Home | News    Saturday 27 September 2003

Sudanese defence minister gives details of security arrangement agreement

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

Text of report by Sudanese radio on September 26, 2003

The minister of defence, Staff Maj-Gen Bakri Hasan Salih, this morning met the leaders of the armed forces at the General Command Office, where he briefed them on the agreement reached between the government and the [Sudan] People’s [Liberation] Movement [SPLM] on security arrangements.

The minister said that the rounds of talks, which added up to about 14 formal and informal ones before the agreement was reached, dealt with need to specify the size of the forces to be deployed from both sides. He said this was in the context of affirming the national sovereignty in defending and securing the boundaries and regions of national resources and the vitality of strategic goals, roads and airports.

The rounds of talks that discussed the specification of the forces arrived at the resolution that there should exist joint forces which should consist of 24,000 soldiers, with 50 per cent coming from each side. The situation should remain so until the end of the transitional period in southern Sudan, on condition that the rest of the armed forces would withdraw to the north during the first two years of implementation of the agreement.

Regarding the Nuba Mountains and [southern] Blue Nile, it was agreed that there should exist joint forces the size of a brigade with 50 per cent of the soldiers being deployed from either side, with all soldiers from the Movement coming from the people of the region and that the rest of SPLM soldiers over and above the stipulated number withdraw from the region, with the rest of the armed forces soldiers currently in the region remaining in the region.

The agreement also stipulates the establishment of a joint defence force the size of a brigade in the capital with 50 per cent deployment from each side.

Regarding the east, it was agreed that SPLM soldiers withdraw from the region after the signing of the final agreement.

Concerning friendly and allied forces affiliated to either of the two sides, it was agreed that each side should take control of the forces affiliated to it and incorporate others wishing to join the armed forces and unified police force, [as well as recruit into] the rest of security organs and civil service, according to the specific regulations governing each institution.

Meanwhile, the armed forces agreed that friendly forces working with them were part and parcel of the armed forces, who will be taken care of, with the rights of each member being safeguarded because the role they played is appreciated countrywide.

For their part, the leaders of the armed forces affirmed their support to the agreement and their support to every step being made towards peace, security and stability, and that they would stand by the national interests and territorial integrity and unity.

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Wedding in Juba - How can you tell if a bridegroom works for Nilepet? 2017-02-24 05:25:41 By Deng Kiir Akok The Nile Petroleum Corporation is a national Oil and Gas Corporation, which engages in oil exploration, production and marketing. Famous for its abbreviation Nilepet has been a (...)

Bashir’s congratulation for Trump remains double-edged sword 2017-02-21 08:47:41 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This is a note to the readers of this article about my use of the phrase double-edged sword. It means that Omar al-Bashir’s Speedy congratulation offer to Donald Trump (...)

South Sudan: Why ’NO’ for peace and ’YES’ for war 2017-02-20 20:45:12 By Tor Madira Machier The region and the International community has been on a campaign in a bid to end the civil war in South Sudan right after its inception in December 2013, yet the very (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) 2017-02-08 21:49:09 Sudan Democracy First Group Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) War in the Blue Nile: Militias in the hunt of refugees and displaced population Introduction Throughout its rule, (...)

More refugees flee to Uganda than across Mediterranean 2017-01-25 09:15:39 January 25, 2017 Uganda welcomed more refugees last year than the total number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean into Europe. “Europe should learn from the way Uganda and other (...)

Carter Center welcomes new regulations on humanitarian affairs 2017-01-12 07:53:16 The Carter Center ATLANTA, Januarg 11, 2017 – The Carter Center welcomes the recent regulations issued by the government of Sudan aimed at facilitating humanitarian relief throughout the country (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.