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Bashir-Kiir summit to go until Friday as progress remains slow


September 25, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – African Union (AU) mediators have decided to extend the ongoing summit between Sudan President Omer Al-Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit until Friday, 28 September, after another round of lengthy talks made little headway.

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FILE PHOTO - Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir welcomes his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir during his arrival at Khartoum Airport October 8,2011 REUTERS/ Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

The high-profile summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa entered its fourth day on Tuesday with the two presidents holding their fifth closed-door meeting which, as in the case of previous rounds, tackled the issues of establishing a demilitarized zone along the 1,800km border and proposals to determine the final status of the hotly-contested region of Abyei.

Tuesday’s meeting lasted for three hours and was attended by officials representing the Khartoum-backed Misseriya tribe and Dinka Ngok of South Sudan. Both groups claim the right to vote in a referendum to determine the status of the oil-producing area.

South Sudan already accepted a proposal by the AU High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to hold a referendum in Abyei in October 2013 with the eligibility to vote given to members of Dinka Ngok and Misseriya members residing in the area.

Whereas the two sides refrained from commenting on what specifically happened during the meeting, they both confirmed it failed to reach an agreement on Abyei. Khartoum however indicated that the disagreements over the “Mile 14” area, which has been preventing progress on the demilitarized zone, are narrowing.

Speaking to Al-Jazzera TV channel, the spokesperson of Sudan’s foreign ministry Al-Obeid Adam Muraweh confirmed that the meeting addressed the issue of Abyei but said it did not witness a breakthrough.

Muraweh added that the discussions were still continuing and are expected to resume on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of South Sudan’s negotiating team, Atif Kiir, gave a more negative account of the progress made. He said that the two sides continue to disagree on the demilitarized zone due to Khartoum’s lack of political will.

But Muraweh contradicted South Sudan’s talk of no progress on the demilitarized zone, telling Al-Jazeera that the disagreement over Mile 14 area has narrowed significantly compared to previous rounds.

He went on to suggest that the issue of Mile 14 could be resolved today but cautioned that this expectation is not guaranteed especially that the issue is connected to other issues of contention.

Khartoum insists that in order to accept an AU map delimiting the demilitarized zone, South Sudan must pull out its troops from "Mile 14" - an area of 23 Kilometers south of a river known as the Bahr Al-Arab in Sudan and the Kiir River in South Sudan.

Leaks from Addis Ababa suggest that South Sudan agreed to withdraw troops from the area but this has not been confirmed by officials.

President Omer Al-Bashir has also indicated that the differences over “Mile 14” are narrowing.

Speaking to a handful of chief editors of Sudanese newspapers on Monday evening, he said that the talks between him and Salva Kiir are proceeding in a positive way.

He said that both sides are exhibiting a level of flexibility allowing a deal to be reached.

The Sudanese leader also confirmed that the disagreement over “Mile 14” had become marginal.

Al-Bashir added that he believes that the area should be demilitarized and run through local administration as was the tradition for hundreds of years.

Speaking of Abyei, Al-Bashir said they intend to reach a final settlement to the dispute through a separate track.

The president opined that improvement of relations between Sudan and South Sudan through resumption of oil exportation and cross-border trade will reflect positively on the determination of Abyei’s final status as well as talks on the security situation in the border regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

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Front page of Al Sahafa, December 11, 2011 (TMCT)

Meanwhile, the Sudanese daily newspaper Al-Sahafah reported on Tuesday that Sudan proposed that “Mile 14” be completely demilitarized while South Sudan offered to redeploy its troops by 5.11 kilometers south of Bahr Kiir/Bahr Al-Arab as delimited by the AU map.


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  • 26 September 2012 09:16, by 4Justice

    Hey hey Salva don’t give away "Mile 14 area" it’s deep inside South Sudan, don’t do anything foolish!

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    • 26 September 2012 09:31, by zulu

      Mr, Donkey,
      You came into the meeting fumming trying to intimidate Tiger. How was your tone when you sat down? Do not fool arround. You will have to pull out of Abyei panthou, hofr nahas, kofia kinji and all areas specified as contested areas.

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      • 26 September 2012 19:36, by bari of bor

        dear motherfucker Zulu!!!!!
        mind u son of sex addict bitch!!!! whatever ur mom fucker or likes told u,u r just twisting ur ass 4 nothing...we’ve that military muscles to pinch ur anus ya less valued arabs,believe it or nt u’ll be surprise by the time things reach to the peak ya kelib.ma dick is erecting 4 u.

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  • 26 September 2012 09:38, by forza

    we know that progress is very slow but what have they achieved since last sunday? most probably we will hear both sides couldn’t reach an agreement by next friday.

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    • 26 September 2012 12:59, by panchol

      Please your excellency,
      don’t leave any inch of land to these Arabs fucken. All Junubin eyes and ears are opened to the talks you are doing.
      Bashir is clicking for the war option,but AUHIP and UNSC are not well awared about him.

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      • 26 September 2012 15:17, by forza

        who is hitting the drums of war?if north was looking for war option there wouldn’t something called CPA .you got your own land ,go develop it,feed your people.make roads,hospitals,schools instead of having a proxy war with north. we are proud of our arab roots and we will remain n our land until we are buried beneath it.

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        • 26 September 2012 18:15, by panchol

          The CPA did not come alone, but junubin had paid 2.5 million lives and yet ready to pay ultimate price if there is threats. South Sudanese took arms to fight against oppressors or regime in khartoum but not Arabs, even there are Arabs under oppressors.
          NCP will let down the Republic of Sudan, and will make its citizens suffer sanctions.

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          • 26 September 2012 21:57, by forza

            CPA is an agreement that north &south were dreaming of for decades. both sides were happy that this agreement came to end the longest war in africa. north also have lost many of its youth in in war and now you are going back to point 0 again.2.5 million is not enough for you?it’s a lose-lose game and neither north or south will benifit from it.only thing good about war is when it’s stoppe

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        • 26 September 2012 18:52, by zulu

          The illegal occupation of partial of our land is war or a call to do so..It challenges us to a dual, something we are not interested.
          We will not need to secure a security deal in the face of Subterfuge and deception. We are not southerners no more who used to be at the nadir of sudan’s bigotry. we are more educated than before.

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          • 26 September 2012 22:14, by forza

            good that you are more educated now, it’s much easier to deal with educated people.now you will get to know that sudan is not the same sudan as before referendum and nobody is willing to give more compromises again. we did that for the sake of peace which didn’t happen and we will not repeat the same mistake again. if you want abyei by force come and get it,you will find the answer there.

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  • 27 September 2012 07:25, by E. Defense Forces

    Just watch this clowns in Addis Ababa happily chatting with the north Sudan clowns while people are dying every day in both countries

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    • 27 September 2012 09:24, by 4Justice

      Absolutely disgusting, i only watched halfway until i saw big mouth Salva Mathok with genocide Haroon chatting like lovers i starting throwing up

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  • 27 September 2012 09:53, by wen yar


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