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Mbeki blames media for the confusion in Sudan’s cooperation agreement


October 15, 2012 (JUBA) - The chair of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) said media “failure” to inform the public on the vital elements of the cooperation agreement signed last month between Sudan and South Sudan is responsible for the current confusion on the deal.

Thabo Mbeki, in a letter also obtained by Sudan Tribune, described as “shameful” and “embarrassing” for the media’s failure to sensitize its readers, listeners and viewers about the agreement, which was concluded in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“It is very shameful and embarrassing that, to the contrary, the bulk of our media essentially ignored the signing of the Sudan-South Sudan Co-operation Agreement, treating this immensely important African development virtually as a non-event,” said Mbeki.

“This represents a failure by the media to inform its readers, listeners and viewers about a matter vital to Africa’s future,” he added.

The former South African leader further said it was a “grave” mistake for any stakeholder to ignore the landmark African agreement, adding the act could create the perception that “Africa’s future continues to be decided by forces outside our continent, thus giving substance to the charge that as Africans we are incapable of resolving our own problems.”

Mbeki’s remarks come less than a month after South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his Sudanese counterpart, Omar Al Bashir signed a numbers of agreements after months of intense negotiations in accordance with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2046 and the AU Peace and Security roadmap.

The agreements, concluded on 27 September, define such matters as; reciprocal security arrangements, economic arrangements, treatment of each other’s nationals, the demarcation of the common border and the resolution of border disputes, ensuring the political boundary between the two states does not hinder all-round human interaction across this border, making this a "soft border as well as the guarantee of the rights of the nationals of each state temporarily or permanently resident on each other’s territory.

The deal constitutes an agreement negotiated and concluded by Africans whose implementation will make it possible for the UN Security Council to determine that the conflict in this part of Africa has ceased to be a UN Charter Chapter VII threat to international peace and security, Mbeki said.

In South Sudan, there has been widespread discontent among the population on the agreement, with most criticism focused on the inclusion of Mile 14 in the demilitarised border buffer zone.

Paul Malong Awan, the Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, other officials and civilians from the state have openly said the area is not in dispute and should never have been included in the demilitarized area 10-kilometre either side of a nominal border proposed by AU mediator.

But senior officials from South Sudan ruling party (SPLM), including its chief negotiator, Pagan Amum insist those critical of the deal do not understand it, adding that as the inclusion of Mile 14 in the buffer zone will have no bearing on border demarcation, which the two sides and the AU and UN Security Council have agreed upon.

Meanwhile, a group of angry protestors, on Monday, clashed with police forces in the South Sudan capital, Juba with the police firing live bullets to disperse the protest.

The protestors, mainly from Northern Bahr el Ghazal and the disputed Abyei region, have openly expressed anger at the just-concluded Addis Ababa peace agreement, which they claim “sold their lands” to the neighbouring Sudan.

No casualties were, however, reported from the incident, which police bared the media from covering.


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  • 16 October 2012 11:39, by Tutbol

    These guys think everybody lives in a hole they are. If mile 14 will will not have a bearing in the final out come, then why was it included in this talks in the first place?

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    • 16 October 2012 11:54, by Jewish Ally

      mr Pagan stop calling the people of Northern Bahr Al Ghazal ignorance. you are the most ignorance because fail to resist the issue of mile 14 at the Table. secondly you did not clear tell the public what is mean to put mile 14 in the buffer Zone. was it there in CPA this is how our land goes missing all the time to the North

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      • 16 October 2012 12:53, by Diu J.Kuek

        Mr Thabo Mbeki please don,t blame the media all these confusion brought by you up to date ,you are the mediator between the two parties in order to be honest and sincere to exercise your mandate without favor to mediate the negotiation with good faith you started taken briber from Khartoum for our expensive if we are watchful the things worse than will happen but land is valuable more than human,

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        • 16 October 2012 13:00, by Diu J.Kuek

          Sorry point of correction I mean if we are not watchful for this so called Thabo Mbeki activities between him and Sudan Government we will hear the worse agreement more than this agreement so long a go but the great people are being move to defense the great nation may God bless our land no worry guys.

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      • 15 January 2013 17:24, by weoxipil

        Part of my job requires me to stay on top of this subject. The article you have written has been beneficial in my research. Thanks a lot

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    • 16 October 2012 11:57, by Dinkawarrior

      Shut up Mr. Money-mouth Thombo! You will never test the bloods of our brothers and sisters who died for this Land. If you wanna benefit from this problems then it’s going to be last of your deal. You better prepare and be fair on both sides!

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      • 16 October 2012 12:25, by Morthon Akol

        you guys what are you talking about? I don’t understand why you making N while the negotiation are still going on all those so call disputed areas? no body giving away the land yet.

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    • 16 October 2012 11:58, by Dinkawarrior

      Shut up Mr. Money-mouth Thombo! You will never test the bloods of our brothers and sisters who died for this Land. If you wanna benefit from this problems then it’s going to be last of your deal. You better prepare and be fair on both sides!

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    • 16 October 2012 13:16, by Marolditapei

      Mr.Salva Kiir,
      Do yourself a favour Benydit by relieving all those who are not trusted in your government. James Hoth’s daughter is married to Dinka Bor and they want to use that relationship as a mean to topple your government. That is why Majak Agot, Mach Paul and Biar Asuad were all behind the failed coup attempt. Don’t be fooled and start acting by switching positions using your powers for

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      • 16 October 2012 13:26, by Marolditapei

        con:decree issuing against those who want to topple the regime. Sometimes we write against you on the internet because you are our dear leader but there is always a time for joking and for telling the truth. This is the truth now. Your defense Minister is good but his deputy is bad. Actually Majak is a rebel within. Pliz act "N" kick the asses immediately

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      • 16 October 2012 20:19, by Peacocktail

        Very confuse element in South Sudan,fool and childish, we are not discussion coups or not Coups, We for the wellbeing of South Sudan,Fool , go and argue those points with your pussy and mother. Being patriotic dear. Negotiator Mbeki already negotiated nothing then useless deals, Freedoms never point out in CPA,we need very Wise person like Lazarus Sumbeyio the CPA Negiotiator then

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        • 16 October 2012 20:54, by Marolditapei

          You are right if you are not wrong. But it seems like you are not that right since you are repetitious and your logic looks too fragile to be straightened. If you were a cook, your mix of recipes would be the worst of its kinds as your logic can tell. Improve yourself as you strive for self improvement but leave me alone since I don’t give a damn about your nonsense. Just go away!!

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      • 16 October 2012 21:31, by Dinkawarrior

        You’re cowardice Gogrialboy ! Why are you always complaining about Bor people? It looks like you scared to death for their wisdoms! Without Bor this akum would have been taken by all meant, it would have been failed for good! You better thanks them instead talking shit about them!!

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    • 16 October 2012 19:53, by kaci-banno

      Mbeki stop blaming the media, you are the mess for so called cooperation agreement, look what happening in South Africa where were u? your wrong foundation resulted many poor South African suffered. live South Sudan alone, We tired of ur mentality of double standard. South sudan suffer under ur evil medaition but South sudan grow stronger
      God South Sudan

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  • 16 October 2012 12:50, by James Maker Akok

    Your Land is your Land for you to be free to do anything on it. African Union should not tell us to give our land away.

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  • 16 October 2012 13:36, by 4Justice

    "Through clever and constant application of propaganda people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise." —Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1923

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  • 16 October 2012 14:02, by william

    Look at bought Mbeki, it is not time for blindfolding what do you means by temperorar arrangemeny? We have already seen you are siding with terrorist in khartuom. Keep away and leave as alone.

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