With defense ministers from each nation leading their delegation earlier in June, the efforts did not establish agreement on a security line for the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ). In fact, both nations and the African Union mediation team put three different maps on the negotiation table.
With disagreement rampant on the border dispute, Pagan Amum, the South Sudanese lead negotiator told reporters that the two nations agreed to maintain a positive tone that prevailed in the round. The next round hopes to resolve all outstanding issues between the nations, according to negotiator Amum.
Those outstanding issues include: border demarcation, the Abyei Area, and oil transportation fees. The Abyei Area is approximately a four thousand (4,000) square mile area in Sudan granted ”special administrative status” by the 2004 Protocol on the Resolution of the Abyei Conflict in the peace agreement that ended the Second Sudanese War.
The need is urgent for the parties to speed up the negotiation process in order implement peace road-map which sets August 2, 2012 as the deadline for end of mediation.
The African Union mediation team said the talks will resume on July 5th so that the delegations can consult with the presidents of each nation, Salva Kiir Mayardit and Omar Al-Bashir.