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EU concerned by South Sudan violence and Darfur ceasefire

September 16, 2009 (BRUSSELS) – European Union foreign ministers said concerned by southern Sudan tribal violence and the absence of ceasefire in the western Sudan province of Darfur

In a statement released following a meeting held in Brussels on September 14 the EU 27 foreign ministers urged the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) to complete the disarmament process, as well as demobilisation and the reintegration of veterans.

They further made a “robust appeal” for the two peace partners to respect the deadlines set for 19 August for the global implementation of the comprehensive peace agreement.

They called to immediately respect North-South demarcation, the Abyei roadmap and the decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the Abyei border demarcation.

Regarding the situation in the restive region of Darfur, the EU ministers urged the Sudanese government of and the Darfur rebel movements to urgently engage in the Darfur peace negotiations under the leadership of the UN-AU Chief Mediator, Djibril Bassolé.

They also stressed the importance of the “governments of Sudan and Chad to implement, without further delay, previous commitments, and urges regional partners to intensify their assistance in this process”.

Sudan’s first general elections are scheduled to take place in April next year but the two CPA signatories still diverge on the outcome of the fifth census conducted in April- May as the SPLM rejects it.

The European Council urged in its statement the Government of National Unity to speed up the preparatory work for the national elections planned for April and to resolve the question of the census before the essential voter registration phase in November.

The EU plans to send a fact-finding mission to the country in coming weeks in order to assess in what conditions an EU electoral observation mission may be set in place.

Moreover the European Union ministers regretted the Sudanese government decision to not ratify the revised Cotonou Agreement linking the EU to the group of ACP countries (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific).

Further they said concerned this would have an adverse effect on the situation of the Sudanese populations in need.