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AU & IGAD launch probe on Sudan-South Sudan alleged support to rebel groups

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July 22, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) - The African Union (AU) and the East African regional bloc, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), on Monday launched an investigation committee to probe accusations traded by Sudan and South Sudan of support to rebel groups.

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(From L-R) Maj-Gen (Retired) Julius Olakunle Sunday Oshanupin, minister of foreign affairs Tedros Adhanom and AU commissioner for peace and security Ramtane Lamamra at the 22 July launch of an investigation into accusations of rebel support and to determine a border centreline (Photo: AU)

The Ad Hoc Investigative Mechanism (AIM), which is comprised of three senior military officers, will be heading to Khartoum from Addis Ababa on Tuesday and then to Juba.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, the current chair of IGAD’s Council of Ministers and, Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Tedros Adhanom, said that IGAD hopes "that this mechanism will resolve that longstanding problem, the allegation by both parties of hosting rebels against the other."

In September 2012, the two countries signed nine cooperation agreements aiming to end tensions and build the needed confidence between the two parties before handling issues like Abyei and border demarcation. The stoppage of oil exports and allegations of support to rebel groups stopped the deals.

Following the signing of implementation mechanism in March 2013, Khartoum sent messages and then ministers to Juba to discuss the rebels’ issue before deciding to stop, starting from 7 August, the flow of South Sudanese oil through its pipeline saying Juba breached the deal.

"The AIM was established in response to a proposal made by the Chair of the AU High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan, former President Thabo Mbeki, to address persistent allegations made by Sudan and South Sudan", said a communiqué released by the AU and IGAD on Monday.

The African Union called on the two sides to cooperate with the committee stressing that the mistrust between them has jeopardised the implementation of the Cooperation Agreement.

Khartoum last week repeated that it will stop oil exportation at the announced date, with Juba responding by reducing its oil output to 160,000 barrels per day from 200,000 barrels a day.

In Khartoum the Sudanese foreign ministry confirmed the arrival of the AIM, but observers noticed that the official media ignored its launched.

Meanwhile in Juba, foreign minister Nhial Deng Nhial, welcomed the expected visit of the African military delegation and pledged that his government will "give them whatever support required from us as the government of the republic of South Sudan to accomplish their task".

In a statement to Sudan Tribune on Monday Nhial further confirmed that AIM will fly first to the Sudanese capital Khartoum and then come to Juba, without giving the exact date of when the team will visit his country.

Khartoum says the rebel groups of Darfur, Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains are harboured and supported by the South Sudanese government. In return, Juba points out that the ongoing rebellion led by David Yau Yau in Jonglei is backed by the Sudanese authorities.

The AIM’s three members are Brigadier-General Luis Inacio Muxito, Defense and Security Advisor to the Chair of the AU Commission, who heads the committee, Major-General (Retired) Julius Olakunle Sunday Oshanupin, and Brigadier-General Jean Baptiste Tine.

Khartoum accuses South Sudan government of supporting the Sudanese Revolutionary Front rebel alliance, while the South in return accuses North of backing insurgents in Jonglei state in order to disrupt Juba’s planes of searching for oil and building an alternative pipeline through the eastern state.

BORDER MECHANISM

The African Union also announced the launch of another committee on Monday tasked with the determination of the centreline for the demilitarized zone on the common border between the two countries.

The two sides still diverge on the delimitation of the centreline from where they have to withdraw their troops ten kilometres south for the SPLA and north for the Sudanese army because they disagree on the plans for some disputed areas on the border.

The African Union and IGAD urged the two Sudans to "respect all aspects of the Security Agreement and to ensure that all its forces are redeployed out of the (buffer zone)".

The two organisations further "strongly urged" Khartoum to not shutdown the pipeline underlining that such a decision will would "cause irreparable damage to the integrity of the pipeline and adversely affect the economies of both states".

The joint statement also called on both states to refrain from any unilateral action, while these two processes are underway, "that may jeopardize the successful completion of their work".

The mechanism to investigate support to rebel groups is expected to complete its work in six weeks.

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  • 23 July 2013 07:12, by Deng II

    Nothing is going to produces fruitful result. wastes of money.

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    • 23 July 2013 07:19, by Deng II

      The good options is to support Darfur, South Kordufan, and Blue Nile to get their independent like us. AU and IGAD doesn’t know how long South Sudan fight Arab. It was since Arab came to Sudan. People used to fought Arab with club and one spear. In fact, killing never stop since then.

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      • 23 July 2013 08:21, by J P Puok

        A government with no priorities. The money looted through corruption can be used for plan B ie to connect the capital Juba with the oil producing states for truck oil export, plan c quicken refineries construction plan D alternative pipeline fullstop. but who cares in this family government run by family members from Awan chan clan of Gogrial family

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      • 23 July 2013 11:30, by Jalaby

        Deng II,
        Get their independence like you? did they tell you that they’re fighting for independence? did you hear any one of them talking about "Self-Determination"? No sir,those people never talked about separation because they’re 100% Sudanese and their blood and bodies are Sudanese too,unlike you guys who are so mentally sick in

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        • 23 July 2013 11:36, by Jalaby

          their brains and minds and talking about something never exists such as "Slavery", it only exists in your sick mind guys!
          Just tell me, you separated yourself from Sudan and now you’ve your own country that you dreamed for so long, so what? what you achieved afterward? are you freeman now and you’ve no master and you’re not slaved anymore? what was your master name?

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          • 23 July 2013 11:41, by Jalaby

            did you build your new country as democratic as modern civilized country? the country of law, the country which respects human right, the country of free media, the country of justice, the country of equalization,etc, did you? you know the answer jackass, right?

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            • 23 July 2013 11:47, by Jalaby

              Believe it or not but the separation has created more problems to you guys and made your country a piece of hell than solving any of your problems!!
              From economy point of view, you guys are completely under Khartoum mercy and your economy will never ever be able to stay healthy unless gets the cooperation and help from north

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              • 23 July 2013 11:55, by Jalaby

                before your separation,all goods used to flow to the south from north without any restriction and the border was opened and people can move freely where ever they want to go and Port Sudan was 100% available to import/export what ever the south was requiring with absolutely no charge but see now how the equation has changed completely and the south is required to

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                • 23 July 2013 12:00, by Jalaby

                  pay upfront for even nasty services and the whole south is under Sudan mercy now!
                  HAHAHAHAH enjoy your freedom guys, you’re not slaved anymore, you’re freeman LOL LOL!
                  Please stop begging Sudan for 4 freedoms agreement, why do you want to stay in Sudan after separation? you missed your master or what? what naive and visionless people?!! LOL

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            • 23 July 2013 12:01, by R@in Deng

              Jalaby.
              Went your father marriage your mother, hw many days does he built the families? plz answer my question if U R really man otherwise don’t talk about our Nation. OUR NATION IS OUR NATION. Understand Me?

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        • 23 July 2013 11:53, by R@in Deng

          Jalaby
          Don’t ask mind-boggling question plz!

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    • 23 July 2013 07:22, by Matem Ngor Matem

      My thanks to AU and IGAD if the will do that, but am worried cos they have been for long time trying but nothing produce the accurate one. As the matter the Khartoum govt lack tri-dimensional strategy in which u need to look at the Motives, means, and result before signing any agreement, as the result of lack of tri dimensional strategy they signed and run away again later without implementing it.

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    • 23 July 2013 08:43, by zulu

      Round 3 Panthou again will be different. I tell you. Stingun missile is effective now and will render manifest the obsolence of MIG29 or Antonov, while we continue supporting SRF. NCP should just go to hell with its stooges Jalaby, Depressed, Profet Muhamed Ali

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    • 23 July 2013 08:50, by simon yel

      SPLM-North leaders are our brothers and we can help them by all means to bring down this murderous and inept leadership of NCP that have failed Sudanese for the last 24 years . we can pay and price meet any hardship to make sure that SPLM -North gets in power . south Sudan can’t be blackmailed of shutting down the oil production in order to cease its support to the SPLM-North.

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    • 23 July 2013 09:29, by Sir King

      I always encourage Bashir to block this pipeline carrying oil of South Sudan until dull man, Kiir is out.
      Who said that Dinka don’t support Kiir to go away? Kiir must go quickly. Majority of Dinka need Kiir to leave and leave us in peace. He is a man with nothing in his head.

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      • 23 July 2013 11:48, by R@in Deng

        Sir King.
        Kiir will not go anywere. U yourself nothing in your mind. Kiir is freedom fighter wat about U? wat did U do to south Sudan? if U R not a mad guy. U have right to encourage Bashir to block pipeline which is true. U R know living in peace that is wy U comment on Sudantribune. "stupid guy".

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    • 23 July 2013 13:11, by Afrojub

      DengII,
      Why do you always have to be so hateful and pessimistic! Get a life dude!

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      • 23 July 2013 16:19, by Deng II

        Afrojub
        There is no single points you made here loon, but u spewing hateful craps towards me. I never hate you. I don’t hate even jackass person I don’t know. If I became painful in your ass licking hemorrhoid cancer, that spasm u so badly, then go to hell. I have own life and you nothing you can do about it.

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        • 23 July 2013 16:33, by Deng II

          Afrojub
          I have my own life and you have nothing you can do about it. If you an optimistic, explain to me why u are optimistic. I don’t have to second guess why u so painful to what I always says, but I never even see your name in this forum. Where I come from, we fight Arab since the time they came to Sudan to present, however I don’t know where u come from blind with reality.

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    • 24 July 2013 01:55, by Baring

      useless AU and IGAD

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  • 23 July 2013 07:20, by good luck

    If i were u people of south sudan i may not have mercy with sudanese people any trader will not be allowed without peritmission from thier country.

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    • 23 July 2013 07:39, by Deng II

      I agreed with you Good luck, those who still kidding themselves we ( south and Sudan) going to live side by side with peace, may live in his/her little own world. The only thing I thinks will make us live in peace is to accepting Islam, which is not going to happen forever. Or second to that,to live in peace with Arab is the bullet fly.

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      • 23 July 2013 09:12, by Tiger

        Deng II.
        I don’t think slam has anything to do with our conflict with the North,look at the way they,re murdering their own Muslim brothers in Darfur and Blue Nile.Arab in Sudan are trying their best to eliminate African people in their own land so they can have a room to their arab brothers.

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      • 23 July 2013 09:14, by Tiger

        Deng II.
        I don’t think slam has anything to do with our conflict with the North,look at the way they,re murdering their own Muslim brothers in Darfur and Blue Nile.Arab in Sudan are trying their best to eliminate African people in their own land so they can have a room to their arab brothers.

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        • 23 July 2013 16:05, by Deng II

          Tiger
          "Arab in Sudan are trying their best to eliminate African people in their own land so they can have a room to their arab brothers." I absolutely agreed with you, in fact, your idea too is one of the complex reason why Arab fight us since they came to Sudan, but you cannot deny that Islam is not one of them since u know the history.

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  • 23 July 2013 07:33, by Tutbol

    The N Sudan of all countries! Has becomes a S Sudan little brat kid who loves to throw tantrums if it doesn’t get its way. And this toohless AU often flows with this brat demands. One sometimes wonder if their is wisedom & intelligent behind the guys who manned this fluffy club? A number of renegates rejoined their brothers/sisters just recently back in the South & they were armed by the N Sudan>>

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    • 23 July 2013 07:49, by Tutbol

      >>> And we are yet to see the N Sudan renegates the S Sudan supports & arms, return North with their armories. l would agree with Dr. Riek on one thing; that S Sudan handles its foreign relations quite poorly. We have our Lam Akol directing the destruction of S Sudan in Khartoum & here the N Sudan is hammering the South of harbouring rebel leaders we don’t support, but our leaders continue>>>

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      • 23 July 2013 08:03, by Tutbol

        >>> to let N Sudan get away with these unfounded allegations. Our govt employ poor diplomats & hopes gods would damped the N Sudan’s astute propaganda. Sometimes we just need to swallow our pride & acknowlege that, however, senior our govt officials aptness in the current world affairs scheme of things, they have their huge limitatiions.

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      • 23 July 2013 08:04, by Deng II

        TUTBOL
        Its happen to agreed with your analytical always. This world where interests override the reality is not going to favor weakness and visionless leader like Kiir. If you are a weak president, its very easily for world leaders to try to convince you to give up your wishes. Those leaders who doesn’t give in easily like Homo, intimidate other leaders to be convince easily.

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        • 23 July 2013 08:15, by Deng II

          Con: In fact, this is what happened here, where AU and IGAD doesn’t have curiosity to ask Kharatoum why they started supporting South Sudan rebellions since 2010 before South independent, while Albashit accepted. Instead, they just respond with any claimed made by Khartoum.

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  • 23 July 2013 07:40, by Panthou

    Let Juba know that, AU, IGAD and UN are in payrolls, so don’t expect any outcomes on this senseless security deals. Bashiir is already took advantage of Kiir, I couldn’t believe that, the C-in-C could address the army about the oil! Kiir turned us down millionsx in the eye of Arab world, n western world. There will not be any border demarcation till God cease Kiir from power.

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    • 23 July 2013 09:02, by Dengdittueny

      Panthou, I disagree with you on issue that you need war with Sudan, War with Sudan again is not a solution right now, but the solution is build alternative pipelines, closed borders with Sudan and cooperation them. who do you think is prepared for the war when the army had been frustrated. Because of corruption, army is not ready to fight the prepared army of Sudan. Sudan will even capture Juba.

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  • 23 July 2013 08:44, by Marco Bul

    AU or whatever won’t bring this quagmire to an end.Infact,One man’s demises have become another man’s advantages.The more we stuck the more their contract continues!Our gov’t have become an errand boy for Africa leaders.Though I don’t represent the entire populace,it is known Z Kiir & Riek are redundant.They must go!!No tribal affiliation.Take a leaf from Kenyatta & Ruto.

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