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AU welcomes North - South Sudan Addis Ababa accord

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

March 15, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) – The African Union (AU) has commended the agreements reached between Khartoum and Juba after their negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir and South Sudan’s Salva Kiir, Khartoum airport, October 2011 (reuters)

Sudan and South Sudan signed an agreements on the status of nationals in one another’s state; the demarcation of the boundary; and related issues on Tuesday under the auspices of the AU High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

In an AU statement the chairperson of the AU Commission, Jean Ping, said he is especially pleased to note the new spirit of compromise and cooperation expressed by the two parties.

The statement said the “agreement on the demarcation of the boundary and related issues” establishes institutional mechanisms responsible for overseeing and carrying out the demarcation process of Africa’s longest land border.

Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, is expected to pay a visit to Juba next week where he will ink the Addis Ababa agreements along his southern counterpart, Salva Kiir.

Bashir’s visit to South Sudan will be his first since the country seceded in July 2011.

The planned meeting between the two leaders in South Sudan is expected to seek additional negotiations to resolve disputed borders and oil fees.

Juba halted oil production in January when Khartoum allegedly confiscated 2.4 million barrels of South Sudan’s oil. This was in lieu of payment Juba refused to give Khartoum for transit fees; US$36 per barrel.

As a result of the disagreement, land-locked South Sudan is investigating alternative pipelines.

The frame-work agreements reached in Addis Ababa allows nationals of each state the rights to enjoy “freedom of residence, freedom of movement, freedom to undertake economic activity and freedom to acquire and dispose property".

The negotiations were brokered by African Union’s high-level panel, headed by former South African President Thabo Mbeki.

(ST)

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  • 16 March 2012 06:16, by zulu

    History will repeat itself here. Addis Ababa is only a temporary fix, while Khartoum’s rulers are a real problem that needs to be fixed.

    • 16 March 2012 07:00, by zulu

      These guys in the north are so parsimonious and I think this deal, though it was them to please us so we can allow oil to flow north and we safeguard the border for their war against our poor brothers in Darfur, Nuba mtns and Blue nile, they need to evacuate from all territories occupied by them otherwise, Jau is a lesson

  • 16 March 2012 06:32, by viper

    Addis Ababa accord is a threat to our National security in the Republic of South Sudan. How can you open doors to a country full of Islamic fundamentalists and terrorist to enjoy freedoms in your soil? These Arab of Northern Sudan will soon destablize this country, they will soon bring rifles to the pple being disarmed. Why not bring southerners back to SS? What is the value of our separation now?

    • 16 March 2012 08:07, by Robot

      Zulu and Viper,
      I wish all South Sudanese would express their views here then you will realize your comments have a backup, i thank you for your wise comments, and our govt should look very deep into this issues even if there maybe an interest, then future generations ahead should be a task to mind of.

  • 16 March 2012 08:10, by American Missile.

    Dear Readers.

    if two issue have been agreed by the two parties that the Citizenship and border demarcation would be sincere implement,then it is what is needed by the two sisters, if the whole thing would not be cheated again, like what they usual do. it is fine.
    However, AU-High-level Implementation Panel should know that the Sudan which South Sudan broke away have not been co-operating with the



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