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South Sudan slams Hamas PM’s remark, demands apology


October 6, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Republic of South Sudan has strongly censured remarks in which Ismail Haniya, Prime Minister of the ousted Hamas’s government in Gaza strip, reportedly described the newly independent country as “a foundling state.”

Prime Minister of Hamas’ government (http://imageshack.us)

According to a report published by the daily Sudanese newspaper Al-Ahdath last week, Haniya was delivering a Friday prayer sermon on 30 October when he described South Sudan as a “foundling state” as he strongly advocated the view that Palestinians should seek to establish their state through armed struggle not at the UN General Assembly.

“We have not heard in history that states were established through international resolutions, even this foundling state in South Sudan, which was severed from Sudan’s main homeland, did not come to exist through a UN resolution but rather through fighting and agreements,” he was quoted.

Haniya further said that establishing a Palestinian state with its capital Jerusalem is the goal of all Palestinian people, stressing that it is not acceptable that a Palestinian state be established in exchange for ceding a span of the hand of Palestinian territories.”

“We support the establishment of a Palestinian state on liberated territories but without recognizing the [Israeli] occupation,” he added.

Reacting to his statement, the government of South Sudan expressed regret and denunciation over Haniya’s remarks.

The head of South Sudan’s diplomatic mission in Egypt, Farmina Makueit, described Haniya’s statement as “irresponsible” and called on him to apologize to South Sudanese people.

“Haniya deliberately involved South Sudan in the conflict between Hamas and [its rival] Fatah [Palestinian Liberation Organization],” the southern official said.

Since it gained full independence from Sudan in July this year, South Sudan vowed to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel and reportedly announced intention open an embassy in Jerusalem.

Israel quickly declared recognition of South Sudan’s independence and vowed to its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a phone conversation with president Kiir in July, promising his country’s assistance in areas of infrastructure, communications and agriculture.


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  • 7 October 2011 11:42, by Gunkills

    Gaza leaders they always keep their mouths open, and they don’t think back. that is their culture. There is no way Mr. Ismail Haniya can think maturely when their hearts are mixed with terrorists mentality.

    • 7 October 2011 15:02, by ABELLEEK



  • 7 October 2011 13:38, by pabaak

    It’s pathetic, how this cursed figure describe South Sudan as the nation was coming from nowhere while we the people of South Sudan fought over 50 years to get our right, if are jealous because we get ours before theirs than led them just cries like the old proverb says "Abeki Birth", they where benefiting from our resources through Khartoum, now no more South Sudan oil to Palestinian course.

  • 7 October 2011 15:24, by Runrach

    Hamas is a terrorist organisation as it has been observed by many democratic world and it is true its leader/leaders might be so jealous with an independence of Southern Sudan.It is pathetic Hamas prime minister termed the State of South Sudan a foundling/an abandoned child.

    This is a serious an insult and our government to address this issue so seriously, otherwise it is national abuse.

  • 7 October 2011 15:36

    Crazy Minister? Crazy words, you will never get your state from the Israeli by using force. I don’t think the words of someone who has state will worry us.

  • 8 October 2011 05:11, by Acuil Deng

    Instead of wasting his time calling our country all the names in the book, Mr. Haniya should direct his efforts toward finding a home for his people. Moreover, why drawing the comparison between a sovereign state "ROSS" with a state that does not exist why?

    • 8 October 2011 10:02, by DENGUE- Savana Jungle

      Hamas PM is insulting South Sudanese Identity and undermining integrity of our State. South Sudan should establish her Embassy in Jerusalem before action taken. We have no room to address this issue directly then on media.
      Only Option is Diplomatic mission in Jews State to write to this Terrorist Gangs who think arm struggle only help to bring Peace and Stability then Dialogue is just dreaming. Hamas will fight for generations if not ceasing hostility against brothers in Israel.

      Hamas PM must be caution not to preach against South Sudan State, He had no affairs with us, We should be cautious as so many foreigners are impetrating in South Sudan, there is room for Hamas Terror Groups to conduct Suicide terror Attempt in South Sudan.

      If See A leader express such hatred messages, that is signal of Danger to SOuth Sudanese Citizens. Let Protect our Citizen now.........GOSS must do all effort to curving the Threat.

  • 9 October 2011 16:52, by Nationalist

    Hamas leader did not need to insult our newly born country on a Friday prayer, when a prayer is suppose to be a pure relation with God, and not for launching venomous attack on a country thousands of miles away in Africa.
    We were not severed from Sudan, rather than we severed ourselves at will. And Clearly, we don’t need any Hamas or Iran in the ROSS, because they are two faces for the same coin.

  • 9 October 2011 20:24

    Thanks for publishing this article! I fully support Southern Sudan and hope the cooperation with Israel will be fruitful.

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