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US envoy departs Sudan amid growing NCP-SPLM tension


November 7, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – The US special envoy to Sudan retired general Scott Gration left on Froday after failing to bridge differences between the two major partners in the government of National unity (GoNU).

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Sudanese presidential adviser Nafie Ali Nafie (Al-Raed newspaper)

The new development comes despite earlier indications that the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) were close to agreeing on disputed item of referendum and the census through Gration’s mediation.

The particularly sensitive issue of referendum is centered on the percentage of voters turnout required to recognize the self determination process valid and the percentage of ‘yes’ votes to declare an independent South Sudan.

The census dispute relates to the use of the one conducted last year which the South considers to be understating their numbers for the purposes of determining the geographical constituencies in the April 2010 elections.

SPLM suggested using the population percentages in post-elections census but the NCP rejects it.

It remains unclear what the next steps would be for both parties and the US administration which is working hard to prevent the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), it helped broker, from unraveling.

There is growing internal and regional concern that South Sudan may resort to a unilateral declaration of independence should the effort to agree on the referendum law fails.

But the powerful Sudanese presidential adviser Nafie Ali Nafie warned the South from undertaking this step.

“Any irresponsible or illegal move will find no respect…if the choice [through referendum] is separation then we will accept the new state and it will enjoy the full international support but anything else will mean that they fear that people of the South will chose unity” Nafie told reporters today in a press conference.

Nafie directed fierce criticism at the SPLM accusing it of violating the human rights of its citizens saying the South “is governed by the SPLM intelligence”.

“The [SPLA] intelligence is composed of isolated islands with no unified administration” he said.

Nafie accused the SPLA of attacking the NCP supporters in the South through “torture and arrests”.

He presented two NCP members in the South who recounted their experience of torture and harassment by the SPLA including continuous interrogation and water boarding.

Kamal Ebeid, another NCP leading figure, was quoted by Sudan official news agency (SUNA) as saying that the SPLM in it current form “cannot be a strategic partner to achieve peace and security in Sudan”.

On the current voter registration currently underway, the SPLM Deputy Secretary General told the UN sponsored Miraya FM radio the NCP is trying to “manipulate” the process.

Throughout Sudan it was reported that the turnout for the registration is low with expatriates complaining that the limited centers to register themselves as voters even in areas with a huge presence of them.

The former President Jimmy Carter’s foundation which is monitoring the elections expressed concern over the registration process and called on the Sudan’s National Election Commission (NEC) to “act immediately to accredit national and international observers as well as political party agents, and lift restrictions on observers’ freedom of movement”.

Parliamentary, presidential and state-level elections are due in April 2010, followed by a southern referendum on independence in January 2011, both part of a 2005 north-south peace accord that ended two decades of civil war.

Some observers have pointed out that the elections and subsequently the referendum will have to be delayed due to disagreements among the political parties on a number of laws and threats of boycott.


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  • 8 November 2009 06:58, by oshay

    The SPLM is a disgusting and abhorrent cabal of thugs. They are not fit to be associated with Sudan.

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    • 8 November 2009 07:56, by Abyei

      Dear Oshey,

      Despite being relatively few in number, the NCP and NIF are thriving in South Sudan, as they take advantage of Vote’s apparent ambivalence towards
      Almost everyone have spoken to here on Election in less than a year has said their demands are very simple: employment and Bribe Money it will be use apat of that you can not be able to defeat Southern, an end to the corruption that’s endemic in the NCP system, and - in security.

      There is a suspicion here that the entire Western presence is NCP is deeply cynical, misguided, and fundamentally confused.

      Rubbish piles up in a stagnant ditch in central Khartoum
      The Sudanese leadership and sources of supply are not even in Khartoum, they are in South - in Abyei Bantiu,and Central Equartorial a city just across the mountains from Torit,so be quite enough Oshy’s like Cat.

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      • 8 November 2009 14:00, by Gatwech

        SPLM’s Dr. Riek Machar and NCP’s Ali Osman agreed on 51% to declare the South independent as long as 66% of voters show up and vote. The SPLM gangs like Pagan Amum who are looking for a crisis rejected the 66%. Now they get nothing better. The Americans have quit. What else? Are we going to declare independence and be recaptured since millions of dollars have been stolen to build mansions abroad instead of modern weapons?

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    • 8 November 2009 14:12, by Dinka Aliap Chawul


      To be honest,what U did wrote was fallacious,when we compare NCP & SPLM then you may find that SPLM has good image in international arena,but coming to NCP which is a party of organized criminals who are only known for their xenophobic characters,genocides & a siding with international terrorists network.

      You maybe discrediting SPLM because of inter-communal violent in the South but that’s not the case with people with a reasonable knowledge on NIF policies because we know who & why is this happening now.

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    • 8 November 2009 14:26, by Patrice Lumumba

      Dear Oshay,
      You Arab stooge-claiming to be an Arab you brought nothing to Sudan but destruction. Stop preaching to Southerners. We know what we are doing

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    • 8 November 2009 16:18, by Oduko

      The journalist who writen this artical misspelled Fraday!! instead of fraday he called it froday, SPLM must remove all unqualified person’s by replace them with qualified once starting from it’s top leaders Kiir, Wanni Iga and even Riak didn’t finished his degree according to his records, Riak went to Upper smith adults educations center in London by there his inrollment was canceled, due luck of commitment to school activities, he was just living in Northwest of lodon which is poor side of london, Riak was best customer to Mr Mcnald which is the owner of Northwest bar in poor side of london meanwhile Riak was facing danger life, due of Killing innocent stranger in the street of poor Northwest london but decided to come back sudan and laid to Nuers, South sudan and nation as whole, that he is P.H.D holder!! what a shema to son of dragon whatever his father name is. RIAK PLEASE WE NEED YOUR ORGINALS GEGREE AND P.H.D. thanks all

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      • 9 November 2009 10:28, by David Deng Makuei Nhial

        Please do not correct some one before correcting yourself. The writter can make mistake because he is a human being not adjusted machine that write thing without an error even machine sometime end up with mistakes that why some books contain misspelled word. Look at your article, you have done some mistake such as Gegree instate of Degree but so far the concept in place.

        Indeed the writter has mentioned the weakness of US specail Envoy to Sudan. However he like truoble and run away, not because he fear but to mobilize the Europeans to loot our recsurcse in the name of Aids workers. Those who are sick of tribalism must be well notice and deal with in the future, please lets united and fight common enemy before we fight ourselves. Well I can’nt denied coruption tendency in South Sudan government, there may be that kind of behavior but should it be compare with NCP and Arabs North looting and dorgging machenism? Please and please lets united in order to get free state and soon after we shall select the govrnment of our interest.

        David Deng but known as Pandenhial to many friends

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  • 8 November 2009 07:10, by johnmaker

    That Why SPLM/A should open their toward NCP.This is the times the NCP would used the money they had been collecting during the war.I am urging Dr. Salva Kiir to removed Riek Machar from the negotiation and let him remain as a vice president of the south sudan.And somebody like Hon. Pagan shou;d replaced Riek.Because this times is not the times of stomach.Is the times of the people who are visionaries for the south,not foodies like Riek to Nogotiate the peace.Thank you.

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    • 8 November 2009 09:15, by Rambang Deng

      With corruption rampants in GOSS head by your own Jiengeweed Kiir and Company, I don’t know if there are others in Southern Sudan who care most about their stomach than you, our Jieng brothers.

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      • 8 November 2009 09:49, by alvin ajou

        Brother Rabang Deng

        Please, donot insult Salva Kiir, just insult other Dinkas if You hate them. Salva is even more respectful than Garang, he has come a long way since he joined Anya-nya 1 and Anya-nya 2(spla)which most of your people failed to join these two movements. You know most of people respect Nuer community because of William Nyuon, he is the only man from your tribe who really know the badness of Arabs and remember it is this unity state(Bentiu) which failed S Sudan because every strong man from Unity state was taken to khartoum to go and fight against SPLA by Riek Machar and Paulino Matip. Now that we have brought you back from the slavery, you want to start again by writing non-sense in the computers. You don’t even want to write about the topic, you just go to cyber with an aim of insulting Dinka. You need to think properly, is it Dinka who is against Nuer more than Arabs? You Brothers should ask yourselves that question.

        God separate and bless S.Sudan

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    • 8 November 2009 09:17, by Rambang Deng

      With corruption rampants in GOSS headed by your own Jiengeweed Kiir and Company, I don’t know if there are others in Southern Sudan who care most about their stomach than you, our Jieng brothers.

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      • 8 November 2009 09:20, by Dinka Boy

        Mr Rabang Deng,
        what are you talking about?
        You always fit betrayer.

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  • 8 November 2009 07:20, by Otong

    It’s has become very clear that Obama administration has fail to bridge the agreement between NCP/NIF and SPLA, that shows how weak is US special envoy to Sudan is, US needs to change the way they are dealing with NCP which only understands the force policy, as the president Bush administration used against NCP to bring peace to South Sudan, this policy should continue to fully implements CPA.

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  • 8 November 2009 07:26, by Kur

    Nafi and his NIF gangs are assuming that the People of South Sudan will be terrorized to accept second class citizenship again. No. We will move swiftly and with full force to defend our land and freedom.


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  • 8 November 2009 07:26, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    USA needs to use President Bush’s approach to resolve the genocide problem in Sudan otherwise your songs on to Bashir is heard by one ear and exited through the other. Jallaba only understands the tongue of a man of steel. President Obama, please wake up deal with these fundamentalists all over the world to make it a safe place for all mankind. There should be no trouble based on differences of civilisations, race, and religion. Things that are much entrenched in the political system of Khartoum Sudan.

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    • 8 November 2009 09:18, by ojok s. ojok

      Otong and Likang, don’t worry about US, we in South Sudan will solve our issue either by force or peacefully. US only need interest so we don’t want that yet.

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  • 8 November 2009 08:26, by mohammed osman

    Thes foolkish thief known as Ali el Nafi,t his man is really destroying this country, we the northerns want this man arrested first by ICC not even Omer el basher,this man Nafi Ali Nafi is the devil mingling between the sheeps in the bushes here.I just want to ask Nafi why the people in al Jezeera state and el kamleen region have been marginalized from registrations for elections, why elections officers always bypass our area or refuse to register our peoples, is it because they know we support the opposition or is it because we do not have rights in this country anymore? to hell with NCP and their corrutp chairman and his deputy.Everwhere there is rigging goings ons everytime , i do not see any democracy in Sudan unfortunately , where is all the promises of the CPA and ll the big talklings of the president about freedoms?

    As for south sudan, let them seperate now, this savages they are responsible for all our suffering , i hope allah to make them is burn in hell this infidels.

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    • 8 November 2009 09:17, by Dinka Boy

      Dear Mohamed Osman, "Blacks people can never rule this country Sudan".

      My friend i want to tell you that check your skin and then make your shameless statement above. If you are that Arab born by his cousine then go ahead ,but if you are betrayer then you should hang ourself on spot.

      We will never ever be rule by your motherfuckers Arab( North) otherwise will not hand you over the prisoners of War the second time.

      Do you know how we killed your motherfucker Adhelmajum: the General major hacdem to Bashier who was captured in Nasir. please if you need somtinh like that then cont,. Thanks

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      • 8 November 2009 12:27, by ngor martyn jok

        Dinka boy,

        It’s your best making anything in a reversed way.I don’t understand your way in pausing ideas to reflect anything.

        Here,Mohamed Osman has hit the nail on the head in that,the fellow of Nafi Ali Nafi with his NCP ’re not considering his constituency to have them registered to participate in the post coming elections for merely being opposition against the main dominant party.

        It’s got nothing with we couldn’t make it to rule the whole country.And if at all ,it’s your belief why do u think so?
        My friend always try to lay up your words objectively,u never know!

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        • 9 November 2009 01:38, by Dinka Boy

          Mr Arab Ngor,

          Are you happy with this statement:
          "Black people/man can not rule Sudan"?.
          This time i proved that you have nothing ,but Arab janitor who have no clue and pride to be Southerners.
          I have hardtime understanding your position all the time.
          Please stop talking shit mr Arab.

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      • 9 November 2009 03:28, by julius mowanga

        Correction Point for Bro; Dinka Boy...

        What you said is not true,last year 2008,Omaar Hassan Elbashir, took his Annual Leave,Three Weeks,21 Days.The Presidency vacant,had been filled by Cdr; Salva Kiir Mayardiit,The First Black-African South-Sudanese Dinka Man,assumed the post of The President of The Republic of Sudan,for a period of Three Weeks,21 Days,Please,ask yourself;What could you do,if you got a chance to be the President of The Republic of Sudan,for just Three Weeks???????????????

        Then ask Pre; Kiir,why he couldn’t do what supposed to be done by Pr; Omaar Elbashir,or versa ???????

        That Answer will prove to you that,the Presidecy Post is Hell/Heaven,not desired by Cdr; Kiir,it’s not a one man game!!!!!

        Peace Out

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    • 8 November 2009 13:11, by Deng Garang Akech

      Dear readers,
      Who is this fool call Mohamed Osman on webs? Does he not known to the USA President H.E Obama,that he is a black man!For that reason of saying that " Sudan will never be led by a black " Arab must go unless there will be no one left among us in Southern Sudan in particular at the moment,Dinkas and Nuers in general with all the southerners shall never allowed that mistake again to happen of being second class citizen in your own country.

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      • 9 November 2009 01:04, by mohammed osman

        you african are more stupid than us Arabs.am only statings the truths my sudanese.

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    • 8 November 2009 17:39, by mohammed ali

      You are neither muslim nor northerner; you are simply a lier!All Sudanese are BLACK, and we are proud of that!

      We do not hate anybody,and we do not want southerners to go to hell; if they want to have their own independent state that is their right.Let them live in peace and we live in peace!

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  • 8 November 2009 09:21, by Adam

    SPLM should be eradicated from the political arena by just denying them what they wanted. They don’t want a separated south. They want a turmoil so they can continue with their policies of oppressing the poor people in the south and mismanage the resources. I am sure that the poor people of the south have good and inteligent leaders other than SPLM/A. They will never allow this junta to destroy the hopes of the southerners, whichever way they choose.

    SPLM/A rule of the south opens the wonds between tribes. They further participated in the political and security unrest in the south. While they cry for freedoms, democracy and development in the north, they behave contorary to that in the south. They think that all the people of the south are with them. It is not true. If they are sure, they must have worked hard to implement the CPA.

    True lovers of the motherland will deal with them peacefully and intellegently. War is not a solution. Southerners with all their walks should build a strong front againest SPLM/A to implement the CPA. Those who are propogating for hatred and rule of one tribe over the other tribes in the south are all impalanced, paranoic and selfish.

    O noble and honest southerners unite before it happens again. Only the half-educated and unexperienced are the ones who feed the tribalism and hatred. Please educate them. Give them lessons on sanity.

    Adam Milawaki, Kansas

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    • 8 November 2009 09:29, by Dinka Boy

      Dear brother Adam Thanks for your cowardic,
      "Southerners with all their walks should build a strong front againest SPLM/A to implement the CPA".
      Please Adam shut up!.
      those kind of people like you will not help SPLM yield it fruits.
      You SPLM-DC(Adam) you are under Bashier Umberlla but the your numbers have benn count. Where are you going to hide when South Seceded.

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      • 8 November 2009 10:05, by Adam

        Hey! South will suceed when everbody is involved, the thing that SPLM/A garvely failed to achieve and even ignorantly worked and still working to abort. People who are "born to rule" are destroying the very basics of SPLM. If Dr. Garang is alive he must have dealt with the current situatiion in a responsible way. SPLM is afflected by leadership malnutrition as the children of the south. They are in a mess. They are competing on chairs, money and fame. They lack vision and wisdom. Our ancestors are cursing them every now and then for their hypocracy and selfishness.

        CPA can peacefully enable southers to have their own fate, but the GODs are changing their minds and playing games with NCP. It won’t work that way. We’re already loosing the international support due to the corruption of The GoSS. The NCP is playing it right.

        Is war inevetable? Is this what SPLM/A wants? If not they must behave themselves and get rid of their Jalaba advisors who are just good for breaking fires everywhere. SPLM/A needs capacity building. They need to be sincere and HONEST to the cause, or they will continue making blunders. Who will pay for their mistakes and sins? Our poor people in the corners of the beloved south.

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      • 8 November 2009 10:09, by The Best Generation

        I think this the time you need to put aside your differences as Southerners in particular and Sudanese Africans. The NCP has shown you her pride,and to me this is chance for the Splm and the all other opposition parties in disguise.What we need, if they resort to war,is a coalition that will ultimately calmininate in the down fall of the current Sudanese ruling party(NCP). Especially in this election. Because if South goes,as it will, Our co-freedom fighters and the marginalized will not remain suffering in the hand of the NCP.Splm need to oppen a treaty book with any anti-NCP in the Sudan.
        Those words from the NCP SG are intimidations. And not a child of a Sudanese citizen has to be persuaded to fight his fellow country man with self centered aims of the NCp.

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        • 8 November 2009 11:01, by CHOLTHEGREAT

          There is no way SPLM can compromise this NIF melicious calculation about the South, no way, don’t do that in the expense of your own people. Nafie should not threaten, an empty sack can’t stand, whereas, empty drum makes more noise, we all know what happened as from 1983 to 2005, shot up.

          You better listen to Southerners, or else and/ or otherwise, your failure will lead the South declaring unilateral independence, there is no excuse about that. This is what happened to Kosov when Serbia and her aly Russia frustrated the Kosovons, leading them to declare unilateral independence. It wasn’t their choice, but they were forced to do so by Serbia and Russia. And now NCP is forcing South Sudan into the same thing.

          Nafie- your statement portrays the last kick of a dying horse.

          Long live the Republic of South Sudan.

          Caution! people must start preparing their minds- that the South what the case has opted for independence and/ or is gone.

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          • 8 November 2009 12:01, by Ajuscommando

            Dear readers,

            Independent of South Sudan doesn’t need any foreigns like Nafi Nafi who is working for Khartoum to get money and it don’t want coward people. I know fews communities from the South will strength their heart to fight for South freedom and rest will run away.


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  • 8 November 2009 12:52, by Deng Garang Akech

    Dear Dr Nafia Ali Nafia and his NCP party,should know that the CPA is no longer attractive from the very beginning.Therefore the question of Unity and Seperation of the south is knowns to all us " without votes or election " Southern Sudan must seperate in the present or absent of the two parties SPLM/NCP.For they are all responsible by not make peace attractives

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    • 8 November 2009 13:17, by telfajbago

      Ha Ha!!!Gration I suggest,should stop somewhere in Cairo or Tripoli,and swallow patiently his bitter bills of cookies,handshakes and smiles;in order to treat himself from frustration -flu and other political diseases,might have inflicted him during his dealing with Khartoum,before smelling the fresh democratic air of his country.However;the valuable lesson the honorable envoy;should have learned by this time is " never,ever trust the Islamists and leave behind what you have been told or promised".And do not forget to clean your hands tidily,if you greet them.

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  • 8 November 2009 14:03, by Gatwech

    Dear readers,

    SPLM’s Dr. Riek Machar and NCP’s Ali Osman who discussed the referendum bill agreed on 51% to declare the South independent as long as 66% of voters show up and vote. The SPLM gangs like Pagan Amum who are looking for a crisis rejected the 66%. Now they get nothing better. Instead, Pagan is touring the west looking for the best liquor and beautiful white girls. The Americans like Gen. Scott Gration have quit. What else?

    Are we going to prematurely declare unilateral independence only to be recaptured since millions of dollars have been stolen to build mansions abroad instead of modern weapons for successful defense? The world will blame us for being stupid. SPLM has lost direction every where!

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