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AU pushing roadmap for resolution of conflict between Khartoum and Juba


April 25, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) unveiled a new roadmap aimed at resolving the ongoing conflict between Sudan and South Sudan in the wake of the worst military confrontation since the East African nation split into two last year.

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In this Tuesday, April 24, 2012 photo, Sudanese workers inspect burnt out oil pipes at the oil-rich border town of Heglig, Sudan (AP)

Sudan managed to take back the oil-rich region of Heglig in South Kordofan last Friday after a 10-day occupation by South Sudan’s army (SPLA). Southern Sudanese officials denied being forced out and insisted that they voluntarily withdrew.

Juba claimed that the area belongs to Unity State and was administratively annexed decades ago into South Kordofan.

However, the AUSPC in its meeting yesterday stressed that north-south borders are defined “as that existing at the time of Sudan’s independence on 1 January 1956, taking into account the disputed areas as agreed in the deliberations of the Technical ad hoc Boundary Committee”.

Border demarcation is one of the key pending issues between the two neighbours that have yet to be resolved despite intense efforts by an AU mediation team.

“Council reiterates that the territorial boundaries of states shall not be altered by force, and that any territorial disputes shall be settled exclusively by peaceful means”.

The AUPSC also expressed disappointment that an agreement over Abyei signed last year has not been implemented in an apparent reference to non-withdrawal of north and south Sudanese forces from the disputed region.

Negotiations between Khartoum and Juba are to resume within two weeks to reach an agreement on oil, citizenship, borders and Abyei, the AUPSC decided. A deal needs to be sealed within three months, according to the road map.

“Should these negotiations fail to result in an agreement on any or all of the issues identified above within the allotted timeframe of three months, Council requests the [AU High-Level Implementation Panel] AUHIP to submit to it a comprehensive report on the status of the negotiations, including detailed proposals on all outstanding issues, to be endorsed as final and binding solutions to the post-secession relations”.

The seven-point roadmap called on both sides to cease hostilities within 48 hours and called for the "unconditional" withdrawal of troops from disputed areas. It also called for cessation of harbouring of, or support to, rebel groups against the other state and cessation of hostile propaganda and inflammatory statements in the media.

The Pan-African body will take “appropriate measures” should there be “failure by either Party to implement the provisions of the Roadmap …..or to cooperate in good faith”.

Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir has ruled out a return to talks with Juba, saying South Sudan’s government only understands "the language of guns". However, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti said yesterday that Khartoum was ready to negotiate on "security issues" only at first.


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  • 26 April 2012 04:08, by omoni jr.

    we will sue Al qaeda of N.sudan for blowing our oil pipes in panthou/Heglig.This is what someone said last time,khartoum does not have accurate air misile,sometimes killed their own soldiers.HAHAHAHAH.
    smell like pigs with their nasty clothes.

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    • 26 April 2012 04:58, by MudukuruNikoDinka007


      Do u mean SPLA is now alqaeda in south Sudan lol
      No wonder China denied them assistance to finance pipeline to east africa lol Drink your oil. lol


      Mudukuru NikoDinka

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      • 26 April 2012 07:57, by Chol

        No peace until 1956 border-line is honored! That means SAF out of Panthou/Heglig to 1956 border.

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      • 26 April 2012 09:56, by Tamongali

        Mr. Mundukuru. very good for people to defend their ideas and thoughts, but I think you haven chosen a very bad and ugly and abusive name(mundukurunikodinka),please why don’t you changed to anther name and you will be smart.any one who knows arabic will irritate when reading your views or ideas. we sudanese, regardless of our origin, are polite and respective. Thanks

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      • 26 April 2012 09:57, by Tamongali

        Mr. Mundukuru. very good for people to defend their ideas and thoughts, but I think you haven chosen a very bad and ugly and abusive name(mundukurunikodinka),please why don’t you changed to anther name and you will be smart.any one who knows arabic will irritate when reading your views or ideas. we sudanese, regardless of our origin, are polite and respective. Thanks

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    • 26 April 2012 07:54, by Paul

      "African Union Peace and Security Council" is laughable All bunch of corrupt and weak leaders trying to play angels in the expense of two sudans problem.

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    • 26 April 2012 11:23, by Peacocktail

      Am not a funn of AU, they mislead the African Continent, They keep quiet when Sudan BOMB OUR CIVILIANS AT THE BORDER, SPLA RESPONSE AGRESSIVELY TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE SITUATION, they Stand up and condemn us for acting on self defense. Their intension was to led the People of South Sudan be murder by they King Bashir like the case in Darfur which the SPLA could not like to happen here.Leave AU alon

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  • 26 April 2012 04:16, by Deng

    Your are right bro!
    Khartoum pilots were train by Iran with basic military skills that are ineffective. they constantly blow their ground troops during our struggle and now they can not even aim our strategic bridge to Heglig, but rather bomb markets. How knows maybe next time they will bomb their amassing troop at the border hoping for a defeat of South Sudan troops.

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    • 26 April 2012 09:12, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

      The government of south Sudan without Dinka Bor is doom to success believed it or not, you will hear and see the doom south Sudan within the government of Kiir without the Bor, not with leaders who love nothing than alcohol, Salva Kiir is not a leader and was not a leader believed it or not I know what I am talking about.

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      • 26 April 2012 09:41, by Chok Deng

        To the People’s Power
        First of all see what is the topic,b4 u post your useless illusions.You will die with that mentality of yours.Don’t remind us of your useless statement ’’Dinka Bor are born to rule and not to be rule’’.

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        • 26 April 2012 14:30, by Morthon Akol

          comrade Chol Deng, let me tell you this. to advising afool is like beating the air with a stick. this man have nothing to los and have nothing to gain.let him talk and let us do what we see is good for our nation.

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      • 26 April 2012 10:57, by Peacocktail

        The People Power

        Your comment is irrelevant to Article, Please read the Article FIRST. Here is not issue of Rule and Power, Go and Ruke your Mother fool.

        You are distroying the Community Name for nothing, you told you Bor are not in the Government. Which Government are you intending for? Here is Sudan and People Republic South Sudan.

        Cease from such commment!!!!!thanks for understanding

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      • 26 April 2012 16:42, by Tiger

        They people’s power.
        Take that philosophy out of your mind that Bor people are good in everything,that’s absolutely wrong because Bor people are not the only smart people in the South,i’m not hateful to Bor community,but your comment will make Southerners more hateful to your community.Dr.Garang was famous for his good leadership.we all hope in the future to find another good leader like Dr.Garang

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      • 26 April 2012 20:14, by panom lualbil

        TO people’s power,
        Any DINKA is DINKA in general regardless of divisionability dude! You can even tell like if SALVA KIIR did something stupid publicly for example ’TRIBALISM’ against DINKA BOR by RIEK MACHAR, the world will talk against dinka of reputation in general. See even arabs are challenging us because of RIEK MACHAR.

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  • 26 April 2012 04:38, by George Bol

    oil transit , citizenship, and debts negotiation should not be discussed but the border demarcations. The 1956 border must be implemented to stop the fight in the border.

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    • 26 April 2012 07:19, by sober

      Khartoum welcomed the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) for tenth times, it just a kind of public relation.

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  • 26 April 2012 07:29, by Chuangah

    Au, please you are not doing right thing and this war will never stop, you have to prioritized the border demarcation first If the border was not demarcated I think we will not reach tangible solutions with this fake Arabs of North Sudan. You just want to kill time enjoying the luxurious of msolving our problems with Arabs. If no border demarcation first, no oil and citizenship discussion.

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    • 26 April 2012 08:22, by sober

      Breaking news :Deng Alor a member of the Dinka ethnic group, from Abyei, applied for north Sudan citizenship from Addis and will joint Khartoum parliament soon .

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      • 26 April 2012 08:53, by South Sudan

        MudukuruNikoDinka007 and Sober are black Arabs from North Sudan. Why are we allowing them to talk about our national issues? Their black Arab news paper in Khartoum would not allow any person from South Sudan to write a comment on anything.

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      • 26 April 2012 09:45, by Truth Teller

        No! Please be careful with your own baseless and founded words. Deng Alor is not a such hopeless and money minded person like yourself and the likes.

        The children and mothers, the young and old age whose Deng Alor is Proud to be thier leader have suffered in the hand of khartuom regime; and again you said this false statement against him just to spoil his personal image and dignity.

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  • 26 April 2012 09:44, by E. Defense Forces
  • 26 April 2012 10:35, by Dengthalga

    People should stop complaining about weakness of our leaders in south sudan. As we all know, every one has his own weakness and that what happens. We ought to give them chances to finish their destination. The most instrumental destination is a demarcation between Sudan and south Sudan. We should salute our leaders for a great thing that they achieved like independent of south Sudan..

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    • 26 April 2012 21:27, by Beneben Bai

      AU,Pls find out facts b4 assuming tht all details given to U by north R true. border of 56 was forged & the current line was mostly pushed south. many sites were annexted to north by succeive rgimes in khartoum after 1956. U need 2 know all tht othrwise U wll lost Ur way & assume tht south is wrong which is a deadly mistake as U did when SPLA came undr attack, repulsed SAF and overun Panthou

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  • 27 April 2012 02:30, by JohnGarangFreedom

    Anybody would try to overthrow the Joshua of new Israel for his/her own interest will be in trouble.

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