No progress on security and economic agreements between Sudan, South Sudan

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The UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) is helping to keep the peace. Photo: IRIN/Hannah McNeish

The UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) is helping to keep the peace. Photo: IRIN/Hannah McNeish

There has been a lack of progress regarding an agreement signed by Sudan and South Sudan two years ago.

That's what Security Council President Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg told the press on Wednesday after closed door consultations on recent developments in the two countries.

The agreement covers security, the common border and economic relations as well as the status of the disputed area of Abyei.

A high level African Union panel of three former African presidents is in charge of brokering negotiations between Sudan and SPLM North.

Ambassador Sylvie Lucas.

"As you might recall on 13 February, the talks between the parties resumed under the auspices of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel. The session ended however on 2 March without any agreement on the proposal which was submitted by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel to the parties. Fighting continues in the two states and the humanitarian situation remains of great concern."

Meanwhile, the UN peacekeeping chief, Hervé Ladsous, warned that the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) was operating in what he called a "vacuum of law and order".

He noted that there has been no development in the establishment of the safe demilitarized border zone in Abyei and that all joint border verification and monitoring mechanism operations remain suspended.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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