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South Africa’s president appoints special envoy to Sudan

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October 18, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The president of South Africa Jacob Zuma announced on Monday that he has tapped his political adviser, Charles Nqakula, to be his special envoy to Sudan.

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South Africa special envoy to Sudan Charles Nqakula (Reuters)

The position of special envoy is a newly created one by Zuma.

"This is a strong reflection of South Africa’s commitment to assisting Sudan overcome the challenges that country faces," said the presidency in a statement published on its website.

South Africa currently chairs the African Union Ministerial Committee on the Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development of the Sudan and has been actively engaged in efforts to ensure smooth implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed between the National Congress Party (NCP) and Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM).

The ’Times’ online newspaper published in South Africa described Nqakula as a "long-standing communist and a former Thabo Mbeki [Zuma’s predecessor] loyalist....who has recently spent a good deal of time in unprofitable negotiations with recalcitrant African leaders in various countries of the continent".

He currently heads the President’s Zimbabwe facilitation team. He replaced then Deputy President Zuma as mediator in the Burundi peace talks in 2005.

People from Sudan’s oil-producing south are now less than three months away from the scheduled start of the vote, promised in a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of north-south civil war — a conflict that left an estimated 2 million dead. The date for the referendum is under pressure, with the final voter register due to be completed on December 31, just nine days before the vote.

Most analysts believe southerners will vote to secede from the north, creating the world’s newest nation.

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  • 19 October 2010 07:18, by DASODIKO

    Good step despite it came very too late, after jobless Thabo Mbiki messed up everything and killed Southand in Darfur with a name the name of his panel name Elders not Wise. But Its too late Zuma well done.

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  • 19 October 2010 15:44, by Mr. Peace Maker!

    President Jacob Nzuma have been trying his best though.
    Our people need to do more to resolve the disputes. But Referanda should take place as stipulated in the CPA no less no more.

    NCP should accept the verdicts of the people of Southern Sudan a cry for freedom and independence. Let NCP stop war propaganda against the Southerners for their choice of Cessation! We are not interested in war. If they start we will try to be as calm as possible and or defend our integrity and our Mother Land.

    All nations have known the drum beating of war the NCP are playing it is not acceptable. We are committed to peace come that Southerners become a new Nation.

    Peace Maker

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