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The two leaders pledged to end their conflicts and agreed to overcome all the obstacles hampering the implementation of the September 2012 accords brokered by the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), particularly over vital cross-border oil exports. According to the Sudanese government, South Sudan had stopped oil flows for 16 months when a conflict over disputed territory and pipeline fees flared last year.
The bilateral summit has led to preparations for the re-opening of Sudan's borders with landlocked South Sudan and there has been renewed understanding that continuing appeasement is in the two countries' interests. However, President Al Bashir said, the Sudanese government's present priority still is to end armed rebellion and tribal conflicts in view of the 2015 elections. "The armed rebellion and tribal clashes will be brought to an end by December next year," the Sudanese leader promised.
Both countries confirmed their cooperation with the African Union (AU) on bilateral matters, and Sudan, in the meantime, told visiting new US Special Envoy Donald Booth that the United States should no longer meddle between the two Sudans. Khartoum reiterated that the conflict in Darfur and the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states were "pure domestic issues" and that a "tangible role by President Barack Obama's administration (like) lifting of Sudan's name from the list of countries harboring terrorism" has yet to take place.
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