Members of AU security councils visit Sudan

Monday, November 23, 2009

Khartoum - Members of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council are due to arrive in Khartoum on Monday for a briefing on the situation in Sudan.

According to the Director of the African Union Administration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sudan, Dr Ibrahim Ahmed Abdul-Karim, the AU Peace and Security Council members would be briefed on the ongoing efforts to reach a solution to the Darfur issue as well as the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and preparations for elections.

Dr Abdul-Karim indicated that the visit of the AU Peace and Security Council represented a boost for the firm stance of Sudan in dealing with the AU and its role concerning Sudanese issues.

He said the delegation of the AU Peace and Security Council would meet will a number of senior officials and would visit Al-Fasher in Dafur and Juba, capital of Southern Sudan.

Last week, South Africa and Norway announced a R55 million agreement to support a police-training project in Sudan.

The funds earmarked for the project will be divided in three parts: 70 percent will be spent in the Southern Sudan, 20 percent in Darfur and 10 percent in Khartoum.

According to the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the project will greatly assist in creating a more secure and safe environment in Sudan especially Southern Sudan and Darfur.

It will also towards the implementation of the CPA by strengthening the police forces in Southern Sudan.

The agreement follows a memorandum of understanding between South Africa and Sudan signed two years ago, aimed at providing assistance in the field of safety and security in support of the CPA between the north and south of the Sudan, the Darfur Peace Agreement and overall security capacity building.

As a result, the Norwegian Embassy was consulted for financial assistance on the implementation of the memorandum.