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UN officials seek to convene Kiir-Bashir summit in a third country: reports

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March 29, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A number of senior United Nations (UN) officials are privately seeking to bring Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir together for a summit in a third country, according to newspaper reports in Khartoum.

FILE - Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir, right, walks with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (AP)

The tensions between the neighbouring nations dramatically escalated this week following clashes inside Sudan’s borders. On Monday Kiir accused Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) of launching an aerial and ground attack on South Sudan’s Unity State.

The Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) repelled the attack, Kiir said and chased SAF soldiers all the way inside South Kordofan before taking over oil-rich region of Heglig.

But while SPLA drew close to Heglig they never managed to take it and eventually withdrew back inside South Sudan after clashes with SAF.

The incident led Khartoum to call off the Bashir-Kiir summit scheduled for Tuesday 3 April in South Sudan’s capital Juba.

But Sudanese media have indicated that there are behind the scenes contacts by senior UN officials to rearrange the meeting at a "neutral" venue.

These efforts are led by Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Sudan and South Sudan Haile Menkerios and others who are also in a bid to de-escalate the situation.

The chairman of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Thabo Mbeki is on his way to Addis Ababa to review progress in preparations for the political-security meetings between delegations from Khartoum and Juba.

On Wednesday, military delegations from the two countries met at the expert level to prepare for the joint political-security meeting led by defense ministers from the two countries.

(ST)

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  • 30 March 2012 12:03, by OTOOLITMODDO

    The nuer militias armed robbers are on the way to Pibor, seeking to repeat that same genocide.

    • 30 March 2012 12:11, by Robot

      otoolitmodo,
      What does this have to do with the summit?, idiots like you are the ones confusing the situation.

      • 31 March 2012 00:18, by OTOOLITMODDO

        Who killed and fucked women and children in Bor in 1991? It was Riek Machar Teny. Who fucked and kill women and children in Pibor in 2012? Riek Machar Teny again. Dinka Bor cannot fuck him because dinka are always cowards. They just know how to kill people on hospital beds and detention ghost houses secretly. The Murle warrior will fuck Riek Machar Teny in the morning tomorrow, his militias are no

        • 31 March 2012 00:23, by OTOOLITMODDO

          . . . now committing international crimes against the Ethiopian Army, killing them. The Ethiopian Army will fuck them later this weekend

    • 30 March 2012 13:42, by Loko El Pollo

      WHAT DO YOU EXPECT? HOW MANY NUER YOU SHAMELESSLY KILLED RECENTLY IN DENGJOK AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS.IF NUER DON’T REVENGE THEIR LOVE ONE AND RETRIEVE THEIR STOLEN CATTLE THEN YOU MURLE WILL NOT LEARN FROM YOUR EVIL ACTIONS.THE STATE CITZENS ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THE WAY YOU HAVE LET DOWN THE SOUTHERN GOVERNMENT.AS SOON AS KUOL LEFT OFFICE,WE WILL COORDINATE YOUR CLEARANCE FROM THIS STATE.MARK MY W

    • 30 March 2012 15:50, by John Yak

      Khartoum is taking our oil in Abyei and Heglig while talks are futile and nothing preventing Bashir is mentioned. What a shame!

    • 30 March 2012 20:32, by panom lualbil

      OTOOLITMODDO, evacuate your kids and cattles to neighboring community and depend yourselves against them. MR. Vice president is on his way with spla to repel nuer militia in your territory.

  • 30 March 2012 12:08, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

    It is not a wander to hear going for meeting btn Bashir & Salva. It is all about wasting of time and resources to divert the venue because of insecurity.

    The meeting will be heard like it was not held because SAF is accusing SPLA. What if Sudan Revolutionary Forces carry out an attack and capture Khartoum while Bashir is way? Will He not say that it is SPLA who has done that?

    • 30 March 2012 12:51, by mujtaba

      let them capture kadugli first then khartom’s easy..

      I call Mr Bashir not to sit with those cowards again and forever
      No peace with south

      the popular defence forces are ready now to join Saf to attack bentio and rebcona

      we have to take our revenge first to the coward attack on Heglig
      exhaust-your-enemy strategy is the best to use with south.
      Supporting south rebel militias with wea

      • 30 March 2012 13:31, by Loko El Pollo

        DON’T ATTEMPT TO ATTACK BENTIU.OUR HUGH ARMY IN JONGLEI WILL STOP DISARMAMENT TEMPORARILY AND THEY WILL GO AFTER YOU AND THE MILITIAS IN UNITY STATE.FIRST DEFEND TOLODI BEFORE YOU CAN ADVANCE TO RUBKONNA.

    • 30 March 2012 15:57, by Morthon Akol

      Comrade Chadrak Nuer Machut,you siad that this UN plans is a wasting of time and resources.yes, but what do you suggest as a better solution for this problem than what UN did?
      this is become a nature to South Sudanese they use to discourage other opinion while they don’t have better one to offer.

    • 30 March 2012 17:31, by Morthon Akol

      COMRADE CHADRAK, SUGGESTION FROM UN TO BRING THIS TWO LEADERS TOGETHER IS A WAST OF TIME ACORDING TO YOU. SO WHAT DO YOU SUGEST AS A WAY OF SOLVING THE PROBLEM BETWEEN THIS TWO NATION? I DO UNDERSTAND THAT YOU NEED TO CORRECT SOMETHING BUT CORRECTION CAN HELP, BUT ENCOURAGEMENT CAN HELP MORE.LET US ENCOURAGE THE UN REPORT SO THAT WE CAN GET PEASE TO OUR PEOPLE.

  • 30 March 2012 16:01, by Daniel Buolmawei

    That’s a good news.

    • 30 March 2012 17:38, by mohammed ali

      Daniel, it is really good news! Good, not because it is only good, but also you think and say it is good! This a huge step! Well done Daniel!

      • 31 March 2012 20:57, by Daniel Buolmawei

        Mohammed, it was heartbreaking to see a criminal coming to our land. So I felt relieved when I heard that the Summit will be conducted in another country not South Sudan. We don’t need our country to be stained and dirtified.

  • 30 March 2012 22:03, by acuil deng

    Our president thinks about his own people, he puts his country first, and he himself does not believe that war is the answer to our problems with Sudan, and so does president Bashiir. However, if Bashiir is gone there will be no Abyei, no Jau, no Heglig and no peace, but bloodshed, and loss of innocent lives. Our president must sit and negotiate, and reach a solution, because we’re tired of war.

  • 31 March 2012 03:44, by Born-to-Rule

    The government of Khartoum is so confused and they know it. Yes, there is too much going on behind the scenes between the 2 governments. However, Islamic fanatics are going nuts, so Bashir had to soften the below by saying I cancelled the visits to Juba. So the NIF are happy that the agreement(s) are cancelled. What a bunch of buffoons, Bashir always out smarted them and that’s fact!.



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