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South Sudan’s Kiir, AUHIP’ Mbeki agree to join hands for peace in Sudan


President Salva Kiir shakes hands with AUHIP's Chair Thabo Mbeki on 21 Nov 2018 (Photo SSPPU)
November 21, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Kiir and the head of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Thabo Mbeki agreed to coordinate their efforts and to work together to achieve peace in Sudan.

Mbeki was in Juba on Wednesday to discuss with Kiir his initiative to facilitate the African Union-led mediation to end the armed conflicts in the Two Areas and Darfur.

Sources close to the meeting told Sudan Tribune that the two sides discussed the one-process-two tracks approach adopted by the AUHIP and how the efforts of President Kiir can lead to reaching a comprehensive peace in Sudan.

President Kiir briefed the former South African president about the ongoing efforts to reunite the two factions of the SPLM-North and the consultations with the Sudanese government in Khartoum.

The South Sudanese presidency issued a short statement about the meeting saying the "consultative meeting" discussed the peace talks between the Sudanese government and opposition groups that Kiir plans to host in Juba.

President Mbeki "urged for active engagement and cooperation and a smooth facilitation of Sudanese peace talks that are going to be held in Juba," said the Presidential Press Unit.

Khartoum welcomed the initiative of President Kiir and despatched the head of the Sudanese government negotiating team Faisal Hassan Ibrahim to brief President Kiir about a recent meeting Mbeki had organised between him and Abdel Aziz al-Hilu in Johannesburg.

The SPLM-N led by Malik Agar announced they met with Kiir and welcomed his initiative for the group’s reunification. But, the SPLM-N al-Hilu did not react to the initiative amid reports about consultations with the SPLM-N Liberation Council in the Nuba Mountains.

Also, the remaining opposition forces in Sudan including armed groups in Darfur say they have not been reached by Juba. South Sudanese officials say they work now on the SPLM-N reunification file and once they make process then they move to the second phase of the facilitation process.

Mbeki also took the opportunity of his first visit to Juba since 2013, to discuss the implementation o the cooperation agreement between Sudan and South Sudan and the need to resume talks on the border demarcation between the two countries.


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  • 22 November 08:51, by Pakuai

    If Mr. Salva & his bunch of fools again listen to ’Bantus piece of trash’ then he would killed like these evils. South Sudan is not part of the so-called ANGLO-AMERiCA, never has and will never be under the sun.

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    • 22 November 14:41, by Midit Mitot

      Never try never know, try your capacity to bring those two warring parties together.

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  • 22 November 13:46, by Redeemer

    Mbeki failed for many years to strike a deal in Sudan so bringing the failed influence into the trail will not make away for peace in Sudan because Mbeki is carrying a file of Western interest in Sudan.I wish Sudan should opens a new file altogether

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  • 22 November 14:03, by Angelo Achuil

    Jesus said that it is the sick that need the physician. My advise is not to abandon the TRIOKA (USA, Norway, and UK) who stood with us during the war. USA especially had invested a lot in our people than Russian and China combined and have also accommodated our people during our worst hours. President Kiir should invite USA for some honest talk to pave way forward.

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  • 22 November 15:30, by Naath

    It is really funny that Kiir can be a peace mediator in Sudan while he does not have vocabularies of peace in his radar. It is completely unacceptable for someone like Kiir who kills people based on an ethnic line in own country can be a peacemaker in another country.

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    • 22 November 21:34, by Joseph Canada

      Bro, these gang of Leadership in our region is fucked up!! You are right. It’s like bring a Devil to a peace another Devil. Bashir is stewing with South Sudan economy and people and yet he needs Kiiir while Kiir dorms even know what he’s doing in his own Nation. This is messed up!!

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  • 22 November 21:30, by Doe Joe

    Just wish things workout.

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