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Sudan minimizes Heglig attack as Pagan invites Bashir to Juba summit


March 22, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The governing National Congress Party (NCP) in Sudan said on Tuesday that an attack allegedly launched by rebels Khartoum accuses South Sudan of aiding will not affect President Omer Al-Bashir’s upcoming visit to Juba.

Sudan’s President Omer al-Bashir (R) meets head of South Sudan delegation Pagan Amum, in Khartoum March 22, 2012. (REUTERS)

Al-Bashir is due to visit South Sudan’s capital on 3 April for the first time since he attended the South’s official declaration of independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011.

He accepted an invitation extended by his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir, which was delivered formally on Thursday formally by his special envoy and head of its negotiating team Pagan Amum, who arrived in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum earlier on the same day.

The presidential summit will tackle the issues discussed by the two delegations in Addis Ababa including oil transit fees, Abyei, and security matters particularly the presence of rebel groups in the two countries. The two presidents will also sign two agreements on borders and four freedoms initiated by the two delegations on 13 March.

The diplomatic calm between the two countries was interrupted on Wednesday when the head of Sudan’s intelligence and security services Mohammed Atta, accused Juba of supporting and participating in an attack targeting oil fields in the South Kordofan.

Atta said the attack targeted the oil-rich town of Heglig in South Kordofan State, which has been the scene of fighting between government forces and rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) since June last year.

But the rebels have denied attacking the town. When contacted by Sudan Tribune, SPLM-N’s official spokesman Arnu Loddi said his group did not carry out any assault on Heglig, hinting that it could be a fabricated claim on the part of Khartoum.

Meanwhile, the NCP’s political secretariat Hasabu Abdel Rahman has condemned the alleged attack but said it would not affect Al-Bashir’s visit to Juba.

He told reporters following a meeting with the Japanese ambassador in Khartoum on Wednesday that “the Heglig attack” is unlikely to affect Bashir’s scheduled visit to Juba. However, he said that South Sudan’s support to the rebels is going to be part of the agendas that al-Bashir and Kiir will discuss.

Abdel Rahman called on the international community to support peace and cease support for “war and negative messages.”

Sudan and South Sudan signed on 10 February an agreement on “non-aggression.” Less than two weeks later, however, Khartoum accused South Sudan’s army of participating in an attack launched by rebels on the disputed town of Jau.

After his meeting with President Bashir Amum told reporters that they had come from Juba to deliver the invitation for the summit. He pointed out that the summit aims to resolve outstanding issues between the two countries so they can emerge as "neighbors living in peace, security and stability."

The South Sudanese official said that al-Bashir had expressed his readiness to visit Juba. He added that the joint committee in charge of arranging the summit already began its meetings on Wednesday and would hold a press conference to announce progress.

Sudan said the implementation of the four freedoms deal depends on a security agreement ending South Sudan support to the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North and Darfur rebel groups.


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  • 23 March 2012 09:02, by zulu

    A hungry lion eats grass when there is no mean. In my opinion, I thank the SpLa for proving they are strong to twist Beshir’s adamancy and his intellectual difficulty. So, ever way this goes, the agreement on security is a formidable taks to overcome for both sides, much less for Khartoum that is entangled in a web of ethnic division in a country that has lost half of its area.

    • 23 March 2012 10:27, by Gangura

      Please Bashir your welcome to south sudan no body will be in position of arresting you.
      However when did South Sudan become part of the ICC those are just threatening words, if I can ask how many people here who have caused more problem than your.

      • 23 March 2012 12:58, by Hardball

        Adaryiel is Abyei oil rich town/region of Dinka ngok was rename heglig because Sudan black Arabs are trying to claim it as there town. But it’s a dream that’s not going to happened!

        • 23 March 2012 13:15, by Son of Upper Nile

          You ignorant of S. Sudan geography Adaryiel has nothing to do with occupied Abyei. it’s in Melut County, though is a contested area between Melut & Maban counties, but it’s in Upper Nile for sure. Heglig is a contested area between South Kordofan & Unity State. President Kiir has declared in SSTV that those who claimed Heglig is part of Abyei in the Hague will be responsible if we lose it to Sudan

    • 23 March 2012 12:19, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      There is no need of fear to come to Juba because if Bashir knows how bad is insecurity, he should stop killing innocent people of Darfur, South Kordofan and Abyei.

      Likewise, the sword you use to kill others will be the one you die of.


    • 23 March 2012 16:51, by Equatoria dominated SPLM



  • 23 March 2012 09:57, by viper

    Any one who use to say that Hijlij belongs to Southern Kordofan is beating the drums of war. Mr Atta should not joke, Hijlij belongs to Dinka Panaruu of Unity state and any person who will again say that Hijlij belongs to Southern Kordofan is inviting the SPLA to the war party. This area is our area and soon we will take it back from those occupiers of SAF if the have refused to evacuate it

  • 23 March 2012 13:15, by Jonglei Shepherds

    This is a total fallacy! I disagree with whoever came up with that Idea. Be it a president himself or his advisory team, It was done without rational thinking.

    Beshiit can and will never honour his words...

    • 23 March 2012 18:22, by Mou

      Knowing a poisoned food and eat it anyway does not help the hungered at all. why invite Bashir to Juab?

      Wood may remain ten years in the water, but it will never become a crocodile. Why invite Bashir to Juba?

      There is no medicine to cure hatred. why invite Bashir to Juba?

      Fire and gunpowder do not sleep together. why invite Bashir to Juba?

  • 23 March 2012 18:23, by James Maker Akok

    President El-Bashir has to be arrest in South Sudan let him go first to South Sudan.

  • 23 March 2012 23:04, by solider

    plz you must arrest this coward so there will be no 4 freedom. there must be nothing but war between S& N sudan.S.sudan will suffer most coz the north have the SEA which means it can emport immunitions much easier and cheaper than the trapped south.the south will finish all the oil money in weeks in the coming bloody war.bashir must be assasinated if not arrested in juba otherwise south is coward

  • 23 March 2012 23:22, by MudukureNikoDinka

    Pagam Amum the chief theif looks scared and all-smiling in front of AL Bashir the Lion. Hahahahaha!

  • 23 March 2012 23:50, by solider

    if the south let al bashir leave jobba it is the altimate prove of the extreme cowardness and stupidity of the southren people

  • 24 March 2012 06:28, by Konan


    U will not dare to arrest a Sudanese cow. Moreover, we don’t trust u even if all of u embraced Islam, pray five times a day, fast Ramdhan every year, pay Zakat and make pilgrimage to makkah, because u r coward and wicked by nature and hypocrisy is part and parcel of your blood.

  • 24 March 2012 06:51, by Majoknok

    Guys a man must honour is word, why inviting Al Bashir first and stab him from behind.That is being a coward. In my point of view I am done with Bashir on 9\July\2011 the day we had our Independent period.

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