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Secretary general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, and Chief Negotiator of southern Sudan Pagan Amum speaks during a press conference in Nairobi Kenya, FILE April 13, 2012.
Peter Heinlein

May 30, 2012

ADDIS ABABA- Peace talks between Sudan and South Sudan are said to be yielding slow progress despite reports of fresh clashes on the ground and questions about Sudan’s withdrawal from the disputed Abyei region.  Tensions were high as the latest round of negotiations opened with a South Sudanese demand for sanctions against Khartoum.The second day of African Union-mediated talks Wednesday began three hours late.  Diplomats said negotiating teams were scrambling to organize their positions.

South Sudan’s chief negotiator Pagan Amum told reporters the initial discussions are limited to basic procedural issues. “We will be presenting the steps we are required to take, and they are required to take, and the steps jointly we are required to take,” he explained. “This will be presented in a matrix for agreement and then agreeing on a timeline for when to implement them, with the aim of respecting the timelines as indicated in the Road Map and the Security Council resolution.”

A previous round of talks broke down last month as fighting raged along the disputed border.  The chief AU mediator, former South African president Thabo Mbeki, said at the time the neighbors had descended into a state of war.

Fears of a return to war prompted the U.N. Security Council this month to approve resolution 2046.  The resolution orders the feuding neighbors to stop fighting, withdraw forces from the disputed and oil-producing Abyei region, and return to the negotiating table.

South Sudan pulled its last 700 police officers out of Abyei by last Tuesday’s deadline.  As the current round of talks got underway, the United Nations certified that Khartoum had pulled its troops out, too.   But well-informed diplomatic sources say an unspecified number of Sudanese police remain in Abyei.

South Sudan’s Pagan Amum says Khartoum should be hit with U.N. sanctions for multiple violations of the Security Council resolution.

“The government of Sudan did not withdraw from Abyei within the two weeks as required.  This is a violation,” Amum stated. “We also asked the representative of United Nations to report this violation, and this non-compliance by the republic of Sudan, and we expect Sudan to suffer sanctions and measures from the Security Council as promised.”

Despite the strong words, Amum described this week’s meetings as “good” and said he is ready to continue.

Khartoum’s delegation has declined to speak to reporters since the talks began.  Instead they issued a statement stressing their commitment to reach a negotiated settlement on all issues, and promising “full adherence to peace and stability.”

South Sudan broke way from Khartoum last July after decades of conflict, leaving unsettled a series of bitter disputes over borders, citizenship and sharing of oil revenues.

Oil is the backbone of both countries’ economies, and both have suffered since South Sudan shut down production in January, accusing Sudan of stealing oil that traveled through northern pipelines.  Sudanese authorities said the oil was taken in lieu of payment of fees it was owed by the south.

Sudan, South Sudan Peace Talks Yield Progress Slow
Voice of America
Secretary general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, and Chief Negotiator of southern Sudan Pagan Amum speaks during a press conference in Nairobi Kenya, FILE April 13, 2012. ADDIS ABABA – Peace talks between Sudan and South Sudanare said to
Beer Shirts in Los Angeles and Doctors in … South Sudan
Huffington Post
The most recent of these trips was to South Sudan to experience the country’s independence in July 2011. After four flights, three days of traveling and a night of swilling Tuskers in the Nairobi airport, my fiancé and I landed in Juba, the capital of 
Six arrested during another anti-migrant protest in south TA
Haaretz
Demonstrators shouted phrases including “leftists are traitors,” “the left is cancer” and “the media is cancer,” and they held up signs saying “south Tel Aviv, not South Sudan.” Far right activist Baruch Marzel, one of the protest’s leaders, 
UN Aid Worker Abducted In Sudan’s Darfur Region Released
RTT News
(RTTNews) – A British aid worker held hostage in Sudan’s South Darfur region for almost three months has been released unharmed by his captors, his employer announced Wednesday. Patrick Noonan was working with the United Nations World Food Program 
Former “Lost Boy” Gives Back to South Sudan
Care2.com (blog)
by Aid for Africa If you have been following the news from South Sudan, you know this new nation confronts many challenges, including threats of renewed warfare, extreme poverty and a shortage of government services. But there are reasons for optimism, 
Indian peacekeepers treat 15000 animals in South Sudan
Newstrack India
New York, May 31 (IANS) Indian peacekeepers have treated over 15000 animals in conflict-hitSouth Sudan since 2011, the head of its veterinary unit said. The veterinary unit of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) Indian 

Beijing envoy in Khartoum amid Sudan-South tension 

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MAY 13, 2012
Sudan separated last July under a peace deal that ended 22 years of civil war.

KHARTOUM – A Chinese envoy was in Khartoum for talks on Sunday after his country backed a UN resolution that aims to halt border fighting between Sudan and South Sudan.

Zhong Jianhua arrived in the Sudanese capital on Saturday and was expected to leave on Sunday night after talks with government officials, a Chinese official told AFP.

“I think mostly it’s about the current situation between the two Sudans,” said the official, who did not wish to be identified.

From Khartoum, Zhong will head to Addis Ababa and then to the South Sudanese capital Juba, the official added.

Zhong was to hold talks later on Sunday with Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Karti, the spokesman for Khartoum’s foreign ministry said.

China backed a unanimous May 2 UN Security Council resolution ordering Sudan and South Sudan to halt weeks of border fighting which raised fears of all-out war.

Despite the ceasefire call, Sudan’s army said last week there had been renewed combat along the disputed frontier, while the South said it again came under Sudanese air attack.

The UN resolution said the two countries must resume by this Wednesday stalled African Union-led talks, which were held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, to settle issues unresolved after South Sudan separated last July under a peace deal that ended 22 years of civil war.

The issues include oil payments, the status of each country’s citizens resident in the other, disputed border areas and the contested Abyei region.

Analysts say China has been balancing its support between old ally Sudan and newly-independent South Sudan, which was the source of five percent of its oil until a shutdown in January.

South Sudan separated with about 75 percent of the former united Sudan’s oil production, but Juba still depended on the north’s pipeline and Red Sea port to export its crude.

The protracted dispute over fees for use of that infrastructure was at the heart of tensions which brought the two countries to the brink of all-out war and led South Sudan to halt its crude production.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir visited Beijing in April and received an $8-billion loan for infrastructure development in the impoverished country.

Read more:http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Beijing+envoy+Khartoum+amid+Sudan+South+tension/6613894/story.html#ixzz1umBwEbVq

South Sudanese begin journey home: IOM
Pakistan Daily Times
KHARTOUM: The first group of ethnic South Sudanese among up to 15000 camped in crowded conditions in Sudan began their journey home on Saturday, the International Organisation for Migration said. About 400 people, mostly adults, were travelling to 
Sudan says it’s ready to talk with South Sudan
Kansas City Star
By MOHAMED SAEED AP KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan says it is ready to hold talks with South Sudan about outstanding issues between the two countries. Sundan’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the “security question” should top the agenda.
South Sudan pulls out its forces from Abyei
Daily Nation
By AFP South Sudan has withdrawn hundreds of police from the territory of Abyei that it disputes with Sudan ahead of a UN Security Council ultimatum, a UN spokesman said on Friday. But the United Nations is still “verifying” the South’s claim that it 
S.Sudan police withdraw from disputed Abyei
Ahram Online
Both Sudan and South Sudan claim Abyei, a border region containing fertile grazing land, which Khartoum took in May last year – triggering the exodus of tens of thousands of civilians – after a southern attack on an army convoy.
Sudan’s conflict with South Sudan cuts both ways
Los Angeles Times
A Sudanese worker inspects the damage to an oil-processing facility in Heglig last month. South Sudan seized Sudan’s main oil field in the town in April, sparking intense fighting. Under strong international pressure, South Sudan withdrew.
Ban welcomes South Sudan’s withdrawal of police from disputed Abyei area
UN News Centre
The disputed town of Abyei was the scene of renewed violence in May 2011 after Sudanese Government forces took over the area. UN Photo/Stuart Price Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed South Sudan’s decision to withdraw its police force from 
South Sudan police withdraw from disputed Abyei
Middle East Online
Juba withdraws hundreds of police from territory of Abyei that it disputes with Sudan ahead of UN Security Council ultimatum. UNITED NATIONS – South Sudan has withdrawn hundreds of police from the territory of Abyei that it disputes with Sudan ahead of 
Harley hosts benefit walk for South Sudan
News 10NBC
Today students, teachers, Harley families and members of the Rochester community banned together to bring water to South Sudan. Harley affiliates and Rochesterians came out to the Harley field house to raise money for project that will provide safe 
Sudans brace for a war both thought was over
Salt Lake Tribune
By JOSH KRON Mayom Wel, South Sudan • On a recent blistering afternoon, this village danced in an open field. Women sashayed, hoisting chairs over their heads. Barefoot children scampered. Old men, with skin as dry and cracked as the bark of a savanna 
First group of stranded South Sudanese to be repatriated
GlobalPost
The first group of stranded South Sudanese, who have been living in makeshift shelters in Sudan, are to be repatriated to the southern capital, Juba, today. A Southern Sudanese man salutes the statue of late South Sudan rebel leader and first 
Beijing envoy in Khartoum amid Sudan-South tension
Montreal Gazette
KHARTOUM – A Chinese envoy was in Khartoum for talks on Sunday after his country backed a UN resolution that aims to halt border fighting between Sudan and South Sudan. Zhong Jianhua arrived in the Sudanese capital on Saturday and was expected to leave 
LRA commander Caesar Acelam reportedly captured
Daily Monitor
By Monitor Reporter (email the author) Senior Ugandan and South Sudanese security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because UPDF is yet to make an official announcement of the ‘big catch’, say ‘Maj. Gen.’ Caesar Acelam was picked as he 
South Sudan eyes EAC membership
The Citizen Daily
He said allowing Southern Sudan to join the EAC will be of mutual benefit to all member countries, considering the readily available market of about ten million people for various products produced in the region. The Speaker said South Sudan wanted the 
S. Sudan’s bid to join EAC to be processed
Africa Review
South Sudanese celebrate their country’s Independence. Juba wants to join the East African Community and its application is in the process of being verified. Photo | JARED NYATAYA | By ADAM IHUCHA Posted Sunday, May 13 2012 at 17:26 South Sudan’s 

AU: South Sudan’s Capture of Heglig Oil Field ‘Illegal’

Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa

The African Union said Thursday that South Sudan acted illegally when it sent troops across the border into Sudan to capture a strategic oil field and demanded the force’s immediate withdrawal. Diplomats are urging the presidents of both countries to show leadership as war seems imminent.

The AU Peace and Security Council condemned Sudan as well as South Sudan for hostile actions that appear to signal a resumption of the war that ended seven years ago.  Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra warned that the south’s military incursion into the northern oil field at Heglig and the north’s aerial bombing campaign had raised tensions to a new level.

“It cannot be reduced to yet just another incident like the ones we have seen before.  Therefore, it is the feeling in the Peace and Security Council that it is the time now for the two leaders — Presidents Omar al-Bashir and Salva Kiir — to display the required leadership, so that the two countries would avoid a disastrous war which the two people do not need to fall in again,” Lamamra said.

But the south’s capture of Heglig appears to have dashed all hopes for a Bashir-Kiir summit.  The Khartoum government said it was pulling out of AU-mediated talks.  And a hoped-for meeting on the sidelines of a security summit in Ethiopia on Saturday and Sunday evaporated when it was announced that President Bashir would not attend.

AU diplomats say South Sudan’s move to capture and close the Heglig oil fields has cut Sudan’s oil production in half.  That has raised calls in Khartoum for swift military action to reclaim the fields.

As border clashes escalated on Thursday, South Sudan President Kiir told parliament he would not order a withdrawal from Heglig.  He said the south has a rightful claim to the area.

The AU Peace and Security Council rejected that claim, in a statement read by Commissioner Lamamra.

“The council is dismayed by the illegal and unacceptable occupation by the South Sudanese armed forces of Heglig, which lies north of the agreed border line of the first of January 1956 border line.  The Council demanded the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the army of the Republic of South Sudan from the area,” Lamamra said.

African Union officials expressed concern about deteriorating conditions on several fronts.  The Khartoum government is said to be delaying efforts to provide humanitarian aid to South Kordofan and Blue Nile states along the border.  More than 400,000 people there fled their homes last year after violence broke out, and reports suggest that troops are massing for more fighting.

AU diplomats also noted reports of irregular militias forming to support regular Sudanese army forces in Blue Nile and Kordofan states.  Those officials say that previously, military activity in the region had been exclusively by regular military units.

The appearance of militia units is raising fears of a return to the village burnings and other brutal tactics attributed to the Janjaweed militias that ravaged Darfur during the early days of that region’s civil war nearly a decade ago.

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/AU-South-Sudans-Capture-of-Heglig-Oil-Field-Illegal-147256225.html


Sudan
, S. Sudan leaders accuse each other of wanting war

Jakarta Globe
by Abdelmoneim Abu Edris Ali | April 13, 2012 The leaders of Sudan and South Sudan accused each other on Thursday of wanting war, with each denying the other’s charge, as Sudanese war planes bombed a bridge in the South after days of fighting in a 
UN: Sudan, South Sudan must stop border conflict
cbs4qc.com
The council demands the withdrawal of South Sudan’s military forces from the oil-rich town of Heglig that is claimed by Sudan and an end to Sudan’s aerial bombing of South SudanSouth Sudan’s president said Thursday the nation will not withdraw its 

Syria; Sudan/South Sudan; North Korea; Mali; and more
UN Dispatch
Sudan/S. Sudan: The UN Security Council met in public Thursday to read out a statement demanding “a complete, immediate and unconditional end to all fighting” between Sudan and South Sudan. The council statement, read out by presiding US Ambassador 

At UN, South Sudan Says Won’t Leave Heglig Until Monitors, SC All Syria
Inner City Press
By Matthew Russell Lee UNITED NATIONS, April 12 — South Sudan will only leave Heglig in Sudan “once a mechanism is in place and a neutral force is deployed in the area,” South SudaneseDeputy Permanent Representative Agnes Oswaha told Inner City Press 

South Sudan: Kiir Refuses to Pull Out Troops From Heglig
AllAfrica.com
From South Sudan is Atem Yah Atem, from … ( Resource: Are The Two Sudans Heading for War? Juba — South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayadrit brushed aside calls to withdraw his army from the oil-rich region of Heglig after being asked to do so in 

South Sudan President addresses National Legislature on Sudan ‘attacks’
New Sudan Vision
Photo by New Sudan Vision. (Juba, NSV, South Sudan) – Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan, in an address to the National Legislature yesterday, promised to defend the sovereignty of the young nation should there be an all-out-war.

AU: South Sudan’s Capture of Heglig Oil Field ‘Illegal’
Voice of America
April 12, 2012 AU: South Sudan’s Capture of Heglig Oil Field ‘Illegal’ Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa The African Union said Thursday that South Sudan acted illegally when it sent troops across the border into Sudan to capture a strategic oil field and 

South Sudan says won’t withdraw troops
Beaver County Times
South Sudan’s president said Thursday that the nation will not withdraw its troops that this week entered a disputed border region with Sudan. South Sudan President Salva Kiir spoke to parliament in the midst of escalating clashes along the border with 

(AFP)

6 April 2012
KHARTOUM- While guns blazed on the border between Sudan and South Sudan in recent days, the airwaves and newspapers of both countries have fired salvos of their own in an intense propaganda war.Almost two weeks ago the clashes between the neighbours began along their undemarcated and disputed frontier in the most serious unrest since South Sudan gained independence from Khartoum last July, after Africa’s longest war.International fears have mounted of a return to full-blown conflict.But with access to the war zone restricted on the Sudanese side the full extent of recent fighting remains unclear, leaving much of the local media parroting inflammatory government rhetoric.

The African Union, which hosted failed talks between the two sides in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa this week, proposed the “immediate halting of all forms of negative media propaganda… without severely affecting the freedom of the press.”

That was among six proposals, including an immediate end to hostilities, made by the AU, but not signed by either side.

“They have noticed that during the last weeks the media really played a very negative role,” said Faisal Mohammed Salih, a media consultant and political columnist for a Khartoum newspaper.

In keeping with the shrill rhetoric, South Sudan’s lead negotiator Pagan Amum accused the Khartoum delegation of walking out of the talks, saying “war mongering” prevented them from signing the agreement.

He also said South Sudan’s army downed a Sudanese fighter jet over a border area on the South, but Sudan rejected the claim as well as the accusation that it refused to ink a deal.

That has been the pattern since late last month: a series of accusations and counter-accusations, often supported by little evidence.

The battle in Sudan’s South Kordofan state, a region Sudan claimed was penetrated by Southern troops, is a media as well as a military war, Khartoum’s State Minister of Information Sana Hamad said last Monday, according to the official SUNA news agency.

She said a media campaign by “hostile circles… reflects unreal pictures and situations in South Kordofan,” SUNA reported.

“High rhetoric is something of a national pastime, and both sides are now seeking to control the narrative,” said Zach Vertin, senior analyst for Sudan and South Sudan with the International Crisis Group think-tank.

“But what’s more telling is that the parties are still coming to the table, still talking, as both sides know a deal is in their mutual interest.”

African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki held talks on Thursday in Juba with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir in an attempt to defuse the escalating crisis. Mbeki was expected this weekend for talks in the Sudanese capital as well.

Sudanese officials flew a delegation of journalists, including an AFP correspondent, to the scene of recent north-South clashes in the oil-rich Heglig border region for a few hours, but independent reporting in the area has not been permitted.

Reporters have had more freedom to travel in South Sudan but in the absence of extensive coverage from the field, Salih told AFP that government-owned radio and television stations in both countries have been used as a “gun machine” to spread hatred and rhetoric.

Some of the countries’ newspapers, however, still try to operate more professionally, “so they cannot be used in this fight, this media fight,” Salih added.

“But maybe in the north or in the South, if you try to be objective from the Western standard or international standard in your stories, you will be described as a traitor or someone who doesn’t defend the national interests”, said the columnist, who also works with Teeba Press, a media training agency and advocate for freedom of expression.

Sudan’s army has made repeated allegations of incursion by Southern troops, while the South in turn has claimed numerous air strikes by the north.

Media on both sides of the border have reported exaggerated claims of losses from the opposing country, while minimising their own casualties, said Salih.

He agrees that in this war, an old maxim applies: Truth is the first casualty.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2012/April/international_April193.xml&section=international&col=


ONGC discontinues oil production in South Sudan

Business Standard
Following geopolitical disputes in North and South Sudan, ONGC Videsh Ltd. (OVL), the overseas investment arm of state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC) has discontinued crude oil production from the latter territory.
South Sudan ready for fresh oil deal, says minister
Daily Nation
By Nation Reporter South Sudan is ready to renegotiate a new oil pipeline deal with Kenya should the need to do so arise, its minister of information has said. Speaking to the Nation on the telephone from Juba, South Sudan’s minister of Information and 
Nonviolent Peaceforce helps protect women, children in South Sudan
Christian Science Monitor
Brewing conflict with Sudan in the north, and Joseph Kony’s LRA in the south, are just two of South Sudan’s challenges. Nonviolent Peaceforce is working to protect the population, especially women and children, from these and other threats.

Sudan, South Sudan to hold postponed summit: AU
Chicago Tribune
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will meet his South Sudanesecounterpart, Salva Kiir, to defuse tensions between the neighbors after an initial summit was postponed, an African Union mediator said on Friday.

Sudan and South wage propaganda war
Khaleej Times
KHARTOUM – While guns blazed on the border between Sudan and South Sudan in recent days, the airwaves and newspapers of both countries have fired salvos of their own in an intense propaganda war. Almost two weeks ago the clashes between the neighbours 

Machar says independence of South Sudan “prophetic”
Sudan Tribune
April 6, 2012 (JUBA) – The independence of South Sudan did not come as a result of human’s action but by the “hand” of God, says the country’s Vice President, Riek Machar. Machar, a Christian, made the remarks during a meeting on Friday with a visiting 

Report urges China to step in North-South Sudan talks
Sudan Tribune
April 6, 2012 (NAIROBI) – China needs to engage “directly” in helping Sudan and South Sudan to resolve disputes over post-independence issues, especially oil, a new report has advised Beijing. Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong (L) and Sudanese First 

The woes of indecisiveness in the Republic of South Sudan!
Sudan Tribune
I have lost patience in the way things are done in the Republic of South Sudan and so I think that I can’t just keep quiet which is why I will ask you to read through with me as I take you along on what I think is not rightly done.

Sudan army claims new S. Sudan push into Heglig

Posted: April 2, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan
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Sudan’s army late Sunday claimed South Sudanese forces launched another push into the Heglig oil region, adding to mutual accusations surrounding stalled crisis talks in the Ethiopian capital.

“In South Kordofan state today the South Sudanese army crossed the Sudanese international border and went three kilometres (two miles) into the Heglig area,” army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saadwas quoted by the official SUNA news agency as saying.

The disputed border between the two countries is undemarcated, and tensions along the frontier have mounted since South Sudan separated in July last year after an overwhelming vote following Africa’s longest war.

Talks in Addis Ababa were called after clashes between north and South on Monday and Tuesday in the Heglig border area sparked global alarm and fears of a wider war.

On the eve of those talks late Friday, Sudan’s army alleged the South sent cannons and tanks to back a rebel attack on Talodi, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of Heglig.

It said the rebels were defeated, suffering heavy losses.

The insurgents, from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), denied receiving Southern support and said the battle for Talodi was continuing for a third day on Sunday.

Late Saturday the Sudanese army spokesman alleged a battalion of South Sudanese troops had crossed the contested border and was moving towards Talodi.

Juba’s chief negotiator Pagan Amum dismissed the accusation as “categorically untrue” and instead said the north was planning further attacks along the disputed frontier.

“We are here … to attempt to make peace; the government of Sudan is waging war on South Sudan,” Amum said in Addis Ababa.

“The government of Sudan is bombing us as we speak,” said Amum, reporting fresh battles in the towns of Manga and Panakuach in Unity state.

A member of the Khartoum delegation, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Sudan “did not declare war and we have no intention to declare war”.

Teams from both countries have been in the Ethiopian capital for the African Union-led negotiations since Saturday, but so far there have been no Khartoum-Juba talks.

Amum said the north’s failure to send the head of its security delegation has delayed the proceedings but Khartoum’s foreign ministry spokesman, Al-Obeid Meruh, said the defence minister would join the delegation after attending to prior appointments Sunday and Monday.

Sudan’s delegation, in a statement issued by SUNA late on Sunday, repeated various accusations against South Sudan including the most recent alleged incursion into Heglig.

But it said Sudan still favours dialogue.

“We will make our best effort to cooperate with the government of South Sudan… in spite of all difficulties,” the statement said.

Last week’s clashes prompted Khartoum to call off an April 3 summit in Juba between President Omar al-Bashir and the South’s Salva Kiir.

Analysts said there were elements in Khartoum, as well as the South, opposed to recent moves towards warmer relations between the two countries and suggested last week’s flare-up over Heglig was an effort to sabotage a rapprochement.

http://news.yahoo.com/sudan-army-claims-sudan-push-heglig-221134267.html

S.Sudan accuses Sudan of new attacks, Khartoum denies it

ReutersBy Aaron Maasho | Reuters 

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – South Sudan on Sunday accused Sudan of bombing the oil-producing area straddling the two countries’ borders as talks aimed at ending the worst hostilities since Juba declared its independence were delayed.

Sudan’s army denied the accusations, however, saying no military operation had been conducted on Sunday following a series of clashes between the two armies in the contested border region in recent days.

“The government of Sudan attacked Manga today at two in the morning,” Pagan Amum, head of South Sudan’s negotiating team, told reporters in Addis Ababa where the African Union is trying to restart talks between the neighbours.

“Panakuach, also in Unity State, has been subjected to aerial bombardment today, including attacks by helicopter gunship,” he said. “As we speak, Sudan is bombing South Sudan.”

Sudanese army spokesman Sawarmi Khalid Saad denied the allegation. “There is no military operation today,” he said.

The United Nations and the United States fear the clashes could escalate and re-ignite a civil war between the mainly Muslim north and the South where most adhere to Christian and animist beliefs.

South Sudan became independent from Khartoum under a 2005 peace agreement that ended decades of civil war that killed two million people.

Both sides were supposed to resume talks this weekend but African Union officials said key members of Sudan’s delegation such as its defence minister and the chief-of-staff of its army had not yet arrived.

The two officials were expected in Addis Ababa “tonight or tomorrow morning,” a member of Sudan’s delegation told Reuters.

“The government of Sudan did not send the leader of their team. It is now clear that they have different intentions,” said Amum, the head of Juba’s delegation.

As well as agreeing a halt to further hostilities, the two sides need to decide how much the landlocked South must pay to export its crude oil through Sudan. Juba has shut down its entire oil production to stop Khartoum taking oil as compensation for what it calls unpaid transit fees.

Both countries have yet to mark the 1,800 km (1,200 mile) long border, much of which is disputed, or found a solution to the disputed border region of Abyei. Both sides also continue to accuse one another of supporting rebels on each other’s territory.

http://news.yahoo.com/sudan-accuses-sudan-attacks-khartoum-denies-143001490.html

SPLM/RSS Press Release

Posted: April 1, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan
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Dear All
Please find the attached file; a press release about the on-going negotiations of the Joint Political and Security Mechanism JPSM. the two parties failed to start their meeting because Sudan’s Minister of the Defense and the Chief of General Staff of Sudanese Armed Forces SAF were not able to attend to Addis due to military situation that Sudan is  faced now a days. instead Khartoum sent its delegation to Addis just to file an official complaint to AUHIP accusing SPLA of the Republic of South Sudan is invading their territories and they cannot continue with talks  meanwhile the SPLA attacking their territories.the AUHIP requested the Minister of Defense and his Chief of staff to come to Addis to resume the talks over the JPSM.SPLM/RSS delegation held a press conference this afternoon to address the false accusations disseminated by the GoS after the AUHIP resolved that the two delegations should prepare their position for next joint meeting which may take place right after the arrival of the Khartoum’s delegation to AddisAtif kiiir
Press Secretary
SPLM Secretary-General’s office
Addis  Ababa

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Hereward Holland and Ulf Laessing ReutersMarch 31, 2012

JUBA/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – South Sudan said on Saturday the Sudanese army had bombed its positions in the oil-producing border area, resuming a conflict that had eased earlier this week, just hours ahead of new talks.

Trading accusations, Khartoum said South Sudan had supported a rebel attack on a border town in South Kordofan state and was building up troops at the poorly-marked frontier where fighting flared on Monday and Tuesday.

Those skirmishes ended when southern troops moved out of the disputed Heglig oil field, on the Sudan side of the border, where they had gone in response to what they said was Khartoum’s bombing of southern oil fields.

It was the worst direct confrontation between the neighbors since South Sudan became independent in July under a 2005 agreement that ended decades of civil war.

Both sides are to resume talks in Addis Ababa on Saturday but diplomats see no breakthrough after Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir called off a summit with his southern counterpart Salva Kiir due to the violence.

Philip Aguer, spokesman for South Sudan’s army, the SPLA, said on Saturday the Sudanese army had bombed SPLA border positions.

“They have been bombing our positions since yesterday at 5 p.m. Their target seems to be to invade Unity (state) oil fields. They are the ones bombing our forces in different places and pushing southwards,” he said.

South Sudan’s Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the clashes were “minor” and did not amount to an escalation.

NEW TALKS

Sudanese army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad accused the SPLA of helping rebels of the SPLM-North conducting an assault on the border town of Talodi in South Kordofan.

“South Sudan supported the rebels with tanks and artillery,” he told state news agency SUNA late on Friday, adding that rebels had failed to take the town and had fled to regroup.

He also said the SPLA army was amassing troops at the border south of Heglig. “The goal is to attack the Heglig area another time,” Saad said.

Aguer denied the SPLA had supported the rebel attack.

The Heglig field is key to Sudan’s economy because it produces around half of the country’s oil output of 115,000 barrels a day.

The field was awarded to Sudan by the Permanent Arbitration Court in 2009 but some southern officials have laid claim on it.

The border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile are home to populations which sided with the south during the civil war but were left on the Sudan side of the border. The Sudanese army has been fighting SPLM-North in both states since last year.

(Writing by Uf Laessing; Additional reporting by Khaled Abdelaziz; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Sudan and South Sudan accuse each other of border attacks

ReutersBy Hereward Holland and Aaron Maasho | Reuters
 

JUBA/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Sudan and South Sudan have accused each of launching further attacks in the oil-producing area straddling their border, dashing hopes for a new round of talks designed to end the dispute.

Clashes first broke out on Monday in the worst direct confrontation between the two since South Sudan became independent in July 2011 but died down two days later when South Sudanese troops moved out of the disputed Heglig area, inside Sudan.

But on Friday Sudan launched an aerial bombardment on South Sudanese army border positions, according to South Sudan’s army. A Sudanese army spokesman in Khartoum said it attacked with artillery, not aircraft, and only in response to an earlier South Sudanese artillery attack on Heglig.

The United Nations and the United States have both warned that the clashes could reignite a civil war that stretched for decades between the mainly Muslim north and the Christian and animist South.

The Heglig field is key to Sudan’s economy because it accounts for around half of the 115,000 barrels of oil Sudan produces each day. The field was awarded to Sudan by the Permanent Arbitration Court in 2009 but some southern officials have laid claim on it.

At the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, the first set of talks since violence erupted were due to begin on Saturday but would now not take place until at least Sunday, diplomats there said.

“We are here and we are ready to talk,” Idris Abdelgadir, head of Sudan’s negotiation team, told Reuters as he arrived, but his counterpart accused Khartoum of delaying.

“We are still waiting for talks but they never showed up,” Juba’s top negotiator Pagan Amum told Reuters. “That’s because they are planning to carry out more attacks on South Sudan.”

Diplomats see no breakthrough after Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir called off an April 3 summit with his southern counterpart Salva Kiir, due to the violence.

A diplomat and Sudanese source said Khartoum was ready to talk about rescheduling the presidents’ summit but nothing had been decided yet.

GUERILLA ATTACK

Sudanese army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad said the SPLA, South Sudan’s army, was also supporting rebels of the SPLM-North in an attack on the town of Talodi in South Kordofan by covertly slipping regular soldiers over the border.

Philip Aguer, spokesman for the SPLA denied it was supporting the rebel attack.

The Sudanese states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile are home to populations which sided with the south during the civil war but were included in Sudan when the border was drawn. The Sudanese army has been fighting SPLM-North rebels in both states since last year.

Sudan holds air superiority over South Sudan and has greater land firepower than the SPLA – an army drawn from former rebel militias created during the civil war.

(Writing by Ulf Laessing; Additional reporting by Khaled Abdelaziz; Editing by Ben Harding)

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