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Bashir & Salva Kiir to meet in January to boost talks on rebels’ issue

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December 19, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA/KHARTOUM) – Presidents Omer Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir will meet next January in Addis Ababa to discuss the stalled implementation of the Cooperation Agreement they signed in 27 September, particularly the issue of Sudanese rebels.

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The chief mediator of the African Union’s High Level Implementation Panel, Thabo Mbeki (Getty)

Khartoum and Juba agreed to operationalise the buffer zone and to withdraw armed forces from the disputed areas on the common border. The negotiating teams also are scheduled to meet on 13 January to continue discussions on the disengagement with rebel groups.

Khartoum insists that Juba has to end its links with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-N) and Darfur groups before to allow the exportation of South Sudanese oil through its territory.

Abdel-Rahim Hussein, Sudan’s defence minister and head of the Sudanese negotiating team said that the meetings of the joint political and security committee achieved a breakthrough and agreed on over 80% of the pending issues.

He further confirmed reports from Addis Ababa that Sudanese and South Sudanese president will meet in the margins of the African Union summit next month in Addis Ababa in a bid to boost the on ongoing talks over the rebels’ issue.

The minister who was speaking to reporters at the Khartoum airport said it was the first time the two parties agree that the rebel presence is a problem dissevering to be tackled.

"This time, it was agreed that it is a crucial issue and must be discussed," he said alluding to South Sudan’s denial of the presence of rebel groups in its territory.

Late on Tuesday, Thabo Mbeki, the African Union mediator and former South African president, said the two sides had agreed to take "practical steps" to demilitarise the common border.

He however disclosed that they still disagree over how to dmilitarise Mile 14, which raised much of protests from both sides the Reizagat in Darfur and Malual Dinka in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal.

"The parties continue to agree that it should be demilitarised but they are discussing how to effect that decision," Mbeki he said on Tuesday.

Mbeki said the two sides have agreed “that steps will be taken immediately to ensure the creation of a safe demilitarized border-zone. They have agreed on where that border zone is: [this means] that any South Sudanese forces that are north of that zone should move south - 10 kilometres away from the centre line, and the Sudan forces would also move 10 kilometers north of that border line."

Despite the agreement Mbeki said it could take longer than anticipated to effect the decision, particularly due to the lack of water in the areas the troops will be relocated to.

"In the agreement it says within seven days, but in reality it’s going to take longer. And the reason it will take longer is because in particular locations where these troops will be positions there is no water. So work will have to be done to make sure that water is provided for the troops that will be located there," he said.

South Sudan’s defence minister, John Kong Nyuon, said that an ad hoc commission has been setup to follow up the implementation to the security agreements and to further investigate and monitor should new disputes arises.

In case any complaint comes up "the JPSM [Joint Political and Security Measures] co-chairs will give the task to the ad hoc committee to verify and investigate the allegations and report to the co-chairs," Nyuon said adding, "if necessary, the issue can be taken to the two heads of state."

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  • 20 December 2012 09:53, by zulu

    The weakening economic situation in sudan must be excrutiating now, given the mood and tempo the Mundukurus are expediting in somewhat cordial fashion the agreements. I seriousely doubt as to whether Juba has accepted to disarm SPLA/N, since it was the fundamental issue stopping the restarting of oil transit through sudan.

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  • 20 December 2012 10:37, by master

    Bashir
    believe me your days numbered & your corrupted mates
    you were retired 15 SAF officer because they called for reform
    now you have another MoM from 1000 officer
    what you will do?

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  • 20 December 2012 10:53, by Makunon

    Spirit of negotiation is completely disable by NCP for repeating themselves everyday. We are tired of this repeated news.Kiir should meet Bashir for what? to discuss failures, better quit than being drug here and there

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  • 20 December 2012 11:08, by Jalaby

    Kiir and his thieves ministers are so close minded and have no vision at all that’s why the south is moving to jungle now
    They’re no good except for money looting and embezzling!
    We told them security comes first they say yes but close an eye about it and ask us to discuss opening the pipeline!
    They always bring us back to square 1
    Thieves are just wasting our time

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    • 20 December 2012 11:23, by Aaban

      Talking about other country business is a dummy ideal that the child with four moth will never do but you,
      How about we say this,
      NCP. With their indicted criminal chairman called bashir are tKing our country to a doom situation, yet you put your useless mouth into their own issues of none of your business you Kool Khara

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    • 20 December 2012 11:24, by Aaban

      Talking about other country business is a dummy ideal that the child with four moth will never do but you,
      How about we say this,
      NCP. With their indicted criminal chairman called bashir are tKing our country to a doom situation, yet you put your useless mouth into their own issues of none of your business you Kool Khara

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    • 20 December 2012 13:56, by Nyakuzuny

      hey Jalaby how is your Achievement with your big Frog Bashir and his monkeys Ministries .
      I Sort that there will be no Result about this Meeting who will take place, Bashir will not support any peace agreement again , because he know that there was many disadvantages, b/n South and Northern Sudan.

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  • 20 December 2012 11:33, by unvissionleaders@yahoo.com

    Dear Mr. President Kiir,
    Do not tolerate this any more but try see other means of exporting oil.
    Unvission Leaders

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  • 20 December 2012 11:40, by pabaak

    This is meeting will not accorded success, because it will fail to address our real issues of concern. no ways of reviving already ill system. AU panel is playing up with our issues by modifying and brings new proposal every time regime in North refuse to accept the proposal, we wouldn’t surprise that they can change Abyei final resolution come their Jan-meeting if the S. Sudan diplomatic

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    • 20 December 2012 11:45, by pabaak

      mission don’t wash out. Abyei and Pantho and all other arreas, are our issues of concern right not the endless talk on flow of the oil. as the latter has no national interest at this time at all

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  • 20 December 2012 12:31, by Juba City

    SPLM/A North is International political party I personally agreed with Omer Al-Bashir. Let Kiir stop sporting them of he want peace stable security in both country.

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    • 20 December 2012 15:05, by EES Kingmaker

      President Kiir needs change of tactics in his meeting with satanic Bashir. Criminal Bashir is used to empty promises but does not live to his pledges. RSS team under the abled leadership Amum is expected to employ dynamic approaches to suit Sudan cunning team at bay and forestall their plans.

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    • 20 December 2012 17:19, by zulu

      JubaCity Bafoon. Rwandan, Ugandan, Ethiopian and Eritrean governments publically supported Garang, where is that notion of international SPLA/N come from? You are an idiot. We need these folks for various reasons. strategically just to mention one/

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      • 21 December 2012 14:16, by sudani ana

        Zulu
        " We need these folks for various reasons. strategically just to mention one/"
        Well, you can keep supporting SPLM/N but never dream of your oil reaching international markets through Sudan again. You are supporting rebels in a foreign country (Sudan) which is illegal under international law.

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  • 20 December 2012 17:41, by panchol

    Juba or Khartoum City.
    I were president I would have not gone to attend such extensive talks with Khartoum, no one told Bashir to dishonor Policy of Popular Consultation of South Kordufan and South Blue Nile state as stipulated in CPA. More so no one wants oil production to take place but some pressure comes from international community. we better use local refineries just for time being until

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  • 21 December 2012 05:50, by jienge

    EES Kingmaker, you are a curse. Kiir & Amum able leadership my ass, last time these baboons met Bashir what they did bring back? They gave mile 14 away. What do you expect this time you little tweed?! Aweil will be given away. Keep licking their asses! Hey can somebody tell how far is Awiel from from Ramciel?
    For those Sudan is economically having tough time, that’s true but still they are

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  • 21 December 2012 06:04, by jienge

    Better off because they have cushioned it. They have petrol of course from our Panthou, good hospitals, good roads,gold, sugar factories among others for export and their brother Arab countries helping them out. However, for us we got nothing coming in only our people&money leaving the country. It is good we are used to this kind of situation in the past but for how long we’ll remain in this ?!

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  • 21 December 2012 08:11, by Juba City

    I support Omer Hassan Al- Bashir for one reason or anther. I. The RSS leaders has no planning of what the will do in next future. If I am wrong, why shutting down the oil with out other option. The Minister of Petroleum & mining was directed and rushed to do so with out consulting the technical committee. They signed Lamu project, where is the progress?

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  • 21 December 2012 20:26, by James Maker Akok

    President Kiir,
    President Kiir, don’t let be fool by Enemy to push our brothers and our sisters Nubians people onto enemy hand, even if Nubians people are going to make peace with North Sudan Government they will be still our people because we have life connection with Nubians people.

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  • 22 December 2012 21:51, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Juba City,you are Arab slave Child, SPLA/M is African liberation movement. Land that is native to African indigenous, must be liberated by SPLA. Kiir does not have power to stop SPLA to liberate Sudanese. He is not the person that has to stop liberation for his own people extinct on Earth. It mean he surrender Africa land to Middle East Settlers. Mighty Nile tribes, will claim thier land soon

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  • 3 April 2013 11:39, by stefan

    The weakening economic situation in sudan must be excrutiating now, given the mood and tempo the Mundukurus are expediting in somewhat cordial liquidy
    fashion the agreements. I seriousely doubt as to whether Juba has accepted to disarm SPLA/N, since it was the fundamental issue stopping the restarting of oil transit through sudan.

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