Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday called for urgent conclusion of the negotiations towards a peace agreement on the western Sudanese region Darfur, according to a statement from the State House.
Obasanjo made this remark while receiving a special envoy of President Omar El-Bashir who is also the Sudanese Foreign Affairs Minister, Lam Akol, at the State House in Abuja, the statement said.
The Darfur peace talks have been held in Abuja for more than one year, but failed to get substantial agreements.
The statement quoted the president as telling the special envoy that the comprehensive peace agreement, signed between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement based in the south of the country on Jan. 9, 2005 ending a 21-year civil war, must succeed in all its ramifications.
He said that the full implementation of the agreement, which gave birth to the formation of Government of National Unity and was seen as a model to end three-year Darfur crisis, must also be hastened.
Describing the peace Agreement as "one of the greatest events in recent times in Africa," Obasanjo stated the removal of all impediments to the full implementation would make Sudan realize its potential "to be a great African country."
The Sudanese minister attributed the slow implementation of the agreement to the non-passage of the necessary Acts of Parliament and non-fulfillment of financial pledges by donor countries.
Akol thanked President Obasanjo, the government and people of Nigeria for hosting the peace talks on Darfur. He noted that the Government of National Unity in Sudan believed that political settlement was the ultimate solution to the Darfur crisis.