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Kiir holds talks with Mbeki over post-independence disputes with Sudan


May 21, 2012 (JUBA) - The head of the African Union team mediating between Sudan and South Sudan over a host of security, economic and political issues that arose from South Sudan’s independence last year, said a date for the resumption of negotiations could be determined within the week.

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Chief mediator for Sudan-South Sudan peace talks, former South Africa president, Thabo Mbeki (L) and Pagan Amum (R) Secretary General of the SPLM (Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement) attend a press conference following a closed-door session of talks in Juba, South Sudan on May 21, 2012 (AFP)

Speaking in Juba after talks with South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir on Monday, Thabo Mbeki, the chair of African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) said the resumption of negotiations would allow the two sides to take practical steps in implementing the African Union Peace and Security Council’s (AUPSC) roadmap agreed on last month.

The pan-African body’s timetable was endorsed by a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution in early May which threatened both sides with non-military sanctions if they are found in non-compliance with the decision.

Mbeki did not give a specific date on which his panel would propose to bring the two sides back to the negotiating table.

Juba has welcomed the roadmap without conditions and the UN has verified the withdrawal of its forces from the key contested area of Abyei in accordance with the UNSC resolution. Khartoum’s reaction has been mixed treating the resolution with caution by insisting that security matters must be a priority in the hope that this will force South Sudan to end its alleged backing of rebels in Sudanese territory.

Talks were suspended following a border conflict of over Heglig, an oil-producing area inside Sudan’s South Kordofan state which placed the two nations on the verge of a return to all-out war.

The 2 May UNSC resolution demanded the two sides cease hostilities immediately and to resume negotiations particularly on oil, citizenship, borders and Abyei.

Speaking to reporters at a press briefing at the country’s presidential palace, known as J1, Mbeki described the meeting with president Kiir as “positive” and said the government of South Sudan was committed to respecting a peaceful process to resolve the disputes.

Mbeki has been criticised by some officials in Juba for being too close to Khartoum and not being an even handed mediator. South Sudan’s Information Minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin and others have suggested that East African regional
body IGAD should play a wider role.

However, Mbeki said that Kiir had assured him that South Sudan was committed to the African Union-mediated process and respecting the resolutions of the United Nations aimed at bringing peace and stability to the citizens of both countries.

“This is a positive indication that South Sudan is committed to producing the positive results required at the end of the talks”, Mbeki told reporters.

Mbeki’s visit followed a trip to Khartoum where he held similar talks with Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and the leadership of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

The former South African president also held a joint meeting with South Sudan’s lead negotiating panel, which is chaired by the Secretary General of the country’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Pagan Amum.

The meeting, which was also attended by cabinet ministers, discussed the implementation of the AU proposal and UNSC resolution 2046.

At the meeting Amum confirmed Juba’s readiness to resume talks over disputed issues.

Speaking to the press shortly after participating in the meeting, South Sudan’s lead negotiator, Pagan Amum, said his team was ready to resume talks any time anywhere with “new spirit and cooperation” in order to reach a lasting settlement.

“We have been ready to resume talks. In fact I want to make it clear that we have never left the negotiation table. It was the delegation of the Sudan which left the negotiating venue”, said Amum.

He expressed hope that the Sudanese delegation comes with an “open heart” to the next round of talks.

But the SPLM SG also appeared skeptical of Khartoum’s desire to negotiate.

Amum accused Bashir of trying "impose preconditions" on the talks, a position which he said was a violation of the UNSC resolution.

"It seems Khartoum is not ready to come [to the talks] ... There is an implied refusal by Khartoum to commit to the negotiations without pre-conditions," he said.


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  • 22 May 2012 06:18, by Ayom Dor

    People of South Sudan are pessimistic of these negotiations headed by Mbeki bse it has yielded nothing since!! Mbeki should not pretend and deceive the world that he is doing something! He should simply retire and tell the world that Bashir is not interested in these negotiations! Bse peace will make him vulnerable to ICC arrest!

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  • 22 May 2012 06:23, by SEE ME

    With grief and sorrow for the African hero Thabo Mbeki as he was forced to meet the ignorant and arrogant PAGAN AMUN.

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    • 22 May 2012 06:27, by SEE ME

      The ignorant and arrogant PAGAN AMUN wants RSS to be member of EU and farewell for AU.

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      • 22 May 2012 06:29, by SEE ME

        The ignorant and arrogant PAGAN AMUN has much respect for ISRAEL than his native black Africans.

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        • 22 May 2012 06:33, by SEE ME

          Why the leaders of RSS are not looking for the benefits of thier people and select open minded Southern Sudanese like Zionist?

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  • 22 May 2012 07:26, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    See Me<Jalaba<Northers Sttelrs

    our respect is only Allied between countries.
    We can allied with even demon as we which. Amum is ours hero,eye,what he say is what we think is right.
    Arab settlers tought Generation is coming after Amum retire to kick all Settlers out in Sudan.

    Tone of liberator SPLA/M


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    • 22 May 2012 07:43, by Dinkawarrior

      The Lion Dr. John Garang’s puppies also known as (The Red Army) will cleansing the remnants of Jalaba in Sudan.


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      • 22 May 2012 07:47, by SEE ME

        Stay away with your Satanic lies from the African Hero Dr. John Garang who planned to unite all Africa in four countries.
        That was in IAWA 1981.

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  • 22 May 2012 08:28, by solider

    dinkaworrior, cleaning sudan from arabs?!!how can u do that, u r a landlocked.your power is limited .beside sudan is making big cash money from heglig right now.from where ss will get that cash to perchase multi billion dollors deadly weapons?!!

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  • 22 May 2012 08:34, by solider

    instead of financing SPLM/N. start developing ss with roads hospitals schools..etc.u r spending billions for nothing

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  • 22 May 2012 08:46, by E. Defense Forces
    • 22 May 2012 12:48, by SEE ME

      Mbeki is looking to talk to the few good listeners in RSS

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      • 22 May 2012 13:12, by Dinkawarrior

        Mr. Moneymouth Mbeki! If you want to joins Malawi President in hell then your free to play this dirty game. Some of the people were trying to use our blood for their benefits but they’re not happy with their lives!

        HARSH BLOOD of our people will make you crazy, you better stay away.

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        • 22 May 2012 13:34, by SEE ME

          Mbeki is well known by the whole world as an African Hero supported by CHINA &INDIA (POPULATION is 2500 millions out of 7000).

          That is to say 90% of world populations are pro-Mbeki

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  • 22 May 2012 14:58, by Corrector

    1. Security is most important. S.Sudan must agree to stop supporting any groups in sudan what so ever. Sudan must stop "bombing" s.sudan.
    2. Border demarcation.
    3. National debt.

    - The 4 freedoms are natural and I don’t understand what the fuss is about.
    - $36 per barrel for oil transit, unnegotiable. If you don’t want to pass your oil through sudan, you dont have to. But if you do, its $36

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  • 23 May 2012 00:56, by Northern Sudanese

    an estimated 9 min documentary about salva.



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