Khartoum, Sudan - Sudan and South Sudan on Tuesday signed a final accord on the full implementation of a series of agreements they signed in December last year, including the exportation of South Sudan oil via Sudanese facilities.
The agreement, signed under the supervision of former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, who is also head of the AU High level implementation Panel, was described by the Sudanese as “an important document that will authorize the execution of the agreements between the two states in all fields, including security arrangements, economic cooperation, including the export of oil produced in Juba through Khartoum, the movement of citizens and treatment accorded to them in the two states as well as trade and banking cooperation'.
In a statement issued in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and circulated by the official Sudan news Agency (SUNA) on Tuesday, the Sudanese government said: 'It wishes to confirm its commitment to executing the matrix according to the terms and timing put out in it in accordance with the principles of good faith, constructive cooperation and neighborliness.“
The statement said the Sudanese government also expressed its “gratitude and appreciation” to all regional and international bodies which contributed to this important accomplishment -- the African Union, the African Union Higher Implementation Panel for Sudan, chaired by Thabo Mbeki and his Presidential Team and secretariat, the Chairperson of the IGAAD and Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalgn, and the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General to Sudan and South Sudan, Haile Menkarios.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mbeki pointed out that the two governments had issued orders for the companies in the field to immediately start the process of pumping oil from the South via Sudan for exportation.