SUDAN WATCH: British Minister of State for Africa and the United Nations Baroness Glenys Kinnock Monday begins an official one-week visit to Sudan

Monday, January 11, 2010

British Minister of State for Africa and the United Nations Baroness Glenys Kinnock Monday begins an official one-week visit to Sudan

KHARTOUM, Jan 11, 2010 (NNN-SUNA) via Brunei fm World:
BRITISH MINISTER OF STATE FOR AFRICA VISITING SUDAN THIS WEEK
British Minister of State for Africa and the United Nations Baroness Glenys Kinnock Monday begins an official one-week visit to Sudan where she is due to hold talks with government officials and representatives of civil society organizations, political parties an international partners in Khartoum and in Juba in South Sudan.

Filomon Majock, the head of the European Department at Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs here, told the Sudan News Agency (SUNA) over the weekend that the British official would meet the Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Dr Mutrif Sidiq to discuss efforts to cement Sudanese-British relations as well as the process of the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement CPA and the situation in Darfur.

He said Baroness Kinnock would also call on First Vice-President and President of the Government of South Sudan (GoSS), Salava Kiir Myardi, Presidential Assistant Dr Nafie Ali Nafie and Presidential Adviser Dr Ghazi Salah Eddin Atabani, who is also the official in charge of the Darfur dossier, and have a meeting with Foreign Minister Deng Alor.

The British Embassy in Khartoum has meanwhile issued a statement saying the British minister had pointed out in a press briefing that good progress has been made in recent weeks with regard to the implementation of the CPA, the referendum law, details of the Abyei referendum and on popular consultations in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states.

However, she was also quoted as saying that a great deal was still left to be done for credible elections to be held in the country, on border demarcation and to ensure a workable relationship between North and South Sudan, regardless of the outcome of the referendum on whether South Sudan will remain in the Sudan.

She said as a guarantor of the 2005 CPA, which ended the fight by South Sudan for a separate state, Britain would work with the government of Sudan, and the GoSS to ensure that the next year would deliver the long-term peace and security.

She stressed that the contentious issues needed to be resolved through political dialogue, and without violence. — NNN-SUNA
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British Minister of State for Africa and the United Nations Baroness Glenys Kinnock begins an official one-week visit to Sudan

Photo: Protesters are pictured during a demonstration calling for UK Government intervention to prevent war in Sudan near 10 Downing Street in London. The group, waving placards with messages such as "Protect The Civilians In Darfur" and "UK Don't Forget Sudan", was campaigning as part of Sudan 365, organised by groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. (AFP/Carl de Souza Sat Jan 9, 2010 2:41 PM ET)

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Photo: A woman stands outside her house with a Southern Sudanese flag in Soba Araadi village in capital Khartoum, January 7, 2010. Southern Sudanese living in the north fear intimidation or even war if a referendum next year results in secession from the rest of the country and many are calling for international monitoring to protect their rights. Picture taken January 7, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah.
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