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November 2, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan has formed a high-level committee tasked with responsibilities to organize the visit to Juba of Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir for the first time since South Sudan’s independence 17 months ago.

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A picture taken on January 9, 2009 shows Sudan’s President Omer Al-Bashir (C) and First Vice President Salva Kiir arriving at Upper-Nile State capital city (Getty)

Bashir had been due to visit the capital of South Sudan in April this year but conflict over the disputed oil-producing area of Heglig/Panthou caused Khartoum to cancel the visit.

With the two sides coming to the brink of a return to all-out war the UN Security Council issued resolution 2046, warning both sides of non-military sanctions if they did not resolve the issues outstanding from South Sudan’s secession.

South Sudan’s Information Minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin said Friday that the visit of Al-Bashir to Juba would mark a "new beginning and building trust to strengthen mutual cooperation" between the two states.

The committee to prepare for Bashir’s trip will compromise different groups to prepare for reception, according to the ministe.

However, Marial downplayed the calls, predominantly members of the civil society organizations and human rights activists who are opposed to his visit due to atrocities committed by the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) during the civil war that led to South Sudan’s independence.

Nhial Bol Aken, Editor in Chief of South Sudan’s only daily newspaper The Citizen, also called for Bashir to be arrested but instead cited the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants issued for the Sudanese President in response to the conduct of the counter insurgency he led in response the 2003 Darfur uprising.

"We are in the process of recovering from heinous of crimes committed by his regime. Al-Bashir is a war criminal wanted by the International Criminal Court and South Sudanese must show solidarity with the international community by either arresting him or handing him to ICC or deny him access to visit our sacred nation," Aken wrote in his column published on 29 October.

Dong Samuel Luak, Secretary General of South Sudan Law Society (SSLS), a national rights group which advocates for justice in society as well as respect for human rights and the rule of law, also called against Bashir visiting Juba, asserting that the visit undermines international values.

"The government should not accept to receive Bashir who is an internationally indicted criminal. He is supposed to be locked up not only for crimes he committed in Darfur but also for crimes he committed here in this country during war. A lot of our people killed in the so-called ghost house. A lot of people were killed in the three southern towns of Wau, Malakal and Juba. Our country was born out of struggle for justice, freedom and human dignity, and it is being established as a country which respects laws and orders in line with international norms and value. Receiving Bashir will reflect badly on the international values for which we fought to establish this country," Luak said in a statement on Thursday.

But minister Marial argued the visit of the Sudanese president was a return of the visit of President Salva Kiir Mayardit to Khartoum after independence last year.

"You know our president went to Khartoum when we became an independent country. President Bashir was supposed to come to Juba but a lot of things happened and it was interrupted. So this is a return visit in response to suggestion by the African Union," Marial told journalists on Friday.

Marial said that the cabinet also discussed a treaty covering bilateral relations with the government of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia.

The government spokesperson explained that Sudanese people and people of South Sudan share deep traditional friendship and common desire to strengthen friendly exchanges.

The information minister said that cooperation agreement with Sudan in September, represented "a new chapter of relations between the two countries". The nine-point deal paved the way for oil production to resume in the coming weeks and for a demilitarised buffer zone to be created to ease tense on the and as yet un-demarcated border.

The deal did not cover defining where the new international border lies or the status of Abyei and other disputed areas. The African Union has proposed that Abyei’s delayed referendum by held in October next year but Khartoum has so far rejected this wanting more members of the Misseriya tribe to be allowed to vote.

Abyei was defined in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) as the traditional homeland of the nine chiefdoms of the Dinka Ngok and that residents would be allowed to vote in the referendum, which was due to take place in January 2011.

Sudan has insisted the Misseriya, who enter the region with their cattle for some of the year, should also be given voting rights. The two sides have been deadlocked over the issue for over two years.

Speaking of Bashir’s visit, Marial said that "the Republic of Sudan also sincerely wishes Sudan to continue to achieve accomplishment in its efforts of state-building and development so as to become a positive force in maintaining peace and stability as well as promoting common development."

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  • 3 November 2012 07:32, by George Bol

    We should welcome the guy and use our laughing machine teeth for his coming. Our SPLM/A has revenged for the past war.Do you what happen to the bold guy called Lt general Adhel Majub?
    And many in Yei prisons? Yes, they muder our people in the 3 cities but with the help our our poor leaders who just need money and leadership- Almost dor carried out that job against Jieng.

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    • 3 November 2012 07:37, by Dinkawarrior

      The Dinka-Cowboy needs to be careful about this Kisser woman! If you you looks back for how many men she kissed, you will know exactly those men were dead and we can’t make any mistake again. Secondly, I am sure the ICC and civil society are working hard to capture this criminal alive! We already know that Israelis gunships are on Air, we thanks that the criminal is on his way to hell!!!

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      • 3 November 2012 07:41, by Dinkawarrior

        We thanks God that the criminal is on his way to hell!!!

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        • 3 November 2012 14:35, by Logic

          The ICC is the biggest joke of the 21st century and S. Sudan should refrain from joining it, selective justice is not justice, its mere politics.
          However, why the high-level committee? Bashir is a dancing mis-fit and it should’ve been a low level reception to push for bilateral progress, that’s it!

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    • 3 November 2012 09:36, by Robot

      Bashir again in South Sudan!!!.
      GOSS should be careful not Riek explaining to ICC how they want Bashir. otherwise the govt is putting itself into an awkward picture. i don’t even want to see him... i hv lost a lot of my people, otherwise it is an insult receiving him.

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      • 3 November 2012 09:59, by Diu J.Kuek

        Omer Al Bashir want to visit South Sudan Capital Juba that will be disappointed and dismay to the many people in South Sudan Bashir is killer is a most wanted for war crimes a leader who have no characteristic of leadership been insulted us during Panthou conflict so civil society should start their demonstration now against this visit that useless agreement commence somewhere else not Juba,

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        • 3 November 2012 10:19, by Diu J.Kuek

          I urge South Sudanese students and civil society with very strong voice they should organize the peace full demonstration marching to Juba International Airport on the days that this criminal try to put his leg in our soil we must show him that you are not welcome also we are working so closely with ICC members but the rest of information need not to be disclose Omer is criminal,

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    • 4 November 2012 04:32, by Bolman

      are you sure you wanna ivited him or just joke i can’t believed my country should be an close ally with criminal president anyway they were the same coins but don’t blaming Israel latter when Israel crush you idiotes with Bashire because committed into serious crimes if you guys allow the criminal into your country we mean no different btw you and him

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  • 3 November 2012 07:36, by Dinkawarrior

    The Dinka-Cowboy needs to be careful about this Kisser woman! If you you looks back for how many men she kissed, you will know exactly those men were dead and we can’t make any mistake again. Secondly, I am sure the ICC and civil society are working hard to capture this criminal alive! We already know that Israelis gunships are on Air, we thanks that the criminal is on his way to hell!!!

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  • 3 November 2012 07:39, by Mapuor

    The current austerity measures in both Sudans would have been avoided if the scenario was objectively thought out.Any way fools learn through mistakes.Two viable states can only co exist on friendly relationship.Symbiotic relations are imperative for the viability of the two Sudans.

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  • 3 November 2012 09:41, by Aarai Baka

    Im so disappointed of his coming here in Juba, this year in April, he calls us as an insects n now we preparing of coming. :( what sad a nation im belonging to.i just wants everybody to booing upon his arrival to show him that we dont need him here in our soil but since we have yes sire n yes man president. Disappointed citizen

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    • 3 November 2012 11:12, by Mach-Ajong

      Coming to the land of Insects is not a jokes and it doesn’t guaranteeing someone life! I warns you whoever there, you must be responsible for both lives! Our civil society must be ready to lead the way to the airport at that day! The criminal shall be captured alive and handed over to the ICC for his crimes! President Kiir needs to distant himself from him or he must be held accountable too!!

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    • 3 November 2012 13:53, by zulu

      I see no relevance of his coming at all. I hope though that he will recieve a lukewarm and cheap reception as that of Nimeiry as his last trip to South Sudan and power. Indeed, this year could be as well Beshir’s worst predicament that will mark his arrest, ouster from power and or death.

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  • 3 November 2012 16:16, by panom lualbil

    I didnt see NUER commenting here. Maybe becos they’re ashame of DINKAS to disclose happiness in welcoming OMER BASHIR their president. Y’all should come on and say atleast a word of course, this is the president who paid you to stabbed SPLA from behind during the WAR, cowards. DR RIEK or all your AMNESTY’S SURVIVORS should be excited to share bed again with his/ their master-Bashir.

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    • 3 November 2012 20:27, by Ruach

      Eh! A digestion block can turn all plant tissues/soil particles when put into test tube using its electric higher power and energy.However,an exp’t is successful when you meet your precise times with your guiding principles in mind and put them into practices. Only rare men meet these scientific through their natural character and are existing in specific societies.It was exper’ted by 1 man with..

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      • 3 November 2012 21:15, by Ruach

        his untireless works and wide man,but looked down now by some thugs who are mouth pieces and shits! They think the are born to rule a dream that will lead them into hell!! A digestion Blocks will be introduced in the laboratories to reduce the ideas of thugs deceiving people of born to rule.Where will it happen? We will see it from the coward communities who will never walk with people.Death tothe

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    • 4 November 2012 09:31, by Ruach

      Bashir has no best friend among Nuer,go and has the Islamic leader in SOuth Sudan and the former Sudanese lawyer Abel Alier

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      • 4 November 2012 23:22, by panom lualbil

        Of which ABEL ALIER [who was once the VP of Sudan ] has got the PRESIDENCY of Sudan in around 1970 unfortunately, Joseph Lagu sneaked over but then ARABS fooled him with their VIRGIN GIRL to marry which led him to lose. We have been fighting Arabs 4 freedom of all Africans of Sudan, but becos ur ppl were born haters, they would sabotage us. You’re becos without DR JOHN to claim you [nuers] by having offered AMNESTY to RIEK MACHAR, you would have been another Arab’s cultures now, leave alone calling them gay ppl. You’re too when you all ran to KHARTOUM and flatten MR OMER so you wont be killed. You were fucked and used against SPLA. You’re 27 yrs old noncombatant fed up by ur stooge ppl. What do you know about politics? You’r homeless too living at shelter in USA. You dont know me but I know you with beard like of MR SALVA. You should be shame of urself when you and ur brother MIDIIT talk against DINKAS.

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