Juba, Khartoum To Meet on Tuesday

Juba and Khartoum are set for a joint security meeting on Tuesday in Juba.

Juba, Khartoum To Meet on Tuesday
South Sudan’s Deputy Minister of Interior Salva Mathok. [Gurtong File Photo]

By Waakhe Simon Wudu

JUBA – 5 November 2012 [Gurtong] - South Sudan’s Deputy Interior Minister explained told Gurtong that the meeting is part of the Joint Political Security Mechanism (JPSM), a committee set between the two countries formed earlier under the auspices of the African Union (AU) to foresee implementation of security resolutions. 

“The key agenda is mostly the creation of the buffer zone.  That is where we will use the AU Roadmap to create the center line. We will also see that the disengagement of the forces will be discussed. We will also see that the Joint Border Verification Mechanism will be discussed,” Mathok told Gurtong.

The minister also disclosed that the monitors of the process are already in Asosa, Ethiopia awaiting results of the meeting.
The Adhoc committee which will also operate beyond the buffer zone, ten kilometers north and south according to the minister will also be discussed.

“We will also discuss the issue of mile-14 on how best it can be secured by the third party which is the UNISFA. This meeting will involve the presence of the UNISFA Commander to provide assurance for the citizens who are now uncertain of what will happen to them if the SPLA are moved out.”

The meeting also marks the implementation of the security deal which was among the Juba, Khartoum cooperation agreement agreed by the two countries in September in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa.
Mathok added that, the meeting will also discuss the opening of the Sudan; South Sudan border which he said is closed until modalities on how it will be managed are discussed by the two countries.

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