Salva Kiir says northern Sudan making unity less attractive.
November 15, 2008 (JUBA) -- The President of Southern Sudan government Salva Kiir Mayadrit blamed its peace partner, the National
Congress Party, for not contributing to economic development in the
semi-autonomous region saying it makes unity less attractive. Salva Kiir
made his remarks during a meeting with the visiting Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak who was in Juba on November 10 for the first time. Kiir
told Mubarak that the self determination is a constitutional right of
southern Sudan and Abyei people however the priority here should be
unity. "This should be achieved by correcting whatever mistakes had
previously been made" and development should be brought to the
south during the six-year interim period between the signing of the CPA in 2005 and the date of the referendum in 2011. "So far almost
nothing had been done" Kiir told Mubarak, said Ayom wol the press
secretary of the southern Sudan government president. Last Monday visit
is the first visit to southern Sudan of an Egyptian president since 1962
where president Jamal Abdel Nasser visited Juba. Before to arrive to
Juba held talks in Khartoum with the Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir.
During the meeting southern Sudan minister of regional cooperation
Benjamin Barnaba Marial urged Egypt to intervene with Khartoum to secure
promised Arab League projects President Mubarak reiterated his
government's close attention to the Southern Sudan and its
commitment to continue support for projects to improve conditions in the
region and pledging to follow up the outstanding Arab League projects.
Following the meeting Mubarak told reporters: "I came to Juba for
the first time and it gives you an indication that we are concerned
about southern Sudan." He said his government would set up a branch
of Egypt's Alexandria University in the southern. (ST)
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