SUDANESE PRESIDENT SAYS AVAILS SOUTH SUDAN BY 2016 TO IMPLEMENT SIGNED AGREEMENTS
KHARTOUM, -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on Friday he will avail South Sudan until the end of 2016 to implement the agreements signed between the two countries.
"We signed agreements with South Sudan in 2012, but its government has not implemented these agreements until now," said al-Bashir when addressing the Shura Council of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in Khartoum.
He stressed Sudan is keen on good ties with South Sudan, "but until the end of December, they have either to implement the agreements or we will turn the page," without explicitly stating what Sudan would do if the South failed to implement the agreements.
In September 2012, the two sides signed a cooperation agreement in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa under the patronage of the African Union.
The agreement included a package of understandings related to security, citizens' status, border and economic issues, as well as oil and trade.
The border issue remains the biggest obstacle to the settlement of differences between Sudan and South Sudan.
Meanwhile, Khartoum accuses Juba of supporting and sheltering the rebels of Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector, which are fighting the government at South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas, besides the armed groups which are fighting in Sudan's Darfur region.
Source: Nam News Network