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Sudan and South Sudan ends talks over four freedoms

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September 9, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Khartoum announced last Friday that Sudan and South Sudan finalised discussions over four freedoms as the text of the deal is ready for signing by the presidents of the two states at the end of the month.

The four freedoms agreement which was negotiated last March by the two countries, allows citizens of both states to enjoy "freedom of residence, freedom of movement, freedom to undertake economic activity and freedom to acquire and dispose property".

Idriss Abdel Gadir, head of Sudanese delegation said the two parties agreed to form a joint commission headed by interior ministers to follow up the implementation of the deal. He added the work of the commission will be based on the principle of reciprocity.

He also said that presidents Omer Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir will sign formally the agreement in a summit the mediation intends to organise at the end of the talks this month.

The four agreement is the second deal to be finalised after the oil transportation fees agreed last August. However Sudan says security is a prerequisite to the implementation of all the deal sealed by the two countries.

Khartoum accuses Juba of supporting Sudanese rebels and demand a clear commitment stop it. Il also speaks about military and political disengagement with the SPLM-North.

The Sudanese far-right party Just Peace Forum (JPF) announced Saturday it opposition to the agreement saying the issue of four freedom cannot be discussed while SPLA troops are inside Sudan.

The group was alluding to the SPLM-North who fight the Sudanese army in South Kordofan.

(ST)