Government of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)

14 October 2012

South Sudan Says Critics of Addis Ababa Agreement Are Misinformed

Photo: Tim McKulka/ UN Photo
Troops patrol in Abyei (file photo): Most of the demonstrators were from the disputed region of Abyei.

The Secretary General and lead negotiator of the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), Pagan Amum, on Friday said those criticizing the recently signed cooperation agreement with Sudan in Addis Ababa were misinformed.

His remark comes after some intellectuals of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state and a number of civil society organizations offered sharp criticism of the agreement, saying the agreement was a "sell-out" that has given 14 miles territory north of Kiir River to the Sudan. Amum said there is a difference between the border demarcation and the security arrangement between Sudan and South Sudan as per the agreement, and such a misunderstanding was "caused by people who have not seen or read the agreement".

He noted that the two countries shall continue to negotiate on the final borderline between them while use the temporary security arrangement of the demilitarized buffer zone by 10kms on both sides. He said President Salva Kiir has briefed the governors of the ten states on the agreement to clear the confusion.

The President will also brief the parliament on Monday to further explain the contents of the agreement and ask for its ratification.

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