17 October 2012

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Congratulates Parliaments of Sudan, South Sudan


for Ratifying Cooperation Agreements


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General congratulates the Parliaments of South Sudan and Sudan for ratifying the cooperation agreements signed by Presidents Salva Kiir and Omer al-Bashir in Addis Ababa on 27 September. 

The Secretary-General urges both countries to now embark on the implementation of all the agreements they have signed and proceed immediately with the operationalization of their Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism.

The Secretary-General calls on both parties to continue their constructive engagement with the African Union High-level Implementation Panel, notably to agree on a process to settle the issue of remaining disputed and claimed areas and the determination of the final status of Abyei.  The United Nations stands ready to continue assisting the parties, in collaboration with its partners.

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