New York

17 October 2012

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the ratification of the Agreement of 27 September by the Parliaments of Sudan and South Sudan

The Secretary-General congratulates the Parliaments of South Sudan and Sudan for ratifying the cooperation agreements signed by Presidents Salva Kiir and Omar 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 operationalisation 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 UN stands ready to continue assisting the parties, in collaboration with its partners.