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Sudan and South Sudan hold comprehensive talks over unresolved issues

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July 18, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - Talks over all unresolved issues between Sudan and South Sudan will start on Thursday in line with a strategic framework endorsed earlier this month, as the parties are now exactly 14 days away from a deadline fixed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

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Omer Dahab, spokesperson of the Sudanese negotiating team (SUNA)

Sudan are sticking to the ’security first’ approach asking South Sudan to stop supporting the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) and to expel Darfur rebel groups.

Khartoum, also, continued to reject a map proposed by the mediation team to implement a buffer zone on the common border delaying the implementation of the security arrangements.

During their meeting on 14 July the presidents, Omar Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir, agreed on the need to make bold decisions and instructed their delegations to decide what is good for the interest of the two countries through direct discussions.

"The positive atmosphere in the meetings has been strengthened now in (venue of the talks) Bahir Dar, due, in our opinion, to the agreement on strategic approach to resolving all outstanding issues between the two countries. But, also due to the meeting that took place between President Omer Al-Bashir and President Salva Kiir of South Sudan in Addis Ababa during the week," said the spokesperson of the Sudanese negotiating delegation Omer Dahab.

Dahab told the official news agency, SUNA, that the heads of the two delegations, Sudan’s defense minister Abdel-Rahim Hussein and South Sudan’s top negotiator Pagan Amum, held a series of meetings with a small number of delegates on Wednesday.

"The two sides agreed to address all issues in a comprehensive manner where they will focus on the details of the comprehensive strategic approach that the parties adopted on 7 July."

Bashir, during a meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) on 14 July, repeated his rejection of a map prepared by the mediation team for the demilitarised zone. The issue seemingly has altered relations between Sudan and the mediation team.

The strategic approach is a result of direct meetings between the two parties without the mediation.

Sources close to the talks in Addis Ababa, said Juba fears that the 7 July framework might be used tactically by Khartoum to avoid compliance with the United Nations resolution 2046.

The African Union mediation team now seeks to hold another presidential summit during the upcoming days to present a package of propositions they intend to file to the UNSC on 2 August.

The presidential summit, sources said, also reminded the negotiating teams the talks are held in accordance with the AU roadmap and the UN resolution.

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  • 19 July 2012 09:26, by Ayom Dor

    Time is running out for the two Governments!! We need a real deal now, so that our population do not starve!!

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    • 19 July 2012 09:39, by zulu

      ’Sources close to the talks in Addis Ababa, said Juba fears that the 7 July framework might be used tactically by Khartoum to avoid compliance with UN resolution 2046."
      WE ARE CAUTIOUSELY WALKING THE WALK AND TALKING THE TALK. ANY CHANCES TO CIRCUMVENT INTERNATIONAL MEDIA IS AN AGRESSION AND WE WILL NOT BOW TO STRIKE HARD AT THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM

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    • 19 July 2012 10:03, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      The two parties are only left with some few hrs,sudan was one country by than. Let Sudan agree on the roadmap of the mediators,so we will still be friends,since every south sudanese know all the states in sudan very well.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 19 July 2012 09:33, by KABAKA

    Mr Bashir have to accept the map proposed by the mediation if he want us to solve all the outstanding issues and rebuild strong bilateral relationship again.

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    • 19 July 2012 10:20, by zulu

      Beshir is only affraid of his uncle. They have given up to fight south sudan and the interional community. According to the documents presented to AU, Sudan has no objections on south sudanese demands. it badly needs south sudan to stabilize its country from breaking and creating humanitarian disaster. Wars in Darfur, BN,SK and Abyei as it were.

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      • 19 July 2012 11:10, by Dinkawarrior

        "South Sudan to stop supporting rebels and to expel rebel groups. Also, Khartoum continued to reject a map proposed"

        You’re just wasting the time to let the days gone by but it’s the case. You don’t have right to lie and delay everything.

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  • 19 July 2012 11:43, by mohammed ali

    Outstanding issues are mainly security and border demarcation. Oil production was stopped by SPLA thieves, they have to find a way to export it. They said their pipeline will be ready in 18 months. Let them wait for that. After-all the pple of SS are not benifiting from it!

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    • 19 July 2012 12:08, by Hardball

      Ali, this is one of the things a smart person doesn’t do; you don’t say, South Sudan; I don’t need your food and then turn around right away and says; please South Sudan, I think you’re hungry, can you eat your food please, you’re starving!
      That’s exactly the message behind your comment.

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    • 19 July 2012 13:22, by Beneben Bai

      mohamed ali, you are still calling SPLA as theifs. Do you forget that Albashir is a gay and also a thief? your analysis is dump. now stupid security priority is stuck and not going ahead because of stupid prioritization. if no border demarcation & khartoum stop recruitment of S. Sudnaese to be militia, no security at all. Sudanese will tackle the issue of oil through fucking up regime in khartoum

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    • 19 July 2012 14:05, by Majongdit

      Mohamed Ali, did you ever know that al Beshir has stolen 9 billion USD? That’s more than half of what is alleged to have been stolen by the 75 S Sudanese thieves.

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    • 19 July 2012 16:01, by lukee

      Ali,Jalaba, See Me, u mosquitoes SPLA r not thief guys and our oil can not get rotte as with your economic problem u will still except the transportation of the oil. during our stuggle we have no salary and we have manage to live and now we are the same with u,u useless Arab who ashamed the whole of Sudan with your behaviors.

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    • 19 July 2012 17:15, by zulu

      Mohamed,
      You are probably in the abbyse. Security has been advised to your president who will mediate all your security concerns. Now, if you reject it, it is upto you. Border, has yet to be demarketed as your government now agreed to the one they rejected.
      Yes, your government is affraid of the hardliners such as you. But that is the roadmap. SPLA will strike back hard if you act stupid. to con

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      • 19 July 2012 17:19, by zulu

        Moh, You fellows are the biggest thieves that is why SS chosed to secede. You have been stealing our resources for more than 50ys, in trillions of dollars. The same fate is facing you with the people of BN, Nuba Mountains, which you stupidly call SK, and Darfur. They will choose to secede. Trust me. Accept the money we offer or else your regime is capoot.

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  • 19 July 2012 13:32, by Beneben Bai

    "the talks are held in accordance with the AU roadmap and the UN resolution". Sudanese commentators,you need to tell your negotiating team and above all Albashir that talks are not held according to our own roadmaps but according to mediators’plan other wise, we will face AU,UN and SC resolution consequences

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  • 19 July 2012 13:43, by Beneben Bai

    Altaib Mustafa of Intibaha,the uncle of Albashir should come to take over S.Sudan or live in it if he is still intersted in the last businuss which cost the life of his son. he should not keep crying in the name of S. Sudan since he was claiming that he needs South to be separated. He is racist, stupid and also uncle of a gay man (Albashir)

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    • 19 July 2012 18:05, by sudani ana

      Beneben

      I think Altaib Mustafa is is very patriotic and a great son of Sudan. I know you can speak and read Arabic well, I think you should read the Intibaha regularly if you want to know what the ordinary Sudanese people think about current issues. There is a reason why Alintibaha is the number one newspaper in Sudan.

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  • 19 July 2012 13:47, by Northern Sudanese

    OMG

    i never knew that i would say this but it seems that this site is proper pro south sudan and anti Sudan. It only brings bad news about Sudan and good news about South Sudan. how come it never mentioned the new developments in Sudan? when WNSF was cancelled due to sanctions it was the major news of the day, but when it was opened there was no news at all on this website.

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  • 19 July 2012 15:25, by philipdit wol

    Bashir this is not related to the pending issues my Dear I
    did not see any reason to why SPLM-N and Darfur Rebell becomes any issue sincerely speaking let, resume back please,?

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  • 19 July 2012 15:32, by Anti Terror Anti

    Sudan asked South Sudan to stop supporting SPLM-N and Darfur rebel and went a head condemned and rejected the map proposed by......but I don’t see the other end saying something. Sudan also stop stealing our dearly oil and mentality of the past and let is also think of $1 per barrel. otherwie no deal and no more talks and no more going to Addiss

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    • 19 July 2012 16:07, by Northern Sudanese

      Anti Terror Anti

      stealing your oil? we took what was ours and we still gave it back to you! when you closed production we didn’t say a word. it was like killing yourself to make us feel bad. we don’t agree with a map which includes heglig to ssudan. its $36 otherwise wait till you built a new pipe.

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      • 19 July 2012 17:27, by zulu

        contrusting an illegal pipeline into south sudan is yours? shame on you thugs.
        you are talking of development, are you behind the news? protestations are widespread due to exactly the denials and posturing by you goons of the NCP. Everything is on the table take it or leave it, but the consequences are drastic.
        You stole Panthou, Kofia Kinji, Hofr Nahas. We vow to take them back if kiir goes

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        • 20 July 2012 02:31, by Northern Sudanese

          zulu

          illegal pipeline, i thought you were more inteligent than this Zulu. so crossing the border, building the pipeline, turn on, sit down, and machines transforming oil to port sudan without knowing the border. without any Resistance, weird isn’t it? only fools can believe this crap

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        • 20 July 2012 02:34, by Northern Sudanese

          zulu

          protests? you mean those guys who are less than 0.1% of sudan population? they already started giving up.... in the next few weeks you will hear that they stopped. we didn’t steal them, we just kept them. we will keep them forever, and south sudan will remain a Congo forever with or without kiir

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        • 20 July 2012 02:37, by Northern Sudanese

          zulu

          Its constructing not ’’contrusting ’’. Isn’t English supposed to be your national language? or are you one of the people in south sudan who can’t read or write? 80% of people in south sudan can’t read or write

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  • 19 July 2012 16:24, by 4Justice

    I think most African unions members finally realised there was something fishy about Thabo Mbeki’s relationship with Khartoum . Unlike before,Thabo Mbeko now seems to be operating under a different set of rules outside of Bashir’s influence on him to make decisions on his favor.

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