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September 9, 2009 (WASHINGTON) — The US department of Treasury published a new ruling today relaxing sanctions on parts of Sudan with regards to certain items.

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U.S. Treasury Department building in Washington, DC. (AFP)

The areas included in today’s ruling were already exempt from the comprehensive sanctions imposed by the US since 1997 for humanitarian reasons.

However, the designated regions are still covered by sanctions on any dealings that involve the government of Sudan or the petroleum industry.

In 2006, the US treasury defined the exempted regions to comprise of Southern Sudan, Southern Kordofan/Nuba Mountains State, Blue Nile State, Abyei, Darfur, and marginalized areas in and around Khartoum.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) suggested in its press release that there was a technical loophole in the exemption as a result of Sudan being designated as a state sponsor of terrorism.

The US bans “any export of agricultural commodities, medicine, and medical devices” to any government labeled as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Trade in these items will be authorized to these specific areas effective immediately.

The announcement comes as the US special envoy Scott Gration started today a five day visit to Sudan for discussions on the Darfur peace process and the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

Gration has been a proponent of easing sanctions on Sudan and lifting the latter from the list of states that are sponsors of terrorism. However, the US envoy later backed down from his earlier statements and instead called for “smart sanctions” that excludes the South.

The US is reportedly wrapping up its comprehensive policy review of Sudan that is supposed to look into the sanctions in place and incentives in return for progress on the Darfur and North-South peace process as well as democratic transformation and human rights.

Sudan has been pushing the US for normalizing relations hoping that the administration of President Barack Obama would take a different approach than its predecessor.

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  • 10 September 2009 08:57, by Ahmed

    good news!! there will never be peace and development in Sudan if this sanctions continue for ever, I think this sanctions are the reason it took sudan soo long to end the war, Sudan have the most sanctions in the world I think, The whole country suffers because of this dinka terrorist in the south killing their civilians and blaming the government and the whole country suffers!

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    • 10 September 2009 09:17, by choldit

      How long will you people from the north keep you eye a way from the ball? Why do you think the SAF attacked IDS cames in Jebel marra today? Why we have all our presidents from north since independent? why we have first world class services only in north? why NCP is asking SPLM to take some of the debts with if Southerners opt for separation in 2011? why... you name it?

      Brothers, there must be a time when to think humanly. See what the Palestinian leader was saying in khartoum. We are not Arab if it is arabism that he thought we can support them killing themselves in their country. NO, NO, NO supporting of teror act every again in this land. You follow your Osama Bliaden and leave this land alone. We are Sudanese in Africa.

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      • 10 September 2009 13:46, by Moses Kur Akech

        Ask Ahmed this question too, did SPLM start war in Darfur?

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        • 12 September 2009 02:09, by Ahmed

          why dont I ask ur mom that!

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    • 10 September 2009 09:21, by Peter Aarai

      to Ahmed, for your information, Sudan war wasnt started in 1997, but last 50 years ago. if u think that sanctions have contributed an ending war in Sudan, that was lie because Sudan never been in peace since got her independent 1956 from britain.anyway reread the artical again so that u can understand what it is about not just saying good news!!!!!!!!

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      • 10 September 2009 13:50, by Ajuscommando

        Let fact remain as US is working under Sudan sanction without inconvenience since they are ware on daily activities in currency regime. I suggest Sudan to remain uner sanction exclude South Sudan, Abyei, Nuba,and Blue Nile State since the gain zero for more than 50 years as North benefiting from their resources.

        Ajus

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    • 10 September 2009 13:37, by Mzee

      Ahmed,

      can you the article again. where did you get the word dinka?. southern sudan is excluded in the sanction. that is bad news for you guy in khartoum, get for prepared for that deserter.

      arabism is coming to an end, where will you go ahmed? you are a son convict fuck off!!!!!!!!

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    • 10 September 2009 14:23, by kaditabiyok

      aham u are second wife of dog bhaser.your anal sphinters are loose by uyour husband omar.remain in kitchen give birth to him ababy before he died.leave us alone.dinkas are good poeple, we don,t fuck man as arab do.just give me your sister.i have big penis.

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    • 10 September 2009 14:51, by paul majok

      Yo, Yo! Ahmed young terrorist, how could you talk ya like tha about freedom excellency Phenomenon "Dinka" they name became "Dinka synonymous to Northern Muslim government Ass and their half life. You are workin dead people because you rely on Bleeding innocents civilian in Southern Sudan. Dinkas are very emotional people on earth who who does need other to suffer and that why they damn went war and dies for people, in addition, if you are expell by North they will serve ya dickhead.
      NO terrorist in Dinka, they are muslim who’re bribes by you vias Northern Government ruling, to kill in case of proventing peace. North is Begging Southerners to reunite but it is too late, you should have this before 1983.

      Mahmed you have read every repply from Dinkas representers in site otherwish you Your brown Northern ass will kick by Southerners,Southerners which is oringinally owned by the name called "Dinka" which is also well known by Northern genecider murderer president.

      Bloody dickhead Youth Muslim and finally ya brown fate ass! woooooh! dead

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    • 10 September 2009 17:28, by monychol makuei

      Mr ahmed you didn’t read the article every well,I think that you need to re read it again if it reflected against the north or south. dictatorship won’t help to let the people of the south divided themselves,but to tell you, go away Mr dictator,and we better to live by ourselves.you didn’t understand the word excluded,but it seem to be minus. thank you.

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    • 10 September 2009 17:56, by Andrew Wieu Kuac

      Damned Ahamed,
      Tell me wherther your father and mother wre killed by Dinka,
      Please,blowing for no evident is sometime a crime,I would advise you as your father to talk in official manner,your husband Bashir is waiting to insert his infertile long meat into your anal canal ,Damned human animal,Do not joke we are everwhere in this globe you will caught,

      Donkey Ahamed thanks you

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    • 10 September 2009 19:50, by simon chot deng

      fuck you amhed as you always fuck your selves you arab.
      what is good news?????????????????????????????????????.

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    • 10 September 2009 19:58, by Arochthon

      You talk of peace which do you know? I believe even if Sudan is relieved from the black list of terrorists it is going remained it was unless you drop those weird characteristics of sending to one to bomb his brother.

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    • 10 September 2009 21:23, by Angelo Nyang

      You,re right but you known peace in sudan is by force weather the government don,t like peace the will do it,because Northern government they are thinking about the war but war is not solutation in sudan,because Northern government the lost power of Darfur and everywhere in sudan today the man power is SPLA if you don,t known you have to known to say the true about your government time is coming.

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    • 11 September 2009 09:11, by khamic Isaac

      Idiot you need to read it proper of what did they said, they they said they will ease sanction of parts of Sudan, because of the South, Darfur, Blue NILE, Nubia mountain and eastern sudan.it is not because of you.

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  • 10 September 2009 14:09, by Leek Edward Chuol

    Leave the( ;;;;;;) alone, he doesn’t understand the english terminalogy that has been used by the U.S governemnt against his so call government.

    No sanctions that has been lifted against your government, otherwise you better come to the Southern Goverment to help your government in some relief.

    I remain,

    Leek Edward son of Southern Sudan

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    • 10 September 2009 15:38, by DASODIKO

      I don’t know if this national security personal what so called Ahmed is a sane human! The guy says the reason of continuation of war in Sudan is sanctions. If there was no sanctions your father in law Bashir would have killed all Sudanese and brought Folanis from west Africa to settle them instead.
      You nuts despite of all these sanctions the non-stop war continued; because your uncles Chinese who have a sense that the world population has increased therefore; they must distribute weapons and other chemicals to reduce numbers of world population.

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  • 10 September 2009 15:57, by Ahmed

    Waow!!! a talking monkeys... Why dont u guys go to ur jungle in south and talk there

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  • 10 September 2009 16:18, by Ahmed

    If I am the son of albashir!!! U guys are the whores of Kiir...

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    • 10 September 2009 18:04, by Andrew Wieu Kuac

      Amhed
      You prove what you are saying-damned,your name is the clear evident to us,that if you are ,we are ,that is false

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  • 10 September 2009 16:26, by Bader

    I think there seem to be some sort of a myth that is somehow got into the minds of our brothers and sisters in South of Sudan that we in the North are striving for unity and wants to keep the south because we cannot develop without it. There is another belief that some of our fellow southerners are adopting that we in the north are somewhat fake Arabs and that we claim to be Arabs. Unfprtunately, the only southern sudanese who understood the chemistry of this nation is John Garang, the founder of the SPLM, which is now DEAD! To be clear, the issue of southern independence is unfortunately turning into some political opportunism, and to be frank, we as a nation in the North do not need the South to succeed, as much as you need us to succeed.
    You are already killing each other, and even in this forum you are fighting! It is a mere FACT that you are undeveloped and still have a long way to be civilised! You are still thinking within a very narrow parameters of tribalism and ethnic backgrounds. All of you Shculuk, Neur and Dinka will fight against each other. Just like what is happening in Uganda, Congo and so forth.
    We don’t love you, and we are begging for your resources, if you want to seceed, then you may, in fact you may declare your independence today and not in 2011! One thing is, you are bound to turn into a shit-hole if you seceed. If you don’t, then you will form unity with us that will give us the chance to apologise and help in building the NEW SUDAN of John Garang and hand by hand turn this country into a role model for all multi-cultural societies!
    At the moment, there is no leader in the south, you are all slaves of the SPLM, just like us in the north, we are slaves to the NCP, but at least we have law and order in Khartoum, whilst you in the south, it is a DISASTER!
    We are at least educated and civilised, while you don’t even have the simplest of infrastructure! How do you want to be independent! HOW?!?! To be eaten by the LRA and Silva Kiir’s corrupted gang! Think carefully, and chose what suits, but be assured that in the past 60 years you only fought northern governments, you didn’t actually fight THE NORTH, and hopefully you won’t in the future. BUT, and this is a big BUT, WE IN THE NORTH OF SUDAN ARE PROUD AFRO-ARABS, AND WE WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY ATTEMPTS TO TAKE AWAY FROM OUR LAND IN HEGLIG, NUBA MOUNTAINS AND BLUE NILE.

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    • 10 September 2009 19:41, by black man world

      keep your word tyed pro ARABS but what i know is that you guys dont have no heart for other humans or any living thing on this mother earth other then your self. I quote "SOUTH SUDAN WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN" the killing of people this caurse by politician with their politic, but it will not take 10 years for every child in south to learn ABCD so they can comprehene their own minds for what is right to them and their families. It will never be the same because we will inter marraige and peace will be prevail, there will be no sheria-law/discrimation against some one race. My people of south sudan are any were you can imagine on this planet earth any first world country have my people there, and in them places there will be another JOHN GARANG if they dont find one in SOUTHSUDAN for now. Every dog has it own day it means that every one will earn a peace of happinese and properity on this planet earth. I remember 11 years ago i was so uneducated unlike now am not the person i was in the past. So stop dreaming for how south is gona be a fail state.

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    • 10 September 2009 20:16, by Okuye Lina

      Bader

      I don’t know if you are really educated, what kind of civilization are you talking, we the Southerners are more civilized, than you people in North, we respect people’s values, we are not terrorist, we don’t kill people to own their resources, we don’t like criminals, we respect human rights, we don’t mistreats our women like you the "civilized terrorist government of Khartoum." Thats why we resist your Islamic actions by take arms and achieved the control of out regions the "SOUTH" so as to deliver the respect and human dignity. In fact, we have the government that is well respected by the world nations, because our government is the ruled by People, and it’s for the People and the rule of law, not by terrorism act and Dictatorship.

      let me teach you the South Sudan government base on these principles:

      - An individual’s right to freedom of expression, opinion, and organization;
      - A free media
      - Regular elections in which all eligible citizens "Sons & Daughter" of the South are allowed to vote;
      - Universal adult suffrage;
      - Limited terms for elected representatives;
      - A fair court system that is independent from the political system;
      - A nonpolitical state bureaucracy;
      - A nonpolitical police fore and armed service;
      - Free access to government information, that you people in Khartoum don’t have, not even thinking of it.

      In terms of education we ARE EDUCATED. And the government will continue to educate our people, you also need to know that Khartoum developed on the expense of the South, it’s our material, minerals, and resources that your corrupt government stole from our land.

      I will wait till 2011, Southern Sudan will declare itself to be a sovereign nation, there will be no more looting of resources.

      Infrastructures your talking of is not given by allah or koran,or Islamic nation. It’s man made just as for other nation.

      We will build them and Southern Sudan will developed. we have man power, resources, we will build, we will develop, and we will stand as Southerners, and you people in Khartoum will come and work for us, be our servants in the South.

      They say "Dogs Barks while the Camel is going"

      We the Southerners are proudly, gently, matching to a new born nation in Africa; while you the Arab nations and our fake Arabs of khartoum crying for our departure.

      Long live Southern Sudan, Long Live the government of Southern Sudan, Long Live the People of Southern Sudan.

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  • 10 September 2009 20:17, by signal

    Dear southerners please don’t lump us "northerners" under one banner, most northerners don’t support bashir and his cronies. Northerners have their hands tied up, at least you guys could secede and I sincerely hope you do in 2011. This country is doomed as long as NCP holds power and continue their injustice. I can’t understand for the life of me a government holding power for 20 years, this country needs change cuz people just get bored sometimes. I think sanctions are not the solutions, they didn’t work before and never will, they just hurt the average joe.

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  • 10 September 2009 20:26, by Ahmed

    Dude I am not Al bashir son!!! My parents are the truth, And what father and mother of mind are u guys saying u killed!! all of thos people u killed in the war are actually southerner sudanese that believe in are government and wanted to fight that terrorist group called SPLM.... about 80% of our soldiers or army are southerners nowonder why we are losing the war....

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    • 10 September 2009 23:07, by learn

      it is actually part of sudan that have sanctions lifted. I am sure south is free.I am sure ahmed is an arab though he looks african. but some how in his dumb mind believes that he is an arab. there is no different between you and those southern bastards who believe in dumb governments killing their own brothers and sisters. time will come when all the blacks will realize what arabs are doing and you will be eradicated or else go back to mecca where you will run free and become the homosexual that you are. believe it or not it will not be that long.

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      • 11 September 2009 02:57, by ahme adam

        learn
        you are such a fool there is no arabs in sudan , northerners are arabized africans , like afro americans,
        any how what do they mean by marginalised areas around khartoum? do they mean MAYO area or what? that means US banks can open a branch in MAYO area?

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        • 11 September 2009 03:37, by Monyde Bai

          There is no doubt that, there are no Arabs in Sudan. There are only minority hybrid African Muslims like the ones along the Coast of East African such as the Wasiwahili. Any civilized man or woman who knows Arabs will understand that Arabs are Caucasians or white people. SO, do we have Caucasions in Sudan? Absolutely no, there are Africans and African who happened to be Muslims including Saddiq Al Mahdi and Beshir.Only these hybrid African Muslims claims themselves to be Arabs due to their internalized inferiority complex and low self-esteem which lead them to run after everything that can be described as Arab or Arabic. This confused self identity, image and true real identity is the cause of war in the Sudan beside the Arab wolf cry for Southern oil and productive land since they have nothing in their land.
          A. Aaron

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          • 11 September 2009 06:19, by learn

            ahmed to prove to you that you are such a dumbass, you said why don’t you go back to south. we are in the south motherfucker. better yet we want the whole sudan to be under our control got it. by the way with that monkey line, do you realize you are calling yourself a monkey you dumbshit. I am better than you. none of the so called afro arabs are more like monkeys. shape and cut your hairy ass you terrorist before you open your stinking mouth. goddamn, you got hair grow everywhere; your ass, your ears, your shithole, and that is why you guys are the dirtiest bastards on the planet. go fuck yourself you gay motherfucker. last time I check men are fucking one another to see who will give birth to mohamed, some dumbshit. I am sick of your stupid religon, your dumb ideologies and I Hate what you stand for. open your heavy stone age brain sucker, there are no afro arabs in sudan there are motherfucker like you who believe in their minds. SUDAN IS FOR AFRICAN ONLY, IF YOU DON’T QUALIFY GET YOUR AS BACK GO MECCA BEFORE IT GET UGLY BITCH. YOU HEARD

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            • 11 September 2009 07:25, by Ahmed

              hahhaha ur in where hhahahahaa! ok .... Yes U are better then me a 15yrs old! And old man when are u going to die? I hope its tomorrow or is it in couple weeks..

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            • 11 September 2009 13:37, by ahme adam

              learn you fool again, northern sudanese are not hairy and thats a fact, i doubt that learn is from sudan? i dont think learn is southern sudanese he think that arabized african north look like arabs? the only hairy nation in the planet are jews

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            • 11 September 2009 16:13, by Bader

              Learn: The way you write is an illustration of how violent and uneducated you are. Keep on going like that, I hope it helps you achieve your goals! Pillock!

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          • 11 September 2009 16:05, by Bader

            ’Arabs are Caucasians or white people’... hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. This is utterly hilarious! What an illiterate you are!

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  • 11 September 2009 07:30, by Ahmed

    I never call myself arab before african u garbage!! Even tho its true my grand parents are Saida in west egypt...They scape from egypt to sudan because they committed a crime and the other family wanted revenge!! Just like u bitches run to Europe or US escaping death in south.

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    • 11 September 2009 08:24, by learn

      only 15? what? you should be doing your homework ahmed and study other subjects besides Koran so that you can learn to respects other humans beings and their prospective. and I do live in the south, that is my home. my ancestors have live here since the begining of time and that is not changing any time soon because I am only older than you by 4 years. The simple rule of respect is that respect others the way want to be respected. I can respect you and whatever you believe if you can respect me and my people as well.

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      • 11 September 2009 08:38, by Ahmed

        I respect people that respect me!!! U know wat I mean right, when u post a mad comment that I dont agree with I wouldnt reply to u with profanity and disrespect because thats ur view!! If they respect my views I ill respect theirs

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  • 11 September 2009 08:39, by Ahmed

    English is not my first language!! just letting u guys know...

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    • 12 September 2009 01:22, by Riangnom

      Then leave the english language alone and shut up your gay ass son of sluter.

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      • 12 September 2009 02:01, by Ahmed

        I didnt know monkeys can talk!!! if u want me to talk to u in ur monkey language sorry I dont speak that, I only speak Arabic and english

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        • 12 September 2009 09:21, by Monyde Bai

          Mr.or Miss Bader whatever gender you are. You may laugh at me but read your university anthropology book if you have or borrow one if you do not.There are four major races in the world because I know the World.Racial offshoot groups such as bi racial,and people of Asian sub continent are incorporated into their closer groups making only four major racial groups as negoid(black), mongloid Asains), Australoid(Aborignines) and Caucasoid(white). go to school so that you will not be a thorn to others in the intellectual road. I know you are one of the closed minded jellabas in Sudan.

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        • 13 September 2009 02:12, by Riangnom

          You are the big loser silly dog, haa haa you just
          know Arabic ha? So what is your really first language ? Because you are not fucken Arab.

          Riangnom

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          • 13 September 2009 03:37, by Ahmed

            Yes!! and U are english for speaking the english!! U slaves of the english people....

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