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Lakes state and Al Jazeera state sign cooperation and development agreements

By Manyang Mayom

November 25, 2010 (JUBA) - The Governor of Jazeera state, in north Sudan, Zabir Bashir, visited Lakes state in South Sudan for the first time on Wednesday to commit to cooperation between the two states’s with Governor Chol Tong Mayay.

During the discussion in Lakes state council of ministers on Wednesday afternoon, a number of cooperative activities were signed by the two Governors including capacity building training, agricultural and educational activities to be implemented by both states.

Jazeera state Governor Bashir told Sudan Tribune that "there are number of cooperation activities being carryout which include opportunities in education training and opportunities are made available - we will include students to obtain Degree in Jazeera University."

In January the south votes to decide whether it will opt to secede from the north as part of a 2005 peace deal signed in Naivasha, Kenya.

"Yes, Naivasha has brought possibility for unity or separation but I hope if we lose unity, then we will not lose peace", Bashir said.

There are fears that southern secession of a failure to implement the remaining aspects of the peace deal - including holding the southern referendum, a separate vote to decide whether the border region of Abyei joins the south, demarcating the border and reaching agreement on post-referendum issues such as oil, water, citizenship and national debt and assets - could see a return to north south conflict.

On Wednesday the south accused the north of bombing southern territory an allegation strongly denied by Sudan’s northern army.

Lakes state Governor Tong affirmed that the arrival of Jazeera state’s governor shows a good relationship between two states.

Tong said that "the relationship between Lakes and Jazeera state state will be accomplish on social economic phase as in high capacity term of education and agricultural fields".

“We are reinforcing relationship in social activities such as education, agricultural and linkages on cooperation in delivery of services to people of Lakes state and to people of Al-Jazeeria state" said Bashir.

He added that Lakes state has been invited to make a reciprocal visit to Jazeera state.