The Chairman of the Council of States Adam Hamid Musa affirmed Sudanâ€™s keenness and commitment to establish good neighborliness relations with the South Sudan in order to enhance the common interests of the two states and their peoples. This came when Hamid received Monday a fact-finding delegation dispatched by the Pan-African Parliament with regard to the pending issues between Sudan and South Sudan. Mr. Musa called on the Government of South Sudan to distance itself from the 9th and 10th Divisions in Sudan's borders in Blue Nile and South Kordufan states and to desist from extending support to the rebellious movements in South Kordufan, Blue Nile and Darfur States.
The Chairman of the Council of States renewed in this context Sudan's commitment to achieve a comprehensive settlement with South Sudan regarding the outstanding issues, namely the issues of the Borders, Abyei and oil. He affirmed that Sudan adheres to the demarcation of its borders with South Sudan according to the borders of 1 January 1956, reiterating that Sudan will never relinquish even the smallest measurements of its lands.
Mr. Musa commended the role being played by the Pan-African Parliament in enhancing the security, peace and stability between Sudan and South Sudan.
Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the fact-finding Mission of the Pan- African Parliament, Mrs. K. Julian affirmed the support of the pan-African Parliament to the negotiations between the Sudan and South Sudan, hosted by Addis Ababa. Mrs. Julian further called on Khartoum and Juba to speed up the settlement of the pending issues between the two countries. The Chair of the Pan-African Parliament's Mission renewed the confidence on the Joint Mediation, chaired by Thabo Mbeki, in order to settle the pending issues. She revealed that she will report to the Pan-African Parliament on the visits to Khartoum and Juba on the possible contributions of the Parliament in settling the pending issues between the two countries.