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African panel investigating rebel support claims arrive in Sudan


August 17, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Ad Hoc Investigative Mechanism (AIM), which was set up by the African Union (AU) and the East African regional bloc, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to probe accusations traded by Sudan and South Sudan of support to rebel groups has arrived on Saturday in Khartoum in a two-day mission.

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(From L-R) Maj-Gen (Retired) Julius Olakunle Sunday Oshanupin, minister of foreign affairs Tedros Adhanom and AU commissioner for peace and security Ramtane Lamamra at the 22 July launch of an investigation into accusations of rebel support and to determine a border centreline (Photo: AU)

Last June, the head of African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP), Thabo Mbeki put forward proposals for solving the problems facing the implementation of cooperation agreements signed last year between the two countries.

Khartoum says the rebel groups of Darfur, Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains are harbored and supported by the South Sudanese government. In return, Juba points out that the ongoing rebellion led by David Yau Yau in Jonglei is backed by the Sudanese authorities.

The AUHIP decided to assign the African Union Commission (AUC) and the head of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to take the necessary steps to verify claims of support and harboring of rebels.

Mbeki’s panel demanded that both sides work together to renounce and end any support to armed rebellion in the other country and urged them to fully and sincerely implement the security agreement signed in September 2012.

The Sudanese army spokesperson, Col. Al-Sawarmi Khalid Saad, told the official news agency (SUNA) that Sudan is absolutely committed to cooperate with the AIM.

“We hope that the AIM manages to achieve its objectives in order to stop support and harboring for rebel groups”, he said.

Col. Sa’ad added that the AIM could help create the conditions for resuming the implementation of all the cooperation agreements.

Tensions between the countries have escalated last June when Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir ordered the closure of pipelines carrying oil from landlocked South Sudan.

Sudan also announced that it will put on hold cooperation agreements signed with South Sudan on a wide range of issues that included citizenship rights, security issues, banking and border trade.

Last March the two sides also agreed on the implementation schedule for these accords.


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  • 18 August 2013 06:46, by zulu

    Van DIxie, old Hen. Perhaps anecdotes are the only means to communicate.

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  • 18 August 2013 09:52, by Ambago

    My countrymen
    South Sudan is not interested in any cooperation agreement between Salva Kiir and the fugitive (Al Bashir). If we wanted to live with these arabized riverian Nubians, our people would have voted for unity. But they didn’t.
    All we need by hooks or crooks is the demarcation of the borders, and the return of land rightly belonging to RSS as it stood on 01/01/1956. Oil can wait.

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    • 18 August 2013 09:57, by Ambago

      Yes Oil can wait until we put the South Sudan house in order.
      We can not see a lunatic dictator using the oil money to turn the entire country into a personnaly owned cattle camp.
      There is already a totalitarianism in the making in Juba. Oil money will simply be used to buy loyalties and rig elections come 2015. We know it and we dont want it!

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      • 18 August 2013 13:57, by Oppressor

        Ambago ya so disparate form the situation in south & kirr is doing well to establish his kingdom so no hope in any good future nearly so prepare ya slef to get a shelter in kenya mr not african & of course ya not one of the Arab & don’t ever think to come to Arab & Nubian Country coz ya we do not welcome insects any more haaaa haaa haaaaa

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        • 18 August 2013 15:38, by Newman

          At this point I am not really sure if you sometime know what you’re talking about. Please don’t cloud with all the time negativity character man or a woman. "Mr. Not African"? how do real Africans look like or behave? what note that defined African and who is not African? This is a hateful language and is bad. African are African, but different way of life just like anywhere else

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        • 18 August 2013 20:42, by Kalo

          Oppressor,God is now punishing you using water,the next one will be the worst one and death because your government is killing the innocents civilians and deny the humanitarians access for them by refusing the international community to work in those areas,don,t be surprise,your time is coming soon.
          The son of Nuba

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          • 18 August 2013 21:09, by Oppressor

            Kalo are u sure it is a punishment from God my we don’t consider it this way coz we are believers by da way have u seen our real brothers from blue nile state Damazin City how they supported thier own brothers in Khartoum !!! i doubt u seen it coz u are a slave & refugee in south & u don’t have access to see TV this in case u have power where u reside haaa & newman u don’t deserve my comment ..lol

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            • 18 August 2013 22:07, by Newman

              For sure becuase the only thing that you can do better is to distort it the trust and try use peoples against one another in order hate each other and not united as your best interest, right? Just give one example how we’re not an African?

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            • 19 August 2013 08:06, by Kalo

              Oppressor,i am not slave in S.Sudan,i am inside Nuba mountains disarming your fake weak SAF,i can send you the videos of Jalaba capturing in Abukorshola and ammunition seizing them,South Sudan are our bloody brothers,we can,t be slave to them,we have long history with them,not like you fuckin jalabas who always discriminated the Sudanese people,shut up your roton mouth.

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      • 19 August 2013 05:57, by dude

        Yes Ambago, you are telling the truth. South Sudan is a young nation and does not know a real democracy they were fighting for. Now Salva is turning south sudan into Bar Alghazal land. This is wrong there is no need for that because we were fighting to have freedom in our own south sudan. Please tell Bashir to shut down the oil until after 2015. This oil money will not be used for development in S

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    • 19 August 2013 07:42, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Investigation of only 2days you are joking or you have to stop is it now.Thambo Mbeki with Khartoum they sharing words in common.

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  • 19 August 2013 06:03, by dude

    Salva kiir is a cowboy. He may be good at fighting in the bush but he does not know how to run the country South Sudan. All his speeches when he is speaking, is just authoritative and dictatorship. The freedom that we were all celebrating has been turned into Dinka Bar Alghazal. They are now using the Nuer and the murle to kill eachother. Nuer and murle are not the enemies. shut down oil please

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  • 19 August 2013 06:05, by dude

    If you shut down the oil now, we can defeat Salva Kiir in 2015 by all means.

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