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Juba says new changes will not affect cooperation agreement with Khartoum


August 6, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan said on Tuesday that recent changes made by President Salva Kiir in his government will not affect the ongoing dialogue with Sudan.

South Sudan’s foreign affairs minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin (Getty)

“The recent development should be seen as normal administrative changes which happen everywhere. It will not affect ongoing dialogue with Sudan", said foreign affairs minister Barnba Marial Benjamin in an interview with Sudan Tribune.

In a string of decrees, President Kiir recently replaced his long-serving vice-president Riek Machar and his entire cabinet.

There were fears that such a drastic and massive change would have implications on the two-year old country and how it relates with its northern neighbour Sudan, but Marial downplayed any negative implications on negotiations with Khartoum.

“The cooperation agreement was signed between two countries not individuals, so discussions will continue to go on this basis”, he said.

Instead, Marial said his government is looking towards strengthening “cordial relations” with Sudan, adding that South Sudan approved the intervention of the African Union (AU) to form an independent security committee to verify allegations by Khartoum that his country provides support to rebel movements in the north.

“We have no problem with the intervention. That is why I have always said that our relationship is a win-win one. I have earlier stated that geopolitics never lies and I have understood this a long time ago. We have to understand that neither South Sudan nor Sudan can go without the other. South Sudan cannot be gold while Sudan is dust and so they all have to develop together”, he stressed.

We can harness development in ensuring that the two countries grow, he added.

Marial, who was speaking in an exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune since his recent appointment, expressed confidence in the leadership of president Kiir and Sudanese president Omar-Hassan-al-Bashir to resolve disputes through dialogue.

“These two [Kiir and Bashir] are the same generation. They have the same vision for the two countries, they are true supporters of peaceful coexistence of our countries to live in peace and side by side”, he said.

The minister said both Kiir and his Sudanese counterpart know that their countries share a common destiny because of their history and proximity to one another.


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  • 7 August 2013 07:54, by Aarai Baka

    Who care anyway with that agreement, Khartoum always violated any time the want, because we have a yes sire and guy with no balls but with tiny balls.

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    • 7 August 2013 08:30, by Dau-network

      Thanks you my boss most respected Phd holder Marial Benjamin Biel for your much concentration in south Sudan wellbeing, right man in right position in right government than later Dr Hitler government who is disturbing stability of Junubins but take care about propagandas masters, Aleu Ayieny Aleu and Telar Riing Deng they can push you away from Kiir any zero hour through propaganda against youe

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    • 7 August 2013 08:35, by Ngor Ngor Matem

      Indeed many thanks Barnaba Marial Benjamin
      What u are saying is quite true, the transformation in the govt of South Sudan cannot affect our foreign policy with Sudan nor some other Countries unless they have never reshuffled their govt. It happened everywhere around the world as u indicated. We the citizens of South Sudan are wishing to stay peacefully with our neighbors.
      Long Live SPLM.

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    • 7 August 2013 09:04, by Mayom County Boy

      who care ? more there is no effect is the more there will be alot of problem with in the goverment of south sudan .

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  • 7 August 2013 08:12, by Marco Bul

    The best education z anyone can get is the education of Barnaba Marial Biel.He potrays interlectualism.An educated person is not petulant,unreasonably agressive,violent and rude.Only those with Certificate of Participation used their "education" for divisive politics and rabble-rousing.

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  • 7 August 2013 11:44, by Lotoroboy

    Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin is a Professional liar, that why he alwayz retain his post.

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    • 7 August 2013 15:08, by Native Boy

      Mr Marial is not a lier but a true technicrat.
      Hon. Barnaba, go ahead on educating these comrades who are politician-to-be.
      Sound politics is non-bleming nor accusing but speak responsibly.
      Don’t tell them but rather show them.

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