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President Kiir: South Sudan calls for ‘serious’ talks with north

Posted: September 23, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in World

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UNITED NATIONS — The newly independent nation of South Sudan wants “serious negotiations” with Sudan to fully normalize relations, President Salva Kiir said at the United Nations on Friday.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir speaks during the United Nations General Assembly (AFP, Stan Honda)

“South Sudan wishes to declare that it is willing and ready to continue serious negotiations with Khartoum,” Kiir said in his presentation to the UN General Assembly.

“There are a number of outstanding issues,” Kiir said. “We hope to expeditiously resolve them so as to ensure complete normalization of relations between the two states.”

South Sudan formally proclaimed independence from the north on July 9, after decades of civil war that left the resource-rich country in ruins.

Outstanding border disputes risk prolonging the conflict between North and South Sudan, including in the embattled areas of Abyei, South Kordofan and the Blue Nile.

“We therefore urge the government of the Republic of Sudan to consent to the speedy demarcation of the border between the two states with the help of the international community,” Kiir said.

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In debut at UN debate, South Sudan calls for sustained global support

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan

23 September 2011 –

The world’s newest country and United Nations Member State, South Sudan, will need international assistance for a long time just to develop basic infrastructure and tap into its natural resources, President Salva Kiir said today.“South Sudan stands in dire need of all the help it can get,” he told the General Assembly’s annual general debate – the first time a representative of the State has addressed the debate.

“In most post-conflict situations, nations would normally expect to rebuild. This is not the case for us. Even before the ravages of war could set in, our country never had anything worth rebuilding. Hence we characterize our post-conflict mission as one of construction rather than reconstruction.”

Mr. Kiir said he hoped that the overwhelming support that greeted South Sudan’s independence in July will now “translate into tangible development assistance” for the country.

“Our march out of the abyss of poverty and deprivation into the realm of progress and prosperity is going to be a long one.”

He noted that while the country has abundant oil, minerals and other natural resources, so far “we hardly produce anything for ourselves.”

South Sudan must diversify its economy so that it is not overly dependent on oil, he added.

“The ambition of the people of South Sudan is to be able to transform their country into a regional agro-industrial powerhouse… the attainment of this goal will indeed remain a tall order. Much as we need external assistance, it is our passionate wish that it will be offered on terms that will also respect our political and economic choices.”

Security remains a key factor in ensuring South Sudan can develop, Mr. Kiir said, emphasizing that his country was committed to peace both within its borders and with its neighbours.

He called for a speedy resolution of the outstanding border demarcation issues with Sudan, and for serious negotiations between the two countries over economic issues, particularly arrangements over oil.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=39728&Cr=&Cr1=

South Sudan, General Debate, 66th Session

23 September 2011

Video Address by His Excellency Mr. Salva Kiir, President of the Republic of South Sudan at the General debate of the 66th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 21-24 and 26-30 September 2011)

http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/2011/09/south-sudan-general-debate-66th-session.html

UMF Student Starts South Sudan School Lunch Program

Posted: September 23, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

09/23/2011 Reported By: Tom Porter
Aruna Kenyi in the MPBN Portland Studio Like many university students, University of Maine at Farmington Senior Aruna Kenyi went home over the summer to see his family. Unlike most students, though, Kenyi’s journey took him half way around the world to his native Sudan – or to be more precise to what used to be Sudan and is now the newly independent Republic of South Sudan. It was 22-year old’s first trip home in 16 years, where he is on a personal crusade to set up a school lunch program in his home town.
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School Children in Kansuk, South Sudan

When Aruna Kenyi visited his birthplace of Kansuk in South Sudan this summer, the memories came flooding back: memories of how, as a five-year-old boy, he, along with his three brothers got separated from their parents when civil war broke out and the militia came to his village.

Happily his parents also survived the civil war, but it was to be more than 16 years before he was to them again. As one of Sudan’s so-called "Lost Boys," Kenyi, along with his brothers, wandered from village to village fleeing war and famine.

"When the civil war started in southern Sudan and hit my village, we kind of moved out of the village and travelled to different villages in southern Sudan, and we ended up in a camp in Uganda," Kenyi said. "That’s where we filled the applications for coming to the US. And in November 2003, we finally were moved to the US. The first state that we lived in was Virginia, and after that we moved to Maine because we knew some people that used to live in the camp with, that lives in Maine so we decided to move here."

After graduating from Portland High, he went to University of Maine at Farmington, where he majors in Community Health Education. But Kenyi has never lost the connection he feels to his homeland. He voted in elections for South Sudanese independence earlier this year. And as part of his studies, Kenyi resolved to travel home and work on setting up a high school lunch program in Kansuk.

"I really feel the need that if children are fed they are more likely to learn better, and perform better in school," said Kenyi. "It also improves their health. So I went there with the thought of wanting to start a school lunch program, but it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to be. I didn’t have enough funding to start the program."

Kenyi set an ambitious goal of raising $90,000. That’s the cost of providing a daily meal for all 500 kids at the local high school for one year. With the $2,600 he did raise, Kenyi bought water containers so the students have access to clean drinking water, and he set up a sponsorship program so that the unpaid volunteer teachers at the village kindergarten can get actually get paid. During his trip, Kenyi discovered that the children needed a lot more than school lunches:

"We they have so much need at this school. Needs such as library – they don’t have textbooks at this school," he said. "There are about one textbook for one class, and they don’t even have enough chairs and tables for students. Some students sit on the floor at this school."

There’s also a critical shortage of teachers, with average class sizes of about 100. But Kenyi’s number one concern remains the school nutrition program. He said there are currently no school lunches provided which means many kids have nothing to eat all day.

Aruna Kenyi: "So they go from eight to four, and once they get home they get to eat something if there is food at home. But at school there is no food."

Tom Porter: "No food at all."

AK: "No food. So the students sometimes at lunchbreak they get an hour for lunch. For most students, the distance from school to home is about two hours."

TP: "So they can’t go home for lunch, they have an hour free where they have just be hungry."

AK: "Right, and a lot of them just decide to go home and not back to school."

Aruna Kenyi said he’s determined to push ahead with more fund-raising to meet the goal of setting up a school lunch program in Kansuk. Beyond that, he hopes this will provide a model for other districts in South Sudan to do the same. One day, Kenyi plans to return to his country to work as a teacher.

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To donate, visit this website and write "Kenyi" in the designation box

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Sudan’s widening arc of instability

Posted: September 23, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

US efforts to prevent South Sudan becoming a failed state at birth risk being undermined by escalating border violence

Barack Obama and Salva Kiir Mayardit

Barack Obama meets with the South Sudan president, Salva Kiir Mayardit. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

American attention is focusing on developing South Sudan’s oil wealth and infrastructure two months after the world’s newest state declared its independence from Khartoum. But escalating fighting, including numerous reported attacks on civilians, along the length of the much-disputed, 1,250-mile north-south border is threatening a security emergency that could wreck nation-building plans.

Princeton Lyman, the US special representative for Sudan, said this month Washington was drawing up guidelines allowing US oil companies to circumvent existing sanctions and operate in South Sudan, which now controls about 75% of Sudan’s daily production of 500,000 barrels of oil.

“I’m sure we’re going to open that door but the rules of the game are still being worked out and that is very frustrating to the South because they want American oil companies there,” Lyman said. “There is a task force working on it and they will, God willing, have something soon.”

Boosting oil revenue is seen as vital if the impoverished South is to become a viable state. Oil-hungry America would also welcome a new supplier. But, although most of Sudan’s oil is now located in the South, its transportation, refining and export is controlled by the Khartoum government, with which Washington has poor relations.

Chinese, Indian and Malaysian oil companies currently dominate Sudan’s oil industry. Unlike American firms such as Chevron, they can and do ignore US-decreed sanctions imposed over the conflict in Darfur. US efforts to prevent South Sudan becoming a failed state at birth further risk being undermined by the border violence. Meeting at the UN in New York this week with South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, Barack Obama stressed the need for a resolution of long-standing disputes including border demarcation and oil revenue-sharing.

Deputy US national security adviser Ben Rhodes said Obama urged the completion of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the North-South war. Obama also condemned continuing violence in theSouth Kordofan and Blue Nile border states, and called on Kiir to investigate Khartoum’s claims that South Sudan’s military is providing support to rebel fighters there.

Reports from border areas this week paint a picture of a widening arc of instability since fighting flared in June. Clashes in South Kordofan on Thursday are said to have killed dozens of people and followed fierce fighting earlier in the week. Other reports said Sudan government forces have seized control of a strategic city in the Dindiro area of Blue Nilestate after fighting with rebels allied with South Sudan.

The instability is catching. Renewed clashes have broken out in Darfur in the west, where government opponents have returned home after having been forced out of their safe havens in Libya following the fall of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. East Sudan, including the country’s main oil export terminal, is also witnessing unrest.

Khartoum has moved to reassert its authority in areas north of the new border following the South’s secession in July. But South Kordofan, the main oil-producing state, and other areas are home to militias and other groups that allied themselves with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement during the South’s war for independence. They are now in effect caught on the “wrong” side of the border and still view Khartoum as their enemy.

According to images collected on 21 September by the American-basedSatellite Sentinel Project (SSP) and analysed by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the violence is about to get worse. Khartoum “appears ready to launch a massive military drive aimed at the rebel stronghold of Kurmuk in the Blue Nile border area [involving] heavily camouflaged, mechanised units of Sudan Armed Forces comprising at least a brigade – 3,000 troops or more,” the SSP report said.

“The satellite images reveal a wall of armour, including what appear to be main battle tanks, towed artillery, infantry fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers and troop transports, apparently accompanied by half a dozen Hind attack helicopters near Dindiro town.”

John Bradshaw, executive director of the Enough project pressure group, accused the Khartoum government of using random violence against civilians. “Since May, the government of Sudan has used indiscriminate and disproportionate force, including campaigns to bombard civilians, in the three border areas of Abyei, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile state…

“The US and the larger international community should invoke the [UN’s] ‘responsibility to protect’ doctrine to exert greater pressure on the government of Sudan to spare the lives of non-combatants,” he said.

Charlie Clements of Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy said Khartoum was engaged in routine violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by targeting civilians using air strikes and artillery.

But both sides are at fault. The SSP also noted there were “credible reports that Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North forces have conducted indiscriminate shelling and other alleged abuses”.

In a bid to stem the upsurge in violence, Sudan and South Sudan officials signed a border security agreement at the weekend, to be overseen in part by Ethiopian peacekeepers. “This agreement will strengthen the exchange between the two peoples … We don’t see any conflicts,” the Sudanese defence minister, Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein, said. But such bland, blinkered assurances have been offered before. In Sudan’s border badlands, the evolving reality on the ground seems very different – and very dangerous.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/23/south-sudan-oil?newsfeed=true

Former USA residents expand program to South Sudan

Posted: September 23, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

A former New Richmond couple is taking their trauma rehabilitation efforts to a new country.Family

By: By Jeff Holmquist, New Richmond News

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Carl and Julie Gaede are pictured with their daughters Emma and Grace. The family has taken in a teenage mom, Judith, and her newborn, Elijah.

Carl and Julie Gaede, who sold most of their belongings and moved to Kampala, Uganda three years ago, have been working with refugees and those scarred by the horrors of war and violence.

The couple, along with their daughters Emma and Grace, has done much of their work near Gulu, Uganda in the northern part of the country. That village is near the epicenter of unspeakable terror and violence over the past couple decades. Not a single person or family remains untouched by tragedy.

Prior to a political stabilization of the region, thousands of people were slaughtered at the hands of the military and rebel groups. Many young people were also abducted from families and forced to fight with rebels and follow through with terrible acts of violence.

Because of their background in counseling and psychotherapy, the Gaedes said they felt God directing them to help people in that region through the process of healing.

Their Christian-based curriculum is taught to native facilitators who then help people find healing, peace and forgiveness. Since they began working in Uganda, more than 16,000 people from 30 different villages have graduated from the two-week, intensive course.

“We’ve just been hearing amazing testimonies of life transformation and healing,” Julie said. “We can’t take the credit. It’s all been God’s work, but it’s been cool to watch.”

The success of the counseling effort has gone beyond what the couple had hoped for, Carl reported, and that’s why they are expanding their reach beyond the borders of Uganda.

“God has done so much more than what we anticipated,” Carl said. “It’s pretty amazing, and it’s been thrilling to be part of it.”

The Gaedes have now rented space in South Sudan (the world’s newest independent nation) and have hired staff to bring the trauma rehabilitation program there. Many people in South Sudan have experienced similar traumatic pain that has scarred them emotionally and physically.

“There is no lack of need for these kinds of programs in that region,” Carl said. “People are just begging us to come and have a program there. There are millions of people in that area that are scarred by war and violence.”

Because of the success of the program, the Gaedes have received the endorsement of government officials to expand into South Sudan.

“Right now there is such an open door in front of us,” Carl said. “Great things are happening.”

Carl said they hope to hire a few more staff people before launching the program in the villages and cities of South Sudan.

That’s why the couple is back in the New Richmond area for the next couple months. They hope to raise funds that will allow them to better establish the new South Sudan program.

They spoke at Faith Community Church in New Richmond on Sept. 18. Upcoming presentations are at First Baptist Church in New Richmond on Oct. 2; and Bridge Bible Church in Somerset on Oct. 9 to let local residents know about their growing efforts and to seek financial supporters.

“We are trying to meet with anyone who wants to hear what God is doing in Uganda and South Sudan,” Carl said.

The Gaedes are planning an Oct. 7 fundraiser to benefit their non-profit organization Tutapona. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will include a semi-formal meal, live music and silent auction. It will be held at Ready Randy’s in rural New Richmond.

Anyone wishing to donate individually to their ministry can visit www.tutapona.com or mail checks to Tutapona, P.O. Box 214, New Richmond, Wis. 54017.

http://www.newrichmond-news.com/event/article/id/33877/

Iraq, South Sudan Slated to Speak at UN Friday

Posted: September 23, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Posted Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 9:14 am

The United Nations General Assembly holds its third day of general debate Friday, with the leaders of Iraq, the new country of South Sudan, and Israel slated to speak.

General debate continues on Saturday and Monday through Friday of next week.

On Thursday, in one of the most controversial of the speeches, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad harshly criticized the United States, Israel, and the West, accusing them of provoking wars, causing worldwide recession, and spreading “totalitarianism.”

His statements provoked a walkout by delegations from the United States, France, and more than two dozen other nations. The speech came after several hundred protesters rallied outside the United Nations, voicing their displeasure over Mr. Ahmadinejad’s presence at the General Assembly.

Iran is at odds with European governments and the Obama administration for its nuclear program. Mr. Ahmadinejad often uses appearances on the international stage to demand less Western influence in directing global concerns.

British Prime Minister David Cameron also addressed the assembly Thursday, focusing on the transition to democracy in the Middle East. He called on Western nations to provide assistance to the fledgling governments in the “Arab Spring” countries, but cautioned them not to impose their own values.

And Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged world leaders to put pressure on Israel to achieve peace with the Palestinians and to not allow them to act above the law.

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By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, September 23, 6:55 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya — A U.S. monitoring group said Friday that new satellite imagery appears to show what it called a “massive” military march toward a rebel stronghold in a contested region near South Sudan.

The Satellite Sentinel Project said the images show heavily camouflaged military equipment and several thousand troops moving south toward the rebel stronghold of Kurmuk in Blue Nile state. The group said the force appears to be equipped with tanks, artillery and infantry fighting vehicles.

“Since May, the government of Sudan has used indiscriminate and disproportionate force, including campaigns to bombard civilians, in the three border areas of Abyei, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile State,” said Enough Project Executive Director John C. Bradshaw. “This irrefutable, visual evidence of massive military operations in Blue Nile State provides a human security warning to civilians in Kurmuk and the surrounding area.”

South Sudan, a region of black tribesmen, officially broke away from the mostly Arab north Sudan in July. But residents in the three border areas who are aligned tribally and politically with the south have seen military attacks from Sudan, according to human rights groups

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The rights groups said that Sudanese government restrictions have prevented aid groups from delivering food and other assistance to more than 150,000 people displaced by violence in the contested region.

Late last month international rights groups accused Sudan’s government of killing at least 26 people in indiscriminate aerial bombardments in the Nuba Mountain areas of South Kordofan state.

Sudan’s government has said that the contested regions are home to rebels armed by South Sudan and urged the U.N. to take action against South Sudan for violating a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of conflict.

The Satellite Sentinel Project said last month that satellite imagery found two more mass graves in South Kordofan, bringing the total number of graves seen there to eight.

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Human Rights Activist John Dau Speaks on Sudan Atrocities

Posted: September 23, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

NGO focuses on providing healthcare to South Sudanese

Kim Lewis | Washington D.C.

President Barack Obama meets with the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir in New York, Sept., 21, 2011.

Photo: AP

President Barack Obama meets with the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir in New York, Sept., 21, 2011.

Organizers of the Global Summit against Discrimination and Persecution say they want to impress upon world leaders that human rights are universal.

Among some of today’s speakers is John Dau, founder of the John Dau Foundation, an NGO that focuses on providing healthcare to South Sudanese.

Dau’s story was highlighted in the award winning documentary “Lost Boys of Sudan.” As a child he was separated from his family during a night time military attack and was left to survive on his own. He said he was forced to eat whatever he could find, leaves, berries, or most of time nothing at all.

Dau expressed excitement when asked about the new country of South Sudan.

“It is a wonderful feeling and I am so glad that this thing happened while I am still alive,” said Dau.

The president of South Sudan Salva Kiir will speak September 23, at the UN General Assembly.

“Now that we have our own country, we will speak up. What we don’t like and how we’d like our country to be governed—we will have that opportunity to voice our concern, and I think it will be heard,” said the NGO founder.

The John Dau Foundation is focused on providing healthcare services to the people of South Sudan.

Dau says this is something that did not exist in the past.

The John Dau Foundationa has built a medical center in Dau’s hometown in South Sudan as well as having vaccinated over 65,000 children.

He said over 800 mothers have given birth for the first time in the medical center which also has ultrasound equipment, an ambulance, internet access, HIV and nutritional programs.

The goal is to provide free health services for everyone in South Sudan.

As world leaders meet at the UN General Assembly in New York, Dau said he has a message for them.

He said, “you don’t say things, do things. You are here to represent the whole world, and there are atrocities being committed, anywhere, China, Zimbabwe or somewhere else, Abyei, Kordofan, Blue Nile—these atrocities are being committed as we speak. What are they (world leaders) waiting for? Do they want to see another Darfur?

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http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/east/Human-Rights-Activist-John-Dau-Speaks-on-Sudan-Atrocities-130411673.html

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Sudan hit by spiralling food prices

Posted: September 23, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Economy

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KHARTOUM, Sept 23 – In Khartoum’s main food market, loudspeakers blare out the price of meat in a bid to attract customers, but it seems a futile gesture in the face of spiralling inflation that has driven many people away.

Mubarak Ibrahim, who runs a meat stall in the Souq al-Markazi, says business has plummeted this year because of the soaring cost of beef, which has doubled since January and now sells for 20 Sudanese pounds per kilo ($5, 3.70 euros).

“Before the prices started rising, I sold around 300 kilos of beef every day. Now I sell just 120 kilos a day,” he adds.

The government is scrabbling to contain the “crisis of high food prices,” as the governor of Khartoum state described it earlier this week, which has hit ordinary Sudanese hard and forced painful household spending cuts.

The cabinet approved measures on Thursday aimed at boosting agricultural output, by cutting tax on some food products and easing imports on milk and chicken in a bid to reduce prices directly.

But it increasingly seems to be running out of options.

The crisis comes on the back of mounting economic problems for Sudan, ranging from weak state finances and an ailing currency to crippling foreign debt estimated at around $38 billion.

These prompted the government to announce a new austerity package in June, shortly before the secession, on July 9, of the oil-producing south.

The independence of South Sudan, where three-quarters of the country’s 470,000 barrels per day of oil is produced, has aggravated the crisis, depriving the north of much of its hard currency income.

The Sudanese pound (SDG) has slumped against the dollar, which now buys four SDG or more compared with around three in January, further restricting Khartoum’s ability to buy food on the international market.

A rare three-day meat boycott announced last week by the Sudanese consumer protection society, a local NGO, in protest at the punitive prices, appears to have achieved very little in cooling the cost of beef.

One woman shopping in the central market, who requested anonymity, said she has cut the amount of food she buys by around 25 percent.

“For three days I boycotted meat, but when I returned to the market I found the price was same as before. But the problem is not just meat. All food prices have gone up.”

Naama Osman, a young mother of five whose husband works for the government, said food inflation has also forced her to limit her family’s diet.

“All the food prices have gone up, and this affects what my family gets to eat. Before the high prices, I could buy any food that I wanted. Now I’ve stopped buying fruit.”

Meanwhile, officials pin high hopes on the ability of Sudan’s once-thriving agricultural industry to boost exports to compensate for the shortfall in oil revenues, and bring food prices down.

Abdelrahman al-Khidir, the Khartoum governor, on Monday unveiled two new projects in his state that he said would increase beef and vegetable production, without providing details.

But even if the government does manage to ramp up food output, which many doubt it will, there is a growing number of hungry Sudanese families to feed before the government can begin exporting to neighbouring Arab countries.

http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2011/09/23/sudan-hit-by-spiralling-food-prices/

President Kiir’s message during the announcement of the Referendum Results

Posted: September 23, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Speeches

‘Hope for a Better Future’

Fellow Citizens,

Distinguished Countrymen and Women,

The announcement of the final result of the Referendum has marked the end of an era and today is the beginning of a new era in our history. Today is a glorious day for all the sons and daughters of Southern Sudan. It is a glorious day for the people of the Republic of the Sudan. It is a glorious day for Africa and the world. You have exercised your inalienable right to self-determination freely, fairly and peacefully. You have expressed your freewill over your future. By this official result of 98.83%, the whole world has heard your voice loud and clear!

You have voted for freedom, equality, justice, and democracy. You have voted for the fulfillment of the ideals that inspired our struggle from its inception in 1983. This result is the crowning moment of all the sacrifices we made during our long struggle. As a people, you have chosen the path to permanent peace. You have chosen the path to human dignity. And you have chosen the path to nationhood.

As we celebrate the announcement of the final Referendum result, we honour the memory of our fallen heroes and heroines foremost among them, our dear and valiant leader, Comrade Dr John Garang De Mabior. Twenty eight years ago, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, alongside other brave and resolute SPLM/A leaders, launched a struggle for liberation; a struggle unlike all struggles that preceded it.

This result is testimony that our martyrs did not fall in vain, for they made our past heroic, our present great and our future full of promise. They laid down their lives so that we may live as free men and women. It now remains for us – the living – to complete the magnificent work they had commenced. Their memories shall live forever in our hearts and in our minds.

I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere words of appreciation to all those who contributed magnificently to the signing of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005 and made this day to become a reality. First among those commendable leaders is my brother Field Marshall Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, President of the Republic of the Sudan and his colleagues in the National Congress Party (NCP). I commend them for their bold decision to choose peace rather than continued war. Second, I pay tribute to IGAD countries, IGAD Partners Forum (IPF), the AU, the EU, the Arab League of Nations and the UN for their firm stand to support the Sudanese people in their long search for permanent peace.

On behalf of the people of South Sudan and on my own behalf, I can honestly say that there are no fitting words to express our gratitude to you. Indeed, there is no fitting tribute for your persistence and dedication to bring an end to one of Africa’s longest civil wars. We thank you and we look forward to your continued support in building this emerging nation.

To President Bashir and the NCP, we will work together to help Sudan regain its pride. We will assist in persuading the world to remove sanctions from Sudan. We will appeal together for the removal of Sudan from the countries in the list of terrorist countries. We will review the debt situation and seek debt relief from the International Financial Institutions and affluent countries. We will work together to expeditiously resolve the Darfur conflict. This is our sincere promise and commitment as a reward for your collaborative efforts in the full implementing of the CPA.

Dear Citizens, today I call upon all of us to put behind the long and sad history of war, hardship and needless sacrifice imposed by violent conflict. Nonetheless to say, we are also mindful that the legacy of war will stay with us for some time to come. By this referendum, we have ended one struggle and now we must start a new one, that of nation building. We must consolidate our institutions and begin to play a major role in the region and among the community of nations.

From now henceforth, we must protect this new nation and ensure that we do not end up in the same situation which we fought against. Never again shall the people of Southern Sudan be oppressed for their political outlook. Never again shall the people of Southern Sudan be discriminated on account of race or religion. Today, we make a solemn commitment to democracy; to pluralism, to the rule of law; to freedom of thought, belief and expression. Differences will always arise but we must respect one another’ right to think and speak freely.

In order to protect these rights and freedoms, the Government of Southern Sudan has established a technical team to work on a Transitional Constitution. This will be presented to the current Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly (SSLA) to pass as a new Transition Constitution. The Transition Constitution will be the starting point for an extensive and wide consultative process to produce a permanent constitution for the new Republic of South Sudan; a constitution which fulfills the aspirations of the people. These consultations and the enactment of the permanent constitution will take place under a broad-based government, to be appointed after July 9th, 2011.

Distinguished Citizens, in addition to preparations for the Transitional Period, we do have a number of priorities to attend to, which include among others, addressing the outstanding CPA issues: notably the Abyei Protocol and the North-South border; reaching an Agreement on post-referendum issues; addressing the security and economic challenges; focusing on, and working to meet the huge expectations of our people.

What this entails is that we must embark on the following steps:

1. The SPLM and the NCP must work together to find a solution on Abyei and the North-South border.

2. The Popular Consultations in the Two Areas of Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states must be implemented.

3. The SPLM and the NCP must resume serious negotiations to conclude an Agreement on Post-referendum issues.

4. The SPLM leadership will convene a meeting of the leadership of Southern Sudanese Political Parties on February 14th, 2011 to discuss the Transition.

5. Appointment of a widely representative Transition body to work out modalities for inclusion in the independence first government of the new Republic.

6. Regional and international engagements in order to gain expeditiously recognition for the new state of South Sudan.

7. Finally, convening of a donor conference to raise the necessary funds for the construction and development of the new state.

Managing the high expectations of our people will remain a major challenge to the new state of South Sudan. Allow me to again enumerate a score of goals without whose achievement the future our people are longing for shall not be realized. It is, therefore, appropriate and fitting to restate those goals and reaffirm our commitment to focus all our energies to achieve them:

· Rural Transformation: Taking towns to the rural areas shall remain the number one priority in the new state. Since more than 80 percent of our people live in rural areas, intense agriculture shall be the major pillar for reform.

· Education, Training and Scientific Research: The rejuvenation of education in Southern Sudan shall be accelerated with a view to ensuring free universal basic education to all children.

· Health: Enlargement of primary health care to cover the whole of Southern Sudan.

· Physical Infrastructure: Achievement of multiple road connectivity: interstate in Southern Sudan; between North and South Sudan and between Southern Sudan and its neighbors to the East and South. In this respect South Sudan may become the hub of the Trans-Africa road network linking the North of the continent to its South and East to West.

· Public Service: This demands competent, efficient and disciplined working force while civility entails awareness of the public good.

· Peace, Security and the Rule of Law: Our people need peace: peace in their homes and luaks; peace in their communities and within communities, peace in the work place and peace in the streets.

· Women and Youth: Women’s role in society should never be underestimated. They raise and care for our children. They maintain cohesion in our families. Youth, on the other hand, had throughout the struggle animated our strive for liberty. Today they are at the forefront of a different war: the war for consolidating peace, building institutional structures from scratch and contributing to the development of our country. Their spirit of entrepreneurship is there to see in the market place.

· Reconciliation: Right from 2005, we decided to form an inclusive government and engaged with leaders of Other Armed Groups (OAGs). Currently Southern Sudanese Political Parties are engaged in discussions so as to forge ahead in building a new nation.

· War Veterans, Heroes, Heroines and Victims:

First: To entrust the cause of War Veterans to the Ministry of SPLA Affairs which shall be called, from now on, Ministry of SPLA and Veterans Affairs. I expect the Ministry to come up with well – thought-out plans that shall cater for the needs of veterans.

Second: I instruct the Ministries of Education and Labour, Public Service & Human Resource Development to give special attention/ consideration in education, training and employment opportunities, to widows and orphans. I also instruct the two ministries, alongside the Commission on War-disabled, Widows and Orphans, to formulate and implement policies for upgrading the capacity of those of the above groups who lack education or training to make them fit for the labour market.

Third: I reiterate my election promise to establish a special fund, under my supervision, to cater for the needs of those groups. I appeal to our development partners to contribute to this effort.

Fourth: I shall work out a retirement package to SPLM/A historical leaders to meet the needs of these selfless leaders who sacrificed everything for the cause of the people for over two decades. For those of them who are no longer with us, their families shall be entitled to the same benefits.

· Integrity in Public Service:

We shall have zero – tolerance to corruption. Zero – tolerance to corruption, however, is not only a badge to be attached to the lapels of our jackets. It should be a culture. It should be an ethical commitment. It should be an attitude that guides our behavior. It should be part of our professional conduct.

· Protection of the Environment:

Environmental Protection was often tucked into different department as an add – on. Now it has its own place and shall continue to be so.

· National Unity:

Ever since the CPA was signed, and indeed long before that, the SPLM has been unequivocal on how the unity of Southern Sudan could be best maintained. We must strive and do everything possible to achieve and maintain the unity of our people.

Those are the cardinal goals and essential principles that shall guide our government as a new state and with God’s help, we shall succeed.

Dear brothers and sisters, we have fought and made enormous sacrifices for the freedom of our nation. In the field, we stood together as comrades in arms. Now we must stand steadfastly together as good citizens. We have before us a task that cannot wait – the task of building our new nation.

Today we must allow ourselves to dream. We dream of South Sudan where children go to school without fear of air bombardments. We dream of South Sudan where every house is served with electricity and water. We dream of South Sudan where everybody has access to health care. We dream of South Sudan where every family has enough food on the table. We dream of South Sudan where all our sons and daughters live in brotherhood and sisterhood. We dream of South Sudan where we live at peace with our neighbours and the world.

This is our dream and our task is to make it a reality. Our purpose is to give to our children what the war took away from us: peace, rule of law, food security, health care, good education, running water, clean water, electric power, and opportunity for the pursuit of happiness and prosperity.

Let us all work to give our children hope for a better future.

Thank you and God bless South Sudan.

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President Kiir meets Israeli PM

Posted: September 23, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

NEW YORK, 23 September 2011 – In his third day of staying at the UN Millennium Plaza in New York, President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit and the accompanying delegation continued to hold series of meetings with some heads of states in the margins of the UN/GA meetings.


H.E Kiir shakes hands with the Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Natanyahu.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

H.E Kiir held an important meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister H.E Benyamin Netanyahu at the Regency Hotel. The meeting searched for possible means of strengthening the relations between South Sudan and Israel. President Kiir briefed Mr. Netanyahu on the political situation in the country and the efforts being exerted by the government towards realizing good governance, respect of human rights and the fight against corruption.


H.E Kiir shakes hands with the President of Labanon H.E M. Suleiman.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

H.E Kiir also met the President of Lebanon, H.E. Gen. Michael Suleiman as well as the President of the Republic of Slovenia H.E Dr. Danilo Turk.


H.E Kiir meets with President of Slovania H.E Danilo Turk.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

The three heads of states welcomed South Sudan to the international community and expressed readiness of supporting the new state of South Sudan.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth Elisapana from New York

H.E Kiir meets President Obama

NEW YORK, 22 September 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today Wednesday September 21st, 2011 met his counterpart, the President of the United States of America H.E Barack Obama.


President Obama shakes hands with President Kiir.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

The meeting primarily centered on a range of issues of mutual concern between the United States of America and the Republic of South Sudan; issues pertaining good governance in South Sudan; the peace process; the need to resolve the remaining issues of the CPA; and post-independence arrangements.

Shortly after the meeting, the minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial told the press that the President of the United States of America H.E Barak Obama assured H.E Kiir that USA will continue to support South Sudan as a friendly state until South Sudan stands on its feet.


The two Presidents Obama and Kiir and their delegations in a joint meeting.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

Hon Nhial revealed that H.E Kiir briefed President Obama on the post-independence arrangements and that South Sudan remains committed to cooperate with Khartoum in resolving the remaining issues. Hon Nhial said H.E Kiir briefed President Obama on the measures taken by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan for minimizing corruption and enhancing good governance in the country. President Kiir also stressed the commitment of the new state to the respect of human rights.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth Elisapana from New York

President Kiir arrives in New York

NEW YORK, 21 September 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit arrived yesterday Tuesday September 20th, 2011 afternoon in New York heading a very high delegation of the Republic of South Sudan to participate in the sixty sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly scheduled to commence on September 21st, 2011.

In the delegation are Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Hon. Emmanuel Lowilla, minister in the Office of the President; Hon. Stephen Dhieu, minister for Petroleum; Hon. Garang Diing, minister for Commerce, Industry and Investment, among others.


H.E Kiir being received by the South Sudanese in New York.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

Before the UN/GA session President Kiir will on September 22nd, 2011 participate in a mini-summit in cooperation with member states on preventing and responding to sexual violence. H.E Kiir is expected to address the sixty sixth session of the United Nations’ General Assembly on 23rd September 2011 at the UN General Assembly meeting hall. In the margins of the UN/GA session, H.E Kiir will meet some heads of states.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth from New York

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