Sudanese leaders to work with Mbeki panel for peace

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir Wednesday pledged to work with the African Union’s High-Level Panel on Darfur, led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, towards peace in the entire Sudan.
The Sudanese President said his government welcomed the recommendations made by the former South African leader on the need to take a holistic approach to the peace efforts in Sudan, including holding next April’s elections after a Darfur peace agreement.
“We wish to express the government’s satisfaction with the panel’s visit and express our readiness to work with the panel to identify all the steps that we can take together to advance the cause of peace, justice and reconciliation,” the Sudanese government said.
Khartoum said it was ready to work with the Mbeki Panel on the remaining issues, especially the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) signed between Khartoum and Southern Sudan and on the Darfur peace process.
Mbeki said in his briefing to the UN Security Council Tuesday that peace in Sudan depended on the outcome of the Darfur peace negotiations.
He warned that conducting presidential and parliamentary elections in the Sudan without Darfur’s participation would be a grave mistake and would confirm the marginalization of the region.
The UN Security Council welcomed the Mbeki report recommendations and underlined their appreciation for the balanced and comprehensive nature of the recommendations to promote peace, justice and reconciliation in Darfur and Sudan as a whole.
“They looked forward to the implementation of a holistic approach to the problems facing Sudan and support efforts aimed at the peaceful and democratic transformation of Sudan, in line with the provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” they said in a statement read by President of the Council Michel Kafando of Burkina Faso.
African Union High-level Implementation Panel on Darfur, led by Mbeki, met senior Sudanese politicians, including President Bashir and Southern Sudan President Salva Kiir, to discuss various issues, including the implementation of CPA.
The Security Council also endorsed the subsequent decisions of the African Union Peace and Security Council.
Sudanese authorities also welcomed the recommendations of PSC, saying the holistic approach taken by the AU organs towards peace in the rest of the Sudan was commendable.
“The Government of Sudan welcomes the holistic approach adopted by the panel and endorsed by PSC and looks forward to the constructive engagement of the international community with the AU for the promotion of peace, reconciliation, justice and prosperity in Sudan,” according to a statement issued by a Sudanese Foreign Ministry Spokesman.

23 december 2009 18:20:00

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