NEW OFFICIAL MAP OF SOUTH SUDAN EXTENDS TO 1956 BOUNDARIES
The government of South Sudan last week launched their first official map for the country which attained independence from their former slave masters in Khartoum only in July last year. The Council of Ministers meeting a week ago, otherwise known as cabinet, approved the new map which has already prompted outbursts of anger and hate from the regime in Khartoum, which itself is intent to annex part of the traditional South, which can be traced back to the 1956 boundaries between north and south.
A total of 6 disputed areas are shown as part of the South, including those mentioned under the CPA of 2005, which were due to decide also on their future, a plan however thwarted by Khartoum which is presently engaged in a war of attrition against the Southern people and is using ethnic cleansing through murder, rape, looting and burning by their loyalist militias and army units.
These include oil rich Abyei, as well as South Kordofan, Blue Nile and the Nuba mountains, but notably also the Heglig area over which a brief border war broke out a month ago, and where most of Khartoums present oil riches come from. Juba credible lays claims to the 1956 maps on record and insists Khartoum annexed Heglig while stuffing the other areas with loyalists after forcefully displacing tens of thousands of people who would be eligible to vote in a referendum or participate in consultations as agreed under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005, which ended the decades long civil war between northern aggressors and the southern liberation movement.
Further information received from Juba also speaks of a lack of progress of border demarcation, a process too set out under the CPA but only, according to a reliable source, completed to less than 40 percent, with others putting the threshold even lower, leaving large parts of the frontier unmarked, in particular those claimed by both parties.
Pointers to the border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea were swiftly made, and while there arbitration did set out a recommended border line, many of the exact locations continue to be under occupation by the respective sides.
For South Sudan too calls have been made to go to arbitration over the exact border line, a process supported by the Juba government but hitherto rejected by the regime in Khartoum, which sees itself as the pariah they truly are when it comes to the international arena, therefore afraid of not getting what they are seeking now by force.
Said a Juba based journalist in a communication to this correspondent overnight: The Juba government is also now suspicious of the world community over their hands off attitude towards Khartoum, allowing them to raid and bomb with impunity, commit genocide and ethnic cleansing in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and the Nuba Mountains, occupying Abyei illegally and siphoning away their oil. Ban Ki Moon in fact has been described as the new Chamberlain, who tried to appease Hitler instead of standing up to him, and the UN Secretary General is fast losing the respect of the South over his rhetoric against them and hardly saying much about the atrocities Khartoum is committing. If arbitration is to come maybe it can be impartially dealt with at The Hague but under UN auspices directly it seems a non starter for lack of confidence in their impartiality.
Be that as it may, and no presuming any outcome, visitors to the South Sudan will soon be able to buy the new map and can then see for themselves what territory the Republic of South Sudan is claiming to be their own. Watch this space.