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Sudan, S Sudan meet for crisis talks

2012-04-03 09:11

Addis Ababa - Senior officials from Sudan and South Sudan met on Monday for the first face-to-face talks since heavy fighting between their armies broke out last week in disputed oil-rich border regions.

Bloody clashes including airstrikes, tanks and heavy artillery - the worst violence since South Sudan's independence in July - had raised international concerns the former civil war foes could return to all out war.

Sudanese Defence Minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, who met his southern counterpart John Kong Nyuon with their respective delegations, said he hoped the meeting would result in a signed deal.

"We agreed that this tension between the two countries should be released," Hussein said.

Southern Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said talks were ongoing, but added claims that Khartoum was "still bombing" border areas in the South.

"South Sudan is determined to ensure a return to war is avoided and to peacefully resolve the outstanding issues," he told reporters in Nairobi.

"It is time to leave the path of confrontation and war, and walk the path of peace in the interest of the people of Sudan and South Sudan."

Delegations from both countries were in the Ethiopian capital for crisis talks that were stalled after both sides accused each other of initiating the clashes.

Sudan's army late Sunday claimed South Sudanese forces launched another push into the Heglig oil region - a disputed area controlled by Khartoum - accusations denied by Juba.

Tensions remain high between their armies along the border, and both sides have traded furious rhetoric.

"It is very clear that the aggression is from their side," said Badreldin Abdalla, a senior official at Sudan's foreign ministry attending the talks, adding that Khartoum was "committed to peace".

"Sudan's government is not for war, it is not for conflict again," Abdalla said ahead of Monday's meeting.

Juba's chief negotiator Pagan Amum on Sunday accused the north of "waging war" and said Khartoum was planning fresh attacks.

Comments
  • Sedick - 2012-04-03 12:30

    Did these idiots not sort all this crap out before they became 2 countries? What a bunch of @$$holes. If people were not dying, it would be funny, ridiculous, idiotic...Was Mbeki not involved in brokering an agreement prior to the 2 countries being formed? UN/AU have been holidaying in 5 Star hotels in Khartoum for years.....

  • Nathaniel - 2012-04-04 03:11

    News 24 South Africa, Wengerocracy is a form of government where the people watch the ruler entirely amongst their reign. Wengerocracy prevents the leader of a country from covering up unlawful behavior going on. Why aren't holocaust survivors teaching the importance to instate wengerocracy in Germany? The holocaust happened. What are you waiting for before you teach the importance to instate wengerocracy in Germany? What are you waiting for before you teach the importance to instate wengerocracy in Cambodia? What are you waiting for before you teach the importance to instate wengerocracy in Sudan? I wonder if Anne Frank would have included wengerocracy in her second book if she had known what it was. Today, radical Germans force others not to teach wengerocracy in German schools and over the internet. My question to all of you is; What are you waiting for before you teach the importance to instate wengerocracy in Sudan? Even today radical Germans force others not to teach wengerocracy in German schools and over the internet. What are you waiting for before you teach the importance to instate wengerocracy in Sudan?

  • Nathaniel - 2012-04-04 03:11

    The only people who benefited from Sudan committing genocide are South Sudanese because they got a state. A state isn't worth a life. Omar al-Bashirs actions allowed you to separate yourself from the wrest of Sudan and declare independence yet not declare peace. Independence isn’t worth a life. Wengerocracy being instated in Sudan is a better idea than South Sudan and Sudan with neither country having wengerocracy instated. You accepted a state of war in other words instead of a state of peace.

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