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Sudan calls on African mediators to resolve buffer zone’s obstacle


August 26, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s foreign ministry urged the African Union mediation panel to find a solution for what it called "an obstacle" the panel posed when it proposed map to establish a buffer zone between Sudan and South Sudan.

Sudan’s negotaiting team to Addis Ababa talks (Reuters)

Khartoum and the African panel headed by the former South African President Thabo Mbeki are at odds over a map the mediation team prepared to operationalise a demilitarised zone on the common border.

When the two parties in November 2011 agreed on the security arrangements including the buffer zone, Khartoum vetoed the map because it identifies an area called "Mile 14" as a disputed area.

Khartoum says this area is a Sudanese location and cannot be considered a disputed area. Sudan further says the mediation ignored its objection and submitted the map to the UN Security Council to endorse it.

The African Union since continues to say the purpose of this ‘temporary security line’ is to cease hostilities between the two countries but not to define the final status of boundary.

Al-Obeid Ahmed Marzwah, spokesperson of the foreign affairs ministry in Khartoum, said in statements published on Saturday that this map is an "obstacle" to the implementation of security arrangements.

He further added that the map and the disengagement between the South Sudanese army SPLA and the Sudanese rebels of the SPLM-N are the two obstacles in the security file.

"If the buffer zone is operationalised and the SPLA is disengaged with divisions 9 and 10 (respectively) in Blue Nile and South Kordofan, this will weaken the opposition automatically," he said referring to SPLM-N rebellion.

Juba denies systematically providing any support to the SPLM-N. It reaffirms that since independence there are no link between the South Sudanese army and the Sudanese rebels.

South Sudan officials also say they will seek international arbitration to resolve the issue of disputed areas. But Juba is aware that Khartoum also needs to accept such a procedure, because the arbitration court requires the consent of the two states.

Marawah also played down the statements of US envoy Princeton Lyman who called on Sudan to accept the African Union’s map to establish the buffer zone. He further pointed out that the demand is not "new".

He reiterated that mediation has to think about new options to overcome the obstacle created by this map, stressing that the panel bears responsibility over the issue.

Sudan says no deal will be implemented unless the security issue is resolved. The negotiating delegations are to resume talks on 30 August in Ethiopia.


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  • 26 August 2012 13:30, by Jugo Bell

    "Sudan’s foreign ministry urged the African Union mediation to find a solution for what it called "an obstacle". They must accept the map purposed by the African Union to solve the problem. If Khartoun is dancing around playing with fire, then I think they must know that we the pple of S/S are well aware with their tactics. This time no joke they will witness our capacity in term of air defends.

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    • 26 August 2012 15:00, by Darkangel

      No one tells Sudan what it must accept. But its different for S Sudan, with Clinton ordering & slapping Kiir around forcing him to accept oil deal. The Americans are running around again bribing Sudan to accept a deal with promises of normalisation ! What idiots, dont they learn. The US is so worried about S Sudan, Famine, flood, tribal wars & bankruptcy. You joke Asylum seekers go home & see !

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      • 26 August 2012 15:45, by panchol

        where have you been? I thought you might have gone for exile to Saudi Arabia or jailed as a result of recent crackdown. you seem to be one of activists.
        this is not a time call for a buffer zone, South Sudan mediators except the map which implement demilitarised was proposed by United Nation Security Council but you guys disputed it.
        please our country is not corrupt compare to your...

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      • 26 August 2012 15:54, by Hardball

        Darkangel, if you have the oil deal, then when are you getting the oil? Let the readers know the date of delivery! Are you saying “Americans are running around bribing Sudan?” Look, American are people with integrity; just because you bribe people to get what you want; doesn’t mean everyone else does it! South Sudan is the one with the goods to sell, no one need to worry about South!

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  • 26 August 2012 13:59, by hellonearth


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    • 26 August 2012 14:56, by Darkangel

      I dont know what your drinking but clearly delusional. First i dont think your coward president and army would dare attack Sudan after the humiliating defeat in Heglig & the international condemnation of illegally occupying it.
      Second why dont you go remind the 500 windows of the soldiers killed in Heglig of what happened & im sure you will hear something different. No Heglig No Abyei No 14 Mile

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      • 26 August 2012 16:00, by Marco A. Wek

        Dark girl of Criminal party of Bashir , you girls will leave this places for the owners whether you like it or not.

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      • 26 August 2012 17:38, by panchol

        South Sudan does not want war with it’s neighbouring states.
        don’t beat the drum of war, your cowards SAF are unable to refulse Darfur and S pLA/N.
        what will happen if South Sudan Armed Force Spla gallant force fight you, you will see a lot of invasion to your land.
        what had you done to SPLA GALLANT FORCE in Panthou? many were killed from your side.
        "Enpty vessels make more noise!

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  • 26 August 2012 21:34, by ViVa Sudan

    You southerners Insects still talk about WAR don’t ever forget dat we beaten you Serially for 21 years & we digged da oil within the war & in wat you beleive its a State which is A BIG LIE & FAKE SO I ORDER U COZ I DON’T SAY PLEASE TO INSECTS TO SHUT UP DON’T EVER MENTION DAT SAF ARE COWARDS COZ U DIDN’T TEST DA LIVE BEF4 DA CPA OTHER WISE TILL THIS VERY MOMENT U SUPPOSED TO BE ROAMING IN VAIN

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    • 27 August 2012 06:30, by Observer

      ViVa Sudan,
      Please go back to what ever hole you crawled out of. You are an extreme embarassment to my country Sudan and to most Sudanese.
      Southerners- treat this comment with the contempt it deserves.

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  • 27 August 2012 11:50, by Avejege Makki

    About buffer zone, Khartoum does not need any peace. It is just creating difficulties and conditions to dodge peace and stability. The world is tired of Khartoum.
    Khartoum will regret in the future over what it does to the citizens of the country.

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