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Ethiopian Prime Minister visits Juba for talks with President Kiir


December 27, 2012 (JUBA) – The new Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn visited Juba, the South Sudan’s capital Thursday where he held a closed door meeting with President Salva Kiir in the state house.

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Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, pictured on August 17, 2012 (AFP)

The visit was the first of its kind by the new Ethiopian Prime Minister since he took office about five months ago when he replaced the former Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, who died of illness.

Before he flew to Juba, Desalegn was in Khartoum where he held talks with President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir over the staled implementation of the Addis Ababa cooperation agreements signed by Khartoum and Juba on 27 September.

In a statement to the press after the meeting, south ruling party (SPLM) Secretary General, Pagan Amum said the Ethiopian Prime Minister came to Juba to try to “remove the obstacles” hindering the implementation of the cooperation agreements with Sudan.

Following his visit to Khartoum last week to try to come to terms with his Khartoum counterparts, Amum, also South Sudan’ lead negotiator in the African Union sponsored talks in Addis Ababa with Sudan, regretted the new intransigent position Khartoum had adopted by renegotiating and refusing to implement the agreements including the resumption of oil flow.

He urged his country to not only dwell on the fate of the cooperation agreements, but also look for implementation of other alternative routes through which to transport the oil from South Sudan to the international market.

However following the Thursday meeting with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Amum sounded optimistic that the new approach to organize a summit soon between the president Bashir and Kiir may bear fruits and revive the implementation of the cooperation agreements.

The Sudanese president stated yesterday his readiness to meet with his South Sudan counterpart everywhere and at anytime. However, it is not clear whether Bashir will come to Juba or the meeting will be held in Addis Ababa or Khartoum.


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  • 28 December 2012 09:06, by EES Kingmaker

    The only obstacle to remove is Khartoum instranisgent position in re-negotiating some areas in Cooperation Agreement. Allowing Khartoum to use old tricks will keep unstable as a government and poor as citizens. It is time to break this evil cycle of plans Khartoum as bargaining chips for years. Stop their dirty gimmicks and prepare for any eventuality.

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    • 30 December 2012 19:24, by Johndumo14

      Al Bashir must not gamble with his life if he comes to Juba.People are ready to arests him or to kill him!!
      1-He is a thief and a liar!!
      2-He is killer!! He raped youg girls 5 yrs old.
      3-He has imprisoned many inocent people in and accross the country-
      4-He displaced a lot people in Abyei
      5-He ordered his army tom south sudan as we spech now.
      The securities agnts must kill him in Juba

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  • 28 December 2012 09:23, by Aarai Baka

    Meeting between Kiir n Omar Bashir must have to be held in Kampala Uganda or Kenya. Addis Ababa meeting become a fruitless meeting with no implementation or honor of meeting.

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    • 28 December 2012 10:00, by EES Kingmaker

      The problem in the next Kiir-Bashir talks is not the venue but Khartoum political will to see the truth as it appears. In any talks if the white is not in the interest of Khartoum, it will insist that the colour presented is black. Khartoum multiple-shifting positions will not make any agreement survive in our lifetime. We must adopt tougher measures with boldness we have in our own disposal.

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      • 28 December 2012 10:46, by Ommar Bashir

        CPA agreements are not done Sudan should not talk about the border security. No security without definite border.

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  • 28 December 2012 11:24, by Nyakuzuny

    Dear South Sudanese ! we have avery strong Coop. B/N Ethiopia And South Sudanese ,this former Prime Minister Hailemariam is good man but tell your president Salva that , Stoping Killing of Ethiopia People In Juba for those who are criminals, and for this peace Agreement with Sudan and South Sudan will not be Agree I Blieve Ethiopia is our Good Nieghbouring Country but let us making the good coop.

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    • 29 December 2012 01:11, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

      I hope you understood the content of the article! What let you brought up the killing of Ethiopian in Juba? We supposed to put first the future of our country rather than the individual interest, I mysel; am opposing that peace, because Khartoum is not there for peace. But, we south Sudanese are so dumb. We call our enemy friends, while call our friends enemy.

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  • 28 December 2012 16:22, by James Maker Akok

    Talking with North Sudan Government for oil pipeline is the wasting times and wasting money without solution. Is better for South Sudan Government to construct oil pipeline to Kenya port now whether it’s a lot of money it will give us benefit in the futures.

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  • 28 December 2012 17:33, by Wolleyewu

    Official visit of this puppet PM to sudan is worth nothing. We,Ethiopians are indifferent to the internal affairs of notories Sudan which claims our land along the border and bribing the aparthide regime officials in Ethiopia.Let them go down to hell. Who cares. Its none of our bussiness may be for Woyanees/Ethiopian rulers yes it could be their prime concern.

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