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Bashir and Kiir meet over stalled talks


January 24, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan will meet on Friday in Addis Ababa to discuss the implementation of a cooperation agreement they signed last September, following the failure of a recent round of talks between negotiating teams.

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President Omer Al-Bashir smiles after shaking hands with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir following a meeting in Addis Ababa, on 14 July 2012 (Getty)

The presidential meeting comes after a breakdown in the talks at the level of the joint political and security committee on the implementation of the buffer zone.

Khartoum says Juba refuses to pull its troops out of the disputed “Mile14” area, while the latter accused Sudan of seeking to add new provisions to the security arrangements to prevent Sudanese rebels from crossing into South Sudan.

President Omer Al-Bashir will meet his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit, the Sudan News Agency (SUNA) said on Thursday, adding that he will also address the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC), which will kick off on Friday.

The presidential meeting will also discuss the divergence on the formation of Abyei legislative council as the South Sudanese side wants 12 of the 20 seats as it was the case before the independence. But Khartoum refused the quest and demands 50% stressing they accepted the past situation to promote unity.

Unconfirmed reports say the AU mediation team will submit new proposals to the presidential meeting aiming to facilitate a comprehensive settlement on outstanding issues.

The AUPSC meeting will also discuss the stalemate in talks between Khartoum and Juba, and decide on whether to refer a proposal to organise a referendum on Abyei’s final status next October to the UN Security Council (UNSC).

The United States this week expressed its regret after the earlier failure of talks between the two countries, urging Khartoum to allow the exportation of South Sudanese oil, saying such a move would in turn encourage Juba to cooperate with Khartoum on “security interests”.

Washington also urged the Sudanese government to hold talks with the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) to address the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

However, Khartoum on Thursday refused international calls to enforce an agreement on oil exportation before disengagement between Juba and SPLM-N fighters.

Despite Western efforts, Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti said his country rejected implementing the oil agreement with South Sudan before the completion of security arrangements, stressing that such a move was “unacceptable”.

Speaking from Addis Ababa on Thursday after meetings with a number of African and foreign counterparts, he said that the two presidents had agreed at their last meeting to carry out the signed deals without new conditions and in a coordinated manner.

Karti also questioned why security arrangements were not coordinated with the opening of borders for trade, as well as the oil pipelines.

Speaking to African and foreign officials in Addis Ababa, he expressed Sudan’s hope that the meeting between the two presidents would help in the implementation of agreements and ensure commitment to what has already been signed.


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  • 25 January 2013 09:07, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Nothing will be implemented from these two presidents meeting,it is just a waste of time,better for alternative pipeline than transprting the South Sudan crude oil via Khartoum.
    Britist govt are buyers they would have help since.

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    • 25 January 2013 09:17, by LL Reuben

      I don’t see the need of these meetings since nothing will materialized. North Sudanese demands are absurds RoSS will not comply with them. You would think Sudan was smart enough to take short-term gain whatever is being offered by South Sudan but somehow they’re deluding themselves by pressing wrong buttons. Sudan lost is envitable no matter what NIF does at this point.

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    • 25 January 2013 09:35, by Dinkawarrior

      Hahahah hahahah hahahahah! I thought he will come to South Sudan, we already had 69 South Sudanese Muslims who are volunteers to make suicide on the Airport. He is lucky to be in Addis Ababa, I hope she will be having a knowledge about coming to South.

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      • 25 January 2013 14:09, by Chol

        Sudan doesn’t need to be in South Sudanese territories and at the same time demanding talk, it sound ludicrous. What is Kiir going talk above? Tell Bashir thanks for occupying South Sudan territories and therefore we will give you everything you want! President Kiir should not allow himself to be bullied.

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      • 25 January 2013 19:53, by Muorcienggok

        That is a lie South Sudanese have no culture of terrorism,there is nothing will ever kill Bashir on our soil,he will die alone due to his crimes against humanity such as genocide he has committed in Darfur.Bro never write like this I know you are not telling the truth but mind you others may take it as if it is for real I urge you not to do that this comments can damage the image of our country.

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    • 25 January 2013 15:55, by siddaw

      Lets the two empty headed thugs talks. Don’t you guys see that Kiirdit is enjoying it since he’d never travel out of S. Sudan from his birth to 2005?
      He’s now wasting our resources in the name of restoring peace btw the 2 nations yet he’d fail to admit that he’s only going for a leisure trips. Do u think that the glutonic leader would leave the Ethiopian dishes just for South Sudan’s peace?

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      • 25 January 2013 16:02, by siddaw

        He have no other alternative than procrastinating our CPA’s pending issues to get what he want in Ethiopia. That’s only his trick to blindfold the South Sudanese to keep him going.
        Anyway. The days are numbered...... The foolish majority’s listener or implementer must SOON GO whether they like it or not.
        We are here to bring CHANGE to South Sudan. Lets act before it’s too late.

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    • 25 January 2013 16:12, by Tiitrot

      Dear President Kiir,
      Why do you waste our resources and your time of going to Ethiopia every month when brainless Bashir is not able to respect the agreements you signed with him in December 2012?, please stop going to Ethiopia and see other alternatives of transporting that oil,we are totally tired with Arab relationship.

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    • 17 July 2013 19:06, by canbis8clur

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  • 25 January 2013 09:11, by Wiyual

    It is waste of time and resources. Let’s just see an alternative way rather than keeping going to Addis Ababa every week. The money you are wasting should have done a signaficane development in the country.
    President Kiir, never touch anything related to oil rather than focusing in border and Abyei issiues.

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    • 25 January 2013 10:19, by Nuer Empire

      Too many meetings,no results or actions

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    • 25 January 2013 10:20, by Nuer Empire

      Too many meetings,no results or actions

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  • 25 January 2013 09:13, by william mawien

    We do not want oil flow through north ????;our tourism industry has become more active now days ????and agriculture ;;;you know very well that we are the world’s leading livestock farmers ?;;?ohhh what a reach nation south Sudan is!!?? ??!??

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    • 25 January 2013 10:31, by Nuer Empire

      William Mayen:Have you ever seen tourists in your State or villages? Where do we have tourisms?What are they looking for.Silence is better than assumption.Yes our nation is young,but will be very rich in tourisms if more investments will be done.It is a good thinking and our country is better than the hell in the north with only dust present,no H2O and forests in their hell

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  • 25 January 2013 09:15, by john k

    Mr, president, this time Southerners are looking closely to this negotiations. Do not make another Blunder like what you did last year, be careful with what you discussing and signing,

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  • 25 January 2013 09:42, by master

    who preventing south to seek alternative way to export it’oil ?
    to USA ; it’s your responsibility to feed south not we
    i hope the out come of this summit will be big zero

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    • 25 January 2013 13:15, by zulu

      Use your brain. We signed an agreement with Israel to impede any hopes you have folks have on us accepting any demnads from you. You think we are desparate. no! We just receive 400ml frm Malaysia, and another 400 from US, DO NOT EVEN THINK TALKS ON OIL. WE KNOW U WILL NOT ALLOW THE OIL TO GO TO ISRAEL. SO WE GO BK TO SQ.1

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  • 25 January 2013 10:18, by pabaak

    Nothing expected from their meeting anyway, is just to show up for AU and UNSC that they were on progress to avoid sanctions, they better meet in Addis Ababa than in Juba because we don’t need to welcome criminals here, issues of Abyei, border and all remaining CPA issues should be referred to the international court of arbitration period. if they think something has changed on status of Abyei

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    • 25 January 2013 10:28, by pabaak

      after independent to allow them % 50 representation in legislation than they are playing with fire, there is nothing we can waste our little resources to unproductive meetings, if UN want to sanction led it be but I preferred the closure of this negotiations for good, it safes us from becoming the bigger donor ever to a single country by wasting our almost $ 4 bn when we dearly need this money her

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      • 25 January 2013 11:13, by Paul Ongee

        AU needs restructuring to take strong position on troubled spot in the continent. The new Chairperson of AU Commission needs to take decisive action because it speaks louder than words when it comes to dealing with Sudan where assumption of power through coupe d’état is the order of the day as terrorists do in Mali, Somali, Kenya, Algeria now in Benghazi/Libya.

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        • 25 January 2013 11:14, by Paul Ongee

          Africa is still struggling to form or strengthen its existent regional institutions such as ECOWAS, EAC, IGAD, and so forth in order to be able to deal with specific country inclined to destabilize the continent politically, economically or militarily. Regional integration is still far from being seen on the horizon.

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          • 25 January 2013 11:14, by Paul Ongee

            The questions that should be asked are, when will Africa become capable of resolving its own problem politically, economically, culturally, religiously and socially without western/eastern intervention? Is it because of East-West ideological, cultural, linguistic and social differences or because of colonial, religious or economic influence on specific African countries?

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            • 25 January 2013 11:15, by Paul Ongee

              When will Africans learn how to be on the same page? If we cannot and will never be one for whatever reasons, then the notorious Sudan and other African country will choose when should it become peaceful, democratic or remain autocratic in the African continent at its disposal with/out western/eastern, UN/AU pressure or intervention.

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              • 25 January 2013 11:16, by Paul Ongee

                However, this will bring us to avoid using the word “intervention” in any context. Someone somewhere has to be strong economically, militarily, technologically, politically, culturally, linguistically and socially like USA, Russia, China and other European countries. It is gonna be like the pre-EU or OAU era since Union never strengthens their political, social, economic and financial unity.

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                • 25 January 2013 11:17, by Paul Ongee

                  Obviously, the difference between changing names works but not in all cases. What is the difference between OAU and AU or United States of Africa (USA)? What matters most, name, action or performance? Now some EU leaders want to change EU to United States of Europe (USE) for reasons best known to them.

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                  • 25 January 2013 11:17, by Paul Ongee

                    USA is a world superpower not because of synonym but federation, based on technical experience, language, culture, technological advancement and strong democratic and financial institutions. Do you know the reasons why the bond among the States of USA is stronger than the one among the EU member countries?

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                    • 25 January 2013 11:18, by Paul Ongee

                      One of the best questions we should ask is; will AU fulfill its obligations under any circumstances regardless of differences in colonial, religious, economic, cultural, linguistic and social influence on individual countries? If it will not or cannot, then let the Western countries always intervene to rescue the continent from all kinds of man-made ills or natural phenomenon without preconditions

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                      • 25 January 2013 11:19, by Paul Ongee

                        AU needs realistic unification on all fronts without backtracking. Otherwise the perceived unity/Union will never be materialized on the ground. And we will remain, regardless of our economic potentials, on the recipient instead of the donor list whether on economic, technological, political, educational, military or humanitarian grounds for generations to come.

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                        • 25 January 2013 12:07, by Twic

                          Khartoum said Juba does not want pull out its troops from the disputed area of Mile 14, as the later accused Khartoum of seeking to add new provisions to the security arrangements to prevent Sudanese rebels from crossing to South Sudan., wrong with this gays, who’s will withdraw first, they need SPLA withdraw from the border so they can occupying our areas, the gays will learn the genuine lesson

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                          • 25 January 2013 12:48, by Robot

                            If Mr. Kiir refuses to negotiate as the only option left, then he should, WHY ARE WE NOT SEEING THE "PLAN B"????

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  • 25 January 2013 13:53, by History has Records

    Talking to Bashir is like planting on the streets, that smile is a misplaced, cunning pretence, i find it quite hard to understand why Kirr gives in to Bashir’s conditions time and again, that Man called Bashir has been a good reason for the suffering of South Sudan why the Heck should he continue to be, damn it.

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  • 25 January 2013 15:02, by Lecture

    Bashir will never implement such presidential submitt on out standing issues. Let ICC take him to count in Hague in order to reduce more crime in Darfur and constraints between the two nations.

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  • 25 January 2013 16:16, by Young Patriot

    Too many trips to Addis Ababa and Kiir will come back with nothing! He has to step down and allow Dr Riek to take over. These days it is us the Dinkas who are calling for his resignation...He has to go, he is a disgrace to our community.

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  • 25 January 2013 20:41, by James Maker Akok

    President Kiir must have to know Land is a very important thing first before Oil pipeline opened to North Sudan. We don’t care if North Sudan Government still doesn’t let Oil pipeline run to their country. Kenya port, and Djibouti port are waiting South Sudan Oil Pipeline to go in.
    So, President Kiir should not sign document like what he did last year.

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  • 26 January 2013 03:52, by Makunon

    I don’t understand what is discussed in Addis-ababa meetings, is it agreement or augment?. those Arabic pattern presidents might have confused it and may be they need a lessons on the matters. Every time they go and come back, stayed little and go back without any slight different in implementation.so I wonder whether they know meaning of what they talked about.

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  • 26 January 2013 21:45, by yyufnzeg
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