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Bashir invites Kiir for talks amid rising inflation between countries


By Ngor Arol Garang

October 1, 2011 (JUBA) – Sudan’s President Omer Hassan Al- Bashir has invited his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit for talks on outstanding issues amid soaring food prices in the countries and .

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The invitation follows an agreement between the two countries, last September, establishing ten entry check points meant to facilitate movement for goods and people at the over the new international border.

South Sudan split from Sudan in July and has since complained that the trade of essential goods from the North has been restricted forcing up prices, especially in border states.

Despite Bashir’s recognition of South Sudan independence in July, relations between the two countries have remained tense over the disputed Abyei region, demarcation of border, a new oil transportation deal and Khartoum’s accusation to the South Sudan ruling party, SPLM, of supporting Darfur rebels and SPLM-North in the ongoing armed conflicts in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan.

Speaking to journalists shortly after weekly cabinet meeting chaired by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, minister of information and broadcasting service said Kiir has accepted the invitation of his Sudanese counterpart Bashir to visit Khartoum next week.

"President Kiir with number of ministers and heads of various institutions will go next week. The talks would discuss issues if mutual cooperation and relations between the two countries," Marial said.

"The talks would focus on post-independence arrangements particularly issues connected with the oil charges, border, the Abyei and the fate of old Sudanese pound as well as the citizenship right and residence," he further added.

The minister pointed out that the weekly meeting was briefed by the president on his recent official visit to the United States of America to attend the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York where met and held talks with leaders from other countries including President Barak Obama of the United States of America, Jacob Zuma of South Africa, the Austrian president, Eritrea’s president and leaders from other nations including the Indian prime minister.

Kiir, he added, briefed the council about his meeting in Nairobi with Lam Akol Ajawin, the leader of South Sudan’s largest opposition political party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC).

He told reporters that President Kiir informed the Council that Akol agreed return home in order to contribute to the nation building. The meeting was also addressed by Hilde F. Johnson, special representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations.


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  • 2 October 2011 07:59

    kirr with Riek is better

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    • 2 October 2011 20:52, by SSLA Supporter

      Bashir and Kiir have to resolve the pending issues bewteen the two countries peacefully and urgently to curve the price rises in our brotherly nations. It is a big shame and ridicules too to let the NCP and SPLM argumentative policies to hold everyone as a scapegoat in Sudan and RoSS!! What is left for you to quarrel over again as your confrontational policies have led to the division of sudan!!

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    • 3 October 2011 10:52, by Okucu Pa Lotinokwan

      The invitation without good result has no meaning the president of sudan should put this in his mind ,solving issues without a witness has no meaning again.


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  • 2 October 2011 08:53, by konan

    Bigots from both sides should not attend meetings.

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    • 2 October 2011 19:03, by Thon Anyar

      Ha, Konan, who do you think is desperate for talk? Who is calling the South for talk? Is it South Sudan? Did you read the news yesterday when your economy was collaspsing? Does the bigots ever know they’re? The reality demonstrate they don’t!

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  • 2 October 2011 09:02, by Longtweng

    Pres. Kiir, don let Bashir fool you, he must stop killing Nubians, Darfurians and South Blue Nilians. when you give him what he need, will not listen to you or anyone in the world.

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  • 2 October 2011 09:09, by AMBAGO RAMBA

    How do you feel when you read this line? “The meeting was also addressed by Hilde F. Johnson, special representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations”.
    Since when has it become a normal practice for a foreigner to not only attend, but also participate and address a weekly council of ministers’ meeting of a sovereign state?
    Has RSS become a UN Protectorate? what a sovereignty?

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    • 2 October 2011 09:47, by Gueth Bidok

      Great move for Albeshir for deciding to talk about the issue. They both should swallow their pride and work for the seek of Sudanese. We are all still Sudanese although The Land is divided. This was what John Garang did not want to happen because unity makes people more stronger economically and militerly. If John Garang is still alive, there wouldn’t be such a falling of economic.

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    • 2 October 2011 17:41, by William Deng Chang

      Mr Ramba,
      Which system would best serve the interest of our people? A democratic, semi- democratic or a dictatorial system? Suppose you favour a democratic rule over the other two options, can you then confirm whether the current GORSS’s institutions are democratised or not? Do you think a democratic system would be implemented without guidance or pressure of the international community?

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  • 2 October 2011 10:03

    Kiir is surpose to would have turndown the invitation on condition that, Bashir must withdraw saf from Abyei within a week time,then later on he can except the invitation from his counterpart.i am on the idea that, we can not engage in any discusions with the north ,unless Bashir withdraw his troops from Abyei.

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  • 2 October 2011 20:58, by Abyei Soil

    What kind of talk would al Bashir gonna respect yet he dishonored many talks including Addis Ababa round table. People imagine the way he is insinuating the boiling interest in him alone. The personal interest to the North Sudan. If I was Kiir, I’d have ignored the calls sideway and move on with the South nothing less nothing more.

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  • 3 October 2011 12:58, by Wen Tek

    Dear South Sudanese,
    Remember "No man is an island" The invitation by Bashir to iron out differences with Kiir should not be seen a deceptive move.Bashir understands what international cooperation is all about.Any economic instability in nieghboring Sudan will automatically affect the South.Greek debt crisis has now affected all the Euro-Zone countries.Let us not always put on political glasses.

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