UN: NCP and SPLM agree on Abyei

05 June 2008 (Miraya FM)

The South African Ambassador to the UN Security Council, Dumisani Kumalo, disclosed the details of an agreement reached between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to allow the repatriation of the displaced people to Abyei.

Mr. Kumalo said that the contents of the agreement also included commencing an investigation on the recent clashes between the Sudan Armed Forces and the SPLA.

Speaking during a press conference held in Khartoum Ambassador Kumalo added that this agreement will give the UN Mission in Sudan more free movement in the South to perform its tasks.
However, the British Ambassador to the UN John Sawers urged the Sudanese government to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) on handing over the accused government personnel to the Court.

The Sudanese Ambassador to the UN Abdul-Mahmood Abul-Alhalim meanwhile reiterated the rejection of the Khartoum government to hand over the officials to the ICC. Mr. Halim said that the ICC does not have the legitimacy to judge Sudanese because Sudan is not among the signatories of the Roma treaty which formed the International Criminal Court.

The ICC earlier issued arrest warrants against two Sudanese officials namely Ahmad Haroon the State Minister in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, and Ali Kosheib, a leader of the Popular Defense Forces.


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