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Khartoum proposes Bashir-Kiir summit as talks falter


March 11, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan has reportedly proposed a summit between its President, Omer Al-Bashir, and his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir Mayardit, in the hope it will break the stalemate over post-secession issues.

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Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir (R), walks with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (L), after his arrival in Khartoum, Oct 8, 2011. (AP)

According to press reports from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where the two sides have been negotiating for months under African Union mediation, the proposed summit would be held in South Sudan’s capital Juba.

The proposal comes as the current round of negotiations, which started on 6 March, typically failed to produce an agreement over the issues of dispute, including border demarcation, citizenship and oil.

Sources told Sudan Tribune that the ongoing talks, which were hoped to resolve disputes over borders and citizenship ahead of the thorny issue of oil, yielded no agreement on the major points of contention.

However, the two sides made some headways and the talks are expected to witness the signing of framework agreements on the issues of citizenship and border demarcations.

Meanwhile, the sources said, the issues of border areas controlled by Sudan and claimed by South Sudan, such as Abyei, would be referred to the proposed presidential summit.

Khartoum and Juba also agreed to revive the non-aggression memorandum they signed in February this year. The deal nearly unravelled this month after Khartoum accused Juba of participating in an attack by Sudanese rebels on the disputed town of Jau.

The same sources pointed out that Khartoum’s negotiators had agreed to sign the proposal of AU mediators on oil after slight changes were introduced to it. However, they added that Juba’s negotiators had suggested the inclusion of three issues which, according to the sources, are likely to complicate matters.

However, the sources appeared sure that a deal on oil is currently a remote possibility as both sides remained firmly committed to their far apart positions on transit fees.

The sources also said that South Sudan’s chief negotiator, Pagan Amum, demanded that international guarantees exists at every stage of implementation of any potential deal with Khartoum on oil.

But Khartoum’s negotiators, the sources added, insisted that the role of the international community be confined to providing assistance and containing the negative effects of secession.

Meanwhile, local press reports in Sudan said that Khartoum proposed to hold a summit between Al-Bashir and Kiir in Juba as soon as possible in order to resolve the issues which negotiators failed to thrash out.

Sudan Tribune’s sources said they expect the current round to be adjourned so the negotiating teams can return to their bases to hold consultation and arrange for the presidential summit.

It remains to be seen whether the proposed meeting, if it materialises, will have better luck than the one held between the two leaders on 27 January this year on the margins of an Addis-Ababa based summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

The previous meeting, backed by regional leaders, failed to create a breakthrough in the oil dispute which heated up after Khartoum began confiscating southern oil as it passed through Sudan’s pipelines and South Sudan decided to shut off production in response.

South Sudan took with it 75 percent of Sudan’s daily oil output of 500,000 barrels when it seceded in July last year under a deal that ended more than two decades of north-south civil war in the former united Sudan.

But the two countries failed to agree on a charge to transport the oil of landlocked South Sudan via Sudan’s pipelines, fuelling increased tension and talk of going back to war.


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  • 12 March 2012 07:18, by George Bol

    Border demarcation to be presidential proposal!
    Addis ababa accord will always fail because it seems that the majot problem are left behind and focus on small issues like transit fees, while the major problem like Abyei still right on the face.

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    • 12 March 2012 08:22, by choldit

      Mr. Bol,
      Abyiey is not as important as border demarcation bcose Deng Majiok (Dinka Abiey chief) whose offsprings are the major players in the current South Sudan govt was the one who opted for staying with North Sudan instead of staying with his brothers in the South in bid to get more food.Shames ah!
      It is silly to try to buy Abiey with oil money from the Nuerland.

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      • 12 March 2012 11:12, by Big Boy

        Hi Choldit
        my dear, you think Abyei is not important as well as border, let me assure you, if Abyei was sold or because of feeding, my dear if somebody asked you,will you prove your accusation to Abyei people’s? Iam very sorry to hear you saying that. In my views, you are the person behind the story of selling Abyei, I think you don’t know what the people of Abyei are thinking about Abyei.

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      • 12 March 2012 15:33, by Allajabu


        It is imperative to set the records straight, 90% of South Sudan’s oilfields are in Ruweng County of Panaru Dinka. I don’t know you Nuers are raised and brought up, but it seems like most of you are pathological liars. The next oilfields lie in Jonglei State, Bor Dinkaland, Atar and part of Ayod, a Lou Nuer’s territory. Please get your facts straight garbage of bluff.
        El Dinkawi

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        • 12 March 2012 16:55, by Chol

          Alajabu, (alla jabak wean) where did God brought you? Not in South Sudan! So what about the oilfields, they all are in South Sudan, we are southerners, we don’t have any distinctions. You have enough to do in your own country than wasting your time in southern affiars!

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        • 12 March 2012 18:58, by zulu

          Sudan Vision - March 12

          Khartoum – Sudanese Foreign Minister, Ali Karti, said he would visit Juba shortly to meet with officials and to convey message from President Al Bashir to the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, as part of Khartoum’s efforts to normalize relations to avoid the two countries going back to war.

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        • 12 March 2012 19:01, by zulu

          Can a fox attempt meeting the Tiger, Kiir? We knew, it was a fishful thinking to meet Kiir in South Sudan let alone anywhere. Omar will never set foot to South Sudan as Kiir is seeking to eat him alive and handover the bones to the Hague

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        • 12 March 2012 19:05, by jackson

          Brother bashir,
          things fall apart for I know Southerners have accepted to stay without basic salaries. and mind you we have been in horrible relationship with you for years and thus loses less without you and the oil.

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  • 12 March 2012 07:18, by Sundayw

    We will arrest the criminal Bashir and ship him to The Hague and then deal with the results at the border.

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    • 12 March 2012 23:54, by Jugo Bell

      Brother SundayW,
      You are right, upon arrival of this criminal man Omer Hassan El Bashir to south Sudan oil. He will be arrest immediately and hand over to the ICC in Hague. Regarding the issue of the oil no any more to Khartoum, let our gov’t of S/S go a head with the new pipeline plan Kenya. We will not trust this mondukurunt (Jalabys) against.

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      • 12 March 2012 23:59, by Jugo Bell

        Brother SundayW,
        You are right, upon arrival of this criminal man Omer Hassan El Bashir to south Sudan oil. He will be arrest immediately and hand over to the ICC in Hague. Regarding the issue of the oil no any more to Khartoum, let our gov’t of S/S go a head with the new pipeline plan to Kenya. We will not trust these mondukurunt (Jalabys) again.

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      • 13 March 2012 07:24, by Ross

        Dear friend, it is true that Omer Hassan should be taken to ICC, but it is not wise to change the pipeline to kenya simply because (the thief that you know is better than the one that you are not aware of).Kenya is also known as the faillure country like the rest of some African countries. never sopport what is not Good for your future country.

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  • 12 March 2012 07:24, by SeekingTruth

    Does Bashir even know that we’re a Nation now having what it takes to hand him over to the ICC? let him try his luck out to come to Juba!

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  • 12 March 2012 08:18, by Sudan virus

    As a christian, i always sympathize at a suffering human being ( president Bashiir).

    So pagan Amun- i suggest u agree the oil shipment through Sudan’s port Sudan if they not only agree but fulfill remaining CPA protocols by subtracting the 35 cent US Dollar so they will pay $1 US Dollar per barrel transit fee.

    Good job man!

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  • 12 March 2012 08:27, by Tamongali

    Iam sure they will not meet face to face in Juba, but they will do it secretly somewhere because they have no confidence in each other.I swear, this time the two sides wiil reach a sort of agreement, but they will never go into war. please make critical and logical analysis, you will find that they are both birds with broken wings(poor economy)they can’t fly,they are just stretching fake muscles.

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  • 12 March 2012 09:19, by Dinkawarrior

    All we can say is that God is great! The Animal Bahit will be handed over to the ICC!!! Let him come here if he is crazy! Without those thieves and murders NCPs, we still share the same name Sudan with our brothers in North. The only solution for these is to give South what we need like Abyei, Blue Nile, and South Cofdofan. Then we will give you $1.00 more instead of $ 0.60 cents.

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  • 12 March 2012 09:25, by Dinkawarrior

    like Abyei, Blue Nile, and South Kofdofan. Then we will give you $1.00 more instead of $ 0.60 cents.

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  • 12 March 2012 09:32, by zulu

    It is time to hand him to the ICC

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    • 12 March 2012 15:28, by Nimber

      Salva Kiir is now nlindfool by Bashair.
      Please, take care of Kiir’s talking.

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    • 12 March 2012 15:30, by Nimber

      Iam sure what Bashair need from Kiir is only Oil.
      Let Kiir be care full of Bashair’words

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  • 12 March 2012 09:44, by Dinkawarrior

    To get ride off this Animal Bashit is the only solution for all Sudanese to be free!! He is almost on the ICC court.

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  • 12 March 2012 10:06, by Don P

    The Lamu Project(LAPSSET) is already underway, no more oil talks with Bashir. Bashir should come to Juba with a date and time on when his handing abyei back to its rightful people.

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  • 12 March 2012 15:50, by zulu

    This visionaless people were acting like we were morons like them. Recall Ass (Humar el Beskir) said, if even Junub close the oil let them go to hell. Now he is running everywhere and is coming back to beg Kiir personnal. What a dog going back to its vomit? Kiir refuses to meet Beshir after insulting Kiir on air.

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  • 12 March 2012 18:24, by Northern Sudanese

    STFU!!!!!! Go find food for your people and get your ugly people the Hell out of our country!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 12 March 2012 19:18, by ElTurabi

      Northerners, you have famine ;9.5 million of your ppl is under WFP voucher(and am the boss everyday)in Darfur,,after that you keep saying Fajwa,,last week we distributed 1,9 million M/T food to your muselims where is Rahmat el-islam man; this is Rahmat Almassiyhiya;come and see here , forget cyberfight and join us here,in Mureena Wadi near Zamzam your women are walking naked cos of ur islamic gree

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      • 12 March 2012 20:46, by Northern Sudanese

        You are a fucking retarded son of a fucking bitch, son of the fucking south sudan you fucking weirdo!!!!!!!!
        9.5 milion????? are u pissed?????? you can’t even feed your own people....... darfur hasn’t even got 9 milion people....... btw go learn english......

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  • 12 March 2012 23:49, by Thiang Geka

    Yes president Kiir should go and negotiate the issues by himself, because it seems that Pagan has failed to do any thing.

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    • 13 March 2012 06:51, by peaceful South

      pagan has not failed....he is being firm and unwavering over what is morally sensible in a civilized community.There is no arguing what they demand is unreasonable. $36 vs $1 bargain is not something even an elementary school pupil from Yambio would waste time to negotiate. They are only finishing states money to travel and lodge lucratively knowing beyond doubt that nothing can materialize from

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