France to assist independence process in South Sudan

Paris, France (PANA) - France will assist Sudanese parties to prepare for the independence of South-Sudan and the enhancement of closer relations between the north and the south, the spokesman of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Valero, disclosed Friday in Paris.

Valero, at a news briefing, urged the South and the North to continue the post-referendum agreements on important issues such as the border and the sharing of oil revenues.

"In this historic moment, France wants the continuation of the mediation of the African Union’s panel, led by Thabo Mbeki, and urges the Sudanese parties to continue the discussions in the same spirit as the one that led to the organisation of the referendum," Valero said.

According to him, Sudanese have already chosen the constructive way of partnership, using dialogue to resolve contentious issues.

"This decision of the Sudanese authorities is an encouragement for further decisions to be taken," Valero said, emphasising the need to build confidence relations between the North and the future State of the South-Sudan.

The final results of the referendum, held 9 January, and published Monday by the Electoral Commission, revealed that nearly 98 per cent of the South-Sudanese are in favour of independence.
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10 février 2011 17:23:09

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