JUBA – The Joint Technical Border Demarcation Committee between Sudan and South Sudan has kicked off its meetings in South Sudan’s capital Juba on Tuesday, according to the head of Sudan’s National Border Commission, Moaz Tango.
Tango told Sudans Post in an exclusive interview on Tuesday evening that the joint committee was meeting in line with decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council which called for peaceful resolution of border disputes between Sudan and South Sudan.
“These meetings come based on the ‘Border Issues Agreement’ and the resolutions of the African Union Peace and Security Council as well as the UN Security Council which called for the use of peaceful approach resolve border disputes and conflicts between the two countries,” he said.
“The demarcation of the South-North Sudans borders will base as it stood on January 1, 1956 which is inline with the implementation of the decision of the Joint Border Commission between the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan,” Tango added.
“This is to raise the Joint Technical Committee’s comprehensive report supported by documents and arguments on the areas around which they have agreed, and on the two parties ’viewpoints in the disputed areas and the claimed areas, supported by the arguments and documents of each party.”
Tango further said “the meetings that are being held under the auspices of the African Union will continue until November 10 in Juba, and on the 12th, it will move to Khartoum to continue negotiations.”
The two countries contest several border regions, namely, Kaka, the commercial area, Dabba al-Fukhar and al-Muqis, the 14th mile south of the Arabian Sea, Hafrat al-Nahas, Kafi Kanji, Heglig, Jebelen and the Abyei region.