Sudan, South Sudan Security Teams Fail To Agree

The Joint Political and Security Mechanism (JPSM) meeting between Sudan and South Sudan has failed to yield the expected results.

By Misuk Moses Mule

Juba, 08, November, 2012 (Gurtong)-The South Sudanese and Sudanese Security teams did not agree on three of the important points of discussions but agreed on two in the meeting that started on Tuesday at New Sudan Hotel in Juba.

The South Sudanese Minister of Defense Gen. John Kuang and his Sudanese counterpart Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein told the press on Wednesday that collapsed but declined to disclose details.

According to Gen. Kuang, there are five items of the agenda of which two issues were successfully discussed and three have been pushed for the next meeting on a date yet to be fixed in Khartoum.
 “We could not continue discussing all the items in the agenda and the rest of the issues are referred to the next meeting,” Gen. Kuang told the press.

The two countries agreed on operationalization of safe demilitarized border zone and operationalization mechanism of the Adhoc Committee.
Gen Kuong however said the two teams are committed to adhere to the requirements of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on non aggression.

Abdel also said that security between the two countries will lead to cooperation, adding that everything has a solution and that the issues they failed to agree on will be resolved.

This is a follow up of the cooperation agreement signed by the two presidents on 27th/08/2012.

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