Africa: AU to Address Situation Between the Sudans

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African Union working to resolve the Sudan, South Sudan situation following Khartoum's oil suspension (file photo).

The Chairperson of the African Union, Haile Mariam Desalegn who is also the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, said he is making contacts with the Government of South Sudan in collaboration with the AU High Implementation Panel to work out proposals to address the situation between Sudan and South Sudan in the wake of Khartoum's announcement of suspension of the cooperation agreement between the two countries.

Mr. Hailemariam praised President Al Bashir, the Sudanese leadership and the people of the Sudan for the conclusion of peace agreements and acceptance of South Sudan secession, highlighting President Al Bashir's participation in the celebrations marking the birth of the new nation.

Foreign Minister Ali Karti, who briefed the Ethiopian Prime Minister on Sudan's decision to shut down the oil pipeline, said the decision was taken only after the Sudanese government exhausted all bilateral means to ensure South Sudan respects the concluded agreements.

The pipeline is shut down in line with provisions of the oil agreement and will be implemented within 60 days. Karti said Sudan is committed to tackle issues with South Sudan within the African framework.

He said the Sudanese government took the decision because of South Sudan's insistence to continue supporting rebel movements and its failure to withdraw from six locations within the Sudanese territories.

The Sudanese delegation that arrived in Addis Ababa yesterday, also enumerated the breaches of agreements by South Sudan, stating that South Sudan's support for insurgency is known to all the Sudanese people.

The Foreign Minister said Sudan is keen to brief the Ethiopian Prime Minister on the special status of relations between Sudan and Ethiopia, given the fact that the Prime Minister Desalegn is the chairman of the AU and IGAD.

The Foreign Minister and the accompanying delegation also held a meeting with the commissioner of the AU Peace and Security Council and briefed him on the development of relations between the two countries and the efforts being made by Sudan to achieve lasting peace and economic integration between the two countries.

The Sudanese delegation also briefed Dr. Dlamini-Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union, on the reasons for the decision.

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