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Bashir’s visit to Juba will go ahead despite rejection of AU proposal on Abyei


November 17, 2012 (JUBA) - The visit of Sudan’s President Omer Al-Bashir to South Sudan will go ahead despite his recent comments rejecting an African Union Peace Security Council proposal over the final status of the Abyei region, Khartoum’s Ambassador to Juba, Mutrif Sadiq, said Friday.

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Mutrif Sadiq (SUNA)

The Ambassador said there was "no change of plan" and that the arrangements of the visit were still being discussed at a ministerial level between the two nations that separated in July last year.

Relations between Juba and Khartoum have been tense since South Sudan seceded in July 2011. The two nations came close to all out war in April 2012 following the seizure of Heglig/Panthou by the South Sudanese army.

However, in September they signed Cooperation Agreement covering many issues including oil transport fees, border security and providing citizens of both countries the freedom of residence, freedom of movement, freedom to undertake economic activity and freedom to acquire and dispose property.

Ambassador Sadiq, after a meeting with South Sudan’s foreign minister Nhial Deng Nhial, on Friday said that Bashir’s visit would improve relations between the countries in many ways.

He vowed Sudan’s commitment and willingness to establish strong bilateral ties with South Sudan, through the implementation of the September Cooperation Agreement, which called on both sides to establish a demilitarised border zone.

The ratification of the agreement by the parliaments of both country’s "shows commitment of the leadership in the two countries to resolve differences. It also means there is a strong common support from both parties”; Sadiq said.

Sadiq said that the two countries have "have common history" and " have a common destiny" adding they also have numerous mutual interests but became different entities due to divergence in political ideologies and choice of the people.

"We must work to strengthen our relations and reduce potential disputes. We must try to work together as brothers and sisters so that we avoid going back to war and hatred," he said.

Ambassador Sadiq, who was a member of Khartoum’s negotiating team in the Addis Ababa talks between Sudan and South Sudan, said that he has spent much of his time working to narrow the gaps between the two nations and "to bring the relationship back on track to avoid returning to war".

"Sudan is ready to support building strong relations with our brothers and sisters in the state of South Sudan. We have shown this commitment and our greatest achievement was the signing of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Our acceptance to conduct referendum. And, do not forget that Sudan was the first country to recognise the state of South Sudan," he stressed.

Bashir’s visit to Juba was expected to take place following the operationalisation of the demilitarised zone and the deployment of joint patrols on the common border.

But during the recent round of talks of the joint security committee chaired by the defence ministers in Juba, the two sides failed to agree over the deployment of troops on the common border of Blue Nile and South Kordofan where Khartoum is fighting Sudanese rebels.

Also, tensions have been rising in the Abyei region following Sudan’s rejection of a decision of AU Peace and Security Council to hold a referendum without the Misseriya nomads next year if the two sides to reach a compromise in the next six weeks.


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  • 18 November 2012 08:16, by South South

    Let Bashir visits Juba, we will deal with him accordingly. He is more than welcome to Juba.

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    • 18 November 2012 09:07, by South South

      Mutrif is a secret agent of NCP and that is what he used to do in South Sudan during the war. He is now spying in South Sudan with the help of old members of NCP in South Sudan. He knows that Omar Bashir’s rejection of AU decision is like a drop of water into Ocean. who care about Bashir’s concern. He is a criminal wanted by ICC. He is very sick man dying from cancer.

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  • 18 November 2012 08:25, by Michael Angelo

    Mr. Mutrif,
    We don’t have anything in common as you claim. We’re African & you’re fake Arabic. Whether Bashir like the decision of AU of endorse Abyei or not doesn’t concern us at all.

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  • 18 November 2012 08:46, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    I hear Mutrif has been working hard to avert war between South Sudan and Khartoum Slavers. For what has this war been based? Is it for plunder of our resources? So far there is nothing that necessitates the two nations to fight if they understood that they are different geographically, politically and finally culturally. Khartoum has nothing to gain in its wars ecxcept for death and demise.

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  • 18 November 2012 09:22, by Jalaby

    Bashir days are numbered now and we are looking for good replacement, Bashir did many fatal mistakes that brought Sudan economy down to the ground and promoted corruption that never happened in Sudan history before!
    One of Bashir fatal mistake he did that he separated the south for free without getting back from international community anything and without even identifying our

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    • 18 November 2012 09:26, by Jalaby

      border with the south our taking our oil money loss from them, he just separated it with all that problems and waited for the sky to rain gold!
      Of course we are not against separating the south itself because the rot organic needs to be cut from our body but separating it for free is unacceptable at all!
      Let him enjoy your visit thieves, we will soon replace him!

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      • 18 November 2012 09:34, by South South

        Oh Jalaby is back, he disappeared when Israel, Arab’s husband bombed Sudanese arms factorty, shame on you coward. what are you going to do to Israel now ? They are today bombing other penguins in Gaza, poor Jalaby and coward, I believe you will disappear again.

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      • 18 November 2012 10:20, by Gabriel KK

        Welcome back, hope you have finished restoring back the weapons factory. thanks for acknowledging the endemic corruption in your country. We know and the world knows that Sudan is a corrupted country in Africa. independence was not a free gift ya Jalaby, 2.5 millions heroes and heroine died to free this nation from your corruptions, discrimunation, poor governance and slavery.

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        • 18 November 2012 11:37, by Jalaby

          Well, I was on vacation because of Eid Al-Adha and I enjoyed traveling to many countries during Eid.
          I know it’s bad news for many people who used to write lie in this forum taking the advantage of my absence and being away but now I’m back!
          Israel hit our military factory and made it fun of us and still our defense minister (Mr. Al-Lemby) Abdel Rahim didn’t resign!

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          • 18 November 2012 14:57, by Ruach

            How is dead Bashir going to come to South Sudan in his grave? Ok Even Jallaby was thought to have been killed in Israeli Air strikes targetting Gaza and khartoum Terrorists!The Egyptians’ new Brotherhoods are now under Israeli Questions and will be targeted sooner than later!Who is going to talk on behalf of Bashir with throat cancer?will he use sign language?I think they just bring his body here!

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          • 18 November 2012 14:59, by Ruach

            How is dead Bashir going to come to South Sudan in his grave? Ok Even Jallaby was thought to have been killed in Israeli Air strikes targetting Gaza and khartoum Terrorists!The Egyptians’ new Brotherhoods are now under Israeli Questions and will be targeted sooner than later!Who is going to talk on behalf of Bashir with throat cancer?will he use sign language?I think they just bring his body here!

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          • 18 November 2012 23:06, by Northern Sudanese

            i agree that defense minister must resign, he is not doing a good job and until now, UN hasn’t lifted the arms embargo. everywhere we go to get high tech weapons we face difficulties, we need someone with better ideas and knowledge!
            alemby alkeyzani must resign now.

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  • 18 November 2012 10:46, by Akol Liai Mager

    South Sudanese including myself must be careful with politics when dealing with NIF Criminals. I do not see the point that my people can revive the dying horses (Fugitive Bashir & his NIF party) by refusing his visit to Juba. Let him visit however, we should be advocating for his return with empty hands. USA, NATO & EU would have intercepted his plane and put him behind bars if they wanted.

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    • 18 November 2012 10:54, by Akol Liai Mager

      I would prefer Rome’s members of ICC, SRF and other Northern Sudanese forces to carry out the arrest, not only Fugitive Bashir but, the entire NIF’ leadership. I wish good health for Bashir because it would be a below for the families of the Victims in the South, Darfur, Nuba Mts, S.Blue Nile and Beja in the East if something happen to him.

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  • 18 November 2012 14:18, by Kikiji longiro

    Dear Junubian,
    Since Sudanese independance in 1956 these Egyptians Turkist childern got in us by British corners didn,t make Sudan a nation of 158 tribes but ended up calling Sadiq El Mahdi a Sudanese prince.
    Which kingdom of people can be build on a mountain? In me, I love Al Bashir & I wish he can,t die.

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  • 18 November 2012 14:32, by Kikiji longiro

    The reason I love him is that he saw to every human being worldwide that South Sudan will never never be a part of any Sudanese leader any more.
    How can one sell human being a salve if he really mean togetherness will one day come in blue? Treating any part of ones human body deathly means one have lost it. Infect al Bashir has mistreated S.Sudan that is why he lost the feeling of every S.S,ese.

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  • 18 November 2012 14:48, by Kikiji longiro

    Next time, Started from JALABY until Sadiq El Mahdi will move to Egypt. Didn,t Sadiq El Mahdi father fought with British & who in us didn,t know that Sadiq,s father send El Sadiq to get his degree in Oxford university.These people called Sudanese Arabs are borned simple to survive in other people,s blood.This time let them do it to their own childern.
    Bye/Bye Sudanese salves who were selling salv

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    • 18 November 2012 22:09, by Dinka Aliap Chawul


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