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Sudan, South Sudan security committee to continue talks in Khartoum

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November 8, 2012 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) — The Sudan-South Sudan security committee concluded its meeting in Juba without announcing the start of implementation process of a deal reached last September including a number of security arrangements.

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Sudan’s Defence Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein (R) speaks during joint news conference with his South Sudanese counterpart John Kong Nyuon in Khartoum September 18, 2011. (Reuters)

The meeting chaired by defence ministers from the two countries discussed the operationlisation of the demilitarised zone and the ways to end cross border attacks and rebel presence in both sides of border.

Since Tuesday reports emerged from Juba saying South Sudan refused a demand formulated by the Sudanese side asking to deploy joint patrols along the common border in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states where the Sudanese army fight the SPLM-North rebels.

The buffer zone, in accordance with the signed deal, will be established in the five disputed areas.

However, South Sudanese minister John Kong Nyuon and his Sudanese counterpart Abdel-Rahim Hussein following the end of talks reaffirmed their commitment to implement the security arrangements saying they agreed on the establishment of the buffer zone and the monitoring mechanism.

They also said they had deferred some of the agenda to the next meeting, which will be held in Khartoum, but its date is not yet fixed.

Abdel-Rahim said "there are some divergences over certain issues and we are determined to tackle it and to settle it" he further pointed out that the presidents of the two countries are resolved to enhance cooperation between the two countries.

Asked by reporters in Juba about the issues where the two parties disagree, the Sudanese minister declined to elaborate on it saying that the parties are resolved to settle it .

After his return to Khartoum he made similar statements refusing to elaborate on the topics that led to the delay of the operationalisation of the buffer zone.

Sudanese government officials said in the past weeks they want Juba to disengage with the Sudanese rebels and to prevent their presence in its territory.

Khartoum also refused an offer by the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir to facilitate a peace deal with the SPLM-North but Khartoum said this issue can be considered after the implementation of the security deal.

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  • 8 November 2012 13:02, by Mi diit

    The two army generals in picture on both sides hold a very important future for the two countries. War or peaceful demarcation, either of them will happen at the border that divides the two countries.

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    • 9 November 2012 07:25, by George Bol

      Midiit,
      Kuen Jiani guanmieth! He( Nyuon)is Garang boy not militia affiliation sir!

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  • 8 November 2012 13:24, by panchol

    Dear two ministers, make your diplomatic talks a fish prepared to be eaten without bones.
    During pre-interim and self determination all agreements were dishonered by SAF while our SPLA Gallant force kept committed until we achieved our independence.Anyway God will supervise you in the field.

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  • 8 November 2012 15:09, by Man without fear

    Please , dear Two defenders conduct your meeting faithfully,
    And do not include 14 miles,

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  • 8 November 2012 16:03, by 4Justice
  • 9 November 2012 04:27, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The security interests of South Sudan should not be sacrificed to Jallaba for the sake of appeasing them. For instance our security friendship with Israel and entire western world must be protected and promoted. Our relationship with them should be based mainly on commerce.

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    • 9 November 2012 05:24, by Reuben

      Today the Security team seems to be strong because they are negotiating from home,however negotiating from Khartoum ..God knows,.

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      • 9 November 2012 14:47, by Paul Ongee

        Since no date has been fixed for operationalization of the buffer zone, the presence of the rebels on both sides of the border will take care of that.
        To Khartoum, the impact of David Yau Yau’s activities on S.S’s security is not severer compared to SPLM-N legitimate political rights stipulated in the CPA. That is why Khartoum ostensibly expects joint patrols in order to bomb or ambush SPLA unit

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        • 9 November 2012 14:47, by Paul Ongee

          In the event of miscommunications/misbehavior between the two different patrol units, the result will be unnecessary loss of lives that can easily jeopardize the security along the N-S border. We need to learn the confrontational lessons that happened twice between the joint integrated units of SPLA and SAF in Malakal during the interim period.

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          • 9 November 2012 15:02, by Paul Ongee

            Big "No" to Khartoum’s proposal of joint patrols. If there is no agreement as in Abyei Referendum case of voting or partitioning, then AU-UN should intervene to especially get the border demarcated “NOT” just patrolling border for indefinite period of time.

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