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Khartoum - 9 Feb 2012

Khartoum and Juba agree to transport 300 returnees to South Sudan

The governments of Khartoum and Juba have signed a memorandum of understanding to repatriate 300 natives of South Sudan currently living in Sudan.

Amira El Fadil, the Sudanese social welfare minister met with South Sudan's Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Joseph Luwal to sign the agreement to transport more than 300 South Sudanese people before the deadline of April 9, when Southerners will become foreigners in Sudan.

Luwal said the two governments will work hard to secure the return of South Sudan natives including those starnded along return routes awaiting transportation.

The Deputy Director of the National Centre for the Displaced, Mohamed Al-Sinari welcomed the agreement and said it determines responsibilities and roles for both states to provide secure land corridors for returnees.