Agreement reached in remaining issues connected with implementation of East Sudan accord

Asmara, 16 May 2007 - Agreement has been reached in the remaining issues connected with the implementation of the Asmara pace accord concluded on 14 October 2006 between the Sudanese Government of National Unity and the East Sudan Front under the mediation of the Eritrean government.

In a meeting held at Denden Hall yesterday between the two sides, a list of candidates was presented by representatives of East Sudan in the higher power structure.

According to the agreement reached, meetings would be held next Monday in Kessala regarding security arrangements. It is also to be recalled that an agreement on the sharing of national resources was concluded earlier.

In an interview with ERINA following the talks yesterday, Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, Presidential Advisor, stated that the role Eritrea had played in promoting comprehensive peaceful settlement in Sudan is registering positive outcome. He further said that it is the wish of the Sudanese government that Eritrea continue to play due role in the Darfur issue as it did towards resolving the East Sudan issue.

Commending Eritrea's on-going endeavors to induce all the parties in Darfur join the Abuja Agreement, Dr. Mustafa expressed hope that such genuine and effective effort would succeed.

Pointing out that the implementation process of the East Sudan peace agreement is making good progress, the Sudanese official explained that it would be exemplary to other Sudanese problems.

The Sudanese delegation headed by Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail left for home yesterday concluding a two-day working visit to Eritrea.