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Sudan ready to negotiate with SPLM-N rebels: official


March 20, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese minister of defence, Abdel-Rahim Mohammed Hussein, has disclosed that his government received a fresh letter from South Sudanese president Salva Kiir confirming disengagement with Sudanese rebels in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, pointing out that Khartoum and Juba have now both agreed to stop supporting rebel movements in the two countries.

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Sudanese defence minister Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein (Photo: Reuters)

Hussein, who was speaking at a press conference in Khartoum airport upon his return from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, said that the cooperation agreement with South Sudan paves the way for negotiations between Sudan and the Sudan People Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N).

The defence minister confirmed Khartoum’s new position that it is “ready to negotiate with the SPLM-N” but only based on the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

Sudan has been strongly resisting regional and international pressure to negotiate with SPLM-N rebels calling its leaders outlaws and issuing arrest warrants for them.

The SPLM-N fought alongside the South during its protracted civil war with the north, with conflict flaring in 2011 between Khartoum and rebels fighting for the removal of the Arab-dominated regime.

South Sudan armed and trained SPLM-N when it was part of the South’s rebel force but maintains it cut all military ties before its independence in July 2011.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution issued in May 2012 ordered Sudan and the SPLM-N to cooperate in order to end the conflict in the two regions.

Under the resolution, the two parties are supposed to negotiate on the basis of the 28 June 2011 agreement they signed in Addis Ababa before it was scrapped by Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.

Hussein hailed the recent deal with Juba, saying it “opened a new page” in relations between the two ex-foes.

Hussein noted that the two countries have agreed to create a buffer zone by withdrawing their respective forces 10 kilometres away from the contested borders, as well as establishing two mechanisms to monitor violations.

He explained that the first mechanism will monitor compliance with the implementation of the buffer zone agreement, while the second will monitor attacks carried out by one party against the other within a 40km distance spanning both sides of the border territory. The mechanisms will commence their work on the 24 March 24 and are due to report back on 26 March.

Both parties have also agreed to set up an international mechanism to look into complaints, with its membership to be selected after a meeting in Addis Ababa scheduled next April. Until then all complaints will be submitted to a joint committee comprised of military intelligence teams in both countries.

The parties have agreed to submit their respective proposals regarding the function and scope of the committee, which is to be discussed at a special meeting set by the African mediation team.

The agreement, which was distributed by the mediation team, stipulated that the new mechanism will deal with any concerns or complaints that may constitute a violation to the non-aggression agreement signed on 14 February 14 2012 and the joint cooperation accords signed on 27 September 27 2012, including harbouring or supporting rebel movements in the other country.

In September last year, both Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of cooperation agreements, which covered oil and citizenship rights, as well as security issues, among others. Earlier this month, the two countries signed an implementation matrix for these cooperation agreements.


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  • 21 March 2013 09:39, by Northern Sudanese

    Is this the 6th or 7th time we hear this?

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    • 21 March 2013 12:07, by BARRACK OBAMA


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    • 21 March 2013 12:10, by BARRACK OBAMA


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    • 21 March 2013 12:10, by BARRACK OBAMA


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    • 21 March 2013 12:45, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      That is the only turn around,but why let the soldiers killed themselves first?

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  • 21 March 2013 10:02, by Jalaby

    Very good step forward, since now the south will practically cut ties with SPLA-N and AU observers team will be available on the border to report any dirty game by the south then the road is so ready to resolve the issue with SPLA-N since they’ve a very little room left for them to maneuver (if any)!!

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    • 21 March 2013 14:25, by Junta

      Jallaby don’t be obssessed with RSS. The fact of the matter is criminals fake Arab elitist have realised that defeating militarily SPLM-N is an impossible task having tested SPLM-N strength in front lines when SAF suffered heavy defeats. Run-SAF run for negotiation in Addis with SPLM-N or surrender or go back to Arabian Peninsula!SAF & NCP must accept that SPLM-N is a force to reckon with.

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    • 21 March 2013 14:47, by zulu


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    • 21 March 2013 18:34, by cbuongdit cholkua

      Jalaby, you wish, SPLM-N are claiming their rights. Grant them their rights and then you will be free. Also stop blaming South for whatever ties they have with SPLM-N, they were one people before and they are still shared the same commonality of both being called SPLA/M. Stop crying for SPLA disengagement with SPLM-N, find your own solution to disarm them or otherwise give them what they want.

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  • 21 March 2013 11:30, by Darfuri

    Dear southerners be careful with this regime deals, they never honors their commitment, I ask you to be vigilant on the way things will move in the upcoming few weeks. Khartoum is running out all it is economic structure and they are on the way to fell that why they accept all demands but when some money come back to their pocked they will start disturbing ……they are dogs.

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  • 21 March 2013 11:37, by Darfuri

    Chers sud-soudanais
    Attention avec ce gouvernement de Khartoum, ils vont à bientôt vous déranger, ils n’ont pas un mot, ils tiennent jamais leurs promisses...il faut mettre des garantis qui assureront le suivi et les mécanismes de réaction en cas de violation.
    Bon courage mes amis de Sud mais vraiment on vous soutien bien .....

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  • 21 March 2013 12:57, by Wen Majokweng

    SPLM-N rebels doesnot needed talk but need thier right to be given to them by sudanese leaders.

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    • 21 March 2013 15:14, by John mamer

      To jallaba I hope the north had release the mistake and there is clear change, that is what we had been advocating all this time, you should creates democratic space in your country, also we are not going to enjoys oil money if you continue killing nubian agesenian and darfurian, otherwise it will be better for south sudanese to rely on agriculture which was so during liberation struggle.

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  • 21 March 2013 18:58, by Joseph Canada

    The republic of thieves have realized that they are out numbered by the SPLM-N. The SPLM-N use the really mature and trained Army from 1983 while the thieves uses students and the committed Jihadist from Mali, Libya and Somalia. Now they realize that they will be swiped out of power, given the ongoing death of the cancerous President. the only way out is to Negotiate. hahhhahaha.. done Dinner.

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