Kenya to Mediate for Normal Relations between Sudan, South Sudan
Khartoum - Kenyan government has put forward an initiative to establish good neighborly relations between Sudan and South Sudan, in addition to the development of the Sudanese-Kenyan relations.
Kenyan Vice-President Kalonzo Stephen Musyoka conveyed a written message from Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki to President Al Bashir on the said matter.
Musyoka said, in a press statement after his meeting with President of the Republic, that he handed over President Al Bashir a written message from Kenyan President Kibaki on an initiative to establish good neighborly relations between Sudan and South Sudan and the Sudanese Kenyan bilateral relations, pointing out that Kenya is keen on good and stable relations between the two countries.
He said that he conveyed to President Al Bashir Kenya support to the framework agreement reached in Addis Ababa and its support Al Bashir - Kiir summit to be held early next April in Juba, affirming support of Nairobi to the meeting of the political, military and security committee to be held on March 30 in Addis Ababa.
Kenyan envoy added that the meeting dealt with the anticipated success of the bilateral meetings between Sudan and South Sudan, noting that the meeting was an opportunity for consultation on many issues of concern to Sudan and Kenya.
|Omer Al Bashir and Kalonzo Stephen Musyoka|
For his part, President Omar Al Bashir praised efforts of Kenya to achieve peace and stability in Sudan for sponsoring the peace agreement in Naivasha and the talks that led to it, and the Kenyan efforts for the establishment of good neighborly relations between Sudan and South Sudan after the separation, emphasizing Sudan intention to bring peace and stability in the region and the Keenness of the government in the establishment of good neighborly relations with South Sudan.
President of the Republic praised Kenyan role in the peace agreement and its efforts to bring peace between Sudan and South Sudan, and thanked President Kibaki for the initiative and interest in Sudan.
Al Bashir assured the Kenyan envoy on serious and keen of Sudan to establish stable relations with the State of the South, but there are difficulties encountered in the peace agreement, security arrangements and borders, leading to tension, but despite that the Sudanese government is seeking peace.
Al Bashir pointed out that the visit of the delegation of South Sudan, headed by Pagan Amum give some positive indicators that could lead to peace, pointing out that communication will continue to reach a stable relationship.
On the other hand, the Kenyan envoy met here yesterday with the Assistant President of the Republic, Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie, where he conveyed the Kenyan support to the steps on relationships between the State of South Sudan and Sudan, indicating to Nairobi keen on good-neighborly relations between Khartoum and Juba.
By Staff Writer, 25/03/2012