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Border trade between Sudan and the South to resume after the end of B. Nile and S. Kordofan conflict

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October 10, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — The trading activities between Sudan and South Sudan will resume after the settlement of Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan, Khartoum said in a meeting held during the visit of President Salva Kiir to Khartoum during the week end.

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A SPLM member sits at a check point in south Kordofan, located in the north-south border January 11, 2011 (Reuetrs)

South Sudan minister of commerce Garang Diing Akuong told Alray Alamm daily newspaper that the Sudanese government linked between the resumption of border trade between the neighboring states in the two countries and the end of war in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan.

"Even in the states where there is no troubles border trade has been halted because Khartoum government linked the flow of trade to the improvement of (security) situation in the states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan", Garang said.

Sudanese government reserved a warm welcome to the South Sudan President Salva Kiir during his first visit to Khartoum as head of the newly independent state. However the parties didn’t finalize any agreement on the post independence issues but agreed to hold new meetings in Juba on 18 October.

Khartoum shut down the border trading activities after accusing Juba of supporting the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North which fights against the Sudanese army since last June in Southern Kordofan.

The halt of trade hit sharply the economic situation in the Upper Nile and Bahr el Ghazal provinces which have been relying on the north for economic activities. The rise of prices pushed students to protest last week in Wau. But also northern traders were affected by the measure because they are deprived from their markets.

Minister Garang further underscored that there is no troubles in Sennar and the White Nile states and business activities can resume but such decision can only be taken by the Sudanese authorities in Khartoum.

He said President Bashir directed to put Port Sudan at the disposal of the South Sudanese government for the import and export of its goods but the halt of trade will hinder the implementation of this directive.

He further distanced his government form the SPLM-N rebellion in the two states saying it is an internal affair and the South Sudan would not seek to mediate unless Khartoum formulate such demand.

The two countries agreed to conclude the talks on all the pending issues and bilateral cooperation before the end of the month and to submit the outcome of the talks to the presidency in the two country for the arbitrage.

Sudanese government refuses any foreign mediation to settle the conflict with the SPLM-N and stipulate that the rebel movement should be disarmed before talks on the implementation of the popular consultation. While the SPLM-N says they are now working on regime change and rejects Khartoum’s conditions.

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  • 11 October 2011 10:34, by Kalo

    It is true,but the two states South Kordofun and Blue nile must be free from any marginalization from the regime of NCP,what happen in Naivaisha so call popular consultation like Addissaba Agreement of 1972 should not repeated again.we Nuba and Funj we are the truely the native of Sudan,if the the conflict not well solving all Sudan will be in war again,our people are aleady suffering.

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    • 11 October 2011 11:49, by Makuei

      Kalo,

      That’s true - Bashir/Khartoum will never rest.

      B. Nile and S. Khordofun must be set free while South Sudan make Business with Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya.

      And Bashir with his Killers must go to Hague Court.

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  • 11 October 2011 11:54, by Akol Liai Mager

    It is much clearer that the Fugitive leader has asked the South Sudan’s leader to chose between joining hand with the NIF in an ethnic cleansing war in the two States for an exchange with trade, or face the blocade. This is the mindset of the enemies of Peace and coexsitance in the two countries. South Sudan government needs to strengthen its trade with East African countries for now.

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  • 11 October 2011 13:20

    by the way what is wrong with Khartoym? plz Govt of S/Sudan forget Khartoum and go to East Africa, those ladies and gentlemen are our biological brothers and sisters

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    • 11 October 2011 13:58

      You may want to " free " S.kordofan and b. nile while you are thousands of miles away enjoying the benifit of your asylum, but the people of s. sudan are dying of hunger. One peace pf bread cost one pound in Juba, and " mallowa" of sorghum is 25 pounds! Southands of southerners are coming to the republic of Sudan seeking food and security and you still talking the talk of war! Who is going to figh

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      • 11 October 2011 14:34, by Abugua

        The above writer must be NIF of Bashir.We are not starving or boycotting to buy meat as people in Khartoum do. in the South we have plenty of food. just compare whose currency is stronger. is it south or north. I tell you South Sudan pound is stronger. 1$ is equal to 2.95 only while in Khartoum 1$is 4 or 5 pound. tell me who has stronger economy?

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  • 11 October 2011 13:49

    You can put it in any way you like it! The fact is stop interfering in our internal affairs if you are keen to have normal and friendly relationship with our ciuntry. This the first step and a normal requierment between any two neighbouring states!

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    • 11 October 2011 15:02, by philipdit wol

      To thearten B. Nile and S. Kordofan is not the only solution to the problem . We have been surviving since the borders were closed . But Bashir should learn how he could address the issues.

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    • 11 October 2011 22:43, by Twin

      Is this a condition for the South to watch Blue Nile and Nuba Moutain dying. Becuase what Beshir meant is that the border will not be open unless South stop supporting the states of Blue Nile and Nuba Moutain or if South support the idea of disarming SPLA North. This can’t be it! Beshir, there could be another way around. The case of these two states is what poison the relationship the most.

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  • 11 October 2011 14:13, by philipdit wol

    TO threaten B. Nile and S .krodofan is not the only solution to the problem of bilateral trade bewteen South North Sudan.We have been surviving since the borders were closed.But Bashir should learn how he could sovle problem rather than proboking people here and there.

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  • 11 October 2011 14:16, by philipdit wol

    TO threaten B. Nile and S .krodofan is not the only solution to the problem of bilateral trade bewteen South North Sudan.We have been surviving since the borders were closed.But Bashir should learn how he could sovle problem rather than proboking people here and there.

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  • 12 October 2011 10:03

    An embittered Milosevic embargoed Montenegro, forcing it to develop new trade links. This ultimately proved the single best thing he could have done for MN as it removed dependency on Serbia and led to genuine economic and commercial independence. The same applies now to SS, which will have learn to stand on its own two feet, out of Khartoum’s shadow.

    As a result it will never look back.

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  • 12 October 2011 16:17, by konan

    Sudan had made it very clear to President Kiir stop intervening in our internal affairs and leave us alone, otherwise the embargo shall continue and very soon you will see General Ator and his likes in Khartoum and consequently a devastating civil war in your northern border states and no more oil export through our pipelines. Is this what you are looking for?

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