Sudan, South Sudan to sign deal on outstanding issues under AU mediation


The African Union mediation committee has set September 21 as a date for Sudan and South Sudan to sign a deal on all outstanding issues between the two countries, Khartoum’s Al-Sahafa daily reported. The African mediation group made September 21 the deadline for signing the agreement regarding all the outstanding issues between the two countries, the paper said. In the meantime, the paper quoted Deng Alor, South Sudan’s minister of cabinet affairs as saying that “the African mediation has handed the two sides lists of issues to be discussed including the border, the status of the citizens’ in the two countries, Abyei, the oil and the economic issues.”  They also set the period between the 15th and 20th of September as the date for convening a summit between Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit on the outstanding issues between the two countries, said Alor. Sudan and South Sudan have been negotiating in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa over the border demarcation, oil and the disputed oil-rich area of Abyei under the mediation of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP), headed by former President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki.
(The Daily Monitor)