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Sudan, South Sudan to Resume Talks on Security Later This Month

June 08, 2012

Sudan and South Sudan will resume negotiations this month on border security after failing to agree on the boundaries of a demilitarized zone during talks in Ethiopia’s capital, a South Sudanese minister said.

Officials from Khartoum, the north’s capital, refused international arbitration of a security border, Cabinet Affairs Minister Deng Alor told reporters today in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital where the discussions are being held.

“We can agree if there’s commitment by the north to international arbitration,” he said. “They said no.” The two sides may be forced to accept a border map proposed by mediators after rejecting each other’s versions, Alor said.

Officials from Sudan and South Sudan began meeting on May 29 in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to negotiate accords on issues outstanding since the South declared independence on July 9. Points of contention include the status of Abyei, border demarcation and fees South Sudan should pay to export its oil through pipelines and processing facilities in Sudan.

To contact the reporter on this story: William Davison in Addis Ababa via Nairobi at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.


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