Addis Ababa September 29/2013 The Sudan-South Sudan Consultative Forum (SSSCF), initially established as the Sudan Consultative Forum on 8 May 2010, held its sixth meeting in New York last Friday, a press statement AU posted on its website said.
Participants of the Forum expressed their concern over the deteriorating political environment in the Abyei area and the risk that unilateral actions by Misseriya and Ngok Dinka communities lead to security incidents.
They called on the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) to resume its activities and provide necessary guidance and leadership for the rapid and safe return of refugees and displaced persons, a peaceful 2013-2014 Misseriya migration, and maintain Abyei a weapons free area.
Participants urged the two countries to implement the 20 June 2011 Agreement on Temporary Arrangements for the Administration and Security of the Abyei Area.
They also urged the two parties to establish the Abyei Area Referendum Commission and refrain from undertaking unilateral actions and encourages implementation of such commitments.
The participants also urged the parties to urgently resume discussions over the 21 September 2012 AUHIP proposal and resolve the determination of the final status of Abyei through a mutually acceptable arrangement.
The participants re-affirmed the right for Abyei residents to determine their political future, and the right of continued access for migratory populations.
They urged the parties to agree on the coordinates of the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SBDZ) centerline and fully implement all border security arrangements and complete the negotiations related to the disputed and claimed border areas, and proceed with border demarcation.
They urged Sudan and SPLM-N to cease hostilities and engage in direct talks to end the conflict in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile on the basis of the 28 June 2011 Agreement.
Participants also urged South Sudan to seek peaceful resolutions to internal armed conflicts in South Sudan, especially the on-going conflict in Jonglei State.
They expressed grave concern regarding the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States of Sudan.
They called on all parties to refrain from any acts of violence against civilians, to expedite safe and unhindered humanitarian access for the timely and full delivery of humanitarian aid to all civilians in urgent need of assistance.
In this regard, they emphasized that those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of international human rights law must be held accountable.
Participants also called on all parties to urgently resolve all technical problems to allow the conduct of an anti-polio vaccination campaign for children.
Participants concurred that the peaceful resolution of internal conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan and democratic, inclusive and legitimate process of national consultation and constitutionbuilding are complementary.