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January 28, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan have committed themselves to implementing the cooperation agreement they signed in September of last year, following a meeting held with several African leaders in Addis Ababa on Sunday.

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A picture released by SUNA of a meeting held on 27 January in Addis Ababa showing presidents Salva Kiir of South Sudan, Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Omer Al-Bashir of Sudan, Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivore.

Presidents Omer Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir took part in a meeting organised by the Ethiopian prime minister on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, attended by the presidents of South Africa, Cote d’Ivore, and Nigeria on Sunday 27 January four months after the signing of the cooperation agreement.

The meeting was organised following the failure of the two parties to reach a compromise on the implementation of a security deal in a meeting they held last week in Addis Ababa. The two sides also failed to establish local administrative bodies for Abyei.

Before their African counterparts, the two leaders vowed to seek seriously to implement the cooperation agreement and to observe the outcome of the AU Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) meeting held on Friday 25 January at the level of heads of states and governments.

The meeting aimed to put pressure on the two sides, while the AUSPC opted not to refer the issue of Abyei to the UN Security Council (UNSC), preferring instead to keep the issue within the remit of the AU.

In a statement released on Saturday, the regional security body expressed concern over the persistent differences in the implementation of the cooperation agreement, and underscored the different interpretations of the signed deals.

Besides constant disagreements over, Abyei, as well as alleged relations between the South Sudanese government and the SPLM-N rebels north of the border, the two countries recently showed divergent points of view over troop withdrawals in “Mile 14”, a disputed area on the common border.

In a speech at the opening session of the AU meeting,UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said the two neighbours “have taken positive steps to resolve outstanding issues, but they should make more progress in meeting their agreements”.

He also called on Sudan and South Sudan to engage in talks over the “dangerous” humanitarian situation in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states and to agree on ways to reach the affected civilians in the two states.

Sudan refuses to allow humanitarian access to SPLM-N-held areas in the two regions from neighbouring South Sudan or Ethiopia as the rebels have proposed.

On Sunday, president Bashir also discussed the ongoing process between Sudan and South Sudan with chief mediator Thabo Mbeki, who has worked since 2009 to finalise a peaceful settlement on the differences between Khartoum and Juba.

In a statement to Sudan’s official news agency (SUNA), Mbeki said that the meeting was part of continued consultations with the two presidents Bashir and Kiir over the implementation of the agreements the two countries signed.

The mediator also met with the South Sudanese president to discuss the same issues.

In Khartoum, the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) reiterated that Juba must cut its ties with Sudanese rebels before it allows the exportation of its oil through its territory to resume.

However, it also highlighted the Sudanese government’s commitment to continued talks on the disputed issues within the African framework and reaffirmed its rejection of foreign pressures to allow the exportation of South Sudanese oil.

NCP spokesperson Badr Al-Deen Ahmed Ibrahim expressed hopes the six-month period given to mediation efforts by the AUSPC would be enough to overcome the obstacles hampering the implementation of the cooperation agreement.

Ibrahim also rejected British conditions to write off its debts to Sudan. He said Khartoum signed deals with Juba without “dictates or blackmailing”, adding those who appreciate his government’s efforts should support Sudan without conditions.

The NCP official was reacting to statements by British minister for international development Lynne Featherstone, who was in Sudan last week. Prior to leaving the country on 23 January, she urged Sudan to enforce the agreements signed with South Sudan, end harassment of civil society groups and allow more freedoms in the country.

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  • 28 January 2013 10:28, by whatsayyou

    The Au is making project of Sudan &south Sudan problem and Sudan is taking advantage to relax such that south Sudan will supper more. I Urge South Sudan officials to refrain from that talk and find any possible way to boost country economy

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    • 28 January 2013 11:08, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Mbeki is making more money on S Sudan and Sudan mediation than telling the truth and to the issue,AU should not be buyers or the case should be taken to UNSC,especially the case of Abyei.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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      • 28 January 2013 14:29, by Hardball

        Does Sudan really believe it will end up wining argument over the ownership of Abyei, Panthou and all other South Sudanese border territories despite their hardheaded defiance on the border? What are Sudan rational arguments over those territories, which will convince anybody in the world that they have the ownership right over those border regions? I don’t think they have any sensible argument.

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  • 28 January 2013 10:37, by whatsayyou

    What Au is doing is just a project but this project of extending talks for 6 months every time is not favoring S. Sudan so as south Sudanese we must refrain from that talk and find another possible means of survivable. Otherwise Sudan is taking it as an advantage to relax and we suffer.

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  • 28 January 2013 10:48, by EES Kingmaker

    Sudan is not interested to resolve the outststaning issues. It is a country that got used to language of blackmail and bullying. In essence, it is prepared for war to impose its will on South Sudan. RSS has to reciprocate NCP erratic behavior. It must get ready for any eventuality as it deals with a rogue nation which understands only language of gun or violent resolution of the ongoing disputes.

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  • 28 January 2013 11:06, by Majak Mangar Chawul

    This agreement is not real to be hope due to Khartoum frequent violation of all the agreements.

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    • 28 January 2013 12:12, by master

      majak
      lie and believe your lies

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  • 28 January 2013 11:11, by Young Patriot

    South Sudanese leaders have to make a painful decision of pulling out of these fruitless talks altogther and focus on other ways of building the economy including working on an alternative pipeline, building domestic refineries and developing agricultural industries. Bashir is a stupid idiot and he is taking revenge for S.Sudan secession.

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  • 28 January 2013 11:13, by Majak Mangar Chawul

    So what Arab says is not what they are doing.Don’t anticipate an incomplete talk because you can hope it today and depress tomorrow.let us think beyond arab acts and forget about the values things which we have been expecting from khartoum government. our country is so rich with everythings and we put grudge and corruption into our hearts and it will be the reasons which will keep us begging.

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  • 28 January 2013 11:17, by Young Patriot

    By the way, the economy of Sudan is already in shambles...it is in a free fall. They keep lying in the media but the reality is that their days are numbered...Bashir is dying from throat cancer, people are dying of hunger in Khartuom and NCP stalwarts keep lying about everything. They will beg us soon to allow our oil to flow if we turn our backs on them. China will force them to do it as well.

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  • 28 January 2013 11:50, by jwok

    List of people indicted in the International Criminal Court : SUDAN
    Omar al-Bashir: Omar al-Bashir was indicted on 4 March 2009 on five counts of crimes against humanity and two counts of war crimes with regard to the situation in Darfur, Sudan
    Ahmed Haroun : Ahmed Haroun was indicted on 27 April 2007 on 20 counts of crimes against humanity and 22 counts of war crimes with regard to the situati

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  • 28 January 2013 11:52, by jwok

    List of people indicted in the International Criminal Court : SUDAN
    Abdel Rahim Hussein : Abdel Rahim Hussein was indicted on 1 March 2012 on 13 counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of war crimes with regard to the situation in Darfur,

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  • 28 January 2013 11:59, by Jalaby

    Absolutely we will play a dirty game with the south the same way they play against us by supporting SPLA-N,they’re behind what called "New dawn" in Kampala and their goal to dismember Sudan after they realized that their crap country can’t survive, they believe their crap country could only survive if they destroy Sudan, what a sick mentality is this?!!

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    • 28 January 2013 12:07, by Jalaby

      We will never open that pipeline to make you survive and attack us from behind again, unless you comply to our all demands unconditionally then we will strangle you by keeping that pipeline closed!
      Look thieves,our Africans brothers won’t hurt us and you left with very limited options,whether you stop supporting SPLA-N or face the slowly death! It’s up to you thieves!

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      • 28 January 2013 12:14, by Jalaby

        I suggest to Mr. Kiir to take off his cowboy hat and borrow Nigerian president Mr. Goodluck Jonathan hat and wear it, Mr. Kiir might be able to think rationally and intellectually afterwards than what he does now!! I think his big hat is to be blamed!!!

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        • 28 January 2013 12:15, by Jalaby
          • 28 January 2013 12:18, by Jalaby


            Much better than Mr. Kiir big ugly hat, right?!
            LOOOOOOL

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            • 28 January 2013 14:39, by Nuer Empire

              We like only the way he thinks not what he wears or how he looks like.It shows now you from the gay members of Arab societies!You are a gay!!

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              • 29 January 2013 15:34, 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 if AU really wants peace to prevail in the two Sudans regardless of their political, economic, cultural and social system.

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                • 29 January 2013 15:35, by Paul Ongee

                  It seems there are simple questions not asked in the AU summit that why CPA signatories including international community often fail to revisit CPA if it was really negotiated in bad faith and mistakenly signed by Sudan and SPLM/A in order to prove that Sudan has every right to renege on implementation of some of the CPA protocols as it did during the past six (6) years of interim period?

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                  • 29 January 2013 15:35, by Paul Ongee

                    Why does AU fail to hold Sudan accountable for backtracking on CPA implementation right from the beginning without getting North-South borders demarcated, Abyei referendum held in time and poor implementation of popular consultation in the States of South Kordofan and Blue Nile?

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                    • 29 January 2013 15:36, by Paul Ongee

                      Why CPA signatories, regional and international bodies often fail to live up to their obligations to get this so-called “outstanding issues” resolved in a win-win situation as it was negotiated and unanimously signed in 2005 and “later” allowing Sudan in particular to set preconditions for its implementation without serious repercussions but continued shuttling to Addis Ababa for renegotiation?

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                      • 29 January 2013 15:37, by Paul Ongee

                        Why AU and international community fail to hold Sudan responsible for setting unacceptable preconditions while holding North-South border demarcation, Abyei referendum and SPLM-N hostage? And for how long can a country, whether old or new, landlocked or not, be called a country without demarcated borders in this 21st century?

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                        • 29 January 2013 15:38, by Paul Ongee

                          Once a country is called a nation, it must have its borders with neighboring countries demarcated although Africa is still experiencing border conflict within itself. The border demarcation issue between Sudan and South Sudan should have not been held hostage by Sudan for its political and economic survival without accountability.

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                          • 29 January 2013 15:38, by Paul Ongee

                            Accountability should be enforced; otherwise the former colonialists will have every right to revisit their legacy and intervene at their disposal politically, economically and militarily to keep peace in the Africa continent at any cost. AU cannot avert “foreign pressure” to get African conflict resolved” while humanitarian cost is always mounting considerably.

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                            • 29 January 2013 15:39, by Paul Ongee

                              We should admit that AU is still struggling to form a united front through consolidating its existent regional bodies 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.

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                              • 29 January 2013 15:40, by Paul Ongee

                                What would the situation be had France failed to intervene in Mali? What would AU or UN have really done to the Islamists/Al-Qaeda regime (peace without freedom of expression) and to the Malian President who advocate peace with freedom?

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                                • 29 January 2013 15:41, by Paul Ongee

                                  I believe AU would have given 6 more months to the Islamist regime in Mali as it is given now to the National Criminal Party (NCP) of Sudan without proper repercussions in place should Sudan continue to comfortably take advantage of indecisiveness without serious repercussions but usual expression of “remained committed” to doing what---nothing.

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                                  • 29 January 2013 15:41, by Paul Ongee

                                    AU needs realistic unification and accountability on all fronts. Otherwise the perceived unity/Union will never be materialized on the ground. We will remain, regardless of our economic potentials and human capital efforts, 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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            • 29 January 2013 10:04, by Turism

              Jalaby
              u guy call Jalaby, are u really healthy, if so how do u compare such guy with our president,if u have hired in khartoum pliz stop joking around and to fuck this fucken Bashir.

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    • 28 January 2013 14:21, by Pure Nationalist

      Mr. Jalaby, South Sudanese have just come out from nothing as they were denied all their rights by your successive northern led governments. Nobody care for salary and the like, our government will servive till the end of the world.Yours is the one to fall because you adapt everything, we have no electricty, water and the rest while have them, when you fail to pay those bill you wil protest against

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      • 28 January 2013 14:26, by Pure Nationalist

        your government. We are happy because we see jalaby only with jalabie which is being worn by South Sudanese muslims

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  • 28 January 2013 12:00, by jwok

    WE will not agree with war criminals court
    1.Omar al-Bashir
    2. Ahmed Haroun
    3. Abdel Rahim Hussein

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  • 28 January 2013 12:02, by master

    oh my god
    the good news is that their no oil flow
    this is the bottom line of all outcome of the summit
    let america feed them

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    • 28 January 2013 14:41, by Hardball

      Mrs. Master
      Did anybody ask you in South Sudan to transit oil through Sudan? Look, first of all, let anybody ask you in South Sudan to transit oil through Sudan before you say no. What kind of an idiot who say I don’t want your money when someone is even not will to give him money!

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    • 29 January 2013 10:09, by Turism

      master
      We are not like you who depend on robbing or grabing some pple properties like are crying of oil, south sudan will benefit from agriculture if u guys dont know.

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  • 28 January 2013 12:06, by jwok

    Omar al-Bashir, Ahmed Haroun and Abdel Rahim Hussein your destiny is ICC
    we will not agree with u

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    • 28 January 2013 12:22, by master

      jwok
      stop raving
      slow death approaching you
      be brave guy

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      • 28 January 2013 13:55, by jwok

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
        NO COMENT

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      • 28 January 2013 14:28, by EES Kingmaker

        Master,
        I know you are not tired of telling gibberish things. What slow death? Sudan has been lying for decades to the world. But now you are caught up unaware as criminal Bashir’s days are numbered. Prepare to celebrate his departure to ICC, AlQaeda’s section, liars cell. Your lies are over. Close your foul mouthing. Do you want to accompany fugitve Bashir to ICC?

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        • 28 January 2013 14:56, by master

          EES kingmaker
          you are stupit first degree class A
          you know why ?

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  • 28 January 2013 12:06, by jwok

    Omar al-Bashir, Ahmed Haroun and Abdel Rahim Hussein your destiny is ICC
    we will not agree with u

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  • 28 January 2013 13:14, by Nyakuzuny

    Dear south sudanese I Sort there is will be no Implementation B/N South And Northern Sudanese don’t killing our time for Not thing , the Dead body Ohamer Aljerima will not emplement any peace b/n South Sudan and Sudan.

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  • 28 January 2013 13:14, by Nyakuzuny

    Dear south sudanese I Sort there is will be no Implementation B/N South And Northern Sudanese don’t killing our time for Not thing , the Dead body Ohamer Aljerima will not emplement any peace b/n South Sudan and Sudan.

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    • 28 January 2013 13:29, by Robot

      AU!!!!!!!!,
      THE OVERALL SUPPORT THAT FUNDED AU WAS 60% THAT WAS PAID BY MUAMAR GADDAFI, NOW THEY ARE BANKRUPT AND HAD RESORTED TO SIPHONING THE LITTLE MONEY THAT THESE TWO MEMBERS ARE HAVING.... THE DESTINY IS UNSC PERIOD.

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      • 28 January 2013 14:35, by Tutbol

        To hell with this useless AU & its AUHIP headed by the charlatans imposing themselves onto something they can’t handle. The wisedom behind these so-called elders is really questionable. IGAD was the one that successfully negotiated the CPA & was well placed to continue doing the same with post seccesion issues but some elements with an ill intentions against S Sudan independent within the AU......

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        • 28 January 2013 14:56, by Tutbol

          ..hijacked the whole thing & sidelined the IGAD & imposed their so-called elders onto something that was started by the different body, so that these groups with some ulterior motives in the two Sudans will then have some lee ways to manipulate their handpicked elders with their phoney awards. 98% of S Sudanese have decided that they don’t want anything to do with the N Sudan anymore but some...

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          • 28 January 2013 15:23, by Tutbol

            ..of these elders want to start their AU & pan-africanism agenda on the Sudans, while they didn’t even practiced them when they were in power their own countries. It quite amazing how the whole world trashes of diplomats want test their useless diplomatic skills on the Sudans!

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          • 28 January 2013 15:25, by Tutbol

            ..of these elders want to start their AU & pan-africanism agenda on the Sudans, while they didn’t even practiced them when they were in power in their own countries. It quite amazing how the whole world trashes of diplomats want test their useless diplomatic skills on the Sudans!

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          • 28 January 2013 15:28, by master

            TUTBOL
            the outcome of the referendum 98% reflect the ratio of stupidity in south sudan
            that’s why south sudan suffering today

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            • 28 January 2013 19:33, by Nuer Empire

              Master:Compaigning for our oil will never halp you.You will cry for it,but no help

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              • 29 January 2013 07:54, by Nuer Empire

                Diplomacy is the big problem in SOuth Sudan

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  • 29 January 2013 10:13, by Turism

    What our president would have done is by avoiding going to adis ababa which will weaken the economic of s. sudan and pple shoud see other possible main like fighting.

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