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Deadlock in Sudan, South Sudan

07-25-2012 03:11 BJT

Sudan's dismissal of South Sudan's offer of a 3.2 billion dollar compensation package is likely to be seen as an impediment in peace negotiations between the two states. Sudan insisted it wanted to agree on border security first, before discussing any oil or financial deal. On Monday, however, reports emerged of fresh fighting at the Darfur border.

Sudan's army is said to have clashed with rebels from Darfur near the border with South Sudan on Monday. Sudan's army said it had attacked fighters in Karkadi in the oil-producing state of South Kordofan, which borders South Sudan.(shots of talks)South Sudan's gesture to Sudan of more than $3bn in compensation for economic losses caused by the South's independence, did not impress their counterparts.

Pagan Amum South Sudan Chief Negotiator, said, "This is our last offer. We are left with nine days. It's time for the parties to conclude an agreement."
Mutrif Siddiq, Sudan Delegation, Spokesman, said, “This is a priority that has been set by the agreement of the two parties and by the facilitation of the mediation,"

Sudan's border regions have been stuck in violence since South Sudan seceded a year ago under a 2005 peace agreement that ended decades of civil war.  Members of the Justice and Equality Movement , have been blamed for the fueling attacks mainly in Darfur, the scene of a near decade-long insurgency.  JEM has joined up with rebels operating along the border with South Sudan who are trying to topple Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Sudan accuses South Sudan of supporting their activity, a claim Juba denies.

Diplomats had hoped a meeting by Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir with his southern counterpart Salva Kiir on the sidelines of an African Union summit a week ago would give talks a push. But, progress was yet to be made; talks have broken down several times over where to set up a demilitarized border buffer zone. The south now wants an arbitration body to resolve a dispute over the position of their shared border.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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