World Bulletin/News Desk
Sudanese Defense Minister Gen. Abdurahim Hussein on Wednesday accused South Sudan of hindering implementation of a bilateral cooperation agreement signed in Addis Ababa in 2012.
Following a meeting with Thabo Mbeki, chief mediator of Sudan-South Sudan peace talks, Hussein said that the latter had refused to implement nine cooperation agreements inked earlier with Sudan.
He added that the fledgling country had also refused to set demarcation lines between its troops and Sudanese troops stationed on the countries' shared borders, according to the official Sudanese news agency.
Hussein added that he had told Mbeki that implementation of his country's cooperation agreements with South Sudan was conditional on the latter country's laying down demarcation lines.
He said these lines would determine each country's areas of sovereignty, along with demilitarized zones and ten crossings linking the two countries.
The Sudanese Defense Minister added that his country wanted a joint Sudan-South Sudan political and security committee meeting that would be held later this month to take a decision about laying down demarcation lines and implementing mechanisms agreed on between Sudan and South Sudan.
"South Sudan is responsible for delaying the application of cooperation agreements," Hussein said. "Sudan is ready to implement all agreements."
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir returned on Wednesday from a visit to Sudan where he held talks with Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir.
The two countries had agreed to create a buffer zone in a security deal signed in 2012, according to a statement that was read out following the two presidents' meeting.
The buffer zone aims to prevent the governments in both Khartoum and Juba from backing rebels in either country.
Mbeki arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday to discuss means of promoting a national dialogue initiative proposed by Sudanese President al-Bashir.
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