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Sudan announces surprise breakthrough in security talks with Juba

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December 18, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – In a surprising turn of events, Sudan has announced a major breakthrough in talks with South Sudan, saying all obstacles facing the implementation of a border security deal they signed in September have been surmounted, but it is not clear whether the two sides managed to break the deadlock over Khartoum’s demands that Juba disarms the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N).

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FILE- Sudan defense minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein (L) and his South Sudanese counterpart John Kong Nyuon

According to the official spokesperson of the Sudanese army (SAF), Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad, members of the Joint Political and Security Committee (JPSM) of the two countries reached a deal at the conclusion of their latest round of talks held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Tuesday.

Quoted in a report published by Sudan’s official news agency, SUNA, on Wednesday, Sa’ad said that an agreement of 11 points was reached to overcome all the obstacles that faced the implementation of the eight cooperation agreements signed between the two countries on 27 September.

The deals signed included an agreement to resume South Sudan’s oil exports via Sudan but Khartoum insisted that Juba must first implement the border security deal and sever alleged ties with the SPLM-N which is fighting the Sudanese government in the country’s border regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Two rounds of JPSM meetings in Juba and Khartoum failed to break the deadlock as South Sudan complained that Khartoum was making impossible demands by asking Juba to disarm SPLM-N which fought as part of South Sudan army before independence.

SAF’s spokesperson said he expects the sub-deal to “lead to concrete work in the field of disengagement and cessation of support to rebel groups in particular and security arrangements in general”.

Al-Sawarmi said that the two sides had agreed to “implement all the agreements relating to security arrangements and activate border monitoring mechanisms and verification of complaints.” Furthermore, he said the two sides agreed to create a timeframe for the implementation of all the agreed agendas, adding that the two sides will also begin technical and administrative preparations to open cross-border routes.

He went on to say that the agreement also confirmed that military forces of both countries will withdraw from all disputed areas and operationalise the implementation of the demilitarised safe border zone as agreed under the security deal.

According to Al-Sawarmi, the two sides agreed to ensure that no states will recruit fighters from the other and verify the demobilisation of fighters from the other country “through the procedures agreed for that”.

Sudan accuses Juba of maintaining ties with SPLM-N, which Khartoum continues to refer to as the ninth and tenth divisions of South Sudan’s army SPLA.

Al-Sawarmi also said that the joint commissions will create timeframes for the deployment of monitors to verify the implementation of the buffer demilitarized zone.

Sudan’s announcement comes as a surprise given the fact that South Sudan’s top negotiator Pagan Amum said on Tuesday that the talks are deadlocked. “The talks now are deadlocked and, essentially, I see these talks as having collapsed because Sudan has taken a new strategic position opposing the development of cooperation between the two states,” he told Reuters in an interview.

Amum said he sees no point in continuing the talks and that Juba should start looking for alternatives to export its oil.

SAF’s spokesperson said that the JPSM will hold its next meeting on 13 January in order to assess progress in implementation what has been agreed.

Sudan’s interior minister Ibrahim Hamid, meanwhile, confirmed to Al-Shorog TV that the current round of talks adjourned until 13 January when the contentious issues will be discussed.

Hamid said that the talks produced an agreement to setup a mechanism to oversee implementation of the security deal.

He added that the mechanism will be chaired by the commander-in-chief of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and consist of officials from both sides.

The minister said he personally opines that the round achieved a great breakthrough in many issues but he declined to divulge more details.

There is no comment from South Sudan so far on the developments announced by Khartoum.

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  • 19 December 2012 10:07, by Paul Chadrack

    Let’s just wait for a few months,how will Kiir’s government survive this coming economic difficulties.let those corrupt fools in the so call GOSS not fools themselves that oil will flow again throught sudan soon,as long as NCP is in power in the north,don’t expect any oil dollar to come to foolish Warab kitchen government.the president should resign or meet his fade from angery south sudanese.

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    • 19 December 2012 10:21, by Young Lotuko

      Bullshit, i dont believe it..Lets wait and see what Kiir’s government going to say about this new agreement if it is true

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      • 19 December 2012 12:39, by hellonearth

        Its total bullcrap, why should a junior officer announce this, what is the work of the Minister of Information?

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        • 19 December 2012 14:15, by Ahmed Chol

          Pagan and Kiir, WATCH OUT!
          When you see Arabs making a quick decision, they have laid a trap for you. They found an advantage. Be careful with them .

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        • 19 December 2012 20:14, by Tutbol

          This is a ploy. The regime still think we are their kids. They have a good try though, but we can these evils deal. They don’t like us & we don’t like them either. They have made us their experiments for quite a long time. We don’t want their stand-over ally, the UK in investing in S Sudan in any form. They are the big evil in our conflct with N Sudan.

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    • 19 December 2012 10:45, by Nyakuzuny

      brother Paul we will not survive any more ,if this president will not remove by force; I sort that Kiir will not resign in Gogerial village, because they have the same behaviours like snakes, let us think about Gogerial leadership will not survive us any more. we will remaining poorest country there is no Government Survive one side, in which government in the world?

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    • 19 December 2012 13:26, by Gatbentiu

      Does the South agreed to disarmed the SPLA-N? if they do then this is impossible.Khartoum is well known for creating a lot of excuses including things which were not signed in the agreement, so this time around if they refused to implement this deal, then we will take an action which is gonna be more tougher then the previous one. dholbentiu@gmail.com

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      • 19 December 2012 19:13, by nuer food lovers

        gatbentiu.liel mour,ngomb jei ,u re mr.Rauch have u got enough food today.u Nuer have fail us in Upper Nile.the same senario that Arab in khartoum was using u against dinka,what kiir kuethpiny is using u against Yau Yau.dead u nuer.u prove curse of ngudeng.

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    • 19 December 2012 17:08, by zulu

      Mbeki and other observors have said otherwise that the talks will resume next year. Al Sawarmi concluded that the talks will resume next year. Where did he get the breakthrough then? It does not make sense.We are not going to be taken for a ride. Build an alternate route immediately.

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    • 19 December 2012 19:46, by Tutbol

      We all know pres. Kiir is an honest guy, but his guys are our country’s ailments. S Sudanese all know each other during the war, but our People’s aspirations had been hijack by the President’s cabals. We all know where the president come. But his advisors & his marauding Gogrial are, the people who are failing our people as we watch them!

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    • 20 December 2012 00:26, by dengtaath

      crap all togather, who in South Sudan government would accept the responsibility of disarming the rebel movement of SPLA-North. It is all lying and fabricating the negotiation. Fuck it up all!

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    • 20 December 2012 03:56, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

      I have come to lost trust of uncle Kiir, Riek weak leadership. I lost trust in Riek after 1991 that trigger tribal murders than ever. Kiir, Riek lack of leadership skill, they are good to be followers. If I were Riek Kiir should just let the south elect their new Adminst in 2015-16, leave to do personal like ordinary Sudanese citizens. avoid bloody spills, save life’s going to be lost

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  • 19 December 2012 10:39, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Jallaby or petty trader son. Khartoum has now felt economic down-turn, thus accepted Cooperation with South Sudan. Isn’t it good 4 you pple? NCP bigots had wanted 2 starve poor Sudanese in their expense 4 no cause at all. During 23 years of war btn South Sudan n Sudan, Khartoum didn’t ask Kenya to disarm SPLA! Did Khartoum? It was stupid of NCP to demand S.Sudan to disarm SPLA/M-N as condition.

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  • 19 December 2012 11:22, by Jalaby

    Although I don’t trust those SPLA/M thugs and thieves but what Khartoum is saying could be true because thieves are in horrible situation now as no money to run SPLA payroll and give salaries to them, they’ve been left with no salaries for more than 7 months respectively and that explains why the cattle raiding jumped to high number, flourishing of weapons trading,

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    • 19 December 2012 11:30, by Jalaby

      high record of theft and hijacking during daylight, rebels painful blows, and moreover the sky made it even worse and didn’t rain during the rain season and then rained heavily at the end of the season and washed away their crops! the siege from all the directions and I believe that’s because SPLA/M are so so evils!

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      • 19 December 2012 11:37, by Jalaby

        FBI now put their big nose in the south internal issues, I’m very sure that big nose will soon start to feel the bad smell of the corruption and will hunt down many thieves who are shaking so badly now!
        I don’t trust SPLA/M they can flip-flop their position at anytime!

        Jalaby (Abo Ema wa Shal)

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        • 19 December 2012 12:20, by Makunon

          Jalabu
          You always talked about thieving, but Sudan is internationally known thievery witnessed by international community, CPA gave oil equal share of 50-50%, SS got 30%. Crude oils hided everywhere in KM which led to closing of SS oils. Wait for ICC, you could be one among those committed crimes in Darfur and they will drug your tail to Hague to answer the charges against humanity.

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  • 19 December 2012 11:24, by pabaak

    In others news, Pagan say that there is no breakthrough in agreement now we hear different from all times- liar of fake Arabs, Al stharuamy, this is mere lie, there is no point of scarify so munch in this agreement to extent of turning our back to brothers in the North, what’s our national interest here of giving devil access to control the border they actually fail to control it militarily?

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    • 19 December 2012 11:34, by pabaak

      the government in Juba has to come up with different strategies to insulate us from NCP let government in North, led learn how to develop our own ways from alternative resources we have, supposedly if we couldn’t have oil in South Sudan, could this had prevented us from independence? absolutely not. other have gained their Independence without even such resources of have with us, the examples are

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      • 19 December 2012 11:42, by pabaak

        many you can name them by your own, in fact this agreement and many with NCP are like inhaling clean air into NCP, because it will inject some life to their already ill government- with multiple problems of rebels in west, east, south, in addition to economical, and big of them the issue of multiples coup within the same system. So why surviving the already ill system, instead of waiting for

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        • 19 December 2012 11:49, by pabaak

          changes to take it course and then make cooperation with somebody who will share with mutual interest. If these agreement don’t support our national interest and long term goal then they not will be accorded success.

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  • 19 December 2012 11:55, by Makunon

    Those fake Jah,alin who forged brotherhood with the southerners in 1947 to deceived Britain are not tired of lying. agreement mean union and you cannot declared talks out came without consensus of the partner. If Pagan denied breakthrough, who else agreed with devils who destroyed Sudan.Liars, SPLM-N must capture Khartoum from thug regime.

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  • 19 December 2012 12:07, by master

    hahaaaa
    don’t painting rosy picture for your bleak country
    believe me no oil will flow unless SPLM thugs go

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    • 19 December 2012 12:48, by Nibs

      Gay master
      You are indeed an odious fellow. I try very hard to see sense in your writing but unfortunately i found none.this news is from khartoum, and perhaps in response to pagan interview with Reuters.your government is anxious,like pagan said s.sudan is planning to end endless discussion with khartoum by building new alternative.that is it,ass-licking sycophant!

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      • 19 December 2012 14:04, by master

        gay . Nibs or zib
        son of unknown man
        you are drunk now & your family slaughter
        go back home & try to safe your family
        ibn alsharmota

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        • 19 December 2012 19:03, by Nibs

          Rotten asshole alias Master
          Son of unknown man¡ If i reveal my identity,you would most likely conspire to kidnap me for ransom. Let try humility,real well off people don’t bragged about it.only despare street urchins like you talk silly nonsense.

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    • 19 December 2012 16:48, by viper

      Confused Arab-want-be, aka mistress, which thugs are you talking about here? The very smart pple that are being led by the man that you "love so much" or you mean other pple? You should not want to be married by Kiir while you don,t respect his pple. Be a respectful lady please

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  • 19 December 2012 12:20, by Biggy

    I don’t disagree with south Sudan leadership what i don’t want to hear is any deals to do with Khartoum these are people well known in dishonoring agreements in broad day light.
    Just wait n see by yourselves if they gonna keep their promise to the end they av just arrived at this juncture because of their economic constraints thats all watch this space brothers n sisters.

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  • 19 December 2012 13:11, by philipdit wol

    What ever we agree with Khartoum migth taken some time to implement it.

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  • 19 December 2012 15:04, by Mapuor

    Yaa Jamaa,the situation on the ground in both countries does not need any delay in the implementation of security agreement and the flow of oil through Sudan for that matter.Any drop in GDP and GNP by 50% is a serious disaster which should be avoided by all means.Any delay for more than a month would be a serious economic suicide.Mark my word.

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    • 19 December 2012 21:01, by Tutbol

      Mapuor
      give us your South Sudan’s economics graphs before 2005 & between 2005 & 2011 Plz. You seemed to be a cloned not even a clown Mapuor! Why you are just after money pal, when everyone wants the real issues between our Country & N Sudan thoroughly solved. Go back to Rumbek where your likes hail from pal.

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  • 20 December 2012 11:25, by jienge

    Hung on Tutbol, Mapuor is saying some sense, war of any kind is not in anybody best interest unless someone is screwed up in their brain. We got what is called "deadweight loss", Mapuor this is example of spilled milk you were trying to give to the Doctor! However, it is good for thing to remain as they are now because once the oil start flowing SS would have 100 thieves of $10bn compare to 75

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  • 20 December 2012 11:43, by jienge

    Secondly, Khartoum will choke people in Sk & BN. Then Mile 14 will go. So don’ t worry go back home drink milk but don’t fight your brothers and I ’ll go to my farm and some fresh produces. Screw economy, all we see hammers, mason and few enjoying while the majority languishing in poverty, let it stay the way it is until until we find somebody who lead us out of this wilderness.

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    • 20 December 2012 13:27, by Paul Chadrack

      No hope in our current government,event if oil flow now still there will be no progress because stealing will be the business of the day. unless we have new system in place, replacing this retarded Kiir kitchen regime.so it’s better for the oil to stay under ground.

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  • 3 April 2013 11:45, by stefan

    Dears you wish removable of kiir’s government but if any person enter into this position ,the same problems can still existed,tribalism as itis in our blood all south sudan ,corruption because all of us are poor ,nobody can say in south sudan that he/she Bateria Joyetech
    inherited father’s account

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