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South Sudan reserved over mediation’s propositions over security deal


December 17, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — South Sudanese delegation has expressed some reservations about the news propositions the African mediation made to break the stalled talks over the implementation of security arrangements with Sudan.

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Thabo Mbeki (L) and Pagan Amum (R) walk out of a closed-door session of talks in Juba, South Sudan on May 21, 2012. (photo Getty)

After the failure of the two parties to agree on the implementation mechanism of the 27 September security deal, Thabo Mbeki called the parties to meet in Addis Ababa where he made some propositions aiming to build confidence and to monitor the border to prevent rebels from crossing the common border or receive any support.

Sources from the Ethiopian capital said Khartoum delegation accepted the new proposition of the African Union panel, while the South Sudanese team showed reservations over the buffer zone and the disengagement with the SPLM-North.

Since last November, Sudan demands to extend the demilitarized zone by 50 kilometres in order to cover the common border with South Kordofan state where the SPLM-N fight against Khartoum army. Juba rejects the demand saying this issue is not part of the deal.

The initial deal provides to deploy joint patrols with the participation of UNISFA peacekeepers only in the five disputed areas along the border. But the deal does not specify to deploy troops along the 1800 kilometres of border between the two countries.

Mbeki received Monday the response of the two parties. The head of the South Sudanese negotiating team Pagan Amum and defence minister John Kong Nyuon stressed that they maintain their position over the two issues of the buffer zone and SPLM-N.

The mediation did not disclose the nature of its propositions but seemingly it aims to reassure Khartoum that Juba does not support the SPLM-N fighters.

Juba denies having authority over the Sudanese rebels who are now part of another state and established an independent party since the secession of South Sudan in July 2011 in line with the result of a referendum on self determination held in January of last year.

The South Sudanese government also dismisses accusations of support to the Blue Nile and South Kordofan rebels but Western diplomats demanded different times that Juba stops its support to the SPLM-N.

A member of the South Sudanese delegation said talks may resume after Christmas and new year holidays.

An agreement over the implementation of the security deal is considered crucial for the viability of the Cooperation Agreement which is thought to be the basis for strong bilateral relations between the two nations.

Khartoum refuses the exportation of the South Sudanese oil through its pipeline unless Juba disengages with the SPLM-N. Also, the Sudanese government says will negotiate with the rebels to end the South Kordofan and Blue Nile conflict once this disengagement is effective.

Reports from Addis Ababa say the chief mediator, on the other hand, failed to make a breakthrough in his discussions with the SPLM-N over the resumption of political process with Khartoum

In addition, he is scheduled to hold a meeting on Tuesday with the joint security committee members from both sides but no significant developments are expected.

SPLM-N delegation led by Malik Agar and Yasir Arman met with foreign diplomats present at the venue of the talks to explain its positions on the talks with the Sudanese government.

The SPLM-N proposes since months to sign a cessation of hostilities deal in exchange for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the needy civilians in the rebel controlled areas.


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  • 18 December 2012 07:23, by ngomrom

    Why is AU so passive with Khartoum all the time? usually they are try to make Khartoum happy at the expense of South Sudan it is becouse south Sudan is Mr Yes all the time as a cocern citizen i am saying we have to say No when apropriate whether it will make our relationship bad or good it is good same times to say No when we can

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    • 18 December 2012 07:39, by Peacocktail

      South Sudan should start Partnership with Rebels to arrange permament Peace in brotherly state. Being Yes country is fabulous.Eritera is hard on UN and AU when comes to foreign policies for the sake of National Security. NCP regime wanted to give South Sudan mediation team hard time while it is their own makes to stop Rebels or talks peace with them. Hon.Pagan and Kong must not acepted to be cheat

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  • 18 December 2012 07:26, by Biggy

    Khartoum will again soon dishonor the agreement that will be signed i dont see the need of negotiations with khartoum.

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    • 18 December 2012 08:03, by zulu

      I like the process that goes in line the NCP’s adamancy. We will ensure those folks who fought with us do not get mistreated. We fought with them and they are our brothers in arms. If NCP uses diplomacy to expiate the causes of injustices and the anomalys associated with it, we laud such a move. but being belycose, is a shot on one’s foot.

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    • 18 December 2012 08:04, by sudani ana

      Well like I said many times before, you can’t have your cake and eat it. You can’t support our rebels to fight us and at the same time export your oil through Sudan, as simple as that. These SPLM thugs in juba think they are still rebels and act accordingly. So stupid.

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      • 18 December 2012 08:27, by Force 1

        No, Sudani, you have it upside down. Look, you have the responsibility to control and neutralize your own rebels. It’s not someone else obligation. When SPLM/A were fighting you 20 plus years ago; did you asked Ethiopians not to Support us? When it comes to oil transit, when is the last time South Sudan asked you to transit our oil through Sudan?

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        • 18 December 2012 08:48, by sudani ana

          The answer to your argument is simple, during the civil war we couldn’t tell Ethiopia or Uganda to stop supporting SPLA rebels because we had no leverage on them, they didn’t need us so we had no means of putting pressure on them. But SS needs to export its oil through Sudan, therefore you have to play ball.

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          • 18 December 2012 09:23, by Force 1

            Sudani, South Sudan owns the shop that has goods (oil) to be sold. So, when is the last time you went to the shopkeepers and tell them if they don’t get rid of your enemy, they should forget hiring you to move their oil through your territory? The shopkeeper would say; fine, if that’s the case, I would use someone else territory to transit my goods through.

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      • 18 December 2012 08:32, by Tutbol

        Sudan ana.
        The average S Sudanese isn’t interested in the oil flow. But rather interested in the occupied territories, the border demarcation, abyiei issue & justice to the nubans & the blue nilotes. Well we need money, but no one in S Sudan ever again entertains being hold by the nose by the North. We in the S Sudan know, the vested interest bodies claiming to be mediating peace are the ones...

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        • 18 December 2012 08:44, by Tutbol

          ..who put oil first than the most important issues. But we will not accept that so-called new proposal, We are in for a long haul if it doesn’t satisfy our positions. The North had been playing this game for a long time now, but these shifty mediators always relent to the North demands. Our negotiators must be very careful this time. S Sudanese won’t any buy any of their lax deals come what may.

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  • 18 December 2012 08:24, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Khartoum is defeated by SPLM-N. It’s scared of the victories that SPLM-N is gaining against forces. It is thinking z since name SPLM is being shared, South Sudanese r engaged with SPLM-N. South Sudanese are just sympathetic with Nuba and Funj becoz they were our comrades in arms 4 de cause of marginalization of the peripheries in all forms.
    Go ahead Al Hilu, defeat these Khartoum bigots.

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    • 18 December 2012 08:58, by sudani ana

      Niaak jinub (what?)
      Carry on dreaming man if that makes you feel better. If Khartoum is defeated rebels would have been in Khartoum by now. In fact they have been cleared from Blue Nile, they are only holding to small area of South Kurdufan because it’s mountainous and difficult Torrance. Even there they are being crushed by SAF.

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      • 18 December 2012 09:03, by sudani ana

        Difficult torrain.

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        • 18 December 2012 09:31, by zulu

          Sudani fool,
          If the evidence is as you say, why is the NCP balking? It doesn’t take a geniuse to discern what defeat or loss is and who clearly stands to benefit from the secession of hostilities. Darfur is yet another obstacle to all the glamor you folks orchastrate, gold, sugar what not. See your pound sliding at what expense?

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        • 18 December 2012 12:51, by Makunon

          Sudani or Northerna
          you have not done any correction (torrace or torrain) is still wrong,the correct is "terrain" you people fool us for long and it is time to....

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      • 18 December 2012 14:00, by mohamed mahgoub

        The so called ... So if u already cleared the rebels from BN and cornered them in - small maintainace area in SK as u claim - that is not the case with SAF & NCP all I see many families are mourning the dead sons on daily basis in khart. my quest. is why u keep begging GOSS to disarm SPLA/ N for u ?

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        • 18 December 2012 15:21, by sudani ana

          Sudan is not asking south sudan to disarm the rebels, Sudan is asking sout sudan to disengage from SPLA/N and stop harbouring and providing support to the rebels, both SPLA/N and Darfur rebels.

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          • 18 December 2012 16:53, by sudani ana

            Dear South South
            What happened to the photo of the shot down Sudanese plane that you promised us yesterday??????

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            • 18 December 2012 17:54, by Chol

              Sudani, just because we haven’t seen the picture doesn’t mean the downing of your bomber did not happened. Just in the same way we haven’t seen you eating yesterday don’t mean you never eaten any food for the last 24-48 hours!

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  • 18 December 2012 08:27, by Makunon

    Let me tell you gentlemen that South Africa have been a long time support of govt. of Sudan in the history of South struggles for freedoms, Mandela has never had a single word on the fate of the people of South Sudan since, thank God we were having strong hero Dr. Garang who managed to won World supports.I totally agree with reservation position. SS can’t achieve anything under mediation of Mbeki.

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  • 18 December 2012 10:48, by jienge

    Agreement on agreements, they are doing it again. Who knows this time which area khartoum will get away with! They are good at killing it citizens, embezzling funds and lying.

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  • 18 December 2012 14:16, by Nyakuzuny

    O.my God! people you till people AU , Don’t know that AU they are coming making money , they are not coming for Peace Agreement . there is no peace at-all .

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    • 18 December 2012 14:21, by Nyakuzuny

      people they are talking peace , peace , those people they are just making money , Like Cde.Pagan and the rest of peace making.

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  • 18 December 2012 20:43, by wani

    AU, why always Thabo Mebeki whose decision and policy has caused disillusioned and continue security threat to what ever document being signed as he mediate . containing error of common good for the interest of south Sudan and still AU elite just draining south Sudaan due to it’s vulnerable infancy in policy mediation ..

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