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on 2012/4/18 11:16:13

Open in new windowMinister of Welfare and Social Security, Amira Al-Fadel reviewed at her office, yesterday, with the British Ambassador to Sudan, Nicolas Kay the joint cooperation and the social issues pertinent to the return of the southern citizens as well as the efforts being exerted by the UN agencies in the context of extending humanitarian assistances to the Southern returnees
The minister affirmed the great efforts of the Sudanese government in the context of the voluntary repatriation of the southern citizens through the different means, referring to the reasons hindering the transportation operation at Kosti River Port
The minister added that the government of the State of South Sudan is not serious and does not concern over the return of its citizens
Concerning the Joint Tripartite Initiative which includes the UN, Arab League and the African Union to deliver the humanitarian assistances in the SPLM controlled-areas, the minister said the government has not approved the initiative yet.
She renewed the government cooperation with the UN agencies and the international community in accordance with the directives issued by the state in the context of the implementation of the development projects.

on 2012/4/17 11:31:58

Open in new windowPresident of the Republic Omer Albashir has sent a written message to the President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma, on the developments in the relations between Sudan and South Sudan, demanding assistance of South Africa in completion of the Comprehension Peace Agreement's (CPA) implementation. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and personal envoy of the President of the Republic Ali Karti has handed over the message to the President Zuma Monday when he met him in the Capital of South Africa, Pretoria. Karti gave detailed briefing on the recent developments which ended up with invasion of South Sudan to Heglig area and its threats to destroy the oil infrastructure and facilities there. He also briefed President Zuma on the situation in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile States.
Karti has acquainted the President of South Africa with the developments of security file between Sudan and South Sudan, referring to disrespect of the government of South Sudan to the implementation of the understandings and arrangements on the disengagement of the Ninth and Tenth divisions of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) in accordance with what was provided in the Agreement of Security Arrangements on the two areas.
Karti called on the African leaders to exercise pressures on the South Sudan to withdraw its troops immediately, and without conditions and without damaging the oil infrastructures in the area.
Meanwhile, President Zuma said that his country was a friend to each of Sudan and South Sudan, referring to the visit he paid to Khartoum before one day from the official declaration of the secession of South Sudan. The President of South Africa said that he would contact the African Union (AU) and the African leaders for consultation on what could be made to ease the tension and to solve all the pending issues, pointing out that he will make contacts with both President Albashir and President Kiir to urge them not to escalate the situation and to acquaint them with the outcome of his contacts with the AU and African leaders.

on 2012/4/17 11:23:53

Open in new windowThe First Vice President of the Republic Ali Osman Taha has affirmed the state's concern with investment which is considered a genuine bolster to the national economy. This came during his chairmanship of a meeting Monday at the Council of Ministers ' Secretariat General assigned for reviewing the bill of the new Investment Act. He stated that investment has become an important means for attracting resources, calling on the states to draw up their maps for the use of lands and investment.
The meeting reviewed the general features of the new Investment Act and underscored its importance as a real addition for enhancing the investment atmosphere in the country and attracting investors.

on 2012/4/17 11:17:51

Open in new windowThe spokesman of the Armed Forces Col. Al-Sawarmi Khalid Saad, pointed out that the Sudanese Armed Forces have nothing to do with the situation in the Unity State in South Sudan.
In a statement to the Sudan News Agency Monday, Col. Al-Sawarmi denied the allegation by the South Sudan on Sudan Armed Forces' bombing to a UN camp inside South Sudan State.
He stressed that the Armed Forces is defending Sudan territories following the attack staged by forces of South Sudan government against Heglig, pointing out that the Armed Forces was not responsible for any acts outside Sudan borders.

on 2012/4/17 11:07:12

Open in new window The Foreign Ministry issued Monday a press release on the treatment by South Sudan to the Sudanese captives, pointing to footages shown by the TV of South Sudan to Sudanese citizens who were captured by South Sudan army in its heinous aggression on Heglig area on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. The press release indicated these captives included patients and employees at Heglig Hospital, included the guards of the hospital. The Foreign Ministry stated that showing the detainees before TV cameras represented a flagrant violation of article (13) of Geneva for the year 1849 on the protection of prisoners of war which obviously bans such practices.
The Foreign Ministry said that Sudan government holds South Sudan government fully responsible for the safety of the Sudanese nationals, pointing out that the Sudan government will address the international organizations for protection of the Sudanese captives according to Geneva Agreement on Treatment of Prisoners of War. The Foreign Ministry called on the international community and the international organizations to condemn this conduct and remind South Sudan government with its duties and responsibilities in this regard.

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