South Sudan is negotiating with the Republic of the Sudan on post independence unresolved issues such as border demarcation – disputed areas, oil transit arrangement, Abyei status, citizenship and now security.
The talks are sponsored by the African Union with the backing of the United Nations Security Council Resolution S/RES/2046 (2012) of May 2, 2012. Before then the two countries (Sudan and South Sudan) were on the verge of full scale war.
A southern land called Panthou in Western Upper Nile State, occupied illegally by Khartoum in 2008 was retaken by the Southern Army (the SPLA), and some powerful people and countries around the globe roundly (but unjustifiably) condemned South Sudan and asked it to immediately withdrawal its troop unconditionally. The President of South Sudan bowed, and Khartoum forces entered it. There is lull on the ground as things stand, an equilibrium moment generated by hope and only hope on the negotiation table in Ethiopia.
Ten days ago the two sides broke up talks because there was no head way or progress in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The two sides might resume their negotiations on the 19/6/2012, but analysts have already inauspiciously predicted gloom as one side is bent to frustrate the
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