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January 27, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir Wednesday has ordered to open joint border with the neighbouring South Sudan .

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Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir waits to welcome Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni at Khartoum Airport September 15, 2015 (REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

The official news agency SUNA reported that the Bashir has issued a presidential decree ordering to open the border with the South Sudan and "directed the concerned authorities to take all the necessary measures for the implementation of this decision on the ground".

Sudan closed its border with the South Sudan in June 2011, one month before the formal declaration of independence.

At the time, the decision interved days after the start of a rebellion in the South Kordofan by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N). Khartoum accused Juba of supporting the former members of the ruling party in South Sudan.

Last week, Bashir directed to reduce the transit fees for the oil produced in South Sudan. On Monday, President Salva Kiir responded by ordering his army to withdraw from border with Sudan to 5 miles [8km].

Kiir further disclosed that he had dispatched a personal special envoy to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, to convey to President al-Bashir his desire to normalise ties with Sudan.

Kiir also predicted that Bashir would direct to open the joint borders for communications, trade and relationship between the peoples of the two, once one, but split nations.

Last November the two countries agreed to reactivate the safe border demilitarized zone agreed on 27 September 2012 and to deploy the UNISFA supported joint monitoring force..

In the past, Khartoum refused to open the border, asking Juba to implement the security agreement and to stop its support to Sudanese rebel groups.

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  • 27 January 2016 22:26, by marie

    Good move by Bashir. North was an enemy during the war but you have moved beyond that and has recognized South Sudan as a nation. Now you treat South as a neighbouring country unlike our people in South Sudan government who demonize you day and night. God bless you. This decision will ease the suffering of our people in the borders. The East Africans have exploited us enough.

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    • 28 January 2016 01:53, by Khent

      Marie

      You can’t allow yourself to lose focus of the wider picture anytime that your *enemy* does something ostensibly friendly or positive. Khartoum has not recognized South Sudan as a Nation because it still occupies Southern territories — with some larger than Lebanon. Khartoum is not unduly demonized, in fact the opposite is true. You’re a Quisling, marie.

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      • 28 January 2016 03:44, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Bravo pres. Omar al Beshir & pres. Salva Kiir! U two now deserve thank u! Oil transit fees reduced & borders opened, is a welcome news. Sudan & S. Sudan are historical biological nations that must symbiotically live together. Ug’s pres. M7 is soon adding the salt.

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        • 28 January 2016 04:00, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

          My msg to the top pyramid & lawmakers of S. Sudan is to pronounce ’ENOUGH IS ENOUGH FOR CORRUPTION, EMBEZZLEMENT, NEPOTISM & IMPUNITY.’ It’s now time to remedy the nation for reasons of successful plebiscite

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      • 28 January 2016 04:59, by Mi diit

        Oooops....Abyei of Dinka region is gone to Khartoum forever.

        This is the secret behind the quick speedy deal between Khartoum and Juba.

        I believe my source from Khartoum is right about this secret deal.

        Where is Deng Alor Kuol? A soon-to-be foreign minister with no constituency.

        What a country!

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        • 28 January 2016 05:10, by Khent

          Mi Diit

          Yes, Gatwech, you’re privy to the details of a ’secret’ agreement between two governments. LOL! You don’t have a ’source’ in Khartoum, you desperate twat.

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        • 28 January 2016 12:07, by Junta

          Ya Midiit/Mitot.
          Kiir however Bad he might be, can never trade South Sudanese Land, instead, It’s Your Leader Riek Machar who sold out Higlig in 1992. Abyei can never be traded nor Kafie Kingi, Hofratnahas and other disputed areas. Can you be civilise enough to refrain from mentioning tribes in this forum?

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        • 28 January 2016 12:08, by Junta

          Ya Midiit/Mitot.
          Kiir however Bad he might be, can never trade South Sudanese Land, instead, It’s Your Leader Riek Machar who sold out Higlig in 1992. Abyei can never be traded nor Kafie Kingi, Hofratnahas and other disputed areas. Can you be civilise enough to refrain from mentioning tribes in this forum?

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      • 28 January 2016 06:56, by Eastern

        Khent,

        That hardline approach won’t work, these days ’soft borders’ is the way to go. Even Israel is mooting establishing relationship with Bashir’s Sudan.

        Follow this link:http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-interested-in-ties-with-sudan-deputy-defense-minister-says/

        South Sudan benefits nothing by remaining a sworn enemy to Sudan.

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        • 28 January 2016 09:19, by Khent

          Eastern

          There are no grounds for comparison between the two. No Arab State [friendly or otherwise] occupies even an inch of Israeli territory, whereas Khartoum occupies areas larger than one of Israel’s neighbours. Your own source contradicts you; with the exception of just two...

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          • 28 January 2016 09:30, by Khent

            ..Israel does not have formal diplomatic ties with the Arab world. Egypt and Jordan [the exceptions] were forced by the United States to establish diplomatic ties with Israel... ties that can best be described as strictly business. Egypt still conducts war games with Israel in mind, much to Washington’s displeasure. South Sudan should completely extricate itself from Sudan...

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            • 28 January 2016 09:43, by Khent

              ..until it gets back every last inch of its territory. The restoration and normalisation of ties should be contingent on that, and even then, Juba should NEVER get so close as to be dependant on Khartoum. You think I’m Israeli, don’t you? What I am is a cheeky fellow. What better way is there to rile an Arab up then by telling him you’re Jewish? I actually am a Dinka — that’s the honest truth.

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              • 28 January 2016 11:43, by Eastern

                Khent,

                Then go right ahead to confront Sudan to regain Abyei, Kafia Kingi and other contested areas.

                It could be that the year 2016 will be one when contested areas such Haliab Triangle, Golan Heights, Bademi, etc will revert to their ’rightful owners’ through armed confrontation and/or talk of Gunboat Diplomacy. Good luck!!

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                • 28 January 2016 12:44, by Khent

                  Eastern

                  Sudan has to be confronted militarily for South Sudan to regain its territories and safe-guard its sovereignty. Every attempt at a diplomatic solution has failed miserably. I support the right of the Syrians to regain the Golan, but they’ve always lacked the ability to militarily confront Israel...

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                  • 28 January 2016 12:57, by Khent

                    ..Even if Juba were to commit itself to the necessary political and economic reforms required to be in a position to confront Sudan militarily, it would take at least ten years of restructuring, re-arming and re-training the military.

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                    • 28 January 2016 14:16, by Eastern

                      Khent,

                      No true sane national would want an inch of their country taken by a hostile neighbor. But why Sudan and Syria are not able to rise and confront Egypt and Israel respectively in the present time is telling! You don’t catch the tail of a sleeping lion; just hope when its old you can deal with it - hence the need for diplomacy.

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                      • 28 January 2016 14:42, by Khent

                        Eastern

                        I strongly disagree with you. The military disparity between South Sudan and Sudan is not anywhere near as great as that between Syria and Israel or between Sudan and Egypt. Sudan is not a lion and we don’t have to wait for it to get old to confront it..

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                        • 28 January 2016 14:57, by Khent

                          ..What we need to do is comprehensively overhaul our military over a ten year period -at the very least- and we’ll be able to reclaim all our lands. We have more ’Generals’ than the British military - a problem that all African militaries impose on themselves. We have no military colleges and we use platforms and weapons from the 60s. That needs to change.

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                          • 28 January 2016 15:31, by Eastern

                            And you imagine Sudan to sitting on its laurels without updating its arsenal over the same period of time. Through arm-race no country has established absolute supremacy over her hostile neighbor(s). I am more than certain you know the futility of arm-race during the cold war. The futility of arms supremacy by Germany during WWII, etc.

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                            • 28 January 2016 16:45, by Khent

                              Eastern

                              Do you actually believe that I didn’t consider all the particulars here? That I would be so daft as to think that Khartoum wouldn’t try to modernise its military in response? Give me a lot more credit. Updating our arsenal would only be one component of the comprehensive modernization project. If Juba plays its cards right, it can have access to things that Khartoum couldn’t even...

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                              • 28 January 2016 17:06, by Khent

                                ..dream of. Juba needs to change the way it views war and the way it prosecutes it; Juba can send its most gifted, intelligent and hard-working officers to Israel to learn the Western way of war and how to execute combined arms operations. Khartoum won’t have access to this world. Juba also needs to work with Israel and Russia to build up its intelligence capabilities and capitalize on the...

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                                • 28 January 2016 17:25, by Khent

                                  ..expertise and strengths of each to build a formidable intelligence apparatus. Links with Israel would provide Juba with access to advanced avionics, electro-optical systems, encrypted tactical data links, 48 cores + processor mission computers, world class drones, counter-battery radars, SAR radars, AESA radars and much more. Khartoum won’t have access to these things.

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                                  • 28 January 2016 17:43, by Khent

                                    ..Now to be clear, none of this is even remotely achievable with the current ’leadership’. If Juba makes all the necessary political and economic reforms and formulates ways to properly exploit its vast natural resources, it can become significantly wealthier and stronger than Sudan.

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                  • 28 January 2016 15:23, by Hardlinner

                    Khent better agreement would only occur when choice of peace become preference to war. when both sudans become equal in arms, the righteousness and reason shall prevail. Russia and USA can never grab each other land given the power each side possesses.

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                    • 28 January 2016 17:56, by Khent

                      Hardliner

                      That’s exactly right. Strength only respects strength. The Islamists terrorists in Khartoum will only listen to reason as soon as they’ve been made to understand that there is a heavy price to be paid for land-theft and that war can reach Khartoum itself

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    • 28 January 2016 08:01, by Kalo

      So-called Marie,You don,t know the political games,nothing will work,it is just the games and interest for sometimes and back to square 1,don,t believe in alBashir,he will smoke banga tomorrow,starting dancing and declared war on you,just wait,let SPLM-N touch his heart,he will turn down against you.
      Son of Nuba.

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  • 28 January 2016 00:49, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    While it is a welcome news. One would wonder why is this taking place now. Is it because of Kiir’s mistrust of Museveni? or a way of opening up for products from Khartoum due to insecurity in Equatoria that makes it hard for Bahr el Ghazal to have foodstuff from East Africa through its territory(Equatoria).

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  • 28 January 2016 03:54, by tootke’bai-ngo

    So Omar al Bashir just reduced oil transit fees & excuse me reopened the borders which he determined to keep closed for five years? What did he got in return?
    We all heard that Mr. Kiir has ordered SPLA units around undemarcated borders b/n two nations to withdraw 8kms south. Is this another sell out deal like that of Panthou?

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  • 28 January 2016 04:12, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Congratulation, to president Beshir,
    But relationship will be destroy by Nuer rebellion shortly before implementation.

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    • 28 January 2016 04:53, by Mi diit

      Ayiu,

      Your Nyakiir Museveni has finally sold Abyei of Dinka region to President Bashir. This is the gist of this latest surprising quick deal.

      So stop going after the Nuer for no reason. Look from within.

      Ahahahaa...

      As Museveni changes his mind in favour of Dr. Riek Machar, Kiir is so desperate!

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      • 28 January 2016 05:02, by Khent

        Mi Diit

        Care to provide any concrete evidence that Museveni is actually favouring that traitor, Riek over that completely vacuous twit, Salva Kiir? I’m expecting the absense of evidence, as usual.

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  • 28 January 2016 05:11, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Mi dit,
    Why Bashir, order’s the opening of South Sudan border with Sudan?
    It is dedicating that Khartoum, need a normal relations with Kiir and Kaguta Museveni, regardless of border.

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  • 28 January 2016 05:21, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Mi diit
    In the last two weeks, president Kiir, withdrawn SPLA forces from border to normalizes the relationship with Khartoum in order to easily the rebels life.
    Kiir, is a helper’s president for you South Sudanese and others Africans across the country.
    Let me advise you, Mr. Abyei, not sell by Kiir, you should to #Deng Majok reflects to #Deng Alor and #Luka Abuong about Abyei status.

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  • 28 January 2016 08:10, by Kalo

    Arabs and my brothers Junubien will be good news but we will not allow them to cross the borders we control like Jau,Fungor,Kaunyaro,parts of Blue Nile, etc,Albashir will try to ask Kiir to touch us but will be very unfortunately,in conclusion all this will not work unless all crisis of Sudan and SS solve coz they have not stopped the issue of accusing each other of supporting the rebels.

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  • 28 January 2016 08:58, by Jalaby

    Well, this is really good news for both Sudanese people, Mr. Kiir acknowledged the 1956 border between the two countries and that states clearly Abyei and other points all belong to Sudan!
    We all know the root cause that damaging the normal ties relation between two Sudans is SPLA-N

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    • 28 January 2016 09:16, by Kalo

      Jalaby,you are lair! asked alBashir and Kiir when the signed CPA why did,t they implement the protocols of 3 areas Sk,BN and Abyei instead and only implement for SS to got Independence,you also need to know Abyei still on [bracket] not given to Sudan,fire cover with grass,i will tell you the truth nothing will work unless all the problem of whole Sudan Solve,Jalaby prof SPLM-N damage your ties.

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      • 28 January 2016 09:25, by Kalo

        Cont,jalaby,we will keep on fighting the regime of alBashir with Abdulwid in Darfur,East Sudan will start soon,our brothers Nubian in North will join us,alBashir will look for weak tries in SS to arm them with weapons to fight against SS government hence there will not be stability for two Countries,this is what is going to be mark my words.

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      • 28 January 2016 09:27, by Jalaby

        Kalo,
        You are the true liar because yesterday you denied getting any support from the south government and every body in this planet knows you guys have a monthly salary from SPLA and you are still in their payroll sheet!!
        You fought with SPLA against south rebel while you’re not Jonobean, shame on you cheap mercenaries!!

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        • 28 January 2016 09:41, by Kalo

          Jalaby,it is you to be shame,just bring evident show we are still getting support and salary from South Sudan government,all we got from you,South Sudan rebels were weak to fight them,they only feared us and made propaganda that we were fighting them but gave no evident,let them prof we they SPLM-N were fighting them,if we were there,Ugandan would have not been there,stop nonsenses idiot!!

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    • 28 January 2016 09:21, by Jalaby

      Sudan will never accept to open its border while the south is giving knives to SPLA-N to stab Sudanese people from behind!
      Yes, there is a deal, you will soon hear that SPLA-N accepts peace agreement with Sudan government!
      Kiir will give its dogs (SPLA-N) two options: stop biting north or face eviction from my house!
      Bad dogs know they can’t survive without Kiir’s food & house!

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      • 28 January 2016 09:32, by Kalo

        Jalaby SPLM-N need you to come physical to face them inseade of being in Khartoum talking,you gave commander Jogat options before,to surrender,to ran SS or to be killed,where are you now? i asked you kindly to check SK and BN conflicts in YouTubes,see SAF and SPLM-N and tell me,don,t be bias.

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    • 28 January 2016 09:50, by Khent

      Jalaby

      So you’ll be returning Kafia Kingi, will you? The area is larger than Lebanon and apparently has rich deposits of copper and uranium. If you have no intention of returning the Kafia Kingi enclave, then what 1956 borders are you on about?

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      • 28 January 2016 10:33, by Darkangel

        This is funny ! The day i thought i never see. An Israeli Ju and Nuba traitor fighting with South Sudanese, because they are pleased with having good relations with Sudan. I guess now ppl can see what evil parasites both of you are, for fueling hate between the 2 Sudans. If it wasnt for israel & SPLMN traitors, N & S Sudan would both prosper.

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        • 28 January 2016 10:38, by Darkangel

          Khent (Ju) Kalo (Nuba), it saddens me to see both of you arguing against S Sudanese, since you’ve tried so hard for a long time to make them hate North Sudan. Khent, k Kinji aint holly land, so why dont you mind your own buiz! If N & S Sudans agree on disputed land, thats their affair. So you & Kalo can have your wet dreams of independent Sk & BN - it aint happening!

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          • 28 January 2016 11:16, by Khent

            Darkangel

            You sound dumber everytime we interract. Like a lot of incredibly childish Arabs, you refuse to take responsibility for your exhaustive list of abject failures by seeking comfort in phantoms. It wasn’t Jews that made slave-raids on Southerners centuries before the British put an end to it. It wasn’t the Jews that told you to annex Nation size territories from South Sudan...

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            • 28 January 2016 12:03, by Khent

              ..It wasn’t Jews that told you to baptize an entire Nation in religious dogma. A non-Muslim could not be President prior to the signing of the CPA. Millions of Southerners died because of your chauvinism and religious fanatacism.

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          • 28 January 2016 12:34, by Kalo

            Black/Darnkangel &his follower,you don,t know what you are talking about?Abyei,Heglig all are in Sk territories,if our brothers in ss left them, we will have them,bear in your mind that we will liberate Sudan from You otherwise Sudan will be divided into Smallest states,it was not dream,we will fight you until the last man will stand in Khartoum.

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            • 28 January 2016 12:44, by Kalo

              Cont,Darkangel,Elmahdist didn’t bring Jalaby to liberated Shikhan and Omdurman,he brought the men from greater kordofan particular the last kingdom of Tagali to liberated where you were now,you are still applying this to the marginalized people by giving them money to fight their own brothers,it will stop soon and you will run to Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

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    • 28 January 2016 12:11, by Junta

      Jallaby by 1956 borders, it means Higlig, Kafie Kingi-Hofratnahas, Maghanis, Al Samaha are South Sudanese Land and this will be followed by Abyei. Forget about your false assumption that Abyei is for the North. The only land you have is Arabia Desert in Saudi and Yemen but not SUDAN or South Sudan. Wake up my friend.

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