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Egypt’s Mubarak hold talks on Darfur and South Sudan peace

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November 10, 2008 (KHARTOUM/JUBA) — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was today in one-day visit to Khartoum and Juba where he held talks on Darfur peace efforts and the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2005.

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Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir (R) welcomes his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak in Khartoum on November 10, 2008. (AFP)

This is the second visit of Mubarak to Khartoum since 1989. He was in the Sudanese capital on April 4, 2006. As like the first one he made a short visit to the country. The current ruling party in Khartoum has been behind a 1995 assassination attempt in Addis Ababa.

This is also the first visit to southern Sudan of an Egyptian president since 1962 where president Jamal Abdel Nasser visited Juba.
Speaking to the press following a meeting this morning with president Omer Al-Bashir, Mubarak said he tackled Darfur issue and Sudan’s unity. He also said bilateral ties where part of the talks.

Mubarak also briefed the Sudanese president on Egyptian efforts to convince Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement to join the Qatari mediation initiated by the Arab League last September.

President Omer Al-Bashir was briefed on Monday with the efforts of the Egyptian government to convince Khalil Ibrahim, the leader of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement in Darfur to return to the negotiations table, the official SUNA reported.

Foreign Minister Deng Alor said that Al-Bashir lauded Egypt’s efforts to convince the armed movements in Darfur to take part in the coming session of negotiations in Doha, Qatar.

Al-Bashir briefed his Egyptian counterpart on the situation in Darfur as well as the progress of the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in southern Sudan besides the preparations for holding the coming general elections next year.

The visiting Mubarak also said that "President Al- Bashir is well aware of the importance of the unity of the Sudanese territories and supporting the south."

Alor said the visit of the Egyptian President to Juba came as part of the Egyptian efforts to push forward development in southern Sudan that would make the option of unity attractive for the southern Sudanese people.

In Juba Mubarak had talks with the First Vice President and southern Sudan government president Salva Kiir Mayadrit on the implementation of a peace deal that Egypt is one of its international guarantors.

Salava Kiir briefed Mubarak on the implementation of the CPA and urged more pressures on Khartoum, Kiir press secretary Ayom Wol said following the meeting.

Mubarak told reporters: "I came to Juba for the first time and it gives you an indication that we are concerned about southern Sudan." He said his government would set up a branch of Egypt’s Alexandria University in the southern.

Egypt’s official MENA news agency said Mubarak’s visit was "aimed at cementing stability and unity in Sudan".

Egypt is dependent on the Nile for its water needs. The White Nile, which flows through southern Sudan, provides about 10 percent of the total flow and could provide more if the water management system is improved.

The construction of Jonglei canal is one of the main concerns for Cairo which tries to convince Juba to resume the work on the hydro-construction project. The unpopular canal project was put to a halt in 1983 following the outbreak of the North-South civil war.

The purpose of the canal was to ensure the flow of 4.7 billion cubic meters of water annually, to be equally distributed between Egypt and Sudan.

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  • 11 November 2008 07:02, by YihHon Alewei

    Nonesense!

    It is completely a political stunt that mr.hosni has made. Egyptians are behind the two decades of South Sudan suffering! Their interest is only resources! Egyptians have been against the autonomy of South Sudan since 1821.

    It is all crap for mr. hosni to preach the spirit of unity at this stage while they have destructed this enticement of unity in the past. hosni and his uncle bashir carry the same symbol of hatred. Non of them need or belief in moving forward or change.

    How are you going to preach good will in the neighbourhood that you have destroyed for so long? I don’t think whether hosni is going to bring any good to the CPA and the Dafur conflict rather than he is going to inflict his own interest to shattered the whole thing!

    It is really a big shame on hosni to talk about peace while his police forces every day kill Darfuris in Iraelis border crossing! mr.hosni and his police men has disrespected the "1948 Declaration Universal of Huaman Hights" and now he is trying to be mr nice!

    God knows those who did evil things and pretend to good samaritans.

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    • 11 November 2008 11:15, by Jur_likang a likan’g

      No on earth selects a partner to anyone. We in Southern Sudan are mature enough to seek what we want. Husni Mubarak has only gone to view South Sudan as a tourist and in no circumstance can he decide for us our destiny. Our destiny is solely our matter of concern. No individual can decide that except the nearly twelve million South Sudanese. We have had enough of Egyptians. First Slave trade, secondly dirty plans to destroy our march to nationhood, thirdly they seek to make us pseudo-arabs by making us adopt Arabic and islam as our state language and religion respectively. Go to hell Egyptians! How can you advise us on our domestic issues when you kill our people in hundreds!

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      • 11 November 2008 17:08, by julius mowanga

        it’s all right said,dear folks,but we have to give the peace a chance to flowrish.

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      • 15 November 2008 00:55, by Vincent

        Why profess that much hatred against Egypt?
        It was Egypt that unified Sudan at the turn of the last Century, and sacrificed her sons lives for the welfare of Sudan.
        Egypt granted Sudan the right to independence with not a single drop of blood in 1952!
        when you’ve gone independent, you started killing each other and suffered a horrible civil war and Egypt had nothing to do with it! What do you want Egypt to do? in addition to hosting more than 5 million Sudanese there...they actually are taking Egyptians’ jobs and a huge burden on the Economy... simply, you owe Egypt a lot and now you keep cursing her, how ungrateful!

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  • 13 November 2008 04:48, by elbushra

    It is quite a shame that as a nation we can not even handle our own problems and instead like spoiled children must be separated. This regime will go down in history as one of the most back-ward and repressive regimes.

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