Archive for March 13, 2012


Paanluel Wël, Washington DC, USA.

This is the height of naivety from The Obama Administration

So the Obama administration reason that fighting for a regime change in Khartoum by The Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) to bring about a pluralistic, non-Arab, non-Islamic democratic Sudan is an assault on the ruling Arab of the Sudan? And this statement is coming from a US official?

The United States has told an alliance of rebel groups fighting the Sudanese government on multiple fronts that they could risk provoking Arab and Muslim sentiments in the country…the US special envoy to Sudan, said that he advised the rebels to abandon the goal of forcing regime change…”We told the alliance [of rebel groups] that we would not support overthrowing the government by force…the US official said there is a chance that Arabs and Muslims in Sudan could feel they are being targeted by the rebel alliance which is comprised of mainly non-Arab groups…The rebel alliance could “polarise the Arabs [who dominate the Sudanese government] against everyone else, so they can say, ’Arabs are under attack. Islam is under attack,’ ” he said….Instead, he said, the US government has told the alliance and particularly the Darfur rebels that they should “engage” the government in negotiations based on the Doha peace agreement signed in July last year by the governmen(U.S. senior diplomat for Darfur, Dane Smith).

First and foremost, both the rebels and the government in Khartoum are Muslims and the charge of “Islam” is under attack is misplaced. When the government of President Bashir commit untold atrocities against Muslims in Darfur, and is currently doing so in Nuba Mountain and Blue Nile, was/is that an attack on Islam or is Islam only attack when the victim is an Arab and a Muslim? Does Envoy Dane Smith understand what he is saying or is he just pandering to Khartoum’s propaganda machine? How could the USA’s special envoy be the mouthpiece for Khartoum regime?

Secondly, the Obama administration has successfully facilitated the rise of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Possibly soon in Syria against regimes whose records, though not praiseworthy, were not as appalling as that of President Al-Bashir and his ruling NCP Party. The claim advance by the Obama Administration for backing the rise of Political Islam is “democracy and justice” for the people in those countries who have been under continuous authoritarian regimes. If indeed Egyptians, Tunisians, Libyans, Yemenis, and Syrians do deserve to be ruled by a government of their choice and the USA is willing to publicly and financially back these forces for change, why can’t the same logic play for the people of Sudan who have been more or less under the same kind of Authoritarian regime? Is it because they are Africans while those being supported by the Obama Administration are Arabs? If that is not racism, then what is it?

The implication of Dane Smith’s argument is that Arabs of Sudan, a minority group that has abused Islam for political goal, can do anything they want and get away with it because bringing them down to account for their atrocities is somehow an attack on Islam and Arab. That is outrageous and the fact that it is coming from the USA envoy, a nation known as the beacon of hope for the oppressed people all over the world, make it more of a tragedy than a manifestation of naivety.

One wonder if Obama was the president when South Sudan was negotiating the CPA, what would have happened given that the South is mainly Christians and Animists. Would South Sudan fighting for liberation been interpreted as an attack on “Islam and Arab”? Actually, Envoy Dane Smith would make a great mouthpiece for the Al-Qaeda group because the charges of an “attack on Islam and Arabic Countries” is a persistent theme in the messages of Al-Qaeda in their wars with the West. Why on earth would Envoy Dane Smith start parroting the Al-Qaeda tactical line of incitement?

There appear to be an earnest attempt by the Obama Administration to appease anything Islamic even when Islam is a shared factor. The Darfuris, Nubans and the Blue Nileans have their own Islamic and African sentiments to be provoked by the regime in Khartoum. Would Envoy Dane Smith elaborate why this other sentiment doesn’t matter to the USA? If the Obama Administration, beholden to Muslim Brotherhood of which the NCP is an offshoot, is not willing to support the Rebels, then the Envoy is at liberty to convey that and only that information. Why go all the way to talk nonsense about an attack on Islam? How can Muslims  (the rebels) attack Islam that they are part of?

By the end of his 8 years–he is likely to win re-election for a second term in office–history will be there to give its verdict on President Obama legacy in Africa. The oppressed people of Sudan in Darfur, Nuba Mountain and in Blue Nile will have to wait another four more years before they can look up-to the USA again as a beacon of hope and democracy for all people…not just arab and muslims.

PaanLuel Wel is the Managing Editor of PaanLuel Wel: South Sudanese bloggers. He can be reached through his email address (paanluel2011@gmail.com), Facebook page, and Twitter account 

In A Major Breakthrough: Sudan, South Sudan Reach Framework Agreement

Posted: March 13, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA P.O. Box 3243

AFRICAN UNION HIGH LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION PANEL

PRESS STATEMENT

Framework Agreement on Status and related Matters 13.03.12.pdf Framework Agreement on Status and related Matters 13.03.12.pdf
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Addis Ababa, 13 March 2012: Following negotiations facilitated by the
African Union High Level Panel (AUHIP), the Government of South Sudan
and the Government of the Sudan have today initialled two agreements
on the status of nationals of each State and the demarcation of their
common boundary.

The initialled agreements were concluded in the context of a spirit of
cooperation and partnership which was discussed and agreed by the
parties. The parties have renewed their commitment to continue
negotiations in good faith and to arrive at agreements which will
ensure the economic, political and security viability of both states.

The initialled agreements will be signed by Presidents President Salva
Kiir Mayardit of the Republic of South Sudan and Omar al-Bashir of the
Republic of Sudan at a Summit of the two leaders to be held in the
South Sudan capital of Juba in the very near future.

Delegations from both Governments will meet immediately to prepare the
Summit. The AUHIP will also travel to both capitals to meet with the
two Presidents to discuss the Summit preparatory process.

Under the initialled agreement on nationality, nationals of each State
will now enjoy in the other State the following freedoms: freedom of
residence; freedom of movement; freedom to undertake economic
activity; and, the freedom to acquire and dispose of property.

These freedoms will enable Sudanese and South Sudanese to retain
historical connections and thereby contribute to peaceful coexistence
and good neighbourliness between the two States. The Parties have also
agreed to form a Committee on the Status of Nationals of the Other
State and Related Matters. The Committee will also immediately begin
work before the Presidents sign the agreements in two weeks’ time.

The initialled agreement on the Demarcation of the Boundary and
Related Issues provides the basis for commencing the exercise of
demarcating what is Africa’s longest boundary.

The initialled agreement establishes the key joint institutions to
manage and implement the demarcation exercise. These include the Joint
Border Commission, a Joint Demarcation Committee and a Joint Technical
Team which will be established within weeks of signing the agreement.

Further negotiations on outstanding matters relating to borders will
continue under the auspices of the Panel.

The Joint Political and Security Mechanism will also meet before the
Presidential Summit to discuss matters of common security concerns and
challenges between the two States.

The Parties reviewed the manner in which they have been conducting the
negotiations, with a view towards completion of the process. In this
context, they agreed that their negotiations should continue in a
renewed spirit of partnership for the construction of two viable
states.

The Panel remains available to facilitate various negotiations between
the two States, on a range of issues relating to security, oil, and
other, committed to seeking constructive consensus between on all
these matters.


Abibo Eric Ngandu
AUHIP Communications
AU Lisaison Office in Sudan (AULOS)

In A Major Breakthrough: Sudan, South Sudan Reach Framework Agreement

Khartoum/Addis Ababa – In a major breakthrough, Sudan and South Sudan Tuesday singed a framework agreement to address key issues. The pact included border demarcation, renegotiation of oil, citizenship, activation of work of military and security committee and the establishment of a ministerial committee to follow up issues of nationals of the two countries.

Ambassador Abdul Rahman Sir Al-Khatim told Sudan Vision that the two parties have put their initials on the framework agreement.
In an exclusive statement to Sudan Vision, Ambassador Al-Obeid Murawah, said the framework agreement would be followed by the conclusion of a final agreement which would be witnessed by Presidents Omer Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir Mayardit.
He said the framework agreement provides for renegotiation of the oil dispute on new bases that take into consideration the interests of the two countries, undertaking procedural arrangement for border demarcation and the establishment of a ministerial committee comprising Ministers of Interior from the both countries to address the issue of nationals.
He said that after April the 9th southern Sudanese would be considered foreigners so the ministerial committee should begin its work to address the issue.
Al-Obeid said the agreement also stipulates that the military and security committee should begin its work immediately to activate the cessation of hostilities pact signed in February last.
He expressed Sudan welcome of the agreement and anticipated success of Al Bashir-Kiir summit scheduled to convene this Month. “If the same spirit prevails during the summit, it will be successful” he said, adding that all committees would immediately begin preparing for conclusion of a final agreement.
Meanwhile, the African Union High Level Panel (AUHIP) issued Tuesday a press release saying the Government of the Sudan and the Government of South Sudan initialled two agreements on the status of nationals of each State and the demarcation of their common boundary, and that the agreements were concluded in the context of a spirit of cooperation and partnership. The parties have renewed their commitment to continue negotiations in good faith and to arrive at agreements which will ensure the economic, political and security viability of both states.
The initialled agreements will be signed by Presidents Omer Al-Bashir and President Salva Kiir Mayardit at a Summit of the two leaders to be held in Juba in the very near future.
Delegations from both Governments will meet immediately to prepare the Summit. The AUHIP will also travel to both capitals to meet with the two Presidents to discuss the Summit preparatory process.

By Mona Al-Bashir/Al-Sammani Awadallah

http://news.sudanvisiondaily.com/details.html?rsnpid=207951

The Downing of an Iranian Made Drone in The Nuba Mountains

Posted: March 13, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Press Release
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Dear All,

Please find attached statement about the downing of an Iranian drone.
Thanks
Anwar Elhaj
SPLMN Representative to the US
The Downing of an Iranian Made Drone in The Nuba Mountains
The Air Defense Units of the SPLMN and JEM forces of the SRF were able to shoot down an Iranian made drone with tail number 3-1-R031 Zagil today March 13th, 2012 at 11:00 AM in Buhirat Abyad (White Lake) area in the South Kordofan / Nuba Mountain State.
The use of Iranian made Shehab rocket missiles, personnel landmines, drones and heavy military equipments prove beyond doubt that the NCP government plan and strategy is to continue its policies of genocide, ethnic cleansing against the Nuba people and the State population in general and deny them humanitarian aid.
Arnu N. Loddi
Spokesperson of the SPLM North
March 13th, 2012
Rebel groups shot down Sudanese unmanned plane 

March 14, 2012 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) – Sudanese rebels claim that on Tuesday they shot down a Sudanese military unmanned plane in the disputed area of Jau, on the border between Sudan and South Sudan.

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A picture released by the SRF rebel group of the unmanned plane shot down in South Kordofan on 13 March 2012

In Khartoum, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) admitted the lost of the self-piloted plane but explained that there had been a technical failure.

The rebel groups Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) issued two separate statements announcing that a plane had been shot down on 13 March at 11:30am over Jau.

The rebels said the Sudan Revolution Front (SRF) were able to shoot down an Iranianmade drone with tail number 3-1-R031 Zagil on 13 March 2012 at 11:00am in Buhirat Abyad (White Lake) area in the South Kordofan / Nuba Mountain State.

Alswarmi Khaled, SAF spokesperson said the unmanned plane took off from Kadugli, South Kordofan capital and they lost its control during a military training exercise in the war torn region.

Arnu N. Loddi, SPLM-N spokesperson, called on the international community to hold the Iranian government responsible for violating international law which he said prohibits other countries from “meddling” in the “domestic affairs” of other countries.

“It is the high time the international community rise up to hold Iranian government responsible for violating international law by constantly meddling in the domestic affairs of the Sudanese people”, Loddi told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

The rebel figure claimed that Iranian government has always played “a devastating role” in the Sudanese domestic affairs by standing with Sudanese government in providing all type of military support.

“The use of Iranian made Shehab rocket missiles, personnel land mines, drones and heavy military equipments prove beyond doubt that the National Congress Party’s (NCP) government plan and strategy aim to continue its policies of genocide, ethnic cleansing against the Nubapeople and the State population in general and deny them humanitarian aid,” Loddi explained.

SPLA ACCUSE

In Juba, South Sudan’s army also said it shot down a military drone over the disputed area of Jau.

Philip Aguer, the spokesman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) told journalists that the forces of Division 4 in Unity State under the command of Major General James Gatduel Gatluak has brought down unmanned military plane that was bombarding SPLA forces on Monday in Jau area.

Aguer further accused Khartoum of invading South Sudan, saying SAF’s ground forces have now crossed Kiir River and moved deep into Warrap State by 70 kilometers.

He also said SAF is also moving into South Sudan’s territory in Western Bahr el Ghazal State as well as through Maban in Upper Nile State.

Aguer said his army has intercepted the movement of the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from Central Africa and DRC Congo into Western Equatoria State.

(ST)

http://www.sudantribune.com/Rebel-groups-shot-down-Sudanese,41905

Sudan’s Bashir to visit South Sudan, citizenship deal signed

Posted: March 13, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Sudan’s Bashir to visit South Sudan, citizenship deal signed
Reuters
By Aaron Maasho and Khalid Abdelaziz | ADDIS ABABA/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will make his first visit to South Sudan since the country gained independence last July, officials said on Tuesday, as both sides seek to resolve 
George Clooney makes quiet visit to volatile Sudan-South Sudan region ahead of 
Washington Post
NAIROBI, Kenya — Actor and human rights activist George Clooney made a quiet visit to a volatile border region between Sudan and South Sudan last week, ahead of testimony he’s giving before a US Senate committee on Wednesday. Clooney met with South 
South Sudan, Sudan presidents to meet over oil, border demarcation 
Washington Post
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — An African Union official says that the presidents of Sudan and South Sudan will soon meet to negotiate as “partners rather than aggressors.” Former South African president Thabo Mbeki said Tuesday that the meeting between the 
South Sudan: Tribal Clashes Force 15000 Lou Nuer People to Flee to Ethiopia
AllAfrica.com
Geneva — Some 15000 Lou Nuer tribespeople have fled to western Ethiopia from South Sudan in recent weeks to escape clashes with a rival tribe and for fear of reprisal attacks. “Most are women, children and elderly people who fled from Akobo County in 
South Sudan Takes Major Step to Protect its Wildlife
Newswise (press release)
Newswise — NEW YORK (March 13, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) joined officials from the Republic of South Sudan and US Government on March 8th to inaugurate Boma National Park Headquarters in Jonglei State in South Sudan
US delays Sudan economic meet over violence
AFP
WASHINGTON — The United States said Tuesday that key powers were delaying a conference on economic support to Sudan due to concerns over persistent violence since last year’s independence of South Sudan. The United States, Britain and Norway — the 
France’s Total In Talks With South Sudan Over Oil Development
Fox Business
KUWAIT CITY – France’s Total SA (TOT) has started discussions with South Sudan to re-enter its oil acreage there after its break away from the North led to an end of sanctions. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an International Energy Forum 

Adviset Warns Kampala and Juba Against Continuing to Support Rebels
AllAfrica.com
Khartoum — The Sudanese presidential adviser Mustafa Osman Ismail warned that his country is running out of patience with South Sudan and Uganda over their alleged support to rebel groups fighting Khartoum in different parts of the country.

Hundreds of thousands of Christians ordered to leave Sudan
Catholic Culture
The government of Sudan, an overwhelmingly Muslim nation, has stripped between 500000 and 700000 Christians of their citizenship and ordered them to leave for the new nation of South Sudan, according to a report from Ecumenical News International (ENI) 
South Sudan commits to making the national army child-free
Sudan Tribune
12 March 2012 Juba, South Sudan – The Sudanese People’s Liberation Army of South Sudan(SPLA) signed an agreement called an action plan with the United Nations today which renewed their commitment to release all children within their ranks.

Vizada Networks… Solution For South Sudan… (SATCOM)
SatNews Publishers
[SatNews] The Republic of South Sudan’s administration has selected the Astrium owned satellite and telecommunications specialist…. ….Vizada Networks to provide interim Internet connectivity and voice services for domestic and international 

US diplomat discusses Sudan in meetings here
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
The movement has sputtered over the last year, in particular in the wake of South Sudan in July voting to separate from the Sudan government in the north, and a reduction in violence in the Darfur region. In addition to his lunchtime speech Monday,

China cancels Sudan electricity project loan on lack of oil collateral: report

Platts
The Chinese government has canceled funding for an electricity project in Sudan as it has lost collateral for the loan, which is in the form of oil supply, following the separation of Sudan and South Sudan last year, Sudan President Omer al-Bashir said 
What Is the Fate of Country Inmates in Sudan?
AllAfrica.com
By Isaac Morris Merisiya, 12 March 2012 It is a fact that, there are still South Sudanese inmates in different parts of Sudan who are serving their conviction period, the exact number is unknown but alleged to be more than two thousand with the 

South Sudan’s army signs pact with UN to release all children in its ranks
UN News Centre
The Sudanese People’s Liberation Army of South Sudan (SPLA) today signed an agreement with the United Nations renewing its commitment to release all children within its ranks. Since 2005, the SPLA has been listed on the UN Secretary-General’s list of 

UAE Captain helps to establish Juba Air in South Sudan
eTurboNews
Samir M. Al Sayed Al Hashemi is organising start-up funds for Juba Air / Image via Legacy Aviation DUBAI, UAE – An Abu Dhabi-based UAE national is helping to set up an airline, Juba Air, in the newly independent African state of South Sudan

South Sudan struggling with healthcare crisis
Press TV
South Sudan is considered to be among the top in the list of countries with high infant and maternal mortality rate. The healthcare crisis in the country is largely due to the country’s lack of proper hospitals and qualified doctors.