Message from President Al-Bashir to his South African counterpart on development of issues in SudanSource: Suna
Date Added: Monday, 30 April 2012
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and personal envoy of the President of the Republic, Ali Karti, handed over the message to the President Zuma Monday when he met him in the Capital of South Africa, Pretoria.
Karti gave detailed briefing on the recent developments which ended up with invasion of South Sudan State to Heglig area and its threats to destroy the oil infrastructure and facilities there.
He also informed President Zuma on the situation in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile States.
Kart has acquainted the President of South Africa with the developments of security file between Sudan and South Sudan, referring to disrespect the government of South Sudan with the implementation of the understandings and arrangements on the disengagement of the Ninth and Tenth divisions of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) in accordance with what was provided in the Agreement of Security Arrangements on the two areas.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs asked President Zuma to prop up the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to come out with solutions to the pending issues between Sudan and the state of South Sudan.
Karti called on the African leaders to exercise pressures on the State of South Sudan to withdraw its troops immediately, and without conditions and without damaging to the oil infrastructures in the area.
Meanwhile, President Zuma said that his country was a friend to each of Sudan and South Sudan, referring to the visit he paid to Khartoum before one day from the official declaration of the secession of South Sudan.
The President of South Africa said that he would contact the African Union (AU) and the African leaders for consultation on what could be made to ease the tension and to solve all the pending issues, pointing out that he will make contacts with both President Al-Bashir and President Kiir to urge them not to escalate the situation and to acquaint them with the outcome of his contacts with the AU and African leaders.
It is worth mentioning that Karti the Minister of Foreign Affairs began an African tour that he began with South Africa during which he met with his South African counterpart, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
The tour will include Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland to hand over messages from President Al-Bashir to the presidents and Kings of these countries.