11 January 2013

South Sudan: President Kikwete Pledges Support for Peace in South Sudan

Dar es Salaam — The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has assured the government of the Republic of South Sudan that Tanzania will do whatever necessary to ensure peace and stability in the country.

President Kikwete said this today after receiving a letter from a special envoy of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, minister in the Office of the President, Hon. Emmanuel LoWilla, on the recent Addis Ababa summit between the two presidents of South Sudan and Sudan.

He said as a member of the AU Peace and Security Council, it is in the interest of Tanzania and the entire African continent to see South Sudan and Sudan peaceful and viable states. He promised to help south Sudan in the upcoming African Union Peace and Security Council meeting.

On his part, Hon LoWilla said that the letter contained a briefing on the outcome of the presidential summit that was held in Addis Ababa on the 5th of January 2013, and a call for a decisive action on the outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan as agreed upon in the cooperation agreement.

He also said the letter urged the AUPSC member states to support the AU roadmap of 24 April 2012, AUPSC Communiqué of 24 October and UNSC resolution 2046, which adopt the proposal of President Mbeki on a referendum for Abyei.

The minister further said that it is very important for the AUPSC member states to understand the outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan since they are going to be tabled in the upcoming AU Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa, particularly the issue of Abyei and Borders (disputed and claimed areas).

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