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Sudan’s Bashir welcomes Addis Ababa deal as Kiir vows no compromise on border areas

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March 14, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir received on Wednesday a briefing from his country’s negotiating team on the two deals signed with neighbouring South Sudan on nationality and the demarcation of common boundaries.

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (L) South Sudan President Salva Kiir (R) attend talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa January 27 2012 (AFP)

The two countries initialled the agreements in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, following negotiations facilitated by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki.

The development marked the first sign of progress in long stalled talks between Khartoum and Juba over issues arising from the secession of South Sudan from Sudan in July last year.

According a statement by the AUHIP, the initialled agreement on nationality allows nationals of each state to enjoy in the other State the “freedom of residence; freedom of movement; freedom to undertake economic activity; and, the freedom to acquire and dispose of property” whereas the initialled agreement on borders provides the basis for commencing the exercise of demarcating common boundary.

The agreements are due to be signed by Sudan’s President Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir Mayardit, during a summit planned to be held in the South’s capital Juba “in the near future”, the statement said.

Sudan’s chief negotiator, Idris Abdel Gadir, said in a press conference held following his return from Ethiopia on Wednesday that Bashir and Kiir would meet in Juba because their first summit was held in Khartoum.

Abdel Gadir said he hopes the upcoming summit would manage to resolve the outstanding issues, particularly with regards to oil.

Khartoum’s team also presented Bashir with a briefing on the results of negotiations. According to Sudan’s official news agency, SUNA, Bashir welcomed the outcome of the talks and lauded the efforts exerted by Ethiopia and the AUHIP.

The negotiators pointed out that other outstanding issues including oil would be discussed after security arrangements and the status of nationals of each state are settled.

Sudan’s media minister Abdullah Massar told reporters following the meeting that Bashir and vice president Ali Uthman Mohamed Taha were briefed on the outcome of Addis Ababa talks.

He added that the Sudanese government welcomes the agreements and arrangements to organise a summit between Bashir and Kiir.

Massar further pointed out that the proposed summit is yet to be scheduled but there is a committee working on the issue.

In South Sudan, meanwhile, President Kiir has spoken in an aggressive tone, accusing Khartoum of seeking to annex his country’s disputed border regions and vowing not to cede an inch of them.

Kiir, who was speaking on Tuesday in Wau, the provincial capital of Western Bahr El Ghazal, said that the government of Sudan was using “delayed tactics” to seize South Sudan’s border areas which, according to him, are rich with natural resources.

The South Sudanese leader stressed that they will not accept any demarcation process that does not bring back to his country the following areas: Kafia Kinji, Abyei, Heglig, Karasana, Kofaranas and “other main territories encroached by Sudanese armed forces".

“Those areas will remain as part and parcel of South Sudan and we are not going to lose inch of our land to Sudan” Kiir declared.

Kiir said that the secession of South Sudan did not sunder the relations between his people and those of Sudan, saying that his government has a problem with the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of Sudan, not with Sudanese masses.

“The Sudan government led by NCP will not be happy to see us in prosperous lives, and that is why we said that we have a problem with NCP but not Sudanese masses and we should treat Sudanese in South Sudan kindly” he concluded.

In a related development, the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon
, on Wednesday issued a statement commending the progress achieved in the talks between Sudan and South Sudan.

He said that the two agreements on nationality and demarcation of borders are an “important step forward” and that he encourages the two sides to “resolve all other outstanding matters as a matter of urgency and make the necessary compromise that will guarantee a peaceful and prosperous future for both Nations”.

(ST)

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  • 15 March 2012 09:38, by Chok Deng

    Bravo,Mr.Kiir
    No any inch of our land to be left in Sudan whether by bullets,kick or fisting we will get it.

  • 15 March 2012 10:02, by Manyieldit

    Why do Ban-Ki Moon talked of compromise? there is no compromise in the matters related to national borders and resources. we in the South as nothing to compromise since Sudan has been stealing our resources for many years and still want to do so even if we have separated from them. Mr. Ban should tell Khartoum to give up on holding what is belong to South and live a peaceful live with South

  • 15 March 2012 10:05, by Ross

    Signing an agreement is easy since it is a matter of writing on the paper, but implement the agreement is difficult. Therefore if the two countries want the best for their communities let this agreement be implemented as it should be. And let them make sure that it is being practice in the right order.

    • 15 March 2012 13:39, by Robot

      The annexed parts of the South should be recaptured first by the Army like Jau then the negotiation continue, if not then they will consider our army weak. lets get what they get from us by force by using the same force.

    • 15 March 2012 15:21, by zulu

      ROSS,
      What are u talking about and Who is to implement it? These issues were negotiated over during the CPA signiture and things cannot b talked over as if we r children.
      Jalaby, u’ve a shallow brain n a cowered 2 join a military 4 war with SS. Beshir’s nephew knows how bad this agreement is 4 u.

  • 15 March 2012 14:14, by RUMBEK ONE

    President Kiir, donot sign any agreement with this filthy Arab called al-Bashir, he is a war monger. Their intention is just to keep us engaged in oil talk so that we don’t have time for borders and other post independence issues.

  • 15 March 2012 14:15, by wad balad

    Big hat but small actions mr.kiir

  • 15 March 2012 15:08, by Konan

    President Slave Kiir is an idiot; while his delegation was signing the framework agreement he engaged in preaching hate and acted as warmonger. Without shame few weeks ago he described President Bashir, as a war criminal and urged him to handover himself to ICC. Your people want to hear about development and new projects not NCP, but as usual empty drums make the most noise.

    • 15 March 2012 16:45, by Hardball

      Konan, that agreement was just made to keep you from bothering us, that was the aim of the agreement. you can now go home and find something to do for yourselves.

      • 15 March 2012 17:46, by zulu

        Hardball,
        You are right. That agreement is to ease for them to come south ward and look for employment just as neighboring countries have many of their people working in south sudan. high unemployment is daunting khartoum’s ability to cater for its 30million people with 75% of oil revenue gone south.

        • 15 March 2012 18:53, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

          Khartuom is moving up and down for the quest to repair the pot which de destroyed unprovoked,South Sudan should keep its oil out of negotiating table coz exploring or not exploring oil is our own biz.

          Sudan have to invest on other sectors of it economy,South oil is out of the table.

    • 15 March 2012 19:43, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr.Konan,

      President Kiir of south Sudan is 100% correct in his statement about Bashir. It’s true Bashir is the most wanted criminal in the world for the killing of it’s citizens. Bashir should be brought to justice dead or alive.... that’s fact.

  • 15 March 2012 20:04, by davesam

    It is diffcult to enforce this agreement.
    Film porno

  • 15 March 2012 22:39, by mosa mel

    There is no need for NCP to refuse if the NCP agree on border demarcation. The South border is clear and known British the one demarcated many african countries. NCP’s plan to annex South land will not benefit Sudan but destroy Sudan.

  • 15 March 2012 23:52, by BM Bol

    Anyone who is familiar with Bashir will not get excited about anything he signs. He’s known for signing agreements today and not following through the next day. A perfect example is a very agreements regarding border demarcation, freedom of citizenship and so on. These were included in the CPA, but he decided to not honor them. President Kiir knows this better than anyone.

  • 16 March 2012 05:57, by Msudi

    Many commentors on this forum might disagree with me however; I think it is imperative for the good of both countries to implement the four freedoms signed in adis ababa.
    Msudi

    • 16 March 2012 08:32, by Northern Sudanese

      Msudi

      your right i don’t agree with it....... if we sign those freedom of movement agreement....... what was the point of separation??????? why do we northerners always need to pay the price of keeping 700,000 useless and unskilled people?????? it is even a threat to our security, imagine if there is war, they will fight us from inside......



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