Sudans to resume security talks in Addis

Chief mediator for Sudan-South Sudan peace talks, former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Meetings of the joint political and security committee between Sudan and South Sudan are to resume tomorrow (Thursday) in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa , Khartoum's Al-Intibaha daily reported Wednesday.

The talks had failed to resume mid-February.

"The political and security committee of Sudan and South Sudan will resume its meetings in Addis Ababa on Thursday with the participation of the two countries' Defensc ministers," the report said.

The paper quoted a security source in the committee saying Khartoum was an adherent to its proposal according to the security agreement signed by the two countries.

It, however, said until Tuesday Juba was yet to submit its proposals to the African committee of experts regarding the border dispute.

It added that the African Union mediation mechanism on the outstanding issues between the two countries was expected to present a document to Khartoum's delegation concerning the negotiation with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)/ northern sector.

Head of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP) Thabo Mbeki has recently called on Juba and Khartoum to resume the negotiations with the participation of what he termed as key players.

Mr Mbeki expressed hope that the coming round of negotiations would be successful.

On September 27, last year, Sudan and South Sudan signed a package of agreements on various issues during a presidential summit in the capital of Ethiopia.

Witnessed by the AUHIP members, 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.

Though months elapsed since the two sides signed the cooperation agreement, they have failed to implement it on the ground.

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