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November 7, 2012 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) - South Sudan’s army has pledged to withdraw its forces from the demilitarized buffer zone it has agreed to establish along its tense border with Sudan, following the first sitting of a joint security committee on Monday in the Southern capital, Juba.

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South Sudan’s defence minister, John Kong Nyuon (Reuters)

Military delegations from Sudan and South Sudan discuss in Juba ways to implement security arrangements, agreed on 27 September in Addis Ababa, among reports about South Sudanese refusal to implement the dispositions allowing to disengage between Juba and the Sudanese rebels in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

John Kong Nyuon, South Sudan’s Defence Minister told the press on Tuesday that the armies of both countries were "ready" to remove their troops 10km either side of a temporary borderline proposed by the African Union to establish the demilitarised zone.

The South Sudanese army (SPLA) "are ready to pull back 10km south from their current positions in areas which have been identified as buffer zones so that they are demilitarized as required in the agreement. The Sudanese armed forces will do the same,” Nyuon said.

The joint committee, chaired by the South Sudanese minister and his Sudanese counterpart Abdel Rahim Hussein, will hold a series of meetings to discuss the implementation of security arrangements agreed in September during African Union-moderated talks in Addis Ababa.

The meeting, which was delayed several times, is focusing on the withdrawal of troops from the buffer zone, deployment of joint monitoring teams along the 1,800km border. From Khartoum point of view, this meeting will tackle also the presence of Sudanese rebels in the South Sudan and ways to prevent the cross border attacks.

Since Sunday reports from Khartoum say the South Sudanese side in the technical discussions aiming to prepare the joint security meetings refused to include the issue of the SPLM-N and its supposed presence in the South Sudan.

Sudanese officials under the cover of anonymity say Juba refuses any discussion about their relation with the SPLM-North which was part of the ruling party and current South Sudanese army before the independence. The close-door meetings attended by Chief mediator Thabo Mbeki failed to mark any progress on this respect.

However minister Nyuon said that they only refused to include Blue Nile and South Kordofan in the demilitarised zone without elaboration over the remaining issues that Khartoum raised about the presence or support to the Sudanese rebels.

During the talks, Pagan Amum South Sudanese chief negotiator said they handed the position of his government about Khartoum’s demand to disengage with the SPLM-North to the mediation.

Juba denies supporting the Sudanese rebel groups but admits sympathy with their plight and proposed to facilitate talks between the two sides.

The buffer zone, including the five disputed areas, will be 10km either side of a temporary and non-binding line fixed by the mediation to allow the deployment of joint border monitoring teams.

The inclusion of the Mile 14 area within the demilitarised zone has drawn strong criticism from many in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, including the Governor and other senior officials.

Speaking on Tuesday, the South Sudanese Defence Minister pleaded for the public to support the agreement, arguing that it breaks down fears and security suspicions among border communities and promotes the direct flow of goods and services between the two countries.

Minister Nyuon said that the deal will allow resources and trade to flow across the world’s newest international border, to create development instead of war.

Khartoum’s decision to close the border was triggered by the outbreak of conflict north of the border in South Kordofan State, where fighters which fought with the SPLM/A - now South Sudan’s ruling party and army - during the civil war refused to disarm before the protocols for the area were fully implemented.

Sudan has accused the SPLM in South Sudan of continuing to back the SPLM-North after partition. Addressing the issue of rebel groups in each other’s territories was a key part of the security deal in September.

The SPLM-N, has welcomed the deal but claim has reaffirmed its claim that it controls 40% of of the north-south border, including parts of Blue Nile State.

The border closure has had a serious affect on the economies of South Sudanese border states which rely heavily on imports from Sudan.

“Our people need to work together with the government to support implementation of this agreement. The border communities should actually take the lead in supporting it because they are first beneficiaries of this agreement. It brings a lot of things. It comes with peace and removes fears and threats of war. It allows citizens from two countries to resume border trades and free movement of goods and people”, Nyuon told reporters on Tuesday.

Minister Nyuon downplayed the fears of border communities, whose members see demilitarization of the buffer zone as relinquishing their territorial claims over the border areas.

“This is a not border demarcation. It is an arrangement which the two sides agreed to establish a safe demilitarized zone, requiring the two armed forces to withdraw 10km each side from their current positions. They will leave border areas under joint monitoring forces with the participation of the international observers. The area will be free from armed activities”, he said.

Salva Mathok Gengdit, the Deputy Interior Minister told Sudan Tribune on Monday that South Sudan’s police force is ready to be deployed to the border areas where their presence is required.

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  • 7 November 2012 09:26, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    In our culture, we make careful evaluation of who is a non nyagat to care our legacy of following what we plan and who have never stabbed us at the back and the job description match John Nyuon for his clam situation, something that his entity community is lack of it, and with no doubt, they are against him because he seem logic in his thinking capable, your appointment has my says in it,

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    • 7 November 2012 09:47, by Mi diit

      No, you are wrong son of my grandfather’s slave. The Nuer are in control of the SPLA because they are the true courageous fighters unlike your coward greedy thieves who are busy stealing money. Look at how the Nuer soldiers chased 25,000 SAF from Heglig in just 45 minutes. I loved it when they shouted in Nuer language chasing SAF.

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      • 7 November 2012 09:52, by Mi diit

        Then Khartoum confirmed it by complaining on Sudan TV that the Nuer were the ones chasing them. Our general, James Gatduel Gatluak took over the chair of SAF commander which he captured in Heglig and sat on it. Then the selfish Dinka saw the pride of Nuer and ordered for withdrawal from Heglig. See how foolish and selfish you are in playing with national issues. Now to get Heglig back is sickening

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        • 7 November 2012 09:55, by Mi diit

          And I can’t even talk about the sold Abyei by your Dinka slave Majok Mading Kuol. Other areas at the border need courageous fighters in order to reclaim them. Well Ngundeng’s prophesied border war is coming and don’t run to the refugee camps in Kenya and Uganda again and then shamelessly later on claim that you participated in war.

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          • 7 November 2012 18:10, by Rommel

            Mi diit:
            You are only now the majority within the armed forces because the true warriors that fought for over twenty years without oscillating between the enemy and their people returned to their homes and their families precisely at the same time that Khartoum’s erstwhile mercenaries -you- returned to the fold in 2006.

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            • 7 November 2012 18:15, by Rommel

              You fight one major battle [not alone] and you’re proud!? The Dinka fight in dozens of theaters after your dejection in 1991 but they can’t possibly be permitted to be proud of that!? Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t James Gatduel Gatluak return in 2006 with the rest of Matip’s forces?

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              • 7 November 2012 18:24, by Rommel

                Do you really believe that Salva Kiir’s withdrawal order was tribally motivated!? Our world view doesn’t revolve around you. Aliiny is Ruweng Dinka territory — the home of the same people that have contributed more to the struggle than any other group in Unity State in relation to their size. So you think we stabbed ourselves in the heart to hurt your feelings!? Get help, brother.

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                • 7 November 2012 19:56, by Mi diit

                  Rommel,
                  Do well-fed Dinkas really care about other suffering Dinkas? No, they don’t. They withdrew the forces from Heglig only to hurt the victory of Nuer soldiers. Now how will you get Heglig and Abyei back to your suffering Dinkas while you Dr. Luka Biong Deng (Rommel) is talking nonsense on this Sudan tribune if you can be that jealous about Nuer victory, who are your men in battles?

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                  • 7 November 2012 20:49, by Rommel

                    Mi diit:
                    So we’re jealous of you and are purposely trying to impede and bridle your progress, pride and prestige!? Why would we want to do that!? I think you’re terribly paranoid. Your claim is so dumb, that it makes the intellectually challenged look quite intelligent! You seem to regard the universe as though it were merely a first draft of reality, which anyone may decide at will to rewrite.

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        • 8 November 2012 07:52, by DeltaBravo

          TO MIDIT
          MY FRIEND I ALWAYS SUPPORT YOU, BUT ON HEGLIG PART. I AM NOT GOING TO HELP ON IT. GO BACK AND WATCH HEGLIG VIDEO, YOU WILL HEAR BOTH DINKA AND NUER LANGUAGE. IT WAS ALL SPLA SOLDIERS WHO WERE FIGHTING YOU CAN NOT TELL UNLES SOME ONE TALK. I ONLY HERE NUER AND DINKA. ONE SOLDIER SAY IN DINKA. BAA LOK KU TEINK DUK YA TIER. MEANING LETS GO A HEAD DON’T ARGUE. THERE ARE OTHER TRIBES.

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        • 9 November 2012 05:13, by jongatong

          Mr/Mrs Mi Diit,
          What is wrong with my friends? you keep on making division of people with in South Sudan. i hope so you are traitor to the people of South Sudan and you gonna paid for your traitorous and being traitor. if you didn’t knew the history of South Sudan and Sudan during those years of civil war you just short up your mouth.

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      • 7 November 2012 09:59, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Talking creatively will never served the bad image Nuer has been labelled in it, If your fake claim is right as you has foolishly stated above, Dinka would been a food lover community and the south would have not been achieve as we did it without you, the food allies,
        Your nyagateen are now roosting in the hell of detaintion, what have you done about it? Bal abl on internet for no help, sham

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        • 7 November 2012 10:07, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Cont,,, be upon you, how in the hell can a divide tiny community claim the superm arm while they are just fuming in bushes fight arab? You are just fighting your brothers, the Nuer will never lead the walk of the war just lies to yourself, Nuer lead the way of food, everything you said are an attempted to relieve your shame and feel better but I know how you sub human are,

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          • 7 November 2012 10:39, by Mi diit

            Dinka Dominated Corruption,
            Every South Sudanese and the rest of the world know that the few Dinka officers who actually fought the bitter battles with the Nuer and the rest were the Dinkas who were promised food rations by WFP and Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS). They loaded food with trucks to sell in Uganda and Kenya and that is what they fought for (FOOD FIRST). The rest were cowards...

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            • 7 November 2012 10:41, by Mi diit

              Some of them because of cowardice shot themselves in the legs in order to avoid the war and become disable beneficiaries. Others asked Garang to send them to schools abroad far from the war front. Others simply got stuck in the refugee camps. All of these collective cowards are the ones making noise today that they fought. The true fighters are sidelined from food access today. Shame on you!!!

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              • 7 November 2012 10:45, by Mi diit

                Even there in Juba, those who walk with their big stinky mouths open in the streets are the Dinka. I am told even in the restaurants one person can order three different foods to eat alone on the table. Are these humans or are they animals. I know you are trying to liberate yourselves from the chronic hunger in the Dinka’s poor land with lazy people who know best how to beg and not how to work.

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                • 7 November 2012 10:48, by Mi diit

                  I very well know that South Sudan will never be a prosperous rich nation with its wealth distributed to all its corners under the leadership of Dinka. It will be when a leader from another community takes over then that is when we shall see peace and prosperity in the nation. A traditional thief will remain visionless thief in the urban cities. No vision for the futue of this nation. Thieves!!!!

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            • 7 November 2012 10:47, by Peacocktail

              Midit,
              Stop being selfish on Nation issues, protecting South Sudan territorials is an obligation of SPLA regardless of being Nuer or whoever, it is not announcement in 120 tribes of South Sudan are going to be represented in Military/Police in uniforms,Stop talking about Nuer being led in National Protection. I salute Gen Kong for his time and commitment, SPLA now calms and organize under him.

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          • 7 November 2012 10:40, by Peacocktail

            Gen. Kong is very true but his friend from Sudan do not view as opportunity for Peace and Development but for securing some areas from South Sudan territorials. Look at the Abyei,SAF is North of Abyei and pretended withdrawal.Who are the DJBZ Monitors, the same coward UNMISS? No, they are 100% not capable of keeping it secure. Let have our Police( MP Young Boys mixed with UNMISS MP old Boys)there

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            • 7 November 2012 10:55, by Mi diit

              peacock or whatever you call yourselves,
              Read your foolish brother’s first comment up there before you blame others for pointing out the truth. The truth is the truth whether your empty skulls like it or not. Stop despising Nuer who are superior to you and your grandfathers.

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            • 7 November 2012 10:56, by Mi diit

              peacock or whatever you call yourselves,
              Read your foolish brother’s first comment up there before you blame others for pointing out the truth. The truth is the truth whether your empty skulls like it or not. Stop despising Nuer who are superior to you and your grandfathers.

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              • 7 November 2012 10:59, by Mi diit

                Even if it is announced today that we want all the youth in the army, the cowards like you will only stay in the army for one week and run away to find food easily like they did in refugee camps. You will not leave money in Juba where you help your uncles steal them and go to the front in Heglig or Mile 14 or Abyei. It is a food-first policy in your blood. Some of your guys ran away from Heglig...

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                • 7 November 2012 11:02, by Mi diit

                  I thank Gen. Peter Bol Kong for arresting 350 of your guys who ran away from Heglig heated battles and ran back to Bahr el Gahzal only to find Bol Kong in charge there. Their complain was that there was no enough food in the front. Shame....What about the Nuer and the rest of soldiers who fought with little or no food.

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                  • 7 November 2012 12:03, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                    Listen here you coward Nuer talkative, Bol kong have no gut to arrested anybody in south Sudan leave alone your fake claim, do you know why I dismissed this long time nyagat Bol kong? Because you cowardly not livening in the country otherwise you have notic how I treat the thugs of nyagateen, who told you that militia Bol kong can arrested in the SPLA,? Go and fool Nuer they are cheap to be fool

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                  • 7 November 2012 12:13, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                    Nuer are good to be fool by food, you are just mouthpiece of delusion between Arab and south Sudan, majority of you were either malitias or cattle raiders, tell me how many of die in shame for protecting Arab? Even your fake general who might be felling the sense of belonging are nothing but food lover, tell me what have you achieve by yourselves apart from fulfilling Bashir wish?

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                    • 7 November 2012 12:19, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                      Your lying will make me more aggressive toward your fake general and they will be dismissed and detain for there crimes against the state, I’m very determined to act and bring every shit you useless tribe claim you have, your long time betrayal is now to be pay back and the hell must break loose sooner than later, tell me which war have you fought successful apart from hit and run,

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                      • 7 November 2012 12:33, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                        Riek machar has already confessed to us and we gave him amnesty because he show there was going to be an opportunity for food in the south and he has recently confirm by apologizing in the front of food in the table of woman called Nyadeng Chol aka Nyadeng Garang, is that not a love of food, Nuer opologies when there is food, death to food lover,

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                        • 7 November 2012 13:00, by Mi diit

                          Dinka Dominated Corruption,
                          Ahahahaaaa...So you don’t even know that Bol Kong is the one in charge of all the 4 states of Bahr el Ghazal as sector one commander. You are a coward civilian, folk. How can rats arrest cats. It takes a Nuer to arrest another Nuer. We can arrest all of you overnight from top to bottom. Don’t be humiliated my friend. Just pretend otherwise you can cry to UN.

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                          • 7 November 2012 13:19, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                            In case you don’t know, nyagat Bol kong is under supervision and he is not in charge of anything, so stops being hypocritical lire, Nuer are prosumed animals untill feather virffication,
                            Arresting nyagateen were just caught daylight by my officers, with no resisted so I don’t know what are you talking about, all Nuer are useless and triouble maker, detaintion is where they belong,

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          • 8 November 2012 06:00, by Loko El Pollo

            DINKA DOMINATED SPLA,IAM 12YRS OLD LOKO JR,ARE YOU SURE THEY LEAD THE WAY OF FOOD? I AND MY SISTER HAVE CHOCOLATES CANDY.IS THERE A WAY YOU CAN GIVE IT TO THEM.

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      • 7 November 2012 12:29, by Madiak

        Hi son of bitch Midit (stupid) that is your characters you Nuer except those who their blood is mixed with Dinka’ you all your mather fuck don’t know the truth and you will never know it’ how can you compare Dinka in food loving with Hyenas call Nuer those who two people can eat a Barrel of bread mixed with bins water and jibina water(Pata) in Khartoum with out food oil’which no Dinka can do it.

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        • 7 November 2012 12:44, by Madiak

          Mi Diit Many aburko in Dinka language the evidence that two Nuer can eat one barrel of Pata can be prove even if you ask your allies Arab in Khartoum they are they one know how Nuer eats Pata. For the issue of funk’ how can Dinka be coward while the defeat Arab + Nuer during the war? Dinka were fighting Nuer from the way to Ethopia and Arab+Nuer on the way back after graduation.Fuck u all Nuer

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        • 7 November 2012 14:08, by Ruach

          Madiak(koor/carnival):Telling and denying the truth is what made your thugs from Bor lost their initial genotypes and penotypes after stealing Ngundeng ’s nuts from the valenine trees a tree locally growing every where in South Sudan!Ngundeng bowed down to his cousins Bor,but they refused to tell him the truths while he was greatly aware that the Dinka thieve had stolen them!What happened after!?

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          • 7 November 2012 14:20, by Ruach

            Madiak.What happened after looting by your thugs!? A genetic disease was generated that affected both penotypic and genotypic activities from generation after generation which make the teeth look red like blood!It is an irreversible curse that has even touched your brains to madness as a mad person can talk a lot which generate throat cancer!Waw, carry your curse and remain with it!

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            • 7 November 2012 15:12, by Mapuor

              Ruac and Midiit
              Do you really know how many battles were fought for the liberation of South Sudan?Do you know who fought them and for how long?Where were you.Crunching on (Gargosh).Visit BBC archives.That alone will answer those questions.Stop insulting your liberators who also gave you their oil.89% of South Sudan oil comes from Malut,a Dinka Land.10% of South Sudan oil comes from Pariang,

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              • 7 November 2012 15:20, by Mapuor

                Which is also a Dinka land.Only 1% of the oil is on Nuer land.Now are all those baseless insults our reward?No Nuer who is capable of ruling the South without Dinka support.May be you are not even Nuers.Dinkas put John Kong in a very high position in the army,and this to you is nothing.What else do you want?Dr Riek is the second most powerful person in the South and he is presumably a Nuer.

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      • 7 November 2012 15:29, by Badi Malawi

        Midiit,
        Nyagaateen are not full control of spla ,from the top are dinkas that why nuer are pulling by dinkas

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        • 7 November 2012 22:17, by the Voices of a losts

          late the army do what avea they wanna do you Idiot.

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  • 7 November 2012 23:07, by Augustino

    Hi Guys the minister is doing his job correctly not because he is nuer or he is admire by dinkas but of his love to his nation. I give a credit to Nuer people for their participation in Heiligh war but not because they are nuer but they are south sudanese, owners of the land. let us appreciate the effort of one another and recognise ones existence as a member of the nation and let avoid hatred.

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    • 8 November 2012 06:43, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Yaah! Mr Miidit, You are behind the news brother,when did Nuers become heroes/heroins? Can you tell me which Nuer have died in Equartoria,Ghazal,BN,SK or Up N fighting against Arabs for the sake of other South Sudanese? Tell me! Which town/towns your nuer had captured and give it back to their right communities? But true SPLA which was comprise of Dinkas,Jur,Nubians,Shuluk,Funji and mention few di

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      • 8 November 2012 07:02, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

        The nuers were only busy for Nyigatism,capturing_killing those patriotic men and women from all tribe sectors who pass via their territories to seek trainung,skills and arms to free their people in Sudan particularly SS.Nuer h

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    • 9 November 2012 08:18, by Madiak

      Hi Augustino please do not listen to the liar cal Mi Diit there is no credit 2 be given to Nuer’in Hegilig war Gaduel was only an officer in charge the all army was not Nuer the persentage of Nuer was only 30% compare to 60% Dinka and 10% of the rest

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