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Security meeting to be held after approval of cooperation deal by South Sudan parliament - minister


October 12, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — South Sudan Minister of Information, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said Friday that the delayed joint security meeting will take place once the cooperation agreement with Sudan is endorsed by the national parliament.

South Sudan Minister of Information, Barnaba Marial Benjamin (AP)

Following the signing of 27 September deals in Addis Ababa, Sudanese and South Sudanese defence ministers had to discuss the implementation of security measures pertaining to the border buffer zone and other issues. But the meeting was delayed twice.

Speaking to Sudanese radio in a talk show aired on Friday, Marial explained that the joint security committee and other panels will meet once the National Legislative Assembly ratifies the Addis Ababa deals. He further added that parliament will reconvene next week to vote on it.

On 2 October, President Salva Kiir asked the legislators to cut their recess and convene an urgent sitting in Juba to ratify the agreements. The house is expected to meet on Monday 15 October.

The South Sudanese government is facing a growing resistance from Malwal Dinka politicians who have mobilised Greater Bahr El-Gahzal MPs in an attempt to include some reservations in their vote of the security agreement related the disputed area of 14 Mile. This move also opened the door for other legislators to express their discontent over other aspects of the deals.

However, the minister reassured the Sudanese listeners saying that President Salva Kiir will speak to the lawmakers and brief them fully about the signed deals. He further praised the courageous move of the two presidents.

Bashir and Kiir held six days of meetings before signing nine agreements addressing issues including; security; oil transit fees; border trade; and the "four freedoms" deal inked in March 2012 allowing citizens of both states to enjoy freedom of residence, freedom of movement, freedom to undertake economic activity and freedom to acquire and dispose property.

The international community praised the deals but urged the two parties to settle the remaining issues of the Abyei referendum and status of other disputed areas.

Marial called on President Omer Al-Bashir and Sudanese government to open direct talks with the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N), who have been fighting the Khartoum government since last year in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

The minister stressed the need to settle conflict difference on the basis of a protocol dedicated to the "Two Areas" included in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement CPA.

He further repeated that Salva Kiir is ready to involve himself in this issue and facilitate an agreement between the two parties.

Marial repeated South Sudan’s denial that his government supports the SPLM-N, which fought with the SPLM/SPLA - know South Sudan’s ruling party and military - during the civil war that led up to the CPA. He describedJuba’s current relations with the SPLM-N as "a relationship of respect as they were part of the previous phase."

On Thursday, the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) rejected Salva Kiir’s offer saying the Sudanese rebels have to be disarmed before any talks begin. It was the SPLM-N’s refusal to disarm before key aspects of CPA protocol for the "Two Areas" implemented that triggered fighting in South Kordofan in the weeks leading until South Sudan’s independence in July 2011.

The minister said the deployment of Sudanese and South Sudanese troops along the border besides the presence of international observers in the buffer zone will limit the flow of arms; adding that optimism is prevailing in the two countries after the signing of the agreements, which are supported by the international community.

Marial noted that the opening of the border will strengthen the agreement as people from both sides will resume trade and discuss issues of bilateral interest.


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  • 13 October 2012 08:03, by zulu

    There is a slim chance the parliament will ratify this treaty. Thank God the US is in the election period and the Obama who respects the NCP willhave keep quiet till after re-election.

    • 13 October 2012 08:18, by Dinkawarrior

      They dishonored some of the agreements while our people are cracking their minds for 14 Mile, Why don’t you rejected as they did with the negotiation of the rebels SPLM-N. And let’s us wait and see who is gonna bearing pains!

      • 13 October 2012 13:28, by Logic

        There’s nothing called division 9 or 10, that was in the old united republic! The SPLA-N will not be forcefully disarmed by NCP or anybody else for that matter. The rights of the people supersede all else.

  • 13 October 2012 08:10, by James Maker Akok

    South Sudanese people are not agree with agreement, is just president Kiir with his offices are once who like that agreement with North Sudan Government.

  • 13 October 2012 08:19, by James Maker Akok

    My job here is giving of Original Map Border Line of two Sudan, South and North. I was been research this Map for five years up to I found it last two Months ago. Contact me to see this Map.

  • 13 October 2012 10:19, by Mapuor

    Delaying the implementation of the agreement will result in further cuts on Government spendings upto 98%.Be prepared for that and the Parliaments that take more than 50% of the country’s funds as salaries ,perks and priviledges will shoulder the responsibilty not Kiir.

  • 13 October 2012 10:48, by NO PEACE

    Approval of the cooperation deal will take time for all south sudan citizen minister of information what we want is only border agreement between south sudan and sudan as a citizen of new country.

  • 13 October 2012 12:22, by mohammed ali

    What are you saying Barnaba?! Another lie for which you are going to apologize! Your president sent a letter apology for not telling the truth about his support for the rebells.The agreement stated clearly that you should disengage with division 9 & 10; meaning that you support them.This was negotiated with your MOD and signed by your president.Diplomacy is not about telling lies.Understand it!

    • 13 October 2012 17:01, by James Maker Akok

      Mohammed Ali,
      You sound stupid. South Sudanese people will never give their brothers/sisters South Kordofan people, and Blue Nile people to North Sudan Government to be kill as you know no body give his/her sisters, or brothers to enemy. Tell your president he think stupid on that agreement.

      • 14 October 2012 00:07, by mohammed ali

        Akol, I will remind you very soon, you will do it! Remember!

    • 13 October 2012 17:13, by zulu

      YOu the NCP attacked divisions 9&10 using South Sudanese rebels and expect us to honor the pact when you are in breach? Hey, we konw you are haboring even the LRA to use them against Chad and South Sudan. Those divisions are included in the security deal at the CPA. Just conclude the CPA as agreed upon and peace will be in Sudan

      • 14 October 2012 00:04, by mohammed ali

        zulu, mark my words carefully, you will do it; period!

        • 15 October 2012 02:34, by James Maker Akok

          Mohammed Ali,
          What you doing is just long mouth talking.

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