South Sudan rules out further discussions on Abyei
Dissatisfaction signs are soon emerging out of the four day talks that began on September 27, 2012 between the heads of Sudan and South Sudan, Mr. Omar al-Bashir and Salva Kiir Mayardit. The high level summit held at the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa recently concluded with the agreement between the two neighbor nations to cooperate on oil, freedom of movement, trade and security on their common borders.
However, the topic on the control over disputed area of Abyei was hung in the air. South Sudan now seems to be disinterested in holding any talks on the said disputed area. Chief Negotiator of South Sudan Pagan Amum, while talking at a meeting of the Jakany Youth leadership council at Nyakuron Culture Centre at Juba is reported to have said that his delegation would hold no further talks on Abyei with Sudan.
The countries said they are ready to implement a protocol providing to hold a referendum on Abyei to determine if the disputed area will remain in Sudan or to go to South Sudan.
The young nation that emerged out of Sudan, however, said that it will hold discussions on the fate of Heglig / Panthou. The dispute about Heglig/Panthou is open for discussion in the next round of discussions. 14 Miles is another area on which consensus was not reached about. The summit agreement has provided for the creation of a temporary buffer zone between the perceived borderlines.
Sudan and South Sudan will sit together and resume their discussions over the remaining issues in less than a months' time. The mediation team will be submitting their report on the outcome to the African Union Peace and Security Council.
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