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Ethiopia urges Sudanese peace partners to settle their disputes differently


September 29, 2010 (NEW YORK) – Ethiopia urged the Sudanese peace partners to adopt a new approach in dealing with the implementation of the outstanding issues related to the referendum on self determination in southern Sudan and Abyei.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia Seyoum Mesfin delivers his address September 29, 2010 during the 65th session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. (UN)"There is clearly a need to change the mode of operation in the negotiations on the implementation of the CPA since business as usual is obviously not going to work," said Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin on Wednesday in his speech before the annual general meeting of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly.

Mesfin further called on the Sudanese party to parties to "carry out their respective obligations without putting preconditions along the way." "In doing so their incentive should be peace and no one can impose it on them if they do not show the political will to achieve it," he further said.

Ethiopia, one of the guarantors of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2005, is also the current head of IGAD, the regional organization that facilitated the three year talks between the Sudanese government and the former rebel SPLM.

The Horn of Africa country is also the sole country to have joint border with northern and southern Sudan, and the landlocked country seems keen to adopt a neutral position on the current row on the referendum.

He underlined that the success of the two peace partners to run the referendum and to implement its outcome will be a success for the African continent and its failure will be a catastrophe for Africa.

"There is conceivably no other conflict in the continent today comparable to that of the Sudan," he said.

"As such we believe success in the Sudan will mean a significant success for Africa as a whole," he said. "By the same token, failure may entail a serious catastrophe for Africa."

The southern Sudanese have to vote in a referendum for unity with north Sudan or separation according to the provisions of the CPA, which ended the longest civil war in Africa.

Mesfin that the CPA parties "irrespective of the outcome of the referenda" should not only focus on January 2011. Adding they have to admit that there are several commonalties, bonds and values shared by people in northern and southern Sudan.

"That is why it is of paramount importance that the negotiations on post-referenda should be concluded in the earnest with the serious purpose the issues deserve.


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  • 30 September 2010 11:11, by Adam

    Dear Readers,

    Of all speeches delivered in the UN about Sudan, I found the speeches of Ethiopia (president and foreign minister ones) are the most sincere and non-bias.

    If the stupidity of NCP and SPLA/M goes on like what one observes, the bad scenarios I drew earlier will be sooner and of unprecedented proportions.

    The situation is no less than a disaster. Only the CPA partners can solve the problems of Sudan. Not the US, Europe or the whole international community will do anything, but complicates things on the ground, because all of them are after their interests and Hell with the people of Sudan - South and North. The problems are ours. Foreigners will only add oil to the fire.

    Stupid and irresponsible announcements should immediately be stopped by the sinners of NCP and SPLA/M. Let them discuss and solve problems without intervention or mediations.


    Adam Milawaki, Kansas City

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    • 1 October 2010 07:14, by Anyang

      "Adam’, It’s NCP to blame for all the failures not Splm mate if you don’t get it.

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  • 30 September 2010 17:42, by Manyieldit

    This statement is not good at all. If Sudan can solve its problem alone why do its people fought the war against each other for the last 55 years?

    We should be very realistic and sincere, Arab/NCP are not trusted and can not make peace in Sudan, if the world is going to leave it up to the people of Sudan (NCP and SPLM) then there is nothing call peace, the world should prepare for outburst of the war.

    The clear examples are the one which was said today be Chief Babo Nimer of Masseriya tribe and the statement of Foreign Minister and the Minister of information in the north.

    Do the world still want more people to die in Sudan?

    let the IGAD, UNSC, US, EU, and UK joint hand and support the people of Sudan to reach a peaceful settlement to their problem, The two enemies can not solve their problem without a mediator, I prove the Ethiopian Officials as wrong

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    • 30 September 2010 19:46, by Wolleyewu

      Dear readers donot put trust on the current Ethiopian officials discour in UN summit be it its foerign minister or Prime Minister. They are brutal dictators ruling the people of Ethiopia for two century more than the Mengistu regime.

      They would like to put things as they wish so that they could avoid any threat for their administration in future that is their concern not the people of sudan.


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