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  • on 25.09.2012
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Sudan: No Break-Through As Kiir-Bashir Talks Continue 0

Addis Ababa — Sudan’s President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir and his Southern counterpart Salva Kiir decided to continue direct talks on security and disputed areas for the third day, after failing to reach an agreement on Monday.

Since Sunday the two presidents flanked by their top negotiators discuss the operationalisation of the buffer zone to allow oil exportations. Sudan gave a conditional acceptance of the mediation’s map.

On Abyei, which is the main topic of the summit, the mediation in its proposal supported the South Sudan point of view on the eligibility of voters but asked Juba to accept to share Abyei oil resource with South Kordofan and to endorse a special status for the movement of nomads.

Juba accepted Abyei proposal but Khartoum wants further concessions to soften the eligibility conditions in a way to ensure the participation of a large number of Misseriya who are very hostile to the African map.

There is no sign of progress on reaching a comprehensive agreement on the outstanding issues between the leaders of the two former civil war rivals, a South Sudanese diplomat close to the talks told Sudan Tribune under under the cover of anonymity later on Monday.

The face to face talks between the two leaders will continue tomorrow, and it is highly expected that both sides will strike a deal on the issues remaining from the 2005 peace agreement that ended decades of civil war between North and South Sudan, he added.

The two leaders held three meetings on Monday in an attempt to reach a comprehensive agreement on all post-split pending issues including a safe demilitarized border zone.

The spokesperson of the Sudanese foreign ministry El-Obeid Murawah told reporters in Addis Ababa that some progress has been achieved over the issue of Mile 14. He further said the discussions resume on Tuesday at 10:00 am expressing hopes to reach a comprehensive deal.

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By Sudan Tribune

Picture: Isaac Billy/UN Photo

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