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Flights between Khartoum and Juba to stop within a month

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April 10, 2012 (JUBA) - Sudan has extended for one month the period that flights can travel between the two countries, saying that a formal aviation agreement along international norms is needed in order for flights to continue.

After South Sudan seceded last year the two nations have still to find agreement on a host of issues including oil, borders, debt, and citizenship. Over the last two weeks tensions have escalated after clashes along the poorly demarcated and heavily militarised contested border.

Khartoum had originally said that international flights would stop on 9 April the same day that South Sudanese citizens would no longer be able to use a Sudanese passport to board a flight to Juba.

South Sudan’s Deputy Minister for Transport, Mayom Kuoc Malek said on Tuesday, that Khartoum had informed Juba of the one month extension but questioned whether the Sudanese government had considered that their decision would have a negative effect on both nations.

“I know such actions are political decisions but I wonder whether they were taken after examining economic effects between the two countries”, he asked, explaining further that most of the regular passengers between Khartoum and Juba are Sudanese nationals.

Deng Alier, who works at Juba International Airport, echoed the deputy minister, saying Khartoum’s decision would have less of an effect on South Sudan because most of the regular passengers were Sudanese nationals.

He said that 300-400 Sudanese national travel between the two capitals every day.

South Sudan Minister of Transport, Agnes Poni Lukudu, on Friday last week said she had received a letter from the Sudanese government dated 6 March notifying her ministry of the decision to stop flight operations between the countries.

Minister Lukudu, who announced the decision by the Sudanese government at a news conference in Juba, said the "should have been channeled through the South Sudan Foreign Ministry but strangely it was delivered to my office only to find that it was from Sudan."

South Sudan’s transport ministry issued the following statement on the issue:

  • On the 6 March 2012, The Civil Aviation Authority of Republic of Sudan published a circular, outlining clearly that there will be no flights between the two countries from 9 of April, 2012 until, when the two countries agree to operate their flights in accordance with international air operations. The circular also stated that all passengers moving between the countries will be treated in accordance with immigration and customs rules.
  • On the 11 of March 2012 the Civil Aviation Authority further wrote to all airlines operating between the two countries that as of 0100 hours, all air operations to and from South Sudan will be officially classified and treated as international air operations with all attending issues fully implemented.
  • In the absence of an agreement between the two countries, all air operations from Khartoum and other towns of Sudan will not be allowed to land in airports of the Republic of South Sudan as of 0100 hours of the 9th of April 2012 at the same time no air operations emanating from the RSS will be allowed to land in the airport of Sudan. This situation will remain in force until the two countries agree to have air operations between themselves.
  • The purpose of this statement is to inform the general public and air travelers in the RSS that from Monday 9 of April 2012, until when an agreement is reached between the two countries on air operations there will be no flights between the two countries. Thus travelers from South Sudan to Sudan should find alternative routes.
  • All Sudanese nationals leaving and arriving South Sudan airports and river ports will be subjected to the South Sudanese and customs rules.
  • Finally the Khartoum will be responsible for any inconvenience caused as a result of unilateral decision by it to stop flights between South Sudan and Sudan.

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  • 11 April 2012 07:57, by Madina Tonj

    That is a good lesson for Southern Sudanese who have been refusal to started coming their homeland South Sudan. They should blame themselves for being a people who follow Arab money instead coming to their home and do your dovelopment like them.

    All the times when asked pro-Khartoum to come South Sudan, they said, there is no job in South Sudan but they fail to acknowledge no nation without peopl

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  • 11 April 2012 08:37, by Tambura

    You are damn right, government of south should not care that much about people who didn’t want to come home or believe that south Sudan became country. We have been warning them about consequence of them not to retun earlier. I careless

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    • 11 April 2012 13:02, by Simon Deng

      Brothers and Sisters,
      The coming of Southerners from Khartoum is not beneficial to us economically. If you wanting to bring people to country which is full of all kind of corruption, you are disadvantaging them and the nation. Having people living abroad like USA,Europe and Aus and more is definatelly a huge bonus to our country.Do not ask me to go home while you got no work for me.

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      • 11 April 2012 13:08, by Simon Deng

        This is the continuition of the first message.
        The reasons kiir and Machar administration are advocating for southerners to come home while they got no plan to assist the returneees, is not intellectually safe. Kiir and Machar if contuing this plan, their armies and civil will kill them tomorrow as their are not feading them but other nations does that is why we have western unions and the like.

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        • 11 April 2012 13:44, by viper

          Simon Deng, you lack patriotism. You better die in your own country instead of going to die in a foreign country. Which job do you want to do in SS? Come and cultivate since our land is very fertile. All those countries you are now enjoying were developed by Nationals, not God

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        • 11 April 2012 15:54, by zulu

          Simon Deng,
          You are very dumb and pretty stupid. Stay in Khartoum if you like to follow Jau Jau. Those South Sudanese who would like to return home are very welcome to a new nation full of hope and prosperity. Come leave free without oppression. You can farm, you can do business. It is a land of opportunity.

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  • 11 April 2012 08:41, by E. Defense Forces

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