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Bashir and Kiir hold face-to-face meeting in Addis Ababa


July 14, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA/KHARTOUM) - Presidents Omar al-Bashir and Salva Kiir met in the Ethiopian capital to discuss unresolved issues between the two countries for the first time since the clashes over Heglig in April this year.

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (Centre L) shakes hands with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir on Saturday, 14 July in Addis Ababa (Getty)

The meeting sends encouraging and positive signs to the people of the two countries who are suffering from a severe economic crisis and to the international community, and expresses the countries serious commitment to reach a deal before the deadline of 2 August.

"The two presidents have agreed and instructed their negotiating teams to expedite negotiations and develop bold decisions in key areas as well as to reach agreements in all issues," South Sudan chief negotiator Pagan Amum told reporters after the private meeting.

"It was a good meeting," he further told reporters who gathered outside the meeting room at the Sheraton Hotel, where they met on Saturday evening.

Earlier during the day, the two presidents participated in a meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) chaired by the Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara. Bashir and Kiir joined the meeting room after finding themselves in the same room for the first time since last March.

During the AUSPC meeting the two presidents emphasised in their speeches their respective concerns.

Bashir underscored the security concern and the need to speed up the buffer zone implementation, saying there was no reason to contest Sudan’s current border because it served to give South Sudan its independence.

Kiir, on the other side, focused on the issue of oil transportation saying Juba wants clear commitment not to divert South Sudan’s production, and asked for international guarantees. He also stressed the need to reach a quick solution over the Abyei issue.

The delegations of the two countries have already agreed earlier this month to hold talks on all the outstanding issues as Juba reassured Khartoum of the implementation of the demilitarized zone and the presence of Darfur rebels in South Sudan. The Sudanese delegation also agreed with the mediation on the resumption of talks with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement - North (SPLMN) rebels over South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

"I note with great satisfaction, the recent assertion by the two countries of their desire to return to a spirit of partnership in their negotiations in order to meet the 2 August deadline as determined in the African Union (AU) roadmap and the United Nation resolution 2046," said Jean Ping, Chairperson of the Commission of the AU, in his speech before the AUPSC meeting.

Pagan told reporters that Kiir reaffirmed in his meeting with Bashir that South Sudan has a strategic interests in improving its relations with all the neighbouring countries.

The chief negotiator also pointed out that the two parties have an opportunity to conclude a fair deal and to end hostilities. "We are ready to resume oil production if there is a fair deal, and there is a guarantee that there will be no diversion (of the oil)," he further stated.

After a session of talks in presence of their close aides and ministers, Bashir and Kiir held a one-on-one meeting.

The two men were seen in good moods, smiling and shaking hand after the private meeting as Bashir accompanied Kiir outside the room where they held their talks.

On 7 July 2012, Sudan and South Sudan announced they had reached agreement on a Comprehensive Strategic Approach, providing enhanced confidence, good faith and transparency to resolve the pending issues between the two countries.

They also committed themselves to resort to peaceful means to resolve their disputes and to not interfere in the internal affairs of each other.

Yesterday Pagan Amum, who is also the secretary general of the ruling party in Juba, in statements to Sudan Tribune praised the new spirit of the talks stressing that he believes the two sides 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," he said.

The delegation of the two countries will hold non-stop meetings during the upcoming two weeks in order to finalise a deal over the outstanding matters before the 2 August.


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  • 15 July 2012 08:34, by Beneben Bai

    The positive things from this meeting are first, the meeting itself, second Sudan agreed to talk to SPLM-N but I don’t see anything clear about the issue of border dispute between South Sudan and Sudan. Something that is very very important above all. Any way, bravo to both our president Mayardit and SG of SPLM Pagan Amum for the hard work they are doing

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    • 15 July 2012 08:52, by zulu

      In itself, I completely agree with my President who says yes to nothing. That is very good SPLA/M/ The regime of this stupid NCP is coming to an end and we can not help them stay longer in power to negotiate for the distruction of the good people of the Sudan. A regime that is legitimate has to negotiate with us and not ask that because we seceded, that was a genuine pact. No. We are smarter

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      • 15 July 2012 09:50, by mohammed ali

        Zulu, let the regime fall, why do you want to support it. Tell your president not to focus on oil, so that the regime in Sudan will fall. We are interested in security not oil.The oil is yours, you can do whatever you want with it. If you want to use our facilities you know te conditions. It is bussiness!Where you get most benifit, you go for it, we wont stop you!

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        • 15 July 2012 10:08, by Akol Liai Mager

          Surprisingly, a certain power has brought Fugitve Al-Bashir to his knee to the point of meeting Insects leader. The fundamental questions that NIF criminals and their supporters ought to answer are; has Bashir become an insect himself or what? Would his criminal party’s supporters support his decision to meet insects leader? Would Bashir conceed defeat and therefore apologise to South Sudan?

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          • 15 July 2012 10:47, by sudani ana

            Read the article properly before posting a comment, your president Salva Kiir visited Bashir in his place of residence. In our culture even if your worst enemy extend a hand of friendship to you, you take it. I think it’s very telling that it was Kiir who approached Bashir first.

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            • 15 July 2012 11:25, by THE BIG KING


              The two leaders meet in the conference rooms and Bashir escort Kiir out where they hold talk. My question to you is whether the conference room is Bashir resident like you have put it.....No talk with insect and now there is talk?!....No talk with SPLM-N and now there is talk?!....No humanitarian access to Blue Nile and South Kordofan and now there is access?! Security first now last?!..?

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            • 15 July 2012 11:26, by Aarai Baka

              Sudani ana

              both two Sudans are broke without any revenues coming in but more debt going out. looks what happening in Khartoum itself, lot demo all times with use of forces by polices and NISS. where in the hell in the world u deployed tanks, armors to chased out demo? come on give them what they are asking for. government is people and people are government.

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        • 15 July 2012 10:24, by Atemdit malek

          Please tell your mother and father Bashir to leave the oil rich areas if not then he will face some problems as we have put it.

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        • 15 July 2012 14:36, by Force 1

          Mohammed, stop the illusion that the talk you initiate all the time is not about you but about South Sudan. Which South Sudan shutdown the oil earlier this year and the one that you believe want to talk to you about oil?

          How is this making any sense that we are trying too hard now to transit oil back through Sudan when we shut down the transit line ourselves?

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      • 15 July 2012 12:55, by Ajama

        I don’t see the reason why they allowed President Bashir to Addis Ababa, while he’s most wanted he should be taken to ICC instead of beating around the bosh. He’s one of the criminal guy.Hell with him.

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    • 15 July 2012 09:50, by Jeti

      This negotiation will not bear any fruit unless Late Dr. John Garang de Mabior resurrect.
      I see nothing coming out of these two aggressors.
      The man of dialogue died with negotiation techniques.
      The man who tackled NCP thugs alone until they agreed to sign CPA finally in 2005 for the marginalized people of the Sudan which defectors are now enjoying instead.

      I’m still loyal to SPLM/A.

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    • 15 July 2012 10:17, by Dinkawarrior

      I am doubts about this kind of deal, there is no ways to believe while the thief name Abdul- Rahim is leading the delegations. Peace is always directed by the respectful individual but not such a thug Rahim. In order to make the deal attractive, Abyei must remain as Dinka Ngok Land, 01/01/1956 will stay as it’s, Darfur-Kordofan-Blue Nile must be included on talk, and $2 per barrel must be accepted

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    • 15 July 2012 10:33, by Augustino Ambros

      Yes man you are right about some of other things which are not clear, but it doesn’t matter; provid that they two countries agreed.

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    • 15 July 2012 11:00, by viper

      Exactly Beneben Baai, the meeting of the two presidents is a very good move and a sign of good beginning also. Indeed our pple are in need of peace. We really want peace from those two Sudans. We have tasted the war, but gained nothing from it. It is now the time to bring peace.

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    • 15 July 2012 13:02, by Anti Dinka’s

      Hahahaha!!! free at last free at last
      i cannot believe this
      i can’t believe it’s true

      Now! You met with someone you considered "Aminals, Insects"
      What happen YA Donkey AL-Beshiir?

      No money No food No oil In Khartoum for show Hahahahahah!!!

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  • 15 July 2012 08:38, by Madina Tonj

    Many agreements were signs in Ethiopa and no single agreement was been respect so far.

    Maybe Nhial Deng Nhial and Ali Mahommed Taha could take lead as they did during CPA if both nations are serious of peace process otherwise. Pagan Amum must not throw his confidence thus, Khartoum regime could do same way as they did last time and never trust ruler gov

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  • 15 July 2012 08:42, by abraham

    thought having a peaceful coexistence is nice thing to both countries citizens, it would be naive to believe whatever Khartoum is saying. Because this radical Islamists are habitual liars! As always, they say one thing and do the other.

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  • 15 July 2012 08:52, by MKee

    I doubt there could be a good deal without 1956 boundaries being adhered to by sudan. No good deal when Misserias are misled to be falsly claiming Abyei when they don’t have any right. No good deal could be achieved unless khartoum stopping arming rebels agaisnt s.sudan. No good deal for s.sudan oil 2 flow thr’sudan unless sudan agee to intern. transit fee rate and no stealing of oil..etc.

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    • 15 July 2012 09:37, by Atemdit malek

      My message to Dinka Ngok, what is the relation of Misseria with nine ngokchiefdom in Abyei?, it seem like some of Dinka ngok encourage Misseria not to go out from Abyei area. Final warning please if you don’t unite then South Sudan will not talks on Abyei issue again. Unity is the only victory or power to overcome the enimy.


      SPLM Oyee, South Sudan Oyee, Abyei Oyee. Atemdit Malek Oye

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  • 15 July 2012 09:19, by wang

    I think Kiir and Pagan were gave the South’s territories to North, because there is no way in this world that evil man so call Homo- al-Bashir would agree without getting away with all the rich minerals and the fertilizes areas we both fighting for.

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    • 15 July 2012 09:48, by Madina Tonj


      I am sharing same felling as you do. If that is the case then, Southern Sudanese people have a every rights to reject and recall these leaders to step down. Khartoum regime choose Shariah law and SPLM choose referendum and I don’t think Khartoum have no right to claim our resources with locations because they refusal on Shariah law that was unnecessary to be include in government rule of law

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      • 15 July 2012 09:56, by Madina Tonj

        Sorry for correction, the above mention I mean I don’t think Khartoum reigme have any right to claim our resources with locations


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    • 15 July 2012 09:52, by Atemdit malek

      Thanks Wang

      Our leaders needs more training on how they should know how to play politics with Khartoum government. SAF resfuse to leave the oil rich areas of South Sudan and people are still greeting hands with no reseason.

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  • 15 July 2012 09:38, by Wiyual

    Both counties have no choice rather than agreeing to all outstanding issues after they noted that it is a suicide to their countries and their political status.

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    • 15 July 2012 09:57, by Atemdit malek

      Too many agreement dishonoured by Khartoum government and is not being noticed by our leaders in South Sudan government.

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    • 15 July 2012 10:13, by Dinkawarrior

      I am doubts about this kind of deal, there is no ways to believe while the thief name Abdul- Rahim is leading the delegations. Peace is always directed by the respectful individual but not such a thug Rahim. In order to make the deal attractive, Abyei must remain as Dinka Ngok Land, 01,01,1956 will stay as it’s, Darfur-Kordofan-Blue Nile must be included on talk, and $2 per barrel must be accepted

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  • 15 July 2012 09:57, by mohammed ali

    Unless hatred vanishes from your heart, there wont be peace, not only with us but among yourselves!That is very short and very precise!You think only through hate and solve your problems through violence, that wont work!Sudan Tribune is always quoting Pagan only , as if there is no negotiators from Sudan. That is very unprofessional!It turns your paper into a propoganda magazine!

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    • 15 July 2012 10:03, by Atemdit malek

      The only way is to put fire on Khartoum government by SPLA and the rest of rebel in north Sudan and Protestors in Khartoum this is where Khartoum government will be able to leave oil rich areas and border line between South Sudan and Sudan.

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      • 15 July 2012 10:49, by Northern Sudanese

        Atemdit malek

        We will never let Abyei and Heglig and Kafia Kingi go to south sudan. protests are already failed because they represent less than 30,000 which is less than 0.1% of sudan population. putting fire on khartoum? what world are you living in? you cant even feed halve your people and speak about putting khartoum on fire? the rebels lacking foreign support,they got kicked out of Paris XD

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        • 15 July 2012 13:47, by South South

          Northern Sudanese,

          Please do not waste your time. South Sudan will take all these areas in the middle of the day ( Abyei, Heglig, Kafia Kingi, 15 mile South of Kiir river which is under our control now anyway). You should ask yourself this question: Why did Bashir changes all of the sudden and accept humanitarian aids to go to Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile. Why ? He is weak.

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          • 15 July 2012 13:50, by South South

            Northern Sudanese,

            I really want peace between North Sudan and South Sudan now. I want to see all flights from Khartoum coming to Juba to bring Fake Black Arab Girls every weekend as before. We miss seeing them spend some night in Juba with us. Sweet, Sweet.

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            • 15 July 2012 14:15, by sudani ana

              South South, I say again
              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 15:08, by South South

                Sudani Ana,

                Please do not be upset from me because I mentioned what was happening during our good relationship with North Sudan. The fake Arab Girls will come to Juba soon when our relationship is very good. Brotherhood Sudani ana. We give fake Arab Girls what they do find from fake black Arabs in Khartoum, sweet, sweet, enjoy your day.

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        • 15 July 2012 14:16, by Force 1

          N. Sudanese, with what you just said; this is why you’ll never get a single shred of agreement with South Sudanese. Remember; after we exhaust all the legal means; we will be left with no other choice but to go in and take the disputed territories by force!

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        • 15 July 2012 18:58, by zulu

          North Sudanese kid,
          We cant feed half of our people? In your imagination. The entire south sudan is home to the largest wildlife. It is also 3rd in the world in cattle. It is also Africa’s fertile land. The river Nile flows from south to North. If there is no rain, no river flows to your home. Logically, as well, border regions except only Sudan, do business successfully in South. So, get facts

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      • 15 July 2012 10:54, by sudani ana

        Are you talking about war? Well you’ve already tried this in Heglig and we all know the result of that. Needless to say we are still there pumping our oil.

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        • 15 July 2012 11:09, by Dinkawarrior

          For peace to be more attractive, Abdul-Rahim must be castrated while President Bashit must be handed over to ICC!!

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        • 15 July 2012 11:39, by THE BIG KING


          SPLA Withdrew volunteerily amid international condemnation. Tell me how many attempt by SAF to retake Panthou were frustrated by Mighty SPLA in 10days. Go back and read the news back then and quote this "The ease in which SPLA took panthou have surprise the public in Khartoum and calls for the resignation of defence Minister" SAF flew like Flies! Did you get compensation for facilities?

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    • 15 July 2012 13:54, by South South

      Mohammed Ali,

      I really want real peace between South Sudan and Sudan very soon. I want to see fake black Arab girls coming to Juba every weekend to spend some nights with us. We are brothers and we should do everything we can to bring peace among our people. I like to see flights coming from Khartoum to Juba every weekend

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    • 15 July 2012 19:31, by Dr.Feel Good

      At, Mohamed, pagan is freely to say anything based on professionalism..... Khartoum chief delegations are speechless due to lack of professionalism. Khartoum government and its officials are stripers swinging around with sticks while dancing making noise in front of their stupid citizens, and calling next door Neighbour "insects"......am so very sorry for North.

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      • 15 July 2012 20:56, by Loko El Pollo


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    • 16 July 2012 00:11, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Ali,

      When you talk about "hatred vanishes from your heart" may I remind you the north Sudan had killed 2.5 millions south Sudanese. If you talk about the hatred, the Muslim regime hates none Muslims and that is a fact. You people are indoctrinated from childhood to hate none Muslims. Islamic religion is a corrupted religions on earth. Khartoum need to apologies and you people will be forgiven

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  • 15 July 2012 11:44, by Beneben Bai

    Mohamed Ali, Sudan Tribune only reported Pagan statements simply because Amum speaks clearly and fluently both English and Arabic but unfortnately Mr. Abdel Rahim toung is not up to that extent. I don’t know whether he is "algen" in Arabic or what! If Taha for example was there, they can take statements from him. For Sudani ana, S. Sudan was asked to withdraw from Panthou (just that)

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  • 15 July 2012 13:01, by Mapuor

    Yes,thats a positive move for those who are adversely affected by Sudans crisis are the poor.Bashir’s bank account contains billions and Kiir for that matter.Let international community not alter the dateline.Food prices are rising in both countries alarmingly.Fuel shortage is another problem.No agricultural subsidies to boost food production.

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  • 15 July 2012 13:52, by Nubian King

    What pains most is the way these presidents are smiling and patting each others’ shoulders, if I look back at what happened in Heglig/Panthou. Our brothers died for nothing in the of defending territorial integrity, but the same people stayed under conditioned offices and spoke evil of one another.
    God save the people of the two Sudans from any other future leaders with the same mentalities.

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  • 15 July 2012 21:35, by JohnGarangFreedom

    I don’t think it would be good idea to accept agreement with N. Sudan if this map of the 1954 is not accept it.


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