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Ethiopia - Meles promises to help Sudan
By Abiy Demilew
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, on Thursday, pledged to help in the re- construction of southern Sudan during talks with Salva Kiir Mayardit, Sudanese First Vice-President and President of the Government of Southern Sudan, who was in Addis on a three day visit this week.
The help focuses on the construction of roads and houses including providing capacity building assistance for the public infrastructure projects in Southern Sudan.
Meles affirmed to Salva Kiir Ethiopia’s readiness to support roads and other development projects in Southern Sudan, based on the bilateral cooperation agreement between Ethiopia and the Sudan.
Salva Kiir, heading a high level delegation including members of the southern Sudan government and SPLM officials, before leaving Addis on Friday, told reporters that the discussion was also focused on cross border security issues and the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) to end the political crisis.
Last week, CPA members announced the end of the first serious political crisis since the Signing of the peace agreement in 2005. It is to be recalled that, during the crisis Southern Sudan’s ruling party, SPLM, requested Ethiopia’s intervention in sighting a resolution, as it is a key ally among in the IGAD member countries.
Salva Kiir said he has reassured Meles that there will never be a return to war and that the people of South Sudan are now talking about the peace options and how to preserve the gains which were achieved by the CPA as well as progressing ahead on the peace road.
Capital learnt that the two parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoA) on the provision of the capacity building assistance Ethiopia supports for the region, which suffers a serious shortage of residential houses and bureaus in Juba and other towns in South Sudan, according to reports. The request was made by the Sudanese government.
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