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Bashir and Kiir vow closer cooperation for sustainable peace in N. & S. Sudan

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October 8, 2011 (KHARTOUM) —
Sudanese leaders from the North and the South vowed to work closely together to resolve their differences through dialogue and enhanced cooperation between the two countries and ruled out return to war.

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Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir, right, walks with South Sudan’s resident Salva Kiir, left, after his arrival in Khartoum, on Saturday Oct.8, 2011. (AP)

President Salva Kiir Mayadrit arrived Saturday to Khartoum where he was warmly welcomed by his Sudanese counterpart Omer Hassan al-Bashir in his first visit as President of the Republic of South Sudan.

Despite the independence of South Sudan, the two countries are yet to agree over many issues that remained unresolved such as the Abyei, border demarcation, debit, fees for oil exportation through Port-Sudan and use of the pipeline. Also since June there has been a war in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile where the South Sudan ruling party (SPLM) is openly accused of supporting their former comrades in these north Sudanese regions.

Bashir and Kiir were keen today to show their commitment to settle all these issues through dialogue. They also meant to send positive signals to ease the strained relations since the independence of south Sudan in July 2011.

"By the same good will (of Naivasha talks), we will not go back to war", said Bashir in a speech before the two delegation after a close-door meeting between the two leader. The Sudanese president further expressed his appreciation to the visit which "has assured us of this political will".

"if we lost unity, at least we should win the peace," he stressed. However he said that Juba is to be blamed because of "harboring elements hostile to Sudan’s stability". Bashir was referring to the leadership of SPLM-North.

In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly last month, Salva Kiir, denied interfering in Sudan’s "domestic conflict situation".

Today Kiir reiterated his commitment to dialogue with Khartoum over unresolved issues and suggested to activate direct channels. "Like you, we are committed not to go back to war". "We are committed to find solutions", he added.

"Now if it happened that there are any elements that are taking us back to that square, I think all of us should then take such people as the enemies of our peoples", he pointed out.

Analysts and foreign diplomats in Khartoum say this visit should be seen as a first step in a "confidence building" process between the two parties who have to learn how to deal as two independent states.

The five committees formed by the two sides for talks over Abyei, the border, debt, and oil, might continue their works and future meetings might take place in Juba during the upcoming weeks.

However, a special focus was given Saturday to the security meetings where the issue of rebel groups in Blue Nile, Southern Kordofan and Darfur were discussed. It was also noted that the Sudanese side was headed by defense minister Abdelrahim Hussein while the South was represented by security minister Oyay Deng Ajak.

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  • 9 October 2011 10:07, by Diu Jieth Kuek

    The visits of the President Salva Kiir to Khartoum should be welcome by everybody from both Countries as a supersede between the two parties from long bitterness relations as as the two leaders vowed to work closely together to resolve their difference for the mutual interests.

    But the question is this who will trust the Khartoum Government from the politically point of view.

    Diu J.Kuek

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  • 9 October 2011 13:42, by Abyei Soil

    Our presidents do have confidential talk which I thinks implemented should lead to stable and desirable relationship between North & South but I doubts president Al Bashir in his words.He put many remarks concerning peaceful resolutions of post secession issue yet I did not see anything being done. Is that the talk we wait for since after CPA?

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  • 9 October 2011 14:01, by DENGUE- Savana Jungle

    President Bashir and Gen. Kiir are moving toward right direction. Restoring peace and stability at the Sister Border is top Priority and Calm down War in Blue Nile and South Kordufan will make our lives easy and we shall enjoy Peaceful coexistence with our Northerners.

    We Need Peace and Stability for Development, Both countries used aloty of resources on ammunitions rather then FOOD on the Tabl

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  • 9 October 2011 14:22, by Beek

    The issues of blue nile and s.kordofan was part of CPA, therefore the two parties though CPA has expired they should state clearly what is the fade of blue nile and s. Kordofan because they were partners in peace process if we need stability in N. Sudan

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  • 9 October 2011 14:57, by DENGUE- Davidson Savana Jungle

    Give Thanks where it due, President Kiir and Bashir are mending broken relationship. it is a tought fight and needs all minds.

    Please involves wise men like Mulana Abel Alier and Gen Joseph Lago who history better. It need big thinking and skills.

    God Bless your comming together to avoid another Sudanese Refugees requiring International attention. Keep Peace at Breath.
    South Sudan should b

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  • 9 October 2011 15:29, by pabaak

    Bashier try to be quick to blame us of harboring rebels, do we really have rebels here? this is a lie, what about those renegade George Athor and other groups who have found save haven in North, What Salva said about them? like what old Egyptian proverb say" he first slap me in face and run to complain" what we know rebels in North are in theirs liberating areas, are not in South Sudan territories

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  • 10 October 2011 04:17, by alex_gwada

    It is a good move by Kirr and Beshir to seek for peace.Both South Sudan and North Sudan have lost too much lives during the war, we do not need any war anymore.Therefore, the hope is that the two presidents will try to work out ways to peacefully resolve the post independence issues such as oil, boarder, Abyei, etc.
    Please remember to work for peace in Kordofan, South Blue Nile and Darfur as well

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  • 10 October 2011 05:00

    Like they what goes around comes around. All these passed years southern leaders have been accusing northern leader that NIF has been harboring the malitia and Bashir has been denying it. Same now even if Salva is helping SPLM-N, Salva can continue to deny it cause there is no proof.

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  • 10 October 2011 07:52, by Silk Bin Kottoraa

    I’m sure president kiir is sincere in what he is saying, but when does the other side free itself from complexes of superiority and bonds of tribalsim, regionalism and ethnicity?!
    Go on " MUNADIL" kiir and do not forget your brothers, sisters, sons and daughter in the marginalized areas. These are your people sooner or later. Let us work for a reunited Sudan on the basis of citizenship.

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