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Amum says criticism of Addis Ababa agreement is out of ignorance


October 13, 2012 (JUBA) – The Secretary General of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Pagan Amum, and lead negotiator in the recently signed Addis Ababa cooperation agreement with Sudan lashed out at those criticizing the agreement saying they were misinformed.

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Pagan Amum, right, head of a delegation from South Sudan, is received by Sudan’s Idris Mohamed Abdel-Gadir after the delegation’s arrival in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, March 22, 2012 (AP)

The government and intellectuals of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State led by Governor Paul Malong came out publicly in sharp criticism of the agreement, saying it has given the "14 Mile" territory north of the Kiir River to the Sudan.

A number of civil society organizations also criticized the agreement with some describing it as a sell-out.

In a televised statement on Friday, Amum defended the agreement and said the misunderstanding was "caused by people who have not seen or read the agreement."

He further explained that there is a difference between the border demarcation and the security arrangement between Sudan and South Sudan as per the agreement.

The two countries shall continue to negotiate on the final borderline between them while using the temporary security arrangement of a demilitarized buffer zone extending 10kms either side of a notion and non-binding line suggested by the African Union mediation.

As a result President Salva Kiir has briefed the governors of South Sudan’s ten states on the agreement, Amum said, adding that this was to clear up the confusion.

The President will also brief the parliament on Monday to further explain the contents of the agreement and ask for its ratification.

When the African Union mediation proposed its map to operationalise the dematerialised zone, Sudan’s rejection pushed the African Union Peace and Security Council to demand to include it in a process to settle the unresolved issues between the two countries and to demand the Security Council to issue a resolution under Chapter VII of its Charter.

In its Resolution 2046 the security Council said "that the center line of the (Safe Demilitarised Border Zone) SDBZ in no way prejudices the current or future legal status of the border, ongoing negotiations on the disputed and claimed areas, and demarcation of the border."

The resolution further praised Juba for accepting the map and however called “on it to withdraw any forces located to the north of the SDBZ center line."

At the time, the Juba was seen as the obedient disciple while Sudan was considered as the annoying pupil because it kept repeating that "14 mile" is a Sudanese territory preventing as progress in the talks despite the three-month ultimatum given in Resolution 2046.

The issue of 14 mile gave the opportunity for others to criticise the signed agreements and different voices have said they opposed to the "four freedoms" agreements, a matter that might hamper the adoption of the cooperation agreement by the national parliament next week.

The "four freedoms" agreement was initially in March 2012 creating a framework allowing citizens of both states to enjoy freedom of residence, freedom of movement, freedom to undertake economic activity and freedom to acquire and dispose property.

Amum further revealed that the cooperation agreement on all its aspects such as on oil, security, and four freedoms will be valid for only three and a half years.

He informed the public that the two countries were provided with the right to revoke and cancel it in 60 days’ notice if either of them so wishes.

“If South Sudan sees that it [the agreement] is not in their interest, they can cancel it in 60 days,” he said.


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  • 14 October 2012 06:57, by Hardball

    The main purpose of Addis Ababa conference were to solve border issues; now what’s the agreement the negotiator rushed to sign, when border issue was not resolved? Do any of our negotiators think Sudanese negotiators are interested to demarcate the border? Sudanese are still dreaming to reunite two Sudans. This is why they rushed South-Sudanese negotiators to sign fake four-freedoms and oil deal.

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    • 14 October 2012 08:35, by Crude Owner

      Hi Mr.Pagan
      We appreciate your hard work; however, inform us with full details when you finished the talk with Khartoum. Most people never saw the proposed map of African Union. This is a luck of giving out full information about the issue. How long will it take your government to change this attitude. Thanks
      Crude Owner

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    • 14 October 2012 09:07, by Northern Sudanese

      LOL, your a troll! no sudanese want to reunite with south sudan! and we aint want the 4 freedoms, its the big guy in the palace playing with our neighborhoods by allowing in people from a lawless state where they kill each other for cows. we welcome oil, trade but not 4 freedoms. its you who rushed for oil, we only rushed for security and border!!!

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      • 14 October 2012 14:49, by Hardball

        N. Sudanese, it doesn’t matter how you pretend, you’re not that smart to fool anyone; look here, things will never be the same in Sudan and you better believe it. We the people in South Sudan approve and disapprove any fake agreements. Please lower your happiness on any deal made so far until the people in South Sudan approve it!

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    • 14 October 2012 09:44, by Dinkawarrior

      "Two countries were provided with the right to revoke and cancel it in 60 days’ notice if either of them so wishes."
      That it! We don’t need such a Four Freedom Agreements(FFA) which will opened the doors of Arabs come-back. It’s done deal, we will wait for 60 days to dishnored this damn shit.

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    • 22 December 2012 17:53, by koamlbahig

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  • 14 October 2012 07:30, by BM Bol

    South Sudanese citizens have every right to question the deals that have been signed especially if they don’t understand it…. and it’s a duty of those who were or are involved in negotiation to educate the mass.

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  • 14 October 2012 08:13, by Jalaby

    Those who criticize the cooperation agreement are the same ignorant and narrow sighted people who didn’t understand from CPA (Nivasha agreement) other than "Self-Determination" means separating the south!

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    • 14 October 2012 08:20, by Jalaby

      Although John Garang intention was never ever to separate Sudan and those ignorant and narrow sighted people were following him all that time like a deaf person who dances in a wedding procession despite he can’t hear the music "Atrash Fi Al-Zafa", although Nivasha included the "Self-Determination" but was aimed for unity and instructed the both sides to work for unity and makes

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      • 14 October 2012 08:42, by Jalaby

        it attractive! Nivasha was built on the assumption of "Self-Determination" will likely to lead to unity that’s why Nivasha didn’t discuss the post issues after separation in details, more over, no one was expecting the death of the "mysterio" and mastermind of the agreement.
        If Nivasha agreement implemented the way it should be then we should have not face any problem

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        • 14 October 2012 08:51, by Jalaby

          Although Nivasha was comprehensive agreement but the ignorant didn’t understand from this agreement anything but "Self-Determination" means separating the south, and they worked very hard to make it real until they succeeded so what? what next? no answer because they’ve no vision and mission and their donkey stopped at this point because there is no clear definition for the

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          • 14 October 2012 09:06, by Jalaby

            identity of southern sudanese, being an African will not make you unique from large sector of Sudanese people who are truly Africans starting from Nuba north in Halfa going all the way down south and moving east to Beja and west to Kordofan and Darfourian people,of course being African will never ever contradict or override our Arab belonging,our mixing blood and mixing culture

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            • 14 October 2012 09:15, by Jalaby

              You know the fact that north never ran after 4 freedoms agreement but south actually did run after it, I’ll assure you, no one ever in the north will run after the south unity again because we can go without the south no doubt but the south will never ever make it without the north,just ask yourself, what is the point for separation if we’ve this 4 freedoms agreement?

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              • 14 October 2012 09:22, by Jalaby

                was it imposed itself and the south was left with no other choice but to ask north for it? did the politicians in the south sign it just for fun? I think you know the answer right?
                I’ll tell you one thing, people like Pagan Amum who his Shulluk tribe are so associated to north and so interacted with them, people like him is nothing but believe in unity from A to Z, he believes

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                • 14 October 2012 09:33, by Jalaby

                  this separation is a temporary and caused by NCP & Islamic regime in Khartoum but the unity is the strategic bond between the north & south,I remember his words very well when he was interviewed by the newspaper and he was the general secretary of SPLM at that time and before the referendum,he said "the south will separate but will reunite with the north again in a later time"

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                  • 14 October 2012 09:51, by Jalaby

                    Anyway guys, no one from north will run after unity again but in fact many of them still questioning the government about the 4 freedoms agreement!
                    I’ve no single doubt that it will never stop at 4 freedoms agreement and more requests will come from the side of the south and not north!

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                    • 14 October 2012 14:12, by Baring

                      what abou Al Teab MOSTAFA who call for south sudan to sepereat did he not from sudan you fucking son of bitch call JALABA AND SUDANI

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                • 15 October 2012 00:51, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

                  You idiot find a better thing to do. This is an area for South Sudanese to debate on matter concerning their present and future livelihood. It should be of no concern to you pig.

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        • 14 October 2012 10:03, by Dinkawarrior

          "no one was expecting the death of the "mysterio" and mastermind of the agreement"
          You thought Garang’s death will open the doors for Sudan to be united like what you did in 1972 when you dishonored the agreement. You Celebrated his death even the so called Arab World Gangsters came to Khartoum for the first time history to celebrate the death of leader. God’s plan is secret to his own >

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          • 14 October 2012 10:03, by Dinkawarrior

            God’s plan is secret to his own people except for hypocrites people like you.

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            • 14 October 2012 10:11, by Jalaby

              You’re absolutely one of the "Atrash Fi Al-Zafa" people that I meant when I said "following him (Garang) all that time like a deaf person who dances in a wedding procession despite he can’t hear the music"
              Enjoy the dancing man although you can’t hear the music! lol lol

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              • 14 October 2012 14:19, by Baring

                what your dancing presiden did he listening to your music you ideat? we dont want any businss with you people anymore you can go and fuck MOHAMMED ASS in S
                audia Arabia

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              • 14 October 2012 14:24, by Mach

                Jalaby, Only in Sudan were few people choose for the entire country’s destiny but in South Sudan people choose their intention. Dr. John Garang made it clear that only the people will choose to be either united Sudan or separate Sudans and the people in South Sudan made that choice in the year 2011. So you don’t tell us if Dr. Garang were alive today Sudan would be one.

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  • 14 October 2012 08:18, by Madina Tonj

    Pagan Amum
    South Sudanese are not dumb people, we have read nine agreement and we understand both presidents are in trouble because of economic down turn but in reality this Khartoum regime are getting win win and even they praise you and your president Salva Kiir as the best people in South Sudan.
    Now what doee it mean if same Khartoum regime is supply David Yau Yau and JohnSon in Upper Nile

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  • 14 October 2012 08:19, by Madina Tonj

    Pagan Amum
    South Sudanese are not dumb people, we have read nine agreement and we understand both presidents are in trouble because of economic down turn but in reality this Khartoum regime are getting win win and even they praise you and your president Salva Kiir as the best people in South Sudan.
    Now what doee it mean if same Khartoum regime is supply David Yau Yau and JohnSon in Upper Nile

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  • 14 October 2012 08:19, by Madina Tonj

    Pagan Amum
    South Sudanese are not dumb people, we have read nine agreement and we understand both presidents are in trouble because of economic down turn but in reality this Khartoum regime are getting win win and even they praise you and your president Salva Kiir as the best people in South Sudan.
    Now what doee it mean if same Khartoum regime is supply David Yau Yau and JohnSon in Upper Nile

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  • 14 October 2012 09:12, by Tutbol

    We appreciate your hardwork mr. Pagan, but this time you veered off the track. You know very well that S Sudan voted overwhelmingly to have nothing ever to do with the North again, but you’re trying again to let the North inching in again. Think hard about it we don’t want this agreement never. If there are some S Sudanese who want the North let pack up and go and northerners are not wanted get it

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  • 14 October 2012 12:02, by panchol

    Dr. John Garang laid a foundation stone
    to liberate marginalized regions such as:
    1. Southern Sudan which is now called South Sudan.
    2.The whole of Darfur
    3.South Kordufan
    4. South Blue Nile
    5. Eastern Sudan 6.white Nile province. Garang intention is to change regime in khartoum to becomes democratic country.

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  • 14 October 2012 13:06, by Chuangah

    We will automatically dishonored this aggreement after 60 days, the aggreement compromises with our areas, to go to the north just becoz for the north to allow oil flowing, let us live without oil if the govt dont want to build an alternative one in the east african countries where we belong, we dont want to be annexed to Arab countries anymore.

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  • 14 October 2012 13:59, by James Maker Akok

    I thank you all with your comments for not agree on those dirty agreement signed by President Kiir in Addis Ababa.
    My job here is giving out the Orginal Map Border Line between South Sudan and North Sudan. This Map is different no South Sudan Government Offices see this Map on their eyes specially Heglig Areas.
    Contact me to see this Map.

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  • 14 October 2012 21:15, by ViVa Sudan

    James Maker Akok
    looking for money out form Kirr haahahahah blody idiot no one will buy ur own created map by da way i love Jalaby when he kick you Janubeen go ahead brother let them die coz they thought its easy to by dispart without paying the bills to thier white masters look how they have killed Mr big for nothing Garang they killed him like a fly & no body talk idiots

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    • 15 October 2012 02:18, by James Maker Akok

      Viva Sudan,
      Just wait, reaction will come out soon from this Map, I sent it out to people and many people got this Map from me already and I’m still sending it to South Sudanese people, and every where around the world. I sent some to Canada Government, USA Government, and British Government. Nothing can stop me. I got you North Sudan.

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  • 15 October 2012 04:23, by libral

    Study the agreements properly and make constructive criticism, it is time to reason like reasonable people and citizens.

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  • 15 October 2012 08:04, by Anger Deng

    comments like these from ’so called leaders’ of the people sicken me. One thing they need to understand is that the people of Northern Bahrl el Ghazal were not afforded procedural fairness when the agreement was signed. The people were not aware that 14 mile was a disputed area, and were not afforded the right to defend themselves or provide evidence. SO ITS NOT IGNORANCE RATHER A RIGHT TO BE HEAR

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