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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

December 28, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA/KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s president, Omer Al-Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir, will meet in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the spokesperson of the ministry of foreign affairs, Dina Mufti, has confirmed to Sudan Tribune.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (Getty)

The two leaders’ decision to engage in a fresh round of talks comes after the new Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, visited the capitals of Sudan and South Sudan where he met the leaders of the two countries as part of the efforts to push ahead the peace process between the two neighbours.

"The Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to meet in Addis Ababa and the two leaders expected to arrive here on Friday next week," said Mufti.

However the official Sudanese news agency SUNA reported on Friday evening that the Ethiopian Prime Minister has extended an invitation to presidents Bashir and Kiir to meet in Addis Ababa on 13 January.

Juba and Khartoum singed nine agreements in Addis Ababa on 27 September, aiming to normalising their relationship after the independence of the South Sudan, following accusations of support to rebel groups and tense clashes over Heglig .

However the two parties did not implement the security arrangements after their failure to narrow the gaps between their positions on how to deal with the Sudanese rebels in Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

On the other hand the two parties failed to meet over Abyei referendum as provided in a decisions of the African Union Peace and Security Council calling on the two sides to reach a compromise over a proposal the mediation had made.
Mufti said the two sides will discuss ways of implementing the previously signed agreements and the issue of the final status of Abyei area.

Mufti stressed that the issues of Blue Nile and South Korodfan states where Khartoum accuses Juba of supporting insurgencies will be high on the agenda at the summit.

The Blue Nile and South Kordofan states are believed to have been prime obstacles to implementing the cooperation agreement between the two countries but Mufti said he hopes that the two leaders will make a breakthrough over their differences during the presidential summit in Addis Ababa.

"There is equally goodwill between the two sides and we highly believe to witness a fruit full outcome from the upcoming summit," Mufti emphasised.

After meeting Bashir and Kiir, Desalegn said that both have assured him of their commitment to engage in substantive consultations during the presidential summit, to end the standoff on implementing the peace agreements.

Ethiopia has played a crucial role to facilitate the resolution of the outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan.

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  • 29 December 2012 06:57, by George Bol

    It’s clear that Sudan do not want to implement all agreement signed including the outstanding issues in the CPA.Sudan insisted talking about SPLM-N to be disarm by SPLM and leave behind all the issues that two countries should be talking about.Sudan is always say yes but latter say no-this is their xteristics

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    • 29 December 2012 07:14, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      The really Dinka is back, so bad for nyagaeen right now, how you all doing accepted nyagaeen?
      I should change my name to anti nyagaeen, by now,

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      • 29 December 2012 14:35, by bianaathling

        To Dinka Warrior,
        for sure your not a real dinka.Really dinkas donot speak like that against their enemies if you take naath as your enemies.I think your mental positive attitude(PMA) has problem seriously.what is the connection between Nyagaatni and the Presidential summit in A/A?stop writing useless comments about this article.you really need to grow up again

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  • 29 December 2012 07:02, by william

    Ethiopian are siding with Khartuom even blind can see and deaf can ear. Who tell them that the worldwide known criminal will listen to them? can there be a fruitful talk of relation while innocent civilian being bombarding by the same Khartuom? definitely No. Therefore, he who needs peace to prevail between this two nations must seek on how to hand the wanted criminal to ICC. Otherwise.
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    • 29 December 2012 08:11, by bakuluk

      you are absolutely right if Bashir keep bombarding innocent civilian,and no action from Government of Southern Sudan that mean we no longer have government, we just have freaky show. and we no longer have one Nation under Spla either, we are under Satan seriously.

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  • 29 December 2012 07:16, by william

    Whenever meeting with Khartuom was planned, they prepare for attacks so the mighty SPLA forces must bear that fate in mind in all time. The bribed Thabo Mabeki will pressurize Salva to accept the disarment of north sudan rebels this the only thing we are expecting out of upcoming summit.

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    • 29 December 2012 08:40, by zulu

      Folks, the fake black african brothers of ours who think they are arabs are finished. despite this meeting going ahead, Kiir will likely scoff off the entire agenda and work on building the ethiopia, kenya and south sudaan pipe line. ethiopia desperately needs the oil money too.

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      • 29 December 2012 08:49, by zulu

        Very good for Juba not to abondone Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains. That could also be extended to include Darfur since it is this main regime that continues to inflict inhumane acts of terror. That cannot be allowed to continue. these fake goons should decease barbaric actions towards innoncent lives.

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  • 29 December 2012 09:51, by Nyakuzuny

    it is very impossible meeting , and the two Leaders will not make the good decision about this Agreement will fail gain , for what we was know any Peace Agreement in Addis Ababa was failled.this Peace Agreement is just like playing moneys without programme, I think there is No any others Programme to benefiting us.

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  • 29 December 2012 12:04, by Lecture

    It is good for the two leaders to come in to comprehensive conclusion on remaining out standing issues in that schedule presidential summit rather than making South Sudan as a place of world business; where Bashir was always fooling the world with Liar agreements without implementation.

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  • 29 December 2012 13:06, by panchol

    This is an other plan made by Luti Bashir. Let’s prepare for the war Arab Jalleen think so much will be the best. Bashir still put in his mind that he is president of Greater Sudan while salva Kiir is his vice president.lol hahahaha. Sudan does not belongs to Arab Jalleen. lol hahahaha lol.

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  • 29 December 2012 15:37, by jwok

    Mr. President Salva Kiir Mayardit , the President Omer Al-Bashir is wasting our time and resources he’s not committed, please stop this addis ababa meeting

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    • 30 December 2012 05:10, by Ommar Bashir

      Talking to settle outstanding issues is not a problem but S.Sudan should look around for now before oil goes through Northern Sudan. This is a time for economic war. This is a new nation; it doesn’t have resources. Therefore official should open their eyes since oil path become a battle of negotiation.
      CPA issues are still, there is no way of Northern Sudan keep talking about border security.

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