Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma [AUHIP | File]
By Teddy Chenya
ADDIS ABABA, 19 October 2012 [Gurtong] - The agreements’ were signed under the auspices of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).
A release from the AUHIP says that the ratification is a significant step that will make it possible to proceed to the effective implementation of the signed agreements.
This will include the resumption of economic activities between the two countries and oil production, as well as the opening of the common border to facilitate trade and movement of people.
The South Sudan national assembly on Monday ratified the cooperation agreements which paves way for the resumption of oil production in the country.
The government has since ordered the oil producing companies to resume work.
The Chairperson encourages the two countries to ensure that all other agreed mechanisms are put in place.
She stresses that the speedy establishment of the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone and deployment of the Joint Border Verification and MonitoringMechanism will greatly contribute to the stabilization of the border areas.
She assures the governments of the two countries that the commission, through
the AUHIP, is fully committed to supporting the implementation of the signed agreements and the resolution of the outstanding issues so that a comprehensive settlement to all the post secession issues in their relations is expeditiously reached.
The statement says that the AU Peace and Security Council will meet in Addis Ababa, at ministerial level, on 24 October 2012, to deliberate on the situation and assess the implementation status of its roadmap of 24 April 2012 and Security Council resolution 2046 (2012) of 2 May 2012.