NCP-SPLM Joint Military Committee to visit al Meram to defuse tensions
UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN SUDAN ( UNMIS)
Media Monitoring Report, 23 January 2008
(AlSahafa, Sudan Vision)
The SAF-SPLA Joint Military Committee will visit today the border area between South Kordofan and Northern Bahr El Ghazal States to defuse tensions resulting from the SPLA-Miseriya clashes, open al Meram-Awiel road and ensure safety of the nomads’ movement to the south.
The GoNU Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Pagan Amum, said they have agreed that the Miseriya nomads leave their arms with the regular forces when they cross the north-south borders and that the GoSS would be responsible for protecting them.
Minister in the Council of Ministers and Chairman of the Joint Committee for Resolving Conditions in South Kordofan and North Bahr-al-Ghazal, Pagan Amum, stated at a joint conference held yesterday that the Committee has ascribed the tension in those regions to the delay of withdrawal of SAF and SPLA troops to the north and south, respectively, and non-demarcation of the border.
He said the Committee has worked out solutions for easing off the tension, stressing that both SAF and SPLA should provide security for the border demarcation delegation to be able to carry out its assigned task.
He further revealed that the Joint
Committee has adopted several joint projects aimed at building confidence among
citizens residing in contact points, redressing the impact of war and calling for a
conference for reconciliation and peaceful co-existence.
"The Committee has also recommended the convention of a workshop to probe means for implementing the security protocol and addressing peaceful co-existence issues," he said.
For his part, Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs, Ahmed Haroun, disclosed that the Committee coordinates its work in accordance with the directives of the First Vice President of the Republic, underlining that elimination of tensions in contact regions will greatly facilitate the population cesus.
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