Khartoum- Sudanow-Chairperson of Assessment and Evaluation Commission of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) Derrick Blumbly said that activities of his commission would end due to the historical development of separation of south Sudan State, explaining that the mater did not reflect weakness of the commission’s international members in any way.
Speaking to Sudanow after handing over the commission’s final report, he said the report indicated the CPA would terminate with the end of the transitional period, pointing out that there were new agreements to be reached regarding the outstanding issues in the CPA, which stipulated extension of some principles and provisions of concern.
He added that the report stressed the importance of continued cooperation and dialogue between the two states to overcome the outstanding issues, saying that deployment of the new UN force and appointment of a new administration for Abyei, and safe return of the displaced persons to the region constituted a priority that would help in creating a conducive atmosphere for a quick resolution for the Abyei issue in line with the protocol stipulated in the CPA.
Regarding the border between north and south Sudan, Blumbly said that the solution was not far regarding the settlement of the outstanding issue, taking into account the principle of safe borders.
He went on to say that the commission’s final report pointed to the seriousness of the ongoing conflict in South Kordofan State and its humanitarian consequences, welcoming the framework agreement on political partnership and security and political arrangements in Blue Nile and South Kordofan States, signed by the two sides in Addis Ababa on June 28.
He further said the report expressed the importance of strong neighborliness relations between the Republic of Sudan and South Sudan State and congratulated the southern Sudanese with the establishment of their state.
He said everybody should be proud of the implementation of the CPA, reiterating the commission’s appreciation of the Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir and the President of southern Sudan government Salva Kiir Mayardit for implementing the CPA and arriving with it to its end.
In the meantime, he said the report commended the African Union High-level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP), led by former President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki and its role in post-separation negotiations.
The report called for early resumption of the negotiations after July 9 according to what has been agreed upon during the IGAD summit and recommended the parties to give priority for the pending economic issues.
The report, according to Blumbly, encouraged further dialogue regarding the issue of citizenship, urging the importance of including what the parties agree on the various courses of the post-separation negotiations in one agreement to be an important reference for the post-CPA period.
Bulmbly, meanwhile, announced that the activities of the commission would be transferred to the IGAD, adding the commission would provide experience and logistical support for the AUHIP in the future through a transitional support unit via the office UN Special Envoy to the IGAD.
It is to be noted that the CPA Evaluation and Assessment Commission was established by the United Nations after the signing of the CPA where the commission has served for six years. It final report covers the period since January 2010.