News / Africa

Sudans Nearing Final Agreements, Except on Borders

A Sudanese national flag is fixed by students heading to fight on the border with South Sudan on truck packed with relief aid at the University of Science and Technology in Khartoum, April 17, 2012.A Sudanese national flag is fixed by students heading to fight on the border with South Sudan on truck packed with relief aid at the University of Science and Technology in Khartoum, April 17, 2012.
x
A Sudanese national flag is fixed by students heading to fight on the border with South Sudan on truck packed with relief aid at the University of Science and Technology in Khartoum, April 17, 2012.
A Sudanese national flag is fixed by students heading to fight on the border with South Sudan on truck packed with relief aid at the University of Science and Technology in Khartoum, April 17, 2012.
Sudan and South Sudan are reaching the final stages of their negotiations. Agreements can be finalized next week on most issues, except for the border.

The two countries recently resumed negotiations on economic questions, border areas, oil and security. 

"Through this round, we are going to finalize the issue of oil if we manage to go quickly and finalize the supplementary agreement," noted Dr. Mutrif Saddiq of the Sudanese delegation.  " Hopefully we finalize also the issue of security and I don't think that it s far from the reach because we are working hard with the panel and its experts to address the contested area of the 14 miles [22 kilometers] south of Bahar Alarab."

On oil, trade and economics, the two countries are drafting agreement frameworks in specialized committees. But a compromise on the dispute over borders is going to take a while. Prominent matters, such as the Abyei region, have not yet even been discussed.

Michael Makuei, the South Sudanese minister for parliamentary affairs and the chairman of the Border Committee, says says that a compromise on the border is just not happening yet.

"We have two main sticking issues," said Makuei.  "The most important is the issue of the claim areas. The other sticking point on the border is Kaka town.  Kaka town is a town inside South Sudan, which was thought to be a disputed area. Now the government of Sudan is talking of Kaka area.  Kaka area is different from Kaka town and aside we are saying, if you are talking of Kaka area than you delete Kaka town from the disputed areas and take it to the claim areas."

Both countries face sanctions if they don't reach an accord by the United Nations deadline of September 22.  Makuei says South Sudan believes that the government of Sudan will change its mind at the last minute and accept the United Nations map, because there is no other option.

"This is supposed to be a comprehensive agreement that encompasses everything," Makuei said.  "Even the agreed ones will not be operational unless we agree on the other outstanding issues."

But Dr. Mutrif Saddiq of the Sudanese delegation doesn't think that it will be a problem if the two countries don't make the deadline. 

"If we don't finish, the panel is at liberty to advise or to recommend to United Nations Security Council their recommendations and their views about the way forward," Saddiq explained.  "Even the issue of the border, just for the experts, it will take months so the time is for the design of the way forward on the uncompleted issues, not necessarily to resolve the issues."

South Sudan gained independence in 2011 from Sudan, ending the Sudanese civil war. The presidents of both countries are expected to arrive in Addis Ababa just before the deadline, but a date has not been confirmed yet.

You May Like

Pundits Split Over Long-Term US Role in Afghanistan

Security pact remains condition for American presence beyond 2014; deadline criticized More

US Eyes Islamic State Threat

Officials warn that IS could pose a threat to US homeland More

Video Ukraine: Captured Troops Proof of Russian Role in Separatist Fight

Moscow says Russian troops crossed into Ukrainian territory by mistake More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Scientists Unlock Mystery of Bird Flocksi
X
George Putic
August 25, 2014 4:00 PM
How can flocks of birds, schools of fish or herds of antelope suddenly change direction -- all the individuals adjusting their movement in concert, at seemingly the same time? British researchers now have some insights into this behavior, which has puzzled scientists for a long time. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Scientists Unlock Mystery of Bird Flocks

How can flocks of birds, schools of fish or herds of antelope suddenly change direction -- all the individuals adjusting their movement in concert, at seemingly the same time? British researchers now have some insights into this behavior, which has puzzled scientists for a long time. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ukraine: Captured Troops Proof of Russian Role in Separatist Fight

Ukrainian officials say they have captured Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory -- the latest accusation of Moscow's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the Ukrainian side of the battle, where soldiers are convinced of Russia's role.
Video

Video Rubber May Soon Come From Dandelions

Synthetic rubber has been around for more than a century, but quality tires for cars, trucks and aircraft still need up to 40 percent or more natural rubber content. As the source of natural rubber, the rubber tree, is prone to disease and can be affected by bad weather. So scientists are looking for replacements. And as VOA’s George Putic reports, they may have found one in a ubiquitous weed.
Video

Video Jewish Life in Argentina Reflected in Yiddish Tango

Jewish people from across Europe and Russia have been immigrating to Argentina for hundreds of years. They brought with them dance music that was eventually mixed with Argentine tango. The result is Yiddish tango -- a fusion of melodies and cultural experiences that is still evolving today. Elizabeth Lee reports on how one band is bringing Yiddish tango to Los Angeles.
Video

Video Peace Returns to Ferguson as Community Tries to Heal

Thousands of people nationwide are expected to attend funeral services Monday in the U.S. Midwestern city of St. Louis, Missouri, for Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer August 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The shooting touched off days of violent demonstrations there, resulting in more than 100 arrests. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from Ferguson where the community is trying to move on after weeks of racial tension.
Video

Video Meeting in Minsk May Hinge on Putin Story

The presidents of Russia and Ukraine are expected to meet face-to-face Tuesday in Minsk, along with European leaders, for talks on the situation in Ukraine. Political analysts say the much welcomed dialogue could help bring an end to months of deadly clashes between pro-Russia separatists and Ukrainian forces in the country's southeast. But much depends on the actions of one man, Russian President Vladimir Putin. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
Video

Video Artists Shun Russia's Profanity Law

Russia in July enacted a law threatening fines for publicly displayed profanity in media, films, literature, music and theater. The restriction, the toughest since the Soviet era, aims to protect the Russian language and culture and has been welcomed by those who say cursing is getting out of control. But many artists reject the move as a patronizing and ineffective act of censorship in line with a string of conservative morality laws. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
Video

Video British Fighters on Frontline of ISIS Information War

Security services are racing to identify the Islamic State militant who beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley in Syria. The murderer spoke English on camera with a British accent. It’s estimated that several hundred British citizens are fighting for the Islamic State, also called ISIL or ISIS, alongside thousands of other foreign jihadists. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from the center of the investigation in London.

AppleAndroid