16 November 2013

Sudan: Darfur Mediator Meets South Sudan's Vice-President and Key Ministers to Discuss Ongoing Peace and Reconciliation Efforts in the Region

press release

Juba, South Sudan — The AU- UN Joint Special Representative/ Joint Chief Mediator (JSR/JCM) for Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, visited Juba, South Sudan, from 13 to 16 November where he met with the Vice President of South Sudan, H.E. James Wani Igga, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and National Security.

He also briefed members of the diplomatic corps and held consultations with the sister mission, UNMISS, aimed at exploring ways of collaboration to enhance the achievement of their respective mandates.

The visit is part of a larger tour that will include a number of Sudan's neighbours with a view to underscore the importance of inter-regional cooperation to resolve the Darfur conflict not only for its people but also for the peace and stability of the entire region.

During the visit, Dr. Chambas stated that lasting peace in Darfur is necessary for the realization of regional stability. It also opens new horizons for future development and economic growth that would benefit the entire sub-region. "We congratulate Khartoum and Juba for the goodwill and cordial relations they have generated and maintained over the past few months. UNAMID will seek to foster this bonhomie among the two countries to achieve inclusive peace and security in Darfur," he said.

Vice President Igga welcomed Dr. Chambas' efforts in widening the opportunities for enhanced partnership among Sudan's neighbours, particularly South Sudan. He further assured his country's full and continued support in advancing the JSR/JCM's mediation efforts.

SOURCE Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in South Sudan

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