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Ban Ki-moon and Sudan’s Bashir meet in Tehran

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August 30, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese President and United Nations Secretary General discussed Thursday in the Iranian capital, Tehran, the latest developments on the outstanding issues process and bilateral relations between Juba and Khartoum.

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 29 Nov 2007 (UN/file)

Since the arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court against President Omer Al-Bashir in March 2009, UN chief Ban Ki-moon sought to shun direct meetings with him so as not be criticized by human rights groups.

The ICC got involved in Darfur’s war crimes when the UN Security Council decided to refer the case to the court following the death of about 300,000 civilians in the region as direct result of a counter insurgency campaign in 2005.

Following April 2010 general elections, Ban Ki-moon however defended his special representative Haile Menkerios and UNAMID chief who attended Bashir’s inauguration saying it was part of their mission in Sudan.

Sudan’s foreign ministry Ali Ahmed Karti, said in statements released in Khartoum said the meeting tackled the situation in the country where government troops are facing rebels in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

They further discussed the outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan, the minister said.

"The meeting discussed ways to implement U.N. resolution 2046, the continued violations by South Sudan and the controversy that has arisen about the new map issued by the African mediator to operationalise a demilitarised zone between the two countries," Karti told the official SUNA from Tehran.

Khartoum last week reiterated its rejection to the AU map to line the buffer zone and called on the mediation to reconsider this map which includes an area called Mile 14 near the Kiir/Bahr el Arab River.

The mediation said the purpose of this map is to define the buffer zone, emphasising it will will not prejudicial to any final border demarcation between the two countries .

President Bashir will meet the chief mediator Thabo Mbeki who is expected to arrive Thursday in Khartoum before the resumption of talks in Addis Ababa on 4 September .

Mbeki also has to brief the UN Security Council by the end of September following a summit gathering Bashir and South Sudanese president Salva Kiir to discuss Abyei and other unresolved issues.

The leadership council of the ruling National Congress Party was informed by the First Vice President and NCP deputy chairman Ali Osman Taha about the ongoing preparations for the upcoming round of talks.

Sudanese officials say the enforcement of any deal they reach with the seal with the South Sudanese government depends on the implementation of security arrangements.

Sudan considers it crucial that Juba distances itself from Sudanese rebels groups particularly the SPLM-North combatants who fought besides the South Sudanese before the independence. Juba denies the allegation and blames Khartoum for stoking rebellion in South Sudan. A charge the Sudanese government also deny.

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  • 31 August 2012 08:44, by Kurnyeil The Junior

    Ben Ki can kiss Mr Bashir ass to meet with him,

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  • 31 August 2012 09:07, by philipdit wol

    I am tried of meeting here and there with out positive aspect. Bashir is playing a game that you two of you will not understand unless you are listening to understand.

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  • 31 August 2012 09:59, by thok chuni yok

    taking every day is good but there will be no solution

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    taking every day is good but there will be no solution

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  • 31 August 2012 10:09, by malieng

    I donnot agree if that Ban Ki-moon, than there is no UN security council, let we forget about if Criminal is a friend to world leader of security council.

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    • 31 August 2012 11:20, by Robot

      "In Rwanda the genocide was planned for two years and executed in hundred days without single bullet shot, people were hacked with pangas and machetes"... Ban ki-moon has no difference with Bashir. our govt should review their mandate properly and monitor the UN.

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  • 31 August 2012 11:37, by Tambura

    This is what we call it hypocrite, why he have to meet with wanted ICC criminal?

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  • 31 August 2012 11:39, by Tambura

    This is what we call it hypocrite, why he have to meet with ICC wanted criminal?

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  • 31 August 2012 12:09, by man to man

    Dears friends
    UN is a criminal organisation. For them, to get payed be the members countries, they sould keep criminals president in power so that they can send they troupes to create new conflits in that places. The leaders of NCP had been informed that they not going to be arrested by UN. Our choice is to murder them all. SPLA-N and Durfur rebel are doing thier best job. let us sopport them.

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  • 31 August 2012 12:52, by Northern Sudanese

    The world doesn’t really recognise icc any longer. nor does china , arab world or african union (except south shits and some others)
    Bush killed 1 milion iraqis , bashir killed no1 but rebels and that number of 300,000 is even made up. sorry south sudanese, but you won’t have many so called friends in the future except uganda. you have good country, but enjoy your asylum :)

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    • 31 August 2012 18:33, by South South

      Northern Sudanese Dumb,
      You dumb,let your gay president called Bashir attends UN General Meeting in September 2012 in New York if he is a real man or just let him visit South Africa or Senegal, he will be in jail soon but you are mentally retarded to understand how the world works.. You low, South Sudan has many friends including Arabs’ husband called Israel. What a piece of dirt your are!!!!!!!

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    I don’t think whether something crucial can come out this crazy donkey who they so called Ban ki Moon. How many post-succession matters have been drop in his docket but how has he responded? Just standing at the back of Bashir to defend him? I wonder what blind the world to select a Chinise nationals yet they re only good at Kungfu. Are we going to the karate field?

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