Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 March 2011

The African Union calls on the Sudanese parties to work towards the urgent resumption of the negotiations on CPA outstanding issues and post referendum arrangements

 


 

 

 

The African Union calls on the Sudanese parties to work towards the urgent resumption of the negotiations on CPA outstanding issues and post referendum arrangements

 

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 16, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Jean Ping, has learned with deep concern of the recent decision of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to suspend its participation in the ongoing negotiations on the outstanding issues in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and on post referendum arrangements. The Chairperson of the Commission is equally concerned by the violent clashes that have erupted in the Upper Nile State, in Southern Sudan, on 11 March 2011.

The Chairperson of the Commission appeals to the concerned parties in the Upper Nile State to exercise utmost restraint and to expeditiously find a lasting solution to the underlying causes of the problems in that region. Furthermore, he recognizes the negative impact caused by the rising tensions along the North/South border areas, especially in the Abyei region. In view of such disturbing developments, he calls upon the CPA parties to resolve the Abyei impasse as a matter of urgency.

In view of the humanitarian situation caused by these persistent clashes, the Chairperson of the Commission appeals to the international community to provide assistance to the population of the Upper Nile State and other affected areas.

The Chairperson of the Commission urges the Sudanese parties to work very closely with the AU HighLevel Implementation Panel (AUHIP) on the Sudan to resolve the current differences between them, so that the negotiations on outstanding CPA issues and post referendum arrangements could resume without delay.

The Chairperson of the Commission stresses the need for the Sudanese parties to conclude the implementation process of the CPA, building on the tremendous achievement made to date, in particular the successful holding of the selfdetermination referendum, with the view to establishing two viable states, mutually supportive, at peace with one another, and cooperating in the fields of economics, security and international relations.

 

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African Union Commission (AUC)


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