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Mbeki expected in Khartoum to discuss talks with South Sudan


May 16, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – African Union’s (AU) mediator for Sudan and South Sudan, Thabo Mbeki, is expected to touch ground in the capital Khartoum within 48 hours to discuss details of resuming negotiations between the two countries, a Sudanese official has announced.

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FILE PHOTO - AU mediator Thabo Mbeki speaks with media after his meeting with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in Khartoum on April 6, 2012 (GETTY)

The official spokesman of Sudan’s foreign ministry, Al-Obaid Adam Marawih, said in a press release on Tuesday that Khartoum was awaiting the arrival of Mbeki “today or tomorrow.”

He pointed out that the visit aims to discuss the date and detailed agendas of the next round of talks between Sudan and South Sudan.

Both countries are currently under pressure from the AU and the UN Security Council (UNSC) to abide by the latter’s 2 May resolution which dictated under the threat of sanctions that Khartoum and Juba return within a week to negotiations over oil, citizenship, border demarcation and the status of Abyei region.

The resolution also ordered Khartoum and Juba to conclude the talks within three months.

Mbeki and his AU High Level Panel (AUHIP) have mediated the negotiations since South Sudan split in July last year and until they floundered dangerously in early April, leading to the outbreak of military confrontations between the two countries along their poorly-defined border.

Khartoum has been insisting that the next round of negotiations accords priority to security issues in the hope of a deal that sees Juba severing its alleged ties to the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) and other Sudanese insurgents fighting the government in the country’s border regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Although Khartoum has officially accepted the UNSC resolution, senior Sudanese officials continue to indicate that they will not discuss other issues unless the security question is addressed first.

Meanwhile in Juba, the Chinese presidential envoy Zong Jinghao said following a meeting with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on Monday that his country is fully supporting what he described as a mutual desire on the part of Juba and Khartoum to end hostilities and return to negotiations.

Jinghao, whose country is the leading investor in the oil sector on both sides of the borders, also said that Beijing supports efforts by the AU and UNSC to bring peace between the two countries.


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  • 16 May 2012 08:10, by Kurnyel

    Mbeki thanks for tell the world truth, about South Sudanese. You know very well how did our government stood firm to supported you until you got your independence so the South Sudanese are deadly people and rotten once never trusted them atall

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    • 16 May 2012 08:21, by Ayom Dor

      Why praising Mbeki, he’s an African, call him slave if u are not swallowing western agenda through him, He is just a mouth piece for AU but you hv to withdraw from Abyei first without pre-conditions and that is the message he has for yr gov’t..

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      • 16 May 2012 15:12, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

        Ayom Dor
        As Iam an AFRO-ARAB feel very proud about my true African brother great Mbeki.

        He knows very well the process and rules of democracy.
        He is an honest mediator
        He is highly objective in his discussions.
        He is well aware about the process of CHANGE.

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        • 16 May 2012 16:37, by zulu

          That is the visit. South sudan has nothing to do with Mbeki

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    • 16 May 2012 12:32, by Beneben Bai

      kurnyel, your English is excellent. pls send your comment to either Cambridge or Oxford for marking, you will obatin high marks of 100 over 100. ha ha ha haaaa. Some times South Sudanese are insects, rats and some times they are "deadly people and rotten once never trusted them atall". ha ha haaaa, Wad elnyel

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    • 16 May 2012 14:44, by Diu J.Kuek


      You are too ignorant do you know when did South Africa got their independence South Africa get its indenpendence before Sudan this show your naive lack of knowledge take this as your information Mr Ignorant South Africa was UN member since 1945.leave about struggle between black and Apartheid white burdensome and unjustly.
      always you are making noise while you are brainless.

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    • 16 May 2012 14:44, by Beneben Bai

      kurnyel, your English is excellent. pls send your comment to either Cambridge or Oxford for marking, you will obatin high marks of 100 over 100. ha ha ha haaaa. Some times South Sudanese are insects, rats and some times they are "deadly people and rotten once never trusted them atall". ha ha haaaa, Wad elnyel

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    • 16 May 2012 15:01, by daniell

      Basher prefers mediators from au than un.No one knows why.he is a guy who killed Darfurian in their homeland and yet he always come out clean during tallks.The next day after mediation he resume his homework by shooting Durfurians.So Mr.Thobeki you are wasting your energy and time for some one who can not obey procedures of Africa Union.Thanks.

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    • 17 May 2012 03:46, by SeekingTruth

      As a matter of fact, everything that these thug called Mbeki and fugitive regime Al-Bashir have been hidding since this negotiation started is now coming to light. Believe it or not, Mbeki himself is now under high pressure on how to balance the bribing he has already received as per the negotiation and the NCP’s behaviours otherwise, Kudos to Luka Biong. SOuth must keep pressing the buttons.

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    • 17 May 2012 07:42, by kaci-banno

      The former South African president Mbeki fail to understand between his role as a medaitor and UNSC resolution. He suppose to send out the letter to both country instead of travelling to khartoum to discuss the matters. His nonvoilence liberation mentality never help him to realize the arab in khartoum hipocricy. time is reading for the notion criminal party to frustrate.


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    • 17 May 2012 11:29, by man of the people

      kurnyel whoever you are,
      dnt try to call us roten people man, unless u took ethanol in your a wake, we south sudanese are people peace and that why we chose way of peace to nogatiate with u rather than war. please Arabs give us peace of mind understand it very well, we woundnt have divorce u to be a country on our own.

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    • 17 May 2012 16:08, by man of the people

      mbeki a man who is lacking wisdom to understand the situation always in support of khartuom.

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  • 16 May 2012 08:25, by Longa

    See this Darling of Khartoum is back. Nothing will come out him, business as usual.

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  • 16 May 2012 08:26, by BM Bol

    Mbeki is an African hero turned zero. South Sudan leadership should reject him from leading the talk about the two countries. He’s too closer to Khartoum.

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    • 16 May 2012 13:59, by DeltaBravo

      Mabeki is the worst money hunger African leader i ever seen in my whole life. Let him go to hell, we don’t need him. OAU did not do anything about Sudan Civil war not to mention AU which is full of greedy money hunger leaders.

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      • 16 May 2012 15:26, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

        Don’t talk about your African brother with this bad language. He is pure African while Iam AFRO-ARAB but I respect and love him.
        Mabeki is the most honest and fair African leader

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  • 17 May 2012 03:49, by Zionist

    Thabo Mbeki is unawre of the Islamization and the Arabization of the African people, however, South Sudan with what it has stood solid rock infront of those sub-Arabs since 1956. There’s nothing worse than to have a neighbour, stealing your oil, invading your country and bombing your civilians in the name of Allah, and then deny it and lie about it while the whole world is watching it unfolding.

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  • 17 May 2012 07:38, by Gabriel KK

    Thabo Mbeki MUST quit this mediation task because he is bias and slow. AU nad UN should get rid of this failure person because many people died because of him.

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