13 December 2010

Sudan: Addressing International Conference On Federalism in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa — President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, reiterated that the two partners have made wide strides for coordinating the relations between the North and the South in both cases of unity or separation, emphasizing that there will not be return to war

He said that peace and cooperation will continue to be the common bond between the north and the south

Addressing the opening sitting of the Fifth International Conference on Federalism, which is being hosted by Ethiopia, President Al-Bashir said that Sudan is still working to maintain unity between its North and South as the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) has stipulated

He affirmed the government keenness to implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), hold south Sudan referendum and to accept its result whatever it is as long as it was a free, fair and transparent referendum, and abide by the law and the Constitution

President Al-Bashir pointed out that Sudan adopted the federal government system in the year 1991 after conducting deliberate dialogue and studies as the best administrative and political fomula to manage the country's diversity, saying that the implementation of federalism was motivated by the keenness for restructuring of the states and achieving fair sharing of power and wealth

He said that Sudan has achieved many of its key and strategic goals through the implementation of federalism which were embodied in the stoppage of war in south Sudan after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which has realized several gains for south Sudan

In the area of wealth sharing, President Al-Bashir disclosed that south Sudan has received nine billion dollars, and that the federal government has established development projects in the South at the cost of one billion dollars

President Al-Bashir called on the conference to establish an effective coordinating mechanism for guaranteeing cooperation between the participating states as well as exchanging expertise in the field of federalism

He said that Sudan is looking forward to host the coming session of the federalism conference

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