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Kiir accuses Sudan of backing armed militias destabilising S. Sudan

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By Julius N. Uma

April 01, 2012 (JUBA) — South Sudan’s President on Friday told members of the ruling party’s National Liberation Council (NLC) how Khartoum has allegedly created and sponsored armed militias with intentions to destabilise the newly independent nation.

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Salva Kiir (Paul Banks-UNMIS)

His remarks before the NLC; the party’s second highest decision making body comes as tension continues between the two neighboring nations, whose leaders were due to meet for a landmark presidential summit on 3 April in Juba, the South Sudan capital before clashes broke out on the North-South border.

Khartoum announced that the summit was off demanding that Juba stop backing Sudanese rebel groups along the shared border. Juba denies backing the rebels and has said it is yet to receive official confirmation that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will not visit Juba.

The United Nations, African Union and diplomats are urging Bashir and Kiir to hold the meeting a neutral venue. Negotiators from both sides have travelled to Addis Abba to renew talks on security issues.

Kiir said on Friday that Bashir’s government was the “biggest” challenge South Sudan faced in addressing its own internal security.

“They [Sudan] have created, sponsored and armed militias that continuously disturb our border states. They have bombed civilian targets in South Sudan", said Kiir who is the Chairman of the ruling SPLM and the head of the SPLA - South Sudan’s army.

The president instructed governors of South Sudan’s five states bordering the country’s northern neighbour Sudan to mobilise the public to defend the nation if it attacked. The included the states of Unity, Upper Nile, Warrap, Northern and Western Bahr el Ghazal.

This comes after Sudan announced a nationwide recruitment drive for its paramilitary group the Popular Defence Forces (PDF) in March.

OIL DISPUTE

He repeated South Sudan’s complaint that Sudan had confiscated southern crude on its way to be exported through the Red Sea. Since independence in July last year the two sides have been unable to strike a deal on oil fees. Landlocked South Sudan currently has no option but to export its oil through Port Sudan.

Since South Sudan stopped its oil production in January in protest at Sudan’s actions, world’s youngest and severely underdeveloped nation Kiir assured the delegates that although the country faces hard economic times as a result of the ; his government will continue to foster an environment of unity, equality and progress, which he described as the “emblem” of the
south-ruling party.

“We must conclude all of the outstanding CPA [Comprehensive Peace
Agreement] negotiations in order for us to focus our concentration on
developing the nation,” he asserted.

Kiir also appreciated efforts made by the Thabo-Mbeki-led African Union High Level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP), which he said paved way for the recent progress made on the series of post-independence negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan.

The president specifically cited the break through on the issue of citizenship and nationality, which were due to be finalized during Juba summit. He however expressed regret on issues of Abyei, which has not gained any momentum since the country’s independence in July 2011.

On the oil shutdown, Kiir said he had invited his Sudanese counterpart; Omar Hassan al-Bashir in an effort to end the current impasse and move the negotiations forward.

“I have invited President Bashir to a summit in Juba. President Bashir has accepted my invitation and we look forward to welcoming him to Juba on April 3rd. I hope the upcoming summit will President Bashir will enable us to sign the agreements that were initiated by our negotiating teams,” Kiir remarked.

The South Sudan leader, in a show of solidarity, urged members of the party to fully support the forthcoming summit and work with the country’s negotiating team to enable the two countries broker a “reasonable” agreement. In recent days, however, the ruling party seemed divided on the visit of the Sudanese leader, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

FOOD INSECURITY

Describing food security as being important as physical security, President Kiir said the national government has embarked on a robust strategy to import food and essential commodities to ensure the anticipated disaster is abated.

At least 4.7 million South Sudanese, according to a recent food security assessment remain at risk of food insecurity. The study, conducted by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) also said about 1 million people could face severe food shortages across the world’s newest nation.

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  • 1 April 2012 09:37, by zulu

    Mr. Pres,
    That is being realistic and objective. As they bomb our sites and acuse us of aidin thier adversaries, they premptively did the same thing to us as if we were blind, feeble and easily manipulated. kill those traitors as athor and of course the one who thinks athor is his stooge/

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    • 1 April 2012 10:33, by Dinkawarrior

      The Dinka Cowboy need to be alert!!!

      Mr. President! We need to be assure that you provided us with the Antiaircrafts before handed over the Criminal Bashit the ICC!!!

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      • 1 April 2012 10:37, by Dinkawarrior

        To the ICC!

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        • 1 April 2012 18:14, by mohammed ali

          Logic, is it the same way you have been cetain that the "pussycat SAF" ran away in Heglig!

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          • 1 April 2012 19:12, by Logic

            mo ali

            The PUSSYCAT SAF according to their own spokesperson withdrew after they attacked SPLA positions in Unity state (S. Sudan). Its just a political way of saying "ran away", if it was another armed forces, it would have been a tactical retreat but not your PUSSYCAT SAF.

            Currently, Taludi is completely besieged and Kadugli is in sight, you get your news from Al Intibah and SMC.sd. So sad...

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      • 1 April 2012 16:19, by Mach

        Any militias supported by Khartoum in the south and if the president know for certain they exist, then he should send in an army to crash them once and for all.

        That should send a heads-up to anyone else out there that may want to solicit support from Khartoum!

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        • 1 April 2012 18:43, by mohammed ali

          Mr. President the attack on Heglig which you approved and commended was carried by SPLA- N&S.The whole world know about that.Cociously or unconciouly , you reveald this infront of world.Don’t make a fool of yourself; you are a president.Nobody is concerned about your state of mind when you said what you said!

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    • 1 April 2012 23:01, by panom lualbil

      Look at them? Nuer’s white army are still maneuvering in the bushes with weapons to avoid disarmament. No group of human being can live without law and order. Any nuer person is born without conscience. It’s when human being began to discover set of laws and orders to rule themselves, and empathesize on others however there’s progress. But for nuer food death on them thug.

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  • 1 April 2012 10:12, by wad balad

    Cowboy,

    Our ministry said it clearly that we will support armed militias in the south as a tit for tat move against SPLM support for the rebels in BN & SK. Unlike you we are not denying it, and the reason these negotiations wont make progress is because u keep denying it. But have it your way, we here are waiting for the disarmament program in jongeli to finish so we can arm everyone again.

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    • 1 April 2012 10:22, by LL Reuben

      Wad Balad,

      Your NIF has supported militias for decades but hasn’t been able to defeat the South. Khartoum is going to loose this pending war believe it or not. We are firing from all the corners; that’s pretty scary isn’t?

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      • 1 April 2012 10:47, by wad balad

        LL Reuben,

        No not at all really. You keep firing but we dont see no bullets. We only see SPLM running back from heglieg, abeyi and the lot. Ill tell u wats scary tho, Juba running out of fuel in a few days, tribal conflict, SSLA, hunger, no money and a cowboy for president to manage it all with the SAF at your doorstep. Now thats scary !!

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        • 1 April 2012 11:29, by LL Reuben

          Wad Balad,

          The situations you’re exhausting yourself mentioning are everyday norms to all Southerners including most northerners with exception of few (NIF) in the driving seat in Khartoum. Unless you’re an alien but don’t expect a tragedy occuring in the South because of hunger, fueling shortage or whatever. Picture Khartoum bursting up in smoke soon or later; that’ll be pretty bad!

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          • 1 April 2012 12:01, by wad balad

            You can sit there and hope we burn while we watch u haters burn !!

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  • 1 April 2012 10:24, by Lang

    hahaha, did this guy really say he will import more to combat food insecurity. God help us.
    You would think the robust strategy would be to grow food but of course this foolish leader will say he wants to import more while we have no more oil money at the moment.

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  • 1 April 2012 10:31, by Lang

    Salva Kiir, how will you tackle the food insecurity the next time, you will buy more food again? Or will you think to have a permanent solution?

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  • 1 April 2012 12:34, by Dinkawarrior

    Khartoum was builded with our assets! There fore, we will burn it to ashes with SRF then you start it again from from scratch!! Without Dr. Traitor who had been decieved by the Criminals in Khartoum, we would have started it our oil after Independent.

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  • 1 April 2012 15:33, by philipdit wol

    Mr. president Kiir talk is much better needed than What Bashir is plans to do. We are ready for him this time around he should not joke. This is not a South Sudan of previous time.

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  • 1 April 2012 17:13, by E. Defense Forces

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