EU calls for acceleration of Sudanese peace process

Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has commended the recent Inter Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) summit devoted to the civil war in southern Sudan in Nairobi and expressed the hope this would step-up the peace process.
However, in a statement issued in Brussels Friday, the EU expressed concern at the lack of progress since the 2 June summit in the Kenyan capital.
The Union took note of IGAD's declared intention to convene a new summit within two months and its decision to create permanent negotiating teams.
It congratulated the Sudanese government for halting its aerial bombardments and appealed on the Sudanese government and the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM/SPLA) to cease hostilities so as to create a conducive atmosphere for negotiations.
It urged the warring sides to start "continuous" and sustained negotiations aimed at obtaining a "politically fair and sustainable" settlement to the crisis in southern Sudan.
The EU requested IGAD to initiate urgent negotiations for a total cease-fire to be "monitored by observers" endorsed by both warring parties.
Meanwhile, the EU announced a grant of 8.
4 millions euros( 0.
84 US cents = 1 euros) to finance the supply of food, medicine and other basic emergency needs by air to vulnerable populations in the Horn of Africa.

09 june 2001 18:30:00




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