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North, South Sudan commitment to peace talks key to end conflict: Ethiopia’s Zenawi


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

June 7, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi has urged both Sudan and South Sudan to commit themselves to peace talks to prevent conflict between the east African neighbours.

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Ethiopia’s prime minister Meles Zenawi (Getty)

As concerns of a return to full military confrontation grow between North and South Sudan over their disputed shared border, Zenawi stressed the need for both parties to give priority for peace talks to de-escalate tension and avoid further armed clashes.

The Ethiopian premier made the remarks while conferring with Sudanese Defense Minister, Abdel Rahim Hussein on Tuesday in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

According to government sources, the two sides have consulted on ways of resolving the tension between Sudan and South Sudan.

They have also considered the achievements of the AU High-Level Implementation Plan (AUHIP) on Sudan.

Zenawi, who is also Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) chairman, reaffirmed his country’s commitment to closely engage in peacefully resolving tensions between Sudan and South Sudan.

The two sides have also discussed bilateral and regional concerns of mutual interest.

The recent military clashes at borders between North and South Sudan have drawn fears of reigniting a conflict in the volatile region.

Neighbouring countries are concerned that a renewed conflict between the two Sudans would lead to a fresh regional instability.

Regional and international bodies have been calling on both parties for immediate cease to all hostility, urging them to exercise maximum restraint, and to peacefully address all outstanding issues peacefully in line with the agreement on non-aggression that they signed in February.

Despite a peaceful split last year, Khartoum and Juba have a number of pending issues both need to work out including differences over oil transit fees, border demarcation, and on the fate of the dispute Abyei area.


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  • 8 June 2012 05:57, by Madina Tonj

    Prime Minister Mel Zenawi.

    You can recall those agreements which were signed in Ethiopia and Omar al Bashir violated all. Sudan gov have been successful get ride on Black African tribes and some African leaders are sleeping even trying to support killer this is unusual that make Africa nations to be a shame in the world. They can says yes Today but when they go back to Khartoum they will say no

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    • 8 June 2012 06:35, by SEE ME

      Madina Tonj

      "Sudan gov have been successful get ride on Black African tribes"

      Mel Zenawi has brighter color; IS he an AFRICAN?

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      • 8 June 2012 06:55, by Madina Tonj

        See Me
        What do you mean by brighter color?

        He is original an African Ethiopian by all definition, he was not immigrated like Arabs African who came to make business in Africa late, they grabbing some parts in Africa continent and now Arabs are killing the real land owner in the Sudan. The Islamic policy is not attracting people in Africa any more and years later, Islam will not exist in Africa

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        • 8 June 2012 07:12, by SEE ME

          Madina Tonj

          SO WHEN FUR will return to BAHR ALGHZAL leave land of DAJO?

          SO WHEN OBAMA will return to SOUTH SUDAN?

          SO WHEN WHITES of USA will return to EUROPE and leave RED INDIANS?

          SO WHEN DINKA will return to their area around lake VICTORIA?

          SO WHEN INDIANS of south AFRICA will return TO INDIA?

          You better reread and reread the rules and regulations that are well stated by UN.

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          • 8 June 2012 16:08, by South South

            SEE ME,

            Arab who came to Africa as slave traders are still killing black people in Sudan in their own land. Very different from what happened in USA or in other countries. Can you tell me now that white are still killing black Africa in USA ? Shut up See Me.

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        • 9 June 2012 06:50, by bior angeth

          Hi guys/gals
          the tribalism you are preaching will not relief Sudan from trouble. You are placing Dinka’s originality around lake victoria; what about Khartoum, whose place is it? When did Dinka leave victoria? Placing people out of their origin will not qualify you to take their land. You created a useless map in which its decision had been guided by oil but it will fail. Better accept 1956 borde

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          • 9 June 2012 07:04, by bior angeth

            You already accepted division of Sudan; do not resist 1956 border. You can refuse for a while but you will accept later if the world rise up for the truth to stop the suffering of Sudanese people.

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      • 8 June 2012 07:12, by P.K.M

        SEE ME, did you see the color of the President of the USA? Do you know that they called him a black man? Who is more lighter in Africa than he is?

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        • 8 June 2012 07:21, by SEE ME


          I wonder why most black- black AFRICANS have complex Inferiority due their black color?

          I used to tell all whites and white ARABS that Iam black and Iam the true SON of ADAM.


          OBAMA’S MOTHER is white while ZENAWI is an original African

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          • 8 June 2012 07:29, by zulu

            It is your like that has the inferiority complex. When you go to Arab countries, they call you there, abeed. When you rich the US you are called Niger. But in south you shockingly consider yourselves arab because of language and culture, who shockingly dual as arabs have no tribes. so, who exactly you, is a demning question.

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            • 8 June 2012 07:40, by SEE ME


              I will never call myself ARAB and not AFRICAN.

              Iam an AFRO-ARAB with the respect to my father and mother roots.

              "When you rich the US you are called Niger".
              PLS ask OBAMA to return to SOUTH SUDAN as his father is from south sudan.

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      • 8 June 2012 12:48, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        The prime ministers of Ethiopia,s Zenawi there is no worry of that,there is war in Sudan by now with South Sudan,it is the for Regime change in Khartoum where those SEE ME will take refuge in Egypt or Yemen or Sausi Arabia soon


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        • 8 June 2012 13:33, by SEE ME

          okucu pa lotinokwan

          Iam ARAB ROOTED DARFIRAN and I will stay in my DARFUR ready to protect my peoples from all HUMAN BEINGS and GIN who are criminals.

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    • 8 June 2012 07:26, by Panthouandbeyond

      Thanks Mr. Zenawi. This is a hot pot. So, no joke at this point. South Sudan has been patience for so long. This is our time to act and react against anything that touch our land. panthou Juwa, Hariga Juwa.


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  • 8 June 2012 06:02, by Abyei Soil

    Forget about oil transit fees which Sudan officials greedly demanded in a manners of uncivilized nation. We’re not willing to do anything leading to resumption of talk on oil transportation fee but looking forward to gain our land from intruders and thieves of NCP. Those land included the Panthou, the territories of Abyei, and our airspace being victim of great violation from SAF the WEAKEST army

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    • 8 June 2012 06:04, by Abyei Soil

      ...in Sudan.

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    • 8 June 2012 06:40, by SEE ME

      Abyei Soil

      Why SOUTH SUDAN is upset when SUDAN decided the fees that is good for SUDAN?

      SUDAN is free in the way how to use its land.

      Good luck for you and you are free to do what you want in your land.

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      • 8 June 2012 10:24, by Abyei Soil

        @SEE ME,
        And why your govt got to be greedy enough to try it’s level best in cheating South Sudan?
        Do you thinks the infrastructures that are running from oil field to Post Sudan aren’t ours?

        From now onward, forgot the so called wealth sharing or economic benefit between both countries, your govt is failing you miserably something you never knew and you will not knowing it.

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        • 8 June 2012 11:05, by Abyei Soil

          ...I means... You’ll die not knowing it.

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  • 8 June 2012 06:22, by MKee

    Tell your frieds the north sudan - who don’t like peace, and want to continue looting south sudan land that SPLMA IS READY MORE THAN EVER. Also tell them that if they don’t want peace and wanted to engage in those uguly activities like stealing, bombing, killing innocent people, SPLA is ready to confront them in their territories incuding inside Khartoum if they don’t stop such activities.

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    • 8 June 2012 06:43, by SEE ME


      "SPLA is ready to confront them in their territories incuding inside Khartoum if they don’t stop such activities"

      SUDAN is ready for you but stop outsiders from intervention.

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      • 8 June 2012 07:37, by zulu

        NIF supporters, before jumping up and down, blaming here and there, check out the Breaking News at Rakoba "Babanousa Town under firm and tighted siege by SRF for a week now". The join forces from SPLA-N under the command of Al-Hilu and Messeriah Al-Fatah forces are determined to take the town with a tactics of cutting off supply routes to NIF forces at Mereime to the South West of Dar-El Messeriah

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  • 8 June 2012 06:24, by Akol Liai Mager

    NIF supporters, before jumping up and down, blaming here and there, check out the Breaking News at Rakoba "Babanousa Town under firm and tighted siege by SRF for a week now". The join forces from SPLA-N under the command of Al-Hilu and Messeriah Al-Fatah forces are determined to take the town with a tactics of cutting off supply routes to NIF forces at Mereime to the South West of Dar-El Messeriah

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    • 8 June 2012 07:57, by SEE ME

      Akol Liai Mager

      MESEERIA has 4 main sub tribes:

      1. ALLAUWNA
      And are known by MESEERIA ZURUG

      3. AJAIRA
      4. FALAITA
      And are known by MESEERIA HUMUR

      MESEERIA are well united from KORDOFAN and through DARFUR to CHAD and TUNISIA/LIBYA.

      Stop your lies and go to hell as you will be there.

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      • 8 June 2012 09:27, by Tata

        Mr. See You,

        Can you just go back to Chad, Libya or whatsoever country you came from and leave us alone. Plz, we are not for war, however, if you keep on ringing that bell (Messiria x 9999) you are looking for trouble. You know where to graze your camels between Decembers-Junes. Plz beg for peace or thirsty will sweep you off in that desert before reaching Kiir river.

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        • 8 June 2012 10:07, by SEE ME


          First I want YOU and your family to leave South Sudan and go back to your original land around lake VICTORIA.

          Is killing the innocents of my tribes was approved in your new reprinted holy Bible by the criminals of SPLA/M who supported the outaws of DARFURIAN rebels????

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          • 8 June 2012 10:17, by SEE ME

            Tata & Majongdit

            Yes it is very bad to call human beings "insects".
            I will do my best for CHANGE.

            Iam very sure very soon SUDAN and SOUTH SUDAN will become close brothers.
            The situation now is part of CHANGE.

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  • 8 June 2012 06:28, by Lualjok

    Whether the pigs called Arabs like it or not, we Southerners will take all our areas through force. death to dogs and mosquitoes

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    • 8 June 2012 07:25, by SEE ME


      Most of SOUTHERN SUDANESE here in this website are very fluent in using bad, impolite, irrespectable, street women language and even behavior of bad boys.

      Is this what the universities and training centers in SOUTH SUDAN are developing the peoples there with it?


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      • 8 June 2012 09:47, by Tata

        See You,
        If anybody insults you on this web this is likely your student(s). Your prwesident el Bashir, is the teacher/Imam of insult who called human beings "Insects". God created South Sudanese humans and Bashir see them insects. Confirm, does Bashir pray? If yes, does he pray to the true Almighty God? Stop bowing to an old tomb in Mecca, it’s idol worship. Tell Bashir to stop insult or otherwise

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        • 8 June 2012 10:14, by SEE ME


          You better read my comments about "calling human beings "Insects".

          I strongly believe in ALLAH and I will not say any thing bad about what he created.

          For me is big SIN.

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    • 8 June 2012 07:33, by SEE ME


      "we Southerners will take all our areas through force. death to dogs and mosquitoes"

      What are you waiting for?

      Just send all southern brave men for war which you will win it in one hour.

      Forget about Zenawi, AU, Mebki and UN; these are pro SUDAN as to your believes

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  • 8 June 2012 07:38, by George Bol

    How about SPLA in the South Sudan demand its land by force. And the SPLA-N, JEM and the entire Dafur groups over throw Bashier. It seems likely within three month.

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