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Sudan’s White Nile state prepares for reopening of border corridors with S. Sudan

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Joint teams marking a crossing point between the two countries (undated picture by UNISFA)

April 11, 2018 (RABAK) - The government of the White Nile State Wednesday said it has formed a technical committee to arrange for the reopening of three border crossing points with South Sudan.

The Secretary-General of the White Nile State government al-Tayeb Mohamed Abdallah stated that the three crossings include Godat al-Adal, al-Tuboon and the river crossing linking Kosti to Juba.

He added the technical committee would hold a meeting with its South Sudan’s counterpart during the next few days to discuss the arrangements pertaining to the zero-line and the demilitarized zone between the two countries.

Abdallah pointed out that the reopening of the border corridors would contribute to enhancing trade exchange and flow of the basic goods as well as facilitating movement between the two countries.

The African Union last week said the construction of 3 out of 10 border crossings between Sudan and South Sudan have been completed, saying the move comes in implementation of the cooperation agreement signed between the two countries.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan on July 9th, 2011 following a referendum on whether the semi-autonomous region should remain a part of the country or become independent. 99% of the southern voters chose independence.

In September 2012, both Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of cooperation agreements, which covered oil, citizenship rights, security issues, banking, border trade among others.

In March 2013, the two countries signed an implementation matrix for these cooperation agreements. However, the execution of the agreements didn’t go according to plan.

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  • 12 April 06:38, by Lenin Bull

    Sudan this contemporary world is a world of globalization not of isolationism or avoidance. To always rush to close your border with South Sudan is only backward and futile but is even very good to South Sudan and its other neighbors to fill the vacuum.Sudan is not heaven which is self-sufficient. It also needs other nations including South Sudan it is harassing.

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  • 12 April 06:42, by Lenin Bull

    When South Sudan will have consolidated itself from its current infancy, it is Sudan that will be in need of South Sudan forever because of many several positive reasons: The Nile flows from Uganda-South Sudan, rich agricultural land in SSudan, oil, gold, diamond, cement, fish, beef, milk, wild animal, etc. South Sudan has all it take for a great nation that many nations would want to associate.

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  • 12 April 06:47, by Lenin Bull

    We South Sudanese don’t care whether you close or reopen your damned border with South Sudan. What we urgently need at home here is total peace followed by general elections where good leaders and good governance will be established and then we screw Sudan in all aspects: economy, good governance, development,good life, good education, etc. Sudan will never be stable till the second coming ofJesus

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  • 12 April 21:03, by Eastern

    The border should ONLY be opened after South Sudanese officials at the border behave. South Sudan needs ANY country than they need South Sudan. This is what the MORONS in Juba don’t understand!

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