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Chinese envoy urges peaceful settlement of Sudans disputes

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May 13, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Chinese envoy for Africa Zhong Jianhua urged Sudan and South Sudan to reach a peaceful agreement over outstanding issues and expressed China’s readiness to work closely with the two neighbours to settle their disputes.

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Zhong Jianhua, China’s special representative for African Affairs (Reuters)

The Chinese envoy arrived in Khartoum Sunday from Addis Ababa where he discussed with Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission the support Beijing can offer to the AU mechanism chaired by the former South African President Thabo Mbeki who mediates between Sudan and South Sudan.

Ping stressed that China with its good relations with Sudan and South Sudan, is in a "unique position to play a constructive role in the search for a peaceful solution to the crisis between both states".

In Khartoum Zhong met with Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti and the state minister for foreign affairs Salah Al-Deen Wansi. The talks between the two sides focused on the military clashes between the two countries over Heglig and the upcoming talks over the pending issues.

UN Security Council endorsed an Afriacn Union road map calling the two countries to resume bilateral talks within two weeks and to conclude an agreements over disputes within three months.

The diplomat told the Sudanese official that China considers Sudan and South Sudan as neighbor states should seek to resolve their differences at the negotiating table instead of war. He also pointed out Beijing willingness to cooperate with the parties in order to reach a peaceful solution.

Zhong also pledged that China will contribute in the process of construction and development in both Sudan and South Sudan.

China which has considerable investments in both countries is urged by the international community to use its influence to reconcile the two countries. Washington which played an important role in process that led to the 2005 peace agreement has bad relations with Khartoum and perceived as an ally to Juba.

However, China did not show any enthusiasm to get involved besides the African mediation because Beijing fears to be suspected of siding with one party against the other.

During his meeting with Karti, the Chinese envoy handed him an invitation to attend the Arab-Chinese Conference to be held in Tunis at the end of this month . The two ministers are to meet on the sidelines of the meeting.

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  • 14 May 2012 10:24, by Michael Angelo

    South Sudan should not pay attention to what China say because they’re playing us together with Khartoum. China knows the truth but they don’t want to mediate faithfully and fairly in fear of losing their interests from both sides.

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    • 14 May 2012 10:46, by Ayom Dor

      The best way to go for Chinese envoy is to act for all sorts of words they say publicily in both countries of sudan..get well equiped border forces to the disputed areas..force Khartoum to stop senseless air-raids in South Sudan and to follow RSS on negotiating table in Ethiopia.

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    • 14 May 2012 12:29, by Dako

      China is acountry of the living dead.A country that has no position on human rights issues, has no moral standing in the world.China is playing with fire(South Sudan).I have never heard of the Arab-Chinese Conference before, I think that this conference will be use by Sudan and China as a cover but it is a body estublished recently to help Sudan. It is Chinese-sudan conference,South Sudan knows it

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    • 14 May 2012 13:31, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      China behiour in fsvour of the Arabs,what is only in china intention is the oil,otherwise china can not touch the South Sudan soil,let us wait and see what they will perform during the peace negotiation with Khartoum.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 15 May 2012 08:25, by weltahir

      Sudan should not allow for any settlement or mediation even from china until south sudan seize their aid to rebels and fully implement the CPA.

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      • 15 May 2012 08:30, by weltahir

        Sudan should not allow for any settlement or mediation even from china until south sudan cease their aid to rebels and fully implement the CPA.

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  • 14 May 2012 10:29, by Abraham Ayom

    Chinese envoy don’t wait time for urging both Sudan & south Sudan to reach a peaceful agreement. Order Sudan to withdraw their troops from Abyei and Panthou.

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  • 14 May 2012 12:05, by Deng Thiak Adut

    China know very well that she can’t have it both way. Lack of leadership strength and education is a burden on our leaders to deal with China. Bring US, Australia, England, Israel and France into oil and resources deals. We can even make Egypt more resourceful because of water. We have got everything.

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    • 14 May 2012 14:32, by mohammed ali

      Thiak, why china,US,Australia or Israel? Why not to sit down together and solve our problems? We are more close to each other than any of these countries.Our interest is more common & more importantant to us than anyone else.They all have their own interest,for which they care more!It is naive to think that America or China will protect your interest more than their’s.Senseless hatred is z problem

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      • 14 May 2012 17:55, by Abraham Ayom

        Hi Mohammad Ali,
        U still alive?

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      • 14 May 2012 20:03, by zulu

        Mohamed,
        You have two mutually assertive enemies, why dont you accept mediation? I think the best option is enter into war then solve the problem because you the NCP are very stubborn even to resolve your country’s problems, you impute the problems are outsiders and anyone who disagrees with you. Shame on you cocky NCP.

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      • 15 May 2012 07:08, by Deng Thiak Adut

        To Mohamed;
        I have asked me a very important question which you dearly lacking insight to our current political turmoil which have reached a stage of no political solution. How you could blindly construed that we can resolve our issues through political means? South have try millions times to let you leave Abyei peacefully which you have no legal entitlement, which you refused.

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      • 15 May 2012 07:17, by Deng Thiak Adut

        Can you possibly explain to me, what is the real causes of our current stand off? If you think, you can have ann informed intellectual discussions with me in this forum, in one way or another without hypocrisy; what are the solutions? Please do not elude your mind with the language of guns, Islam or radicalism but pay attention to questions with objective and subjective assessment.

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  • 14 May 2012 13:17, by mohammed ali

    Washington is not precieved by Khartoum as an allie of SS.Genadi Fraiser said clearly, we are not neutral , we side with SS.Nastios now is calling for arming SS.The US is looking for war & hate to continue, for their own interest and agenda!Certainly it is not in the interest of the pple of SS!

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    • 15 May 2012 07:25, by Deng Thiak Adut

      Mohamed; How do you know that war is not our interest? Assumption is a mother of all screwed-up in the world; and may I beg your pardon sir; that we have been patiently been waiting for day of freedom pre-1956 and unto these dates but you haven’t given a chance to peace or freedom. China is arming you to teeth what about us? How can you talk about peace with you held me to the barrel of your guns?

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    • 15 May 2012 08:43, by weltahir

      Good point Mohamed,
      It is very clear that SPLM ruled south sudan is headed the wrong way, instead of focusing on its pressing development issues SPLM is stearing south sudan to war again. South sudan does not have the capacity to withstand war now simply because they dont have the money and they wont be able to feed the people during the war, which could end up with wide spread famine in S. Sudan.

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  • 14 May 2012 14:10, by Atungdiak

    M. Ali,
    Makes you nervous hearing SS being armed with air defenses, huh? Haven’t you used Arab mercaneries as pilots to bomb civilians for years? Can’t you fight a Country with equal muscles (Air, ground)? That make you cowards, doesn’t it? We’re not war mongers but, when we will match your air capacity, will be your doomsday! 8 months Country has already scored more against u, but hang on dude!

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