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February 24, 2013 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) - South Sudanese president Salva Kiir Mayardit may hold discussions over post secession issues with his Sudanese counterpart, Omer Ahmed Hassan Al Bashir, on the sideline of the upcoming African Union (AU) summit in Ethiopia, according to the information minister, Barnaba Marial.

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South Sudan’s President Kiir and Sudan’s President al-Bashir wave to the crowd during the Independence Day ceremony in Juba 09/07/2011 REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Marial said president Kiir had received an invitation to attend the AU heads of state summit due to be held in March in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

"We have not received any letter about a separate summit between the two heads of state. We have only received a letter inviting president Salva Kiir to the African Union heads of state summit. We expect president Bashir of Sudan to attend and if he attends there are possibilities of the two leaders meeting on the sideline, but this is the function of the African Union High level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) which is the one mediating the talks", Marial said on Saturday.

He was reacting to reports that the two presidents will either meet in a separate forum or on the margins of the summit.

He also pointed out that Kiir is open to hold discussions with the Sudanese president on any issue as long as long as they serve a fruitful purpose.

"President Kiir is ready to meet president Bashir anywhere at any time. There is no problem", Marial told Sudan Tribune in an interview on Saturday in the country’s capital Juba.

However, Omer Sid Ahmed, a press adviser at the Sudanese president early this told the Akhir Lahza daily that his country had not been notified by the African Union mediators on such any summit between the two leaders.

The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of cooperation agreements last September aimed at resolving long-running conflicts between the two countries, but have so far failed to implement most of the conditions.

At last month’s AU summit with several African leaders in Ethipia, both Bashir and Kiir agreed to implement the cooperation agreement and 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, organised by the Ethiopian Prime Minister, aimed at putting pressure on the two sides, with the AUSPC opting 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.

The AUPSC has already 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 Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) rebels, the two countries recently showed divergent points of view over troop withdrawals in "Mile 14", a disputed area on the common border.

Talks between the two parties earlier this year broke down over disagreements regarding security, border demarcation and the final status of the disputed Abyei area. The situation has caused a stalemate between the two countries, with Khartoum refusing to accept passage of South Sudan’s oil flows through its territories unless Juba ends its alleged support for SPLM-N rebels, which is fighting the Sudanese army in the north’s restive Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.

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  • 24 February 2013 06:47, by Michael Angelo

    Minsiter Marial,
    Why wasting time with fruitless meeting? Kiir and his teams should concentrate on strengthen the arm in order to kick out those bastards in our territories. SPLM relying on AU and UN will not help us at all.

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    • 24 February 2013 08:34, by Tong dut

      No need for a meeting again, Let SPLA open fire at those jalaba.

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    • 24 February 2013 19:06, by Marco A. Wek

      People in our government make sick with naivete.

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  • 24 February 2013 06:57, by Young Patriot

    This is all bullshit!!!! Kiir should find other ways of building S.Sudan economy. Agriculture is the only way forward.
    Dr Marial has damaged his reputation by lying daily to the public. He should just shut up!! No one believes Marial anymoe.

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  • 24 February 2013 07:04, by Jalaby

    What type of outcome would you really expect from visionless people?!
    How many times Bashir met with Kiir and Kiir failed to implement what he signed for?
    Kiir and his delegation thugs wasted Mbkey and AU leaders time,they don’t have one specific thought on how to address their problem with Khartoum,Dinka Ngok who are dominating

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    • 24 February 2013 07:11, by Young Patriot

      Jalaby, u are a useless bastard and and a dirty terrorist!!! The whole world knows that it is Khartuom who doesn’t honor any signed agreement. Just shut up and enjoy your ignorance before Al-Hilu and Minawi send you to hell. You claimed that S.Sudanese are illiterate but you are the most uneducated people in the entire globe.

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    • 24 February 2013 07:13, by Jalaby

      SPLM and wanted Abyei to be resolved first and within their views only before anything else and they don’t mind to see the whole south economy collapse and remains under the heavy economic siege from north and people die one after another because of hunger unless Khartoum gives away their tiny land that they voluntarily chose to add it north and not south!!

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      • 24 February 2013 07:24, by Jalaby

        visionless people missed a great opportunity when Mbkey and former president Zenawy provided the first draft solution that will allow the south to export its oil through north and pays some amount of money to Sudan and both countries should immediately stop any kind of hostility and continue to negotiate till they come up and agree on a fix oil transition fee,—>

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        • 24 February 2013 07:30, by Jalaby

          the most important thing on that draft solution I can say, it didn’t put disarming SPLA-N or disengaging them or even mentioned anything about 14 mile area, just pay some amount and export your oil, ironically, Bashir accepted it and was ready to sign that draft but Kiir and his delegation team rejected it!! do you know why? because it didn’t include Abyei problem

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          • 24 February 2013 07:37, by Jalaby

            and Dinka Ngok rejected it and imposed their view over the whole south!
            Dinka Ngok people want to bargain Abyei with oil,they thought Sudan economy can’t survive without the south oil and will soon sell them Abyei for few billion dollars and some oil and they forgot that the south is completely relying on this oil as it makes 98% of its revenue and can’t afford to —>

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            • 24 February 2013 07:46, by Jalaby

              survive without it and that’s exactly what is happening now as the south at the verge of full collapsing and US will hold international meeting to collect money (begging) for them and avoid inevitable collapse if Sudan continues its economic war over the south,over the new landlocked baby country and US doesn’t want to take the moral responsibility when

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              • 24 February 2013 07:59, by Jalaby

                the south collapse and another Somalia cloned problem emerges in the heart of Africa and destabilizing the whole region as Mr. Lyman said it clearly before,US doesn’t want to take the moral responsibility on that new failed country because US pushed Sudan hard and used all its different weapons against Sudan until Sudan let off the south to go but unfortunately that

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                • 24 February 2013 08:07, by Jalaby

                  US huge effort yielded a deformed child led by visionless and corrupted leaders who can’t think further than their underwear and pockets and put US under great surprise!
                  US should have asked Britain first before anything: why you guys changed your mind of separating the south from north after you locked the south for so long and expelled out Arab/Jalaba from it?

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        • 24 February 2013 07:48, by Nibs

          Story teller/jallaba,
          You really should be a comedian, if you’re not one already.why do you like fairytale?you may be content with inducing yourself into some kind dim-witted amnesia.you should have paid more attention to SPLA/N invasion of kurmu and more issues in your country blanketed by endless large desert.

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    • 24 February 2013 07:29, by Tutbol

      My Jalaby friend should know this, visionless is a big word that a visionary can tag onto another persons. In school, we are taught vectors & scalars. Vectors have a magnitude & directions, when scalars only have magnitude with no directions. But all these are part of our physical world, we are told. My understanding is: a leader is equal to a vector, and a politician is equal a scalar.>>>

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      • 24 February 2013 07:40, by Tutbol

        >>>From the times we could remember, if our leaders were all that visionless, then we wouldn’t have our S Sudan to day. Yes we often have some unpalatable scenarious amongst ourselves as S Sudanese, but we are better off, without the preaching from our brothers in the N Sudan.

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        • 24 February 2013 08:20, by Jalaby

          Tutbol,
          Are you interested on talking in mathematics my friend? I personally do!
          Let us compare the south-north current situation with Issac Newton 3rd law of motion and see whether it applies to it or not?!
          The south decided to punish Khartoum and shut down its oil production accusing Khartoum of stealing their oil and not

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          • 24 February 2013 08:26, by Jalaby

            serious on resolving Abyei problem and other border issues, Khartoum fire back by blockage the border with the south and launched a fierce economic sanction over the south and armed the rebellions in the south the same way Juba did regarding SPLA-N!
            Issac Newton 3rd law of motion says:F1 and F2 are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction

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            • 24 February 2013 08:32, by Jalaby

              Yes Newton 3rd law of motion perfectly applies on that situation no doubt!
              Let us take another comparison between intellectual person and visionless person, here we’ve two persons: Issac Newton as intellectual person and Mr. Kiir as visionless one, we all know about the story of Issac Newton on how he discovered the law of gravity —>

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              • 24 February 2013 08:37, by Jalaby

                It was mentioned that while Issac Newton was sitting under an apple tree one apple fell down from that tree and hit his head and he took it and asked himself: why that apple fell down and didn’t go up instead? the answer of that ever serious question changed the life of human being for ever and resulted in great discovery of law of gravity!

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                • 24 February 2013 08:45, by Jalaby

                  Now let us assume that Mr. Kiir was sitting under that apple tree and one apple fell down and hit his head, guess what question Mr. Kiir would had asked? I’ve no single doubt that Mr. Kiir would had eaten that apple first and then asked himself:How that apple is delicious?!
                  Absolutely Mr. Kiir and thugs around him are nothing but completely visionless people!

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                  • 24 February 2013 14:17, by nostalgia for 1 sudan


                    Mr.KIR WOULD HAVE EATEN THE APPLLE AND BLAME SUDAN FOR THROWING HIS MAJESTY WITH THAT APPLE AND WOULD ORDER HIS STUPID SPLA SOLDIERS TO GET REVENGE OF HYPOCRIT FAKE ARABS:)

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                    • 24 February 2013 14:22, by nostalgia for 1 sudan


                      Mr.KIR WOULD HAVE EATEN THE APPLE AND BLAME SUDAN FOR THROWING HIS MAJESTY WITH THAT APPLE AND WOULD ORDER HIS STUPID SPLA SOLDIERS TO GET REVENGE OF HYPOCRIT FAKE ARABS:)

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                      • 24 February 2013 14:43, by Tutbol

                        Who in his right mind in S Sudan would want to have anything to do with arabs, Sudanese or Jews arabs to be exact. Arabs are not want wanted in my state of Jonglei, may be in other other states, but arabs & jews are the monsters in this world with love of money. my people in S sudan worship jews, but they don’t know they are worshoping eveil, they are evil anyway.

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                      • 24 February 2013 14:50, by Jalaby

                        nostalgia for 1 sudan,
                        You’re damn right my friend, Mr. Kiir would have done it that way no question!!
                        laughing
                        laughing

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                  • 24 February 2013 20:21, by Peacocktail

                    LAM AKOL AJAWIN nickname himself as JALLABA:
                    Common ST readers/commentator, the so called JALLABA is a nickname of Lam Akol Ajawin of SPLM-DC, today I caught him red handy on Facebook. Note from today on ward, you are feeding Alam Akol Ajawin-The Rebels chairpersons for South Sudan.
                    Lam Akol, we have seen your colour and relationship with our number ONE enemies in Khartuom. your own tribe is onrid

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                  • 24 February 2013 20:21, by Peacocktail

                    LAM AKOL AJAWIN nickname himself as JALLABA:
                    Common ST readers/commentator, the so called JALLABA is a nickname of Lam Akol Ajawin of SPLM-DC, today I caught him red handy on Facebook. Note from today on ward, you are feeding Alam Akol Ajawin-The Rebels chairpersons for South Sudan.
                    Lam Akol, we have seen your colour and relationship with our number ONE enemies in Khartuom. your own tribe is onrid

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                    • 24 February 2013 20:29, by Peacocktail

                      Jallaby or Lam AKol Ajawin;
                      Please enjoy your gayship with Bashir, You have abundant your wife in Juba and stay with Bashir to stire up problem in South Sudan. the Government in Juba must re-consider strategies in investigating your family present in Juba and demote her in the Minstry. Why did the Government encampused Athor properties and asets and Yet Lam Akol-Jallaby is enjoying Khartuom

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                    • 24 February 2013 20:30, by Peacocktail

                      Jallaby or Lam AKol Ajawin;
                      Please enjoy your gayship with Bashir, You have abundant your wife in Juba and stay with Bashir to stire up problem in South Sudan. the Government in Juba must re-consider strategies in investigating your family present in Juba and demote her in the Minstry. Why did the Government encampused Athor properties and asets and Yet Lam Akol-Jallaby is enjoying Khartuom

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                  • 25 February 2013 09:32, by okucu pa lotinokwan

                    If Jalaby is Lam Akol the former foreign minister is Number one enemy of the south,plus his own country-men in Uppe Nile
                    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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            • 24 February 2013 08:46, by Tutbol

              You got it right Mr. then Abyiei, with its natives S Sudanese, Ngok Dinkas, would have been better off than the S Sudan, so that everyone would have seen how your government cared for its peoples, than where wars were fought, South Sudan. But with your little mindedness, you people in the North are out of touch with realities.

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          • 24 February 2013 08:55, by Tutbol

            You got it right Mr. Jalaby; if you were all that intelligent in the North Sudan, then Abyiei, with its natives S Sudanese, Ngok Dinkas, would have been better off than the S Sudan, so that everyone would have seen how your government cared for its peoples, than where wars were fought, but now the sons of the soil told you people, the game is over. you started to bark.

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        • 24 February 2013 09:32, by Tutbol

          correction i meant " from the times we couldn’t remember"

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  • 24 February 2013 07:10, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    President Kiir and president Bashir of sudans meeting at african union slidline is an empty basket without friut

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    • 24 February 2013 07:38, by Michael Angelo

      Jellaba,
      I know you are so naive to understand the motive of SPLM but you should know that Bashir is the one with problem not Kiir. SPLM do everything the can to prove to the world but Bashir and his NCP thugs don’t want peace to prevail. All they want is war because they’re addicted to killing.

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  • 24 February 2013 07:45, by master

    i think it’s better to kirr and his thugs to considerate at DC confernce for begging and save the money that would use to travel to ethiobia

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  • 24 February 2013 07:50, by Mapuor

    Almost all intellectuals in both countries don’t see anything positive in the meeting of the two presidents and are only waiting for 2015 to change the regimes democratically and then resolve the outstanding issues amicably.

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  • 24 February 2013 07:58, by Bona K

    Reallity, every party is buying time if not wasting time; especially NCP of Bashir. Yes, I agreed with some commentaters about their feeling of how this negotiation playing a game between two Sudan. The most suppering are civillian rather than the top or whatever we called government. South Sudan government must to stop wasting time with Sudan on negative agreements.

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  • 24 February 2013 17:11, by Costa

    This optimism is ever dragging us one step backward from thinking of other alternatives. Let us forget Khartoum and focus on our own efforts, Khartoum will finally come back begging, why not? It is already buying gas from Kuwait to keep the refineries operating.

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