Sudan confirms delay in oil line closure
(AFP) Sudan confirmed on Sunday that it will delay the closure of economically vital pipeline carrying South Sudanese oil. Ethiopia, which is helping to negotiate between Sudan and South Sudan, had already announced the delay on Friday. Sudan’s official SUNA news agency said the oil ministry notified petroleum companies “about the change in the date for shutting down (the) South Sudan oil pipeline from August 7-22 in response to the call of the African mediator”. The decision followed a visit to Khartoum on Thursday by Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Thabo Mbeki, the African Union’s top mediator between Sudan and South Sudan.
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Juba confirms joint security meeting with Khartoum
(Sudan Tribune) The South Sudanese army on Sunday confirmed the repeatedly delayed and long-awaited joint security meeting with counterparts from neighbouring Sudan will take place Monday. “Yes, it is true there will be a joint security meeting between the commands of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the representatives of Sudan Armed Forces (SAF),” said Phillip Aguer, the SPLA spokesperson. “It will be co-chaired on our side by Major General Mac Paul and possibly director of intelligence and security service on the side of the government of Sudan”, he added. Aguer, however, said Juba had not yet received names of the Sudanese delegation earmarked for the security meeting. Khartoum accuses Juba of supporting rebels fighting its government in South Kordofan and Blue Nile state, an allegation the latter denies. “The agenda of the meeting will discuss how to handle accusations and counter accusations which the two sides have been exchanging over allegations that each side provide support to the rebels fighting to destabilise or try to remove the other party in power,” Aguer revealed.
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Joint Security Committee between Sudan and South Sudan to meet on Monday in Juba
(SUNA) The Joint Security Committee between Sudan and SouthSudanState is due to meet in Juba Monday. The committee rapporteur, Dr. Al-Muez Farouk, pointed out that the meetings would tackle the security arrangements, the issue of joint border and the crossings between the two countries as well as results of complaints of the two sides, in accordance with the cooperation agreements’ matrix which was signed by the two sides in March 2012.
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Mbeki to brief AUPSC on Khartoum-Juba row
(Sudan Tribune) The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) will discuss in its meeting in Addis Ababa on Monday a report from the chairman of the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Thabo Mbeki, on its efforts to solve the outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan. Last June, the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir ordered the suspension South Sudanese petroleum exports through Sudan’s oil installations accusing Juba of providing shelter and support to Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), which includes three Darfur rebel groups and Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in Blue Nile and South Kordofan.
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Sudan’s opposition NUP affirms rejection of using violence for regime change
(Sudan Tribune) Sudan’s opposition National Umma Party (NUP) has reiterated its commitment to work for regime change through peaceful means without resorting to violence or foreign powers, saying that the party’s doors will remain open for dialogue to arrive at compromises which could solve Sudan’s problems. Last week, the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) leading figure, Qutbi Al-Mahdi, did not rule out the participation of the NUP in the broad-based government, saying that the NUP has not yet decided on the possibility of joining unlike the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) and the Popular Congress Party (PCP) who swiftly rejected the idea. The opposition umbrella organization, National Consensus Front (NCF) in the River Nile state, for its part, has approved the “Liberation Ticket” campaign, stressing that it is part of the NCF’s 100-day plan for toppling the regime.
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Sudanese refugees in CAR feel ‘forgotten’
(Radio Dabanga) The more than 1,000 Sudanese refugees at Sam Ounja camp in the Central African Republic (CAR) are living in abysmal conditions, and have appealed to humanitarian organisations and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for assistance. Sheikh Ahmed Abkar Nour of Sam Ounja camp told Radio Dabanga the refugees feel “international organisations have disregarded them for a long while.” He called for international and humanitarian organisations to “provide urgent support of plastic sheeting, tents and food so that the refugees can face the autumn rains.
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Juba, Kadugli to Host Crucial Meetings for Agreements Implementation
(Sudan Vision) The committee tasked to demarcate the zero line between Sudan and South Sudan will begin its field work today from Kadugli. A second meeting of the Joint Technical Committee formed to look into mutual complaints by the two nations will also convene today in Juba to address concerns of the two countries regarding alleged support for their rebels. Rapporteur of the Political and Security Committee, Dr. Al Muiz Al Farooqi told Sudan Vision that the committee is comprised of a technical team from the AU specialized in the demarcation of the borders and will be joined by the Ad hoc border demarcation committee between Sudan and South Sudan. He said the committee began its work on 21 of July in Addis Ababa. The rapporteur said the committee will begin its work by determining the provisional zero line in Heglig-Bentiu and Kosti-Renk crossings and its work will continue until 12 August. The zero line demarcation committee is one of the committees proposed by the AUHIP to address the issues because of which Sudan decided to shut down the oil pipeline, he said.
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