We are very lucky to have His Excellency Pa’gan Amum, the SPLM’s [Sudan People’s Liberation Movement] secretary general and chief negotiator of the Republic of South Sudan talking to us today about perspectives on the Sudan-South Sudan crisis and the issues coming out of that. It is very much in the news. And… I think I will just hand over to you, Excellency.HE Pa’gan Amum:
Well, thank you, Alex, for this opportunity. Good morning, everybody. We are here in London for meetings with the government of the United Kingdom. We will be proceeding to New York for meetings also there. We are coming from Brussels, where we had meetings with the European Union, and also Oslo, where we had meetings with the government of Norway. Thank you for your interest on what is happening in our newborn country, South Sudan, and between our country and our neighbour, the Republic of Sudan. As a newborn country, we are less than a year since we joined the free humanity, or independent nation-states. We are emerging out of a very long, devastating war of occupation, marginalisation, colonisation, and oppression. Our people, the people of South Sudan, suffered a great deal; we lost millions of lives. In just the last 60 years, when the Anglo-Egyptian condominium colonialism left Sudan after having jammed us into that artificial country, we lost nearly 5 million lives. And… having achieved our freedom, really our vision is that of a South Sudan that is free, peaceful, and prosperous.
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