16 January 2013

South Sudan: RSS Seeks Zimbabwe's Support in Its Search for Peace With Sudan

Harare — The government of the Republic of Zimbabwe has received the letter sent by H.E. the President of the Republic Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit on the outcome of the recent presidential summit held in Addis Ababa. The letter was handed over yesterday to the Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, H.E. Joice Mujuru at Harare International Airport.

Shortly after handing over the letter, the special envoy of the President, Hon. Emmanuel LoWilla told the Vice President of Zimbabwe that the government of Sudan is not serious about implementing the cooperation agreement and dragging its feet on reaching a solution on the final status of Abyei Area as proposed by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel.

Zimbabwe is one of the members of the African Union Peace and Security Council which will meet on the margins of the African Union Summit scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa on 24th - 29 January 2013. The Summit of the heads of state and governments is expected to discuss the outstanding issue between Sudan and South Sudan, especially the final status of Abyei Area, claimed and disputed border areas and the implementation of the cooperation agreement signed on 27 September 2012.

Hon. LoWilla, who is also the minister in the Office of the President urged the government of the Republic of Zimbabwe to encourage President Bashir and the Sudanese government to implement the cooperation agreement immediately and without precondition.

On her part, the Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe said that H.E. Thabo Mbeki being a former Head of State and as the chairman of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel is the right person for the job because he has experience over conflict resolutions and familiar with the African problems.

The Vice President assured the delegation to communicate the feedback after handing the letter to H.E. Robert Mugabe, as soon as he is back to office from his annual leave and confident that reply on the support requested will be sooner before the AU Summit.

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