Sudan's NCP agrees on AU proposals for resolving Abyei issue

09:17, June 13, 2011      

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Sudan's National Congress Party (NCP) said Sunday that it had agreed on proposals submitted by the African Union mediators for resolving the issue of the country's disputed oil-rich area of Abyei.

"The party has agreed on the proposals presented for resolving the Abyei issue including the participation of the Miseria tribe in the referendum of the area or a final and comprehensive political solution to the issue," Mohamed Mandour al-Mahdi, deputy chairman of the NCP of Khartoum State, told reporters here Sunday.

The proposals were submitted to Khartoum in north Sudan and Juba in south Sudan by Thabo Mbeki, head of the African Union High- Level Implementation Panel on Sudan, earlier this week.

"No solution for Abyei and South Kordofan other than via dialogue and a political settlement. The door is open for dialogue with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) to resolve the crisis," he added.

He further indicated that "Abyei and South Kordofan issues were marred by political complications and they cannot be resolved except for through dialogue and political settlement between the two parties to ensure security and stability in the region."

He explained that the use of force in Abyei and South Kordofan would not last for long, saying that it was "temporary" until appropriate political settlements were reached.

In the meantime, the Sudanese official said the meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa between the Sudanese peace partners, in the presence of the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Chairman of the SPLM Salva Kiir Mayardit, was to secure the sustainability of peace between north and south Sudan and fully implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) so that there would not be any unimplemented items as sources of tension between the two sides.

The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan is to hold two summits in Addis Ababa on June 12 and June 13 to discuss the current issues between north and south Sudan.

The summit will be held just four weeks before the independence of south Sudan. High on the agenda is the issue of Abyei, including the withdrawal of armed forces from the area and the dispatch of an Africa-led international mission to provide security, the creation of conditions for the speedy return of displaced people and protection of civilians, as well as steps towards a final settlement of the status of the area.

Other items on the agenda for the summit include the speedy establishment of mechanisms for joint security management between the north and the south, and the forthcoming round of negotiations on post-secession economic arrangements.

Source: Xinhua
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