Tuesday January 29 2013

Nigerian president mediates in Sudan, South Sudan crisis

By Agencies

The move to end the feud between the neighboring Sudan and South Sudan got a boost as Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan brought together leaders of both countries, according to a statement reaching Xinhua on Monday.

It said the Nigerian leader met with Sudanese President Omar Al- bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit on Sunday night in his hotel suite, on the sidelines of the ongoing 20th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The meeting was part of the efforts to get the two parties in the dispute to find a peaceful resolution through adherence to the provisions of the existing comprehensive peace agreement reached in September last year.

Also invited by President Jonathan to participate in the talks were President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Alhassan Quattara of Cote d'Ivoire, representatives of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalgen and a representative of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki.

Despite a comprehensive peace agreement following independence of South Sudan from Sudan, the two countries have been unable to resolve disputes over border regions, rebel groups, oil exportation and the status of the Abyei region.

Jonathan held separate meetings with the presidents of Sudan and South Sudan on Saturday. (Xinhua)