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Sudan confident disputes won’t be referred to UN Security Council

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January 28, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese officials ruled out the possibility that outstanding issues with Juba following the independence of South Sudan should be referred to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and accused foreign powers of pushing the latter to pursue this option.

Speaking to the press following the return of president Omer Al-Bashir to Khartoum from Addis Ababa on Monday, Sudan’s chief negotiator Idris Abdel-Gadir ruled out the referral of disputed issues to the UNSC even after the end of next July.

He instead predicted an extension to the mandate of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) on Sudan and South Sudan after the end of the current term.

In a meeting held at the level of heads of states and governments on 25 January, the African Union Peace and security Council (AUPSC) declined to meet demands by South Sudanese president Salva Kiir to refer the disputes with Khartoum to the UNSC as it was already previously considered.

The meeting further decided to extend the mandate of the AUHIP until 31 July 2013 and asked it to submit a final report "on all matters within its purview since its establishment in October 2009".

The Sudanese state minister has reiterated his government’s commitment to hold a referendum in the Abyei area in line with a protocol agreed with former South Sudanese rebels in 2005.

He said his government is willing to consider other options, if the South Sudanese government seeks another solution over Abyei, adding that the mediation team speaks about the need to think about other options instead of the referendum.

The two sides failed make progress on the issue of Abyei since the signing of the peace agreement. Recently, a disagreement over the representation of the two sides at the legislative council blocked efforts to establish the local administration.

On the final status of Abyei and the referendum, the talks also stalled over the participation of the Misseriya nomads in the vote.

Speaking about the disputed areas, Abdel-Gadir said Sudan refuses the partial withdrawal of the South Sudanese troops from the “Mile 14” area, stressing any military presence will hamper the movement of pastoralists.

He also accused Juba of seeking to transfer the disputed issues to the security council.

In a similar move, the spokesperson for the foreign affairs ministry, Al-Obeid Marawih, on Monday said that the South Sudanese government seeks to refer the outstanding issues to the UNSC in accordance with a US-backed strategy.

The Sudanese diplomat praised the decision of the African leaders, saying Khartoum’s keenness to establish good neighbourly relations with Juba convinced them not to refer the issues to the UNSC.

He also stressed that Sudan’s position is based on the ability of Africans to settle their complicated conflicts that are difficult to resolve in the framework of international standards.

Marawih further said the two countries are requested to strengthen their political will to find common solutions in the long run.

He further explained that slow implementation of the signed deals is caused by Juba’s continued hesitation and international interferences.

The two sides have previously accused each other of obstructing or violating the enforcement of the signed agreement, which has been subject to different interpretations.

The leaders of the two countries committed themselves before four African leaders to work together to implement the cooperation agreement they signed on 27 September, aiming to end the ongoing dispute and to establish good relations between the two nations.

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  • 29 January 2013 11:08, by Jalaby

    The last stubborn that Mr. Kiir and his delegation showed during their last meeting with Bashir in Addis Ababa and just right before AU leaders meeting,Mr. Kiir showed that stubborn and then thief Pagan went out quickly to the media and announced the failure of that meeting to send a clear message to African leaders that no solution and please move this issue to UNSC!

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    • 29 January 2013 11:14, by Jalaby

      Unfortunately, African leaders disappointed Mr. Kiir and caused him severe pain right in his heart by extending the negotiation between the two countries to another 6 months!!
      Susan Rise, the US representative in UNSC shares the same view with South Sudan that Khartoum is the reason behind the delay and pipeline should be opened without disengaging with SPLA-N!!

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      • 29 January 2013 11:23, by Jalaby

        I think Susan Rise will be waiting for so long till AU decide to move this issue to UNSC and that seems to be will never ever going to happen even after 6 months or 6 years, I believe Susan Rise will be waiting till US Congress decides to sack her from being US representative the same way deprived her from being US secretary of State because of her short view sighted!

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        • 29 January 2013 11:32, by Jalaby

          After being disappointed by AU decision of not moving this issue to UNSC, the south now is left with very few options to choose, disengage with SPLA-N and stop playing dirty game against Sudan or face the slowly death by Sudan since will never open that pipeline and will keep its border blockage and prevents food from heading south!!

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          • 29 January 2013 11:37, by Jalaby

            I’ve strong feeling that thieves will be serious this time and will change their behavior and become very good people!! They left with limited options and the best of it is like swallowing the poison!!
            Well, you created this problem and you’ve to resolve it!! It’s now up to you thieves to decide and be a good man!!!

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            • 29 January 2013 12:22, by zulu

              WHEN A SOLIDER IS COMMISIONED TO BATTLE, HE GOES WITH ALL INTENTIONS TO SURVIVE, WITH SLEEP DEPRIVATION, LONG ENDURANCE OF ALL THE HURDLES. IN THE END HE PREVAILS. THE SOUTH IS LIKE THAT. IT TOOK 50YRS TO REALISE INDEPENDENCE. IT WILL THIS TIME LESS THAN THAT. WE ARE BLESSED WITH THE EVEER GREEN LAND AND RIVERS.
              INERTIA MAKES ONE FORGET THE PAST. AND THAT IS THE PROB WITH SUDAN.

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              • 29 January 2013 19:58, by master

                ZULU
                good poem !!!

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              • 30 January 2013 11:00, by Turism

                Your right is in place bro, bt one thing i want assure you is that sudan govt under bashir will not understand the reality.

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            • 29 January 2013 15:45, 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 15:45, 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 15:46, 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 15:47, 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 15:47, 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 15:48, 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 15:48, 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 15:49, 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 15:51, 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 15:52, 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 15:53, 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 16:02, by Paul Ongee

                                    South Sudan is confident that referreal of disputed issues to UNSC is the only alternative left to get every outstanding issue is resolved once and for all. Sudan should find another alternative for its economic and political survival but not through fruitless dialogue in Addids Ababa.

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            • 29 January 2013 17:04, by James Maker Akok

              Jalaby,
              Put in your mind, this year is a ending for North Sudan Government with AU. UNSC, and International Arbitration will this by any mean if AU still turning down South Sudan right.
              I told you that time North Sudan Government is going to be remove from UN services but you did believe me up to you see in news today UN did it.
              This a way UNSC going to do this also.

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              • 30 January 2013 05:53, by James Maker Akok

                Put in your mind, this year is a ending for North Sudan Government with AU. UNSC, and International Arbitration Court will solve this by any mean if AU still turning down South Sudan right.
                I told that time North Sudan Government is going to be remove from UN services but you didn’t believe me up to you see in news today UN did it.
                This is a way UNSC going to do this also.

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            • 30 January 2013 10:56, by Turism

              If you think that is another problem s. sudan know what do abuot, you need not to mind some body bussiness.

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  • 29 January 2013 12:45, by Majongdit

    Jalaby,
    Please be informed that there were two main reasons as to why the African Leaders decided not to immediately refer the outstanding issues to UNSC. First, it’d portray the AU and its AUHIP as a failure. Second, some sort of employment is being created for the embarressed former President of S Africa. The longer these discussions go, the more his contract is extended.

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  • 29 January 2013 13:37, by Lagu Jose

    I think South Sudan negotiators are wasting their time in such fruitless talk. If AU is not willing to refer the issue to UN Security Council then our negotiators should not engage in such talks. AU is defeated and yet insists on holding Sudan-South Sudan conflict within Africa. AU is always very slow in decision making. Let them engage Sudan alone as we wait for UN security Council intervention.

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  • 29 January 2013 14:07, by ViVa Sudan

    Let janobeen dream ... idiots

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    • 30 January 2013 04:03, by Panthou

      An idiot don’t even know how to spell junubiin in English! Suck the blood!

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  • 30 January 2013 10:51, by Turism

    It is difficult for idiots Bashir to believe in nogiations that people discuss over it always in adis ababa, only the gunshot will let him understand what south sudan people are saying is true bse the fool turn right to false and false to right.

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  • 30 January 2013 12:33, by Makunon

    Small is a beginning of big thing and Sudan should understand that, S.Sudan must get bigger with all challenges that Sudan wishes them to be. AU. what do they have, all the time asking grants and donations from the westerners and they cannot solve any single problem in Africa on their mandate.Why do they allowed nato in Libya and now Mali if they have capacity to solves problems. Long live S.Sudan

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