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African mediation proposes new map to end Sudan-South Sudan deadlock


June 7, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - The African Union mediation team has proposed a new map of Sudan and South Sudan’s borders to the two delegations in order to facilitate an agreement on security issues between the two sides, as the talks are currently deadlocked.

Sudan has refused a map presented by the South Sudan which includes the disputed area between South Darfur and Northern Bahr al Ghazal within South Sudan. The 14 miles of land located south of the Bahr el Arab / Kiir River, is a grazing area crucial for the Darfur tribes and Dinka Malual.

Sudan also rejects any claims over Heglig, saying that before its independence, South Sudan had accepted the rule of the arbitration court over Abyei and did not contest it.

The African Union mediation team on Wednesday has handed a new map to the two parties in a bid to reconcile their positions, Sudan Tribune has learnt.

In the past the border demarcation joint committee has agreed on four areas: between the Upper Nile and White Nile; a triangle between the South Kordofan, Upper Nile and White Nile borders; Kaka, between South Kordofan and Upper Nile; and the mineral rich Kafia Kinji area located between South Darfur and Western Bahr al Ghazal.

The parties have to reach an agreement within three months in accordance with a road map prepared by the African Union and endorsed by the United Nations Security Council.


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  • 7 June 2012 11:08, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam


    i hope that map will bring no dobt to both parties and i hope it will be exist during demacation of borders

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    • 7 June 2012 11:19, by Jeti

      To hell with you, Africa Union! Let us see the ’new map’ before you go ahead...

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      • 7 June 2012 14:03, by Lango2010

        if s and SS can not produce a proper map how can AU draw the trusted map, call on the GB the master colonizers to intervene here.
        Kiir is not a shared property this my homeland, the land for the brave, it will not just go like they thing.
        any land of SS will not go unquestion.
        all part with Green vegetation belong to the RSS, and the Desert are for Sudan. the aerial view can clearly show that

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        • 7 June 2012 15:32, by Reuben

          African union is a body respected by the world community.They proposed three months to end the negotiation between South sudan and Sudan. Since this period is so short, they should device some short cuts and legitimate one.About the dispute on the boarder land, let them request Great Britain to produce the 1/1/1956 Maps showing the board between North and South Sudan.Redeploment must then start.

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      • 7 June 2012 17:30, by zulu

        What makes the AU that south sudan will accept their useless map? AU are stooges of Omar and the NCP. To hell with your map. we will enforce soverignty by the use of a deadly weapon. when a thieve uses a deadly weapon to usurp your property, use deadly force to deter that action.

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    • 7 June 2012 11:23, by Ker.

      Did I hear River Kirr to be shared by Dinka Malual and Misseria? this is totally a lie a big lie
      if south delegation fail to recognize it as belong to NBG then we shall fought it ourselves

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    • 7 June 2012 11:38, by Aaban

      To the so called African Union, any boarder demarcation between south Sudan and my Darfur region must be deal by the really owner of the land not by those who could give our land to south for their survival because that fake negotiation going on in Addis Ababa has no Darfurain representatives in it and this need our participation between us and the south Sudanese but not coward Ja’alinain gang,

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      • 7 June 2012 11:40, by Aaban

        who would later sell it for south oil,
        We and southernese know were our boarder,

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    • 7 June 2012 11:53, by salah

      The GSS and the people of South Sudan seem to be very confused about Heglig. They claim that Heglig is theirs but they don’t know where they should place Heglig. First they claimed that it is part of Abeye and went to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague and presented documents and maps to prove their claim that Heglig is part of the Abeye area.

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      • 7 June 2012 11:55, by salah

        . Well, we all know that Abeye is NORTH of the 1956 border. By claiming that Heglig is part of Abeye the GSS has agreed Heglig is north of the 1956 border. In fact the GSS presented documents to the PCA to this fact. After they lost the PCA ruling on Heglig, GSS is now claiming that Heglig is SOUTH of the 1956 border and belongs to Unity State, not Abeye or Bahr Al Ghazal as they claimed at PCA

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        • 7 June 2012 11:56, by salah

          ruling on Heglig, GSS is now claiming that Heglig is SOUTH of the 1956 border and belongs to Unity State, not Abeye or Bahr Al Ghazal as they claimed at the PCA. You can’t have it every which way you want. GSS also signed a binding document to abide by and respect the PCA ruling on Abeye boundary. They lost that ruling on Heglig and now they are not respecting their agreement to abide by the PCA

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          • 7 June 2012 11:57, by salah

            ruling on Abeye boundary. They lost that ruling on Heglig and now they are not respecting their agreement to abide by the PCA ruling. The GSS wants Heglig but they don’t know where to place Heglig. Is it part of Abeye and therefore part of Bahr Al Ghazal or is it part of Unity. You argued and agreed that Heglig is NORTH of the 1956 border when you went to the PCA and you will never get Heglig.

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            • 7 June 2012 11:58, by salah

              Kiss HEGLIG goodbye.

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            • 9 June 2012 01:03, by Dhalaluaak

              Everyone community know their ancestral land.Therefore, Panthou/Aliny [ corrupted by burjuaz nimeiri as heglig in 1970s] is part of Unity state for your information to know where it belong to.do u know that kosti is part of ss?

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      • 7 June 2012 13:16, by Bentiu CAPTAIN

        Tell me any statement by PCA that states that Panthou(Heglig) belong to North Sudan and does not belong to South Sudan. what the court said is that it does not belong to ABYIE area. But does this means that it does not belong to South Sudan. The PCA was not demarcating the Noth-South border, but that of ABYIE area. Nobody on earth can fool South Sudanes on that case.Panthou belongs to South Sudan.

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        • 7 June 2012 16:53, by salah

          The point is Abeye is north of 1956 and GSS claimed Heglig is part of Abeye. Don’t you get it or do you want to conveniently forget that?

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  • 7 June 2012 11:21, by Ahmado

    therefore south sudan you have to be keen engouh to this every well our border with northern sudan, border of 1/1/1956
    there is nothing any more to discuss with terrorist if they refuse this map. this time we shall use bullets to demarcate the border if they strong let them take what belong to south sudanese? but all us will go there and perish in the border no give up.

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  • 7 June 2012 11:29, by Ker.

    I wish dead shud see they will ask what was the course of their death was it not Kiir and others areas grasped?
    may God almighty rescue this situation.
    but am totally disappointed

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  • 7 June 2012 11:39, by Ahmado

    I have to repeat myself because ncp got a weak government in south sudan all leaders are good in steal public money and they left resources to be taken by enemies stolen 4.5billions allowing the corruption to run rampant in the country, these money could asist south sudan in term of security, therefore now enemies are busy take resourese from heglig to f their children but we are died of hunger.

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  • 7 June 2012 13:32, by rock

    there is not call new map because that new map is what Sudan government will claim in future and say that is map between two countries so south Sudan delegation should be careful about that.

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    • 7 June 2012 13:40, by Junta

      Dear Colleagues
      Don’t worry of the new proposed Map by the Mediation because if it is not according to to CAP’s 1956 map, our negotiation delegation will never accept even if it means going back to war with the thieves (NCP and Northern elites). There is no cause for concern whatsoever!We shall prevail because we are not oblige to agree on anything that is contrary to CPA.

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  • 7 June 2012 14:49, by Bol Akoch Buoi

    Dear report did not gives many details of what is happening.

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  • 8 June 2012 06:24, by Akol Liai Mager

    NIF supporters, before jumping up and down, blaming here and there, check out the Breaking News at Rakoba "Babanousa Town under firm and tighted siege by SRF for a week now". The join forces from SPLA-N under the command of Al-Hilu and Messeriah Al-Fatah forces are determined to take the town with a tactics of cutting off supply routes to NIF forces at Mereime to the South West of Dar-El Messeriah

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  • 8 June 2012 14:35, by chromebars

    All the comments about this issue so far is looking at the chicken feed; neither s or ss will get all the land that they want if this is to be resolved. As far as maps go; either drawn by the British or the UN, at the end of the day it can only be backed by agreements (that are honored)between both governments. The s and ss position has been known for months it not years so surprises surprise....

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    • 8 June 2012 14:39, by chromebars

      ....con: there is a deadlock. The obvious reason for the AU map is to impose the borders on both parties. The map should allot land fairly but at the end of the day unless both parties are going to kill each other then they both have to swallow their pride an live with the border demarcation and then enact the DMZ. The DMZ is vial to ensure a transition and de-escalation of terror and fear...

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      • 8 June 2012 14:42, by chromebars

        ....con: that is over the heads of the population in the disputed border areas. The joint admin’ of the DMZ will be crucial in building trust between s and ss and the removal of a need to armed conflict by proxies via rebel groups. Worst case the UN may have to manage these area’s independently to begin with with only minor input from s and ss.
        The big picture is having a viable s and ss....

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        • 8 June 2012 14:46, by chromebars

          ..con: were border security is managed jointly or by the UN in the area that are under dispute under a DMZ. The oil issue is resolved already since both side do not see the need to use the pipeline to port Sudan, so both s and ss will have to live with the consequences. The easiest problem of them all is that of citizenship since the solutions have also been discussed and both sides seam to be ok.

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