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S. Sudan hopeful of reaching deal over post secession disputes


January 25, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) - South Sudan on Friday expressed optimism on the possibility of reaching a “win-win” consensus on a list of sticking points with the government of neighbouring Sudan, after its president Salva Kiir met his Sudanese counterpart Omer Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir for the second time this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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John Luk Jok (ST)

The acting lead negotiator representing South Sudan at the talks, John Luk Jok, who doubles as justice minister, said the two heads of state have met before the chairperson of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), Thabo Mbeki, and exchanged “friendly” and “New Year greetings”.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of an AU summit being held as part of efforts to tackle the ongoing crises across Africa, including the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan.

“We are doing well. There is no agreement yet, but there is a good progress. President Kiir has today met with president Bashir before [the] chairperson of the African High Level Implementation Panel,” Jok said.

The two sides have been unable to reach consensus on a number of contentious issues, including the formation of a joint legislative council in the oil-contested border region of Abyei, withdrawal of armed forces from the Safe Demilitarised Buffer Zone (SDBZ), claimed and contested areas and disarmament of rebel groups on both sides.

The official said his government was ready to break the deadlock, saying negotiations are about “give and take,” with some compromise needed from both sides.

“I know some people will say, ‘you said you will not move an inch on certain things’. This is not the objective of any meaningful negotiations. There must be consensus on both sides. This is what we are looking at. We have made significant progress on our side,” Jok told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

The presidential meeting comes after talks at the level of the joint political and security committee on the implementation of the buffer zone and other outstanding issues broke down earlier this week in Addis Ababa.

Disagreements between the two countries and a number of counter accusations have stalled the implementation of a cooperation agreement signed last September, covering security, border demarcation and the final status of the disputed Abyei area.

Chief among these is Khartoum’s refusal to allow the passage of South Sudan’s oil flows through its territory.

Khartoum has blocked the resumption of oil exportation until Juba disengages with Sudanese People’s Liberations Movement-North (SPLM-N) fighters, active in the border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Juba, however, maintains it has cut all ties with the rebel group, which fought alongside the South during a protracted civil war with the north prior to independence.

Also unresolved is the formation of the Abyei legislative council, with Khartoum rejecting South Sudan’s request for 12 of the 20 seats - as was the case before independence - saying it now wants a 50% share and only accepted the previous agreement to promote unity.

Minister of information and broadcasting services Barnaba Marial Benjamin confirmed high-level talks between the two heads of state have “successfully started” but “there are no details because they are still in discussion”, Marial told Sudan Tribune on Friday.


As well as addressing the ongoing issues between Sudan and South Sudan the African Union summit is due to address renewed conflicts in the continent when it begins on Sunday.

Despite the optimistic theme of the summit - “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance” - the agenda is expected to be dominated by the crises in Mali, where France and more recently some west and central African nations are fighting Islamist insurgents.

According to AU officials, the conflicts in the Central African Republic (CAR), Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia are also on the agenda.

The African Union’s Executive Council, consisting of the the Foreign Ministers of member states, wrapped up their two-day ordinary Session on Friday by considering the draft decisions and declarations to be forwarded with recommendations for the actual Summit of Heads of State and Governments.

Newly-elected AU Commission chief, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has urged Africa and the international community at large to work together to tackle the conflicts that are preventing peace and development in Africa.

“It is my fervent hope that we maintain a proper and healthy balance between achieving peace and advancing development” she said.

“The continent cannot advance without succeeding on both fronts simultaneously.”

During the summit, African leaders will also elect new chair for the 54-member continental bloc. Government sources in Addis Ababa said Ethiopian new Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, is likely to takeover as AU chairperson replacing Benin’s President Yayi Boni.


Russia’s envoy to Africa, Mikhail Margelov, is set to meet delegations and officials from South Sudan on the sidelines of the African Union summit before visiting Sudan, Niger and Morocco.


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  • 26 January 2013 10:10, by Dinkawarrior

    We need no damn deal about Oil! The Only deal we need right is border demarcation and Abyei issues.

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    • 27 January 2013 04:38, by Monydit

      Well said Mr. Warior, why South Sudan is always putting oil before border?. Your border is important even if it is not productive.

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  • 26 January 2013 10:42, by Tribe

    Desperation and pitifulness is what Bashir sees in your faces.I don’t think he will make any ich change to his position.He mesmerizes and just laugh at you of how tough yesterday you were to wrestle down to sign the CPA and in minutes now become so feeble that his stares alone sent a shark-wave terror that jitter all hearts.The brain in this party is really gone or been suppressed.

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    • 26 January 2013 11:21, by hamil

      Oh really you think so? You must be a clown o a muppet to hink that way. What desperation are you talking about here? Sudan is much more desperate to solve issues with the South than we Southerners trying to make things work with them and you why Bashir has enemies on all fronts. So wind your neck and be realistic

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      • 26 January 2013 12:04, by Tribe

        How’s North desperate?On oil, to tell u pinhead,South demanded less than $8 per gallon but they demanded $32 n south handed it with tipping bonus of $32mil.South militarly took Panthou and North said it was thiers,n we cowardly evacuated.i’m not gonna mention all,but those deploring defaulting from South signify what if not desperation?u don’t make things work by weaking ur bargaining posit

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    • 26 January 2013 23:41, by Ito

      Dear brothers and sisters.
      Sudan will not listen to anyone except to themselves. I have witness it in 1987 when we fought in Jakou with william Nyuoon and took lots of towns. They call for negotiations only to impose their wants and not to listen to the other side of the coin. Major Kerubino was right when we were in ethiopian hotel in 1983 December, he said arab only listen to rude people

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    • 27 January 2013 06:18, by Kenyang

      What you stated are plain facts: Bashir saw it right (desperation) and SPLM brain indeed went with Late Garang. I know who you are but Let me support your points. NiF gains on territories (e.g 14 miles) and more $$$$ and all these belong to South Sudan. Why would a not desperate person throw away his own resources including territories? Since Garang death, SPLM gained nothing against NiF

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      • 27 January 2013 09:11, by Tribe

        yeah,u are right.I run of less room to add 14-miles.The security arrangement which was signed to include 14-miles was purposely done to appease North in order to allow the oil to pass.However,our gov’ didn’t far-see the ramification.North now considered it as a part of contested border.how did that become so? our gov’ allow that. Saying those make pple like HAMIL think u are anti-gov’

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        • 28 January 2013 01:10, by Kenyang

          You’re a gifted person. Some of us have a lot to gain from individuals like you and no, you are not an enemy for saying the obvious as some are accusing you of.

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  • 26 January 2013 11:09, by Tribe

    late COMERS,don’t cut the line.your comment should come in a order and time it was posted and less u’re responding to an individual whom u should indicate.Jumping the ladder doesn’t polish your comment nor it add-values.Literally,it’s like cutting line in a grocery shop,restuarant,ratio-center,u name it.It’s totally obnoxious and u need to stop it.just a word of advice.I hold no resposibility here

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  • 26 January 2013 18:05, by panom lualbil

    It’s better you keep quiet than to tell folks nonsense from this webb. Matter of fact, how many meeting have these presidents (kiir/omar) attended since then?

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    • 27 January 2013 06:41, by Kenyang

      These naive South Sudanese are trying to gain footnote in history as architects who achieved this and that. Pa’gan Amum is leading principal here. Remember his old song "..will give Khartoum incentive/$$ if they let Abyei go.."Can u buy what’s yours? What they don’t know instead our hard-won history will hunt them down and their children, children for giving away South Sudan territories.

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  • 26 January 2013 21:46, by yyufnzeg
    • 27 January 2013 11:56, by ViVa Sudan

      I can see you insects started parking again don’t cry u closed da oil well by ur own hands u supported AGAR , HILEO,ARMAN & NOW U HOPE TO REACH A DEAL YA ARE ALL CRRUOPTED Decomposed GOOD FA NOTHING I HOPE YA JOIN GARANG IN HELL TOO..

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  • 27 January 2013 11:50, by mudfish

    it is waste of time,several meeting have been attended without change .why not first dealing which border and Abyei issue?
    desperate and idiot point d’t make change.

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