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Egypt hosting a conference between NCP & SPLM on Sunday

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February 20, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Egyptian government will be hosting a three-day conference between the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the latest move by Cairo ahead of April elections and the 2011 referendum.

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Nafi Ali Nafi, presidential advisor and member of the northern ruling National Congress Party, left, and Pagan Amum, secretary general of the main southern party and partner in unity government, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, right, seen at a press conference in Khartoum (AP)

The official Egyptian news agency (MENA) said that the NCP official will be headed by Sudanese presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie and SPLM by its secretary General Pagan Amum.

MENA quoted an unidentified Egyptian official as saying that the summit “comes in recognition by Egypt of a common destinies between the two states and historical linkage, present and future, which brings together the two brotherly peoples”.

The official said that the conference will contribute to meet the challenges experienced by the Sudan and strengthen the unity and stability of Darfur to provide security and stability throughout the country.

It is not clear why the Darfur issue has been included on the agenda of the meeting between SPLM and NCP. The Sudanese government today signed in Chad an agreement with the Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).

A few weeks ago sources told Sudan Tribune that Cairo has invited the NCP and SPLM for a conference aimed mainly at discussing the “Sudan’s unity and postponement of elections”.

Cairo has been stepping up its efforts for more engagement in Sudanese political issues after losing ground to other regional and international players such as Libya and Qatar. The Egyptian government is particularly concerned about the fate of South Sudan which will decide next year whether it wants to become a separate state.

It was revealed earlier this month that Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak made rare remarks speaking of “peaceful” separation between North and South Sudan. He has reportedly criticized Khartoum for lacking the will to preserve the unity and warning that there are regional powers wanting to fuel conflict in the area which he described as “vital to Egypt”.

Egypt fears the impact of South Sudan independence on the Nile water agreement and the possible reallocation of share with the new state even though legal experts say that the water agreements are still binding to the new state.

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  • 21 February 2010 04:47, by MJriaksdca

    There they go again echoing the ugly sound of subotaging the election and referendum. What choice do we have now? Does this mean the end of CPA? Are we going back to war?
    Who in the south going to swallow this bitter pills? Pagan?

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    • 21 February 2010 05:07, by choldit

      Pagan my dear to Salva Kirr is seems intellectual and who else if Dr. Riek is treated as enemy by this regime? GOSS turn to Dr. Riek only when people like Pagan and Luka Biong messed things up on thier attempt to build themselves up(Recall the Abie court case, recent negotiation of Referundum Bill, etc).

      Pagan against Nafie in what Egyptain are planing for the benefit of thier brothers in the North Sudan cannot be negotiated by Pagan because Pagan is impatient man, lack ability/skill to do that is why with think our unity is paramount at this time.

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  • 21 February 2010 04:54, by Dinka Boy

    SPLM is the highest organ is the South with dedicated heros like Pagan Amum.
    No worried when Pagan is there in the conference.
    South want independent, no more than any other decision.

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  • 21 February 2010 05:01, by Gatjang

    Those Arabs are running around trying to tell the South that we are friends/brothers, well it is too late right now after all the suffering in the South and Egypt was silent. There is no brotherhood between South Sudan and Egypt. We own river Nile and they must pay for the water. What so called Nile agreement is bullshit.

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    • 21 February 2010 05:41, by choldit

      Thanks Gatjaang! you said it all. The bullshit Nile Agreement that was done in our expense by oppressors of the world is over. The Source of the river Nile is not from Egypt, this is what the world should know. Let the west go to please Arab in other places like Afganistan and Iraq not in Southern Sudan or East Africa. We don’t need arab with delusive minds of which they terrorise the world with.

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      • 21 February 2010 06:02, by William Okuch

        Arab league is holding a conference in Juba this month for deveolping the south.
        Can you all southerners believe as honesty or label it as conspiracy?

        Where were Arabs since five years? Are they not coming now to confuse us again when we are close to our independency?

        Again Egypt is moving to unite the NCP and SPLM parties this time. What is behind the curtain? Is it that what SPLM is doing in south is being appreciated by Egypt because SPLM not serve the interest of the southerners so Egypt preferrs SPLM to remian in leadership?

        How can all these moves took place this final time for south to go?
        Think twice my dearest southereners. When opposition parties of the northern sudan, Arab league and Egypt intervense, expect risk to you and your forthcoming children.

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    • 21 February 2010 06:03, by Maruon Ayiei

      would it be nice if you stay in your home (North/Egypt) and we stay in our home south and still be brother? What is freightening now that was not been freightening since the inception of SPLM/A in 1983? Can you guy’s leave us alone and move on with your own businesses? If you guy’s think there is a need of a brotherhood, let us restructure our house and we will be visiting each other after that. We don’t believed in the brotherhood you guy’s showed us since 1956. Where is the prove that we are brotherly?

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    • 21 February 2010 07:56, by Joseph Makuer

      Thank you Gatjang for your compliment. It is very unpredictable for what kind of politics that Egyptian government is playing. Both NCP and SPLM need to be very careful of this kind of politics. Yes, it is too late for them to talk about Nile Agreement. Pagan Amum! Please be very careful for the position that you are presenting in that conference. Please be a southy, and don’t let yourself be fool of what so-called, "Egyptian Government." (Nile - Agreement is not better than CPA which was signed by the late Dr. John Garang). Let not the legacy of our leader fate away.

      Joseph Makuer USA

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  • 21 February 2010 06:06, by Osorubeng-Beng

    I think Egypt’s initiative is to deter the separation between the two separate cultures in Sudan for its own interest ie THE NILE WATERS. Second, Mr. Amum should not go to Egypt without any consent from SSLA in Juba

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    • 21 February 2010 07:19, by CHOLTHEGREAT

      This is conference by Egypt is aiming at dissuading Rerefendum by postponding the elections inorder to fool the Darfuri rebels to sign peace. Khartoum/ NIF will never accept to re-negotiate census results and demarcation of geographical constituencies in Darfur as they promised, SPLM tried it and it never worked.

      Egypt must divorce the idea of forging Sudan’s unity over secession of the South just because of the Nile which forms part of their fear.

      Thus, SPLM delegates must bear in mind as they go attending that meeting that, ’’ No compromise to re-schedule of elections and referendum’’ anything that is favouring compromise on these keys issues has no room.

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  • 21 February 2010 08:29, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This is a moment of truth that Egypt needs to disclose to the people and the government of South Sudan on her role in causing the destruction of South Sudan since when it came into existence. It is the time their government should apologise to the people of South Sudan on her past treachery and let the people of the fatherland to choose their destiny in 2011. It is not the time to dissolve CPA by postponing the election and the referendum as enshrined in this momentous piece. It is indeed a time to consolidate this important milestone in the history of South Sudan. Her intention to sell the idea of Unity of Sudan to the people of South Sudan should not be listened to. She should be made to understand that the fate of South Sudan is to be decided by the people of South Sudan alone. Pagan should go to them with this message and nothing else. As for Darfur, they have their case with Jallaba that should not be minced with our age long case. After all the people of Darfur are the soldiers of Jallaba. Jallaba and Darfur are one. South Sudan is distinct and different in every aspect with the people of the North in which Darfur is part of.

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    • 21 February 2010 09:08, by Black tiger

      Egypt should have remembered the quots of the Great Writter of Africa " for egg which is going to be hatched into cock is known earlier" (Chinua Achebe). therefore, forging this unhealthy Unity of the Sudan is too late for wise leaders and the poeple as large, the Arabs brothers should know that this 21st century and educated southerners should not be absorbed into weak Unity of Sudan like what happened in Anya nya 1.
      Sudan has been united for almost century and nothing had improved the live of Southerners, but the Arabs made the Southerners to the beginners of the 21st century when the whole world is at the advance stage of technology.
      Mr. Pagan Amum should know very well that Egyptians are good liabilities to the North Sudan and bad assets to the South Sudan, they want to use them to excecute the Arabs intention in the South, Otherwise, giving in for Egyptian plans is the zero work for the CPA at last.

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      • 21 February 2010 10:35, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        All the people of South Sudan want is for History not to repeat itself. Southerners want to be masters of their destiny. They are right now! Egypt should stop meddling into the affairs of Sudan.

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        • 21 February 2010 14:48, by Piny Amec Abethool-Jesus

          To all readers

          I read all the comments on this website about Egypt interference in Sudanese affairs. Most of the commentators have agreed on one thing which is defending the interest of the Southern Sudan. Well done Southerners.

          Egypt should know that we are not the southerners of 1929 and 959 but 2010 and beyond.

          Egypt was and is still against CPA because of just one thing which the 2011 Referendum.

          We southerners are the product of the past but not the prisoners of the past.

          My question to all of you is, what will the Egyptian government do if SPLM says no for this Conference? Since when does Egypt care about south or the whole Sudan?

          Any prayers on the judgment day will not take Egypt to heaven. This conference is just a prayer on the judgment day. It is too late to talk about South or to connect the Darfuri issue with the implementation of the CPA.

          Egypt wasted enough time already and just need to open a new chapter with the southern Sudan in regard to the future relations between the Republic of the New Sudan (RONS) or whatever name the parliament of the South will call it.

          SPLM should learn how to say no in such time as this. SPLM should not be Egypt and NCP pleaser, but Southerners’ pleaser. Let just say no and do our business in south as usual. If Egypt want to go to throw itself in the Mediterranean sea or Atlantic or India ocean let her go.

          We are not the Sudanese of 1929. If SPLM play now with Arabs and NCP; South will pay later, it is good to pay now and play later after we have defeated Arabs’ interference and the National Criminal Party.

          Piny Amec Abethool

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      • 21 February 2010 14:07, by Ngolele

        NO postponement of election,nor referendum sir!SPLM will not tolerate any kind of nonsense egypt want to say,the time is over!any madness to temper with this two issues would make us mad to the extend of even legalizing the online votes and consider them valid and take action immediately.

        Arabs want to joke with us, when they kill our people in the north they legalize their action under the so call NISS unchanged rules.And when SS SECURITY arrest criminals carrying guns in the rallies; these idiots(independent candidates) cry "this is undemocratical".

        Excellent Kajokeji!kuk to wutun tuka!you are alway infront (NO BODY IS INDEPENDENT IF HE/SHE IS REALLY A SS’ESE)during this severe arab conspirancy!Tell them if they are pro arab malitia please let them join openly; we donot want a lion hiding in goat’s skin.

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  • 21 February 2010 13:56, by Time1

    Any positive movement from Egyptian government should be welcome, if it will serve the interests of all parties involved without anyone losing out anything.

    As we said before Arabs are not the enemy of south sudan or africans, but only a few individuals who have damaged the relationships, things can still be fixed if all parties work in a honest way with respect to all sides, if Arbas will respect the rights of southerners and realise their freedom to decide on their futuyre then there is no reasons why Arabs and African should continue to be enemies. But this does not mean we want a untied Sudan, we want a unity on voluntary basis, which means southerners should be respected and allowed to decide through the coming referendum if they want unity or seperation based on the CPA and relations between all sides.

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