30 September 2012

Sudan: Cabinet Endorses Economic Cooperation Agreement With the State of South Sudan

Khartoum — The Council of Ministers, headed by President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, held a consultative meeting Sunday during which it deliberated on the cooperation agreements that have been signed recently in Addis Ababa between Sudan and South Sudan, where it approved 9 agreements for joint cooperation between the two countries.

The agreements included the Security Arrangements, presented by the Minister of Defence Lt. Gen Abdal-Rahim Mohamed Hussein whereas the State Minister at the Presidency of Republic and Head of Sudan's Negotiating Delegation Idris Mohammed Abdal-Gadir, presented the eight other agreements. The Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Dr. Omer Mohamed Salih said, in a press statement after the meeting, that the cooperation agreement included an agreement on mechanisms to implement the agreements and peaceful settlement of disputes with the serious pursuance to complete the negotiations in the outstanding issues within fourty days of signing the Cooperation Agreement.

Salih added that the oil agreement comprised assurance over the previous agreements with procedural details on ways of payment, transportation and delivery at the port, pointing out that the agreement authorized Government of Sudan to receive transportation, transit and processing fees as well the financial arrangements in the form of materials in kind after the approval of the Government of Southern Sudan. In case of failure of southern Sudan in payment of the fees, the Government of Sudan has give the right take the quantity of oil due in kind to satisfy the debt.

The Secretary General of the Council of Ministers explained that the economic agreement included provisions on the rights and properties of the citizens, particularly those citizens whose properties suffered attacks and that meant the Sudanese citizens in southern Sudan in particular. Dr. Omer the members of the Council of Ministers from the different partisan entities composing the broad-based government have expressed their absolute support for this agreement, affirming that it serves the higher interests of the people of Sudan and lays a solid foundation for peace between the two neighbouring countries by enabling them to establish comprehensive economic and political development.

The Council of Ministers praised the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) and the Government of Ethiopia, which hosted these negotiations. It also praised President of the State of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit, who has had played an important role in reaching to these agreements. The Cabinet stressed its commitment to the text and spirit of the agreements and Sudan, Government and people, emphasized its keenness on establishment of good relations with the South Sudan as to serve the interests of both countries. The Council of Ministers approved the nine agreements at the end of the meeting to be tabled immediately before the National Assembly.

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