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Al-Mahdi calls for “Sudanization” of border talks with South Sudan

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October 13, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The leader of the Sudanese opposition National Umma Party (NUP), Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, has urged the ruling parties of his country and neighbouring South Sudan to involve opposition groups in their talks over disputed border regions, warning that exclusive negotiations will not produce a solution.

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FILE PHOTO - NUP leader Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi

In comments he made on Friday to Turkey’s state-owned Anadoul Agency, Al-Mahdi called for the “Sudanization” of efforts to resolve border disputes through the formation of a joint wiseman committee.

According to the veteran opposition figure, the continuation of the current method of exclusive negotiations between Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and its South Sudanese counterpart, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), under international mediation while excluding other political groups in the two countries represents “a failed solution.”

Sudan and South Sudan currently contest six border regions along their common borders, the most prominent of which are the Mile 14 area, a territory occupying 23 kilometers between Western Bahr El-Ghazal State in South Sudan and East Darfur State in Sudan, and the oil-producing region of Abyei.

The two countries recently signed a series of agreements on issues arising from South Sudan’s session last year, including the establishment of a buffer demilitarized zone along the unmarked 1800-km borders and resumption of South Sudan oil exports via Sudan, but they failed to resolve any of the border disputes. The disputes are complicated by the fact that most of the contested regions are militarized zones of overlapping tribal and ethnic groups belonging to each country.

Al-Mahdi charged that the NCP is afraid that opposition parties, if included in the process, might claim political points from the agreements with South Sudan. He said that he wants both countries to accept his proposal of forming a joint wiseman committee to thrash out and resolve border disputes.

In the proposal, Al-Mahdi suggests the committee be composed of six people from each side to be selected from 18 nominees. He said that their task would be to contact all stakeholders and organize popular conferences for border tribes in order to gauge their position on the conflict.

The NUP leader warned that the sensitivity of border disputes stem from the fact that they involve influential tribes and should, therefore, be tackled separately and away from other issues.

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  • 14 October 2012 08:43, by Reuben

    Why Sudanization almahdi, where is arabisation?

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    • 14 October 2012 09:06, by Dinkawarrior

      Too late-too little to call Mr. Al-Mahdi! No more Sudanization at this time, you better keep your islamization or arabization!

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    • 14 October 2012 15:35, by Hardball

      Al-Mahdi, if you’re that incompetent of removing the already internationally convicted immoral president, I don’t think you’ll have any credibility to influence anyone in either country.

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  • 14 October 2012 08:46, by Crude Owner

    Mr. Al-Mahdi
    South Sudan has no objection with anyone who asks to join the processes. If you come and respect south Sudan ownership of all these areas, then you are welcome to join’ but if you come with other faces, then go to hell.

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  • 14 October 2012 08:58, by Madina Tonj

    Sadiq Al Mahdi,
    Your guilty leader Omar al Bashir is still thinking that, claim oil field of South Sudan’s territoies will make him good leader. South Sudanese were observing for six years and we saw the NCP were not learning anthing supposed to allow SPLM to lead nation if they were not extremist Islam policy. We will never give any inch to North Sudan and also immigrants have no to claim lands

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  • 14 October 2012 08:59, by Madina Tonj

    Sadiq Al Mahdi,
    Your guilty leader Omar al Bashir is still thinking that, claim oil field of South Sudan’s territoies will make him good leader. South Sudanese were observing for six years and we saw the NCP were not learning anthing supposed to allow SPLM to lead nation if they were not extremist Islam policy. We will never give any inch to North Sudan and also immigrants have no to claim lands

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  • 14 October 2012 10:55, by Gabriel KK

    Nothing good will come from Al-Mahdi becuase he has done nothing to attract South Sudanese when he was a Prime minister. Therefore criminal Bashir is better than him because we have achieved our independence as signed in Kenya and we will still settle the disputed areas with him and his leadership. So stop nonsense Al-Mahdi!

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  • 14 October 2012 12:33, by panchol

    You Father Mahadi knew the history of this land.
    During Nimeri oil was discover in western Upper Nile Province - panthou(Hegilig) and stated to the world that oil got discovered 400 kilo-meters South of Khartoum and attached the area to South Kordufan.
    We swear, no inch of our land will be given to North.

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  • 14 October 2012 12:41, by panchol

    Sadiq Mahadi.
    Time for sudanisation has gone, you had done when you were prime minister.
    You assinated our Leader William Deng Nhial when you were commanding forces in Rumbek Garrison Malou.
    please be very far.

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  • 14 October 2012 13:27, by James Maker Akok

    Don’t worry I found a Map border line already and I’m circulating it now to everybody to know this Map. North Sudan Government will be crying soon. Sorry North Sudan for this Map, I’m doing my good job to help suffering people.
    Contact me to see this Map
    jamesmakerakok@gmail.com

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