17 June 2012

South Sudan: 'Hague Is the Answer to the Border Disputes With Sudan', Mr Amum

press release

Juba — South Sudan's chief negotiator and Secretary General of the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)Mr Pagan Amum has re-echoed the previous statement by the President of the Republic HE Salva Kiir Mayardit that South Sudan considering taking the border disputes with Sudan to the Hague for an arbitration.

Mr Amum speaking to press on Wednesday last week in Juba cited lack of cooperation from the government of Sudan in attempts to resolve the border disputes among other outstanding issues said the possibility of reaching a negotiated settlement on borders is edging out.

"Arbitration is the civilised way to settle disputes; we want Sudan to carry their maps and evidence of claiming the disputed areas, we will also carry our maps to the International Court of Arbitration and let the court judge based on the evidence provided", he said.

He, however, said Sudan is not willing to face South Sudan in the court battle for disputed areas and is calling for more negotiations. "For how long should we be negotiating", asked Mr Amum. He said South Sudan has been on the negotiation table with Sudan for more than six years with little achievement.

He said the government of Sudan insist to administer the disputed areas while talks go on and utilize the resources. "Sudan doesn't want to go to the court of arbitration. Why? They don't have the document and maps to defend their claims over these areas", he explained.

On de-militarizing the disputed areas, he said the negotiation team was willing to adopt both maps as believed by the two parties. He explained that they had suggested that Sudan move their forces from 'what they assume is the borderlines with South Sudan' to what South Sudan believes is the border as of 1st January 1956, from which they move 10 kilometres into the Sudan territory.

While South Sudan on the other hand will move out of their current locations to Sudan's assumed border line and then move 10 kilometres backwards. He said by doing so all the disputed areas would have been made conflict free and then an arbitration be called for. He said Sudan again did not comply with that idea.

He said despite Republic of South Sudan full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2046 and African Union Peace and Security roadmap, Sudan has fallen substantially short of the resolution.

He urged African Union and United Nations to utilize all necessary measures to require Sudan to comply fully even if that means imposing sanctions. He said his team will be heading for Addis Ababa on 19th June to resume in good faith and in accordance with the UNSC resolution to discuss all the outstanding issues.

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