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October 3, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – African Union’s (AU) chief mediator for Sudan and South Sudan, Thabo Mbeki, is due to begin on Wednesday a visit to Khartoum and Juba ahead of his report to the 21 October meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) on the progress and failings of latest negotiations.

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FILE PHOTO - Pagan Amum (left), chief negotiator from South Sudan, lead mediator for the African Union, Thabo Mbeki (centre) and Sudan’s head negotiator Idriss Abdu Qadir , attend African Union-led tal

Mbeki, who heads the AU High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), will hold talks with the leadership of both countries to decide a date for the beginning of a new round of negotiations on the issues left over from the previous round which led to the signing last week of a series of agreements covering oil, security and citizenship among others.

But the same round failed to arrive at an agreement over the contested border region of Abyei after Khartoum rejected an AUHIP proposal to hold a referendum in the area citing dissatisfaction with the voter eligibility criteria set in the proposal on the ground that it excludes members of the Arab nomadic tribe of al Messriyah who reside in the region few months a year to graze their cattle.

Mbeki’s visit precedes the presentation of his report on 21 October to the meeting of the AUPSC in Addis Ababa regarding the progress achieved in the last round and preparations for the next round whose top agenda will be the issue of Abyei and other disputed regions.

Sources told Sudan Tribune that the AU official is seeking to ensure that the agreements signed will be approved by legislative and executive authorities in the two countries. They also said he wants to assess preparations by oil companies to resume production in line with the oil agreement.

In a related development, the official spokesperson of Sudan’s foreign ministry, Al-Obeid Ahmed Marawih, has downplayed doubts about the commitment of Sudan and South Sudan to implementing their agreements. He said during an interview with the state radio on Wednesday that implementing the agreements on the ground would silence doubtful voices.

Marawih also said that the security arrangement agreement, which provides for the establishment of a buffer demilitarized zone along the 1800km common borders, will prevent Sudanese rebel groups from finding a foothold in South Sudan.

The Sudanese diplomat took the opportunity to urge the international community to buttress the agreement and provide safeguards and support to the two sides. He went on to say that the signing of the agreements has had a quick and positive effect on the economy as evidenced, he said, by the slight improvement of the exchange rate of the Sudanese pound against the US dollars.

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  • 4 October 2012 10:35, by American Missile.

    Dear Mbeki.
    Thank you for bringing two leaders to Cooperation Agreement that was signed in Addis Abba, Ethiopia on 27/9/2012. As a chairperson of AU-High-Level Implementation Penal, do you think this agreement will work?

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    • 5 October 2012 15:33, by Peacocktail

      Mbeki had negiotiated NOTHING then WAR, Signing doesn’t means implementation of Agreement why rush to signing yet nothing shall materialist.Giving our LAND to ARAB is a meaning of rushing for usless deals.I totaly object his mediation skills, where is Lazarus Sumbeiyo? right person NOT MBEKI for peaceful South sudan.Our Parliament should not approve the Agreement at all..... No to MBeki in South

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  • 4 October 2012 10:43, by Frank Man

    Marawih & Al Bashir know that SPLA/M- has the potential to dislodge them from power. They now have the illusion that the deal with South Sudan will incapacitate Agar and his galant forces. But I am sure Salva Kirr is not that idiot to forget the sacrifice of these people. The souls of Garang, Yusif Kuwa and many more of the Martyrs will never forgive him if he betrays their loyalty.

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    • 4 October 2012 14:26, by mohammed ali

      Frank,why should they dislodge any ruler of foreign country? Is it their business?Are the pple of SS ready to pay for that struggle? SS depends 100% upon oil, according to the World Bank, even if expedenture is cut almost 50% SS reserves will run out by this month.Do you think SS will be capable to dislodge Basheer in such a situation.Basheer will be watching you trying to dislodge him!Yeah!

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      • 4 October 2012 15:32, by zulu

        You man of the 60s. You really believe south sudanese are that dependable ike before where the border was with 8 countries and revenue being controlled by khartoum? think again of what is sovereignty of a state. that oil can never stifle the economy of south sudan. We are not that stupid to see that ncp is maskarading to evict small rebel commanders as a guesture of seriouseness

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        • 4 October 2012 15:37, by zulu

          who has signed agreements on border, trade, banking and fredom of movement? whose interest is it when we move freely to kenya, uganda, congo, ethiopia, eritrea, tanzania, rwanda including south africa without signing any single agreement?s banking, is it because your currency continues to falter ever since we seceded? South sudanese do not like any agreement with the NCP

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      • 4 October 2012 19:16, by Peacocktail

        Mohammed Ali,
        Remember people of South Sudan shall never betray theirs African brothers and sisters in SK and BN staff, bashir murdered Darfurian in the Name of Allaha and they are the same Muslim, Shame on usless and foolish genocidal Arab. Mbeki is just mere African and had no much talks on whether Border is buffer is implemented or NOt. SPLA-N shall remain committed to overthrow NCP in Khartuo

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  • 4 October 2012 10:53, by Tutbol

    What scares me is; was Mbeki chosen be cause he knew Sudan’s history or because he is well educated? or is it because he come S Africa? Who choose him to mediate in Sudan’s conflicts any? The UN and these monsters think they can manipulate the S Sudanese as they have done since we can remember. British would be the last people to come to do business with South Sudanese, their is the worst.

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  • 4 October 2012 15:21, by NO PEACE

    people you don,t know why this peace is not right place because Mbeki was given a girl by those of Khartoum.

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  • 4 October 2012 16:34, by WEN NYANUT AGOTH

    TUT BOL YOU R RIGHT BRO IT IS REALLY BURNING WEN I SEE MBEKI DELAYING TALKS IAM FEARING THAT HE MIGHT BE BRIAVED BY BHASHIR COS HE IS A GOOD BRIAVER

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  • 30 March 2013 20:50, by syklops

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