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South Sudan set to mediate Ethiopia and Eritrea over border row


October 26, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) - South Sudan said that it is working to mediate between Ethiopia and Eritrea who have been at odds since a border war which ended in 2000.

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Deng Alor Kuol, the South Sudanese Minister of Cabinet Affairs (Reuters)

South Sudan’s minister for cabinet affairs, Deng Alor, told Reuters that both Addis Ababa and Asmara had given the green light to come for peace talks over their border row.
More that 70,000 people lost their lives and tens of thousands were displaced, during the two-year war over disputed territories which also had a crippling effect of their economies.

Eritrean achieved its independence from Eritrea in 1991 after 30 years of rebellion.

"We have close ties with both countries so we are planning to mediate and solve the problems that they have between them," said Alor.
The South Sudanese government official said that mediation talks that aimed to find a peaceful and lasting solution to the deadlock could start next month.
Alor said South Sudanese president Salva Kiir and other senior government officials are set to establish a mediating team "very soon".

Addis Ababa has been host to a series of talks between Khartoum and Juba which saw the signing of a set of agreements in September, which have eased tensions between the two nations and improved their current economic situations.
The South Sudanese delegation will travel to Addis Ababa and Asmara to further push both sides come to the negotiating table as early as possible.
"We will embark on rounds of shuttle diplomacy between the two countries. We are hoping to start in November," Alor said.
It is to be recalled that during his visit to Ethiopia in August last year, South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, pledged to bring Ethiopia and Eritrea for peace talks once the newly born nation has established itself on a firmer footing.
"As soon as we have set our priorities in order and rolling, I will shuttle between Addis Ababa and Asmara until the two sisterly countries are brought back to normal relations," Alor explained.
"I personally take this as a moral duty because it is disturbing to us seeing both countries bleeding again while both of them also paid the ultimate sacrifice in order for the people of South Sudan to be free today," Kiir then added.
The conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea ended in 2000 after the two sides signed the Algiers peace accord by which the dispute was referred for international arbitration.
The UN founded the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission awarded the contested Badme town to Eritrea.
However, Ethiopia did not comply with the ruling and refused to withdraw its troops from the key town of Badme, seeking for further negotiations.
The two rival neighbors repeatedly trade accusations of harboring and supporting rebels to forment destabilisation within one the other’s borders.
In January 2012, after an attack by Afar rebels who alledegedly harboured by Eritrea, the Ethiopian army carried out cross-border attacks in Eritrea targeting rebel bases in March of this year.
Ethiopia’s attack, which was its first incursion since border war ended, mounted fears that the countries would return to conflict. However Asmara later said it would not retaliate against the "Ethiopian aggression".


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  • 28 October 2012 05:07, by omoni jr.

    Ridiculous !!
    How come foreign like Deng Alor open their mouth before they finished Abyei situation?
    Deng Alor is Not yet the citizen of south sudan,therefore he should Not say anything relating to other country.

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    • 28 October 2012 06:51, by Malou Manyiel

      Deng Alor,
      The bible tells us to first remove the wood in your own eyes before others. This is where you can be able to see clearly what is in somebody’s eye. Mediating between Ethiopia and Eritrea over their border row will never change anything in South Sudan. If you are good in mediation, why can’t you mediate between South Sudan rebels and the government?

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    • 28 October 2012 08:56, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Omoi de Ontario,
      This is why i don’t like your Nuer chicken brain, go and tuck yourself in, you are not from this count just because your friend Bashir is holding our land hostage does not mean that our Dinka from Abyei are not southerner, shame and cowardliness be upon your wicked community,
      You talk like kids , and there is no wonder you join the forces of doom but you will lost like your Nasir

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    • 28 October 2012 22:48, by mekki

      it is very nice idea, Alor is representing government hi is not representing him self as ngok, if he is from SS ot NS it does not matter coz he is a sudanese politician in north and ssudanese politician in ss, also he is an african fighter for freedom and justice

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  • 28 October 2012 05:22, by belle loboi

    We still have huge problem to solve and yet we are talking about other countries issues. Deng Alor need to solve the problem of Abyei, especially his own hometown than doing nothing for many years in Khartoum where he learned arabic language in which he held bachelor from,

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  • 28 October 2012 07:31, by 4Justice

    This is salva’s idea, he has no plan whatsoever, instead of focusing on serious domestic issues, such as rampant corruption, lack of service delivery, lack air defense and lawlessness. The people of south sudan did not elect you to waste their time with useless proposals, they want you to tackle the issue corruption first, not your stupid mediation.

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  • 28 October 2012 09:23, by Mike

    Dear South Sudanese please stay out of this. These mad dogs in Asmera will let you down. These are not people you live peacefully with them. We Ethiopians know how to deal with them don’t waste your time.
    God Bless Ethiopia and South Sudan

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    • 28 October 2012 10:09, by akid malual

      Pleasure and thanks you my friend comrade mike who respond from Ethiopia, bless to you and your country Ethiopia for hosting southern. Sudan goverment and great suport untill to this south independent. No message and advice to you or any foreign who attempt of read and writing in this network discussion. Two sudanese are getting intoxicated both for there long running of atrocity situation war in.

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      • 28 October 2012 13:50, by Jok Min Kuol

        Dear fellow country men & Women,
        This proposal by Kiir’s administration is just waste of time and could not bear fruit. How could a failed adminstration made a proposal of mediating boader between ethiopia and eritrea? In 2008, Riek Machar, Kiir boy wasted our oil money(28 million USD) to Mediated unpopular peace between LRA and Uganda government. Shame on Kiir’s boys!!!
        Jok Min Kuol

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  • 28 October 2012 14:00, by Jok Min Kuol

    Dear Omoni Jr,
    Deng Alor Kuol is not foreigner in South Sudan. He has rights like any other South Sudanese whatsoever. The only fear that I have about Abyei people is how they are going to vote in 2013 as scheduled by Africa Union. I feared that they will vote overwhelmingly to be Sudanese citizens. 98% of them are muslims and also have cultural ties with arabs.
    Jok Min Kuol

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  • 28 October 2012 15:42, by dinkdong

    What do they know about mediating?

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  • 28 October 2012 19:38, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    south sudan mediating Eri-iopia case is good move. we havesuffers like Eriteria-Ethio people. South will never take side from both. we see them the same,even Asrmara-Addis Ababa leaders are bad. Is like bad leaders we have in sudan(South-North). Is Good African have to solves their own problem. Others world have their own interest of disturbing Africa peace. South would not be bias to oneside

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  • 28 October 2012 22:34, by Mwalimu Kuol

    I think it is inconsequenctial to mediate between other independence states now.We got to learn to face the trust.Our nations is just an infant, besides, we got
    countless problems on our own that need our immediate attention.For God sack we don’t want to make our country a laughing stock on international erena. Why are we so quick to act on others nations’ problem yet we got so much on our own?

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    • 29 October 2012 03:50, by wech

      Mr. Foreign Minister, I think South Sudan is too young to engage to solve other countries’ problem. We have our own internal problems to solve first before we go to mediate these two countries. We have tribal issues, which are hunting down our development

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  • 29 October 2012 08:05, by Asmera

    I am from Addis Ababa.
    In General it was very good idea to bring peace among Africa nations who are suffering in wounds of colonial eras. However, the mad dog of Eritrea is not the person who you will deal with him. Please forget it! We Ethiopians know how we will trade with them!
    God Bless East Africa!

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  • 29 October 2012 13:08, by majok

    Deng Alor.south Sudan is a young nation which has not solved the border demarcation with north.otherwise you will be like Riek machar who was madiating the peace talks between kony rebel and Uganda but dit manage it .the child can,t carry another child b,coze they can all fall down

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  • 29 October 2012 13:19, by majok

    Deng Alor.south Sudan is a young nation which has not solved the border demarcation with north.otherwise you will be like Riek machar who was madiating the peace talks between kony rebel and Uganda but dit manage it .the child can,t carry another child b,coze they can all fall down

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