Sudan, South Sudan: Joint Political and Security Committee (JPSC) to meet in Addis Ababa

 

The AUHIP Chair and  former South African president Thabo Mbeki during the 539th meeting of the PSC on the activities of the AU High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for Sudan and South Sudan Held in Addis Ababa – Picture peaceau.org

The Joint Political and Security Committee (JPSC) an organ mandated with addressing concerns and complaints which may constitute a violation to the MOU on Non-Aggression and Cooperation of 14th February 2012, as well as the Mutual Cooperation Agreement of 27th September 2012 between Sudan and South Sudan will meet on 3 February in Addis Ababa, said the African Union representative in Khartoum

The head of the African Union (AU) office in Khartoum Mahmoud Kan said an emergency meeting of the JPSC would be held on 3 February under the auspice of the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

Earlier, the AUHIP  had been mandated to facilitate the Sudanese parties in their implementation of the CPA and the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA). These efforts included supporting preparation for the April 2010 general election in Sudan, preparing for the Southern Sudan referendum in January 2011, and facilitating the post-referendum and post-secession negotiations between northern and southern Sudan. Some of the issues that required additional negotiation were borders, the Abyei area, security, citizenship, oil, currency and finance, debts and assets, and the two areas of South Kordofon State and Blue Nile State.

Mahmoud Kan of AU – Khartoum told the pro-government Sudan Media Center (SMC) that the invitation for the meeting has been handed over to defense ministers of Sudan and South Sudan.

He pointed out that the meeting would discuss the implementation of the outstanding issues contained in the cooperation agreement signed between the two countries.

In September 2012, both Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of cooperation agreements, which covered oil, citizenship rights, security issues, banking, border trade among others.

Sudan President Omar Bashir and his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir during Bashir the former’s visit to Juba. Photo  by Sudan tribune

The two countries in March 2013 signed an implementation matrix for these cooperation agreements. However, the execution of the agreements didn’t go according to the plan.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan on July 9th, 2011 following a referendum on whether the semi-autonomous region should remain a part of the country or become independent. 99% of the southern voters chose independence.

Relations between the two nations soured after South Sudan’s independence following a series of disputes over a number of issues and accusations of support to rebel groups.

The African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) led by the former South African president Thabo Mbeki is brokering peace talks between the Sudanese government and SPLM-N.

 

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