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Mbeki commends bilateral dialogue between Juba and Khartoum


July 11, 2013 (JUBA) – The former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, who chairs the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to mediate between South Sudan and Sudan, has commended Juba and Khartoum for the recent successful bilateral talks.

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South Sudan Vice President, Riek Machar shakes hands with the former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, who chairs AUHIP, Juba, July 11, 2013 (ST)

The AUHIP, which is based in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, has been mediating negotiations between the two capitals on the outstanding post-independence issues following the split of the former Sudan on 9 July 2011.

Mbeki, who took part in celebration of the second independence anniversary on Tuesday met with the South Sudanese president and his deputy to discuss the status of the bilateral relations between Juba and Khartoum.

In his meetings with Kiir and Machar, on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, the talks centred on the recent progress and challenges facing the implementation of the cooperation agreement, particularly on the need to activate the various mechanisms for implementing the different protocols.

Following threats by Khartoum to stop the flow of South Sudanese oil after accusations of continued support to the Sudanese rebels, Mbeki proposed to the two parties a set of measures aiming to facilitate the implementation of the security arrangements between the two sides.

Although the two countries recommitted themselves to the cooperation agreements during Machar’s visit to Khartoum a week ago, they need further engagement in order to thrash out the remaining differences and fully implement the agreement.

Sudan’s first vice-president, Ali Osman Taha, is expected to lead his country’s team to Juba for further work on the issues concerned.

The two countries signed a Cooperation Agreement in September last year in addressing the issues but have faced challenges in the implementation of the nince sections of the deal, which includes security arrangements, trade and borders, among others.


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  • 12 July 2013 06:12, by Mi diit

    Dr. Machar’s successful diplomacy is appreciated all over the world. If incompetent Kiir can adjust to such a diplomacy in pursuit of peace, then South Sudan can enjoy sweet neighborhood with its neighbors. There is need for diplomacy even if you may go to war with a country tomorrow. Kiir has failed our international relations. I don’t blame him because he didn’t go to school either.

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    • 12 July 2013 08:56, by R@in Deng

      Mi diit
      U R really target yourself on web taking about dedetateship diplomacy while we R youths in South Sudan. Dr Machar is secand son, Hw can U allow Ur yaung brother 2 B responsible in your families while U R alive. We know chance is 4 all.

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    • 12 July 2013 11:43, by Zecharia Malong

      Mi Diit!
      Kiir did not fail only international relations,but also lame our national economic,national universities,service delivery to the citizens etc.
      Therefore this is a country where blinds represent the people.

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    • 13 July 2013 02:31, by Wicdail

      Kiir’s good days/years are over. He must give chance to his duty if he want to be remember as one of the founded fathers by RSS citizens. President Kiir Knows very well that Dr Rick will successful connect RSS with the world as well as united the population of RSS politically, economically and socially. unfortunately, Kiir is held hostage by aliens who don’t want RSS to successes under Dr. Machar

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  • 12 July 2013 07:54, by Akuma

    Mbeki must presurise both Juba & Khartoum to respect the agreement otherwise dishonoring has become historic part of Sudan in general.

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    • 12 July 2013 08:04, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Mbeki will commend anything if he is pays with rands.his colourful handsome papers.

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  • 12 July 2013 11:47, by RAPIST MAMBO

    Good enough Mr.Mbeki,we understand that it is a job which you been assign to do in order to earn your monthly salaries. if you actually want it to work out successfully then please pray for the death of Bashir. actually he is not a man to deal with in diplomatic method. wait and see in some few days coming if there is not to have any place bomb.

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