The Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Karti has affirmed Sudan's keenness on cooperation and good-neighborly relations with the South Sudan. Addressing Friday the opening session of the African Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa which was designed to discuss the Abyei issue, the Minister called for giving the two countries more time for dialogue to resolve the pending issues, stressing the importance to keep the dialogue on these issues at the African level. The Foreign Minister added that the disagreements between the two countries should not be referred to the UN Security Council to its complicated and local nature.
The Official Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Al-Obeid Ahmed Morawah in a statement to the Sudan News Agency indicated that the United States, France and Britain, during the meeting, called for referring the dispute to the UN Security Council, while Russia, China and Norway demanded that disagreement must be treated by the Africans until all available options have been exhausted. Marawah Favored that the African Peace and Security Council raise the dispute between Sudan and South Sudan in Abyei and borders issues to the summit of African Heads of States scheduled to be held in January next year. The meeting was attended by all African mediation team led by Thabo Mbeki and the ambassadors of the permanent members of the UN Security Council besides the European Union and the member states of the African Peace and Security Council.