Sudan, South Sudan Talks To Resume in Addis Ababa
Khartoum – President of the Republic, Field marshal Omer Al Bashir directed the government delegation to prepare for traveling Tuesday to Addis Ababa to resume the talks with South Sudan delegation on the outstanding issues.
Al Bashir had discussed yesterday with the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Chief, Thabo Mbeki the arrangements for resuming the talks which will take place in the African Union head office in Addis Ababa.
In press statement, AUHIP Chief, Thabo Mbeki said that the panel was acquainted with President's Al Bashir vision to make the talks a success.
He added that Al Bashir affirmed to him that the government delegation will depart today to Addis Ababa to discuss outstanding issues.
Mbeki pointed out that he will fly to Juba to meet with South Sudan President to brief him on the preparations for resuming the talks, affirming that South Sudan government assured him that it will participate in the talks.
On his part, NCP spokesman, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour affirmed the acceptance of the government to resume the talks with South Sudan over the outstanding issues.
In an exclusive statement to Sudan Vision, Ghandour said that the acceptance comes within the framework of the Naivasha Agreement implementation and in response to the AUHIP to the two parties to expedite the negotiations process to reach a settlement over the topics tabled in Addis Ababa meetings.
It is worth mentioning that the Sudanese government has requested Mbeki to come to Khartoum to brief him on its remarks over the proposals.
Information Minister, Dr. Kamal Obeid had recently revealed that the complicated oil issue is represented by the existence of the main exportation infrastructure in the north for the exportation, adding that it is a pending question which needs a study from the AUHIP to the government's view.
The mandate of the AUHIP will come to an end next year.
By Mona Al-Bashir/Al-Sammani Awadallah, 21/11/2011