Agreement signed on contested Sudan-South Sudan border areas
The Joint Boundary Demarcation Commission between Sudan and South Sudan has signed the full delimitation of the boundaries agreed upon between the two countries in the presence of a representative of the African Union Boundary Commission.
Speaking at the signing ceremony yesterday, the head of the Sudanese Boundary Demarcation Commission Moaz Tengu, said that the commission has has held more than 120 meetings since 2005.
Maj Gen Mohamed Bannaga, member of the commission for Sudan said they will complete their work in mid-November in Addis Ababa, with the conclusion of a comprehensive document that define the contested borders.
The South Sudanese chairman of the commission, Darius Garang, called the meetings successful. Only two points remain to be resolved in their next meeting in Addis Ababa.
The two countries are contesting the border areas of Abyei, commercial Kaka, Debbat El Fukhar, Jebel Megeines, the 14-Mile area south of Bahr El Arab, Hafrat El Nukhas, and Kafia Kingi.
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and South Sudan President Salva Kiir discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as the opening of the borders between South Sudan and Sudan for a free trade in their meeting in the South Sudan capital of Juba on September 12,
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