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Khartoum’s aggression motivated by resources - Machar


May 1, 2012 (JUBA) – Khartoum’s aggression against South Sudan, according to its vice president, Riek Machar, is driven by the greed.

Machar said Khartoum intends to annex areas of South Sudan which are rich in resources.

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South Sudan’s VP Riek Machar (Reuters)

Juba and Khartoum are embroiled in an escalating military conflict in their borderlands.

The accusations were made at a conference organised by the Popular Committee for National Mobilization in Support of the Army in Juba on Tuesday.

Machar reiterated Juba’s claim that the oil-rich Heglig area is part of South Sudan, showing an unidentified map to the audience by way of proof.
Khartoum claims Heglig is part of its territory which was invaded by the South Sudan army (SPLA).

Fighting between SPLA and the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in Heglig began around the end of March.

The SPLA claimed it was responding to SAF air and ground attacks in Unity state and repelled them all the way to Heglig. SAF claims the attack was unprovoked. Both sides claim the other has damaged the oil infrastructure in the area.

Machar claimed that Khartoum’s attempted annexing of Heglig began in 2004 when the adviser to the president of Sudan, Nafie Ali Nafie, directed the former governor of Unity state, Joseph Nguen Monytuil, to not include Heglig as part of Unity state, which Monytuil resisted.

Machar reiterated Juba’s position; that it is prepared for a peaceful resolution to the conflict but has a right to self-defence.

He also claimed Juba has a right to liberate the territories it considers to be occupied by SAF, including Heglig.

Machar denied Khartoum’s claim that the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague ruled that Heglig is within its borders.

He also accused Khartoum of not wanting the conduct of a referendum which was scheduled to take place in Abyei; another oil-producing region. The referendum, which was to afford residents of the area the right to vote on the statehood, was scheduled for January 2011, is yet to take place.

Despite claims that the SPLA incurred heavy loses in its conflict with SAF in Heglig, Machar said Juba’s forces withdrew in response to the calls of the international community.

SPLA claims to have captured equipment, including more than 120 vehicles and a large volume of fuel, from the area on April 20.

Post-independence talks between the two nations, on issues including border demarcation, broke down on March 26 when Kiir claimed that the military escalation was provoked by SAF’s coordinated aerial attacks on Jau and Pan Akuach followed by a ground forces assault against another area called Teshwin.

Machar, who is also the chairman of the National Mobilization Committee, added that South Sudan previously ignored Sudan’s encroachment and aggression in the run up to the referendum on South Sudanese independence, in order for it run smoothly.


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  • 2 May 2012 06:54, by LL Reuben

    Any Khartoum aggression must be met with force and so must all South Sudan territories looted by Khartoum be liberated with any mean Khartoum chooses. It’s upto the so-called international community to convince the terrorists in Khartoum for dialogue; the South has been patient for too long and therefore has lost it already. Whatever Khartoum chooses to settle things is likely to be entertained.

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  • 2 May 2012 07:29, by Kim Deng

    Dr. Riek,

    These arabized Nubian gov’t rats hate you more than they hate Garang, why? Because of your dream which led the country into two. They misled by the split of the movement (SPLA/M) in 1991. Dr. Riek also claimed that "Juba has a right to liberate the territories it considers to be occupied by SAF, including Heglig."

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  • 2 May 2012 07:59, by Antiislamic

    Kim Deng
    Your very stupid back stabber like your idiot traitor riek! Who is known for his betrayed and stabbed SPLA/M on processing to liberate Juba? The same things have been reporting last week that there is coup in Juba? Who do you expected to think that way? Nobody in South Sudan except traitor riek, who is leadership desirous! Riek will die simple if he tries it at this critical time?

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    • 2 May 2012 08:21, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Kim Deng is a suffering brother of those nyagateen by names Maj. Gen. Gabriel Tang, Maj. Gen. Thomas Mabor Dhol and Brig. Gen. Gatwec Joak Bapiny Mounytuil

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    • 2 May 2012 08:25, by Chol A.

      Jalanby, can you moop your ass first then convince who do not know you. You and your uncle Bashir are nothing, you blackmailing Sudanese public that you are doing right thing but yodu will soon collapse.Bashir is now waiting by ICC and only hell he can goes as you know. If you people think that you can defeat southern Sudan you are beating bush and you will be the first to be defeated soon though.

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  • 2 May 2012 08:11, by Abraham

    As long as DR. Riek is ready to mobilise us (South Sudan’s youth) against fake Arabs of Sudan; I am ready to praise him and make him a president if need be...though I am victim of SPLA 1991 split.
    Jalaba, you’re fed on lies. Panthou/Heglig is not Sudan territory. Tell me the local community/tribe in North Sudan who claim Panthou/Heglig as Rueang/Ruweng Dinka of Unity State.

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    • 2 May 2012 08:19, by Abraham

      Remember land/territories, first, belong to communities/tribes. Communities/tribes unite to form a state like Sudan and South Sudan. The Nubian of South Kordofan who share border with Rueang/Ruweng Dinka do not claim Panthou/Heglig. Panthou does not belong to Nubians otherwise the Nubians could have named it with their local dialect. You greedy Arabs annexed Panthou to North Sudan and nameit Hegli

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  • 2 May 2012 08:26, by Abraham

    Your greed of resources make your government claim land where they don’t have traditional/tribal connection. Remember this is Africa. Land belong to tribe before government lay claim. Untill the Nubians will come out with name and claim of Panthou, the fake Arabs will not win Panthou. It is laughable that Desert Arabs baptised other people lAND WITH ARABS’ NAMES!!

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    • 2 May 2012 08:57, by Beneben Bai

      s. sudanese brothers,i wrote several times that this so called Jalaby is "jana shermootha" known as a preader of nosense, insults against south sudanese and s. sudan as a nation. he is now foolishly trying to take us back to 90s which is a useless move. our strong vice president is now doing well and will defeat them soon. jalaby, do analyse things without trying to make "fitna" among S. Sudanese

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  • 2 May 2012 08:31, by wad balad

    loool .. looks like Mr.Dinka killer has a few maps up his sleves. I think we also need a new map, one that includes unity and upper nile state. We should draw it up, invade and then convince everone with our map. Worst case senario we exchange them for Abeyi. Pathetic fool !!

    SAF are not dinka u fool, they will always be there to keep u in check !!

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  • 2 May 2012 08:32, by Abraham

    Khartoum is desperatly interested in War against South Sudan,why? Because Khartoum think that through force they will occupy anywhere they like in the South. Good that your government had a bitter test of war in Heglig. Khartoum knows very wellthat through fair, unbiased negotiation leading to border demarcation, all the disputed areas will come to South Sudan.

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  • 2 May 2012 08:41, by Abraham

    Now I challenge all the FAKE ARABS, here on this board, to give the discussants herein the LOCAL, NUBIANS NAME FOR HEGLIG. "Heglig" is Arabic name but there is no Arabs tribe bordering the Ruweng/Rueng/Panaruu Dinka of Unity state. Instead, there are Nubians who don’t claim Panthou as theirs. The FAKE Arabs led government without shame baptised Panthou as ’Heglig’ because there oil reserve.

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  • 2 May 2012 08:52, by solider

    i am confused ,first ss claimed pantheu belongs to it.then it offered to give it up by exchanging it with abyie.then the spla withdrawn from heglig and leaving 1200 soldiers dead behind.what kind of mess is this???!!!!!!!!!

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    • 2 May 2012 09:09, by LL Reuben


      Those scenerios are as of fiction as the teaching of the Koran itself, so the question is; how can you not be confused? Especially when you’re being send to die and promised imiginary virgins as reward. That’s why you are stress and confused. Join the millions of voices and send Al bashir to hell where he belong, that’s all the help I can get you. SORRY!

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    • 2 May 2012 09:11, by Beneben Bai

      soldier, since you are soldier you will stay confused as when they tell you march, turn left or right or round/about and you act accoordingly. the moves here are far beyond your understanding as a soldier, just take your salary for your children and wait for the next real mess in Panthou, Abyei, Kafia Kangi and others where the great deresh is waiting for you. You will soon become madrooshiin

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    • 2 May 2012 09:59, by Beneben Bai

      the mess is when khartoum regieme keeps occupying the s. sudan lands, keeps air and ground attacking SPLA positons, keeps stealling s. Sudan oil and other recources. and when jalaby and those of moahmed ali keep spreading the lies nonsense against S. Sudan. President Mayardit together with Dr. Riek, the Vice President will defeat khartoum because they just follow their just case without insulting

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  • 2 May 2012 09:26, by viper

    Hey South Sudanese, why allow this confused fake Arab boy to divert your attention from the facts that are being told by the VP about panthou? Why not just ignore him like that and just stick to the point? He has nothing to say here, but due to the fact that he is confused, he has just interfered, what a confused fake Arab!

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  • 2 May 2012 09:31, by wang

    I couldn’t believe it a one man so called Jalaby is trying to divide the Southerners and frankly some idiots among us are listening to what he said.

    I think we Southerners all should be appreciating Dr.RIEK of giving those Arab in the North a hard time at a moment.

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    • 2 May 2012 09:43, by LL Reuben


      Unfortunately we have eggheads like Choul Bol who don’t understand the game. Jalabi is using the same old rule and he surely is advacing his agenda with it, thanks to ofcourse some immatures from us. I wish we focus on them terrorists at this critical moment but our demons are not leaving us alone. Our president and VP and their government can use any support from us now...

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      • 2 May 2012 10:07, by wang

        Thanks for your full understanding LL Reuben

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  • 2 May 2012 10:23, by ABDALLA BIN ABDALLA

    Southerners have right to defend their nation. They have right to unite against their enemy. They have right to call themselves independent NATION. I agree ith them in everything but I don’t agree with Dr.Nyagat, Dr. Death, Dr.Arab Supporter and Dr.destroyer. What he is doing and what he says are contrary to what is in his heart. He like doing opposit. Believe it or not, Riek had lost his VALUES.

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  • 2 May 2012 10:34, by viper

    Mr VP, rest assured that your popularity is increasing day and night in this country. Any leader from S. Sudan that Arabs dislike like pagan is a strong person. Riek is very strong now if Arabs have started insulting him. He is telling the truth and so, Arabs wants to create a different mode to reduce his activities. Just continue VP and we are behind you

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  • 2 May 2012 10:49, by E. Defense Forces
  • 2 May 2012 11:15, by Abraham

    jalaba the terrorist, why skipping my question: I asked if "Heglig" PANTHOU, belongs to Sudan as wrongfully claimed by your resources-thirsty thugs in Khartoum, then give us a name of the tribe in Sudan that claim Heglig?? The Nubians who border Panaruu north of Panthou do not lay claim. The terrorists who have no shame just claim everything, that is weirds of you.

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    • 2 May 2012 11:25, by Abraham

      And did I hear someone saying that "the more Jalaba hate Dr.Machar, the more we (South Sudanese) adore him" That is enough for me. I just love Machar for he’s proving himself right against FAKE ARABS (THE TERRORISTS IN AFRICA) You love David Dechand and we in the South hate him. You hate DR. Riek and we love him. I KNOW ONETHING AND THAT IS ALL FAKE ARABS IN SUDAN ARE LIVING IN CONSTANT ANXIETY!!!

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  • 2 May 2012 11:28, by solider

    SUDAN STARTED PUMPING OIL FROM HEGLIG FIELDS RIGHT NOW . i just want to know what benefits south sudan gained from invading heglig? spla lost 1200 soldiers in heglig operation, r spla soldiers considered as useless animals so u can send them and die for nothing??!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 2 May 2012 12:06, by Beneben Bai

      soldier, you are not soldier. if your are a soldier, you would have learnt the lesson SPLA forces given to SAF and khartoum regieme in Panthou. can you tell us how many times SPLA kicked SAF out from Panthou? did you see all SAF Khanadig with all everything left behind when SPLA entered Panthou and you claim they got nothing. is Panthou is the same after taking over by SPLA?? ha ha ha haaaa.

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      • 2 May 2012 18:06, by mohammed ali

        Benben, What lesson? We are stupid , could you explain to us your lesson? As far as we know now Heglig is Sudanese land, SPLA is out and now we are pumping our oil? What benifit did the SPLA got? Explain to us? Pathetic!

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  • 2 May 2012 12:00, by solider

    do u have any idea how much cash been spent for this useless operation?weapons ,uniforms,food,water, fuel for tanks and army vehicls ,spy infromations fees ,medicins and drugs.............. millions of USD plus 1200 fine youth soldiers been wasted for nothing.

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    • 2 May 2012 12:19, by Beneben Bai

      my freind let me call you like this for a while. what ever South Sudan gvt spent on that operation is not for nothing and useless as you termed it. be reminded that any action you see useless is the usfull one for us becaues history proved the opposite is always the correct thing for us and our people. the good southner for you is the bad one for our lives and intersts.

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  • 2 May 2012 12:17, by solider

    what bothers me those generals who don’t respect their soldiers.STUPID AND DUMP GENERAL DON’T DESERVE LOYALITY FROM HIS SOLDIERS.what they deserve is a fine bullet shot between their eyes for not considering their soldiers as SOLDIERS

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    • 2 May 2012 15:09, by Beneben Bai

      soldier, the word stupid is the most legal word use to insult with a soldier to be mondhabith. you don’t say kusumak to a soldier but you can say baliid which is equal to stupid when training them. so there is no sense when you say stupid and dump general. i think you mean here your defense minister or Al sarwarmi khalid saad

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  • 2 May 2012 13:15, by Pif Paf

    Machar is a killer. That PhD and suit are there to decieve the blind that cannot see behind it. The amount of hatred he has for the Dinka cannot go away after the signing of an agreement. Once a killer always a killer. As the south starts to go broke Machar will once again go back to his real dinka killing roots. That Macher in the video is the same Machar in juba now.

    Pif Paf .. SPLM killer

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  • 2 May 2012 13:31, by Mi diit


    Mind your own internal divisions in Khartoum. Sadiq Al Mahdi and Dr. Turabi will soon stage a coup in Khartoum in connection with all multiple rebels in Darfur, Kordofan and Blue Nile that your incompetent leadership have created. South Sudanese are more united than you North Sudanese.

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  • 2 May 2012 15:30, by Beneben Bai

    mohamed ali, you are talking about God punishment?? come on. is it the same that happened to Zubair Mohamed Saleh? to Ibrahim Shams eldin, to Abu Gasaisa?? ha ha ha haaa. look at this guy with stupid nonsense. it is better for you to choose a good topic rather than to insult personalities even when the topic is a pure political matter between S. Sudan and Sudan

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    • 2 May 2012 23:38, by mohammed ali

      Benben,may be you are right for I said may be it is punisment from God! You can never know. But, you escaped the main question : who killed here? She is just an innocent lady. Now , Machar is married to another white lady ,is she going to be killed again?!

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  • 2 May 2012 18:08, by proud sudanese

    liar liar liar. is it a fundamental value for SPLM leaders to be liars???.Mashar has to be ashamed of himself and respect the minds of his people. I challenge him to post that what he called a map showing Higlig on the internet so that anybody can see it. with the likes of Kiir and Mashar SS is doomed.

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  • 2 May 2012 18:26, by proud sudanese

    SS current leaders will only lead it to destruction. they don not mind their people they only take care of their bank accounts. wake up people of SS. you deserve better than a bunch of greedy liars full with anything but a single good value. if the status quo continues then it is only a matter of time and SS will be a nother Somalia in the African horn

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  • 2 May 2012 20:41, by Hamra

    Khartoum’s aggression motivated by resources - Machar

    Isn’t this stating the bleeding obvious?! But one can also add that it is facilitated by a bizarre sense of racial superiority.

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