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Khartoum critical of IGAD’s approach in South Sudan negotiations


April 15, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government has sharply criticised the role of the regional block, the Intergovernmental Authority of Development (IGAD), in the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, warning of the gravity of the situation in the newborn state.

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From left: IGAD’s executive secretary Mahmoud Maalim, acting head of the South Sudan delegation, Makuei Lueth, IGAD special envoys Lazarus Sumbeiywo, Seyoum Mesfim and Mohamed Ahmed al-Dabi, head of South Sudan’s rebel delegation Taban Deng hold a joint press conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 6 January 2014 (Photo: AFP/Carl De Souza)

The state’s minister at the Sudanese foreign ministry, Kamal Al-Din Saeed, in a statement before the parliament on Tuesday, described IGAD’s approach to negotiations between the warring parties in South Sudan as “traditional” and doesn’t take into consideration the special nature of the country, affirming it will fail to resolve the crisis.

“The crisis in Juba will not be resolved on the basis of the balance of powers or political equations,” Saeel said. He further stressed that that IGAD must adopt different approach in dealing with the crisis in South Sudan.

The minister asserted that Khartoum is well placed to make proposals which accommodate the nature of the conflict in the newborn state, saying they suggest a comprehensive solution with the participation of all parties and the civil society.


The Sudanese official revealed Western attempts to impose a proposal of forming a transitional government in Juba without the participation of Kiir and Machar to run the country in the coming period before to hold general elections.

“The West doesn’t have a ready solution. It seeks to impose this proposal if it finds a suitable person to lead the transitional government and the appropriate manner to make him acceptable to all the parties,” he added.

The two conflicting SPLM factions signed a ceasefire agreement in 23 January. However, the fighting continues on the ground, as the both sides accuse each other of violating the terms of the deal.

The warring parties are due to resume talks in Addis Ababa on 22 April, without the participation of the seven former political detainees.

The move followed threats by South Sudan to boycott talks if the group of seven were allowed to take part. It was also reported that the rebels accepted to negotiate without them.


In a separate issue the minister announced Sudan will launch an initiative to converge views of Egypt and Ethiopia on the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project.

He stressed that Khartoum is making arrangements to host a joint meeting between Cairo and Addis Ababa at the political and technical levels to discuss the issue, denying that Sudan is taking the side of Ethiopia in this dispute.

Egypt fears that the $4.6 billion hydropower plant will diminish its share of the river’s water flows, arguing its historic water rights must be maintained.

Ethiopia is the source of about 85% of the Nile’s water, mainly through rainfall in its highlands, with over 90% of Egyptians relying on water from the Nile’s flows.


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  • 16 April 2014 07:19, by Jubawe

    very clear message IGAD is taking this negotiation as a traditional matter but not solving the issue, why IGAD’s is not taking decision, Kenya and Uganda are worry about their busines with south Sudan, they worry about goods coming from Port Mobassa and Uganda, they stand behind Kirr for their favor not South Sudan favor and Kirr is very damm leader doesn’t what’s good for his country, fail leader

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  • 16 April 2014 08:25, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I strongly agree with Khartoum of its critism against IGAD of delaying peace process.
    In fact IGAD and western governments are talking on one item where they to kickout the Kiir regime and installed Riek Machar led rebellion to be country leader.
    IGAD are following the line which Riek Machar suggested. And sure, the administration forcast to reform the country without president Kiir is not healt

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  • 16 April 2014 08:25, by Akol Liai Mager

    First time that Kht came up with a partial truth. It’s true that all South Sudan political parties, G11-4 and civil society need to be included in EGAD’ sponsored Dialogue. It’s untrue for KHT to oppose interim government without President Kiir and Riek because they are the symbol of division and by the way, South Sudan is full of acceptable daughters and sons. We know who they are, not old ones.

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  • 16 April 2014 08:43, by Mapuor

    Hahahah regionalization of the conflict. which was started by the disgruntled group has already began.Khartoum and Addis are supporting rebels while Egypt will not wait to see its potential allies defeated.Dinkas and Nuer have enough redundant youth to do the fighting since their youth abhor farming.Hoooo Renaissance damp must surely die.Riek will be overwhelmed and defeated,SPLA OYEEEEEE

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    • 16 April 2014 11:41, by Malakal county Simon

      Egypt has no right to use South Sudan internal war because is not a member of IGAD.... Otherwise if Eypt involves, Israel will also have the right to involves....

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