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South Sudan pledges to remove obstacles delaying border crossing corridors


Sudan defence minister receives South Sudanese delegation of the joint security committee on Sunday 1 April 2018 (ST Photo)
April 1, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Head of the South Sudanese side of the Joint Security Committee Sunday pledged to remove the obstacles hindering the marking of crossing points of the Safe Demilitarized Buffer Zone (SDBZ) between Sudan and South Sudan.

The Sudanese Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf received the members of the Soudan, South Sudan Joint Security Committee which concluded its 8th meeting in Khartoum under the chairmanship of the heads of the military intelligence services of the two countries.

Ibn Ouf praised the "great progress achieved" by the Committee in the SDBZ and the marking of some crossing points in the buffer zone ahead of the first phase of the opening of the disputed border through 10 corridors agreed by the two sides, said a statement released after the meeting by the defence ministry.

"The head of the South Sudanese delegation Lt Gen Cheik Raj Elith (phonetic spelling from Arabic) stressed the keenness of his country to remove all the obstacles hindering the work of the committee," said the statement.

He further pointed to the importance of constructive cooperation towards building confidence and partnerships that serve the interests of the two peoples and harmonious relationship that preserves brotherly ties between the two brotherly countries.

The UNISFA which supports the work of the ongoing crossing points marking process said last week that the joint team marked the Heglig-Bentiu and Al Sumayyah corridors during a five-day operation from 19 to 23 March 2018.

However, at the third crossing point of Kosti-Renk, the team was able to mark the North outer limit because it was denied access to the Southern part by the South Sudanese governor of the area.

Also, UNISFA said the team needed clarification for the fourth crossing point at the El Rodom el Buram-Tumasaha-Raja. In the past, the South Sudanese authorities said opposed to including this disputed areas in the buffer zone considering that Sudan would take advantage of this measure to support its claim of sovereignty.

In a two-day meeting in Khartoum, the Joint Security Committee discussed the implementation of the decisions taken by the Joint Political Security Mechanism between the two countries and reviewed the decisions endorsed at its previous meeting.


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  • 2 April 2018 08:27, by Eastern

    Now the Sudanses have shut their border at Joda in the face of the regime in Juba. The other day, the struggling regime was issuing threats to the Sudanese forgetting that nobody needs the regime in Juba more than it needs others!

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  • 2 April 2018 09:58, by deng

    I don’t know from South Sudan side, is there all obstacles from your side, I don’t think so that the cause of hindering is from South Sudan, those who were marking the border went deep south Sudan border , Sudan has closed its border because they know very well where to hold painful place.

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    • 2 April 2018 10:01, by Eastern

      South Sudan is losing more land to Kenya, Uganda and DR Congo than what the regime thinks the Sudanese are taking. Come to think of that!

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      • 2 April 2018 14:56, by Garang Akeen Tong


        My message is that, you should invlove the people who live in the areas, as per now we still objecting anexation of our land, our land shouldn,t be divided.

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  • 2 April 2018 18:38, by lino

    Sudanese are taking advantage of a weak government in Juba that is composed of Bashir’s Boys in Kiir’s Palace!!! By the time Kiir’s hand over power to people, Sudan would have done a great damages concerning the boarders.
    Kiir supporters should look at all issues in the country on a broader way than thinking REBELLION!!!

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    • 3 April 2018 06:59, by Eastern


      How I feel Kiir’s sycophants read and understand what you have written. The other day the same people were posturing that they were warning Sudan not to amasse its military at the border and the same morons are cry wolf when the Sudanese divided to close their border starving the regime supporters of dura and lentils!

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  • 3 April 2018 11:57, by Roy J. Fischer

    while specialists make utilize Dissertation Writers For Hire of the expression "countrywide talk" to convey peace and concordance does now not recommend that it needs peace with total flexibility and equity.

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