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AU calls for international support ahead of Juba - Khartoum talks

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March 05, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - The African Union (AU) Commission chairperson on Monday urged the international community, including the United Nations (UN) and bilateral partners to support efforts by its High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) in helping Sudan and South Sudan resolve all outstanding issues.

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AU’s Thabo Mbeki (L), Salva Kiir (centre), Omar al- Bashir (R), 2011 (Reuters)

In a statement, Jean Ping said dialogue between AUHIP and the UN Security Council in February, which was held in New York, offered a vital platform for the two parties to reach a consensus.

“The Chairperson of the Commission calls on the parties to seize the opportunity of the forthcoming negotiations to reach agreement on the outstanding issues, in line with the agreed principle of two viable states mutually supportive and living side by side in peace,” Ping said in the 5 March statement.

Both Sudan and South Sudan are due to resume talks on 6 March under the facilitation of the AUHIP, which is chaired by former South African leader, Thabo Mbeki.

The two neighbouring nations are currently involved in negotiations on several outstanding issues such as citizenship and nationality; border issues; as well as finance and other arrangements concerning the transshipment of South Sudanese oil through Sudan.

In January South Sudan, shut down its oil production countrywide after it accused Khartoum of illegally confiscating it crude oil, a decision Khartoum denies. The north says its actions were justified by South Sudan’s alleged failure to pay transit fees for oil passing through Sudan owned pipelines.

Ping called upon the two parties to approach the negotiation with the required spirit of compromise and mutual accommodation.

This is the latest in a series of talks which have, thus far, been unsuccessful.

According to Ping, a common commitment to “two viable states” is the only principle on which Sudan and South Sudan can achieve their respective national goals of development, democratisation and stability.

On the issue of citizenship and nationality, both countries have reportedly agreed to a “citizenship transitional period” that expires on 8 April, after which the status of nationals living in either country will have to be regularised.

However, as the AUHIP continues to engage both parties on the possibility of extending the transition period, Ping urges the two countries to scale up the issuance of identity documents to nationals of one country who reside in the other, or to facilitate the return to the country of origin for those who wish to do so.

“The Chairperson of the Commission calls upon Sudan and South Sudan to approach this issue in the spirit of African unity and solidarity, and with due respect to the rights of the populations concerned,” further reads the AU statement.

At least 700,000 South Sudanese are said to be living in Sudan alone.

Issues regarding the demarcation of the common border as well as resolution of the status of the disputed region of Abyei are also expected to be discussed between the two countries during the talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ping called upon Sudan and South Sudan to pay attention to Africa’s best practices in border management, and especially to uphold the principle of a soft border.

The two parties, he cautioned, should not interfere with existing patterns of migration, settlement and trade across the border.

South Sudan’s reaction

South Sudan on Monday maintained that it is committed to resuming discussions with neighbouring Sudan but that its demands remain for the need to strike a “fair” deal with Sudan prior to resuming production and exportation of oil through Sudan.

“We are ready to resume negotiations with Khartoum. Our delegation will tomorrow leave Juba to return to Addis to resume talks on the issues,” said Barnaba Marial Benjamin, South Sudan’s minister of information and broadcasting service.

Marial said his country would resume oil production only when a fair deal is reached with assurance that Khartoum will not renege on it.

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  • 6 March 2012 07:17, by Otong

    We in South Sudan could never vow down to agree in one channel with Arabs any more. Let Arabs suffer since we closed down our own resources which make rich.

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    • 6 March 2012 07:41, by Konan

      Enough is enough; we are feed up with these immature countrymen. Should this round fail too, I strongly urge our Govt. to dismantle the pipeline connecting South Sudan to Port Sudan, and to seal the borders by planting landmines on these borders as much as it could.

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    • 6 March 2012 08:18, by Anti Dinka’s

      what a joke from a toilet organizer [AU]

      International support for what?

      is our oil we can shut it down forever

      South Sudan lost 2 million of her well educated people
      we will never get those people back to life again
      the only way to help those who lost their loved one
      Is total Destruction of Khartoum

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      • 6 March 2012 08:40, by peace seeker

        You anti-peace
        You think the destruction of Khartoum is a picnic!!!
        come on guy!It is better for both parties to spread the message of peace.Don’t dissminate hatered please.

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        • 7 March 2012 09:50, by South Dengjok

          you south sudanese,why do u fear for i solating our self with Arab? do u think if we cut adeal with another country and left their port of sudan,they can declare war to us?OK,if they will declare war ,why don,t we fight with them?,why do we afraid with them? because it is our natural gift,as my concern No go back signing deal with Arab even thought they will accept fair agreement,Arab are arab!

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  • 6 March 2012 07:36, by Padiet Deng Alony

    No more flow of South Sudan oil through north pipeline.the time oil flow again through north pipeline, South Sudan will regreted.

    let finish the border issue and Abyei first.

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  • 6 March 2012 08:14, by mosa mel

    Lets talk about border, Abeyi, and other issues comprised in CPA. Don’t waste your time on oil talk which was not on CPA. If AU want to help Sudan with oil money, why not go to collect oil money from rest of Africa and give it to Bashier. This is South oil and we don’t want it to go to North, what is wrong with that? Event Bashier don’t need it that is why he propose ungly fee. ....

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    • 6 March 2012 08:29, by mosa mel

      It is clear that Bashier don’t need South oil to go North and South agree by shutdown it oil pipeline. We have been fighting for unity because we know consequences of separation and Bashier push us to separation so let them face the fruit of separation. I think so call Auhp is jealous. They suppose to negotiate border and Abeyi. These are bring South and Sudan back to war. that it.

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  • 6 March 2012 09:07, by Ngundeng jr

    The only International support we need is that to build a pipeline through Kenya and Ethiopia. No need for discussion with an EVIL REGIME.

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  • 6 March 2012 11:19, by MKee

    No real result since all these so called ’high level implementation panel on sudan’ goes to meetings when they are already bribed by khartoum/arabs. they normally go their just to support one side and don’t tell the truth.
    No more talk about oil as south has already made it decision and let no one bark about oil.
    South officals must always be alert as these crookes comes with fault and....

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  • 6 March 2012 11:26, by MKee

    misleading documents to be signed. Khartoum is desperate and that why it bribes officials from high level implementation panel to talk on their behalf. If is something to be signed on spot then it is fake and worthless..don’t sign it .....

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  • 6 March 2012 18:06, by Ya Habibee

    South Sudanese cannot even change their diapers,let alone changing the government in Khartoum.South Sudanese are cannibals.They eat human flesh.They say arab flesh is not sweet.

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    • 7 March 2012 02:22, by Kurnyel

      A huge wasting of time and money what else do you so called AU wanted to hear from Khartoum and Juba. The South Sudan decided to stope its oil from flowing to North and that is it. The Khartoum decided to charge Juba $33 a barrel so let the North take their business somewhere not South.

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