Former Chief negotiator Visits NBGS

The former Sudan Chief negotiator on Thursday visited Northern Bhar el Ghazal State (NBGS) purposely for border issues.

Former Chief negotiator Visits NBGS
Former Chief negotiator Rt Gen. Lazaro Sumbeiywo (center) with Hon. Yahya Hussein Babikar (left) for the Government of Sudan and Cdr. Nhial Deng Nhial (right) for the SPLM/A at the signing of a peace treaty in 2004. [file|UN]

By Abraham Agoth

JUBA, 8 November 2013 [Gurtong]- Rt Gen. Lazaro Sumbeiywo, the former Comprehensive Peace Agreement Chief negotiator between SPLM/A and Sudan government, also chair of the Sudan-South Sudan Dialogue Group arrived in the state with a delegation which he headed.

“We have had various meetings in Juba and Nairobi and we are now in areas of implementation to see what’s being implemented and to hear what challenges they are receiving on a ground,” he said of the purpose of the visit.

During their brief meeting, the delegation appointed two special committees to conduct brief border backgrounds from Sudan and South Sudan.

The committee members from Sudan included Dr. Mohamed Osman -Mr. Abdelrasoul Ismail –Mme, Sara Abbo and Dr. Mohamed Haroon while their Southern counterparts were Prof. Pauline Riak, Dr. Samson Wassara, Mr. Musa Almak Kur and Dr. Jeji Roman. The members tasked to help monitor the border issues.

The purpose of the visit is  not only symbolic of the spirit of cooperation but also potential advanced progress being made at a formal level, specially as it pertains to soft border cooperation.

The delegation will engage with key stakeholders, including local community leaders and interact on the borders issues.

While in Awel, the delegation met with state governor of NBGS Paul Malong and the entire cabinets.  They deliberated on the way-forward for peaceful co-existence between the two communities bordering states of Eastern Darfur, Southern Kordofan states of Sudan and NBGS of South Sudan.

 Sumbeiywo said there is no need for the governments of two Sudans to fail each other on both side, urging the new committee to do its work to its best. 

“We need a dialogue between Sudan and South Sudan governments. We need to actualize peace and prosperity between governments of Khartoum and Juba,” he said.

On the other hand, Governor Malong urged the two committees to own the peace initiative. “We used peace committee if in case there’s any problem in order to solve all the burning issues. Applying developmental project such as, building schools, hospital on the border will encourage peaceful co-existence among two tribes bordering two Sudans. There is nothing without managements,” said Malong.

 “No forces from Khartoum can reach Juba, and there is no forces from Juba should reach Khartoum. Therefore we opted only for dialogue as the only alternative and mechanism for tackling dispute between two countries.”

He also said the meeting was crucial to the implementation of the Cooperation Agreements signed between two presidents of Sudan and South Sudan. 

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