Silva Kir, the leader of south Sudan and President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan. The President said he would recognize the south if it voted for separation from the central government. Factional fighting in the south may jeopardize their independence., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Sudan and South Sudan pledge to end hostilities
Written by The New Sudan Vision (NSV), www.newsudanvision.com
Saturday, 07 July 2012 15:06
At the end of the latest round of talks today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Republics of Sudan and South Sudan have pledged to end aggressions even though they have stopped short of reaching a conclusive deal.
“We are going to discuss all issues, security, economic, that includes trade and oil ... and we have committed ourselves to resolving the border dispute," said South Sudan's Chief Negotiator Pagan Amum.
Mr. Amum said he was happy with the latest development and said South Sudan is committed to reaching a comprehensive deal to resolve the outstanding issues.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki who is the Chief Mediator lauded the two parties to the conflict saying “the approach that the parties have taken indeed creates the basis for a speedier resolution of these outstanding questions.”
This new development came ahead of celebrations on July 9 to mark one year of South Sudan's independence.
Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein, Sudan's defense minister said the two parties have “agreed to never solicit force to settle their disputes and differences and to commit themselves to the cessation of hostilities.