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Sudan and South Sudan to deploy joint border patrols


January 23, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government under President Salva Kiir announced on Monday it was longer hosting Sudanese rebels in its territory, disclosing that a joint force will be deployed soon.

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Sudanese military personnel inspect the belongings of South Sudanese on the Sudanese border on 18 April 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Presidential advisor on security affairs told Sudan Tribune on Monday that there were no longer Sudanese rebels in the country after the two countries have agreed to improve ties

“There is no problem anymore with Sudan. The issue of security along the common border has been addressed. There will be a joint monitoring and verification team”, said Tut Kew Gatluak.

In accordance with the 2012 security arrangements agreement the parties committed themselves to deploy the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mission (JBVMM) and activate the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ).

Accordingly, the parties deployed the joint units but Juba suspended its participation in November 2011 when the South Sudanese government rejected the administrative and security map presented by the AUHIP.

The proposed map included the disputed 14 mile area in the buffer zone, the Malual Dinka of Northern Bahr el Ghazal and the then State Governor Paul Malong Awan refused the measure as they refuse even to accept Sudan’s claim on the area and its inclusion among the disputed areas.

Unconfirmed reports says Juba and Khartoum discussed the situation of 14 Miles during the joint security discussions but nothing filtered about the agreement reached on this respect.

The presidential aide said the decision of the leadership of the two countries would do the best to promote peace and encourage any group with political grievances to use dialogue.

“South Sudan will never be a launching ground for hostile activities against any nation in the region. We will never be a host to hostile group. Political differences are always resolved through dialogues rather than through the use of violence approach”, he explained.

The two countries, he said, have agreed to not provide arms and training to non-state proxy groups.


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  • 23 January 2017 21:33, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    South Sudan government already denounced the present of arm’s personal from Sudan in it’s territory but Sudan under Bashir,don’t accept.
    south Sudan can’t host any enemy in her territory.

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  • 23 January 2017 23:00, by Naath

    SPLA-N is South Sudan government and South government is SPLA-N. They have never been separated since training of SPLA began in Bilpham in 1983. The SPLA was split into SPLA-N and S. Sudan government but not regional based. I have several friends and relatives in S. Sudan government that are servicing in Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile as SPLA-N rebels.

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    • 23 January 2017 23:06, by Naath

      Whather you believe it or not SPLA is one. The SPLA-N rebels are part of government of S. Sudan. There are several SPLA-N and Darfurian officers that I know by names that are servicing in South Sudan government. They receive salaries from the government of S. Sudan. They are part of decision making in South Sudan.

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      • 24 January 2017 07:00, by Konan

        I believe you brother cuz you are telling the truth. Arman, Agar and Al-Hilo receive orders, arms ammunition and salaries from their commander-in-chief President Kiir of South Sudan. SPLA-N is part and parcel of SPLA-S. I wonder why South Sudan is calling its army and ruling party SPLA/M? I don’t trust Dinka state!

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      • 24 January 2017 08:47, by Mayom County Troops

        Sudan govt already deploy SAF joint border patrols since 2011 when Sudan and South Sudan discus the deal, but South Sudan govt rejected the deployment of joint border patrols ,but i don,t think that Sudan govt will accept this deployment of Joint Border Patrol forces

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    • 24 January 2017 06:29, by Akuma


      After all the prove showing no longer present of Sudanese rebels inside South Sudan territory, it will be right time for Sudanese government to stop support or hosting South Sudanese rebels i.e SPLM-IO offices in Khartoum then all two nations will live in peace

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      • 24 January 2017 14:33, by choldit

        Is it not shame that we are thinking about having good relations with Sudan Govt while our govt in juba is conspiring with Egyptian and Ugandan govts to oust the Sudanese and Ethiopian govts. We have to stop behaving like kids who do bad things and expect others to forgive them or think their bad deeds are not known to others. Let harvest what we sow without complaining. Ethiopia is a starting.

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  • 24 January 2017 09:13, by Jalaby

    S Sudan government proved itself as a liar right? before they denied strongly any Sudan rebel in S Sudan soil and now said they expelled them out! who will fight the S South rebel if you guys expel them out?
    Anyway,we can’t trust you anymore unless we have a permanent military base in the border and our drones (unmanned planes) patrol the border 24/7!

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  • 24 January 2017 09:35, by Sadam Kuikoy

    You are absolutely right bravo Jalaby, that is just for the sake of saying that they are jointly going to patrol the border with SAF.It will never materialize because JEM, SPLA-N are the ones fighting on their side(SPLA) against South Sudan rebel in Renk, Bentiu, and Raja.

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