BORDER-S. Sudan, Sudan to resolve contested areas
By James Atem Kuir
South Sudan and Sudan will soon discuss ways to find amicable solution to the contested areas along their shared borders.
Late last month, the Chairman of the Sudanese Sovereign Council, Gen. Abdel Fattah El Burhan threatened to deploy Sudanese armed forces in the contested areas along the Sudan borders with Egypt and South Sudan.
Speaking to Juba Monitor on phone, the press secretary of the President, Ateny Wek Ateny asserted that the two countries were committed to preserving peace and better bilateral relations and discussions on the undecided areas which will be the next agenda.
“Neither Sudan nor South Sudan is willing to take the disputed areas by force because South Sudan is now mediating the Sudanese peace and Sudan wants permanent peace in order to embark on development not war,”
The discussion on the disputed areas will be the next phase since the governments of Sudan and South Sudan are now keen to have a working relation, it’s likely that the two governments will find amicable solution to the disputed areas,” Ateny told Juba Monitor in an interview yesterday.
There are six contested areas along South Sudan /Sudan borders including Abyei, Kiir Adim otherwise known as Mile-14, Kafia Kingi, Jodat Al-Fakhar, Kaka, and Jebel al-Migainais.
While addressing the initialing ceremony of the Sudanese landmark peace deal earlier this week, President Kiir pledged to maintain peaceful and cordial relations with the neighboring countries.
The Sudanese Transitional Government and Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF), an alliance of rebel groups from the western region of Darfur and the southern states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile signed the Juba peace deal that will address security, land ownership, transitional justice, power sharing and the repatriation of refugees and those internally displaced among other issues.
South Sudan and Sudan have not demarcated shared areas along their borders since 2011 and clashes between the inhabitants living in the contested region over grazing lands among other mistrusts repeatedly continue to be reported.