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March 22, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Friday accused the government of neighbouring Sudan of failing to pull its troops back from their contested border in line with an agreement to create a buffer zone to defuse tensions between the two nations.

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South Sudan’s defence minister, John Kong Nyuon (Reuters)

The Safe Demilitarised Border Zone (SDBZ) was initially agreed in September 2012 but implementation stalled until a new deal and was signed in Addis Ababa on 12 March, which provides a clear timeline and framework.

As part of the deal, South Sudan is also scheduled to resume exporting its oil through Sudan for the first time in over a year.

South Sudan’s defence minister, John Kong Nyuon, said his country had completed its withdrawal from all border areas in order to allow for the creation of the buffer zone.

Nyuon was speaking to journalists shortly after briefing president Salva Kiir Mayardit about the outcomes and recommendations made in the recent Joint Political Security Mechanism (JPSM) meeting, which he attended in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The minister said that the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), which has been given the responsibility of monitoring the buffer zone as well as the Abyei area, has airlifted South Sudanese monitors to the South Kordofan capital Kadugli, which has been designated as the interim headquarters of the joint monitoring operation.

“The SPLA (South Sudanese army) forces have so far completed withdrawal from the areas. We have withdrawn our forces from Northern Upper Nile. We have withdrawn our forces from Jau and all the areas, including 14 Mile area which was given special security arrangement in Northern Bahr el Ghazal. The same thing in Western Bahr el Ghazal state but the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), until on March 19, when we were in the meeting, did not move. They did not start withdrawing”, Nyuon told journalists on Friday.

The senior official was accompanied by the army’s chief of general staff, James Hoth Mai, and the newly-appointed chief of Military Intelligence (MI), Major General Mac Paul, both of whom did not make any statement to the media.

“I am told that Sudan Armed Forces have started preparations to withdrawn from Teshkuin in Unity state", he said, adding that troop withdrawal from the area had not yet commenced.

In Khartoum, General Emad Al-Deen Addawim, who co-chairs the technical JPSM team, confirmed to Sudanese radio the full withdrawal of Mile 14, saying it showed South Sudan was serious about implementing the 8 and 12 March agreements.

The two sides had a week to pull their troops out of the disputed border areas, while the SPLA was given two weeks to withdraw from the Mile 14 area.
SPLA spokesperson Colonel Philip Aguer told Sudan Tribune that it was the responsibility of UNISFA to verify whether SAF had withdrawn.

“On our side, we have completed the withdrawal within the timeframe. It was done in a transparent way. The media were all invited [and] they can prove full withdrawal on our side. The failure by Sudan is the responsibility of the United Nations Interim Force for Abyei which has a mandate to verify and ask for failure”, said Aguer on Friday.

Meanwhile, the senior military officer downplayed reports and complaints from local authorities, expressing fears that civilian populations along the border areas would be vulnerable to attacks by militia groups north of the border who are allied to the Sudanese army.

“The civil populations along the border areas are not vulnerable. The SPLA force will always be there at [the] moment they feel that their lives are in danger. They will [be there] in the very second of feeling the danger. It is the mandate of the SPLA to protect civilians and their properties from foreign aggression”, said Aguer.

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  • 23 March 2013 07:00, by Michael Angelo

    Mr. Nyuon,
    Why South Sudan always rush to implement the agreements or withdraw their forces first? Relying on AU and UN is a waste of time.

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    • 23 March 2013 07:20, by Deng II

      Sudan troops will invade Jau soon then later. I heard that they replaced Kiir Adem in Northern Aweil where General Deng Wol withdrawed. Sudan don’t care much about oil because they calcultated if they have to take the lands they will get oil later, in fact the oil is under the lands.

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      • 23 March 2013 07:28, by Deng II

        I don’t know any one in South Sudan think that Sudan will withdraws? If you are a right mind person and clever human being you read the tree leaf when they run to anounnced that they withdrawed without evidence of video showing the moving of troop with equipments.Only the alcoholic’s fog eye called Pagan Amum can say they would.

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        • 23 March 2013 08:02, by Force 1

          There is a good reason why people say never trust Arabs especially fake Arabs of Sudan. These Sudanese still; they never recover from the slit of Sudan. They still believe anything in South Sudan, they are entitle to the bigger part of it but it’s a wishful thinking that’s going to die with them.

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      • 23 March 2013 07:52, by Force 1

        South Sudan made it clear last time that; they are going to keep and eagle eyes on the border; now they proved that they mean what they were saying! Thanks for our men and women in uniforms for watching over our shoulders.

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      • 23 March 2013 16:52, by Peacocktail

        SAF shall withdraw or Government in Khartuom shall falls! options to risk or bide with agreement Sudans.It is a crime to deprive soverign economy.Holding grounds is not acceptable.SPLA did it very well without doubt, SAF to do it without doubt.they have same reservation against withdrawals and SAF officers got resistance on this voluntarily Operation. they are suspicious on rebels who may take ups

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    • 23 March 2013 07:22, by Force 1

      You see now the game Sudan is playing? We in South Sudan cannot be irresponsible to release the oil to Sudanese thieves who stole the oil in the first place and paid no price or punished for it. It’s good that our eyes are wide open to see the stupid game on display by Sudan.

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      • 23 March 2013 07:23, by Force 1

        This is going to be a long term problem for South Sudan if Sudan is going to be the only route for our oil to the market. South Sudan is going to be blackmail every time there is a small issue of misunderstanding between two countries. An alternative route is the good solution needed by South Sudan.

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      • 23 March 2013 16:57, by Peacocktail

        Stolen oil is charge to the company that transport it,S.Sudan Oil must fallows in Sudan hire pipelines.International shall condemn South Sudan if refuse to take the Oil in the World Markets, Oil price shoot up in WTC due absent of South Sudan oil. Powerful leaders are very hard on South Sudan or risk being isolated in World Affairs and Development programmes. Big No! companies are charged for it.

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    • 23 March 2013 07:24, by julia

      i don,t why did God make that mistake of creating oil which isn,t a living. our life would ve been better without oil if we had competent leaders. Arab it is ur time play ur game to fool our oil leaders in s.sudan. but when u see son of icon of wisdom ie Jieng Upper Nile pls run to Arab penisula.

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      • 23 March 2013 07:48, by Deng II

        Julia, I feel you bro, I realited that there are food loving monyjang or Jieng desperate with corruption to fulfilling his/her belly. what I see right now it is like giving a child food and then take it away immediately while the child is not full. That is what happened when South taste oil money and closed without being full. The desperate of more money, the compromise of land to get oil.

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        • 23 March 2013 07:55, by George Bol

          Mr food lover-DengII, you should calm down because we no how to respond to enemy. Let implement the accords. Why are you worried while you were the first to join Jallaba for food only.How many Matip, Gabriel Tang, Panypiny, Monytuiel, mabil, Riek, Gai, Gordon , and all food lovers in Upper Nile have attack the South but fail while helping Khartoum for just food?

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          • 23 March 2013 08:07, by julia

            George Bol.
            Stop calling patriot Deng II as a food lover. U thought he is a Nuer? No dude u mistook him guy. DengII bro we don,t ve leaders what we ve re gangs. Idon,t see the SPLA withdrawl from Teshuin,Jau& kiir Adem if we had commpetent leaders that can played a success in diplomacy.
            Monydit. Which diplomacy u re telling me? The one Mading Deng did in New York by betraying Isreal as long as S.s

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            • 23 March 2013 20:25, by Nuer Empire

              Mrs Julia: We refuse such a heartless girl like you in the media.Make sure,you have no friend at all!! You will walk alone even if you are telling truth for sometimes.I some timetime speak in a very simplest English
              The Nuer Empire

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          • 23 March 2013 08:08, by julia

            George Bol.
            Stop calling patriot Deng II as a food lover. U thought he is a Nuer? No dude u mistook him guy. DengII bro we don,t ve leaders what we ve re gangs. Idon,t see the SPLA withdrawl from Teshuin,Jau& kiir Adem if we had commpetent leaders that can played a success in diplomacy.
            Monydit. Which diplomacy u re telling me? The one Mading Deng did in New York by betraying Isreal as long as S.s

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            • 23 March 2013 12:05, by Nuer Empire

              Mrs Julia and Geok Bol:The hatred towards Nuer will actually affected you.Nuer do have good behavoir and accomodate Jieng(Dinka).Can u manage to leave Nuer alone and keep their grip in Country dev’ts? However,having Machar and the other true elites of Nuer working brilliantly,nothing will affect their Presidential bid in 2015.
              The Nuer Empire

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          • 23 March 2013 08:09, by Deng II

            BOll
            Julia tell this stupid and unless called Boll, who tell him Im Nuer? If you from Kiir area and then fuck you all. Kiir told the world that 4 billions had been stolent, isit Nuer people who stolen that Money? Kiir himself is a chuei(theft)

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      • 23 March 2013 20:29, by Oppressor

        julia too bad fa ya i can feel ur suffering too.. but hey u can help urself out by taking the idea of being Slaved by Arabs out of ur narrow mind , coz we never did that it is ur white masters take it easy & lead ur Juba life well while enjoying Sudan Food ungrateful sucker..

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        • 24 March 2013 05:24, by cbuongdit cholkua

          Oppressor, you think it will be too bad for the South, but its will be more worse for you than it’s in the South. Your dead economy has noway to comes to life, which gives you no other alternatives than accepting South’s conditions. Also you talked about Slave, you judge this yourself,W would people think is more slaved other than you who have cloned themselves in order to fit in African societie

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          • 24 March 2013 05:44, by cbuongdit cholkua

            And I know you don’t looks Arab anymore, north African countries and middle-east are the really Arabs but not the Fake Sudan. Then make sure that, SPLA is now fully withdrawed as a respect for the signed agreements, but in some weeks, SPLA will come back with its full services of your cleaning your asses out of the places that your anemic forces think they are occupied. Then by that time, SPLA-

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            • 24 March 2013 05:51, by cbuongdit cholkua

              SPLA would carelss about whoever they were respecting then, either the AU nor UN. It will be their own responsibilty to reclaimed back its territories with no says from anybody.

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    • 23 March 2013 07:48, by BARRACK OBAMA

      I TOLD YOU GUYS,THAT IS HOW RUSH IMPLEMENTATION IS,
      MR DEFENSE MINISTER WHAT WILL YOU DO?

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    • 23 March 2013 08:32, by Tong dut

      No need to accuses daily.
      To whom and why?
      Useless mind.

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  • 23 March 2013 07:37, by George Bol

    SAF has no gut to try to come to Jau because SPLA can captured it just with 3 serious attack.Guys, we should not be worried because mother and father SPLA is there. For that writer, Mac Paul was not newly elected Military intelligent.

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    • 23 March 2013 08:25, by Deng II

      Boll
      You saw in aljazara video that there are villegers left behind in Jau, if Misseria raid them while South Army in 10 mile away can they save them? I Assumed that you are a soldier, how many minutes can tanks or person run to save civillians while enemy shoting at them? Will they save any body? fighting with gun is not fighting with spear, please don’t be naive if are a really soldier>

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  • 23 March 2013 07:41, by George Bol

    Our mission with Khartoum is not finish. Abyei, border areas, and consultation of two states are not yet done. So, these agreements were just political accord. Plus, UN forces that will monitor the boarder are coward that would be scare for an hour. For me, SPLA must stay alert always.We must have no teeth at this time.

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  • 23 March 2013 08:27, by Mohammed Ali 2

    Fair enough, that what he says! But, I think it would have been more professional if Sudan Tribune brings us what SAF & what the UN says.That would be fair, honest & professional journalism.

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    • 23 March 2013 09:48, by Kenyang

      Mohammed Ali 2,
      This is how SPLA sees and feels it. Remember, these areas (called claim areas) where SAF are stationed are South Sudan territories with villages and so SPLA must have some good information. Still, SAF may respond to these allegation soon and i’m sure Sudantribute will bring us their side of story. Be patient.

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    • 23 March 2013 15:09, by no peace with north

      I wish Kiir will go soon, we need somebody who will deal terribly with gay Arab which were fool by gay criminal momehmade, the disobedient boy in his family. they stick on us, their know that we south Sudan we are holy people of God that is why they are still follow us to convert some people to their dirty religion shame on Arab, we will not be together keep your dreaming, if will be so.

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  • 23 March 2013 09:18, by master

    hahaaa
    forget about sudan
    yau yau killed 20 insects of weak SPLA

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  • 23 March 2013 11:23, by 4Justice

    I am 100% certain Thabo Mbeki will advise his Sudanese friends to end this foolishness and withdraw their troops immediately per agreed. In my estimation I don’t think this is a smart move by Islamists in Khartoum, unlike other agreements, the international community is committed to the implementation of this particular agreement.

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  • 23 March 2013 11:41, by sammartin

    We must stop making accusations

    See more Top Sitestoute la mode pour les femmes rondes sur internet. Vêtements grandes tailles pour femmes

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  • 23 March 2013 12:02, by Nyakuzuny

    Sorry about you South Sudanese for your Withdrawal Troops from Borders Area , while Khartoum Arabs they are Refuse now to withdraw their Troops.

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  • 23 March 2013 12:12, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    Hahahaaaaa South Sudanese are you still not understanding the Illitrate President and Iliitrates Millitary officers my question what is the Different b/n your loose and Gain my Understaanding is that, there is will Oils to running to Old Sudan now they are still cheeting you more than , my second question are you still very Primitively or you Qualifies for Understanding? you don’t think about Life

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  • 23 March 2013 12:20, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    am really Sorry about our People here in South Sudan Please you leaves this Loving of Foods is not the Solution for your Life here in South Sudan my Advice is don’t playing with Children of Different Mothers here in South Sudan ,do you believe that these Children they don’t Have their Parents , you Accuse your Pulish Illitrate President.

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  • 23 March 2013 12:26, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    the third Question is we are now Dieying of the War Yaw-Yaw and more than many people and Different Mothers Childrens they dies and No Bodies will Remembering these people what is your Decisions for those who Corruption the Properties of the Government here in South Sudan?

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  • 23 March 2013 12:56, by Gabriel Ajak

    If AU is on their stand firm position the immediate withdrawn of SAF camouflages shall be effective within 24 hours.

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  • 23 March 2013 15:33, by no peace with north

    Gay Arab sticks sticks on us, why are you sticking on our neck what is your problem, we South Sudaness we very clever enough leave alone some of tribes whom you bribe them often like Murle, they don’t know your background also, because they are very far from you, even many of them there don’t know how to speak and write in Arabic like David Yau Yau he complete don’t know arabic I seen him talking.

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  • 23 March 2013 15:33, by no peace with north

    Gay Arab sticks sticks on us, why are you sticking on our neck what is your problem, we South Sudaness we very clever enough leave alone some of tribes whom you bribe them often like Murle, they don’t know your background also, because they are very far from you, even many of them there don’t know how to speak and write in Arabic like David Yau Yau he complete don’t know arabic I seen him talking.

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  • 23 March 2013 16:07, by Kenyang

    no peace with north,
    Calm down bro (as a mature person both in English, Age or Experience if i can guess thru your words, i’m forced to give you this advise) be ready to appreciate and support Salva Kiir and gov’t of South Sudan if all said and done go well without South Sudan’s territories being taken over by Sudan or be ready to be first shoot and kill Salva Kiir for betraying South Sudan.

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    • 23 March 2013 18:51, by julia

      kenyang boy!
      Sorry no body will shoot salva kiir Kuethpiny mayardit in s.sudan as u perceived it dude! Kiir weakness doesn,t buy all s.sudan believe in him upto that extend of killing him. Only we want him to go to mangar pakal Akon of Awan Chan as a s.sudanese citizen since he is a hero, nationalist and patriotic but no wise enough to overcome arab greedy& Deng majok son greedy adorptation.

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    • 23 March 2013 19:47, by Oppressor

      I wonder why all Janoubeen are so confused look at! you believe anything without confirmation then u start abusing each other Dinka & Neiur food lovers & Mourle & blaming Sudan fa nothing i feel so sorry u need to group up accept da fact u can’t lead a nation u need to be led by others..

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      • 24 March 2013 04:44, by hellonearth

        told you it never flowing through the north

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  • 23 March 2013 20:29, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    hey Stupid Dinkas don’t Talk like Noncence people ,with your Primitive President No bodies can kill Primitive President because he is the very Primitively one another you leave the Dogs meats on the Steets Roads because you are so-much lovers Dogs meats on streets Roads.

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  • 24 March 2013 06:09, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Bilpam, you do not needs to say anything about South Sudan’s affairs, you don’t know nothing here about the South. Therefore, you needs to keeps claiming your Ethiopianess instead of wondering around between the two countries. War is still yet done, so you needs to chose one side instead of living a double life.

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