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UPDATED: 08:51, November 23, 2006
Sudanese vice president to visit S. Africa on Darfur, post-war rebuilding
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Post-war reconstruction in Sudan and the situation of its Darfur region will be high on agenda when Sudanese Vice President Salva Kiir Mayardit visits South Africa next week, the South African Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

South African President Thabo Mbeki will receive a delegation led by Kiir, also Southern Sudan's president, on Nov. 28 in Pretoria, the ministry said in a statement.

Issues to dominate discussions between Mbeki and Kiir would include the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement ( CPA) in Sudan, the situation in Darfur and the situation with regard to the expiration of the mandate of the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) at the end of this year, according to the statement.

They will also discuss post-conflict reconstruction and development initiatives within the context of the April 2005 Oslo Pledging conference and the Capacity and Institution Building Project for Southern Sudan.

South Africa now chairs the African Union's Post-conflict and Reconstruction Committee on the Sudan.

The Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the south signed the power-sharing CPA in January last year, putting an end to the 21-year-old civil war in south Sudan. Kiir, chairman of the SPLM, became the first vice president of Sudan seven months later.

The agreement allowed a referendum to be carried out in the south in 2011 to decide whether to keep the unity of the country or announce an independence of the region.

Meanwhile, deteriorating situation in west Sudan's war-torn Darfur region has prompted the United Nations and the African Union (AU) to act swiftly to help curb the crisis.

The UN last week proposed to beef up the poorly-equipped and cash-strapped AU peacekeeping force in Darfur, AMIS.

The AU Peace and Security Council agreed in September to extend the mandate of its forces in Darfur to the end of this year with helps to be provided by the UN and the international societies.

Source: Xinhua

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