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Sudan, South Sudan break off talks, no deal in sight

Posted: June 7, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

ReutersBy Aaron Maasho | Reuters –

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Sudan and South Sudan broke off security talks on Thursday after failing to agree on a demilitarized zone along their disputed border to help prevent them slipping into outright warfare.

The African neighbors came close to war when a border dispute in April saw the worst violence since South Sudan split from Sudan in July under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war.

Both countries, which accuse each other of supporting rebels in the other’s territory, returned to African Union-mediated negotiations last week, the first direct talks since the border clashes.

After 10 days of talks, the two sides were unable to agree where to draw a demilitarized buffer zone along the 1,800-km- (1,200-mile-) long border.

Khartoum’s delegation accused South Sudan of making new land claims, most importantly to the Heglig oil field whose output is vital to Sudan’s battered economy. The southern army had temporarily occupied Heglig during the recent fighting.

“The border is based on a map that we have been using for the past six years (since the 2005 peace deal was signed), but they (South Sudan) have included five areas within their border,” Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel Raheem Mohamed Hussein said.

“We consider it as a hostile action,” he told reporters in Addis Ababa, where the talks took place.

To back its claim to the field, Khartoum has cited a 2009 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on Abyei, another disputed area. The court issued maps that put Heglig in the north.

Juba contests Khartoum’s claim, citing an internal boundary marked from the British colonial rule that ended in 1956, and the ethnicity of the local population.

There was no immediate word from South Sudan but members of Juba’s delegation confirmed talks on border security had ended for now with no agreement and no new date scheduled.

Despite the lack of progress, Hussein said both sides had renewed pledges to end hostilities during the talks.

“We will continue attending these talks but the (African Union) panel will now take time and invite (us back),” he said.

Sudan accuses South Sudan of supporting rebels fighting the army in two southern border states. Juba denies the claims and says Khartoum funds militias on its side of the border.

Diplomats and the Sudanese foreign ministry said talks on a future status for Abyei, another contested border area, would probably continue for the next few days.

Both countries are at loggerheads on a string of issues such as oil payments. Landlocked South Sudan took three-quarters of Sudan’s oil production — the lifeline of both economies — but needs to sell its crude through northern export facilities.

Both countries have failed to agree on a transit pipeline fee and Juba has shut down its entire oil output of roughly 350,000 barrels after Khartoum started seizing southern oil as compensation for what it calls unpaid fees.

Some two million people died in the civil conflict between north and south, waged for all but a few years between 1955 and 2005 over ideology, ethnicity, religion and oil.

(Editing by Ulf Laessing and Michael Roddy)

http://news.yahoo.com/sudan-south-sudan-break-off-talks-no-deal-225001438.html


Our genuine heartfelt to the great Israeli society and our soul pain to Israeli authorities on their unethical attitudes on African communities in Israel:

We “South Sudanese Community in Israel welcomed the expatriation ruled out by the Jerusalem District or Administrative Court but we called upon the Court too, to based our returning on legal procedures of repatriation of the refugees. Its legality is that, “returning should be carried out by the Human Rights Organizations such as UNHCR, IOM and any other Human Rights Organizations but not by Government Parastatals institutions that make business on people such as International Operation Bless run by Charmaine Hedding or Migration Police because we came here in Israel with our UNHCR documents.

When we came in Israel, we do not have tourist Visas or passports that may put us into the groups of illegal migrants that may authorized migration police to deport us but the Israeli policy on Sudanese sabotaged our rights since our presents in Israeli State as refugees looking for protection, and we are appealing to the Court for legal extradition.

Nothing bad than being unwanted in the house of your best friend as tragedy and traumatized life of hatred strikes our human soul in our living among our blessed brothers and sisters of Israel, and we all know deeply in the bottom of our hearts that something went undetermined, very deep within our core has been shattered due to unreciprocated statements made by Interior Minister Eli Yishai such as  “Muslims that arrive here do not even believe that this country belongs to us, to the white man,” but we are not Muslim and being “a white man or yellow” has nothing to do with us Mr.

Interior as well as we not conquerors of Israeli land. We have our own blessed land in South Sudan but due to the Islamic brutal regime in North Sudan, made us reached your country because death is the first and last enemy a person can run to unknown places so that one can deserves taking in and out of the air daily.

The blow of a sustained wind of love and respect has been so difficult to gain as we do question ourselves that “is there time we will be able to go on or ever heal the pain we have so intensely experienced since our present in Israel?” A pain we referred to is the Soul Pain not body physical tenderness.

We came into Israeli country looking for the soul healing and protection but not that heart which has made us fled our homeland that is now a sovereign State (South Sudan) and that love Israel more than food. We South Sudanese always feel amazed at the moment we entered among Israeli society but Authorities made us so discomfort in our presents. According to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: who says, “the breach of Israeli borders by infiltrators could threaten the Jewish and democratic state,” and removing the “infiltrators” from Israel will begin by removing South Sudanese,” this statement shocked us and make us feel the heat of hatred and racism that has occupied the air in Israel.

We are often left ill-equipped of how we will fit into our friendship within the experiences of hatred as MK Miri Regev of Likud: called the Sudanese “cancer” in their body. That makes South Sudanese in Israel, loss the trust and respect of Jewish society who figured or grouped Sudanese in general as wrong doers. The task of figuring out wrong doer and how to carry out official’s duties or statements in public media often seems impossible from higher authorities in Israel, as in the past few weeks, Interior Minister, Eli Yishai, subjected diseases such as hepatitis B, measles, and AIDS to Africans among his people but being a black man or women doesn’t make all Africans to be diseases carrier, (Published in Ynetnews on 05.19.12).

And I think, if I’m not wrong, we “South Sudanese” residing in his country, are part of his people although we are not welcome but at least, we are in his house drinking his water and eating his food.

According to Minister Yishai, it turns out that Africans are the main production factor of “various phenomena problems such as the rape epidemic, violence and theft but not all Africans are in that business”. As the process of alteration, one often feels like he/she is having tail and hair on his/her body rather than being human among other human beings but “the greatest gift one can give others is the example of his/her own life working.” Well, aside from all that, nobody will encourage rape and rapists among the people.

I call on my African people who are going to be left in Israel, to distanced themselves from such evil thing. Please, living in harmony with neighbors and friends is good for remembrance. Rape is a scary thing in human life and I will support interior minister, Eli Yishai on his devastating comments and other authorities of protective organs to apply legal majors on those who think of the unlawful by compelling a person through physical force or duress to have sexual intercourse.

Rape can scar a person for life leaving emotional, mental, and physical scars. It damages psychological health and can cause a person to shut themselves down from people due to fear as we have experienced it through their racism language rather than demographic problems. As Danny Danon of Likud usually attacked African people on his “Facebook Wall” by saying that, “Israel is at war with an enemy state of infiltrators established in Israel, and its capital is south Tel Aviv” of which the root cause of racism and hatred emerges from Mr. Danny Danon Facebook page.

And in my view, others such as Michael Ben-Ari and MK Aryeh Eldad of National Union of which Michael Ben-Ari caused our kids of carrying unknown diseases and MK Aryeh Eldad who highlighted the “shooting of whoever touches Israeli borders” are dancing attendees of racism party.

In my conclusion, I personally and the South Sudanese Community in Israel gave special thanks to the head of Israeli Defend forces Ehud Barak and any others protective high authorities as well as each and everyone uniform for their honesty at the borders.

The values of Israel and Jew are with those people I met at the border in 2006 and in the prison. And our heart pleasure to the head of the Department of Foreign Affairs: Avigdor Liberman, for his Leadership based on the rule of laws, moral and code of ethic by mentioning that “no person has the right to violate the law and resort to violence against others, certainly not to endanger lives.”

The author of this article is Joseph Monyde Malieny: a native of South Sudan and a Postgraduate in Government, Administration and Development Studies at the University of South Africa.  I can be reached at 46403027@mylife.unisa.ac.za

In politics enemies are tomorrow’s friends

Posted: June 7, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Africa, Featured Articles

I tell young journalists I am a ‘former Member of Parliament’ who dutifully served the nation in this capacity for six years.

But just so that they do not treat me as a political dropout who is past his sell-by date, I quickly lament at the Sergeant-at-Arms’ decision to confine me to Press Gallery because I was ‘elected’ to Parliament by my employer.

Nonetheless, this afforded me the chance to see politician as they are, and the first thing I lost was trust in them. Here is the basis of my cynicism with this lot that lures us to vote them under the influence of sweet-sounding nothings like ‘Change you can believe in’, ‘Sema na kutenda’ and ‘Join the liberators’.

You see, and forgive my language, like Michael Heseltine told British iron-fisted premier Margaret Thatcher, “Trust is like virginity, you lose it once and you never get it back”. I have since consulted Mr Google and found out that Heseltine was rich in the wallet but a thief of quotes.

I must add I admire this man’s resolve, when he disagreed with Thatcher over rescue plan for the British helicopter industry, he picked up his papers, and walked out saying: “I can no longer be a member of this Cabinet”.

Now that is called principle – something as rare in our political arena as water in the Namib Desert. It’s what would have made the two Deputy Prime Ministers – Uhuru Kenyatta and Musalia Mudavadi – quit Cabinet of their own volition.

For Uhuru because he is to face trial over some of the world’s gravest charges, and for Mudavadi, because he’s holding it on a ticket of a party he accords the singular honour my Somali friends reserve for saliva.

But anyway as a Nigerian proverb says, if a succulent fruit falls next to dung, you first cover the defecation with leaves (I guess they forgot to also advise that you hold your nose tight) as you pick the fruit. This is what  the two leaders, alongside the over 100 MPs who have long left the parties on whose tickets they were elected, are doing.

kiss-a-frog-A-day

I also learnt their definition of ‘enemy’ is different from ours. Why? Because to them today’s enemy could be a friend in waiting, or rather the guy whose hand you will need to cross a certain bridge tomorrow.

So, much as they insult each other, do not be fooled that they do not meet at night, or that they may the next day hold hands on the podium.

The politician after all is strange specie who for survival’s sake, knows only one master – his or her interest – which is why unlike women they can kiss a frog everyday in search of Mr or Miss Right.

That is why when Mr Joseph Kamotho who made a career out of crowing the unprintable against Raila Odinga and Opposition against Mzee Moi, crossed over to Tinga’s LDP, some of us who have lost the virginity called trust were not surprised. Not even because a few months back Tinga had taken Kamotho’s job at Kanu headquarters.

I have also seen old enemies turn friends at the altar of political survival, just like Mr George Nyanja one day turned up to praise Moi for saving his ‘matrimonial’ home.

And who linked him with Moi? Of course Kihika Kimani, who himself had in 1976 led the tribal brigade that attempted to block Moi from taking over should Mzee Jomo Kenyatta die in office.

The examples of political enmity that dissolved on this altar are innumerable, and include how those who were close parted and may be even reunited.

Look at late David Mwenje. He was used to remove a lackluster VP called Josephat Karanja, and he delivered. So proud was he, like that hen Mark Twain says laid egg and thought it was an asteroid. So proud of the job was Mwenje he claimed his powers stemmed from sharing initials with Moi.

We can go on and on but because many never seem to learn from history, it suffices to say, the enemy of your political leader isn’t necessarily your enemy, and also when they point out and unite against their enemy, it does not mean they can’t work with them if circumstances demand so.

That’s why Eugene Wamalwa and Cyrus Jirongo are wavering in G7 Alliance. It also explains why Kiraitu Murungi is still lonely in the ‘mbas’ (which seems to have no engine) waiting for Uhuru.

If these don’t suffice, remember how stunned Kibaki was when Raila ‘annointed’ him Tosha. It is also why William Ruto and Uhuru are trying to catch the eye of Mudavadi, whom as long as he was with Tinga, bore the price tag ‘useless’.

‘so-called’ enemies

It may also be true that if Mudavadi had left ODM before Ruto, my tribesman would have stuck in there. But now I am told there is another fear of Mudavadi; they suspect he may just be another ‘project’ like Uhuru in 2002, and the owners may not be very different from the faces they have since fallen out with.

It is because of this that I can’t rule out Kalonzo Musyoka, Martha Karua, George Saitoti and Raila teaming up with a few who will fall off the URP and TNA trucks as they sway in these political windstorms.

As we have said before, the only predictable thing in politics is its unpredictability, and the people we should pity are the masses who follow their leaders as far away as possible from their ‘so-called’ enemies, only to realise in the end, they are actually friends.

The taste this leaves in the mouth is like that of a spouse who learns his or her better half still tears bedsheets with their exes.

The writer is Managing Editor, Daily Editions, at The Standard.

ktanui@standardmedia.co.ke

http://standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000059436&pageNo=2

In the “signature inks” Election: Black Triumphs

Posted: June 7, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Council of Ministers Chooses Inks for Signatures

by Dhieu Williams ǀ 06.06.2012
The Council of Ministers yesterday made a selection of various colors of inks and pens to be used within the establishments of Republic of South Sudan according to positions held.
Government spokesperson Dr.Barnaba Marial Benjamin told the press after the meeting that the decision “signature inks” was confirmed and adopted from last Friday resolution presented to the Council.
“The Council of Ministers has approved one of the resolutions, signature inks of the following positions in the government,” he declared.
According to him, President Salva Kiir Mayardit will be using black flowing ink to sign documents and the Vice President to use black ink as well.
Marial further said that ministers will sign documents with blue ink while the secretary general of the cabinet of the government, undersecretaries, Directors general will use green ink for their signatures on documents.

He added that accountants and the auditor general will use red ink for signatures

http://www.thecitizen.info/politics/council-of-ministers-chooses-inks-for-signatures/


الحركة الشعبية لتحرير السودان التغيير الديمقراطي

Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Democratic Change

 

    الرئيس:                                                                                                Chairman:

6 June 2012


STATEMENT OF THE CHAIRMAN OF SPLM-DC

 ON

 THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF SPLM-DC.

Dear Compatriots

Today marks the third year of the birth of SPLM-DC. In the three years of its existence, your great party has made stupendous achievements in articulating the aspirations of our people. We have mentioned most of these in the previous two years. This anniversary is special in that it is the first in an independent South Sudan and therefore has a special taste. 

On the party level, the membership continued to increase in all the States and the Diaspora. Of course, a lot of propaganda has been made about the defection of a few from our ranks. But this was the opposite of the overall picture; we were gaining members in hundreds against the loss of a handful. The party continued to pursue the training of its cadres and a number of programmes  took place in this area. Notably, with the support of the International Republican Institute (IRI) we organized a workshop in April this year that brought together party leaders in the States to discuss our basic documents (The Constitution and the Programme of Action).

Other workshops brought the women together and more are underway. We thank the IRI and all organizations that extended their hands to us in this endeavour. The party, in the person of the Chairman, delivered public lectures in Juba in October and November on the issues of national dialogue. This was part of our commitment to enriching and deepening dialogue on such vital national matters so as to arrive at a national consensus on the course our country should traverse.  

Dear Citizens

Since June 2011 your party has played a great role in sensitizing our people to the demands of an independent state. We marked the declaration of independence on 9 July 2011 with posters and a press statement to express our happiness with our long-awaited independence. However, the posters were torn down and our Deputy Chairman, Thomson Teny, and our senior member who is also the Leader of the Opposition in the SSLA by then, Hon Onyoti Adigo, were beaten up by the security organs under the orders of the SPLM, and the Leader of the Opposition lost two of his teeth under this unjustified cruel treatment.

Despite all this we did not tire of continuing to work hard to bring our people together. On the 28th September 2011, our Chairman met the President of the Republic and Chairman of the SPLM in Nairobi. The two leaders agreed to bury the hatchet and work together as Government and the Opposition in order to build the new nation together. At no time is consensus needed more than at the birth of a nation. Agreement was reached on a programme that the SPLM and SPLM-DC should discuss and agree upon and then afterwards involve the rest of the political parties. Our Chairman was in Juba for two months to see this process through. Unhappily, the programme was scuttled by the SPLM leadership and no discussions took place.

In their opposition to it, some SPLM leaders were describing the process as “lending a new lease of life to SPLM-DC”!! It seems that these leaders have not learnt the lessons of doing away with the resolutions of the All Southern Sudan Political Parties Conference of October 2010 and the damage that brought to the cohesion of South Sudan political landscape. Needless to say, the SPLM-DC is very much alive and does not need a lifeline from any other party or person. 

Your party has also left no stone unturned to advise the Government, outside and inside Parliament, on the adverse effects its policies are exacting on the citizens of South Sudan, who are poor by any measure you use. Unfortunately, these well-intentioned advices went unheeded.  The government lacked coherent policies on the various aspects of life. Today, under the voodoo economics of the SPLM government the common man is reeling under difficult living conditions; the food prices are rocketing, fuel prices are hiking, the South Sudan pound is plummeting, to say nothing about the lack of basic services.

Even before the first birthday of our hard-won country, South Sudan is already under the censorship of the United Nations’ Security Council, thanks to the SPLM’s foreign policies. The same period also saw the enactment of the Political Parties Act 2012. It is a bad law in that, rather than help organize the work of political parties, as any similar law is meant to do, it is drafted to exclude many a party.

In fact, it is meant to introduce a one-party state through imposing impossible conditions for the registration of the political parties other than the SPLM. This is wishful thinking; our people have developed well tested means of resisting dictatorships.

Dear Members of the party,

Anniversaries are not occasions only to congratulate ourselves on the achievements we have scored in the course of the year. They are also moments to reflect on where we went wrong and the way forward. As we enter our fourth year, there are a number of challenges facing us. First, as our country enters into hard economic and political difficulties as a result of obvious mistakes, some of those in authority have been look for scapegoats for their failures.

The first target is always the Opposition, especially SPLM-DC.  We have seen and heard on the media how some people are made to tarnish the good name of our party and its leadership on matters that are not of national concern. Therefore, we need to remain firm in our party and on what it stands for; let us not waver or falter. Secondly, soon and pursuant to the signing of the Political Parties Act, the Political Parties Affairs Council (PPAC) will be formed by the government. This will mean that we will have to re-register as a party within 90 days. All the States are here directed to start registering the required number of members as “founders”.  Each State has to register more than 500 such members, so that we comply with the law. Third, our party organs in the States and the Diaspora need to be strengthened. All members of the party must be involved in the running of its affairs and strive to pay membership fees.

Fourth, as the Opposition party we must continue to highlight and sponsor the needs of our people and stand with them under the current difficulties facing them. Fifth, we should continue to preach togetherness and consensus-building. A house divided cannot stand.  Our differences with the government are over policies, but they are our brothers, not enemies. In the same spirit we shall continue to advise them in good faith on the correct policies to follow in order to serve and save our people.
In closing, we hope that the new year will be better than the one gone. Together, let us continue to build this great party. Forward with the people, together we shall win.

 Thank you.

 Dr Lam Akol

Chairman, SPLM-DC.

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South Sudan Says It Will Build Oil Pipelines Worth $4 Billion

Posted: June 7, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Economy

South Sudan is planning to spend as much as $4 billion to build pipelines to ship its oil through Kenya and Djibouti to reduce its reliance on neighboring Sudan, a deputy minister said.

“Within three years oil will start flowing” through the pipelines, Deputy Minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services Khamisa Wani-Ndah said today in an interview in Cape Town. South Sudan is in talks with international lenders and companies about the projects, she said, declining to name them.

South Sudan shut down its 350,000 barrels a day in oil production in January after accusing Sudan of stealing $850 million worth of its oil. Sudan said it confiscated the crude to make up for unpaid fees for shipping it through a pipeline to Port Sudan.

The government signed a memorandum with Ethiopia in February to build a pipeline via Djibouti, and said that it’s in talks with a Texas-based construction company to build another line to the Kenyan coastal town of Lamu.

South Sudan’s government, which relies on oil earnings for 98 percent of its revenue, has cut its annual budget by a quarter as a result of the crude shutdown.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sikonathi Mantshantsha in Cape Town at smantshantsh@bloomberg.net

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-07/south-sudan-says-it-will-build-oil-pipelines-worth-4-billion.html

Israel court clears deporting South Sudan migrants
Reuters
By Dan Williams | JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli court upheld on Thursday the planned deportation of South Sudanese deemed to have entered Israel illegally, though government pledges of wider crackdowns on African migrants remained in question.
Mali, South Africa, Zambia already under pressure
SI.com
Mali slipped to defeat away at Benin to open its campaign, South Africa was held to a draw at home by Ethiopia and Zambia lost at Sudan and has now been unsettled by reports its African Cup-winning coach, Herve Renard, is threatening to quit in a pay
Lack of Teachers Makes Learning Hard in Unity State
AllAfrica.com
By Bonifacio Taban Kuich, 6 June 2012 Bentiu — Education in South Sudan’s Unity State is suffering due to absenteeism, lack of teachers, resources and fear of potential future bombings by the Sudan Armed Forces, according to the State’s Minister of
Jonglei – ‘Lost Boy’ Clinic in Duk County Helps Villagers
AllAfrica.com
By Mamer A. Deng, 6 June 2012 Bor — Authorities in South Sudan’s Jonglei State say the commissioning of a fully equipped health facility in Duk Payuel, Duk County, has brought health facilities closer to the surrounding communities.
South Sudan’s Upper Nile Scene of Refugee Influx
Voice of America
A sudden massive influx of refugees from Sudan’s Blue Nile state seeking asylum in the remote northeast region of South Sudan is putting additional pressure on humanitarian agencies that have already been working to provide emergency assistance to the
South Sudan Says It Will Build Oil Pipelines Worth $4 Billion
Bloomberg
South Sudan is planning to spend as much as $4 billion to build pipelines to ship its oil through Kenya and Djibouti to reduce its reliance on neighboring Sudan, a deputy minister said. “Within three years oil will start flowing” through the pipelines,
Sudan: UN Relief Official Voices Concern As Fighting, Food Shortages Uproot
AllAfrica.com
There are also reports of high numbers of people who have been fleeing to South Sudan to escape the continued fighting and severe food shortages in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, the statement added. Mr. Al-Za’tari reiterated calls for an end to
Sudan’s Bashir demands AU summit moves from Malawi
BBC News
Sudan says its leader must take part in the summit, due on 9-16 July, because the agenda includes the ongoing tension between Khartoum and South Sudan. South Sudan seceded in July last year after decades of civil war. In recent weeks, the two countries
Renewed Sudan Border Talks Hold Hope
Voice of America
06-06-2012 Renewed Sudan Border Talks Hold Hope The United States welcomes the move and urges both parties to negotiate in good faith. For the first time since fighting broke out between the neighbors in April, Sudan and South Sudan have returned to
East Africa: Rights Groups Ask UNSC for Sanctions and Consequences On Sudan
AllAfrica.com
The letter (full text below) was signed by 89 organizations and 12 notable individuals from countries including, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Fugitive Uganda Warlord Still Kidnaps Children, UN Says
Bloomberg
Between July 2009 and February 2012, the LRA kidnapped at least 591 children mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon wrote in his first report to the Security Council on