Home | Press Releases    Saturday 26 January 2013

Advice to the South Sudan Negotiators: Stand Your Ground

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

By Aweil Today-US Media Team

Saturday, 26 January 2013

The Addis Ababa post-secession talks between the Republic of Sudan and Sudan South failed last Saturday due to Khartoum familiar behaviors of twisting facts. In addition to their previous “impossible” demands placed on South Sudan to sever ties with and help disarm the SPLM-N, Khartoum created a last-minute-diversion over the Abyei Referendum and the 14 Mile Area. And sensing through such unreasonableness, South Sudan Delegation stuck it out with them.

In order to continue buying time, Khartoum wants to bring Kiir Adem Payam—the 14 Mile Area— into play and use it as a bargaining chip as they had done in the past over the SPLM-N or other disputed areas. But by not buying into this malicious shifting of goal-post, South Sudan Delegation came home empty handed last Saturday. After all, what is in for South Sudan if it gives up everything and receives nothing in return? Absolutely nothing, period.

Let it be known that from day one, Aweil Community position has been and is very clear on the 14 Mile area: the land has never been disputed and never will it be in future. Yes, over the years, we had made special arrangements to allow our neighbors a passage for water and pasture. However, because of the hurried Cooperation Agreement of 27 September, Khartoum is now emboldened and it lays claim to the land in question. It must not be appeased with this land!

Now with resumption of negotiations set for mid February 2013, we advise South Sudan Delegation to categorically reject any attempt by Khartoum to make the 14 Mile a disputed area. Like any other state in the republic, Northern Bhar el Ghazal State expects South Sudan Negotiators to ink only agreement that guarantee protection of Kiir Adem Payam inhabitants and indivisibility of Northern Bhar el Ghazal State ancestral land.

Therefore, we encourage the negotiators to be resilient; do not be overawed by external pressure.

Just like our gallant forces have demonstrated their brave defense of Kiir Adem Payam on 26 December 2012 from Khartoum attempt to forcefully occupy the area as it did in Abyei in May 2011, we expect South Sudan Negotiating Team not to frustrate those hard earned efforts. If they had not learned anything then, they must know that the UN and AU/AUHIP did not stop occupation of Abyei, nor will they stop Khartoum from occupying the14 Mile Area if the South Sudan Negotiation Team acquiesces to demilitarization without guarantees from Sudan.

In brief, we must weigh carefully what we give up or agree to in the next rounds of talks. South Sudan Delegation must not assent to another round of “impossible” demands from Khartoum.In other words, negotiations must be finite exercise; not subject to infinite as Khartoum is doing.

Disclaimer: Aweil Today-US Media Team is a grassroots Aweil Community effort to sensitize the deceitful ways of Khartoum and to offer a counterargument to making an undisputed land such as the 14 Mile Area a disputed one.

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


The long history of buying loyalty to neutralize rivals in South Sudan 2016-07-26 21:13:20 By Brian Adeba The replacement of South Sudan’s First Vice President Riek Machar with Taban Deng is a well-tested policy that dates back to the 1980s that the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation (...)

EU sidesteps human rights standards 2016-07-26 20:37:31 By Ahmed H. Adam and Ashley D. Robinson In the European Union’s struggle to manage its refugee crisis, is it sidestepping human rights standards by funneling funding to war criminals through the (...)

USA meddling in independence of South Sudan amidst coup d’état 2016-07-25 07:23:54 by Steve Paterno and Scott Morgan When a Country celebrates their Independence Day it’s generally considered to be a festive occasion. For the United States, John Adams envisioned a day with (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudanese students, activists are at risk of torture: HRW 2016-05-25 14:40:51 Human Rights Watch Sudan: Students, Activists at Risk of Torture Free Detainees; Investigate Abuses (Nairobi, May 25, 2016) – Sudanese national security officials have detained dozens of (...)

South Sudan: Civilians Killed, Tortured in Western Region 2016-05-24 22:01:01 Human Rights Watch For Immediate Release South Sudan: Civilians Killed, Tortured in Western Region Provide Justice for Army Abuses in Western Regions (Nairobi, May 24, 2016) – South Sudanese (...)

Open Letter to President Salva Kiir and 1st Vice President Dr. Riek Machar 2016-04-18 12:36:12 South Sudan Women United April 15, 2016 Your Excellencies: South Sudan Women United writes to congratulate you both on the steps you are taking towards ending violence in South Sudan and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2016 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.