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July 13, 2012 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) - South Sudan expressed on Friday hopes to break the stalled talks with Sudan and to conclude an agreement over post-secession issues and to embark on building strong bilateral ties.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir attends the reopening of parliamentary sessions in Juba, South Sudan on June 11, 2012 (Getty)

The delegations of the two countries resumed talks in the city of Bahr Dar in Amhara state, Ethiopia after reaching a comprehensive strategic approach to sign an agreement over the outstanding issues they have discussed on and off in Addis Ababa for over a year.

Since last week the two sides vowed to operationalise a buffer zone on their shared border and to stop support to rebel groups. Also unformed rumours say they reached an advanced stage in their talks over other issues including Abyei, oil transportation and border trade.

"We have resumed negotiations today (Friday) in a positive mood. Such beginning open up ways to exchange fresh ideas and thoughts with new spirit of peaceful dialogue", said Pagan Amum, South Sudan’s chief negotiator.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune from Ethiopia, he added he was happy with the way the negotiations have resumed after reaching an understanding last week to discuss all the pending issues with commitment to settling dispute.

"This new spirit I believe we will get out with something positive. Peace is in the interest of our people. They need peace to prevail so that we can live side by side as friendly neighbours," Amum said explaining that his country has always been committed to improving relations with Khartoum.

He said the two delegations will discuss all the issues together as Sudan has dropped its security-first approach, underscoring that the two sides have committed themselves to resolve the border dispute.

Amum also explained that the disputed Abyei region would also be tackled and that both sides agreed during the last round talks to create an open border to promote trade between the two nations.

The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) will discuss the ongoing talks between the two countries in a meeting to be held on Saturday with the participation of presidents Omer Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir.

AUPSC Commissioner Ramadan Al-Amamra expressed hope on Friday that the two leaders send encouraging signs for their two delegations.

The Council is optimistic that with the current spirit prevailing in the talks, the two parties would reach an agreement over the outstanding issues before the deadline of 2 August determined by the UN Security Council, he said in statement to the Sudanese news agency SUNA.

South Sudan’s Minister of information and cabinet’s spokesperson told Sudan Tribune that his country’s delegation had the full authority to discuss all the outstanding issues with Khartoum without having to worry because they have the backing of the president and his government.

"They have the mandate of our people to negotiate with the government of Sudan on all outstanding issues. They are strong team of committed people," Marial stressed.

The minister said the two sides had last week agreed "to strengthen and enhance the political will and added that there was no agreement on a demilitarised buffer zone along the border at the latest round of talks.

"What is important at this stage is ’normalisation’ of relations. This is what mediators are currently giving a first priority, because if the two sides in mood then it becomes difficult to talk about border demarcation or creation of safe border zone", he explained.

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  • 14 July 2012 10:37, by mohammed ali

    Pagan is talking about peace & friendly neighbourhood! Am I dreaming!

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    • 14 July 2012 10:54, by homeboy

      Well let us hope Bashir will speak the same language.

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      • 14 July 2012 12:41, by Mi diit

        14 JULY 12:39, BY Mi diit
        The two Sudans need each other in order to survive at least for the short term, otherwise both will collapse one after another by October.

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      • 14 July 2012 14:56, by Hardball

        Really! South Sudan hopeful to strike a deal! Who are the ones on the street every week protesting on the failing country? Are they South Sudanese?

        What is striking a deal anyway? South Sudan is not going to gamble with it territories to strike a deal! If the history says; it’s South Sudan territory; then it is; it has nothing to do with striking a deal.

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    • 14 July 2012 10:56, by Akook

      I am worried about how these people are again going to be sweet talked and comeout with less striking deal

      Pressure is on us all, even more on the Northern who are currently facing a life threatening revolt

      Pagan is a wounded lion as a result of corruption implication, he’s flirt rashing to account for more so as Southerners forgive his graft crime along with hose of his team members

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      • 14 July 2012 14:02, by Northern Sudanese

        Akook

        don’t pretend that your in any better condition than north sudan.

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      • 14 July 2012 15:16, by Hardball

        Who is Hoping to transit oil through Sudan?! What are the chances that Sudan is not going steal the oil the way they were doing it before the shutdown? Were Sudanese truthful to South Sudanese about oil revenues?

        These are some of the questions that should be on South Sudanese mind before anyone brings up the idea of oil transit through Sudan once again.

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        • 14 July 2012 23:25, by mohammed ali

          Hardball,if there is any sign that Sudan will collapse Americans will not allow you to pump your oil. Now they are pushing you to pump it through Khartoum! Because they know that you will die. They are trying to protect you & save you from the SPLA thieves.Am not sure that Sudan will allow SS oil to pass through Sudan!

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          • 15 July 2012 06:17, by Hardball

            Ali, Sudan is not the only way South Sudan oil goes to the world or stock market; the question is; are you doing well in Sudan now; that you believe South Sudan need your help?

            Help yourselves first before you believe anyone else needs your help! You don’t tell us what America said. You better listen to what we are saying!

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        • 15 July 2012 01:29, by Mohamed

          What is worse in your mind?
          Northerners stealing 10% oil (7 months unpaid transit fees).
          Or
          SPLM stealing 90% oil from there own people?(Armani suits, Guchi bags, Rolex watches and elegant Suv’s)
          While the people starve?
          SPLM logic....Southerners never really had anything to lose.....

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          • 15 July 2012 06:24, by Chol

            Mohamed, what happened to your new found oil in Darfur? Why don’t you go and work on it instead of eyeing South Sudan oil! By the way, which country is the SPLM from that they are stealing South Sudan oil? Are you guys in your right mind?

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            • 15 July 2012 10:35, by Mohamed

              Chol,
              Try to focus on my writing a bit more and then comment.
              I know it is difficult to understand when you read fast. Try to read slowly and if you don’t really understand my comment well enough ; ask me and I will explain more clearly....without any hard feelings..

              Chol........
              Are u one of the children of the 75 thieves that are going to be exposed by Kiir?

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    • 14 July 2012 12:05, by kimo

      pagan has no other option , his country is dying after the economic blockade imposed by the north,uganda and the west turned a way from south sudan,,,they have no body left but the north,,in fact they cant live without the help of the north...i hope this time they understood the lesson

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      • 14 July 2012 12:39, by Mi diit

        The two Sudans need each other in order to survive at least for the short term, otherwise both will collapse one after another by October.

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        • 14 July 2012 15:40, by Hardball

          Mi diit, it’s not the question of whether or not we need each other; the question is; are we as business partners going to be truthful to one another? If not, then why go and swim in the river when you’re afraid of crocodiles?

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      • 14 July 2012 12:56, by Makavelli

        Kimo,
        Why are you always quick to speculate on things that you’ve no knowledge about? Why do you Arab wannabes always try to be smart when everyone know you are not? can you please reread this silly statement," in fact they cant live without the help of the north i hope they understood the lesson." we’re now living without the north, & they’re too broken to help anyone. & what lesson you’re talkin

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        • 14 July 2012 13:40, by Loko El Pollo

          KHARTOUM WILL TAKE $10 PER A GALLON AS REALITY DAWNED ON THEM.THEIR DELUSION,ARROGANCE AND BEGOTRY IS BEING DISSOLVES AND EVAPOURATED BY THE LOOMING STARVATION WITH NO END IN SIGHT.

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          • 14 July 2012 13:42, by Loko El Pollo

            A BARREL NOT GALLON.

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          • 14 July 2012 16:24, by sudani ana

            Loko
            Is it $10 dollars pb now? I thought you guys said 69 cents to one dollar maximum. OK we will wait another couple of month and see how much it will go up to.

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            • 14 July 2012 21:31, by Loko El Pollo

              SUNDAN ANA,PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT,FOR ME AS A FAIR AND 9.99 IQ.I WOULD GENEROUSLY $10 A BARREL TO THE NORTH FOR PUMPING,HEATING AND HANDLING.THOSE WHO PROPOSE $69 TO 1 DOLLAR ARE ENTITLE TO THEIR OPINIONS.THEIR ARE PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT ANY SOLUTION IN ROSS.THEY WANT THE DINKA TO FINISH FOR THEM UNTIL THEY CAN’T PROTECT THEMSELVES ANYMORE.TAKE IT FROM ME 10 TO 15 IS A WIN-WIN FOR BOTH.WHY BEING SO

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              • 14 July 2012 21:33, by Loko El Pollo

                GREEDY IF THE LITTLE WE RECEIVED ONLY GO TO THE TOP,WHO DON’T BEAR THE BRUNT OF ENEMY FIREPOWER.

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      • 14 July 2012 17:10, by BM-21

        To.My friend Kimo.
        please go back to the story of the SPLA and it citizens, if you don,t know the hold story,or if you were teenager you ask ur mummy to tell u,SPLA and south Sudanese were fought for 21 yrs without salaries, emergent that duration of time.Now we r free to stay for more then another 21 yrs without payment,but for you ,you can die in north,why do you go for strike within 6 months.

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    • 14 July 2012 15:49, by zulu

      I wonder whether the world believes south sudan is an aggressive neighbor, hostile and invasive? Just ask Chad, Uganda, Congo, Kenya, Egypt and CAR. You will be mute for saying Pagan is hostile and your dancing stupid Pres is friendlier.
      Assasinations, haboring terrorists and supplying Hamas with arms.

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    • 14 July 2012 17:37, by Anti.terorists

      moohammed ali

      we lost confidence in u already, u r not trusted neighbor(sudan) however what’s going on in ethiopia is sudan that’s begging south sudan but ss will only pity u when u confess that u will not steal our oil again n that the amount $80 millions will be returned to us.

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    • 14 July 2012 23:18, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Ali,

      You’re not dreaming this is real southerns can be trusted because south did not killed 2.5 million Northern’s yet!. As for Bahsir and Hussein who killed 2.5 millions southern it’s going to very hard to forgive and forget. Coexistent between the 2 countries is must. Remove Bahsir and Hussein from power because they are the world’s most wanted criminals dead or alive.

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      • 15 July 2012 01:37, by Mohamed

        More than 2 million of the 2.5 million dead were Southerners killing Southerners and all of you know that.
        The story just sounded good for your Western masters when you say northern, Arab , Muslims killed us!

        Everybody knows the truth.
        Even Garang killed more than 10 of his closest Southern comrades.
        Don’t tell me it’s not true.

        William Noon and all the forgotten Southerners Oyee!
        Sorry .....con

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        • 15 July 2012 01:42, by Mohamed

          Poor souls...Southern Sudanese have a tendency to forget about there dead very very fast.
          Even the "hero", John Garang, dies and not a single Southerner asks the question of who killed him?
          As usual , blame it on the North.
          Although all evidence points to Mussevini.
          But who cares for Garang in South Sudan. It’s the money they all wanted all the time....oil money!

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          • 15 July 2012 06:34, by Chol

            Mohamed, you must be one of the northern clueless; if you believe Garang wasn’t slayed by NCP! You see, it doesn’t take a lot of words to spell the truth!

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            • 15 July 2012 10:41, by Mohamed

              1. Garang called to an "urgent meeting", by Musseveni.
              2. Goes to Kampala and meets with Musseveni for a couple of hours
              3. what was so important that he had to go to Kampala for a 2 hour meeting?
              4. Musseveni sends him off in his helicopter?......?

              I understand He recently sent George Athor in his land rover.
              I don’t know about u Chol, but I would never catch a ride on that mans machines.

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  • 14 July 2012 14:21, by Beneben Bai

    Lot of stray guys write on this web. For Kimo, you are wrong my freind. South Sudanese are now living without anything coming from north. Again, now is July the critical month ever in South when a country was one. Did you so far heared any news of some one starved to death? SPLA can even stay with no salary. you are stil playing with South Sudan that you don’t know. wake up

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  • 14 July 2012 14:35, by Beneben Bai

    Mohamed Ali, do you want Pagam to beat the drums of war like what you are doing or what? of course you know him very well

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  • 14 July 2012 14:53, by Kikiji longiro

    Now see the Junubiani British bulldogs,like Anti terror, Mi diit & etc.You will kill THEIR brothers for no enough reasons.Mundukurus are tired of war over the 50 years with Junubiani.Now what is heating them is business to run inside South Sudan & likewise is to use their petrol pipeline.BRAVO AMUM,WE NEED PEACE TO PREVAIL SO THAT WE CAN LIVE SIDE BY SIDE AS FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURS.

    KIKIJI

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    • 14 July 2012 15:52, by zulu

      How impressive stupid you are Kikiji? where are your territories under the peace deal?

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  • 14 July 2012 15:06, by Kikiji longiro

    wE Junubiani have slaughter the Khartoum system since Anya-anya1.What they need from us over the 50 years is only business because they know that junubiani will never be arabized by any type of drum they want to beat.Live alone a person like Jalaby & M.Ali.SOON WE WILL MARRY THEIR SISTERS IN THE SOUTH SUDANESE CHURCHES.These are dinka of Abyei & Nuer by blood over generationS.

    KIKIJ

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  • 14 July 2012 15:08, by Beneben Bai

    South Sudanese, Pagan Amum is not a simple man for NCP. He knows all Manoeuvres of NCP and what is the interest of South Sudanese people. lets not think that NCP can cheat him and his team. Our president is also supporting him a lot on his task

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  • 14 July 2012 15:16, by Kikiji longiro

    All South Sudanese, let us pray HARD SO that Pagan Amum will signed everything as soon as possible.These weekends flights from Khartoum to Juba coming for weekend drinking MUST BRING ARAB GIRLS WITH THEM FOR US IN JUBA.THIS IS THE TIME FOR THE ARAB GIRLS TO SLEEP BESIDE THE ABITI (SLAVE) IN ONE BED WITHOUT ANY FEAR.

    KIKIJI

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    • 14 July 2012 16:59, by sudani ana

      You guys keep talking about Arab girls, what’s the matter your girls too ugly for you ugly mother fuckers?

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  • 15 July 2012 03:46, by 4Justice

    Hegelian Dialect, how it works.

    Thesis: that’s you and your position and facts based on what you believe.
    Antithesis: somebody who’s different than you.
    Synthesis: The moment the two of you who are different in the same room, there’s a potential relationship there. However, the only way you can get to it is synthesis [agreement in the relationship].

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    • 15 July 2012 03:50, by 4Justice

      You and the other person have to put aside your differences for the sake of a relationship and try to find facts or elements of your belief systems that are in harmony. That’s the point of consensus. The result is loss of SOVEREIGNTY,INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM, AND BELIEF IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST FOR THE SAKE OF CONSENSUS!

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      • 15 July 2012 05:17, by 4Justice

        Let’s assume you are a Ngok dinka from Abyei,your great great grand parents lived in Abyei.Suddenly a bunch of terrorists claim Abyei belongs to them. (thesis)
        You have gone to an open debate forum or meeting being presented by several groups. The topic for the meeting is Abyei.(antithesis).

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        • 15 July 2012 05:20, by 4Justice

          The facilitator of the meeting knows you and many like you in attendance. The facilitator’s job is to present something so outrageous and ridiculous. The parties involved are forced to reach a Consensus. The synthesis is: “Well,you will have to agree to share the land you and your ancestors own with a bunch of terrorists. The change has been achieved and they are off to something els

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  • 15 July 2012 08:05, by 4Justice

    Gradualism and Semantic Deception

    We all know the metaphor for dangerous incrementalism: put a frog in a pot, slowly raise the temperature, and the frog
    will boil to death. Terms such as ’sustainable development’ mean depopulation and serfdom. The masses continue to fall for lie after lie after lie. Study history and you will discover that there have been very few free societies.

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    • 15 July 2012 08:06, by 4Justice

      Those that were free were either overthrown or fell into the trap of socialism, totally unaware of the dangers until it was too late.

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