AU Invite Sudan, South Sudan to Discuss Security Issues

The African Union (AU) on Sunday invited officials from Sudan and South Sudan for talks to do with security affecting the two countries.

The official from the two nations to meet in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa where several outstanding issues affecting them were to be discussed in length.

The officials from the two nations have received invitation from the head of the AU High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), Thabo Mbeki. The meeting expected to kick off on May8-9.

Among issues expected to top in the discussion include implementation of joint cooperation agreements in the security field including border demarcation, the demilitarized zone and the file of sheltering and supporting the armed movements.

On March 8, 2013, Sudan and South Sudan signed a matrix deal in Addis Ababa in which they committed to implement a previously signed security arrangement, which stipulates an immediate withdrawal of forces from the joint borders, along with establishing a safe demilitarized zone between the two countries.

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