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Sudan accused of “reneging” on cooperation agreement


January 21, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan this week accused the government of neighbouring Sudan of reneging on a deal signed in September 2012, claiming that its withdrawal of troops from border areas demonstrated its willingness to fully implement the pact without raising preconditions.

The South Sudanese minister of defence, John Kong Nyuon, told reporters last Monday upon his return from of Addis Ababa, that Khartoum continues to make impossible demands in an apparent bid to “backtrack” on international efforts to resolve outstanding issues.

“Khartoum demands that the security arrangement be done first which we accepted, but their thinking and interpretation of the security arrangements seems to be different,” he said.

Nyuon says while his government prioritises the implementation of the Safe Demilitarised Border Zone (SDBZ) and the implementation of the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM), Khartoum is pushing for the disarmament of the rebel Sudanese People’s Liberations Movement-North (SPLM-N)

Nyuon said Sudan’s position is in contrary to the position of the United Nations and other regional bodies, including the African Union (AU), who have recognised that the SPLM-N has a political case that needs solution.

The minister added that the conflict between Khartoum and the rebel group is “an internal matter” and “nothing to do with us”. He further asserted the SPLM-N rebels are “a separate entity operating under a different command and in the territory of a different state”.

Sudanese defence minister Abdel-Rahim Hussein says Juba will not discuss its support to SPLM-N rebels, who are active in the Sudanese border states Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

The international community has also called on South Sudan to distance itself from the rebel group and encourage efforts for a peaceful settlement to their plight.

Juba continues to deny providing any support to its former allies who fought alongside the South during a protracted civil war with the north.

Nyuon maintains his government broke ties with their former comrades immediately after the new nation was born, after winning its independence from Sudan in July 2011.

“The SPLM-N is negotiating with Sudan directly because it is an independent entity. It has no ties with us. The international community knows this but Khartoum continue to think that we should disarm the SPLM-N. This is impossible because there is no grounds and we have repeatedly told them no,” he said.

Agreements signed by both governments last September regarding security, border demarcation and the final status of the disputed Abyei Area have yet to be fully implemented. The situation has caused a stalemate between the two countries, with Khartoum refusing to accept passage of South Sudan’s oil flows through its territories.

Nyuon said the South Sudanese government has sent a letter to the AU communicating its official response to claims made by Sudan that they were harbouring and providing assistance to the rebel group and re-affirming its readiness to discuss the Joint Political Security Mechanism (JPSM).

The mediation team adjourned the talks in the Ethiopian capital between the neighbouring states until mid-February after the two sides failed to forge an agreement on a wide range of security and border issues.

Besides the disagreement over the SPLM-N issue, Khartoum accused Juba of proposing to partially withdraw its troops from the “Mile 14” area which is claimed by both sides.

Nyuon said the establishment of the SDBZ 10km on either side of a temporary non-binding line, covering five disputed areas as outlined in the Addis Ababa Cooperation Agreement signed on 27 September was one the issues the two sides could not reach a compromise on.

“Without demilitarisation, it will be difficult to fulfill the provisions in the September agreement which require bilateral cooperation, particularly those concerning cross-border petroleum operations,” he said.

In November 2011, the AU presented a map that placed a strip of land known as the Munroe-Wheatley area, or “Mile 14”, south of Bahr el-Arab on South Sudan’s side of the demilitarised zone.

The area will now be jointly administered by local authorities on both sides of the border: the Rizeigat Arabs in the north and the Dinka Malwal in the south.

However, the governor of the Northern Bahr el Ghazal state in South Sudan, says he will not concede “an inch” of the so-called “Mile 14” area to the north.


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  • 24 January 2013 07:00, by Chol

    Sudan is showing pinheaded defiance that’s going to gain them nothing in any way shape or form. At the end of the day; Sudan is not going to gain an inch in Abyei, Panthou and all other disputed territories. If Sudan lost South Sudan, it means all of its territories go with it.

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  • 24 January 2013 07:04, by zulu


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    • 24 January 2013 11:22, by zulu

      BREAKING NEWS. DARFUR REBELS DECLARE SELF DETERMINATION AS A NEW PAGE TO RESOLVE DEEP SEATED POLITICAL INSTABILITY IN SUDAN. ALSO, Tambor confirmed that the movement’s forces seized full control of the military base, indicating that they seized large quantities of arms and guns that were in the military base.

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      • 24 January 2013 11:23, by zulu

        SRF’s military spokesman, Mustafa Tambor, said that the attack on the base occurred on Friday afternoon, pointing out that his forces managed to seize Bardi military base without any resistance from Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and half governmental forces in the base surrendered and the other escaped.

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        • 24 January 2013 13:50, by Jalaby

          You Kenyan boy,
          you’ve no right to put your nose in south Sudan issues let alone north (Sudan) issues, what sponger boy?!!!!
          By the way, who are you going to vote for in the Kenyan coming election? Odinga or Kibaki?!!!!

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          • 24 January 2013 21:26, by Chol

            Jalaby, we all know our colleague “Zulu” is a South Sudanese, you don’t tell us who is a South Sudanese and who is not; we as South Sudanese will tell you who is not a South Sudanese. So, you’re the last person to tell us who is not one of us. No one elected you here in South Sudan as a foreign advisor. Please, play your inanity somewhere else!

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  • 24 January 2013 07:12, by Jalaby

    I told you those people are nothing but completely visionless!!
    Just look into south Sudan country now after just one year and half since separated from Sudan and you can see how they moved the south into a mess, a piece of hell that lack for security and full of conflict and hatred, very starving despite of well quantity of oil in the ground!! what brainless people?!

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    • 24 January 2013 07:21, by Jalaby

      Negotiation with this kind of sick mentality people is nothing but wasting time and like running infinite loop that has no break or exit,you know why?
      I’ll tell,the south now is not being ruled by one person (the president) but by three different "center of power" that have completely different view and agenda:
      1. SPLA generals
      2. Dinka Ngok group
      3. Salva Kiir group

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      • 24 January 2013 07:26, by Jalaby

        Each one of these groups has its own view and thought that completely different from the other group, Salva Kiir group is considered to be the weakest point in the circle and any agreement that he signs with AlBashir will never be implemented and remains just an ink on the paper unless the other two groups approved it and that explains why Salva Kiir couldn’t

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        • 24 January 2013 07:32, by Jalaby

          implement the last agreement that he signed with AlBashir in Addis Ababa because both Dinka Ngok group didn’t approve it because they want Abyei problem to be resolved first within their view only, SPLA generals didn’t approve it either because it will intersect with their interest in the south and majority of them (if not all) are corrupted people!!

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          • 24 January 2013 07:42, by Jalaby

            Comparing Salva Kiir to Dr John Garang, this will give us completely different story, Garang had the charismatic personality, very intellectual, had very strong presence, decision maker and had the ability to impose his view and thought over his opponents and can handle and amazingly live with contradictions with no problem!

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            • 24 January 2013 07:50, by Jalaby

              Mr. Kiir lacks for all of the mentioned above,and that’s the main obstacle in the south, he can’t exercise and use his full authorization as a president and impose his thought,remember,Garang never prepared him as his successor and the opposite is correct, before his death,he optioned Mr. Kiir to choose between being his VP in SPLM or only SPLA commander in Chief

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              • 24 January 2013 07:56, by Jalaby

                but can’t be both together in the same time and that led to great discordance between the two men at that time when Mr. Kiir stayed in Yei city with his troop and refused to negotiate with Mr. Garang and put his trust in Riek Machar only as fair mediator between them!
                Do you guys remember SPLA/M conference in Rumbiek city in 2004 just before CPA?

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                • 24 January 2013 08:00, by Jalaby

                  That conference was amazing, it was mainly between the two groups inside SPLA/M: 1. Dinka Bor, 2. Dinka Gogrial & Bahr el Ghazal in general, fighting over who should gain the upper hand inside SPLA/M!
                  I remember at that conference, SPLA/M-N were the guests in that meeting just watching without opening their mouths with one word, not a single word!!!!

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                  • 24 January 2013 10:19, by Paul Ongee

                    Ya Northern Banaat/Jalaby,
                    Why do you focus your ambiguous answers mainly on economic issues facing the politically and economically deformed Sudan? Please, read my comment carefully, comprehend it and try your level best to make the unbiased comment that resonates with readers. OK? Here we go.

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                    • 24 January 2013 10:21, by Paul Ongee

                      Do you really remember whenever you go to sleep/Mosque that Sudan is a multicultural society that does not need Sharia law but requires realistic political panacea/reform NOT autocracy and competitive interpretation of Quran to stay in power and govern it?

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                      • 24 January 2013 10:22, by Paul Ongee

                        Why does Khartoum sign agreements or whatever you call it AAA-1972/CPA-2005/CA-2012 but uses delay tactics, as usual, to dishonor/reneges on them and ostensibly sets illusive preconditions for implementation that disengage with Mr. X because he is a political/military headache?

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                        • 24 January 2013 10:23, by Paul Ongee

                          Who signed CPA-2005 but failed, as usual, to make “unity attractive” and disappointedly wept bitter tears on July 9th, 2011 when Sudanese flag was lowered before world dignitaries? Who failed to implement “popular consultation” without considering the political implications?

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                          • 24 January 2013 10:24, by Paul Ongee

                            How many people are constantly getting arrested for continued political instability, failing to support the propaganda machine designed to renege on deals, ignore SPLM-N/SRF’s political rights, occupy disputed areas/Abyei instead of Halayib Triangle and steal South Sudan oil on the pretext of poor implementation of border security arrangement?

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                            • 24 January 2013 10:26, by Paul Ongee

                              Who is illiterate, sick, politically and economically hit hard here that his land (Abyei/Halayib Triangle) is militarily occupied in 1991 by a neighbor either in the North or South of Sudan? Who is illiterate, sick, politically and economically failing to get back the occupied land from Egypt?

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                              • 24 January 2013 10:26, by Paul Ongee

                                Is life the same in Khartoum in particular and Sudan at large following July 9th, 2011? If you cannot get back your mineral-rich Halayib Triangle from Egypt, how can you dream of occupying the resource-rich disputed areas along the N-S border including Abyei to supplement your struggling economy?

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                                • 24 January 2013 10:27, by Paul Ongee

                                  If your 120/140 bpd of oil is insufficiently flowing through the pipeline, where do you expect the other lost 75% of oil revenue to come from and be stolen to plug the economic gaping hole? Why South Sudan’s forex is still constantly lower relative to depreciating Sudanese pounds?

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                                  • 24 January 2013 10:28, by Paul Ongee

                                    Do you have any idea about how many months left for Omer Al-Bashir to stay in power to see the downward spiraling economy and explosive political turmoil on his watch before finally opting for suicide mission with a neighbor or taken to ICC for committing war crimes?

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                                    • 24 January 2013 10:29, by Paul Ongee

                                      What do you think Omer Hassan Al-Bashir and his cronies will decide to shun this catastrophic phenomenon? Does Omer Al-Bashir believe in Sadam Hussein-Ben Ali-Muamar Gadhaffi-Hosni Mubarak-Bashar Assad’s way of failing to listen to the voice of change? Step down/get dethroned without legacy? The choice is his.

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                                      • 24 January 2013 10:30, by Paul Ongee

                                        Do you think Ben Ali’s way of fleeing to Saudi Arabia, taking with him millions of US dollars/gold, currently in production, worth millions of dollars or responding positively to political demands is wise? For how long do you think Omar Hassan Al-Bashir will be allowed to continue shuttling to Addis with impunity?

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                                        • 24 January 2013 18:16, by Matol

                                          Thanks you Paul. this is a real good response to Jalaba. some of our people in this website don’t even know what they write sometime, but we need to response like what you did.

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                  • 24 January 2013 22:19, by Observer

                    Why do you think you are qualified to comment on S Suda issues?
                    You are the first to tell S Sudanese on here to not comment on our issues but you feel that you should comment on S Sudan and its issues.
                    That is the problem with the likes of you- you think that you are superior even to the rest of us Sudanese.

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            • 24 January 2013 08:05, by Wek Kawaja

              Jalaby jalaby jalaby, plz shut ur dirty mouth n stop talkin abt s.sudan y can u talk on ur national crimanal party what the r doin like tribal cleansin in blue nile,sk nm u fake ass arabs dont get it at all. n stop mentionin Dr Garang no more coz this is the timf u realize he is a good man coz he dont exist no more.

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            • 24 January 2013 08:07, by Wek Kawaja

              Jalaby jalaby jalaby, plz shut ur dirty mouth n stop talkin abt s.sudan y can u talk on ur national crimanal party what the r doin like tribal cleansin in blue nile,sk nm u fake ass arabs dont get it at all. n stop mentionin Dr Garang no more coz this is the timf u realize he is a good man coz he dont exist no more.

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            • 24 January 2013 09:42, by Nuer Empire

              Jallaby:It is a shame to leave your true-to-type and go under asshole shits of Arabs.What a shameful behaviour though you may claim yourself as being wise,intellectul..!! Why do you opt to talk of insects’ affairs? E jin dhool ka ney tee lat Ngundeng ke i tiema ni ney tia ka Khartoum Bari ni ti bi rol ro rit ke ke.E jin ram kel thin.As was cited by Ngundeng that he was worried of the boys at......

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              • 24 January 2013 09:48, by Nuer Empire

                Ngundeng cited once a time that he was worried of the life of some boys residing Khartoum Bari in which Rol/Arabs will turn away with them! You are one of them under their asshole there.Lenyi ni ha ke luom wutni kene hoo baa ji le lom ke yiou!
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          • 25 January 2013 00:43, by PT92

            It is just matter of less than 24hrs before you hear the out come from Addis Ababa and the choice is yours. You either take it or leave it. After that you guys have one more chance. "The out come of next African body vote" If I was you; I wouldn’t celebrate or cheer before that vote. One more thing! "If you can’t sum up all your points in one paragraph you must be a pinhead or caveman"

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      • 24 January 2013 07:49, by Chol

        Jalaby, when did you become a political advisor in South Sudan to tell us how to govern? Didn’t anybody tells you South Sudan is now a foreign country? Tell your own country how to govern itself not South Sudan.

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  • 24 January 2013 07:13, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    The south sudan negociators should be more careful with Khartoum in this security arrangement first,how can you disarmed SPLA-N,since Khartoum has violented their protocal in the CPA for their right,let them also experience the behaviour of rebels.

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  • 24 January 2013 07:15, by master

    disarm these thugs means to take heavy arms back to south not means you sign a paper say we have no ties with them
    ful stop

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    • 24 January 2013 07:49, by zulu

      Mistrees sweet pussy and Jalaby
      Disarm your rebels. Second, 50 something yrs of existense witnessed sudan in turmoil, tribal wars continue with ferocity against blacks. UN reports over 100000 displaced in Darfur alone besides the many refugees fleeing into south sudan from NMs, BN and eastern sudan. these are happening right after ss secession;

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    • 24 January 2013 09:03, by mohamed mahgoub

      These heavy arms r captured from SAF still with number plates on them why don’t u go there with ur janjaweed & jihadists to claim them instead of begging another country’ s army to do it for u loool

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      • 24 January 2013 11:04, by zulu

        Thank you Mahgoub
        Infact, just last friday, these pusy cats were overan at another baracks in Darfur by the El Nuri group who capture many heavey arms. these cowards were fighting south sudan using the Nuba, For and some ss like Matip.By themselves, they are pusy cats, crying during war, Allah in the hole. they think ss will be used to achieve they aim, No

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      • 24 January 2013 13:21, by Nuer Empire

        Yes Janjaweeds are nasty terrorists in Sudan!

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  • 24 January 2013 07:18, by Wek Kawaja

    There nothin like accusation here, the thugs of the national criminal party never want peace in the 1st place if u dont notice, they will be comin up wit demands that r impossible 2 implement. not even an inch 2 be given this thugs. this thugs in khartoum r jz a curse 2 the south sudanese if not eliminated emmidiately.

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  • 24 January 2013 09:15, by PT92

    It is just matter of less than 24hrs before you hear the out come from Addis Ababa and the choice is yours. You either take it or leave it. After that you guys have one more chance. "The out come of next African body vote" If I was you; I wouldn’t celebrate or cheer before that vote. One more thing! "If you can’t sum up all your points in one paragraph you must be a pinhead or caveman"

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  • 19 May 2013 02:11, by andy.senth@gmail.com

    I think this is a false accusation, for those whop are seeking to blame Sudan in everything. South Sudan has got its independence, they should not have anymore complaints!
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    • 19 May 2013 02:12, by andy.senth@gmail.com

      I think this is a false accusation, for those whop are seeking to blame Sudan in everything. South Sudan has got its independence, they should not have anymore complaints!
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