Sudan’s Bashir promises Kiir to solve border dispute 

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Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, at the independence ceremony of the new nation, April 2013 (file photo).

JUBA – Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has promised his South Sudanese counterpart he is willing to resolve the border dispute between their two countries.

Bashir made the remarks on Wednesday during Kiir’s two-day state visit to Khartoum, seen as a step further to resolve border hostility and mutual accusations of supporting rebels in each other’s country.

This is Kiir’s third visit to Khartoum since the Christian-majority south split from the Muslim north in 2011 after a 22-year civil war that killed hundreds of thousands.

“Sudan is keen to resolve all pending issues … and activate political and security mechanisms in order to take bilateral relations forward,” Bashir told Kiir at their meeting, according to the official news agency SUNA.

“Sudan is supporting South Sudanese people and has kept open its territories to deliver humanitarian aid to South Sudan and will also step up efforts for peace in South Sudan,” Bashir said.

Long standing wrangles have soured ties between Khartoum and Juba since South Sudan gained independence six years ago.

Border disputes, economic issues such as Juba’s payments for the use of an oil export pipeline through Sudan and building a buffer zone along the frontier are expected to dominate talks during Kiir’s visit.

Juba-based Eye Radio reported defense ministers from both Sudan and South Sudan agreed to deploy joint forces along the border and open crossing points that have been closed to traders for several years.

Officials will also attempt to address tensions over alleged support for insurgents.  Sudan has regularly accused its neighbour of aiding rebels in its war-torn Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions, while Juba has accused Khartoum of aiding Kiir’s opponent and former deputy Riek Machar in South Sudan’s ongoing civil war.

The status of the contested border district of Abyei also remains an unresolved issue.

“This visit (of Kiir) is aimed at normalising the relations between the two countries which have been tense,” South Sudanese Information Minister Michael Makuei told reporters minutes after Kiir arrived in Khartoum.

“The two countries should cooperate in the interests of their people as they are all one people in two countries.” he was quoted by Eye Radio.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in South Sudan and millions more have been driven from their homes since the war erupted in the world’s youngest country in December 2013.

More than 450,000 South Sudanese refugees have poured into Sudan since the war broke out, the United Nations says. Khartoum estimates they number 1.3 million.

Juba said it appreciates Khartoum’s efforts to accept the growing number of refugees.

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  1. Subject: “Sudan’s Bashir promises Kiir to solve border dispute”, Alleastafrica.com, Nov 2, 2017

    Commentary, 2 Nov 2017
    “Bashir promises Kiir” It is a ‘broken record’. Politicians are never tired of ‘broken records’. I think, there is a saying that goes like this: ‘next to ‘car dealers’, ‘politicians are the greatest lairs on Earth”

    Take the Photo accompanying the Article. Take a good look at the crocodile smile, the handshake, the staring at each other, the understanding of each other, cemented with camouflaged smile. What makes the whole act so cynical is the fact that the photo was taken “at the independence ceremony of the new nation, April 2013”!!!

    After the artificial Act was over, in three three-years time, we all know the ups and downs relationship of the two countries– of course, at the expense of the affected common people. It continues to this day in cyclic routine of enmity and artificial friendship, without any hope of relief for the ever lasting POOR people of South Sudan.

    They were always subjugated to discrimination and hardship under Sudan’s governance and they are still subjugated by their own master dictator. Their Life becomes even more intolerable when the two indigenous Leaders are against each other — for POWER & MONEY.

    Kiir’s relationship with Sudan at this time has NOTHING to do with any revised attitude against his past MASTER but only to secure Sudan’s ‘cooperation’ in mutual profit. Observe what: QUOTE “South Sudanese Information Minister Michael Makuei told reporters minutes after Kiir arrived in Khartoum . The two countries should cooperate in the interests of their people as they are all one people in two countries.” he was quoted by Eye Radio.” UNQUOTE ONE PEOPLE IN TWO COUNTRIES?!?!?! It then begs the question: Why did they then fight for “22-year civil war”? By accident, it is the BEST EXPLANATION THAT ONE CAN GET THAT THE SUDAN WAR HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH the INDEPENDENCE, FREEDOM, LIBERTY, JUSTICE, EQUALITY, ECONOMIC PROGRESS and PROSPERITY for the SOUTH SUDAN PEOPLE.

    One more last nail on the coffin: QUOTE: “More than 450,000 South Sudanese refugees have poured into Sudan since the war broke out, the United Nations says. Khartoum estimates they number 1.3 million. Juba said it appreciates Khartoum’s efforts to accept the growing number of refugees.”
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    Let us take the average number of the two estimates i.e. 875,000 South Sudan Refugees going back to Sudan. And, we noted that South Sudan appreciates the help of Sudan in accepting its refugees!!!
    In that case, it is an open acceptance that the 22-year old war in Sudan was never ABOUT THE PEOPLE (independence etc) but ONLY about ambitious INDIVIDUALS seeking POWER & MONEY. As the old adage goes,the poor people just jumped: FROM THE FRYING PAN TO THE FIRE.

    It is the exact image of the THE ENTIRE “DARK” CONTINENT of AFRICA. THE INTEREST OF THE ORDINARY POPULATION WAS NEVER THE ISSUE. THE END

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