Sudan / South Sudan – Speaking points for the first session
- The EU warmly welcomes the agreements that have been concluded by Sudan and South Sudan at the Presidential Summit in Addis Ababa earlier today. They represent a major breakthrough.
- Implementation of these agreements on the ground will now be essential. The EU will work together with the AU, UN, and other partners in support of implementation efforts. We have provided a major package of development aid both for Sudan (US$ 86 m) and South Sudan (US$ 366 m). We also follow with concern the economic situation of both countries. It is essential that oil production be resumed as soon as possible.
- We commend Sudan and South Sudan for the progress achieved on a wide range of important issues. But we are concerned that the critical question of Abyei remains unresolved. UNSCR 2046 and AU Roadmap are clear in that resolving Abyei’s final status is essential for lasting peace. I look forward to the AU High Level Implementation Panel’s recommendations to the AU Peace and Security Council. I also hope that there will be agreement as soon as possible on a process to address the disputed and claimed border areas.
- The EU remains extremely concerned about thehumanitarian situation in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States. Immediate action needs to be taken to meet the humanitarian needs of the people through proper access for those able to help. But a lasting solution requires political agreement that enables all the people of these states to play a full part in the political life of Sudan.
- The EU calls on the Government of Sudan and the SPLM/North to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities and on the Government of Sudan to collaborate with the UN, AU and League of Arab States to ensure the immediate delivery ofhumanitarian assistance to all affected civilian populations.
- The EU also urges both Parties to enter into immediate negotiations to reach apolitical settlement on the basis of the 28 June 2011 Framework Agreement, as stipulated in UN Security Council Resolution 2046. This Resolution is clear that there will be consequences for failure by the parties to comply.
- The EU would like to paytribute to the valuable contribution made by Ethiopia, including the late Prime Minister Meles to this process. The EU alsocommends the AU for its leadership, and the AU High Level Panel, headed by President Mbeki, for their tireless efforts. We continue to offer our full support, including through our EU Special Representative, for these efforts.