Press Statement from South Sudanese Civil Society on UN’s response to Heglig’s Crisis

Posted: April 13, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël in Press Release
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13th April 2012

To: 

The office of Secretary General 
United Nations Headquarters 
New York

Att:
Special Representative of Secretary General (SRSG)
South Sudan – Juba

Dear Sirs;

Re: The Current UN’s Position on War Escalation

We here under represent all civil societies and would like to outline the following concerns:

First: We quoted The President Salva Kiir’s speech delivered on 12th April 2012, to the joint sitting of (SSLA & SSSC), reiterating that UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon ordered him for (immediate withdrawal of South Sudan troops from Higlig). As a result we condemn strong words of interfering with South Sudan’s defense and control of its territorial boundaries.

Second: We strongly support our President Kiir’s order for the SPLA Forces not to withdraw from Pan- Thou known by others as (Higlig), because it is apart and parcel of the Republic of South Sudan.

Third: To be on records the area of Pan – Thou (Higlig) was annexed to Western Kordufan State in 2004 by Dr. Nafi Ali Nafi who was a minister for Local Government before the signing of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

Fourth: We urge the UN Security Council, AU, USA, EU all friends and peace loving to intervene in order for the Sudanese Government to stop Sudanese Army Forces’ (SAF) unfounded aerial bombardment on South Sudan’s borders and towns, it must be dealt and should stop.

Fifth: We urge immediate withdrawal of SAF from all areas; Abyei, Hofra El Nehas, Kafia Kengi parts of Greater Bahr Al Ghazal, Magainis in Upper Nile as stipulated in the CPA (borders of 1956).

Seventh: Re-demarcation of boundaries between the South and the North according to AU High Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

Eighth: We strongly condemn Ban Ki Moon’s bias statement accusing SPLA of occupying Pan – Thou as if it belongs to the Republic of Sudan.
Ninth: we urge UN Secretary General Ban Moon to apologize to the people and citizens of the Republic of South Sudan for undermining our sovereignty by ordering “immediate withdrawal” of our gallant forces (SPLA) from Pan – Thou (Higlig).

Finally, we still have confidence in the UN’s charter and leadership that they can deliver fair solutions to resolve outstanding issues between the two states.

Signed by:

1. Nile Cultural Centre ………………………………………………

2. South Sudan Businessmen and Women ……………………….

3. South Sudan Workers Trade Union ……………………………

4. South Sudan Women Union ……………………………………

5. Juba University Students Union ………………………………..

6. South Sudan Lawyers Union ……………………………………

7. South Sudan Youth ……………………………………………..

8. South Sudan Universities Associations …………………………

9. South Sudan Peace Forum ………………………………………

10. South Sudan Youth for National Mobilization ………………….

CC:
- AU & IGAD – Juba
- The President Office
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Affair – Juba

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