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Khartoum demands a setback to peace deal: US envoy


December 14, 2012 (JUBA) - Demands raised by Sudan as pre-conditions for the implementation of the security arrangements with South Sudan is a setback to the peace deal, Princeton Lyman, the US special envoy to both countries said.

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Former U.S. special envoy for Sudan Princeton Lyman (Reuters)

Speaking at a press conference in the South Sudan capital on Friday, Lyman said is "troubled" by Khartoum’s recent requests and demands, which links the resumption of oil production and the implementation of other agreements to the satisfaction of the these demands.

"We that security issues can best be addressed in the agreements already reached," the US envoy said.

The two Sudans, on 27 September, reached an agreement on several key issues, including the demilitarization of common border, oil, security, among other. The African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) facilitated the deal, reached in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Since Khartoum says Juba’s disengagement with the Sudanese rebels is part of the security deal but Juba dismissed the claims.

Both countries, under the deal reached, agreed to withdraw their troops 10 kilometres from either side of the border, to be monitored by a joint force and the United Nations peacekeeping forces (UNISFA) in the region.

"The agreement offer tremendous potential for peace and as I said, am troubled by the delays in implementation of these agreements," Lyman said.

Lyman, who is due to travel to Ethiopia Monday to attend the Joint Peace and Security Meeting (JPSM) between the two countries said, it was practically impossible for South Sudan to disarm SPLM-N rebels in Sudan, as Khartoum demanded.

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, last month, accused neighbouring Sudan of delaying the resumption of oil exportation, adding that Khartoum’s demands for his country to disarm rebels fighting in South Kordofan and Blue Nile were "impossible mission".

The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC), on Friday, expressed concerns over the delays in the implementation of the agreement, and urged both the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan to finalize their outstanding issues, within stipulated timeframe.

The meeting urged the two countries to implement "without delay" all the agreements they signed on 27 September including the security arrangements.

"Council looks forward to the meeting of the JPSM scheduled for 15 December 2012, and urges the Co-Chairs of the JPSM to work in a constructive and cooperative spirit to implement the commitments of the two countries under the 27 September 2012 Agreements," said the AUPSC communiqué.

Mbeki’s panel in its report to the peace and security meeting stressed that the conflict in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan hampers the ongoing efforts to implement the Cooperation Agreement.

"It is now evident that a resolution of the conflict in the Two Areas is an indispensible prerequisite for the normalization of relations between Sudan and South Sudan," said the mediation in its report to the AUPSC.


Meanwhile the US government, Lyman announced, will next week sign a $230m grant agreement with South Sudan, targeting agriculture, infrastructural development and technical assistance to the new nation.

“We want to continue to support South Sudan’s development and we think it’s extremely important that the issues of poverty, education and health continue to be addressed even when the country faces difficult problems of resources,” said the US envoy.


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  • 15 December 2012 08:12, by zulu

    Mr. Lyman,
    You have been told that these folks are warmongers. Let South Sudan deal with them just for a few weeks, you will see that they will sign a deal right away

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    • 15 December 2012 08:15, by Dinkawarrior

      You need to shut up and get your hell out there! You’re trifling Mr. lie-man!

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    • 15 December 2012 08:18, by Robot

      USA created this loophole that gave chance to this Fake Arabs to threaten South Sudan.

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      • 15 December 2012 14:17, by Ahmed Chol

        The 230 million dollars is about 23 million for each of the 10 states but I bet you that not even a single dollar will reach the poor people that it is meant to help. A country governed by thieves will never progress!

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    • 15 December 2012 11:21, by Tutbol

      He is a jews after all. Not all jews are our friends as we made to believed. The jews were the most hated people in Europe then, but now, they are Europeans war lighters. Who took them out from Israel to Europe? You all it know it all! & they know it. They now want to fool other peoples that they are God’s people when in reality, they are scamers of all people!

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    • 15 December 2012 15:19, by Tutbol

      Lyaman is a part of the Europeans’ crook, who wanted to live his llive on Africans! He & his ilks, are pure crimminals. They are connected to the apatheid- like system in the USA. TAKE HEED of these jews diplomats guys. They are more evil than you are made to believe?!

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    • 15 December 2012 18:13, by Baring

      Dear SSudanese
      Khartoum is not interested in any peacful deal with South Sudan. Our leaders in Juba must know that and they have to look for alternitive to stabble the economy insteat of waiting for the Oil line to be open. China have more interest in Khartoum and the paipline they supposed to give pressure to Khartoum to implement the agreement.

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  • 15 December 2012 08:14, by Dinkawarrior

    You need to shut up and get your hell out there! You’re trifling Mr. lie-man!

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    • 15 December 2012 09:46, by Peacocktail

      Sudan must play thier games well with thiers owned made Rebels, they are not South Sudanese rebelling the Northern Sudan Government, we control our own rebels and accommodate theirs grievances unlike who use forces to quelled down rebels. SK and Blue Nile people got causes and need dialogue and military, NCP/SAF will Kill many but will not stop rebellions in part of Sudan if peace is not given pri

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  • 15 December 2012 10:08, by Bentiu Elite

    There is no point in begging Khartoum for its pipeline ,let us build our own three (3) billions USD pipeline to Lamu in Kenya .. For how long will South Sudan keep licking Khartoum ’s FACE to make our oil flow through Sudan.
    .....There are millions of idle South Sudanese who can build these pipeline ,even by force ....!!
    God Bless South Sudan

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    • 15 December 2012 12:05, by sudani ana

      If the pipeline was that cheap and that easy to build, don’t you think it would have already been built. It will cost in the region of 10 billion dollars which makes your oil unprofitable. Plus you still have to pay transit and port fees to Kenya. The best and only way for SS is to achieve peace with Sudan. Stop supporting our rebels and forget this dream about New Sudan cont...

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      • 15 December 2012 12:10, by sudani ana

        And all this racist crap about blacks versus Arabs. In Sudan we are all Sudanese we don’t look at colour. Try to give up this rebel mentality, you are no longer rebels you have your own country now.

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        • 15 December 2012 13:36, by Dinkawarrior

          Sudani yiti!
          You better quit lying to us, this pipeline was build with our resources. Even the land you claiming to be your is not belong to you, it’s an African Land. Just go back to where you come from, the place where your grandparants used to eat dogs is where you belong. Sudan is the land of Black and we will get it back, no matter how long it take for us to reown it.

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        • 15 December 2012 17:07, by Rommel

          sudani ana:
          The figure provided by Bentiu Elite is by no means cheap, especially not for a country as young and as poor as South Sudan, but you really do seem to be inflating the prospective costs of what is an absolute must. Pray tell, where did *you* get the $10 billion figure from?

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          • 15 December 2012 17:19, by Rommel

            South Sudan was receiving close to $3 billion a year over a period of six [6] years during the interim period, which incidentally is the estimated cost for the alternative *pipeline*. A comprehensive air defense would cost South Sudan $500-800 million —- an investment that would have equaled $100 million every year for five-eight [5-8] years.

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            • 15 December 2012 17:26, by Rommel

              The cost of the alternative pipeline is $3-4 billion + $500 million for the air defense. The total cost? $4.5 billion out of $12 billion during the Interim period. These figures pale in comparison to the amount of money siphoned off by members of Salva’s "government".

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              • 15 December 2012 17:27, by Rommel

                The estimated cost of $3-4 billion for the alternative pipeline is in line with the cost (s) of similar projects such as the Chad-Cameroon pipeline, which was completed at a cost of $3.7 billion — and the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan pipeline which was completed at a cost of $3.9 billion.

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                • 15 December 2012 17:37, by Rommel

                  Why on earth are you denying the very real racial dimensions of our conflict (s)!? Please don’t indulge in such abject evasions. Your ilk seems to reside in a state of permanent amnesia. You prefer happy illusions of an elusive past when two million innocents were not killed, when aerial bombardment did not maim and kill civilians, and when indiscriminate raids did not occur.

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                  • 15 December 2012 17:42, by Rommel

                    Have you forgotten that you occupy large swathes of our territory at this very moment!? Don’t you think that this would contribute to hostilities!?

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      • 15 December 2012 12:44, by Chol

        Sudani ana, how much money did you pay for the current pipeline you claimed to be yours and where did you get the money to build it? Do you even know the current pipeline is legally South Sudanese? South Sudanese have all the facts of who built it and where the money comes from. Just because the person you’re responding to miss-spoke doesn’t make the pipeline yours.

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        • 15 December 2012 23:31, by sudani ana

          Am afraid you’re terribly mistaken here. It doesn’t matter where the money for the pipeline came from, according to CPA each country keeps what’s on its land, that’s why you kept 75% of the oil and we kept all pipeline in north in addition to other facilities. So the pipeline is legally ours. Don’t take my word for it, ask somebody else who knows a bit about CPA.

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      • 15 December 2012 15:00, by South South

        Sudani ana,
        Who begs who about transering South Sudan oil through Sudan ? USA dollar reach 6:75 SP. People are dying in Sudan. Read here what one of Sudanese trade man said: “People are buying dollars in the black market at any price,” one trader said, citing fears a deal with landlocked South Sudan on oil fees would not be implemented soon. Again, you are black but you use Sudan as your color

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        • 15 December 2012 23:44, by sudani ana

          South south
          Can you not make a sentence without referring to colour? For Gods sake this is the 21st century grow up. You don’t know what colour I am, I might be blacker than you ! In my family we have all colours black, brown, fair, and that’s typical of all Sudanese families so just get over it.

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