Goodluck Jonathan pledges support for peace between Sudan, South Sudan
President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday pledged that Nigeria would continue to work with other African Nations to ensure a peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes between Sudan and South Sudan, a State House press statement, issued by the Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, has indicated.
According to the statement, President Jonathan made the pledge here when he granted audience to the Vice President of Sudan, Dr. Adam Yousuf.
President Jonathan said that Nigeria would work through the African Union’s Peace and Security Council and the African Union’s Authority of Heads of State and Government to achieve a resolution of the disagreement between Sudan and South Sudan over Abyei District that will be acceptable to both countries.
The President assured Dr. Yousuf, who delivered a special message from President Omar El-Bashir to him, that he would confer with other African leaders ahead of the next meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council on the Abyei dispute.
After being briefed by Dr. Yousuf on Sudan’s current position on efforts to resolve the dispute, President Jonathan said that Nigeria was committed to ensuring that all possible options for a peaceful and enduring resolution of the dispute were fully explored.
Dr. Yousuf had assured President Jonathan of Sudan’s readiness for continued dialogue towards the peaceful resolution of the dispute over Abyei.
He told the President that Sudan was already doing its best to implement the nine agreements signed with South Sudan in Addis Ababa last month on other issues arising from the separation of both countries.