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Khartoum turns down calls to conduct solo mediation in South Sudan

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Omer al-Bashir (R) walks with Salva Kiir after their meeting at Khartoum's airport November 4, 2014 (Reuters Photo)

August 2, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan has declined a proposal by some international partners to conduct a solo mediation between the warring parties in South Sudan, a diplomat said on Tuesday.

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Partners Group, the body overseeing the implementation of South Sudan peace agreement signed in August last year, which includes senior international members, convened in Khartoum on Sunday and discussed the developments in South Sudan and the role of the international committee to convince the conflicting parties to abide by ceasefire agreement.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Garib Allah Khidir, told reporters that some international partners have urged Sudan to take a direct sole role beside its role within IGAD to solve the conflict in South Sudan.

Khidir stressed that Sudan turned down the request to avoid creating any sensitivities with the conflicting parties in South Sudan.

“Sudan is sticking to its role within the IGAD only,” said Khidir.

Khartoum relationship with Juba since the independence has been instable and tainted by suspicion.

The government of President Kiir accused the Sudanese government of supporting the rebels several months after the beginning of the conflict. Also, Khartoum accuses Juba of supporting the rebel groups in the Two Areas and Darfur.

JMEC Chairman, former President of Botswana Festus Mogae, told reporters on Monday in Khartoum that IGAD leaders will meet on Friday in Addis Ababa to call on the international leaders to intervene to put an end to the conflict in South Sudan.

Following a meeting with President Omer al-Bashir along with the Chinese Special Envoy Zhong Jianhua, Mogae told reporters, that he briefed the Sudanese president on JMEC views on the developments in South Sudan.

He further said JMEC partners accepted a proposals during calling for high level intervention,( heads of state or government) to deal with the situation in South Sudan.

The international partners have called, at the end of their meeting in Khartoum on Sunday, on South Sudan President Silva Kiir to stop the hunt for his former First Vice President Riek Machar and his forces, to put the peace process back on track and to conduct comprehensive investigation to bring those involved in ceasefire violations to justice.

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  • 3 August 09:07, by Akol Liai Mager

    NIF’ Regime is the supplier of arms to the former and current ally Riek Machar and therefore, mediating between him and Juba will reveal their motives. However, NIF is happy to act behind other IGAD’ members where tougher actions against Juba will be in the name of the Group not of Khartoum’s based NIF Genocidal regime.

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    • 4 August 05:17, by Freedom Fighter

      Khartoum is very disappointed that Southerners were able to find the solution for their problems on their own.

      Recent changes in the SPLM-IO and in the government in Juba consequently, are very powerful messages to the enemies of South Sudan that the country is on right track, and that the people of South are indeed great people found to exist alongside the greatest people of the world

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  • 3 August 09:32, by Eastern

    Khartoum good rid of the "southern problem" with the signing of the CPA in 2005 why should it be dragged into it again? Let the kleptocrats deal with their mess.

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    • 3 August 11:36, by Khent

      Eastern

      You do realise that it was the North that initiated hostilities with the South and attempted to impose its will on the South through slave raids, Arab supremacy and Sharia? It’s not really surprising that people like you seem determined to absolve Khartoum of its many crimes.

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      • 3 August 12:05, by Eastern

        Khent,

        Attempting to see the current problems bedeveling South Sudan the way you see it is being diversionary. Southern Sudanese in the Sudan fought for years to free themselves from Arab domination citing successive Khartoum being the problem. At the end they got South Sudan a result of various forces and interests. Keep Khartoum out of the mess in Juba.

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        • 3 August 13:04, by Khent

          Eastern

          You really are an idiot. How many times must I re-affirm to you that I recognize that Juba is to entirely to blame for all the ills currently affecting South Sudan!? I have expressed this at least over a dozen times on this forum and have consistently lambasted the cretins in Juba for blaming everybody else but themselves...

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          • 3 August 13:12, by Khent

            ..So pretending that I’m somehow blaming Khartoum for the current situation in order to score cheap points is pathetic. Stop engaging in straw man arguments. This is the second time that you’ve made use of this fallacy on this issue. Pointing out that there has never been a "Southern problem" is not "diversionary".

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  • 3 August 10:09, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Easterner,
    You are right. That’s why Khartoum accepted self determination for the South. It is very difficult to rule these tribal medieval Chiefs marauding as president. Naturally Dinkas are remorseless people. Their utmost savagery has blocked their brain to reason.
    The JCE will test the temperature soon.

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    • 3 August 12:51, by Khent

      Whortti Bor Manza

      You obviously view Khartoum very positively... so is this why your people joined Khartoum during the war? Khartoum was coerced into giving up the South by the United States and was promised that sanctions would be lifted if it allowed the South to go.

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      • 4 August 00:13, by Mohamed

        One reason why every South Sudanese should respect Khartoum is that there are now over 1/2 a million South Sudanese of all tribes lving in Khartoum. And not a single one has been Arabized,enslaved or been ill-treated.

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        • 4 August 01:01, by Khent

          Mohamed

          Where did you get these figures from? There are no more than 234 000 South Sudanese in the North while there are actually around 250, 000 Sudanese refugees in the South.

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      • 4 August 05:50, by Whortti Bor Manza

        Khent,
        You have no clue of all the past events. Prominent Dinkas who supported Khartoum: Thor Deng, current pres advisor, Bona Malual, George Kongor, Moses Machar Kashuol, Abdel Bagi, Nicanor Magar, Moses Machar of Nile PET etc... Endless list. Who are these people? Are Dinkas or not?

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