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Mbeki makes new proposals to break deadlocked security talks


December 16, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The African mediation handed new proposals for the Sudanese and South Sudanese delegations aiming to help the two sides to strike a deal on the implementation of the security arrangements.

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Chief African Union mediator and former South African president, Thabo Mbeki (file photo/Getty)

The two countries failed in two meetings held in Juba and Khartoum to agree on the implementation of the security deal inked last September because Khartoum demands Juba to disengage with the SPLM-North rebels while the latter says this issue is not part of the signed agreement.

Sources from Addis Ababa said the new proposals include a plan to build confidence between the two parties, the operationalisation of the demilitarised zone and measure to ensure that no rebel groups are harboured or supported by both sides involving foreign observers.

The two delegations member of the joint security committee, headed by defense ministers, discussed Sunday the agenda of the meeting and they are scheduled to resume talks on Monday.

Sudanese government continues to accuse the South Sudan of backing rebel groups particularly the SPLM-North which was part of the ruling party in Juba before the independence .

Sudan last November in a meeting held in Juba demanded to extend the buffer zone to the border with Blue Nile and South Kordofan. But the South Sudanese delegation rejected this demand.

The chief mediator is expected to propose a compromise satisfying the two parties on this critical issue.

The lack of confidence hampers the implementation of the Cooperation Agreement. Sudanese officials repeated recently that the resumption of oil exportation will allow Juba to fund rebel activities in South Kordofan, and Darfur.

In his report to the African Union Peace and security Council last on 14 December, Mbeki underscored that the conflict in the two southern Sudanese areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile constitutes a hindrance towards the improvement of relations between Juba and Khartoum.

Also, besides the security issues the two countries still have a big gap in their positions on Abyei and the disputed areas on the common border.

The AUPSC on 14 December maintained its support to a proposal the mediation made providing to hold a referendum in Abyei next year without the participation of Misseriya herders. But it did not decide to refer the proposal to the UN Security Council leaving it to a presidential summit to be held in January.

In Khartoum, the ruling National Congress Party reaffirmed on Sunday its opposition to submit the issue of Abyei to the Security Council stressing that African solution remains its only option.

Hasabo Abdel-Rahman, NCP political secretary, following a meeting the party held on Abyei issue, praised the AUPSC’s decision to postpone the referral, adding that the African leaders with their wisdom and expertise will arrive to resolve this issue in January meeting.


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  • 17 December 2012 07:51, by Oduko

    SAF will clean all areas by 2013 without fear of anyone on mother earth, SAF is now consider to be one of most strongest Africa army!The world has released its abilities of fighting alots of fronts without any single depeat.

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    • 17 December 2012 08:20, by Bentiu Elite

      You forgot Panthou (Heglig)or what ? Why SAF run away from South Sudan ARMY(SPLA) leaving behind all it TANKS and Cars to SPLA ?
      That was LESSON ONE ...!!!
      Lesson TWO ,SAF SAF will leave Khartoum to SPLA ....
      God Bless South Sudan

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      • 17 December 2012 08:33, by Oduko

        speaking about victory of Heglig huh! SPLA was using heat and run like they are still rables NOT army..
        it was only oils workers and security personal that were in Heglig at the time SPLA commited it sucide mission that caused them great lose and shame them internationally.

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        • 17 December 2012 09:13, by Santino Akot

          Would you short the fuck up mr. oduko. What do you know about war mr. sold out to the north for money. otherwise, no an arab called Oduko. used real name please.

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        • 17 December 2012 18:46, by Tiger

          Oduko aka(Jalaby).
          SPLA"the only mightier strongest army in Africa captured more than three thousand seven hundreds Northern Sudanese soldiers during the second civil war,isn’t that a big shame for you to be captured like a little rats my friend?

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  • 17 December 2012 07:58, by Oduko

    SAF its self never really involved in alots of wars with South the only forces that fought South is only 10% SAF mixed with Populer Depend forces n Jahadeans NOT intire SAF! The reason why KIIR run a way higligs is that his he was SAF is reasing 20% of it combats and he knew verry well there next stop is juba.

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    • 17 December 2012 08:26, by Paul Ongee

      You are not Oduko from Torit but from Khartoum. You mean SAF will be cleared off in 2013 from the African soil because they came from Middle East? Who is likely to be overthrown from power before the end of 2013 in both Sudans, SAF or SPLA? Which rebels have legitimate cause recognized in CPA, SPLM-N or Khartoum-backed Southern militia groups?

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      • 17 December 2012 08:40, by Oduko

        How can you cleared off well uducated army under well uducated commanders? plus more than fifty years experience in battlefields?
        SPLA hold Hegligs only for 10 days and SAF hold Abyie for a good all year and helf without anyone stoping them just more crying coming out of juba.

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        • 17 December 2012 08:42, by Oduko

          I mean well educated army......!

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          • 18 December 2012 10:30, by Young Lotuko

            Shut the fuck up and u better change your name..SAP are fucking pussy, do you know how many of them Spla killed in Torit? Too many

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      • 17 December 2012 13:26, by P.K.M

        Oduko, are you not confident enough to call yourself a northern name because you cannot win and debate among us? Hiding under South Sudanese names is not helping you; what you say is what uncovered who you truly are. When you said SAF will clear South Sudan out; you’re not smarter enough to know you’re not a South Sudanese.

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    • 17 December 2012 08:30, by ngomrom

      Dear Oduko
      Are you really A south Sudanese but from your writing i can say you are from the North so plse mind your business SAF strong or weak it is your problem for us we see it in the field

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  • 17 December 2012 08:09, by Bentiu Elite

    The so called African mediation should stop all nonsenses . The core thing between South Sudan and Sudan is common BORDER demarcation , and Abyie REFERENDUM. So far there is no any progress on all the two. Stupid African should not waste our times ......
    God Bless South Sudan

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    • 17 December 2012 09:37, by Kurnyel

      Mbeki is a good leader but the only issue that he can not make thing good is because of being a blackman which is a sign of weakness and blackmailing. Other issue which in my view should be done by him is to converted to Islam from here Mbeki will be a right person to solve many problem in Africa.

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  • 17 December 2012 09:34, by Arop Mawien

    There has been a smell of biased mediation from Thabo Mbeki since beginning of his chairmanship of the peace between the two Sudans. There is no need for South Sudan to waste budget on financing the negotiation that has no meaning, Khartuom deeply bombs South Sudan if even there is an agreement signed. We, South Sudanese are not lucky with you; allow Lazarus Sumbeyio of Kenya to chair negotiation

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  • 17 December 2012 09:40, by kikokaka564

    This is a very good thing, we must focus on dialogue and negotiation.

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  • 17 December 2012 10:02, by Makunon

    Iam chock by the result, but I knew Mbeki’s passive mediation will never yield anything concrete. He was not a successful leader from his mother soil when his leadership was terminated and chased by NCP like rat b,coz of his failure.His bribes will end and facts will remain tangible.Long live South Sudan

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  • 17 December 2012 15:46, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    For how long shld AU be soft on Khartoum? For how long shld South Sudanese people n their gov’t be held hostage of what they r not? For how long should South Sudanese consicence be traumatized with this prolonged discussions on Abyei, borderline, S.Kordafon n Blue Nile? Khartoum is running away fm its demostic failure n holding South Sudanese hostage of what they r not? AU think twice!

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  • 17 December 2012 17:48, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    It was very extremely proactive proposal,the mediators had made with the positive decisions which will be sheerfull to all Abyei people,and commenment from the mediators will make true succession referandum.It’s very encouragble for our African leaders to focus on some server problems, with peace and cooperation among themselves.

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