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Sudanese army warns UN against deploying troops on North-South borders


October 15, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese army reacted angrily to the announcement by the United Nations peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy yesterday in which he said that the world body intends to redeploy peacekeepers in the south to Abyei and other hotspots along the north-south border ahead of the referendum to create limited buffer zones.

On Friday an unnamed UN official told Reuters that as of yesterday, the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) "significantly increased its troop presence in the [Abyei] area.

The South Sudan referendum is required by a 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the 21-year civil war between Sudan’s predominantly Arab and Muslim north and rebels in the largely Christian-animist south.

Preparations for the Jan. 9 vote have proceeded haltingly amid political and logistical obstacles, and the southerners have accused the northerners of stalling, warning of violence if the referendum is delayed.

Another vote in the border region of Abyei is likely to be postponed as the North and South failed to resolve their disagreement over the composition of Abyei’s referendum’s electoral commission, eligibility of voters and demarcating the borders. Officials from the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said today that the delay is all but certain angering their former foes at the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM).

A spokesperson for the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) slammed the statements made by Le Roy saying it demonstrates his "ignorance".

"The remarks made by the official in charge of peacekeeping at the United Nations Alain Le Roy on the deployment of UN buffer troops on the border between North and South, reflects nothing but ignorance on the course of events in Sudan or harassment aimed at [Sudan’s] stability and integrity," said SAF spokesperson Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad in statements carried by Sudan official news agency late on Friday.

The senior military official affirmed to SUNA the army’s ability to deal with any incidents affecting the security and safety of citizens whether they are in the north or south.

Sa’ad further stressed that UNMIS has a "specific mandate" which does not include deployment on the North-South borders but to monitor the implementation of the CPA.

The move by the UN peacekeepers comes at the heels of last week’s visit by the UN Security Council (UNSC) delegation to Sudan during which South Sudan president Salva Kiir asked for creation of buffer zones on the North-South borders for fear of possible eruption of violence as tensions continue to grow between both sides.

Council diplomats at the time promised him that this request would be considered though later acknowledged that it would not be feasible to have a deployment along the vast 1,250 mile (2,000 kilometer) north borders due to lack of manpower and will instead will focus on beefing up presence in certain "hotspots" on the borders.

SAF spokesperson described statements by the UN peacekeeping chief as contributing to aggravating the situation and escalating it which he said coincides with the arrangements for the referendum. He added that there was no threat to the security and safety of Southerners after president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir himself provided assurances.

The North-South borders have yet to be demarcated mainly because of the existence of oil in these areas. The NCP have said in the past that no referendum will take place without finishing the demarcation process.

The Sudanese president this week warned that the stalled process of demarcating the North-South borders threatens to reignite the conflict between both sides.

Sanaa Hamad, a state minister at the Sudanese information ministry, told SUNA that the push for buffer zones is a result of pressure by the West but emphasized that Sudan is a sovereign country and as such a move can only take place with the consent of Khartoum.

UNMIS has about 10,600 troops and police in Sudan monitoring the peace accord.


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  • 16 October 2010 08:17, by Jay

    Warn the SPLA not the UN.

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  • 16 October 2010 08:54, by DASODIKO

    UNSC is the owner of the world and Sudan is just a state; So how come you warn UNSC? Bashir is a professional lair, he says what he cna’t do.
    I hope SAF to declare Jihad war against the UN. I am sure they will find no one to fight for them only the rented pilots from Arab countries, China and Russia.

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  • 16 October 2010 10:07, by James Deng Dimo

    This is not possible, and there shall be a real need for the international Security Council to watch the current situation in Sudan, the deployment of UN troops in boarders is to make the security seat up on the minimum alert to correct any wrong elements during the time of referendum.
    Therefore, if the Sudan Armies are blocking the entering of UN troops in the area, then these as already implicated rigging process by the NCP.
    UN security should not sleep this is your time act accordingly

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    • 16 October 2010 11:03, by Sala Gai

      We Southern will never changes our decision unless those who ever changes their matter once in hours nor a day for having the leadership matter, but who care for the country will never do such kind of stupidity like before ago.

      Go ahead Southern and receive what we are looking for, then we will be free for land as soon as development will move forward if we will not steam to change our mind to political parties stupidity

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  • 16 October 2010 16:14, by humanbeing

    it is very interesting to warn un, un is a peace of the world, un believed that people of Sudan need peace and live without violence anymore, war is enough, what have you gain from the war khartuom regime?, killing your own people, who can be a leader without citizens. is two million not enough for the goverment of Sudan those die during the war. might God almighty bless Sudan and may peace live upone the people of Sudan.

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    • 16 October 2010 18:03, by John M. Atem

      Folks, recently the National Congress Party has been propagating wild rumores that they will not honor the outcome of the upcoming Self-determination Referendum which will determine the future of our vast country Sudan whether it will remains as a united country or the people Southern Sudan will opt out to become an independent political state.
      Indeed, if the reports we are getting are correct, then it is most likely that the people of Southern Sudan are going to have their newly-independent political nation-state of Southern Sudan in the Upcoming Self-determination Referendum.
      Furthermore, they have been preaching their fatalistic, wishful-thinking, and outdated ideology of Somalization of Southern Sudan should we choose to become an independent political State. Folks, this fatalistic, wishful-thinking, and outdated ideology of Somalization of Southern Sudan is never going to happen. We, the people of Southern Sudan are more than ever before fully prepared to combat all these challenges and eventualities should they occur and are ready to comprehensively eradicated them.
      Folks, this Fatalistic ideology of Somalization of Southern Sudan is nothing more a political smokescreen specifically-designed to scare broad day out of you, the people of Southern Sudan and to make you look wickedly stupid.
      Folks, you have no reasons to be scared. We have a strong, well-trainded, properly-disciplined, and ready-for-combat army under our most trusted, tought-minded and fear-no-death Lt general James Hoi Mai.
      All we have to do is to support him and his colleagues who are in the army to extricate us from devilished years of nighmarish dehumanizing slavery, enforced political oppression, and mismanagement for which we have been helplessly held hostages for so many years.

      Finally and last, but not certainly the least, let us stop preaching down-market, diversionary, and outdated primitive stone age period politics that have reduced us into the lowest common denominator in the scale of contemporary human beings. let us encourage, promote, and emphasis our shared commonality and de-emphasis our long-standing political differences for the greater good of our ordinary common Citizens.
      In conclusion, the late American President John F.Kennedy once said," Mankind must stop the war or war will put an end to Mankind".
      Therefore, in this regard, I passionately appeal to the long-suffering, peace-loving, liberty-seeking and splendid people of Southern Sudan to stop insantiy killings or else these insanity killings will put an end to all of us.
      In the other words, let us learn to live together as brothers or else we shall all perish as dimwitted fools.
      Let us use our Education as a mean of improving our people’s wretched way of life rather than as a tool of exploiting our people.

      May almighty God creator of Heaven and Earth bless the long-suffering people of Southern Sudan and guided them into the promised land of freedom, liberty, equality and social justice for all.
      John Atem is the orphaned son of late freedom figher. He has completed Certificates in Agriculture, Peace Education, Convention on the rights of the Child and Diploma in Criminal Justice.
      SPLA Oyee. New Sudan Oyee. Victory to our long-oppressed and abused people of Southern Sudan in the upcoming Self-determination Referendum.

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  • 16 October 2010 22:38, by Bill Dhieu Manyang

    Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the
    other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more
    effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.
    (Mohandas K. Gandhi)

    Mr. Bashir is staying in power because he fears the punishment for ICC and he will never enjoy that power no matter how long it take him to leave this power.

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