Leadership (Abuja)

27 November 2012

Sudan: Jonathan Pledges to Support Peace Between Sudan, South Sudan

Photo: Peter Martell/IRIN
Des soldats du Sud Soudan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday pledged that Nigeria would continue to work with other African Nations to ensure a peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes between Sudan and South Sudan.

Jonathan made the pledge at an audience with the Vice President of Sudan, Dr Adam Yousuf, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The president said Nigeria would work through the African Union's Peace and Security Council and the African Union's Authority of Heads of State and Government.

This the president said was to ensure a resolution of the disagreement between Sudan and South Sudan over Abyei District.

He assured that the resolution would be acceptable to both countries.

The president said he would confer with other African leaders ahead of the next meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council on the Abyei dispute.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yousuf delivered a special message from President Omar El-Bashir of Sudan, to Jonathan.

He also briefed the president on Sudan's current position on efforts to resolve the dispute.

Yousuf assured Jonathan of Sudan's readiness for continued dialogue toward the peaceful resolution of the dispute over Abyei.

He told the president that Sudan was already doing its best to implement the nine agreements signed with South Sudan in Addis Ababa last month on other issues arising from the separation of both countries.

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