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Southern Sudan lobbies on agreement

By Vision Reporter

Added 15th February 2009 03:00 AM

THE Government of Southern Sudan has appealed to Uganda to use her positions in the African Union, the Inter-governmental Authority on Development and UN Security Council to put pressure on Khartoum to implement the clauses of the Comprehensive Peace Agre

THE Government of Southern Sudan has appealed to Uganda to use her positions in the African Union, the Inter-governmental Authority on Development and UN Security Council to put pressure on Khartoum to implement the clauses of the Comprehensive Peace Agre

By Henry Mukasa

THE Government of Southern Sudan has appealed to Uganda to use her positions in the African Union, the Inter-governmental Authority on Development and UN Security Council to put pressure on Khartoum to implement the clauses of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

A delegation from the country spent three days in Kampala in talks with the Government over how issues in the agreement could be sorted out.

The agreement, signed in 2005, ended years of war in Sudan.

The team, which is on a regional tour, left Kampala for Juba last Thursday.

They held talks with President Yoweri Museveni, foreign affairs minister, Sam Kutesa and the ministry’s permanent secretary, James Mugume.

The team told journalists that they discussed the implementation of the agreement, its contentious clauses, the Southern Sudan census, wealth-sharing between North and South and the Abyei stalemate.

Other issues discussed are the Darfur crisis, deployment of armed forces and the 2011 referendum that is likely to call for Southern Sudan’s autonomy.

The country’s regional cooperation minister, Dr. Benjamin Barnaba Marial said with the borders drawn, deployment of armed forces would be defective and wealth-sharing would remain unfair.

Barnaba urged the Sudanese in Uganda to go back during the referendum and vote. He also appealed to Uganda to talk to the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement to respect the 2005 deal fully.

“The CPA is a baby produced by the region. It has brought peace to our country but the baby cannot grow if all the chapters of the agreement are not implemented.”

He said his team also held bilateral talks with the Government. They discussed investment, transport, communications, education.

Southern Sudan telecommunications minister Gen. Gier Chuang Aluong explained that Ugandans were not harassed in his country.

Southern Sudan lobbies on agreement

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