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January 5, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA/KHARTOUM) - Sudanese and South Sudanese presidents will start talks Saturday over the implementation of a security deal after separate meetings with the Ethiopian Prime Minister and the African Union chief mediator in Addis Ababa.

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President Salva Kiir (L), Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn (C) and the chief mediator Thabo Mbeki (R) meet in Addis Ababa on January 4, 2013. (Getty)

The main purpose of this presidential summit is to bridge the gaps between the positions of the two negotiating teams in the joint political and security committee which failed to agree on how to deal with the rebels’ issue in their talks over the implementation of security arrangements.

The meeting also will discuss the organization of a referendum in Abyei. Khartoum rejects a proposal made by the African mediation and backed by the AU Peace and Security Council providing to hold the decisive vote over the fate of the disputed area in October of this year.

Further, the fresh accusations of bombing inside the South Sudanese territory shed light on the third hot issue of disputed border areas which will also to be tackled by the two presidents, as Khartoum speaks about a Sudanese territory occupied by the South Sudanese forces.

As planned the two presidential delegations arrived in the Ethiopian capital on Friday where they held in the afternoon separately with the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and the head of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Thabo Mbeki.

Desalegn and Mebki discussed the agenda of the talks in their separate meetings with the two presidents, but no information filtered out after the two meetings.

The official Sudanese news agency SUNA said the summit will discuss steps to speed up the implementation of the Security Agreement, giving an indication about the Sudanese position on the agenda of the talks.

Following the meetings, it was announced that Bashir and Kiir will meet on Saturday 5 January instead of Friday.

However, Reuters reported that the two leaders met alone late on Friday night without any confirmation from another source.

Khartoum demands that Juba disengage with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North rebels who fight the Sudanese army in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.

Every time Sudanese official speak about the Cooperation Agreement, they hint to the security deal and Juba commitment, as they say, to end its support to the Sudanese rebels, stressing it is a necessary step before allowing the export of South Sudanese oil through its territory or to hold talks with the SPLM-N.

From his side, South Sudanese top negotiator, Pagan Amum, made pessimistic statements to reporters in Addis Ababa. He expressed doubts that the summit will yield any substantial progress.

He went on to further reiterate South Sudan’s determination to bring the disputes before the international arbitration to resolve it peacefully.

The international court of justice, however, requires the two parties consent to arbitration, as it was to delimit Abyei border.

The Cooperation Agreement the two presidents signed on on 27 September 2012 is composed of nine deals including the resumption of South Sudanese oil exports through Sudan and setting up a demilitarized zone along their disputed border.

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  • 5 January 2013 08:36, by George Bol

    What would happened if Bashier government bomb the South? and what would occur when they said yes and latter dont implemented it?. Why Khartoum attempt to disarm SPLA-North in the first place?

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    • 5 January 2013 10:55, by Johndumo14

      Why Bashir travels to Addis Ababa to meet Salva Kiir?
      Is this ths same bashir Who said he only talk with bullets and guns.And he went as far saying THE SPLA leadership is insects.Why he wants to meet and insect leader now or mosquito leader? If it is me in my heart, i will never talk to these type of idiots.It is like negotiating with a MAD GUY!! SALVA KIIR MUST WAIT FOR A NEW SUDAN`S LEADER.

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    • 5 January 2013 10:56, by Logic

      Bashir is a tyrant, dictator, fundamentalist, racist & religious bigot! He’s also the commander in chief of a pussycat militia (SAF) which loves killing its own people.
      I doubt very much this summit will yield anything positive (but in words), sadly Kiir is not living up to expectations either. Bad situation.

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      • 5 January 2013 11:03, by Ahmed Chol

        To them, those who don’t know the NCP and Arabs of Sudan, these people don’t understand anything except military force. Not mediations or sanctions. With the weak leader like Kiir, the Border problem will never be solved. They will try to annex some southern oil fields to the north by force.
        All we need in South Sudan constitution is TERM LIMIT. Otherwise we will have war during elections.

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        • 5 January 2013 11:11, by Ahmed Chol

          TERM LIMIT: A maximum of two terms is good for South Sudan. This ensures that a president rules for a maximum of 8 or 10 years. This gives other tribes chance and ensures that the country doesn’t descends into military dictatorship with fake cover up elections for democracy. This ensures that the country doesn’t get stuck with a weak leader. If not done as I said here, then there is no future.

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          • 5 January 2013 11:18, by Ahmed Chol

            Without a term limit, then Dinka tribe will be viewed by other tribes as the 2nd Arabs [or a problem] in the south, ruling all the time without tangible benefits for everybody in the country. Our odds for success are minimal when analyzed. Only careful unbiased great minds can pull this country out the abyss of chaos it is descending into.

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    • 5 January 2013 11:00, by jwok

      Dear , Bol
      you’re right in this point, what we’re expecting is that Bashir will agree on the proposed security arrangement in Addis Ababa ,but once he reached Khartoum , believe me Sudanese plane will start bombarding South Sudan Territory and our government plus UN will condemn the attack
      let us focus on how to protect and secure our land and our people from Bashir regime bombardmen

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      • 5 January 2013 11:03, by Paul Ongee

        Don’t you know that Khartoum is awarding PhD in lying to the NCP-led government officials? Khartoum is basically obsessed with dishonoring agreements no matter how you brand it (CPA/Cooperation).

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        • 5 January 2013 11:04, by Paul Ongee

          NCP is frustrated to the point the world cannot imagine. That is why it can easily resort to indiscriminate bombing of civilians in South Sudan territory and in disputed areas, closing border with the conviction that it can survive economically without selling its expired/poisonous commodities to South Sudan.

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          • 5 January 2013 11:04, by Paul Ongee

            The security issue that Khartoum is singing about in UN/AU-sponsored summit in Addis Ababa is pure nonsense. SPLM-N is based in the North and is operating in the Northern territory; it has its legitimate rights right from CPA of 2005. How can Khartoum fool the whole world that it cannot recognize the political rights of SPLM-N/SRF and refuse to negotiate with SPLM-N.

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            • 5 January 2013 11:05, by Paul Ongee

              Khartoum is pumping its oil daily without any security issues that it claims. Demilitarized zones can be established in those disputed areas, border can be demarcated, outstanding issues can be resolved peacefully and oil production in the South Sudan oil fields can be resumed without any security issues that Khartoum wants the whole world to focus its attention on other than other issues.

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              • 5 January 2013 11:05, by Paul Ongee

                What can Juba and UNMISS who have seen Khartoum plane dropping military support in broad daylight to the renegade David Yau Yau in Jonglei State say about security issues in South Sudan or sing about it in Addis Ababa so that it becomes a priority in any summit?

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                • 5 January 2013 11:06, by Paul Ongee

                  David Yau Yau is based in South Sudan, supported by Khartoum and is operating in South Sudan and it’s the responsibility of South Sudan Government to deal with it whether it affects economic survival of South Sudan or not. Khartoum knows that David Yau Yau is planted to disrupt development in South Sudan but has no any rights or capacity to topple the government in Juba.

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                  • 5 January 2013 11:06, by Paul Ongee

                    SPLM-N/SRF can do that in Khartoum with/out support from Juba. Khartoum is, however, holding all outstanding issues hostage on the grounds that security issues must be solved first though it keeps pumping its oil safely. Khartoum does not want to hear anybody say anything about recognition of SPLM-N/SRF, the weakness of AU and international community to ask why---is taken as advantage by Khartoum.

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                    • 5 January 2013 11:15, by Paul Ongee

                      All oustanding issues cannot be held hostage with impunity by Khartoum on the false grounds of security issues. Khartoum has its rights to deny the mediation efforts of Juba to resolve its security issues but should NEVER point its bloody finger at Juba at any summit whether in Addis or else where.

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    • 5 January 2013 12:49, by koriom

      Bashiir and Ciir usually go to Addis Ababa for cup of tea.
      They are all failures in leadership!!

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      • 5 January 2013 14:07, by Ayom Ayom

        Hi Koriom,
        President Kiir will remove you from this post Governor for Bank of South Sudan, he can you said he is a fail leader? Only Bashir who is a failure leader

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    • 8 January 2013 22:01, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      I pray to God Almighty that pres Kiir never signed more Miles 14 this.secondly i want our current deligations to includes communities,elders or pundits of whatever so called disputed/claims areas in South Sudan otherwise history will repeat itself upon us.South Sudan doesnt have an liability to disarms Splm-n or sudan must accept first BN and SK as disputed areas simply before Juba decide.

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  • 5 January 2013 11:05, by hamil

    All we need is a productive negotiation to benefit both parties. But we in the south should not be bullied by the African Union or our Norhern Counterparts into accepting agreements which are not in the interest of the people of South Sudan End of Story.

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  • 5 January 2013 11:11, by NO PEACE

    People of south sudan I think you don,t know what Bashir mean?
    Late me tell you what Bashir mean that Government of sALVA Kiir become corruption country and he know that all dinka tribe in south sudan are not fighters people.

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    • 5 January 2013 12:13, by EES Kingmaker

      No Peace,
      This is a cheap politics of confusion. Bashir Government is full of terrorists, dictators and thugs. That is why Bashir thinks being belligerent can help him escape problems at home as oppositions are directly on his neck. Will he escape angry opposition by fighting South Sudan and killing its innocent civilians?

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    • 5 January 2013 12:16, by Peacocktail

      Peace or FOOL, are u at the Border to confront NCP Murders? No Tribe in South Sudan is coward, it depend on the degree of the problem that should triger the sadness and Wars.South Sudan issues -war with Arab of NCP had goone deep in everyoe vein to finished this year alone.Syrian rebels are gaining ground while challenged by Government warplane, SPLA and SOutherners shall resist the bombing.No Agr

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  • 6 January 2013 02:15, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    i think uncle Kiir have nothing in his minded to lay on the table during his talk with Omer Hassen Bashire. Do not expect anything is right in this meeting. alway empty leader fail the people

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    The official Sudanese news agency SUNA said the summit will discuss steps to speed up the implementation of the Security Agreement, giving an indication about the Sudanese position on the agenda of the talks.Joey Atlas Cellulite

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