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South Sudan’s Kiir, Mbeki hold talks in Juba


September 8, 2013 (JUBA) – Thabo Mbeki, the head of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) has urged South Sudan’s Salva Kiir to continue engaging his Sudanese counterpart so that both countries can peacefully resolve their outstanding issues.

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Thabo Mbeki (L) and South Sudan’s Salva Kiir (AFP photo)

Mbeki made these remarks Saturday during a close-door meeting he held with Kiir in the capital, Juba.

The two leaders, sources told Sudan Tribune, discussed the current outstanding issues between the two countries, including Khartoum’s allegation that Juba supports the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) rebels in its territories.

Kiir had, in the past, proposed to facilitate talks with the rebel group fighting Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

The Sudanese government also reiterated its willingness to negotiate on issue of the Two Areas with the SPLM-N rebels.

On Thursday, while meeting Sudan’s Omer Al-Bashir, Mbeki said he felt a strong willingness from the Sudans to build flexible and firm relationships taking into account the interest of their people.

The former South African president also predicted that the two countries will normalise their relations and resolve the outstanding issues smoothly and efficiently.

On Sunday, former president Thabo Mbeki is expected to meet new South Sudanese vice-president James Wani Igga before to release a press statement, concluding his visit to Juba.

Kiir and Bashir on Tuesday held talks in Khartoum, days before Sudanese authorities could implement an earlier order to close the pipeline that transports crude oil from the south.

According to the joint communiqué, the two leaders agreed to overcome all the obstacles hampering the implementation of the cooperation agreements, activate all the committees related to its enforcement and tasked the two foreign ministers to coordinate and supervise their activities.

They agreed to facilitate the work of the African committees proposed by the mediation to support the implementation of the signed agreements.

The two presidents also pledged to continue constructive dialogue to resolve the remaining issues including Abyei and border disputed areas. The statement also provides the need to reach an agreement on the formation of the temporary institutions in Abyei.


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  • 8 September 2013 13:02, by Naath

    Mr Mbekki,You don’t kmow kiir yet.let me give you a little infromation about the uneducated president who are leading South Sudanese to hell.first of all hopeless kiir form what so call Tribalism,kiir have his own army to the capital Juba separated to the national army,kiir intimadated the all MP& call for desolved Parliament and threating parliamentarian to be sack,kiir is the one who order kill

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    • 8 September 2013 13:38, by Naath

      Mr Bbeki,kiir is the one who order the killing of civilian in junglie state,kiir is the one who order killing in WAu,kiir said any one who don’t like my rule will go to hell.well,mr Mbeki south sudanese people are perparing for 1991 war that will be the last war in history of south sudanese people.and i want youknow all those things,because Equatatory,Nuer,Shuluk,Murlie,and so on are ready for 201

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      • 8 September 2013 17:45, by Tiger

        You’re stupid and uneducated street boy,go back to school and learn how to reason things.what can mbeki do about what going on inside South Sudan’Mbeki did not visited President Kiir to talk about tribal issues for example like what is boiling up inside Nuer minds’but he visited SS to meet pres.Kiir about conflict b/n two Sudans.

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        • 9 September 2013 01:31, by Naath

          Tiger.cleans your room before you come and clean my room,the same take a shit out from your eyes first before going to somebody else is eyes shit,do you understand that.Mr stupid tiger Nuer are not a worry community at all Times,they are a community that have a lot dignity,respect to every others tribes in the country.kiir fails to handle the flame that still burning up to now,

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    • 9 September 2013 06:20, by mathem jech amer

      All those Equatorians who were always writing against Dinka and the president have been quiet since disolution of the government, I believe they have all now got jobs that is why no more useless comments.
      But to those of Kim Deng who got job in Bentiu and are likely to miss their posts soon will again appear on the net.

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  • 9 September 2013 09:10, by monyomiji

    Naath u are really the true stupid of the world start from the nick name u used and foolish comments u always airout over this good web.beki has nothing to do with our home affairs rather then u .u guy on national issue u ned to comment wisely as partriotic of your country despite the fact datx there are some burning issue with u but this is not de way 4 u to express them to stranger with no help

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