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Sudan, South Sudan resume air border patrols: UNISFA


Sudanese, South Sudanese and international monitors during an hovering operation (UNISFA Photo)
October 10, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan and South Sudan have resumed border air patrols since last September, five years after the signing of a security agreement providing to prevent cross-border attacks, said the United Nations on Monday.

Within the framework of the Cooperation Agreement of 27 September 2012, the two countries signed a security agreement with the purpose of stopping the flow of guns and supplies to the rebel groups across the border. The deal also provided to establish a Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ) and to deploy a Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mission (JBVMM) with the support of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

However, South Sudan government resisted the implementation of the agreement, fearing that delimitation of the SDBZ centreline, which passes through contested areas, may be seen as final location of the disputed boundary. After few monitoring operations, Juba had suspended its participation in the JMVMM ending the monitoring operations On 22 November 2013.

However, in a statement released on Monday evening, the UNISFA announced the resumption of the JBVMM operations with the participation of Sudanese and South Sudanese monitors, UNISFA military operations/technical staff, JBVMM international observers and military operations staff and United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

The JBVMM of the UNISFA "undertook a joint reconnaissance between 16 and 22 September 2017. A first of its kind air patrolling operation, it was conducted from the UNISFA Force Headquarters base in Abyei to the proposed team site locations astride" the SBDZ, said the statement.

The air patrols carried out reconnaissance of Safahah (Kiir Adim), As-Sumayh (Majak Kol) and Tishwin (Takshwin), three JBVMM sites located within the buffer zone.

Performed by air hovering operations, the reconnaissance "was significant as it enabled the team to fly at a low altitude to verify and monitor the situation on the ground".

Last May, The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) decided to reduce UNISFA’s troops from 5,326 to 4,791.

Further, the resolution reiterated concerns about persistent delays and stalled efforts to operationalise the JBVMM and threatened to end UNISFA’s support to the border patrolling operations within six months unless the two countries activate the agreed mechanism.

Khartoum and Juba trade accusation of supporting rebel groups from both sides.


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  • 11 October 2017 08:15, by Dinka Fighter

    I hope UNISFA will be working hard with SPLA and SAF to end higher influx of weapons and ammunitions to South Sudan.i

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    • 11 October 2017 22:57, by Kuch

      Dinka Fihter,
      sheer stupidity of some of some communities in our country is what is being exploited by foreign countries to destroy our country. This so-called UNISFA force is nothing to do with our damn peace in our country---most of them are ethiopian mercenaries with their own damn sinister interest in our country. But the word UN peace keeping troops is the most disguise phrase that many>>>

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      • 11 October 2017 23:04, by Kuch

        of our fools including some lowly informed idiots in the government do not know what is. Let alone most of villagers who just want to be crammed into these so-called UN POCs & be fed free rations & whine day & night about misuse of resources, Jieng council of elders (JCEs), corruption & so on while they are not doing something for own damn selves>>>

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        • 11 October 2017 23:11, by Kuch

          Many of our fools have been informed time & time & again that their US, their UK, their UN & some of their creepy NGOs are not our real friends but our real enemies. But they will never understand this warning. But they will eventually understand when their white Americans, English people or Arabs long noses to take over their villages like what they did in Gambella in region, South Africa>>>

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          • 11 October 2017 23:18, by Kuch

            or central Central Kenya. Some of our Nuers & some Equatorians are slow learners but they will be the first idiots to complain about foreigners taking over their villages later. I am sure of this because, even our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan will never dare bring their usual long noses into Dinka/Monyjang villages again let alone the evil white Americans, English people or Arabs>>>

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            • 11 October 2017 23:25, by Kuch

              The US, the UK, their UN, NGOs & some of their allies in between want to experiment their so-called UN government or their NEW WORLD ORDER government in our country. Some idiots like Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol, Majak Agoot & Thomas Cirilo want this outrageous UN government bullshit and that is why the UN & NGOs have taken some of these Nuers, Shilluks & some of the central Equatorians>>>

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              • 11 October 2017 23:31, by Kuch

                hostage in these UN POCs & in Northern Uganda, Gambella region & Northern Kenya. And the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies using these innocent South Sudanese as their bargaining chips to crawl their evils selves into our country so that they can come and loot it like DRC, CAR, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria or Iraq. But the evils are wasting their times & our times>

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                • 11 October 2017 23:42, by Kuch

                  the US, the UK, their UN & their sleazy NGOs are using our country & our people as their Geopolitical chess football like what they did during their then so-called "cold war" in Congo, Angola, Mozambique, South American, Asian & Eastern European countries. And are yet again have done/doing it in DRC, Central Africa republic (CAR), Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Ukraine>>>>

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                  • 11 October 2017 23:51, by Kuch

                    And this is because of our oil fields & Chinese influence in our country----"King of the North & King of the South" always has and always been. But majority of our people are not buying the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between are not buying their dirty intrigues. The US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & their creepy allies in between>>

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                    • 11 October 2017 23:59, by Kuch

                      have field to to regime change our elected government through their Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom or Thomas Cirilo puppets/stooges with some of our lowly informed expendable Nuers or some Equatorians as their foot soldiers or pawns. And so their only game left on their dirty sleeves was to use their *divide & conquer* usual intrigues>>>

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                      • 12 October 2017 00:42, by Kuch

                        Dinkas vs the Nuers and Dinkas/Jenges vs all the South Sudanese people. The same US, the UK, their UN, their UN, their NGOs (TROIKA) and their then so-called IGAD-plus countries went and drafted their so-called compromised peace agreement (CPA II) as their Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol & their other puppets/stooges & their pawns/foot soldiers often refer it to>>>

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                        • 12 October 2017 01:36, by Kuch

                          as ARCISS, but the evils (the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their UN, their so-called IGAD-plus countries) imposed ARCISS came & exploded in their own dirty faces. And again the evils (evil US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their dirty allies in between went to their hotels, Brothels & bars of Adis Ababa & drafted their yet another bullshit---their so-called regional protection Force>

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                          • 12 October 2017 01:57, by Kuch

                            (RPF), to allegedly come & protect our Juba airports & other significant infrastructures in our country & our people. But the government of South Sudan refused this foreign criminals disguised in protection of our country & our people. But these same criminals from the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their sleazy allies in between failed yet again with their sinister project>>>>

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                            • 12 October 2017 02:06, by Kuch

                              in our country & against our people through their Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol & Thomas Cirilo with their *third attempt* at J1 shoot out between their Riek Machar & Thomas Cirilo mercenaries on their last attempt to take power by force & install in their puppets/stooges to rule us yet again. But the evils were badly bombed to nothing at J1>>>

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                              • 12 October 2017 02:17, by Kuch

                                save their Riek Machar expendable Nuers inside J1 complex. Their Riek Machar was later on ’released & escorted’ by the SPLA soldiers to a residence in Jebel & asked to come the following day. But the idiots didn’t come back, but unleashed some of his lowly informed Equatorians that he lured into his their dirty game of wanting to rule South Sudan & the South Sudanese people at all costs>>>

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                                • 12 October 2017 02:28, by Kuch

                                  into war to take over Juba and their United mission in South Sudan (UNIMISS) allegedly facilitated the evil to run out of Juba to DRC, North Sudan, ethiopia, Kenya or South Africa. Our South Sudanese fools. We are here fools your Riek is long dead in Juba last year. Bring on another South Sudanese that you idiots trust, otherwise Mr. Taban Deng Gai is the one that the South Sudanese people would>>

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                                  • 12 October 2017 02:35, by Kuch

                                    want to work with. Otherwise, some of our Nuer cousins & some of their Equatorians allies have been informed that their damned Riek Machar or their Ngundeng Biong re-incarnate is long dead. We are not going to live with your so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan, their evil white Americans, their English people, their rubbish like their Nigerians>>>

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  • 12 October 2017 03:45, by Majesty

    Mentioned areas were negotiated in 2012 in Addis by Bor & Gogrial representatives. No Dinka Malual was there and after Aweil reacted angrily led by Malong that was when implementation died all these times. Remember what Makuei Lueth said then about Aweil, "they don’t understand." Current activity’s start of would be long process of surrendering Malualland after disposal of their enemy, Gen. Malong

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    • 12 October 2017 04:45, by Kuch

      No one has surrendered Malual Giernyang land. Mile 14, Abyei, Panthou, Kerasana & other areas will never remain occupied by our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan. Even North Sudan if the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between don’t take heed of our warnings>>>

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      • 12 October 2017 05:37, by Majesty

        I recognized your international standard but have you ever thought of using it to bring peace and stop abductions in Bor? Definitely, Dinka Malual know and own their land.

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      • 12 October 2017 05:37, by Kuch

        Mr. Majesty,
        I am the one who help bombed the so-called Riek Machar’s *white army out of my home town of Bor, Balliet, Malakal & other Nuers rubbish small villages* with your boys after their Riek Machar let *his balls* carried him away again with our elders of Paul Malongdit, Kuol Manyang, Michael Makuei Lueth & other SPLA senior officers. Majesty, don’t worry, we are going to bomb

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        • 12 October 2017 07:36, by Majesty

          True liberator of Bor is Gen Malong, recorders are and should be there. All are grateful (should be) to Dinka Ngok youth who helped SPLA and protected their land, and oil fields. Brother Kuch unless you’re Jok Riak, you remind part of the problem not solution.

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    • 12 October 2017 05:13, by Majesty

      South Sudan, states, clans and landlords have legitimate land dispute across. Unless you’re Salva Kiir, no one is stupid enough not to understand his legitimate land. Kiir Adem was only allowed for (cattle) grassing to then governor Western Kordufan in 1923. Dinka Malual administered and owned that land up to date.

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