Skip to main content

Peace talks between Sudan, South Sudan enter third day

By David McKenzie, CNN
September 25, 2012 -- Updated 1330 GMT (2130 HKT)
The two leaders shakes hands following a previous meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, on July 14, 2012.
The two leaders shakes hands following a previous meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, on July 14, 2012.
  • Buffer zone and the disputed territory of Abyei will top Tuesday's agenda, official says
  • Nations' presidents and their negotiating teams couldn't come up with a deal late Monday
  • South Sudan became a nation in July 2011, but significant issues with Sudan remain

(CNN) -- Negotiations between South Sudan and Sudan's presidents to come up with a border security and economic agreement will stretch into a third day Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Facing intense international pressure, Presidents Salva Kiir of South Sudan and Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, along with their negotiating teams, couldn't come up with a peace deal late Monday.

Read more about the issues being discussed

Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman El-Obeid Al-Marawih said negotiating a buffer zone or demilitarized zone and the disputed territory of Abyei will be at the top of Tuesday's agenda. He said that these are the toughest issues discussed thus far.

"There were some difficulties facing the meeting today," South Sudan spokesman Atif Kiir said in a late-night news briefing Monday. "Those difficulties and issues will be discussed on Tuesday. Any success of this presidential summit will depend on Khartoum."

South Sudan formally became a nation in July 2011, after people in the southern part of Sudan voted for independence in a referendum agreed to by leaders in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.

Significant issues divide the nations. Chief among them are the demarcation of the border between them, the demilitarized zone issue, and the transportation and processing of oil from South Sudan, which got around 70% of the formerly united country's reserves when it became independent.

Part of complete coverage on
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1526 GMT (2326 HKT)
Advocates say the exam includes unnecessarily invasive and irrelevant procedures -- like a so-called "two finger" test.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0009 GMT (0809 HKT)
Supplies of food, clothing and fuel are running short in Damascus and people are going hungry as the civil war drags on.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1801 GMT (0201 HKT)
Supporters of Richard III want a reconstruction of his head to bring a human aspect to a leader portrayed as a murderous villain.
February 5, 2013 -- Updated 1548 GMT (2348 HKT)
Robert Fowler spent 130 days held hostage by the same al Qaeda group that was behind the Algeria massacre. He shares his experience.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0507 GMT (1307 HKT)
As "We are the World" plays, a video shows what looks like a nuclear attack on the U.S. Jim Clancy reports on a bizarre video from North Korea.
The relationship is, once again, cold enough to make Obama's much-trumpeted "reset" in Russian-U.S. relations seem thoroughly off the rails.
Ten years on, what do you think the Iraq war has changed in you, and in your country? Send us your thoughts and experiences.
February 5, 2013 -- Updated 1215 GMT (2015 HKT)
Musician Daniela Mercury has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide over a career span of nearly 30 years.
Photojournalist Alison Wright travelled the world to capture its many faces in her latest book, "Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit."
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0006 GMT (0806 HKT)
Europol claims 380 soccer matches, including top level ones, were fixed - as the scandal widens, CNN's Dan Rivers looks at how it's done.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1237 GMT (2037 HKT)
That galaxy far, far away is apparently bigger than first thought. The "Star Wars" franchise will get two spinoff movies, Disney announced.
July 25, 2014 -- Updated 2327 GMT (0727 HKT)
It's an essential part of any trip, an activity we all take part in. Yet almost none of us are any good at it. Souvenir buying is too often an obligatory slog.