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January 6, 2012 (WASHINGTON) – The United States president Barack Obama issued a memorandum on Friday notifying the Secretary of State and Congress that he is adding South Sudan to the list of countries eligible to buy weapons from the US.

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US President Barack Obama speaks about the Defense Strategic Review, outlining Defense budget priorities and cuts, during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, January 5, 2012 (AFP)

“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 503(a) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, and section 3(a)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended, I hereby find that the furnishing of defense articles and defense services to the Republic of South Sudan will strengthen the security of the United States and promote world peace” said the official text of Obama’s decision.

But US officials said this move did not mean that Washington has imminent plans to sell arms to South Sudan.

"We have from the beginning, and even before we got to statehood, been open to conversations that they wanted to have with us about how they would secure their borders, defend themselves in the future," US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said at a news briefing on Friday.

"Those conversations are ongoing. I am not aware that we’ve come to any conclusions about what they might need and what we might be able to provide", she said.

South Sudan became an independent state last July following a referendum held a year ago in which southerners decided almost unanimously that they wanted to secede from the Arab-Muslim dominated north.

Despite Khartoum swiftly recognising the new state on its borders, tensions has escalated dramatically ever since between the two countries. The two sides traded accusations on supporting rebel groups on the other side of the border.

Late last year South Sudan accused Sudan of launching air raid inside its borders including one on a refugee camp. They repeated the allegation that Khartoum was bombing South Sudan at the start of this month.

The new state has no air defense systems to deter the Sudan Air Force (SAF) from carrying out bombardment missions inside its territories. This prompted many analysts to call on Washington to help South Sudan build its air defense capabilities which they say could make Khartoum think twice about going to war with Juba.

US administration is probably wary about rushing to selling weapons to the newborn state amid an outbreak of violence between two South Sudanese tribes that may have left thousands dead and some 50,000 people needing aid.

Khartoum will likely be angered by this step and would view the timing of the decision as targeting it in its dispute with South Sudan.

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  • 7 January 2012 09:46, by J P Puok

    Good Mr Obama, Shipment through Isreal and we dearly need air defence than ever to gundown those antanov and some F-15 will do the job plus 2-3 chenooks and some destroyers. Furthermore will are paying for it through Isrealis medleman

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    • 7 January 2012 12:05, by SeekingTruth

      IT’S ABOUT TIME, SUDAN WILL RECONSIDER ITS AGRESSION TOWARDS THE SOUTH SOONER THAN LATER. BY WAGING INDIRECT WAR AGAINST THE 4 MONTHS OLD SOVEREIGN COUNTRY ISN’T SOMETHING ANY SOUND MINDED INDIVIDUALS SHOULD BE BOASTING DAY & NIGHT WITHOUT REALIZING THE 2 DECADES KHARTOUM’S GOV’T HAS BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS POWER. YES, YOU CHEATED US OF OUR RESOURCES TO HARBOUR GUNS IN PRETEX OF ELIMINATING....

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      • 7 January 2012 12:14, by SeekingTruth

        ...AFRICAN RACES IN THE SUDANS BUT TIME WILL TELL.

        I WISH SOUTH GOV’T COULD GET AS MUCH POWER AS THEY COULD FROM BOTH US AND ISRAEL SINCE AL-BASHIR AND HIS CROOKS HAS SHOWN NO MERCY ON AFRICAN CIVILIANS TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

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        • 7 January 2012 20:18, by SSLA/M Supporter

          Mr Obama is ill-informed about the root cause of the problem in RoSS that he is why talking about providing SPLA militia with American weapons! To Mr Obama please notice that SPLA is not professional,national and official army of RoSS that is why you are seeing many rebellions or polar uprisings in RoSS !!SPLA is just is a milllitary wing of SPLM party! So Please don’t fuel the civil war in RoSS!

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    • 7 January 2012 16:04, by Marolditapei

      This liar so called Toby Collins is inciting violence. Dr. Riek should arrest him or hunt him down wherever he is. All the things he wrote are all fake and they are influenced by other negative leaders behind the scene. I was even tempted to think that he was negatively influenced by John Luk, stupid Taban or Kuol M. He is just a liar contributing to the problem. He is actually lying deliberately.

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    • 7 January 2012 16:14, by Cobra Bior

      Of course mr. Persident, should good friend be one that tell the truth and un cover lies? our only problem is tribal confilict which was built up during the war, but it will end soon. But we South Sudan hate terrorists as United States of American.

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    • 7 January 2012 17:51, by Bolman

      wow the Unity State approved to add the Criminalism SPLM Party to list what Ibelieved by now there no so development in the South Obama he never that this people they Criminals they corrupted they invested people money to their own accounts and killing Civilians through ethnice Group to another sometimes SPLA is tools of killer no ways to give them the weapons they gonna use them against themselve

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    • 7 January 2012 18:53, by Abraham Ayom

      Bravo Bravo Brav Obama, you deserved to be the next term American president. I voted for you

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  • 7 January 2012 09:48, by Michael Angelo

    Thanks US government for opening lots of doors for us. Bashir will never bomb our territory upon hearing this news.

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    • 7 January 2012 12:48, by Aarai Baka

      ROSS is not ready to receive arm from U.S. due to it will fall in wrong hands that will results death to civilians. just look what going on now between rivals tribes, and those generals in military will provided their tribeman with those gun, which is most deadliest guns. arms control first before receiving that one.

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      • 7 January 2012 20:23, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Mr. Aarai Baka,

        What are you afraid of, are you worried south Sudan will bomb Khartoum?. Yes, you should be very worried sir, it can happen. The fake Arabs have stolen lots of resource from south Sudan in over 50 years. Turabi and Bashir are world criminals that killed millions of their citizens, and they should hang. Turabi is fake Islamic leader, but a murdered.

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  • 7 January 2012 10:10, by Lang

    God bless America.
    South Sudan oye!

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  • 7 January 2012 10:10, by Dinkawarrior

    "Yes we can"
    South-Sudan is capable to manage those weapons properly without doubt, I stongly believed that America never lie if she said so something like the above mentioned.

    Thanks to our friends America and Isreal!

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  • 7 January 2012 10:12, by Dinkawarrior

    "Yes we can"
    South-Sudan is capable to manage those weapons properly without doubt, I stongly believed that America never lie if she said something like the above mentioned.

    Thanks to our friends America and Isreal!

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  • 7 January 2012 10:18, by green2

    Yes! that what blood sinken mean! Arabs will one day respect African! million of problems in Africa come from Arab world, pertext of religion aids, assistant and friendship! Arabs worse people on earth! there will be time, you’ll respect social boundaries! arming millitias to destablized others, will soon come to an end!

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  • 7 January 2012 10:19, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "Khartoum will likely be angered by this step and would view the timing of the decision as a targeting it in its dispute with South Sudan."

    Why we speculated what Khartoum would say? What will they say? We know they already amassed weapons from both Iran and China, and we said nothing. Did we say anything? Israel and US need to step up if they want us to be secure.

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  • 7 January 2012 10:40, by Jong Anthony

    Bravo President Obama, your decision to add South Sudan to the list of countries eligible to receive U.S weapons is appreciated by South Sudanese;U.S superiority is of great meaning to peaceful and democratic countries
    God bless USA
    God bless South Sudan

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  • 7 January 2012 10:49, by Rommel

    I cannot express just how happy I am of this development. South Sudan must immediately establish an air defence system and would be better served acquiring the Russian S-300PMU2 in this case; a system that can track 100 targets simultaneously, 300km away. With the S-300PMU2, we can down aircraft as far away as Kadugli(200km).

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    • 7 January 2012 11:04, by Rommel

      We’re under no military embargo and can purchase platforms from Israel, Russia and the United States without the attendant international pressure. The same cannot be said of Khartoum. Obama’s recent action will only benefit us if it doesn’t block South Sudan from purchasing Israeli platforms and systems.

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      • 7 January 2012 11:14, by Rommel

        The Israelis are acknowledged as having some of the world’s most advance UAVs (IAI Heron), Main Battle Tanks (Merkava mk4), anti-tank missiles (Spike-NLOS), targeting pods (Litening 4), 300km long-range air to ground cruise missiles (Delilah) and an inexhaustible list of other advance platforms.

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        • 7 January 2012 11:35, by Rommel

          The Germans are retiring dozens of their F-4 Phantoms this year and have even offered them to other Nations for free. With some changes in engines, radars and avionics... the F-4 phantom can be a formidable 21st Century aircraft. Israeli ECM systems, mission computers, Litening 4 targeting pods and python 5 and Delilah missiles can provide us the edge in any prospective conflict over Abyei.

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          • 7 January 2012 12:43, by Rommel

            There are this point dozens of Sukhoi jet fighters [SU-27s] in civilian hands all over the world that can be remilitarized, upgraded and made fit for operations. We should bide our time and prepare for war with Khartoum for no less than six years, with nothing short of victory in mind.

            Abyei (along with other territories) must be returned to South Sudan!

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  • 7 January 2012 10:52, by Dinkawarrior

    I am Dinkawarrior, and I approved this message!!

    North-Sudan is eligible to return to the Black list of terrorists!!!

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  • 7 January 2012 10:54, by Dinkawarrior

    I am Dinkawarrior, and I approved this message!!

    "South Sudan to list of countries eligible to receive U.S. weapons"

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    • 7 January 2012 12:21, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      I visited so many countries with my dear leader Dr Garang and also with Kiir but the American congress block everthings with asked but thank God for this opening this window for us to be recognisedto buy any weapons from them.

      I am not surprise because this what i have been lobbies for so long. thank God we are almost there.

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      • 7 January 2012 12:55, by athor deng

        Dinka Dominated SPLA/M..ahahahahaha if people like you can travel around the world with Kiir and Garang then im not going back to South Sudan..How the heck did that happened?, you are like the most stupid person on earth..Go to school please, we have enough stupid people in South Sudan and there’s no room for you..

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        • 7 January 2012 13:23, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Athor Deng i am doubt you are not called Athor, but shame on you.
          I don’t mean to be arrogant and I really appreciate what i have been doing but talking about what I am doing is not something I’m good at. I do what I do and that’s it. I want to get back to my work and do more of it instead of talking about it.
          If you were to talk about education? you would be my bitch. ask peter Gatat yak,

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        • 7 January 2012 13:33, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Jake little boy called himself Athor Deng? you will never make your mother proud of you one day because your famliy luck intelligent.
          There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.

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          • 7 January 2012 13:42, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            Don’t be surprise if i am a thron on nuer’s thoart, just ask peter Gatat yak who bought him back to the SPLA evnthough he is now under house arrest. I can even reveal that iam the one brought back LT Gen Nhail Deng Back to work with GSS. please some of you poor boys are just using site without knowing that you are with most needed people here.

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            • 7 January 2012 13:51, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

              Fake Athor Deng, Athor Deng Dut is not adog to resumbol your own sin so leave him alone. he is batter than nuer doom people.

              If you when to know more about me go and ask the former youth minster Mr Akol Kurdit because we travel with mr Garang so many time. so stop being jelousy for no reason, go to school so that next leaders will take you with them. but i am doubt about you.

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              • 7 January 2012 17:54, by Alan_Bard

                Dinka Dominated SPLA/M
                please do not associate your self with the great Dr., he will never travel around the world with Dum fuck like you, who can’t even spell the word leak correctly (rather than your mother luck) in that silly comment of yours, please stop insulting ppl’s mothers you ignorant, you insult because you have no logic in your head to write over here, poor shit head
                you are really

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                • 7 January 2012 18:00, by Alan_Bard

                  Dinka Dominated SPLA/M
                  the great DR. fought and died in his country,unlike you scum back refuge living of social security, and western governments hands out, paid bay the tax payers hard work,what work do pretend that you have don for the S.Sudan you ill educated, please give us all a break and go get a job in Mac. Donalds or street cleaner that way you will be very much helpful to the community

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            • 8 January 2012 08:27, by bior angeth

              I thank Obama’s administration for recognizing our long-suffered people. His word of making change is coming to reality.His action will provide stability to SouthSudan which will lead to development. No stability, there will be no development, no democracy, and nothing good can be seen in absent of stability. I see enemies of peace are defying this move but Obama is achieving his vision of change.

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        • 7 January 2012 20:43, by Elijah B. Elkan

          Mr. Athor Deng, With all due respect sir, Dinka D. spla/m is worrier, he did not run from war but he stayed until victory was achieved. For your information Mr. Deng, the people that liberated south Sudan are not educated like you, the deserved respect. The best you can do is not come back to south Sudan because, you will met your demised real quick.

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  • 7 January 2012 12:49, by ulla 007

    bravo,bravo president obama ,we have enemies here around us which try to the frighten us with their local antinov but our alliances US and Isreal can provide us with weapons and other war plane to equip our defend system whereby these enemies of south will suffer miserably.we will not leave them unpunished whenever they attack our territory.

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  • 7 January 2012 12:59, by pabaak

    Bring it in the sophisticated missiles that can shutdown the old Russian- made Antinov, its has been a headache for us for so long. I think this is will be the sign of power shift in the region, thanks to the U.S.

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  • 7 January 2012 13:43, by Dinkawarrior

    Athor Deng

    Demn! I can’t believed that Athor Deng is back from hell! If we get you this times you will not come again, keep disturbing us here on the board as you did to our people on the ground. Keep in mind that SPLA is still watching at you.

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  • 7 January 2012 15:02, by never

    political as always. usa with s. sudan and ido know help will not come sooner than we thought.and on other hand, china is also selling weapons to sudan.

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  • 7 January 2012 15:13, by sudinka

    Dear readers officially the government of south Sudan will buy more army tanks than what the have.

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    • 7 January 2012 18:24, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Firstly id want to show my happiness to United State government and the Americans 4their long unquestionable care,loves and a good relations with South sudanese people dating back to harsh days of 1990s to final day when we attain our total independence but ways a head is too rocky coz Sudan said to appreciate us 4acheiving indep. but yet still envy.We need suphosticated military hardware 4rm US,

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  • 7 January 2012 17:49, by Yanga Wani

    Mr. Prsident Obama you got my vote plus the vote of the million south Sudanese who are dwelling in USA. However, why it took you so long help us in the of these terrorists.
    GOD BLESS UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AGAIN THANK YOU AND ALL MY AMERICANS CITIZENS GOD BLESS THEM.
    THANKS,
    YANGA WANI

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  • 7 January 2012 19:09, by BM Bol

    There’re many countries that hardly get this chance. I hope the ROSS leadership take advantage of this privilege and use it wisely. Countries get respected for the strength of their economics and arm forces.

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  • 7 January 2012 19:54, by panom lualbil

    God bless USA.

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  • 7 January 2012 20:05, by James Maker Akok

    Thank President, Barack Obama
    God blessed Country Republic of South Sudan, and God blessed my Country United States of America.

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  • 7 January 2012 20:11, by James Maker Akok

    God blessed my country Republic of South Sudan, and God blessed my Country United States of America.

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  • 7 January 2012 21:04, by Matiop Panchol

    Thanks to you Mr. Obama and the United States of America for recognizing the security need of S. Sudan. This country is neighbour to a viper and badly needs the necessary arsenal to keep it at bay.

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  • 7 January 2012 21:24, by atak autiak

    Dinka dominate spla/m
    The way you talk shows how stupid you are. You know nothing Please go to school

    17 years old ATAK.

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    • 8 January 2012 00:17, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Atak Autiak,

      Sorry, dude you don’t what you are talking about. You need to go back to school and learn writing etiquette. Mr. Dinka D. spla/m have the right to say anything he wants. How would you feel if someone called you stupid on your comments. You are entitle to your opinion and so is everyone else. Please respect yourself, and you will get respect back in return.

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  • 8 January 2012 00:12, by MR. BURDEN

    thanks, to president Barack Obama as well as USA administration for standing behind south sudan since day one of CPA up to now. culd simply say we are proud of our president H.E Gen salva Kiir Mayardit for the gud relationship he had created with world supper power and other powerful Nations like iseral.s. sudan oyeee,SPLA oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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    • 8 January 2012 01:06, by Darkangel

      Look at you clowns drooling over the presidents statement !
      America and Israel have always been providing weapons to South sudan, there is no change. Second you dont have the money to feed or protect your own people, how do you expect to pay for all these waepons you morons are dreaming of. The idiot who wants F-15 whos going to fly them ?? ugandand ?? Stop dreaming - SPLA wont be an army ina da

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      • 8 January 2012 05:58, by Stephen kuach

        Well done Mr.President!the Republic of South Sudan is in need for some help,your statement is just and fair.we need weapons to protect ourselves from terrorist,our neighbor from the North are part of the terrorist.our war with them was a religious war and they were being funded by the islamist none-organization with some money to buy some weapons to wipe out black-Africans from the South.Thanks.

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      • 5 February 2012 11:47, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

        we have dozens of trained glants SPLA pilots from South Africa.Mr dargual.Come on.

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  • 8 January 2012 21:03, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    Bussiness most be clear and strong, because durrable matrials wiht appercieted concept to work without doubt, and sale with out fear, Southern Sudan trust themselves and they like bussiness to be honest and franky to operated without limited, Keep Obama languages.

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