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January 21, 2013 (KHARTOUM/JUBA) – Members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will on Tuesday hold consultations on relations between Sudan and South Sudan, in accordance with resolution 2046 adopted on 2 May 2012.

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Hervé Ladsous, the under-secretary-general for peacekeeping is likely to brief the meeting which will focus on the recent round of negotiations between the two countries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 12-19 January.

The African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) said the two parties discussed security issues, the establishment of the Abyei administration, and the adoption of a matrix to facilitate the implementation of a range of agreements between the two.

The main issue in the agreements, reached in September last year, focuses on operationalisation of the buffer zone and a timetable to implement all the agreed issues, including the exportation of South Sudanese oil.

In a communiqué issued at end of the Joint Political and Security Mechanism (JPSM) meeting on Saturday, the AUHIP said both Sudan and South Sudan had made “substantial progress”, although the parties themselves appeared less convinced that significant positive steps had been made.

The two parties, it added, adopted a detailed and time-bound implementation matrix covering all security issues; a matrix for processing security-related complaints and concerns of the parties, which is already in use, as well as the speedy establishment of the Safe Demilitarised Border Zone (SDBZ).

According to the Thabo Mbeki-led panel, the JPSM also agreed to operationalise the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM). The meeting reportedly identified the location of the JBVMM’s temporary headquarters in Kadugli, in South Kordofan, as well as sector headquarters to be located in each country.

“The JPSM also agreed to request the United Nations to increase the number of military personnel in the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), providing protection for JBVMM border monitors,” the AUHIP statement said.

At the meeting, the two parties also reportedly declared they have withdrawn all forces from the disputed border areas to either side of the SDBZ centre line, while the JPSM, it added, held constructive discussions on the demilitarisation of the so-called “14-mile” area, a section of the border controversially included as part of the buffer zone negotiated.

South Sudan, however, said it had not been able to agree with Sudan on how to operationalise the SDBZ, adding that Sudan had made new demands regarding its level of representation in the proposed Abyei Area Council.

In a statement released Monday, the Sudanese negotiating delegation accused Juba of hampering activation of the buffer zone by refusing to withdraw its troops fully from the “14-Mile” area, a portion of land claimed by both parties on the border between South Darfur and Northern Bahr El-Ghazal states.

Khartoum further claims that Juba refuses to disengage with the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) aand continues to harbour and support rebel groups despite South Sudanese commitments to sever ties.

On Abyei, the delegation said the disputed oil-producing region remains part of Sudanese territory up until the time of organising a referendum, thus they want to hold 50% of seats in the legislative council, stressing that in the past they accepted the 60% held by South Sudan because they were one country at the time and wanted to promote the idea of "attractive unity".

According to the AUHIP, representatives of both Sudan and South Sudan on the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) would hold a special meeting in the contested region on 30 January to deliberate on proposals relating to police services in the area.

The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan met in Addis Ababa from 4 to 5 January, where they agreed on the implementation of the buffer zone, as well as the establishment of Abyei institutions and the police force. They also directed a timetable be set for resumption of oil exportation.

They are due to meet again on the sidelines of an African Union summit to be held on 24 January.

However, instead of discussing the fate of the Abyei region and the organisation of the referendum they must seemingly decide personally on differences over Abyei parliament.

Both parties have also yet to reach a compromise on the pull-out of troops from “14-Mile” or set a date for the resumption of oil exportation from South Sudan through Sudan.

(ST)

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  • 22 January 2013 09:56, by william mawien

    Just arrest the criminal gay president of sudan and that is all

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    • 22 January 2013 13:36, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      UNSC,is hell accountable for what is taking place in the world because they are very slow in taking decission or action,all the suffering in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile and some parts in South Sudan UNSC are responsible for those suffering community.UN work for gain not for lost.
      What consultation they want again between South Sudan and sudan?
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  • 22 January 2013 09:59, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Khartoum are not trustworthy country,for me transporting Oil through Sudan should be stop,let us talk only on border issues and Abyei Admintration Plan.
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    • 22 January 2013 10:18, by Pif Paf

      U dont have to transport your oil via Khartoum no one is holding a gun to your head. Juba is the one thats not trustworthy, the fact that they signed CPA and now support splm-n is enough to show the evil in them and is a declaration of war. There are no trustworthy people on the battlefield.

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      • 22 January 2013 12:29, by zulu

        Pittied Pat,
        Do you hear us begging you to allow oil to fflow throuhg you? Is your name israel now? We are exporting our oil through LAPSAT. you may say, oh feed your people. Ourinlfation has deeped 21pc below. Yours is at 42pc. who is to feed its people?
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        • 22 January 2013 12:41, by Pif Paf

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      • 22 January 2013 15:55, by Chol

        Pif Paf, and who is under the table at the United Nation trying to convince the UNSC to begged South Sudan to transit its oil through Sudan? We in South Sudan don’t want our oil to be transit through Sudan in any way shape or form no matter who convince us.

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  • 22 January 2013 10:16, by william

    Consultaion consultation!!! UNSC was defeated by terrorist so, they have to stop this nonnsance gathering just allow south sudan to use airforces against criminal party in khartuom.

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      • 22 January 2013 13:08, by william

        You mistress when your criminal party closed the borders with south sudan last year it was you suffered traders from north slauhtered while trying to smuggle expired and adulterated commodities from your end to south. You were not feeding south during more than two decades of civil war still we had fucked you and your ass till accepted CPA. lIAR TERRORIST.

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      • 22 January 2013 21:37, by Chol

        Master’s wife, you probably have no idea that the bank that was used to feed the entire Sudan was shut-down in South Sudan. Guess who has the keys for the bank? South Sudanese; the idea that South Sudanese can’t feed themselves is funny.

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    • 22 January 2013 11:21, by Tutbol

      So the UN is going to start its experimented govt on the Sudans? This SDZS nonsense has nothing to do with the two armies remaining where they are today, while their principals continue to negotiate for the final solutions. But AUHIP guys with their coaches from the UN World’s govt created un neccessary hurdle so that the UN brings in another its troops into the two countries.

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      • 22 January 2013 11:42, by Tutbol

        The UN is so out of touch that it doesn’t know it troops are so unpopular & not really wanted by the Sudanese. Whoever from our negotiating team that accepted the SDZS crap from the AUHIPs is the dumbest & shouldn’t be allowed in any further negotiations. Our govt & its negotiating team seem to be not keen on what the UN is really after concerning S Sudan & N Sudan! Stop this UN crap pliz.

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        • 22 January 2013 12:03, by Tutbol

          Okay after safe demilitarised zones by the UN troops as it is so wish by our wise AUHIPs leaders & their UN’s govt, what next? This is the same UN govt trick, where it deploys troops that won’t go back to their countries & our govt is so naive not to see the game behind the UN world’s governance. Be they Ethiopians, asians or Europeans UN troops, their continued deployment in S Sudan is not needed

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