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Ethiopia pledges support for peaceful settlement of Sudan’s post-referendum issues


March 18, 2011 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopian Prime minister Meles Zenawi said on Friday that his country will remain firm in its support for the peaceful conclusion of South Sudan’s post-referendum process.

According to a senior government official, the Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi has met with a high-level Sudanese delegation led by Sudan’s foreign affairs minister, Ali Kerti. The two sides conferred on the current situation in Sudan and other bilateral issues.

Meles said Ethiopia, along with other partners, will carry on playing major role in the Sudanese peace process.

He stressed that the Ethiopian government will commit to closely work with the government and people of Sudan in ensuring lasting peace. He said peace in Sudan means not only to Sudanese but also to the region as a whole.

The two neighbors expressed commitment to work together through their joint commission for the successful completion of Sudan’s peace process.

The Sudanese foreign minister told PM Zenawi during the discussions that the South Sudan post-referendum process is well underway as per the agreement.

Though the case of Abyei region is not moving smoothly, the two sides are relentlessly exerting their efforts for a peaceful resolution, he noted. Abyei was supposed to hold a referendum to decide whether it will become part of the South but it did not go ahead due to disagreement between Sudan’s ruling parties over who should be allowed to vote.

The South Sudan independence referendum went ahead on schedule in January. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of secession.

The referendum was a core component of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended decades of conflict between the Southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the Khartoum government.

Despite a peaceful completion on the referendum many issues remain unresolved. As well as the status of Abyei the two parties are negotiating; citizenship rights; the future of the Sudanese Pound, national assets and debts; international agreements; and natural resources (oil and water).


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  • 20 March 2011 17:16, by Wolleyewu

    Sudanes, donot get naive be very clever when everything comes relevant to this evil person who is the cause of humilation and disintegration for the country he claims to rule.

    So funny. Can this mentaly insane western slave could deliver such a huge task in his limited capacity.

    He is a guy selling so many million hectar fertile lands of Ethiopia for foreigners for about 100years lease with a price for nothing.He is the one who gave our port Assab to Eriteria and now he is seducing you to take the parts of Ethiopia to south soudan which will bring you never ending misery for your nation after the down fall of his regime

    He is the one facilitating the separation of south sudan with playing double personality wiht north.

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