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Khartoum and Juba strike new tone on post-independence negotiations


March 23, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The top negotiators from Sudan and South Sudan on Friday spoke of a new spirit in the discussions on post-independence issues that have dragged on for years.

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Pagan Amum (left), chief negotiator from South Sudan, lead mediator for the African Union, Piere Buyoya (centre) and Sudan’s head negotiator Idriss Abdel-Gader, attend the end of African Union-led talks between Sudan and South Sudan in Addis Ababa on March 13, 2012 (AFP)

The Secretary General of the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) Pagan Amum at a radio forum in Khartoum said that the upcoming summit between president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and his southern counterpart Salva Kiir was a joint initiative made by the negotiating teams.

Amum, who is the chief negotiator for South Sudan, said the purpose of the summit was to change the direction of talks and move the two countries into a new phase of relations steering the two sides away from mistrust and creating confidence that would allow for changing their mentality from "confrontation and clash" to partnership.

The SPLM Secretary General said last week’s framework agreements signed on nationality and borders was a "turning point" that was a result of adjusting stances instead of staying entrenched in prefixed positions. He went on to say that the two delegations started working as one team by recognising that the disputed items are joint ones.

Sudan’s lead negotiator Idriss Abdel-Gader that the two sides began the process of mending ties in their meeting yesterday and agreed that the media should refrain from reporting sensational stories on the negotiations.

Abdel-Gader also revealed that there will be joint committees to discuss trade after first ensuring the improvement of security situation on the borders. He added that the interior ministers from the two countries will review the status of citizens on the other side of the borders.

Today Amum met with senior security officials in Sudan including minister of interior Ibrahim Hamed, Defense Minister Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein and Intelligence Director Mohamed Atta in Khartoum to lay the groundwork for the discussions by the interior ministries’ joint committee.

Amum was joined by South Sudan’s Cabinet Affairs Minister Deng Alor and Justice Minister John Luke.

The communiqué of the meeting said the discussions were frank and candid with a genuine desire to reach comprehensive solutions.

The SPLM Sec. Gen., who arrived on Thursday handed an invitation from Kiir to Bashir to a 3 April summit "with the aim of solving the pending issues between the two states".

It would be Bashir’s first visit to South Sudan since it separated from Sudan last year following a referendum.

After months of failed negotiations, a dispute over oil fees and mutual accusations of backing rebels on each other’s territory it is hoped that last week’s accords would create a positive atmosphere going forward.

When South Sudan gained its independence it took about three-quarters of Sudanese oil production with it, but it has no facilities to export the crude, with using northern infrastructure.

At the heart of their dispute has been disagreement over how much Juba should pay to use northern pipelines and Port Sudan.


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  • 24 March 2012 08:08, by Konan


    We don’t trust u even if all of u embraced Islam, pray five times a day, fast Ramdhan every year, pay Zakat and make pilgrimage to makkah, because u r coward and wicked by nature and hypocrisy is part and parcel of your blood.

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    • 24 March 2012 08:46, by Chok Deng

      We don’t trust fake Arabs and fake Islam;True Islam was buried with Shiekh Al-Buorahi who was a true Islamist in Sudan.Those of Konan,Mohammed Ali,Jalaby and their likes are Islam traders.Now no way out,if u fuck around with these agreements,we fuck around there too.We are an independent nation,we don’t CARE!!.

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      • 24 March 2012 11:53, by Hardball

        Khartoum never rest attaching themselves to South Sudan ever since the independent and the reason is simple, they can’t live with South Sudan. But Make no mistake that is not going to be a walk in the park.

        It’s just ridiculous to come and sign some bogus agreements in the south when where they come from is a chaos. The suffering and killing in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue-Nile.

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      • 24 March 2012 11:54, by Hardball

        Khartoum never rest attaching themselves to South Sudan ever since the independent and the reason is simple, they can’t live without South Sudan. Make no mistake that is not going to be a walk in the park.
        It’s just ridiculous to come and sign some bogus agreements in the south when where they come from is a chaos. The suffering and killing in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue-Nile.

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    • 24 March 2012 11:55, by tayeb M. Alhassan

      I refrained signing in Sudan Tribune since Sudan was one country but today due to the new breath in the relationship I come here again...

      Too sad to read words like these but I feel you are right that some us are "wicked by nature"
      We don’t hate you as normal people but when it comes to politics some other people decide about it....

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    • 24 March 2012 19:51, by sober

      Are u Muslim?, If you are a true Muslim you trust your brother Muslim from any nation black or white. Islam confirms that all people are the same. But in 1989 (Islamist) create another false Islam.- not the real slam-

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      • 25 March 2012 07:56, by Konan


        True Muslims don’t betray their brothers. All Southerners betrayed Sudan and themselves including our so called Muslim brothers in South (98% voted for separation). That is why we should not trust u anymore.

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    • 25 March 2012 01:03, by morogot batal


      you really want to tell those whom you islamise them in south sudan that the islamisation was only a post of decieving so that you loot their resources.let them pick your comment as the great lesson for you not to lie on them tomorrow...thanks a lot...

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  • 24 March 2012 08:18, by LL Reuben

    Mohommed Followers,

    South Sudan is going to help you when your behavior changed to fit human one. Behaving like Alqaida and other terrorize organizations help you make enemies. You’ve softened your tone as of late because you’ve noticed the severity of your bad dicision making. Now start acting like responsible bunches and not a cluster of terrorizes detonating bombs and killing aimlessly.

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    • 24 March 2012 08:46, by mohammed ali

      Reuben, why don’t you help yourself first, feed your starving 4.7 millions,educate your illiterate pple,give them health care and dress the thousands who running naked in the bushes.Our tone had not changed, your tone had changed significantely. Unfortunately nobody trust you. I hope that you prove them wrong.It is just a hope.

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      • 24 March 2012 08:55, by Chok Deng

        To Mohammed Ali;
        You are totally outdated,do u think if u eat proper food,well educated and sleep in a nice house,then all Sudanese are all educated,well fed, sleep well.This is how u understand situations in Sudan.Plse 90% of Sudanese are suffering from hunger and the list of problems is long.

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      • 24 March 2012 09:03, by LL Reuben


        Don’t be a great liar, who told you there are 4.7 millions Southerners starving. The entire population of Durfar, Nuba Mountain, Blue Nile and Khordofon are being neglected by the NIF in Khartoum and therefore starving if you would like the truth. What human can deny those significant factual evidents of Khartoum neglecting folks in those States?

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      • 24 March 2012 09:52, by guer(r)illa’s graduate

        Mr. Ali,
        You’re another stupid arab that’s behind the news! You think our tone changed, why? Your tone has definately changed because you’re thirsty of oil, all other political parties are not backing up your stupid government! Bashir thinks the R.O.S.S will hand him over to ICC if he visits. Ali, this changed your tone. Who is a coward now? Pagan didn’t hesistate to visit Khartoum because he is a true son of this land but stupid migrants like you want assurance to visit other part of the country.

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        • 24 March 2012 10:37, by Konan

          guer(r)illa’s graduate,

          Pagan didn’t hesistate to visit Khartoum because he is a true son of this land but stupid migrants like you want assurance to visit other part of the country.

          LoL Ha Ha Ha, how many Marisa Jars you finished today??? Now there are two Sudan, we are no more one country, we r two different nations. Pls. don’t comment while u r drunk.

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          • 24 March 2012 11:36, by guer(r)illa’s graduate

            Mr. Konan,
            Thanks for acknowleging the fact that South and Noth Sudan are two different countries! The statement you just quoted means that only criminals, thieves and foreigners need assurrances; however, natives can’t do so. Konan, to inform you, I don’t drink coke leave alone liquor( or anything + ol). Thanks for comics anyway.

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            • 24 March 2012 16:39, by zulu

              And so what if you drink or dont drink? It is plain stupid to think othewise. To say to any one what they eating is evil is simply nimcompoop and defies intellect.

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              • 25 March 2012 08:26, by guer(r)illa’s graduate

                @ Zulu,
                It’s either way; however, healthwise, there are foods and bevereages that are good for health so definately you can talk of someone’s diets. On other hand, these idiots, pretenders like konan tries to be smart but they don’t observe Islam’s laws.

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        • 25 March 2012 01:16, by Tiger

          i hope that both side will keep the agreement they have signed,it will help the economic growth and also make the citizens of both South and the North move freely.

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      • 24 March 2012 18:03, by zulu

        Who needs help? Sudan net writes this, "The old concept and mentality have now changed to a new mentality which looks to South Sudan security as the responsibility and duty of the Sudan and vice versa. He said the four freedoms would allow movement of more than two million Sudanese and half million southern Sudanese." So, make an informed objective opinion.

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  • 24 March 2012 09:33, by Lang

    Coward, feed your people in warzones who are being starved by your government. Come get the thousands of your people who fleed for refuge in South Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia, etc. House, feed them and stop neglecting them.

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  • 24 March 2012 11:37, by Tambura

    Nothing is call new tone, in that negotiations,s Sudan agree to leave Abyei? or to pay 36 as transit fee? What is the new tone I don t get it. Arabs came o Sudan to sell their salt we welcome them gave them our sisters for free, history will not forgive us for giving them our grandfathers land.We should build ourselves and chase them to where they are belong. Never trust them dead one is a good on

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  • 25 March 2012 04:24, by E. Defense Forces
  • 25 March 2012 04:39, by Dinkawarrior

    Coming to Juba is not like going to party! President Bashit neet to be careful about the New Spirit Discussion(NSD)in Juba. This attraction might to turn to be a nightmare in case of ICC behind the closed doors!!! You don’t know who is in Jub!!!

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