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SPLM official says recent Bashir-Kiir meeting on referendum was a ’failure’

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September 8, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – A meeting that took place in late August between the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir held with his Vice President and president of South Sudan Salva Kiir to discuss progress on preparations for referendum has failed to break deadlock on a number of issues, a senior official from the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) said today.

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Deputy Secretary General of Sudan People Liberation Movement party, SPLM, Yasir Arman (AP)

Sudan state media had said that the participants at the meeting, which included 2nd Vice President Ali Osman Taha, adopted a number of decisions and measures to overcome all the obstacles facing the referendum commission ahead of the key vote due to be held next January.

Yasir Arman, the deputy SPLM Secretary General for the North Sector, slammed the ruling National Congress party (NCP) headed by Bashir saying that it is buying time and lacks the political will to clear the impediments to holding the referendum.

The SPLM official said in press statements that the outstanding items such as financing the referendum commission or other technical issues could be resolved in one month should the NCP possess the will.

He warned that there are several options for the ex-Southern rebel group should the referendum process break down including de-legitimizing the federal government or having all political powers unite to present the alternative for the government.

Arman however went back to say that this is a stage has not yet been reached and that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) need to be implemented.

Furthermore, he stressed that the remaining 100 days before the referendum date should be enough to complete all its prerequisites and that there is no excuse to ask for any postponement or extension.

The referendum commission which only recently appointed its secretary general after long delay, announced this week that registering Southern voters will start next month which will also include expatriates.

The referendum is a key provision of the 2005 peace deal that ended the south’s 22-year civil war with the north, during which about two million people were killed in a conflict fueled by religion, ethnicity, ideology and natural resources, including oil.

Many observers believe that the commission has little time to complete its work before January. Furthermore, the NCP insists that referendum cannot take place without agreeing on post-referendum arrangements such as the border demarcation.

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  • 9 September 2010 06:33, by Gatwech

    Dear readers,

    NCP thugs in Khartoum have been trying their evil best to delay the conduct of the referendum, less do they know that the South has more than one road to establish its independent state come the D-Day!

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    • 9 September 2010 07:04, by Ahmed Chol

      I wish we have enough weapons to blast and burn down this dirty city called Khartoum. This is where our suffering is engineered. Any ways we will do in Anya-nya III

      Ahmed Chol, the future commander of Anya-nya III

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      • 9 September 2010 07:51, by maduel Anok

        Dear colleagues,

        up to now there is no clear break through on pending isssues surrounding the conduct of referendum in free and fair manner. Its clear that the NCP is vying time and ready to wage war against the people of south sudan, Nuba mounts. South Blue Nile and Abyei. But how impossible it will be for NCP to get away with it given that its true politics and rhectorics become known by all in Sudan. NCP should know that fighting a war between two armed countries has never been easy in the past and that it shouldn’t be as such if it resorts to choosing war over conducting referendum in a free and fair way... Let them see that people like Mr. Ahmed CHOL and the rest who insists fighting Khartoum event if it allows the conduct of referendum are beyond its politics of occupation, how about those who are armed and wishing flashed out Khartoum boys out of Sudan, it will be bloody......

        madueljames@yahoo.com

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      • 10 September 2010 19:18, by david

        Burning the city will not solve any problem my bro. I have a suggestion if u can marry it will solve the problem of all Southerners.’SEPARTION’ but is giong to happen if we separate? SPLA soldiers are to be trained to be a national army not a party army. Rigth now SPLA soldiers are only for SPLM that should not not be the case. And if the SPLA soldiers do not change i think to the best of memory that separation will not be effective and the end result will be burning of places which will result into the death of more millions compare to previous war.

        Gent zande from Yambio

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      • 10 September 2010 19:24, by david

        Burning the city will not solve any problem my bro. I have a suggestion if u can marry it,it will solve the problem of all Southerners.’SEPARTION’ but what is giong to happen if we separate? SPLA soldiers are to be trained to be a national army not a party army. Rigth now SPLA soldiers are only for SPLM that should not not be the case. And if the SPLA soldiers do not change i think to the best of memory that separation will not be effective and the end result will be burning of places which will result into the death of more millions compare to previous war.

        Gent zande from Yambio

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  • 9 September 2010 07:14, by julius mowanga

    How about Abyei Referendum? has it been compromised or dead??I do not see anybody care about that issue,isn’t as greater as the main referendum?

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  • 9 September 2010 07:33, by paul baak anyaar

    Referendum vote is a foregone conclusion. Southerners are going to vote for Separation, period. CPA has outgrown and can no longer fit the small mouths of individuals. Neither Bashir nor Kiir can change a modicum of our decision to secede at this point and time.

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  • 9 September 2010 07:35, by paul baak anyaar

    Referendum vote is a foregone conclusion. Southerners are going to vote for Separation, period. CPA has outgrown and can no longer fit the small mouths of individuals. Neither Bashir nor Kiir can change a modicum of our decision to secede at this point and time.

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  • 9 September 2010 11:20, by Abraham Majur Lam

    To assure NCP with their tricks we are not bother we southerners there come 9th Jan 2011 they witness our decion.

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