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UN chief calls on the two Sudans to activate border monitoring


By Julius N. Uma

April 21, 2012 (JUBA) - The UN Secretary-General on Friday issued a statement in reaction to Juba’s announcement to pull its troops out of the disputed oil-rich Heglig region, which it controlled for over a week.

UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon (Getty)

Ban Ki-Moon, in a statement said he “takes note” of South Sudan’s announcement on the matter and urged both sides to resume negotiations on the outstanding issues between them.

Juba and Khartoum were engaged in a series of post-independence talks under the auspices of the Thabo Mbeki-led African Union High-Level Panel (AUHIP). However, the increased tensions between the two nations has led to talks being put on hold.

Shortly after Juba announced the withdrawal of its army (SPLA), Sudan claimed “victory” in Heglig, saying its forces had defeated the SPLA and regained “full control” of the region.

Barnaba Benjamin Marial, South Sudan’s government spokesperson on Friday dismissed Khartoum’s claims, saying the withdrawal of the army from the disputed region followed an order taken by the country’s president Salva Kiir.

“The Republic of South Sudan announces that SPLA troops have been ordered to withdraw from Panthou [Heglig],” Marial told reporters in Juba, the South Sudan capital.

“An orderly withdrawal will commence immediately, and shall be completed within three days,” he added.

Ban urged both governments to activate the joint border verification and monitoring mechanism to help ensure the security of their common border. All measures, he added, have been taken to ensure that United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) monitors are ready to be deployed.

UNISFA, was established in June last year under the terms of Security Council resolution 1990 (2011) to monitor and verify the redeployment of any Sudan Armed Forces or Sudan People’s Liberation Army troops from the Abyei area. It comprises a maximum of 4,200 military personnel, 50 police personnel, and appropriate civilian support.

Ban also reiterated the call for Sudan to stop bombing South Sudanese territories, while urging both governments to cease their support to each other’s rebel groups. Both Sudan and South Sudan trade accusations that it is backing rebel movements opposed to each other’s regime.


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  • 22 April 2012 08:10, by George Bol

    UN and International need to make SAF/Khartoum evacuate the Abyei. Must stop the North from bombing the South immediately othet we South will not agree with your mission if other eventuality occurred!

    • 22 April 2012 15:30, by Anti Dinka’s

      We will never work with Arabs together You foolish Ban Ki Fuck

      We southerners will never do what Chad has done cowardly
      the only way Ban ki fuck for peace in two Sudan is you and your useless organization to arrest Bashiir immediately

  • 22 April 2012 08:18, by Akook

    Mr Ban, you are very much of an aggressor than a UN SG.

    what do you mean by installing a JOINT BODER CONTROL AND MONITORING MECHANISMS since we do not have a common demarcated border between South and North?

    We have these contested areas (Panthou included..) pls stop those pronouncement sir, we know Thabo Mbeki, a parachuted arab ally is feeding you wrong messages day and night.

    • 22 April 2012 08:23, by Akook

      This withdrawal though reckless and lacks public support will be just seasonal before we see again nothing is being on the table and our army will move into Panthou and other areas once and for all, whether shaken Kiir likes this or not.if he doesn’t then we will better claim our territories under the leadership of Dr Riak Machar Teny Dhurgeon...

      • 22 April 2012 08:40, by Daniel Buolmawei

        You meant coup? Akook, this is not a good way to do it. We have to be patient. However, Akook, I agreed with you of being sad. I felt dizzy when I heard of withdrawal of SPLA troops from Panthou. I do not blame this on Kiir but on diplomatic front. We were weak diplomatically. You only saw military leaders plus Baranaba Marial and Pagan Amum, and the whole Khartoum were out there in the media.

    • 22 April 2012 09:13, by Diu J.Kuek

      Our withdrawal from Heglig came as International pressure on the Government of South Sudan.
      Therefore in all cases I blame the SPLM as ruling party in the Reublic of S.Sudan there is a lack of presentation for International political strategic from this moment if I were President immediately I will replace Nhial Deng Nhial with Pagan Amum or DR Luka Biong whom may be capable to represent us.

      • 22 April 2012 09:26, by Diu J.Kuek

        The second thing should be constructions of pipeline from South Sudan through Kenya forget about negotiation with Khartoum as they were already declaraed our state is the enemy to this pipeline issue Mr President Kiir and his Government must take it as priority every negotiation with Sudan must be pending now since International community has been partial and unjust for their action.

        • 22 April 2012 09:34, by Diu J.Kuek

          Or in case if we want to hear what the mediators talking about we have right to say that we don,t want Thabo Mbeki as a mediator between Khartoum and Juba we have right to choice who will be impartial and fit to be mediator.
          It appeare that Jean Ping and Thabo Mbeki are not fair completelly they betray us over Heglig and ignorance the Abyei issue let us kick them out of our business.

      • 22 April 2012 09:29, by Daniel Buolmawei

        Well, I think bro Diu, Barnaba Marial Benjamin will be our formidable foreign Affairs minister and maintain Pagan Amum, our chief negotiator, because don’t forget negotiation will continue and we’ll never replace Pagan until these contentious issues are solved. Marial Benjamin shows that he’s capable beyond any doubts. He vividly and clearly explained every issue, very smart to answer any question

        • 22 April 2012 09:47, by Diu J.Kuek

          Daniel I am completely disappointed by this withdrawal of our troop from Heglig because every one knows the International political capability more you will be isolated more facing crisis such a young nation like us it will not be good for us that is why we need someone who can present us that may know his/her role within International levels to run Foreign Affairs is not easy job.

  • 22 April 2012 08:29, by Paul

    That rice eyed blind Asain "Ass" know nothing but only listen to what Baboon Thambo Beki says!!! Thambo Beki of South Africa is now a second foreign minster of Sudan.

    • 22 April 2012 08:45, by Antiislamic

      Mr. MOOOOOON you’re real blind Asain who doesn’t keep the name of the United Nations in it place! Why are you being on the criminal side? How many civilians were died in Darfur, Abyei, Blue Nile, and South Kodofan? How many civilians are dying now in Unity State?

      • 22 April 2012 09:00, by AfroArabian

        we all know Moon is just another US bitch....but what is YOUR government doing about ur people? instead of taking them in, they take them to a losing battle...how many of your countrymen are still ’stuck’ in the North because your government doesnt want to help them back? over 500k...shame on you... take care of ur people before stretching ur hands into other people’s property..

  • 22 April 2012 08:39, by AfroArabian

    Very strange how you STILL continue to call it a withdrawal...What happened to the 3 days..or are you using a different time system than the rest of the world? Withdrawal was said to save ur gov ass from shame of defeat...accept it...u were defeated, we tried to kick u out without damaging our oil field and failed...so we used what is good for u..brute force...and now ur crying..lool

    • 22 April 2012 08:42, by AfroArabian

      Even ur cowboy is still ashamed of himself...stop humiliating urselves more than your government humiliated you...they said they wont retreat, they said no to talks...so...what happened? a magic wand was shaken and they changed their mind? better yet...how much did they receive for mareesa money? u know them...they r a bunch of drunks taking u all on a wild ride..and they are digging ur graves

      • 22 April 2012 08:54, by Antiislamic

        Don’t blame our government at all, they try their best but the world is benefiting from our suffering! That is all about the game, nothing else behind this? If President is weak then the Vice is also weak! The goal is to keep our country safe from the enemy of Peace!

  • 22 April 2012 17:55, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Thanks alot Bin for your afforts, the 2 sides sees to be doing some thing which will only affect the innocent citizens especially in the South as North was prepared for its action while South is just doing things they way they happen and regret at the end.

    Help Southerners both in the North and the South, for is not easy to be lead by people who don’t even know human values.
    what they will eat.

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