October 17, 2012 (BOR) – Jonglei state council of ministers endorsed the agreement signed between Sudan and South Sudan governments in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on 27 September.
The the state deputy, Hussein Maar Nyuot, briefed the press, after the closed-door meeting between governor Kuol Manyang Juuk, and the state ministers in Bor on Wednesday.
“The discussion was about the co-operation agreement which was signed in Addis Ababa between the Republic of South Sudan and the Sudan Government,” said Maar, who also hold the post of minister of information and broadcasting.
Maar said the council of ministers in its meeting on Wednesday endorsed the agreement in full adding, "we actually blessed it".
“He fully briefed us and we shared the documents, we are supporting the documents and we are supporting our President together with the negotiating teams,” said Maar.
“On behalf of the government we want to congratulate our president Salva Kiir Mayardit, and the team for the patience they showed during the time of negotiation," he said.
With regard to the border demarcation unresolved by the agreements, Maar said "we believe that with the effort of our team we will for sure get them back to the Republic of South Sudan.”
On Monday, hundreds of people from Northern Bahr el Ghazal and other states demonstrated against the establishment of a demilitarized region in accordance with one of the agreements. They perceived it as an encroachment upon South Sudan’s land. The Juba government said it was a temporary measure to afford international mediators to asses the region freely and ratified the agreement on Tuesday.
Maar said governor Manyang will brief the state legislative assembly tomorrow.
That council of the ministers urged the people of Jonglei state to stand with the government for its full support "because they know that the President together with the negotiating team will continue with the outstanding issues, such as issue of Abyei, borders the other areas that were not discussed,” said Maar.