South Sudan, Sudan move towards boundary demarcation
(7 November 2014)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir agreed to move towards resolving the boundary dispute between the two countries. At a meeting in Khartoum on 4 November 2014, the leaders agreed to establish a joint committee to be responsible for "the demarcation of the buffer zone on the border, with the deployment of troops outside the buffer zone,” according to a joint statement read by Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti.
The meeting occurs as South Sudan has been embroiled in an 11-month long civil war. The boundary dispute has its roots in the peace agreement setting forth the terms of the split between north and south Sudan in 2011, which left the boundary between the two countries unresolved. Conflict over oil fields in the border region prompted the creation of a joint body in 2012 to designate a buffer zone between the countries. The work of this joint body was suspended in May 2014.
The agreement was accompanied by news that Sudan and South Sudan will open six new border crossings along the formerly-closed border. Sudanese General Union of Transport Shams El Kamal Hamad Diab said that, ‘‘eight new border crossings will be opened including three checkpoints in South Darfur and five in West Kordofan and South Kordofan states.”
Sudan, S.Sudan to resume work on disputed border, 4 November 2014, by Abdelmoneim Abu Idris Ali, Yahoo News, http://news.yahoo.com/sudan-president-khartoum-talks-civil-war-flares-110258859.html
Sudan’s Border To Reopen After 10 Months Of Closure, 29 October 2014, Gurtong, http://www.gurtong.net/ECM/Editorial/tabid/124/ctl/ArticleView/mid/519/articleId/15774/Sudans-border-to-reopen-after-10-months-of-closure.aspx