Sudanese gov't urges US to fulfill commitments to Sudan

10:09, April 07, 2011      

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The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday urged the United States to fulfill its commitments towards the country and work to settle the outstanding issues between north and south Sudan.

Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Karti said after talking with U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman on Wednesday that the two discussed bilateral ties, Sudan's external debts, lifting Sudan from the U.S. list of countries sponsoring terrorism, the comprehensive peace file and the Darfur issue.

"We have agreed that the Abyei issue needs continuous dialogue, provided that the two sides exercise self-restraint. We hope that the U.S. administration would help us administer a comprehensive dialogue on all the issues involving the relationship between north and south Sudan," he said.

The Sudanese minister said he briefed the U.S. envoy Sudan's primary stance in rejection of any military action from its territories against south Sudan and said "we have no relation with any armed movements in south Sudan, but the southern Sudan government is still hosting Darfur movements that are carrying out hostile activities against the north."

Karti stressed the importance for the United States to support the Qatari-hosted Darfur peace talks, saying "we ask the new U.S. envoy to support the ongoing endeavors aiming at reaching a comprehensive peace in Darfur."

U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman, for his part, urged north and south Sudan not to take steps that may destabilize the other party.

"I will also mention the importance of neither (north) Sudan nor south Sudan taking any steps to destabilize the other or support elements that are working to destabilize the other," Lyman said, adding that "this is not the pathway to peace and we have discussed this very fully and we will continue to urge that in the relationship between north and south Sudan."

The U.S. envoy expressed desire to work with all parties to ensure a comprehensive peace in Sudan.

"I told the minister my mandate from the president of the United States and form the Secretary of State was to see the Comprehensive Peace Agreement too viable, too successful and prosperous. We want to work with all parties for that objective," he said.

He said "I also told the minister that our policy remains as it has been to move towards normalization of relations with Sudan and we have a road-map for doing that in cooperation with the government. We have taken one very important step in starting the process of examining the issue of states sponsors of terrorism."

Lyman further said that his country has been working with its partners, the World Bank and others, on issues concerning Sudan's debt and others.

U.S. President Barack Obama at the beginning of April appointed Lyman as the U.S. special envoy to Sudan to replace General Scott Gration.

Lyman was former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria and South Africa, and early last year he was summoned to assist Gration to mediate the conflicts between north and south Sudan ahead of the referendum held in January 2011.

Lyman arrived in Sudan's capital Khartoum on Tuesday to hold talks with a number of Sudanese officials as part of continuation of his official mandate regarding the bilateral relations between Khartoum and Washington and Sudan's peace issues.

Source: Xinhua
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