Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council of the African Union on Thursday expressed "deep concern" at the disturbances in Khartoum and in Southern Sudan following the death of First Vice President John Garang de Mabior.
At its 36th meeting here, the Council also appealed to the Sudanese people and parties "not to allow the hard-won progress in the search for peace and reconciliation in their country to be reversed."
Assuring the Sudanese people and leaders of the full support of the African people, the PSC urged them to remain united in order to meet the many challenges facing their country.
In a statement issued at the end of the meeting, the Council noted that Garang's death came at a critical time in the efforts to fundamentally reconstruct the political, social and economic landscape of the Sudan.
The PSC paid tribute to Garang for his "courage and commitment to the cause of peace, equality, honour, dignity and justice for all the Sudanese people".
It also recognised the bold steps he took "to reach out for reconciliation and cooperation with his erstwhile adversaries in the broad political spectrum across Sudan."
- Pan African News Agency
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