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Sudanese Parties Sign Agreement on Border Security
Addis Ababa, 31 May 2011: Meeting in Addis Ababa, under the facilitation of the African
Union High‐Level Implementation Panel for Sudan, the Sudanese parties, the National
Congress and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, signed a Joint Position Paper on Border
Security, yesterday evening, 30 May.
The agreement details the establishment of a Joint Political and Security Mechanism for
North and South Sudan, headed by the two Ministers of Defence and including the Chiefs of
Staff of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the
heads of intelligence and police, and other senior officials, to ensure that the two parties
can maintain stable and secure relations. The agreement also establishes a Common Border
Zone between North and South Sudan, which is to be demilitarized and jointly monitored
The Joint Position Paper was signed by Lt.‐Gen Mahmoud Suleiman (NCP) and Lt.‐Gen Salva
Mathok (SPLM) and witnessed by the African Union.
The Agreement paves the way for further negotiations on key security issues between the
parties, to be convened by the AU Panel within the week.