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Sudans governments approve Addis Ababa deal

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September 30, 2012 (KHARTOUM/JUBA) - The cabinets of Sudan and South Sudan have approved the agreements the two countries recently signed relating to issues resulting from South Sudan’s independence last year.

South Sudan’s cabinet approved the deal on Saturday followed by the Sudanese Council of Ministers approving the agreement in an emergency session held on Sunday.

In Juba the South Sudanese leaders were also keen to emphasise their unanimous and unconditional endorsed proposal by African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) on the oil contested border region of Abyei and called for immediate implementation to its totality.

The issue of Abyei and other contested border regions are was the major issue not resolved by the talks that concluded with a presidential summit between Sudan’s President Omer Al-Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit in Addis Ababa.

The AUHIP propose that a UN organised referendum in October 2013 should resolve the status of the area but Khartoum wants more members of the nomadic Misseriya tribe, who enter the region with their cattle for some months each year, to be granted voting rights.

"The council has approved the agreements which the Sudanese government signed with South Sudan in Addis Ababa prior to submitting them to the Sudanese Parliament for official endorsement," Omer Mohamed Saleh, Secretary General of the Sudanese cabinet, told reporters here.

"The council has reiterated its commitment to the implementation of all the agreements to end the differences between the two countries," he said.

The two countries inked the deals on cooperation, security and post-secession, witnessed by the members of the mediation of the African Union High Implementation Panel.

The two presidents have earlier directed the two negotiating delegations to form joint mechanism to immediately embark on implementation of the signed deals following endorsement by the two countries’ parliaments.

South Sudan cabinet endorses mediation proposal on Abyei

In Juba on Sunday the South Sudanese Cabinet was briefed by President Salva Kiir Mayardit and members of the negotiating team under the leadership of the Secretary General of the country’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Pagan Amum Okiech.

Members of other political parties including Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC), the young country’s official opposition were also invited to the briefing.

Speaking in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Saturday, Michael Makuei Lueth, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and a leading member of the negotiating team said cabinet had endorsed proposal by the mediating team to resolve the decade long dispute on Abyei.

“The president called for a briefing today with members of the cabinet and members of national legislative Assembly. Members and leaders from other political parties were also invited”.

“The purpose of the meeting was to brief them on recent political developments between Republic of Sudan and the republic of South Sudan."

"You know that the two presidents have signed cooperation agreement which summarizes all the details of the discussions about post secession issues in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia” said Lueth explaining that the cabinet had unanimously endorsed the deal.

Despite criticism of the decision to move South Sudanese troops our of the dispute Mile 14 border area between the Darfur region of Sudan and Northern Bahr el Ghazal State in South Sudan, minister Lueth said that “the proposal was unanimously endorsed by all the stakeholders."

The Governor Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, Paul Malong Awan, expressed his disappointment Saturday with the Security Arrangements of the deal which calls for the withdrawal of the armed forces of the young nation from Mile 14.

The members of parliament from the two houses and leaders from other political parties have endorsed proposal of the mediators", explained minister Lueth.

Meanwhile, Pagan Amum Okiech, a lead negotiator on behalf of the government of South Sudan said the government expects the African Union Peace and Security Council to endorse the Abyei proposal in its totality, stressing that the proposal protects the right of nomads to access water and pasture in the area.

“We have agreed to work for peace and stability of the two viable states but there are some of the issues which have not been resolved. One of the main issues is Abyei and the status of the claims and contested areas”, Amum said on Saturday.

Amum, the Secretary General of the country’s governing SPLM said the two sides have agreed to continue with the negotiations to resolve possible settlements within a period of one month.

"We have agreed to continue the dialogue to and focus on the way forward to resolve the other remaining issues. We have agreed to resume and continue with negotiation for one month. We will continue engaging ourselves to find last solutions", said Okiech denying that his country had conceded Panthou to Sudan.

“Panthou is one of the contested and claimed which we have agreed to resume dialogue about them. No agreement has been reached”, Okiech explaining dispelling speculations circulating that mediation team had rejected demand of South Sudan to consider the area one of the claimed and contested areas.

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  • 1 October 2012 07:06, by George Bol

    If SPLM withdraw SPLA in 14 Miles, then SAF must withdraw from Panthou/Heglig and Abyei. W can not withdraw and while they are still in Panthou and Abyei.

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  • 1 October 2012 07:33, by SeekingTruth

    Is General Pagan kidding himself or all of us? If Panthou is a contested area, why is Khartoum unilaterally taking the daily production of oil in the area as we speak? Shouldn’t its oil remained underground with no country benefiting from it since it is disputed? A contested area while there was no mentioning of it during negotiation in Addis whatsoever? I don’t know who these fugitives are foolin

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  • 1 October 2012 09:24, by Chuangah

    Why was there no aggreement that order the withdrawal of SAF out of the disputed areas? If we withdraw from 14 miles Saf must also withdraw from panthou, hofra nias, kaka, etc.

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  • 1 October 2012 10:46, by Tutbol

    These guys are scared of the west to which they have stauch away south sudanese money. They are not afraid of south sudanese because they will go after their money when they’re voted out in the coming polls. Negotiation always involves two, where did the North compromised. Begining with Kuol manyang, Kiir, and Riek plus Nhial Deng need to be voted out. These guys have failed our country badly.

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  • 1 October 2012 11:02, by jjb south

    my bros, this thieves are serving themselves,govt has become private investment for those who fought without vision in the bush.
    they mislead the citizens to render them support in their devilish activities.
    Panthou has not been mention in all this negotiations b’se they are hungry for oil money. Death to all SPLM party "NCP" in RSS.

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  • 1 October 2012 11:06, by Tutbol

    Kiir proves to be weakest in our country, Riek keeps scheming of development plans and projects that are never implemented and always go to foreign capitals for advice, kuol manyang who failed to rein in the free ride of UN troops and agencies who in turn are pitying our natives in Jonglei against each other and Nhial Deng always appears like a drunk. We need to get these jerks out.

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  • 1 October 2012 11:32, by Tutbol

    UK and France are the ones that prop up Khartoum at UN from prosecution and that is why Khartoum always refuses to adhere to signed agreements and whenever the US tells Khartoum no, when its missbehave, than the foreign minister goes to the media to accuse the US immediately but Nhial Deng just kept quiet like a sheep even sheep. Even sheep sometimes bleet. We’re rudderless.

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  • 1 October 2012 15:21, by Frank Man

    Who actually gains from these deals?
    To me, we have lost and Khartoum wins, as long as Panthou/Heglig, Mail 14 and other desputed areas are in the control of the SAF.
    These agreements seem to have been rushed into with out giving proper thought to the cores. Pagan Amum has played Amum (those who play Dominos will understand me better)
    I WISH GARANG COULD COME BACK TO HELP KIRR and AMUM.

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