Juba, Khartoum Complete Withdrawal Of Forces Along Buffer Zone
South Sudan has completed the withdrawal of its forces from the agreed
demilitarized border zone with Sudan since August 28, in a bid to bolster
bilateral ties.
19 September 2016

By Jok P Mayom

*JUBA, 18 September 2016 [Gurtong]- *Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth, South Sudan
Minister of Information and government spokesperson last week Friday to the
press after the cabinet ministers meeting that was chaired by President
Salva Kiir.

The Minister said the report came after the cabinet listened on the
security reports in the country presented by Deputy Defence Minister
General David Yau Yau.

“The government of South Sudan has completed its withdrawal of forces from
central line and we are currently out of buffer zone,” Hon Makuei revealed
to the press on Friday.

Makuei said that the two countries completed withdrawing their troops from
the demilitarized zone late August this year, despite the agreed timeline
of March 14.

In June, Juba and Khartoum signed series of security agreements including
redeployment of joint military forces along the safe Demilitarized Border
zone (SDBZ), and approved to stop supporting and harbouring rebels as well
as resumption of oil exportation.

“We will now continue with the programs of African Union High
Implementation Panel (AUHIP), and we shall send in our representative with
an observer status so that we continue to work together,” he said.

The government spokesperson revealed that Sudan has also replicated the
same and the two former foes are now moving towards normalizing their
relations collectively.

In October 2015, the two countries defence ministers co-chaired Joint
Political and Security Committee (JPSC) in Khartoum and discussed the
activation of the security arrangement agreed in 2012.

South Sudan seceded from the north on July 2011 after decades of civil
strife but border disputes and disagreements over oil pipeline fees have
dragged on, delaying much-needed economic development between the two

However, the former civil war foes have made a number of agreements about
border security in the past, but both have failed to implement them.

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