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Khartoum reiterates support for Juba government


March 19, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to remove obstacles facing implementation of the joint cooperation agreements signed between the countries.

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Sudan’s defence minister Abdel Rahim Hussein (Reuters)

The Sudanese president, Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, met on Wednesday with the South Sudanese defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk who handed him a letter from his South Sudan’s counterpart, Salva Kiir Mayardit relating to the joint security understandings between the two countries and how to develop them.

The Sudanese defence minister, Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, said in a joint press conference with Juuk following the latter’s meeting with Bashir that Khartoum strongly supports the legitimate government in Juba.

He noted that the joint security committee between the two countries held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the security issues hampering implementation of the cooperation agreements particularly those relating to completion of the zero baseline, the border crossings and the monitoring mechanisms besides mechanisms for implementing trade and industry agreements.

Hussein further said that the meeting discussed the situation in the contested Abyei region and the administrative and security arrangements in the area.

The South Sudanese defence minister for his part said his government is satisfied with Sudan’s stance towards the ongoing conflict in his country, and underscored that Juba is obliged to “give back” to Khartoum.

He also said that South Sudan is keen to achieve joint cooperation across the borders, noting that priority must be given to resolving security issues.

Before the start of the South Sudanese conflict, Juba and Khartoum agreed to normalise relations and to implement a cooperation agreement signed in 24 September 2012. The two countries have, however, failed to deploy a joint force to monitor the border because of their difference over the baseline for the demilitarised security zone called zero line.


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  • 20 March 2014 05:43, by Johndumo14

    Dr Riek Riek has,forgotten and underestimate the power of SPLA the gov.troops.
    Now the SPLA must follow them up to Nassir,Akobo and pibor ,these Counties must be brougt under gov.control ,so the civilians in these counties can start farming and children can go to school.
    Conguratulations TO SPLA ,Teach Dt Riek and his village White army a lesseon they will not forget!!

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  • 20 March 2014 07:07, by Jalaby

    I don’t trust Dinka regime in Juba, although their defense minister assured Khartoum that they will never support SPLA-N & Darfourian gangsters but they always do and now took it to even higher level and hired them as mercenaries to fight Nuer rebel with them
    If Khartoum decided to support Nuer rebel and blocked the oil pipeline then Dinka government in Juba is gone!

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    • 20 March 2014 08:10, by moto


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  • 20 March 2014 09:52, by Mohammed Ali 2

    Sudan must remain neutral in this dirty senseless war.We should deal only with the ligitimate government as per the international law.No interference except through the IGAD to bring the waring parties to peace.The ordinary innocent SSudanese are suffering beyond imagination.It is inhuman to escalate this war, besides no political or economic benifit is coming out of such interference.

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