In an exclusive interview to Akhbar Al Yom, SRSG Ashraf Qazi spoke about his visit
to Kadugli and Abyei

Media Monitoring Report, 4 April 2008
(Akhbar Al Yom)

In his first interview to a Sudanese newspaper, the Special Representative of the Secretary General has disclosed the details of a visit he paid last week to Kadugli and Abyei.

Mr. Ashraf Qazi, interviewed by Akhbar Al Yom newspaper yesterday, said the purpose of his visit was to familiarize himself with the situation in South Kordofan and Abyei.

He said he was concerned about the escalation of hostilities and violence in the area, which he said, constitute threat to Sudan’s CPA. He said he had expressed his concern to the representatives of Dinka and Messeriya and to the representatives of the AJMC.

Mr. Qazi has affirmed UNMIS readiness to assist in the implementation of the CPA besides assisting the parties to the dispute in Abyei to reach a peaceful settlement if the parties so requested. He said he had noted the readiness of the parties to work for the resolution of the issue through dialogue and hoped that they would reach a peaceful settlement to the dispute over the area.

The SRSG said UNMIS came to Sudan to assist the implementation of the CPA and capacity building in the North and South of Sudan. He said that UNMIS was Chapter Six Mission and as such, it did not intervene in the affairs of Sudan. However, he explained that UNMIS was here to implement the Security Council’s Resolution which was supported by the UN and Government of the Sudan.


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