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Sudan FM says no talks with south before addressing security issues

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May 4, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti ruled out any talks with South Sudan unless the security item is top on the agenda of negotiations.

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Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti (AFP)

On Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted a resolution endorsing an African Union (AU) roadmap that sets a timeframe for Sudan and South Sudan to resolve a number of key issues including oil, borders, citizenship and Abyei.

Any party that fails to comply could be subject to sanctions under Article 41 of the UN charter, according to the text of the UNSC decision.

While South Sudan accepted the resolution, Sudanese officials reacted cautiously and emphasised only the positive elements contained in it.

Khartoum has been critical of the AU for asking the UNSC to intervene calling it an attempt to override the African role in resolving the north-south dispute.

In a radio interview today, Karti said that it is pointless to discuss borders, trade, and oil while South Sudan continues to back Sudanese rebels fighting the army in border states seeking to oust the government in Khartoum.

Sudan’s top diplomat also said that with the exception of Abyei, the army will not withdraw from the disputed border areas arguing that the UNSC resolution does not make that a requirement.

The UNSC resolution orders the two sides to immediately withdraw their forces inside their respective borders without conditions and within a week activate the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM) and the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ).

Karti criticised those in the country calling for rejecting the UNSC resolution suggesting that they will get the country into trouble.

He listed the pros of the resolution including condemnation of Juba’s brief occupation of Heglig, calling for a fact-finding mission to assess damage done to oil facilities in the region.

The country’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has slammed the resolution saying that it punishes Sudan and rewards the aggressor in reference to Heglig’s takeover.

The Sudanese foreign minister also stressed that South Sudan has no viable option in the short term to export its oil except through the north’s pipelines.

Sudan, which was Africa’s largest country before the South gained independence in July, sits atop some of the continent’s most significant oil resources.

But it lost three-quarters of the oil after Juba’s seceded under a 2005 settlement that ended two decades of civil war between north and south. The pipelines to export the oil run through the north, however, and a dispute about how the oil wealth should be divided has stoked fears of war.

The conflict has brought nearly all oil production to a standstill, damaging both countries’ struggling economies.

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  • 5 May 2012 09:44, by omoni jr.

    Terrorist.
    who give a damn about negotiation with Al qaeda anyway?
    You are supporting south sudanese rebels and L.R.A and you talk shit there.

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    • 5 May 2012 10:00, by Abraham Ayom

      A shame on you to see you resigning tomorrow from your position base on your contradicting statement and the Sudanese Statement release earlier for admitting UNSC and AU road map. when you guys be tighten by International community You will end up blaming one another, you get nervous and you resign.

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      • 5 May 2012 18:02, by Mach

        Sudan F.M., first of all, who called for talk in the South and you say no? To say no talk with the South when no one even initiates talk with you is ludicrous!

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    • 5 May 2012 10:05, by Land-of-Cush

      They call south Sudanese people as an "insect" for no reason while they are most an insects. Time for Khartoum to be destroyed still coming; the slamming of AU and UNSC is a signs of falls of Khartoum regime.

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  • 5 May 2012 09:54, by Akol Liai Mager

    Of course, your genocidal regime has many people to talk to in the North and here they are: Revolutionary Front under Gen. Malik Agar, Abdul-Wahid Nur, Minawi & JEM in Darfur, Karamallah in Gedaref, Women Front in Khartoum, Austerity in Khartoum, Cost of living in Khartoum, the list is on & on plus Ocampo from Hague. So, please enjoy talking to them.

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    • 5 May 2012 10:04, by Darkangel

      Akol Liai Mager you are truly a blind retard

      The governor resiened !
      Malik and Alhilu are your army generals and will be defeated.
      Ocampo means nothing and 8 years proves that !
      Economically we have options.
      Thats it - Sudan can solve its problems.

      As for the FAILED, Tribal, Starving, bankrupt country of South Sudan... i would need 10 entries to list your problems !

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    • 5 May 2012 10:22, by Northern Sudanese

      first of all, the whole of SRF is considered an organisation which is created to work for south sudan among the sudanese people, so you wont expect them in the presidential palace.

      secondly, women front is a joke.
      thirdly, cost of living is lower in khartoum than in south sudan
      finally, icc is a joke no1 gives a shit :) not even the US......

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  • 5 May 2012 10:24, by mosa mel

    Ali Karti

    The security item is border demarcation. If you refuse to talk about border issue, the Sudan security problem will not solve and will affect your government in Khartoum. I think your security item is about Nuba Mt, Blue Nile, and Darfur. That are your nation internal issues and have nothing to do with South Sudan. I think you must agree on South sudan original map or Sudan will suffer.

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  • 5 May 2012 13:49, by Tamongali

    Mr. Karti,please we are tired of war and instability, no one can refuse the resolution of UNSC and AU.so no need for showing muscles after you have accepted the road map.the best thing to do is to prepare yourself and defend your rights in coming negotiation. please for the sake of old,young,women,disable and all innocent people who will be victims of the war if it happens, pls withdrew ur words.

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  • 5 May 2012 14:17, by wadelsudan

    No businees with south
    No negotiation with south
    No Oil through north
    No grains, salt or goods to the south
    No visa to SPLA officials
    South should drink their oil
    No trust ,continue crying and dreaming and prostituting ,we divorce you forever and ever goodbye.

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    • 5 May 2012 16:51, by philip

      Hey wadil sudan there is no option from both side other go for talk , mostly sudan north are neglect people and now there no way to reject the. Otherwise they face en
      tervention.

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      • 5 May 2012 17:08, by Northern Sudanese

        philip

        we are still bombing your country..........just yesterday we dropped 10 bombs on your positions..........

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        • 5 May 2012 23:07, by abaha abak james

          Norteerathern sudanes
          you are bombing grass, can you pay a visit to the battle field to prove your cowardice, why did you send our brothers nubians and darfurians to die in hands of gallant spla, soon you will find your way to middle east with your illit.erate ncp

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    • 5 May 2012 18:26, by Tamongali

      Wad bald, let us be good neighbour at least. we have longest border between us if no stability on either of the side no one will enjoy happy life.Another thing don’t be proud when warplane bombarded an area because for sure the bomb doesn’t differentiate bet innocent civilian and military target.Iam against killing for any reason if there is chance for peace.

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      • 6 May 2012 06:36, by Bul Garang Bul

        Who cares about your internal security.... Should you need us to solve your security then President Salva Kiir will be in charge of both North and South.. We need you take your Bashir to ICC first before we help you out your internal issues.

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