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Sudan and South Sudan agree to back efforts for peace in the two countries

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July 1, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan and South Sudan agreed Monday to refrain from supporting rebel groups and instead, to back efforts aiming to bring peaceful settlement in the two countries.

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Sudan’s Vice President Ali Osman Taha (L) welcomes his South Sudanese counterpart Riek Machar (R) upon the latter’s arrival at Khartoum ariport on June 30, 2013 (Getty)

South Sudanese and Sudanese five-presidents recommitted themselves to resort to the dialogue and to join hands to resolve any conflict that may arise in the course of implementing the September 27 cooperation agreements signed last year between the presidents of the two countries.

Following the end of the two day talks in Khartoum, Sudan’s Ali Osman Taha and South Sudan’s Riek Machar issued a nine-point communiqué announcing that the agreed to refrain from supporting and harboring armed groups from both sides in line with the security arrangements deal.

The parties also agreed to refer their complaints and claims to a joint committee to examine it and take the necessary measures to stop it.

The joint statement also says the two parties agreed, for the first time, to "support initiatives aiming to bring peace and stability in the two states".

South Sudan ruling party has been offering to mediate between its former comrades – SPLM-N – and the Sudan’s government in order to find a peaceful political solution to the war.

But Khartoum refused such role and said Juba has first to stop its support to the Sudanese rebels and disengage with them.

The African Union mediation team gathered government and rebel delegations last April but they failed even to agree on the agenda of the discussions as the SPLM-N demands a humanitarian agreement to be signed first, a matter that the government considers secondary and says priority should be given to a political deal.

However it is not clear if the South Sudanese government will seek to facilitate the resolution of the conflict with SPLM-N alone or with the rebel alliance, Sudanese Revolutionary Front, including the other rebel groups that hail from Darfur region.

The 1 July agreement between the two Sudans averted a crisis that threatened immediate oil shut down when president Omer Al Bashir three weeks ago ordered his for a shutdown of the oil pipelines transporting South Sudan’s crude oil through Sudan’s territory.

Bashir accused South Sudan of supporting the rebels of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), but Juba rejected the accusations and counter-accused Khartoum of arming its rebels in South Sudan such as David Yau Yau.

South Sudan’s vice president, Riek Machar, on Sunday led a high level ministerial delegation from Juba to Khartoum to defuse the tensions and set the two countries on the right footing.

Machar upon arrival in Khartoum met with President Al-Bashir and his first Vice President, Ali Osman, where they had separate heated debates, particularly over the alleged support of rebels in each country, but finally decided to discuss and resolve them.

Khartoum said the threat to shutdown South Sudan’s oil flow through its territory would be lifted if the two sides came to understanding and resolved the disputes affecting the cooperation agreements within the next 37 days.

The two parties also discussed the fate of Abyei and the establishment of the centerlines at the border in accordance with the security arrangements, pending the demarcation of the over 2,000kms borders between the two countries.

During the two days negotiations in Khartoum, the two parties have been exchanging their position papers proposing the approaches on how the issues could be tackled.

After issuing the joint statement late evening at 10pm, Machar and his counterpart, Taha, made positive statements recommitting the two nations to peaceful dialogue.

Taha called for a speed implementation of the agreed texts and stressed that direct bilateral talks do not mean a setup in the commitment of the two parties to inform the African Union mediation about the outcome of Khartoum meetings or to resort to the penal in the event of a difference between the two sides.

Machar reiterated the readiness of his government to implement what has been agreed and expressed South Sudan’s desire to have good relations with its northern neighbour. He added that all the differences between the two countries are resolvable though dialogue.

The communiqué said the two delegations agreed to normalize and promote the bilateral relations between the two countries and operationalize mechanism for implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the cooperation agreements.

The two parties reiterated their acceptance of the proposals of the AUHIP on the current stalemate, and call on the African Union and the Chairperson of IGAD, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, to expedite the immediate implementation of the AUHIP proposal.

They also vowed to work together to fix the outstanding issues particularly Abyei and disputed borders, the statement said.

The disputes are a threat to the bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries and affect their economies which largely depend on oil revenues.

The dollar exchange rate against the Sudanese pounds reportedly dropped significantly from Sunday as the markets felt the prospect of a peaceful resolution to the disputes between the two countries.

Machar and his delegation are expected to return to Juba on Tuesday.

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  • 2 July 2013 09:27, by Tutbol

    "Taha called for a speed implementation of the agreed texts and stressed that direct bilateral talks do not mean a setup in the commitment of the two parties to inform the African Union mediation about the outcome of Khartoum meetings or to resort to the penal in the event of a difference between the two sides" Can we see the hands behind the N Sudan belligerencies in Tahah’s message anyone?

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    • 2 July 2013 09:48, by Tutbol

      These duds with their evil backers won’t believe that S Sudanese opted with 98% votes that they don’t want to have anything to do with the N Sudan bulsh/ts ever again, but these duds won’t want to let S Sudanese manage their own their own affairs, because these duds are advised by our usual haters to keep the status quo. So that they will continue to keep our people as their usual experiments>>>

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      • 2 July 2013 10:03, by Tutbol

        >>> on their nightly tv news on how hungery our people are. But anyway, how people don’t want this UN government bullcraps being surreptiously installed on to people who donot their bullshits, why start it in Mali and not in Washington, Tel Avive, London or Paris? But i wish these evils a good luck though in their endeavor for their world government. Good luck to Malians.

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        • 2 July 2013 10:19, by Tutbol

          >>> We just need to extricate ourselves from this Ki-Moon guy, from the land of Gangnam style’s government fellows. Their (21-government clause) is being secretly tried in Africa, the Usual land of experiments and S Sudan, is a candidate, if you don’t know it.

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  • 2 July 2013 09:34, by manyang mawech

    Machar and his delegations made wonderful job..good to have u guys there…We South Sudanese do not need war with Sudan..in this period so we just need peace.

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    • 2 July 2013 09:48, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      "Taha called for a speed implementation of the agreed texts and stressed that direct bilateral talks do not mean a setup in the commitment of the two parties to inform the African Union mediation about the outcome of Khartoum meetings or to resort to the penal in the event of a difference between the two sides" This can inform intelligence of the fail meeting

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      • 2 July 2013 11:48, by Nuer Empire

        Dinka Dominated Shit:Remember my statements against illed mind last night the son Awanchandog!
        The Nuer Empire

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        • 2 July 2013 12:09, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Dumb Duol Ruach Guok, aka Nuer expire, you do not deserve my attention because you are like my underwear. Who have no right to decided when can I wear it. So go no I know who you are now, your live is laying on my hands,

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          • 2 July 2013 13:42, by Nuer Empire

            Dinka Dominated shit.Who is that Duol you put under your dirty under wear? Lol! Are you mad? You will never get some one whose life will lie in your hand mr dog! You blindly assummed the Nuer Empire somewhere

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          • 2 July 2013 15:04, by Corrupt Dinka

            @ Dinka Dominated SPLA,I don’t see any point of mentioning some one’s name whom you know in the media, this shows stupidity and lack of being an educated person. Shame on you (Jiok janga). This media can be use not against the race, who or who, but who miss uses the properties of the country, like the damn Kiir and his mates.

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            • 2 July 2013 16:54, by Muorcienggok

              Damn you what have you people done than what Kiir has done rather than frequent rebellions against the government, Kiir steered us through tough times to get our independent docked by your jealousy and greedy Nuer Malitias who tirelessly worked day and night for failure even those fed by kir such as Gadet. No wounder how the very guys who urinated on the same plate they feed on complain.

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        • 2 July 2013 14:33, by Ding Ding

          Nuer Empty, first if you know english please try to understand the statement of Taha instead of insulting people, this talk has fail according to taha statement, there is nothing good came back Riak, he just come with empty hands

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          • 3 July 2013 16:50, by Tut Tut

            Ding,
            In essence, politics is an art of puzzling to extract information therein and make use of it. In that, the two sides involved in this game are in business of extracting what their interests dictate since non knows for sure what is in the basket of thother. Don’t forget that both NCP & SPLM are drinking the oil at the other end of the oil pipeline. So all thing NCP-Arab & SPLM-Dinka-Looterism

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      • 2 July 2013 13:34, by Nuer Empire

        Dinka Dominated Shit:Remember my statements against illed mind last night the son Awanchandog!
        The Nuer Empire

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        • 2 July 2013 23:02, by panom lualbil

          How many time have this issue of oils been implemented yet lapse? I no longer agree with childish agreement with BASHIER rather than shut it down.

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      • 2 July 2013 15:33, by Dau-network

        Could anythings good come out in Dr Riek’s brain ? Or do he have strong delegates with him in Khartoum. We losed hope in him cusz of poor negotiation of COURT OF ARBITRATION about Abyei and Panthou, also 1997 known as KPA Khartoum peace Agreement without separate ARMY to protect agreement. He made deception about ASSETS declaration and failed to published them. He failed to return his abductees.

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        • 3 July 2013 17:09, by Tut Tut

          Dau,
          If nothing good can come out of Riek’s brain, then why should Salva Kiir sent him to represent the interest of his government in the first place? This could mean that the sender is in a very bad shape in his brain. You should also know that when delegates are sent, they first must go through consultation to map the process of negotaition and adhere to it persuasively.

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        • 3 July 2013 17:10, by Tut Tut

          Dau,
          If nothing good can come out of Riek’s brain, then why should Salva Kiir sent him to represent the interest of his government in the first place? This could mean that the sender is in a very bad shape in his brain. You should also know that when delegates are sent, they first must go through consultation to map the process of negotaition and adhere to it persuasively.

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    • 2 July 2013 09:49, by Peter Mading

      We shall term Series of Agreements to Series of Dialogue. Dialogue seem to be very interesting Vocabulary. And hence,are buying time becos Khartuom does not want to live in Peace with SS for three things 1) Oil,2) Abyei 3) Border Demarcations.

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      • 2 July 2013 22:33, by Peacocktail

        Peter Madieng,
        You real think critically beyond the box of hatred and tribalism implanted by Arabs in some South Sudanese community’s mind. thy brain is poisoned with hatred and ambtion of short cut to leadership which will not happens.
        Sudan specially NCP regime worry on 1)Failure of their idealogy on Islamization,2) Oil-western pressure,3) Abyei and Border with SRF taking lead in SUDAN affairs.

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    • 2 July 2013 11:48, by Dau-network

      No permanent Enemy nor permanent friend in politics, we need really peace but NO to war except case of Abyei which will not be solved without bloodsheds if not make it to be independent State like Lesotho of Southern Africa.
      Abyeis can make decision after 7 years as independent country either to join South or North,though they have less Population. Is my view, not S Sudanese option.

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    • 2 July 2013 14:35, by Ding Ding

      Manyang Mawiech, the talk fail according to Taha statement try to understand his statement carefully, that is what I said early that, there is no trust in Arab

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    • 2 July 2013 17:53, by parajok

      Manyang
      Machar was the only leader in two Sudan want both counry to succeed through dealogue. But in South because nobody credit him.

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  • 2 July 2013 09:58, by manyang mawech

    Mading , I agreed with you… that is what they are up to..but we do not want war with them this time.

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  • 2 July 2013 10:24, by Wunditda

    Making a lot of agreements with Khartoum is not the solution to the economic downturn in South Sudan. These agreements are always dishonored ... there is no need for them. We better built our own pipeline via Djibouti or Kenya.

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  • 2 July 2013 11:49, by Ahmado

    Sudan and south Sudan have nothing to do other than creating bad atmosphere to people to suffer.in my thinking they have to choose one either we go for independent war or we leave in peace than creating insecurity for civilian to suffer which totally make no sense.

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    • 2 July 2013 12:31, by Thon de Agok

      Well done your H.Es. We need a peacefully co-existence in order to lives as good neighbors. Bashir should stop being emotional with the issues to do with nations. He is schizophrenic and uncultured dude who seriously need psychiatric treatment. This would saved many lives both in two Sudans, see how the dollars is gaining again pounds/SSP and think about the poor Sudanese who depends on $1/2/day.

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  • 2 July 2013 14:21, by Tura Acuse

    Millions thanks VP just come back you done you part with out u, no were to go. Come we start one campaign time is near and we need to unite South Sudanese and speak one word before your time come. Thanks one again.

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  • 2 July 2013 19:10, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

    Wonderful your Excellency the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan. Regards!.

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  • 2 July 2013 19:22, by Oppressor

    why do we have to worry about south let them handle their own problems through another pipe line ...

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  • 2 July 2013 20:57, by seeker

    Wa wa waa somebody believe in Dr machar to the extend of never understand anything.Mr Nuer independent,the talk failed accept the fact then appreciate your leader we know that wether he failed or succeed he is a qualify candidate.

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    • 2 July 2013 22:48, by Peacocktail

      Dear readers,
      Never beleives in Politician smile! if you sees them smiling then take note that there is very serious mistake they realize game pointing toward wrong direction. Political Smile is very dangerous to many treaties. As per my observation to Sudans committment to agreements means NO deals to solves problems generated by differeent factors. Rebels sobotaging deals shall exist ever.trick

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  • 2 July 2013 23:16, by panom lualbil

    Y’all understand things literally that why OMAR has been fooling you to fight Trojan war against us. But just wait, Omar is not convinced yet and you gotta believe that we’ll talk of him coercing us of shutting down pipeline again.

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  • 3 July 2013 14:21, by anin mathiang

    This is endless drama which have no deadline south Sudan should use any other alternative to avoid off and on of oil production process.we need development not war

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  • 3 July 2013 17:38, by American Missile.

    Congratulation Mr.Vice president for the successful trip to Khartoum though the Country shall still gives Khartoum benefit of Doubt, we believe in your making an effort for Arabs to listens to you.
    Thank you and you are welcome back with your high delegations.

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