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Sudan Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf receives South Sudanese counterpart Kuol Manyang Juuk on 30 October 2017 (ST Photo)

October 30, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to activate security arrangements and to open border four crossing points, ahead of the visit of President Salva Kiir which will start on Wednesday.

In a meeting held at the defence ministry in Khartoum, Sudan Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Ouf and his South Sudanese counterpart Kuol Manyang Juuk Monday discussed the implementation of the security arrangements agreed in September 2012 aiming to establish a buffer zone, and deploy a joint border monitoring force supported by the United Nations.

In 2012, Khartoum accused Juba of backing Sudanese rebels in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan, two border areas with the South Sudan where the SPLM-N fights the government in Khartoum since June 2011. This agreement was the cornerstone of the Cooperation Agreement.

The two countries will begin to implement the military agreements and activate the Joint Security Committee and direct communication between officials in the two countries, to resolve the outstanding problems and to ensure the acceleration of what was agreed upon, said Ibn Ouf.

He unveiled a package of measures taken to withdraw troops outside the demilitarized border zone, which would extend for 10 km either side of the 1956 border.

"The talks underscored the keenness of the armed forces of the two countries to put the joint relations in their proper framework to open the door wide to create an integrative relationship that is positively reflected on the two peoples, especially on the border," said Ibn Ouf.

From his side, Minister Juuk said: "the visit of President Salva Kiir to Khartoum comes at the invitation of President al-Bashir". He expressed hope that the visit would achieve positive results to strengthen bilateral relations.

He added that the visit "aims to promote joint relations and work to implement the (Cooperation) Agreements signed between the two countries aimed at achieving security and stability, especially in the border areas and the demilitarized border areas."

"We have reached good understandings and progress on many issues that concern the two countries and the defence ministries of the two countries," he said.

According to the agenda of the visit, Presidents Omer al-Bashir and Salva Kiir will sign the security agreements and other on Thursday 2 November in the afternoon.

(ST)

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  • 31 October 2017 04:31, by Kuch

    In your own evil dream. We want all our occupied lands from you cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan. Our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, go back Saudi Arabia, Yemen & Nigeria. The owners want their land. We are back fellows.

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    • 31 October 2017 05:01, by Newsudan

      Beblis,Joda,Jebellen,Megnis,Kaka,Kuek,Heglig,Teshwin,Hofras Nas,Abyei and Kafia Kingi are in buffer Zone.as of 1956 border line all these disputed areas were part of South Sudan. British is refusing to give us Map of 1956 border line to settled border issue.

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  • 31 October 2017 07:54, by lino

    British were gone with their own map.Go to google earth and wil see shocking stories!!!
    Seeing is believing

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