Sudan, S. Sudan Leaders Agree to Resume, Accelerate Talks

Khartoum – Sudanese President Omer Al Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart have agreed to accelerate dialogue and to overcome obstacles to the unresolved issues between the two countries, especially the dispute over Abyei territory.

The two presidents welcomed the invitation of the Sudanese defence minister to his South Sudanese counterpart to participate in a meeting of the Joint Political and Security Committee (JPSC) scheduled to convene early in December in Khartoum to discuss the implementation of the security arrangements, part of the joint cooperation agreement.

President Al Bashir and President Salva Kiir in a telephone conversation initiated by the former agreed to speed up efforts to carry out the cooperation agreement.

The two presidents participated in the Addis Ababa negotiations last September where a cooperation agreement was signed between the two countries on several outstanding issues, including the exportation of South Sudan's oil across the North's territory. The security arrangements between the two parties encountered some obstacles in the Juba meeting in October after Sudan demanded disengagement between South Sudan and Divisions 9 and 10 in Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

By Al-Sammani Awadallah, 26/11/2012