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South Sudan, Sudan to Pull Back from Border

Sudanese armed forces ride a military vehicle at the oil-rich border town of Heglig, Sudan, April 24, 2012. (AP)Sudanese armed forces ride a military vehicle at the oil-rich border town of Heglig, Sudan, April 24, 2012. (AP)
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Sudanese armed forces ride a military vehicle at the oil-rich border town of Heglig, Sudan, April 24, 2012. (AP)
Sudanese armed forces ride a military vehicle at the oil-rich border town of Heglig, Sudan, April 24, 2012. (AP)
Manyang David Mayar
South Sudan and Sudan will begin this week pulling back troops from their disputed border to create a demilitarized zone as called for in a months-old agreement aimed at bringing lasting peace to the Sudans.

The South Sudanese Army, the SPLA, said South Sudan will begin withdrawing troops from border areas this week, after receiving an order to do so from President Salva Kiir.

“Within four days [South Sudanese troops] will be able to pack all their equipment and prepare to start to the designated area – that is 10 kilometers away from the buffer zone,” SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer said.

The Sudanese Armed Forces said Sunday that it would withdraw its troops to positions 10 kilometers to the north of the border, and welcomed the reciprocal move by Juba.

Establishing a demilitarized area near the border is a key first step toward demarcating the border between the Sudans, and was a key point in a cooperation agreement signed last year by leaders of both countries.

The agreement, signed in September, was never implemented and South Sudan has often complained of attacks on its territory by the Sudanese army since its signing.

Aguer said that although the SPLA will pull back to create the buffer zone as called for in the agreement, it will defend South Sudan against any incursions by Sudan.

He also said that "the AU and the rest of the international community will be monitoring" activity in the border zone.

The border and other issues, including how to share oil wealth between the two Sudans, have been hot-button, unresolved issues for Juba and Khartoum since the south became independent from Sudan in July 2011.

In January 2012, South Sudan shut down oil production -- a key source of revenue for the south and north -- amid a dispute with the north over fees to transport crude from the south to export terminals in the north, via pipelines controlled by Sudan.

In April last year, the south seized control of the border town of Heglig, nearly plunging the two countries back into war.

The once-unified Sudans fought a 22-year civil war that ended with the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement in 2005.
 




 

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by: Robert Samuel from: South Sudan-W E-Yambio
March 21, 2013 7:17 AM
Icannot believe the withdrawal of Sudan forces,because it happened many times and after agreeing on talks with South Sudan government , we still hear them bombing innocent civilian in the border and supporting militia groups in SouthSudan.

But this time please! keep promise as International community are watching your Agreement ,and GOD also is watching you . Let us unite as one family to build our 2countries ,Sudan and South Sudan.let us be together and stop fighting.

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