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AU to hold meeting on Sudan, South Sudan crises, continent’s security

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

April 23, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) – The African Union’s Peace and Security Council will hold a meeting this week with the border conflict between Sudan and South Sudan over the contested oil-rich Heglig region due to be top of the agenda.

The meeting is expected to discuss how to defuse tensions and bring the two sides to back to negotiations. The AU meeting will also focus on security situations in other African countries including Mali and Guinea-Bissau.

On the sidelines to the meeting Egypt and Ethiopia will have a separate meeting in a bilateral effort to tackle the crisis.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr is expected to arrive in Addis Ababa on Monday where he will meet his Ethiopian counterpart Hailemariam Desalegn to organise fresh peace talks for between Sudan and South Sudan along with other regional and international bodies.

Chairman of the African Union Commission Jean Ping has called on Juba and Khartoum to return to talks which, until Khartoum pulled out of them earlier this month, were chaired by Thabo Mbeki’s African Union High Implementation Panel (AHUIP).

Tensions have been rising since South Sudan broke away from Sudan last year as part of a 2005 peace deal. The partition itself passed off peacefully but many issues were left unresolved including security, borders, citizenship and nationality, and oil transit fees.

Both sides accuse the other of backing rebellions in the other’s territories and the Sudanese air force has been condemned by the UN for bombing South Sudan.

Relations further deteriorated following South Sudan’s seizure of the Heglig region close to two weeks ago, after what Juba described as northern "aggression".

Despite South Sudan’s army losing control of Heglig to Khartoum last Friday, the two sides appeared to have resumed clashes on Sunday.

On Monday, Sudan’s air force bombed South Sudan’s Unity State.

It is feared that the situation could lead to a full-scale war further causing regional instability.

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  • 23 April 2012 11:25, by Chok Deng

    To AU
    You are nothing else but a toothless body,last time you condemned Louis M.Ocampo because he indicted Bashir of war crimes he committed in Darfur.Darfurians are Africans,and are being killed by Bashir instead u condemned Ocampo.Now you are not seeing the crimes committed in the South Sudan by Bashir and you are not able to condemn him.Don’t waste your time in useless meeting.

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    • 23 April 2012 11:35, by Chok Deng

      To AU
      I suggest a new name for AU,it was supposed to be called African Presidents Union(APU)because they are not representing the interest of African people,instead they are representing the interest of African Presidents.To prove me right they(APU)backed Bashir not to be indict by ICC and Bashir is the killer of African people.

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      • 23 April 2012 12:02, by mosa mel

        AU is better be call African Useless

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    • 23 April 2012 15:26, by Lango2010

      it is better to pay deaf ears to harmless dogs how much its bark at you, and you will reach the destination sucessful.
      if South Sudan rely on AU it is waste time. and nothing good will come out from AU.
      the policies of OAU and AU are not different any way, let forget because the will even be help Arabs because the are bought with our bloody oil of the South.

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      • 23 April 2012 15:31, by Lango2010

        the only fare Advocate to our problem is the Almighty God who doesn’t not take bribe
        remember in the time of war what we call Ali Haj who buy our narrowed minded brothers
        the are still with tactics that is why Mbeki is not clear always in what he says
        all those bought with our bloody oil will vomit it out one day

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  • 23 April 2012 11:58, by mosa mel

    I don’t understand the so call AU. The Sudan govt still bombing South Sudan civilian while AU don’t even ask Sudan to stop this killing but were shouting against South Sudan when South Sudan army capture Heglig. What is wrong to animal call themselve AU?

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    • 23 April 2012 17:08, by Morthon Akol

      Comrades brothers and sisters of South Sudan, let us forget about what so call AU because nothing will come out from that meeting. just imagine how many air attack today in Unity State? any AU is silent while if South Sudan shoot one gun you will hear noise all over.let us do what we see it righr. because if we don’t after what we wanr’t we will vever get any help from nobody.our people are finish

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  • 23 April 2012 13:26, by Luke

    AU and Africa Union must act quickly to avoid going back to full-scale. since morning i have heard any reaction from AU and UN for today bombadment and i think they are happy with it since they always want to demote South Sudanese people but very soon SPLA will have not brake, mark my words despite thier disappontment of sudden withdrawal.

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  • 23 April 2012 14:24, by Hitler

    AU should fool nobody, the blood of our innocent civilians are flowing in streets of S. Sudan. We shall strike sudan in a time and place he does not expect.

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  • 23 April 2012 15:25, by codewizards

    To AU,
    I know that nothing will change even if I post my message, but I will continue to do so. The AU, and UN supports Sudan in everything and the reason is clear - interest! If you want to drink the oil of S. Sudan, you must support Bashir. finish!
    Ban Ki-Moon will never condemn the attacked on S. Sudan because he is after Bashir. God is with us and that is what I know...

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  • 23 April 2012 15:30, by codewizards

    South Sudan is a peaceful state. Bashir uses people like Pastor Kuol Chol Awan, and David Yauyau (all my colleagues) to cause problems in the South. We never bombed Sudan by air, yet they do bomb our civilians. What do you say AU? Do you still support Bashir even when he is killing civilians in Bentiu? If you support Bashir, then where is justice?

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  • 23 April 2012 20:33, by E. Defense Forces
  • 23 April 2012 23:10, by Northern Sudanese

    Our celebrations after the heglig was retaken by our forces. these were good times........celebrations took place in cities all over sudan but this is the one in Khartoum in front of our military Headquarters
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cck-a5kUwk

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