Saturday 27 May 2017

Sudan urges int'l community to support peace efforts in Darfur

Sudan urges int'l community to support peace efforts in Darfur
(Xinhuanet 03/08/17)
Sudan urges int'l community to support peace efforts in Darfur

Sudan government on Wednesday urged the international community to support the peace efforts in Sudan's Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions.

Sudan's Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary Abdul-Ghani Al-Naeem on Wednesday held talks with the British envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Christopher Trott, who is currently visiting Sudan.

"The Under-Secretary urged the international community to intensify its efforts to support the Sudanese government's serious endeavors to complete peace in Darfur and the two areas," said the foreign ministry in a statement.

The Sudanese official further urged the British envoy so that his country would exert effort with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector and rebel movements to join the political process, cease fire and facilitate the humanitarian work via accepting the U.S. initiative which the government has previously accepted it.

According to the statement, the Sudanese official renewed complaints about South Sudan government's continuation in supporting and harbouring Sudanese armed groups, considering the matter as the biggest barrier for the peace process.

In September 2012, Sudan and South Sudan signed a cooperation agreement in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa under the patronage of the African Union.

The agreement included a package of understandings relating to security, citizens' status, border and economic issues and others relating to oil and trade. However, the signed agreements did not tackle the issues of Abyei and border demarcation.

The border issue is the biggest obstacle to the settlement of differences between Sudan and South Sudan, involving around five border areas.

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