Khartoum accuses Juba of foiling bilateral negotiations

2013-01-19 18:17:20 GMT2013-01-20 02:17:20(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KHARTOUM, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese government on Saturday accused South Sudan of foiling their most recent round of negotiations, citing that Juba did not care to implement their agreements.

Following the talks with South Sudanese delegation in Ethiopia' s capital of Addis Ababa on Saturday, Sudanese delegation said in a statement that Juba was not "serious" to make practical steps or implement what had been agreed on by two presidents during their recent summit.

On Jan. 7, Sudan and South Sudan resumed negotiations focusing on three issues, including the implementation of the transitional arrangements on Abyei, security arrangements on the demilitarized zone and preparation of a comprehensive matrix with specific timeframes for the agreements signed by the two countries in Addis Ababa on Sept. 27, 2012.

Sudanese delegation explained that the talks on Abyei stalled with South Sudan's insistence that the make-up of the legislative council of Abyei should be 12 Southern Sudanese members against 10 members for Sudan, while Sudan insist on equal representation.

Sudan further accused South Sudan of backtracking from its commitments regarding security arrangements and withdrawal of its troops from the disputed areas.

It added that South Sudanese delegation has also rejected the formation of the monitoring mechanisms concerned with breaking the link between its army and the rebels at Blue Nile and South Kordofan areas, cessation of hostilities, and stoppage of support or shelter for the armed rebel movements.

South Sudanese delegation has even gone further in its obstinacy by rejecting to sign what the two sides have agreed on regarding the points of difference, it said.

The statement said that the two sides have failed to work out a comprehensive matrix for all the agreements signed on Sept. 27, 2012, holding South Sudan responsible for the failure.

"Once again they have crippled reaching an agreement by refusing to sign what was agreed on regarding the security arrangements and putting conditions concerning working together on exemption of debts," the statement noted.

The delegation has reiterated Sudan's commitment to work with the African Union mediators until satisfactory solutions are reached for all the outstanding issues between the two countries.

On Jan. 5, Sudan and South agreed to implement the item of security arrangements, form civil institutions for the Abyei area and work out a matrix with specific timeframes to implement the agreement.

On Sept. 27, 2012, Sudan and South Sudan signed a package of agreements on various issues during a presidential summit in Ethiopia's capital of Addis Ababa.

Witnessed by members of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP), the two sides inked three deals on cooperation, security and post-secession matters.

However, the signed agreements did not tackle the issues of Abyei and border demarcation.

A referendum was scheduled to be held in Abyei to decide the fate of the area coincident with the referendum on self- determination for South Sudan in January 2011 which resulted in the separation between the north and the south, but the voting did not take place due to differences over who has the right to vote.

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