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Sudan, South Sudan agree to speed up implementation of security arrangements

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March 22, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan and south Sudan have agreed to speed up the implementation of security arrangements and to determine the line zero related to the establishment of a buffer zone between the two countries, a Sudanese official said on Saturday .

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South Sudan’s defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, is welcomed by Sudan’s state defence minister, Yahya Mohamed Khair, at Khartoum airport on 18 March 2014 (SUNA)

The joint security committee rapporteur, Al-Moiz Farouq, told official news agency SUNA that the recent visit to Khartoum by the South Sudanese defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, aimed to operationalise the security mechanisms agreed by the two countries since 27 September 2012.

According to Farouq, the mechanisms include the identification of line zero, and the determination of safe demilitarised border zone. The two parties also committed themselves to reactivate of the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM) and to resume the meetings of the joint security committee.

Juba decided to suspend JBVMM operations on 22 November 2013 and to withdraw its monitors until the resolution of the dispute over the buffer zone centreline.

“During a joint planning workshop held in Juba from 13 to 15 November 2013, the Government of South Sudan expressed concerns regarding the link between border crossing corridors and the determination of the border zone centreline coordinates, which in its view implied that the centreline would be considered as the border between the two countries,” said a report by UN chief UN Ban Ki-Moon to the UN Security Council (UNSC) on 25 February.

The report disclosed that on 28 January Sudan deployed 34 monitors, while South Sudan deployed 33 monitors with 25 from UNISFA to the JBVMM in Kadugli. Two monitors from South Sudan and two from the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) were also deployed in Gok Machar in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.

The deployment took place in line with an agreement reached by the joint security committee in a meeting held in Khartoum from 26-27 November 2013

The Sudanese rapporteur said the two ministers also reaffirmed their commitment to implement a deal signed on 20 June 2011, aiming to establish a temporary administration, a legislative council and a joint force in the Abyei region.

Farouq said the meeting was convened to prevent any military presence in the disputed area, as per a statement from the UNSC on 17 March, which demanded both countries withdraw their troops and ensure Abyei remains a weapons free area.

According to Ban’s report to the UNSC, more than 600 South Sudanese soldiers and policemen remain in Abyei, while Sudan maintains a force of over 100 oil police at the Difra oilfields.

During his two-day visit to Khartoum Juuk met with Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and handed him a letter from his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir, over the implementation of security arrangements agreed as part of the deal, which also includes demands to end support to rebel groups and prevent cross-border attacks.

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  • 23 March 08:35, by Naath

    How many letters given to Albashir by this hopeless president who don’t wrong and right, while khartoum is attacking south sudan military and killing innocent Abyie people. Kiir is stupid enough

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    • 23 March 08:42, by Mi diit

      Devil red-eyed Kuol Manyang Juuk visited Khartoum, begging them for support, but the next day Khartoum’s forces attacked Abyei. Bashir’s interest is in the oil. Once the rebels capture the oilfields, Bashir will immediately switch his support to the rebels. And this will happen soon.

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      • 23 March 08:45, by Mi diit

        This incompetent and naïve leadership in Juba thinks that Bashir doesn’t know they support the Sudanese JEM and SPLA-N rebels. They think Khartoum is too foolish to be deceived with fake friendship.

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      • 23 March 09:03, by Awei-ngok

        @ Mi diit,so you are fighting to run oil projects for Bashir and not for South Sudan’s but Sudan’s interests?We have known you since day in 1991.He supported you and you were badly defeated altogether.What do you think is the difference between 2013-2014 and 1991?It is history repeating itself. Your rebellion will not reach May 2014.Mark my words.You are hopeless and will always remain like that.

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        • 24 March 07:54, by Mi diit

          Ngoth,
          Inferior Kiir is already running the oil for Bashir and Museveni. So what are you talking about? We will also make deals with others on the oil. You don’t have the monopoly to make deals that waste our resources. Let us wait and see how this war will end for you. DISASTER!!! Mark my words!!!

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    • 23 March 08:52, by Awei-ngok

      @ Naath or Nyagat,
      How much billions of dollars did Dr. Traitor Riek steal in South Sudan? Who is better; one (Kiir) who is sending letters to avoid any negative influence posed by Riek South Sudanese through Bashir or one (Riek) who stole public money and ran into the bush with it to kill innocent people using that funds? You must be crazy. Mother fucker!

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      • 23 March 09:09, by Awei-ngok

        @ Naath or Nyagat,
        How much billions of dollars did Dr. Traitor Riek steal in South Sudan? Who is better; one (Kiir) who is sending letters to avoid any negative influence posed by Riek to South Sudanese through Bashir or one (Riek) who stole public money and ran into the bush with it to kill innocent people using that funds? You must be crazy. Mother fucker!

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      • 23 March 10:52, by Naath

        Awei Ngot, I want you understand the fact,what’s the reasonable behind your useless letters to north while Bashir is not bothering about that killing innocent abyie civilian, do you know that the war is on the way between two countries and les you give up abyie like did before. Kiir is confuse person

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  • 23 March 08:48, by Jalaby

    Well, implementation security agreements starts from disarming SPLA-N and Darfourian gangsters and expelling them out of the south but Juba government is hopeless case and can’t defend itself against Nuer rebellion without SPLA-N, Darfourian gangsters and Ugandan army!
    They are lying to Khartoum and just selling them rosy dreams!

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    • 23 March 10:29, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      It is time for NCP to cave-in to the demands of Darfurian and Nubian, since Bashir’s pledged of rebels’ clearance this summer is not forthcoming. and not to mention the unforgettable hope of celebrating eid el fitra in Kauda. that plan remained unfulfiled fantasy, just like my dream of wanting to go and live on mars.

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    • 23 March 10:45, by South South

      Jalaby,
      Go and clean your ass somewhere.(GATHA EL JAMARA) not on this website. The people you call them names are going to be the same people to fuck fake Arabs in Sudan. Darfur will be the newest country in the world following South Sudan, then next will be Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile. Eastern Sudan will be the last newest country in the world. Just wait Mr. GATHA EL JAMARA.

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