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Kiir accepts regional mediation to resolve states’ issue in South Sudan


President Kiir meets IGAD and South African envoys on 16 January 2020 (SSPPU photo)
January 16, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Thursday accepted the referral of his dispute with the other peace partners on the number of states and their boundaries to a regional arbitration panel.

The announcement was made after a meeting with IGAD and South African envoys by South Africa’s Deputy President David Mabuza who took part in a joint meeting for IGAD, Kenyan, Sudanese and Ugandan envoys with President Kiir.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mabuza said they confirmed the formation of the transitional national unity government in February, as it was agreed by the South Sudanese parties.

"But we are going to subject the question of the number of states to arbitration, a mechanism that is going to take 90 days," after the formation of the transitional government of national unity.

Also, he mentioned that the parties have achieved progress on the other sticky issue of the security arrangements.

Kiir and his main peace partner Riek Machar on Wednesday agreed to refer the issue of states’ number to the South African deputy president because he had focused his efforts on this matter.

However, it seems that the South African senior official preferred to have the support of the IGAD countries that are already represented in the Independent Boundaries Commission (IBC), the only mechanism set up by the revitalised peace agreement to resolve this critical issue.

Last year, the IBC agreed to re-establish the 10 state system but the decision was supported only by six South Sudanese while the peace agreement implies that 7 of the 10 South Sudanese members vote with the majority.

The 15-member body includes 5 appointed by the government of President Kiir, five by the opposition groups and five by the IGAD.

Speaking to reporters after South Africa’s deputy president, the South Sudanese Cabinet Affairs Minister said the agreement shows the IGAD and African support to the South Sudanese people.

He further expressed hope that the other peace partners in South Sudan would accept the proposal made by the IGAD and South African envoys.


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  • 17 January 06:55, by Mayendit

    Mr.President Kiir Mayardit, you have to tell all rebels leaders that, you are a commander in chief meaning, you have all rights to make executive power and none of these rebels leaders will not proposed. Second, the 21 Districts long time ago can’t and will not work this 21st centuries where by the South Sudanese people are still demanding more States for example, Anyuak communities need State and

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    • 18 January 02:23, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


      No one is a second class citizen in the republic of South Sudan. Secondly the president of the country is not our God. We all have a right to participate in how our country is governed. Executive orders can only work well if the decision comes from the people. There is no room for dictatorship.

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    • 20 January 07:09, by Midit Mitot

      That,s bullshit!!

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  • 17 January 07:12, by Mayendit

    Continue: who have not seen Anyuak communities leaders and their members sitting Parliaments requesting her State? In Bhr El Ghazal regions, I think Tonj communities very large and they should be first to have two States because you can see on the Maps Tonj North close to Bentiu region I mean our people are still demanding more and more States. I am not sure how Riek Machar Teny claimed to have P

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  • 17 January 07:22, by Mayendit

    Riek Machar claims to have done PhD while, he is lacking thinking capicty I am absolutely getting tired about him and I want him to quit politics and return Leer community because his action had damaged the South Sudanese people since 1991. If the South Sudanese wants educated politician from Nuers people perhaps, there are sharper minds educated Nuers than an Old school of Riek Machar Teny.

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    • 17 January 08:02, by Gorjang Gany


      What is the connection between Dr Riek and the issue of states?

      Your useless kiir accepted that fake proposal of that stupid South African deputy president because it had ended in his favor.

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      • 17 January 08:08, by South South

        OOOP!!! 32 states are staying after February government of national unity, sweet, sweet, sweet.

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        • 17 January 08:25, by Gorjang Gany

          South Sudan

          What will you enjoy from 32 states apart from killing, raping, robbery that has now become a fashion in your fake government.

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        • 17 January 08:28, by lino

          Hahaha!!! South, you fooled yourself after the formation of the Government and woke up with 10 states or 23 tribal districts demarcated and delimited on Map of British Administration in South Sudan!!!
          Countries nowadays look for History Books not imagination!!!

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          • 17 January 12:08, by South South


            you are dumb ass!!!! What history books you are talking about monkey? Our country is in our hands, fact. In a regional arbitration panel, there 10 South Sudanese in that body. This issue of number of states was brought to them before after suggestion of 10 states was adopted, majority of these members of South Sudanese in this body rejected it, the people are still there. Wicked and monkey.

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            • 18 January 00:07, by lino

              Mother Fucker South South! You mentioned my name as Lion, then you will see how this fucken country going to be run Guaj Moor!!! Drunken Kiir will be in his casket soon and body should be taken right away to Akun his shit-hole!!!

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        • 17 January 09:29, by Malakal county Simon

          South South,

          Red between the lines and nothing has been agreed upon regarding States.... This is why this issue is being referred to regional countries!!

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          • 17 January 12:01, by South South

            Malakal county Simon,

            After the formation of our government of national unity, we will make sure free Nyantits, hotel rooms and food are available. When that happens, everyone will forget about the issue of number states, Who, Woh, Woh, GAARMA!!!!! What the solution for the number of states? Referendum.

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        • 17 January 16:50, by jubaone

          South South
          Jienge kaffir, kurkoo..kurkoo "our govt will be formed in Feb 2020" with or without the 32 states, how? Now this short-legged S.African Bantu wants to separately resolve the number of states within 90 days even after formation of RTGoNU how? This bantuman is already emboldening the jienge kiirminal to continue destroying the country without any constitutional arrangement.

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          • 17 January 17:21, by South South


            Kurkoo, 32 states are standing tall in front of any rebel in South Sudan. Now, what would be the good solution after the formation of government of national unity to deal with this issue? Direct answer from me, referendum. Remember where you hear it, Kurkoo!!!!!!

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          • 17 January 18:36, by The Rhino

            South South,

            Wrong!There will be no fucking referendum or any other wicked Bantus or IGAD crap on your worthless 32 states.Your foolish ’president’ Kiir created those junk states purely out of hate against Machar or peace in general in S.Sudan.Question,who do you expect to vote for your goddamn 32 states since the real owners of South Sudan are either in refugee camps or protection sites,WHO?....

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            • 17 January 18:45, by The Rhino

              South South,

              ..fact is, that short legged Bantu from South Africa will kick the ball/issue to drought entity IGAD,where then another greedy Bantu called Museveni of Uganda will intercept it and kick the same ball back to Kiir,and the circle begins from start, disgusting!When in history have you read that drought company IGAD had ever saved even a simple goat, camel or starving cow from a.........

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              • 17 January 18:53, by The Rhino

                South South,

                ..devastating drought in East Africa?..NEVER!South Sudan’s conflict is simply too complicated for a poorly equipped drought cesspool like IGAD to handle,period! I just wonder why Paul Kegame or Abyi Ahmed are running away from their responsibilities in South Sudan?Look,Opposition forces,especially NAS and Equatorian IO fighters should never ever put down their GUNs,and never expect..

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                • 17 January 18:57, by The Rhino

                  South South,

                  ...anything good from anybody other than their truest son from Equatoria.We must fight to survive, protect and defend our communities and govern ourselves, full stop!

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                  • 17 January 19:15, by The Rhino


                    Riak Machar and his people will extremely be foolish to form a gov’t of national unity without any proper benchmark.These Bantus are siting with Kiir,..why,b’cos they want the chaos and disorientations in S.Sudan to continue and prevail.Just think about it,Festo Moggae,Mabuza,Museveni and other Bantus from Kenya are busy filling their pockets with blood money from South Sudan,disgusting!

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                  • 17 January 19:38, by South South

                    The Rhino,

                    Kurkoo!!!! No way out from 32 states, only referendum will get us good answer about them. If there is no referendum, we will keep them for life, Kurkoo!!!! By the way, you need to watch South Sudanese basketball team playing tournament in Nairobi right now, very tall guys, very black guys and very good basketball players in our team, Kurkoo!!!!

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                    • 17 January 20:43, by The Rhino

                      South South,

                      KARO men are also tall and strong, forget that chiwawa Wani you always portray in your Dinkacentric gov’t.Get this, from our Mundari territories to Kuku south, we are dark and proud too.Only difference is, we don’t play games, but either wrestle or box, thats right, punch motherfuckers out..you know e.g. Mohamed Ali,Mike Tyson,..type of thing!

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        • 17 January 23:02, by Langbaar

          South South,
          Those losers wasting their times about the issue of number of states, are also wasting everyone else time. A genie is already out of bottle. No more going back to 10 states. And Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol and Pagan Amuom know this simple fact. Regional countries cannot come force any damn thing onto South Sudan throat as far as we are concerned. In fact there some of our losers who>>>

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          • 17 January 23:09, by Langbaar

            like to bring in other external actors into our external issues like this empty headed Salva Kiir and his bunch of advisors. Those external actors then come and impose their own interests. And this is why the mess had drag on all along since 2013. Every country here around the region want to be anything over South Sudan and the South Sudanese people.>>>>

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            • 17 January 23:15, by Langbaar

              Thomas Cirillo is intentionally being kept by Abesh (so-called ethiopia) as her bargaining chip and blackmail over South Sudan who doesn’t know this plain fact? Mr. Riek Machar was purposely taken to Khartoum by the same creeps here in the region and their masters in the US, the UK and the UN for the North Sudan to go and used him (Mr. Riek Machar) as their bargaining card and blackmail over>>>>

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              • 17 January 23:21, by Langbaar

                the the so-called former detainees (FDs) were purposely taken to Kenya by the orders of the US, the UK and other other creeps for them to go and use them as their blackmails over South Sudan. The reasons why the US and her allies refused the then proposed South Sudan ’national dialogue and national reconciliation’ inside South Sudan was simply because the US and her allies would simply come>>>

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                • 17 January 23:26, by Langbaar

                  and have no leverage and control over South Sudan and the South Sudanese people. South Sudan negotiations from the hotels, brothels and bars of Adis Ababa all along, to Nairobi, Kampala, Arusha, South Africa and Khartoum is all about to have a control over South Sudan and the South Sudanese people by other countries. But the US, the UK, the UN and the NGOs and the ones behind all these dirty>>>

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                  • 17 January 23:33, by Langbaar

                    intrigues behind the scenes. All these are known even to a south Sudanese primary school pupil if he/she follows all these circus about South Sudan. There is foolish so-called twic East call Khent who even called me a mad man and a conspiracy theorist the other day. Isn’t internet good thing? Where a no body who cannot face you in the real world can face you in a visual world!>>>>

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                    • 17 January 23:39, by Langbaar

                      Mr. South South any piece of trash can me anything he/she wants on line. But fact is. South Sudan is being geopolitical chess game by the countries some countries whom these foolish south Sudanese think are their uncle or allies. The US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some their creeps here in the IGAD and the AU are ones playing game with our country and our people>>>

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                      • 17 January 23:44, by Langbaar

                        and this dirty geopolitical game over our country and our people was made possible by our senior elders. And Mr. Riek Machar, Pagan, Majak Agoot, Thomas Cirillo, Lam Akol, Salva Kiir and Kuol Manyang are to be blame on all these. Mr. Riek Machar should been dead in 2016 or jail for the rest of his life. Mr. Pagan Amuom and Majak Agoot should not been released>>>

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                        • 17 January 23:51, by Langbaar

                          to Kenya. Adwok Nyabe should have been let go since he is a disable and vulnerable, but should have been kept on a tight leash. Rebecca Nyandeng and her ugly son should have been in jail to serve sometimes and released to teach the criminals some lessons. Mr. Salva Kiir and his bunch of minions just go after losers like Peter Biar Ajak or former Riek Machar propagandist, Mr. Peter Gadet>>>

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                          • 17 January 23:58, by Langbaar

                            Mr. South South,
                            Mr. Riek Machar and his minions were the ones who came up with the 21 states. The government of Salva Kiir didn’t brought up that idea. Mr. Riek Machar and his allies thought, the oil fields are in the greater Upper Nile, and hence, they would capitalized on that cheap idea. But when Mr. Salva Kiir and his minions then came and said Oh, 32 states would just also work fine>>>

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                            • 18 January 00:05, by Langbaar

                              the oil fields in the greater Upper Nile went Dinkas/Jaangs/Jenges areas. And so Mr. Riek Machar and his allies and their masters in the US, the UK and others who them as their leverage, blackmails or bargaining cards went to the ’drawing board’. And that was why "going back" to ’three region’ of greater Upper Nile, greater Bhar El Gazelles and Greater Equatoria was again flouted>>>

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                              • 18 January 00:11, by Langbaar

                                Mr. South South, chap. Let Mr. Riek Machar, his allies and their sponsors not waste South Sudan and South Sudanese people times. By the way Mr. South South brother, let any evil bring back the evil white Americans, English people, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, Abeshas (so-called ethiopian) prostitutes, UN and NGOs into our country and over lives again and that creep would be>>>

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                                • 18 January 00:17, by Langbaar

                                  as good as dead. Reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. Mr. South South, I am not a conspiracy theorist, I know all these cheap and dirty intrigues being played over our country and over people ’in and out’ chap. Our country is was where the so-called UN NEW WORLD ORDER EXPERIMENT, GOVERNMENT WITHOUT BORDERS OR SO-CALLED AFRICA UNITY AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION nonsense to be started in by some evils>>>

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                                  • 18 January 00:23, by Langbaar

                                    who covet our country and our people to death brother. Mr. South South. A low live like the piece of trash Khent who called me a mad man and a conspiracy theorist, are the low lives who pander to foreign powers and they are the ones who would want to bring the evils back into our country and into people lives again. But the creeps would be killed if they dare try.>>>

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                                    • 18 January 00:31, by Langbaar

                                      Here in Jonglei, we would go for for the so-called Twic East state and Bor South states with no hard feeling. Twic East are the cowards ’our Nuers ke nyantoc’ often ’juxtaposed to be cowards’ with the Bor South chap. The government of South Sudan can well give our so-called Twic East with the Lou Nuers, and and the creeps will never ever pass over Bor South again as far as we are concerned like>>

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                                      • 18 January 00:45, by Langbaar

                                        1991 and 2013. South Sudan was projected to be made a big farm land by foreign powers. Have you ever heard where the gulf Arab states get their food from, however they don’t grow much of their food? Have you ever heard the food rations always given to ’South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, Kenya, in Juba, Wau, Bentiu, Akoba, Mingkaman (Guol Yar Atong) and other parts of South Sudan>>>

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                                        • 18 January 01:00, by Langbaar

                                          Mr. South South,
                                          South Sudan is being played a war of ’attrition’ so that South Sudan’ would be at each other throats all times and until. The South Sudanese people would say, ’the UN and NGOs’ would better rule the South Sudan and the South Sudanese people----*trusteeship of South Sudan for 35 years by foreign powers’ was what, was proposed, and then South Sudan would be given back to>>>

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                                          • 18 January 01:07, by Langbaar

                                            South Sudanese people like Hong Kong after 35 years. Where is a conspiracy about this fact Mr. South South that a foolish so-called Twic East called me a mad man and a conspiracy theorist? most the losers in Camps in Northern Uganda and Kakuma are Nuers and Twic East criminal low lives chap. They want to be living on free things and always yabber 24/7 about lack of enough food, Salva Kiir A-Z>>>

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                                            • 18 January 01:13, by Langbaar

                                              or Jieng council of elders (JCEs) this and that while doing nothing to help their sorry foolish arses. Mr. South South, asked this Khent piece of trash about his so-called "18 billion dollars" given to South Sudan and was misused by South Sudan to ’break it down in details of what country on this world gave 18 billion dollars’ and a low live will not give and an evidence’>>>

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                                              • 18 January 01:20, by Langbaar

                                                the evils in the US, the UK, their evil juus (so-called israel) and some of creepy allies propaganda machines have even propagated their usual lies that South Sudan was given was given "19 billion dollars, 21 billion dollars and all" but where is this damn money? ’And who in South Sudan received that huge amount of money?’ No one chap. It is ’just a made number chap’ by our enemies who love>>>

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                                                • 18 January 01:27, by Langbaar

                                                  our country and our people to death chap’. Mr. South South chap, ’fact checking is very good for us and our country’. South Sudan is has almost 12 million people. If that at al there "was 18 billion dollars" given to South Sudan by some ’mysterious’ country (ies) on this planet earth, then we would want to know that country (countries), but as far as I am concerned, that "18 billion dollars">>>

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                                                  • 18 January 01:31, by Langbaar

                                                    19 billion dollars or 21 billion dollars and all given to South Sudan" doesn’t exist, it a fiction. Mr. South South, South South people are not denying that they have been helped by other countries, but always telling lies about South Sudan and make a living over South Sudanese people all the times, isn’t being entertained.>>>

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                                                    • 18 January 02:04, by Langbaar

                                                      Some of these days Mr. South South chap. An island of Hong Kong was used by these same vermins who have attached themselves to ’our country and our people’ in 19th century. People of Hong Kong used to be supplied "heroin drugs by the British merchants from their then East India" Until the people of Hong Kong became addicted to heroin, but when the ’Cantonese Chinese told the British East>>>

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                                                      • 18 January 02:08, by Langbaar

                                                        told ’the British English merchant to get the hell out of their country with their damn heroin’ they were bombed to submission by the British merchant. In 1997. The Chinese took back their own Hong Kong. But these days, the descendant of British merchants are still salivating for their *old days in with their evil empire expansion in Hong Kong*>>>

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  • 17 January 08:06, by Gorjang Gany


    You put in your mind that, those tribal 32 states being created by your idiot with no referent will not work it is just a matter of time.

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  • 17 January 08:19, by Gorjang Gany

    South Sudan had become a place of hunting money for the bankrupt people e.g the former JMEC chairperson, IGAD, UNSC team who came to South Sudan last year and this deputy president of South Africa who is now mediating the issue of states. All of them had been bribe by South Sudan government to do things in their favor.

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    • 17 January 09:24, by Malakal county Simon

      My question is’how can both SPLM_IO and Kiir Tribal government accept to form a new Transitional Unity Government in February without finalising the States and boundaries issue?? Can you form a government without a States?? No, this is a recipe of a later war and these two leaders seems to be not caring about their people’s suffering... I object of forming a government without States issue being r

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      • 17 January 09:25, by Malakal county Simon


        I object of forming a government without States issue being resolved first!!

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        • 17 January 09:37, by Games

          Malakal County Simon
          Relax, this land war will be South Sudanese among themselves. And we loves that.. Machar knows exactly what he’s doing right now

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          • 17 January 12:14, by South South

            Games, Woh, Woh, Woh, GAARMA!!!! ALMIGHTY NUER never been defeated will pop up from Swampy areas of South Sudan, OH YEA!!! WHITE ARMY which is dead will rise again from the graves. Wicked, shut up. Anyone who has problem with number of states, 32 states in South Sudan MUST prepare for referendum, that’s what regional arbitration panel will suggest.

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  • 17 January 09:32, by Games

    You people relax, 32 states will never functioning in our watches. South African are still daily dying fighting for their land against white people. Hope South Africa VP wouldn’t make that big mistake in his life for trying to sides with Dinka tribalism government

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    • 17 January 11:56, by South South


      Woh, Woh, Woh, Gaarma!!!! 32 stays are staying in your face, bring it on!!!! Woh, Woh, Woh, Gaarma!!!!

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  • 17 January 22:53, by conservative

    Referendum is solutions to anything u don’t got Mr wangkel and let the people decide what they want not the leader’s anymore dumb ass people IO just looking for their own interests

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    • 18 January 07:08, by Langbaar

      Our don’t worry, even if we do a referendum today about the number of states and borders. South Sudanese people will chose 32 states and more states; ’Abyei, Gambella region, Aleb triangle, Kosti, Kafa Kingi, Khartoum, Southern Egypt, El Kurmuk, El Damazin and other areas’>>>

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      • 18 January 07:15, by Langbaar

        ’It is as plain as day and night’ But tell these facts to our low lives, and they will not listen.>>>

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