Signing of agreements between Sudan and South Sudan (28 September 2012)

France welcomes signing of a series of agreements between Sudan and South Sudan, which should allow a large part of the dispute, which has opposed the two countries since South Sudan’s independence in July 2011, to be resolved. France hails this remarkable step towards resolving the outstanding issues, particularly as regards the demilitarized zone and oil. It is an essential stage in normalizing political relations between the two states and it must lay the foundations for a new era of cooperation and allow them to develop economically and socially.

France wants to pay tribute to the commitment of the two countries’ highest authorities and the remarkable job done by the African Union mediation team. She particularly congratulates Presidents Mbeki, Buyoya and Abubakar, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, continuing the essential role played by his predecessor, the late Meles Zenawi. She also pays tribute to the United Nations’ role.

Today the momentum of cooperation must be maintained to guarantee that the agreement is implemented smoothly and the final unresolved issues are resolved. In this respect, the Panel of Experts’ recommendations on the status of Abyei should allow the parties to find a lasting solution.

France also calls on the Sudanese government and all the players concerned to find a solution as soon as possible to the crisis which has affected South Kordofan and Blue Nile for over a year, in order to encourage the implementation of the agreement which has just been signed.

France will back the parties’ efforts to reach a solution, just as she supported the deployment of UNISFA in Abyei when the parties requested it