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Sudan & South Sudan resume talks as certainty of Bashir-Kiir meeting grows

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July 12, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan and South Sudan on Thursday started a new round of talks in Ethiopia amid growing certainty of a meeting between the two countries’ presidents on the margins of an African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa.

President Omar al-Bashir (R) walks out with Thabo Mbeki (left) and President Salva Kiir Mayardit after a meeting in 2011 [©Reuters]

President Omer Al-Bashir of Sudan is expected to travel on Friday to Addis Ababa where he will participate in the 19th AU summit which will be held from 14 to 16 July under the theme, “boosting intra-African trade” and will discuss among other issues the relations between Sudan and South Sudan.

The summit was supposed to be held in Malawi but AU decided to move it to Ethiopia after the southern African country refused to host Al-Bashir citing his indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide he allegedly masterminded in his country’s western region of Darfur.

Bashir’s trip to Ethiopia will follow the resumption on Thursday of post-secession talks between Sudan and South Sudan. Sudan Tribune understands that the venue of the talks was moved from Addis Ababa to the north western city of Bahir Dar.

The two parties adjourned their AU mediated talks last week and announced after ward the adoption of a “strategic” approach focusing on the creation of a demilitarized zone along their borders.

According to officials on both sides, the new approach is hoped to lead to quick progress in future talks in order to meet the 2 August deadline set by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the two countries to conclude talks on the issues of oil, citizenship, the status of Abyei and other disputed regions.

The official spokesman of Sudan’s team in the Joint Political and Security Mechanism (JPSM), Omer Dahab, said in an interview with Sudan state radio on Thursday that the new round of talks is expected to be the longest given the fact that the UNSC deadline is approaching.

Dahab confirmed that the new round would be based on the new strategic approach. He also revealed that the Sudanese delegation is going to inform its South Sudanese counterpart of Khartoum’s condemnation of the assassination of the chairman of legislative council in South Kordofan State, Ibrahim Balndia, who was allegedly killed last week in an ambush by the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), who Khartoum accuse South Sudan of aiding.

Meanwhile, the uncertainty surrounding prospects for a meeting between Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit during the AU summit is being reversed.

Sudan’s defense minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussien, who chairs the country’s delegation to the JPSM, said on Thursday that he does not rule out the possibility of meeting between the two presidents “although there is no prior arrangement to this effect”.

Last week, South Sudan government spokesperson and minister of information Barnaba Marial Benjamin confirmed that the two leaders would meet during Addis Ababa’s summit. Barnaba said the meeting aims to break the deadlock on the outstanding issues in the current talks.

Bashir and Kiir were supposed to meet in South Sudan’s capital Juba in March but Khartoum cancelled the trip after South Sudanese forces occupied the disputed oil region of Heglig, which led to the outbreak of the most serious fighting between the two nations since South Sudan split from Sudan to form an independent state in July last year.

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  • 13 July 2012 11:25, by Gäär

    We dont want to meet with a mosquito head of state. Let him come to Juba and beg for the oil to flow again. terrorist and his gangs of NIF’s days are numbered.

    • 13 July 2012 14:56, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Nothing will come out from this two guys meeting,bacause NCP are alway full liaring,waste of fund for this meeting,better to give it to the poor.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

  • 13 July 2012 12:09, by Anti Terror Anti

    Let the two heads only talk on the other outstanding issues like border darmarcation, citizenship, security etc... but not south sudan oil....south sudan oil has nothing to debate on, only south sudanese to decide what to do with it. plis cow boy don’t bother to talk about it, we r behind u and keenly watching and follow every single word come from your shallow brain via mouth.....................

    • 13 July 2012 12:36, by valentinoakec@yahoo.com

      I think it will be a good idea for the two leaders to wipe out and rap up the obstacles obstructing the two parties reaching fruitful agreements over the post independence issues, Khartoum must see to it that a compromisive solution for the disputed issues has to be reached so that our two States can coexist in peace and become viable States supporting one another and in a complete cooperation.

      • 14 July 2012 00:05, by zulu

        Khartoum is holding south sudan hostage in fact. I will never, never negotiate nor agree on post secession issues except on oil and security. We have to see beyond and far back and see the substance of these negotiations. In fact, there is no point to have Kiir negotiate at all, but give pre-conditions for direct talks with Be-shit.

  • 13 July 2012 12:16, by viper

    Ncp is really a terrorist organization. What death are you condemning? The death of S. K speaker was coordinated by NISS personnels when he start complaining about the rights of his fellow Nubians in the assembly. There is nothing to be condemned here. Killing that speaker is a good message to those of Daniel Kodi,Tabith Butrus and the rest confused Nubians

  • 13 July 2012 22:39, by Thondet Manyang

    El Bashir will not do good neither to his people nor the world should he attempt to visit West Africa. Why Ethiopia like hosting him? Does it means he bribe them like Mbeki the failed president?
    Wow, that is madness!

  • 14 July 2012 00:54, by mohammed ali

    We are interested in border demarcation & security issues.You shut your oil production, that is your oil & that is your business. We are not interfering. If you are interested to export it through our country, we are open for your proposals.It is up to us to except or refute any proposal!

    • 14 July 2012 05:18, by zulu

      That is just that. But we will not be fooled to accept rescinding our territory for bogus security or an arbitrary border. If war breaks, we will go for it. If negotiations fail to acquiese post independence border demarkation, yielding all territories traditionally considered South Sudan, arbitration can be an option other than a self out war of submission.

  • 14 July 2012 01:13, by Kikiji longiro

    Anti Terror & Mahammed Ali,

    The war of the oil export is already done.All of you shut your big mouths.This petrol & pipelines are Sudanese whether from North or South.Business is not a part of your Security,Citizenship,Demaraction & Abyei & etc.The childern of Sudan or South S.are not childern of terrorist.Go and talk your terrorist secrets in your toilets.

    kikiji

    • 14 July 2012 07:05, by zulu

      Yes Kijiji
      We have opened 3 refineries already and there is one more sooner to start, and then a year later, we will have the pipeline operational. Our greatest desire is that the border of 1956 must be demarkated including Abyei’s brought back to South Sudan, if not we annext two more desireable states from north



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