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Delegation in Khartoum to discuss future status of Abyei

By James Atem Kuir

The delegation headed by the Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs, Tut Gatluak is in Sudan capital, Khartoum, to help in preparation for the final Signing ceremony of Sudanese peace agreement but most importantly, will hold discussion on the status of Abyei.

Abyei is one of the disputed areas between the two countries.

Minister of East African Affairs, Deng Alor Kuol and Minster of Investment Stephen Dhieu Mathok are part of the delegation to deliver a goodwill message from President Kiir to the Sudanese Transitional government and discuss other issues of bilateral interests.

Deng Dau Malek, the Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister said Deng Alor Kuol who is in charge of Abyei file will have advanced discussion on the prospect of Abyei status.

It is part of the mission of the Minister of East African Affairs, Deng Alor Kuol who is in charge of Abyei files. They are going to have general discussion on the future status of Abyei,” he said in a phone interview with Juba Monitor yesterday.

Deng Dau Deng asserted that South Sudan government intends to revive the 2012 Cooperation Agreement between the two neighbouring countries.

“During the initialing of the Sudanese peace agreement in Juba, President Kiir used the forum to re-activate the prospect of the Cooperation agreement, there is also a committee to follow it up,” he added.

“We need Sudan to be stable for us to trade effectively as you know we transport our oil through Port Sudan and we receive a lot of commodities ranging from construction to relief from Sudan.”

South Sudan has been brokering peace between the Sudanese parties and final signing of the peace agreement is expected to take place in Khartoum in few months to come.

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