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Karti tells Clinton Khartoum’s problem with Juba is security


August 1, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti told his US counterpart, Hilary Clinton that the main issue with South Sudan is security, the official Sudanese news network, SUNA, reported on Wednesday.

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The US Secretary of State, began on Wednesday an 11-day tour of Africa during which she will discuss issues related to peace, security and development. On Thursday she is expected in Juba for talks with the President, Salva Kiir.

State department spokesperson, Patrick Ventrell, on Wednesday, told reporters in Washington that Clinton, during her visit to Juba, will discuss the urgency to reach an agreement with Khartoum in the ongoing process mediated by the African Union in Addis Ababa.

During a telephone call he received from Clinton on Wednesday, Karti reiterated Sudan’s commitment to peaceful coexistence with all of its neighbours, stressing that the problem with the Republic of South Sudan is mainly a security one, the agency reported.

The Sudanese minister, who blamed Juba for supporting rebel movements in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, urged the US top diplomat to press Juba to disengage with the SPLM-N rebels and to stop harbouring Darfur holdout groups.

"In the absence of security there cannot be a permanent agreement between the two countries," he pointed out.

Juba denies any support to the Sudanese rebel groups however, in the past different American officials did ask the South Sudanese president to stop their support for rebel groups.

In Addis Ababa, talks on security issues are stalled as Khartoum continues to refuse an African Union map to operationalise a buffer zone the parties agreed in November 2011. The Sudanese government wants the mediation to establish the demilitarised zone based on the map according to which South Sudan got its independence

Clinton, according to SUNA, reaffirmed the American support to the Addis Ababa talks in order to reach a lasting settlement on the unresolved issues the two countries have been negotiating for the past year.

She further said that during her visit to Juba she will reiterate the American position that urges more seriousness in the discussions. At the same time, she requested Khartoum to engage seriously in the talks.

Washington is seen as the ally of Juba in Khartoum and Sudanese officials say that Juba could not continue to support rebels and take such an intransigent stance with its support.

Also due to the US sanctions on Sudan, Washington has bad relations with Khartoum and any initiative by American officials is suspiciously scrutinised by the Sudanese government.

During her telephone conversation, Clinton also raised the issue of humanitarian access to rebel held areas in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. She urged Karti to allow aid groups to reach these areas.

The Sudanese minister said his government accepts the tripartite initiative and expressed some observations regarding its implementation, stressing that the operation will be allowed once an agreement is reached over this issue.

The mediation suspended the humanitarian track on 25 July as the divergences are much too large between the two sides.

The SPLM-N says it is ready for a one-month ceasefire but asks to distribute the aid from South Sudanese borders. Khartoum sticks to its nine-point agreement with the UN, African Union and Arab League and says only government agreed actors can distribute the aid and stress it should be done from the Sudan.


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  • 2 August 2012 09:01, by Logic

    Karti: Leader of the Mujahideen who killed, raped & tortured many innocents during the civil war, sadly those crimes continue till this day unabated.

    Clinton is a self serving hypocrite just like the rest of the administration she represents, change will not come through dialogue with these blood thirsty extremists of Khartoum.

    SRF keep marching till you cleanse our land from these oppressors

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  • 2 August 2012 09:03, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Clinton can tell Bashir to accept international arbitration court to solve these problems.

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  • 2 August 2012 09:04, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Why sudan always full of saying Juba do support the Sudan rebel,while they are also supporting south sudanese militias in Khartoum which headed by Lam Akol,under the command of Johnson olony in Sudan border with Upper Nile State in South Sudan,all those support of rebels in both sides should be dress equally.Otherwise Sudan should not put themselves more wiser than others


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  • 2 August 2012 09:19, by Johndumo14

    If khartoum continue to claime s.sudan`s areas as belongs to sudan,south sudan will not stop supporting sudan`s rebels.As long as sudan occupy Abyei,hegelig,and other areas,blieve me whether you like or not war in sudan will continue for another 50 years,as what they did to us south sudan for the last 50 yrs.!! We are paying back,TIT FOR TAT.

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    • 2 August 2012 18:01, by solider

      johndump.if you want this war cool ,let it be.but i would like to remind you that you r the one who will suffer most bcoz u don’t have any seaport. it will be more expensive for you to emport and export weapons than north sudan . s sudan is incomplet country.

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  • 2 August 2012 10:15, by Sudan virus

    The photo portraits lies from the foreign minister.

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  • 2 August 2012 11:07, by Sudan virus

    SANCTION ON Aug 2nd 2012

    Sudan must be heavily sanction because of the following reasons:

    1.Sudan started supporting South Sudanese militias to disestablish South Sudan security-Lam Akol and late gorge Athor top leaders.
    2.After the UNSC sanction warning, Khartoum bombarded South Sudan.
    3.Sudan’s Bashiir dishonored AU’s call to meet S.Sudan’s Kiir to pave way forward for negotiation in Adis.

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    • 2 August 2012 18:17, by Dumodit

      No optimistic follow up of the border demarcation process from both parties involve. Not the security issue only caused Sudan to fear but identified that their claim of border line is false. Only destabilization or armed militias civilian attack is their depend.

      Sudan owned no land from South Sudan in the current Map border it is SS Land up to Kosti in the White Nile State

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  • 2 August 2012 19:59, by maluach madit

    Thanks Clinton for your visit but please, South Sudan is the newest country, so never attempt any sanction despite 2046 resolution.
    Clinton, paying of 32 per barrel is too expensive; please make them meet between the diameters of honesty.
    Clinton, the border should be demarcated, because without any juncture, there will be constant civil war between Sudans , as does Israel and Palestine, which is

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  • 2 August 2012 20:05, by maluach madit

    which is what South Sudan cannot afford at this age !.
    Clinton, SPLM-North is another leg of South Sudan, so how do you feel if one foot is being burnt up with fire?.
    Khartoum has 6 powerful allies that provide its government with everything needs, just for the exchange of our very mummy oil !.
    To be fair and genuine, please find the right solution to remember about u in our story. Please thanks

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