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Sudan and South Sudan resume security talks with no tangible progress


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

June 22, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) – Post-partition direct talks between Sudan and South Sudan on security issues recommenced on Friday under the mediation of the African Union High Level Panel (AUHIP) in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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South Sudan Defense Minister John Kong Nyuon, Sudan Defence Minister Abdelrahim Hussein, ex Nigerian leader Abdulsalami Abubakar and ex S African Thabo Mbeki hold a news conference in Khartoum September 18, 2011 (Reuters)

North and South Sudan returned to the negotiating table, weeks after unfruitful round of talks on how to implement agreements on security arrangements along the 2000 km of the common border.

The talks on a buffer zone are deadlocked as the parties failed to endorse a map to line the demilitarised zone. Khartoum came with its map and Juba also while the mediation put something different on the negotiating table.

Prior to the resumption of bilateral talks on Friday, the mediation organised a meeting between the defence ministers of the two countries to discuss border security issues particularly the establishment of the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ).

Sources close to the talks told Sudan Tribune that security matters, cessation of hostilities, and constituting and assembling the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM) and the formation of Ad-Hoc Committee, toped the agenda of the meeting

South Sudan foreign minister Nhial Deng Nhial told reporters that the meeting did not make any progress on the geographical extent of the buffer zone.

"We are cautiously optimistic," he however added.

Omer Dahab, spokesperson of the Sudanese delegation, explained that the two parties also discussed the issue of support of rebel groups and ways to prevent them from having any activities outside the buffer zone.

Sudan says rebel groups carry out attacks against the government forces in Darfur and return to their alleged basis in South Sudan. Khartoum accuses Juba also of providing logistical and military support to the SPLM-North rebels.

"This is an issue which we are determined to solve and which we see as a major issue which we have to do something about," Dahab told reporters in Addis Ababa.

He further added that the two parties reached an understanding over the activation of the JBVMM which is supposed to monitor the border.

The slow progress in the talks together with row over oil transportation fee which led to the shutdown of oil fields and the clashes over Helgig, all these things led the African Union and the United Nations to agree on the need to impose if necessary some solutions for the sake of peace.

The Sudan/South Sudan Consultative Forum (SSSCF), formerly established as the Sudan Consultative Forum which includes neighbouring countries and UN security Council permanent members discussed Friday in Addis Ababa the ongoing process between the two countries.

After hearing the mediation and representatives of the two countries, the meeting stressed on the need to abide by the deadlines (three months) as determined in the roadmap prepared by the AU and endorsed by the UN Security Council in its resolution 2046.

In a statement released Friday, the meeting further underlined that the establishment of the SDBZ, the ad?hoc Committee and the JBVMM are of utmost importance to establish border security and to monitor and investigate allegations and counter?allegations from either side.

"If the Parties could not reach an agreed compromise within the current round of negotiations, the SDBZ must be established as stipulated in the AU Roadmap and UNSC resolution 2046 (2012), in accordance with the administrative and security map presented to the Parties by the AUHIP," the meeting provided to put a maximum of pressure on the two sides.

The statement also reiterated the position of the AU and UNSC that the map of the mediation does not affect the negotiations on the contested areas and demarcation of common border between the two parties.

The meeting are expected to continue on Saturday.


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  • 23 June 2012 08:09, by George Bol

    Khartoum must withdraw remaining forces in Abyei, they must withdraw from Panthou, and other disputed areas to reduce hostilities. And Khartoum must allow the consultation in the South Kordfuan and Blue Nile, and the referendum in the Abyei(Dinka Ngok).If the above are not solve,then the security issue is not solve. Thanks

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    • 23 June 2012 08:15, by zulu

      This NCP is weakened from within already. A mere preasure from south, it will give in. It cannot go for war either because people are hungry in North Sudan now. Unlike us, who are used to scarcity, we have the resciliance to overcome difficult circumstances. This time, it is over. Not even oil at 25Cents we will allow to flow.
      They have finally made a gross mistake and they are paying dearly.

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  • 23 June 2012 08:10, by zulu

    One definite thing in this program of the NCP is to see a dimilitarized southern part of its border area. NCP is not interested in border demarcation and it seeks to purchase time in determining that. However, we have nothing to lose whether rebels operate within those zones or not, it is the aerial bombardment that we seek to get a solution to so that we shoot down any mosquitos

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  • 23 June 2012 08:27, by abraham

    All these garbages were created for the mere waste of time. This border will never be determined by just talk talk talk... it will only be draws by military might. Get anti aircraft and let the hell break lose.

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  • 23 June 2012 08:50, by Black Spear

    I can’t see that there is a reason for us go back to table with this gangs of northerners .Our people shouldn’t be fool again by this criminals when the situation become hot Khartoum is always so keen in negitiation please Bravos Junubeans no more neitiation with thieves.

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  • 23 June 2012 08:57, by solider

    the only way you can own abyai is by a massive genocide done toward messaryia. you have to eradicate them first from the surface of this earth. can you do that??!!! i don’t think so

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  • 23 June 2012 13:43, by Guandong

    Khartoum will not do anything to promote the discussion, nor AUHIP, I do question only the ICC and UN for why they always involve late?

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