KHARTOUM, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- The recent meetings of the Sudan- South Sudan joint political and security committee have failed to reach any agreement on the issues of difference between the two countries, Sudanese media reported Thursday.
"The meetings of the political and security committee between Sudan and South Sudan, being held in Juba, capital of the south, have failed to reach agreement on issues under discussion," Khartoum's Al-Sudani daily reported.
Meanwhile, Khartoum's Al-Ray Al Am daily quoted Sudanese Minister of Defense Abdul-Rahim Mohamed Hussein as saying that " the negotiations between the two sides have thoroughly discussed a number of issues, but faced difficulties regarding others."
He reiterated that the two countries maintain the will to continue their meetings to reach solutions to the outstanding issues between them.
He further disclosed a forthcoming meeting of the committee in Khartoum soon.
On Sept. 27, Sudan and South Sudan signed a package of agreements on various issues during a presidential summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Witnessed by members of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP), the two sides inked three deals on cooperation, security and post-secession matters.
However, the agreements tackle neither the issues related to the oil-rich area of Abyei, nor the demarcation of the border between the two countries.
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit have directed their negotiating delegations to establish joint mechanisms for the implementation of these agreements.
South Sudan was officially declared independent on July 9, 2011, following a referendum in which around 99 percent of the southerners voted for its secession from Sudan.