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South Africa Mbeki postpones Sudan’s visit

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June 17, 2008 (PRETORIA) — South Africa’s foreign ministry announced today the postponement of a visit by its president to Sudan for talks on Darfur peacekeeping force and implementation of 2005 peace deal.

South African President Thabo Mbeki poses with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir in Cape Town before discussions on the peace efforts in Sudan. Nov 6, 2007 (AFP)

“The working visit to Sudan by President Thabo Mbeki has, through mutual agreement between the South Africa and Sudanese Governments, been postponed, said a statement issued in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The two day visit was due to begin on Tuesday.

President Mbeki who is also the chairman of the African Union post-conflict and reconstruction committee for Sudan used to visit the Sudan at least once per year to follow up the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the settlement of Darfur crisis.

Since 2006, South Africa president focused his efforts on the peacekeeping force for Darfur. During the adjourned visit He was supposed to meet Omer Bashir in Khartoum and Salva Kiir in Juba.

The visit had to discuss the important delay in the deployment of hybrid peacekeeping troops in the war-torn Darfur since six months after the transfer of authority from African Union.

Aziz Pahad, the Deputy Foreign Minister said last week that South Africa believed the presidential visit was "very important" at a time of crisis in a three-year peace agreement between north and south Sudan..

On June 8, officials from the northern, southern Sudan ruling parties signed a roadmap agreement to end the three year deadlock over the implementation of Abyei Protocol. This deal came after heavy fighting that resulted in displacement of around 50 thousands civilians.

(ST)

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  • 18 June 2008 08:23, by Maganydam

    Mbeki-Son of a woman

    I knew you exist as President of South Africa and AU chairperson on Conflict resolution by chance but not by your deeds and responsibilities, failing to come to Sudan reminds me of the HUGE bribery Omar Bashir and Arabs League offered to you during the signing of CPA to silent leader of position but not of manhood like you.
    But even if you were going to come, your coming was to enjoy sleeping in Sudan oil-enriched North and to recieve bundle of Dollars for own use from idiotic-Bashir.
    I wish CPA stands without you.

    • 18 June 2008 15:43, by Ajuong

      You had already hitted the nail on the head, Manganydam.

      It is true, very true that these African leaders stand the same way you had just stated if the really and trusted leader like Mr. Mbeki did something like this!

      Let him stay if he feels that what his colleague (Bashir) is doing is right.

      Afica only gave birth to three sons as follows: Mr. Mandella, Mr. Kwama Nakurama and Mr. Nyarere and still there is hope for another chance that we will get more rather than these greedy ones.

    • 18 June 2008 15:48, by Ajuong

      You had already hit the nail on the head, Manganydam.

      It is true, very true that these African leaders stand the same way you had just stated if the really and trusted leader like Mr. Mbeki did something like this!

      Let him stay if he feels that what his colleague (Bashir) is doing is right.

      Afica only gave birth to three sons as follows: Mr. Mandella, Mr. Kwama Nakurama and Mr. Nyarere and still there is hope for another chance that we will get more rather than these greedy ones.



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