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South Sudan Opposes Any Mbeki Extension, Plans to Take Border Issue to The Hague

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, July 13 -- Despite a seeming calming between Sudan and South Sudan, Inner City Press learned from well placed sources Friday that South Sudan is opposing any extension of the early August deadline, and intends to "take the issue of the border to the Hague," the International Court of Justice.

  The African Union panel's Thabo Mbeki is now slated to come and brief the UN Security Council on July 26.

  Whereas at the Council's last session on the issue Sudan emphasized "progress" that is being made, and that the Colombian presidency of the Council for July said the August deadline wasn't set in store or "the Bible," South Sudan now disagrees.

  South Sudan anticipates that Mbeki will come painting a positive picture and asking for an extension. And South Sudan will oppose any extension, saying they'll take it to the ICJ.

  Another of Mbeki's panel members, as exclusively reported by Inner City Press, diagnosed that South Sudan is betting the Omar al Bashir will be overthrown, now that he cannot spend revenue from oil or oil transfer fees. The austerity protests are growing.

  At Friday's UN noon briefing, Inner City Press asked again for any Ban Ki-moon or UN reaction to the tear-gassing and detention of protesters.

  Ban's spokesman responded with a generic statement about the right to protest. Oh, and leaders should listen to their people.

  Meanwhile Inner City Press asked for the United STATES position on Sudan joining the Human Rights Council and received in return this, from a US official:

"We are obviously very much opposed, but this is not a done deal, and we urge members of the AU to do the right thing and stop an ICC-indicted war criminal from taking a seat on the Human Rights Council."

  We note that the ICC, like the ICJ, is also in the Hague. So perhaps South Sudan wants to take Sudan to The Hague is two ways.  But what's the US position on extending the early August deadline? Or does the US fully support South Sudan taking the border issue to the Hague? Watch this site.

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