UN envoy "hopeful" as Sudan and South Sudan hold peace talks this week

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Haile Menkerios

The UN envoy for Sudan and South Sudan says he is hopeful about the talks between the two countries scheduled to begin on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In an interview with Radio Miraya in South Sudan, Haile Menkerios said the neighbouring states must implement agreements they have already reached.

The talks will centre around issues such as security and the disputed Abyei region.

"They've agreed to withdraw from Abyei; well, do it! They've agreed to form a border monitoring mechanism. They've agreed actually on frameworks for addressing the border issues such as demarcation of those that they've agreed upon, and negotiating or founding a framework for that. Do it!"

Both Sudan and South Sudan have accused the other of supporting armed groups inside each other's territory.

(Duration: 19 secs)

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