South Sudan: Recent agreements "good indication" for relations with Sudan

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Security Council Chamber

The recent signing of agreements by Sudan and South Sudan "bodes very well" for the relationship between the two countries.

That was the message South Sudanese ambassador Francis Deng told journalists following a Security Council meeting on Tuesday.

Sudan and its southern neighbour last month signed cooperation agreements on oil, security and citizenship, among other areas.

Ambassador Deng said the final status of the disputed Abyei region and other contested areas remain to be resolved.

"So we must bear in mind that Abyei will remain a challenge and a threat to the relations between the two countries. All that said, the agreements that have just been reached are a good indication of the fact that if the parties negotiate credibly, they can turn the mindset of conflict and tension that is destructive and not helpful at all to the two countries into one of peaceful coexistence and cooperation that will benefit all." (30 secs)

The South Sudanese ambassador said the signing of the agreements was the result of engagement and "unwavering commitment" by the international community, including the Security Council.

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