”.

(ST)

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  • 7 October 2012 06:28, by Banydit

    This is good.
    Educate but do not fool your people.

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    • 7 October 2012 06:50, by Dinkawarrior

      The Cause of Panthou War and many other issuses which including border demarcation, stealing of oil by Khartoum, and Abyei referundum were left unsolved. President Kiir you failed our tests and the chances of your resignation are high. You better prepare youself to tell us that I Kiir Mayardit, I want you all South Sudanese to look for your next leader of 2015! If you do that we will credit you.

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    • 7 October 2012 20:58, by jubaone

      A responsible government would have sought the consense of the "people" prior to signing such agreements. This is "Jenge-Jellaba" Agreement. They have sold Abyei for a few "silver coins". Educate us about what? We cant reverse that shit any longer!!

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  • 7 October 2012 06:46, by Bolman

    i don’t think so nothing will improve this all are lies

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  • 7 October 2012 07:12, by Madina Tonj

    Dear South Sudanese citizens, I would like you to visit at www.grutong.com
    You might need to read all 9 agreements and you will never see Roadmap nor Abyei status or Panthou. Khartoum has reject AU proposal and Juba still accepted the deal

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  • 7 October 2012 08:50, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    One wonders what propaganda are you trying to sale to the citizens of South Sudan. Can you elaborate on the four freedoms treaty that extends to similar agreement signed by Jallaba and Egypt? This is the same integration politics of Egypt and Jallaba. Why did our people die for? Was it for few who have access to business in Khartoum? Self interest was the driving force for this agreement?

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    • 7 October 2012 09:57, by Peacocktail

      Even the East Africa countries signed the treaties of Rights of Properties, Ownership of land acquire, Movement,trade, Tanzania rejected the resolution as a mere looting and exploiting of Tanzanian resources,Lands and taxas income. Now Were do South Sudan fit here, Our Citizens were detained rapes and tortured at the Border by Khartuom yet we want cooperation and freedom. Fake deals, No education

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  • 7 October 2012 15:23, by James Maker Akok

    President Kiir must not fool South Sudanese people, president Kiir must quit his presidency and work as South Sudan Government member officer if he weak to present South Sudan problems. we need a President that present our problems to be solve as the ways we need them to be solve.

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